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The Top 3

  • Here yesterday, gone today: “We should have looked more closely at the activities of all participants before we started the competition.” That’s what Slush organizers said after they and VC pitch judges decided to withdraw a $1 million award to Immigram after discovering the company had ties to Russia. Mike has more.
  • Dark times at Tesla: Tesla has recalled about 350,000, or 1% of the electric vehicles it has sold in the last two years, for some pretty big problems, including taillights going out and passenger airbags not working properly, Jaclyn writes.
  • Cloudy with a chance of doom and gloom: There are no rosy prospects for startups here. Flipkart CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy doesn’t mince words when he warns startups that there is “a lot of turmoil and volatility” in the funding forecast for the next 12 to 18 months, Manic reports.

Startups and VC

Actor Noah Schnapp, who plays Will on Netflix’s hit original series “Stranger Things,” is passionate about tbh, a company he co-founded that aims to reinvent the hazelnut-cocoa spread Nutella, reports Mary Ann. The company is turning to crowdfunding to raise money for the vegan alternative.

During our TC Sessions: Crypto event last week in Miami, Darrell sat down with a real who’s who in crypto to talk about the crypto regulatory landscape. The main points that all three panelists essentially agreed on is that the upside of the FTX situation is that now more than ever there is an impetus to get to some kind of regulatory framework specific to crypto in the US. You can view the segment on the site.

Here’s a collection of stories to get you through the rest of your Monday. May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.

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Big Tech Inc.

It’s a bit of déjà vu for Broadcom, which is again under the scrutiny of competition regulators. This time around, Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority is examining the chip giant’s proposed $61 billion deal to buy virtualization software giant VMware. If you don’t remember the last time, it was when Broadcom tried to take over rival Qualcomm in 2018. The deal was scrapped after former President Donald Trump cited national security concerns. Paul writes that “both the political and competitive viewpoints are different this time around, so it’s hard to predict how this will all unfold,” but he did receive comment from Broadcom on what the company thinks.

Oh, and FIFA is back. Lauren has your guide to stream it.

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UPDATE: The first version of the Daily Crunch incorrectly stated that the Slush Conference was in Sweden. In order not to incur the anger of both groups of Vikings, we have corrected the headline. Slush is an annual technical conference that naturally takes place in Helsinki, Finland. As an honorary Scandinavian, Haje is rightly ashamed of the mistake. It’s not hard, folks!


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