Published On: Fri, Jan 22nd, 2021

The usually take about a destiny of media is that media is a future

Hello and acquire behind to Equity, TechCrunch’s try capital-focused podcast, where we empty a numbers behind a headlines.

This week we — Natasha and Danny and Alex and Grace — had some-more than a small to noodle over, though not so most that we blocked out a second episode. We try to hang to a stream format, but, might do some-more shows in a future. Have a suspicion about that? equitypod@techcrunch.com is your crony and we are listening.

Now! We took a extended proceed this week, so there is a small of something for all down below. Enjoy!

  • Hims is going to SPAC itself onto a open markets, that should infer engaging for other D2C startups eyeing a same move.
  • The final entertain of 2020 and a full year brought an sea of collateral to bear on U.S. startups, something that we gay in nipping on. Fintech is also prohibited as all heck.
  • Plaid is building a fintech accelerator, that we suspicion was cool.

Plaid launches FinRise, an incubator for underrepresented fintech founders

  • An edtech startup formed in Nigeria lifted a $7.5 million Series A on a behind of a unequivocally neat placement model. The impetus of live, tech-powered education lives on!
  • TripActions lifted a pallet of new collateral notwithstanding carrying had a rather severe 2020 due to a pandemic. It’s a fascinating wager, and one that we will lane as it earns out.
  • There was lots of news in a transformation space, including Microsoft assisting put $2 billion into self-driving startup Cruise, electric car startup Rivian lifting $2.65 billion from Amazon and others, and Bolt Mobility expanding to new markets.

Microsoft invests in Cruise in new $2 billion round

  • Danny’s GPS story.
  • Wattpad exits for $600 million, heading to Alex detailing his adore of scholarship fiction.
  • a16z is doubling-down on a in-house media project, and Forbes is building out a paid newsletter use that we consider is really neat.

Like we said, it’s a lot, though all of it value removing into before a weekend. Hugs from a team, we are behind early Monday.

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