Published On: Fri, Jun 22nd, 2018

Twitter buys a startup to conflict harassment, e-cigs are booming, and a imagining app is value $250M

Hello and acquire behind to Equity, TechCrunch’s try capital-focused podcast where we empty a numbers behind a headlines. This week TechCrunch’s Silicon Valley Editor Connie Loizos and we tangled out on a integrate topics as Alex Wilhelm was out handling his feign batch diversion spreadsheets or something. (The jury is out on either this was a good or bad thing.)

First adult is Twitter shopping Smyte, a startup targeting fixes for spam and abuse. This is, of course, Twitter’s long-lived problem and it’s one that it’s been perplexing to repair for some time — though really not there yet. The understanding terms weren’t disclosed, though Twitter to a credit has seen a batch fundamentally double this year (and roughly triple in a past few years). Twitter is going into a large year, with a U.S. midterm elections, a 2018 World Cup, and a Sacramento Kings substantially anticipating some approach to screw adult in a NBA draft. This’ll be a tighten one to watch over a subsequent few months as we get closer to a finals for a World Cup and a elections. Twitter is perplexing to check itself as a home for news, focusing on live video, and a series of other things.

Then we have Juul Labs, an e-cigarette association that is somehow value $10 billion. The Information reports that a PAX Labs spinout from 2015 has left from a $250 million gratefulness all a approach to $10 billion faster than we can name any scooter association that’s lifting a new $200 million turn from Sequoia that will have already been finished by a time we finish this sentence. Obviously a strange cigarette attention was a difficult one circa a 20th century, so this one will be an engaging one to play out over a subsequent few years.

Finally, we have imagining app Calm lifting a $27 million turn during a $250 million pre-money valuation. Calm isn’t a usually mental health-focused startup that’s starting to collect adult some momentum, though it’s one that’s a prolonged time coming. we remember stumbling on Calm.com behind in 2012, where you’d only chill out on a website for a notation or so, so it’s fun to see a half-decade or so after that these apps are display off some considerable numbers.

That’s all for this week, we’ll locate we guys subsequent week. We apologize in allege if Alex creates it behind on to a podcast.

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