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  • How fintech and serial founders drove African pre-seed investing to new heights in 2020
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    When Stripe-subsidiary Paystack raised its seed round of $1.3 million in 2016, it was one of the largest disclosed rounds at that stage in Nigeria.  At the time, seven-figure seed investments in African startups were a rarity. But over the years, those same seed-stage rounds have become more common, with some... Read more »
  • Could giant SPACs be next?
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    While many deemed 2020 the year of SPAC, short for special purpose acquisition company, 2021 may well make last year look quaint in comparison. It’s probably not premature to be asking: is there any company too big to be SPAC’d? Just today, we saw the trading debut of the most valuable company... Read more »
  • Daily Crunch: Alphabet shuts down Loon
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    Alphabet pulls the plug on its internet balloon company, Apple is reportedly developing a new MacBook Air and Google threatens to pull out of Australia. This is your Daily Crunch for January 22, 2021. The big story: Alphabet shuts down Loon Alphabet announced that it’s shutting down Loon, the project that used... Read more »
  • The far right’s favorite registrar is building ‘censorship-resistant’ servers
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    “The digital divide is now a matter of life and death for people who are unable to access essential healthcare information,” said UN Secretary General António Guterres in June 2020. Almost half the global population currently has no internet access, and many who do cannot freely access all information sources.  Freedom... Read more »
  • End-to-end operators are the next generation of consumer business
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    Roger Lee Contributor Share on Twitter Roger Lee is a general partner at Battery Ventures, based in Menlo Park, CA, who focuses on investments in software and consumer tech, including online marketplaces. More posts by this contributor Keys to ascending the consumer-internet throne How to communicate with your board in tough times Justin Da Rosa Contributor Share on Twitter Justin... Read more »

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  • How fintech and serial founders drove African pre-seed investing to new heights in 2020 January 23, 2021
    When Stripe-subsidiary Paystack raised its seed round of $1.3 million in 2016, it was one of the largest disclosed rounds at that stage in Nigeria.  At the time, seven-figure seed investments in African startups were a rarity. But over the years, those same seed-stage rounds have become more common, with some very early-stage startups even […]
    Tage Kene-Okafor
  • Could giant SPACs be next? January 23, 2021
    While many deemed 2020 the year of SPAC, short for special purpose acquisition company, 2021 may well make last year look quaint in comparison. It’s probably not premature to be asking: is there any company too big to be SPAC’d? Just today, we saw the trading debut of the most valuable company to date go […]
    Connie Loizos
  • Daily Crunch: Alphabet shuts down Loon January 22, 2021
    Alphabet pulls the plug on its internet balloon company, Apple is reportedly developing a new MacBook Air and Google threatens to pull out of Australia. This is your Daily Crunch for January 22, 2021. The big story: Alphabet shuts down Loon Alphabet announced that it’s shutting down Loon, the project that used balloons to bring […]
    Anthony Ha
  • The far right’s favorite registrar is building ‘censorship-resistant’ servers January 22, 2021
    Almost half the global population currently has no internet access, and many who do cannot freely access all information sources.
    David Riggs
  • End-to-end operators are the next generation of consumer business January 22, 2021
    These businesses are fundamentally reimagining their product experience by owning the entire value chain from end to end, thereby creating a step-functionally better experience for consumers.
    Walter Thompson