TechCrunch is more than just a site with words. We’re also building a growing stable of podcasts focused on the most critical topics related to the worlds of startups and venture capital. To help you find the right show for your interests, we’ve compiled our audio release of the week.
Embedded below is the latest of Chain reactionour stellar new crypto-focused podcast hosted by Lucas and Anita. You will also find Founda long-term work that deepens the real saga of the business creation of Jordan and Darrell. There is an audio-only version of TechCrunch Live hosted by Mast which features founders and investors discussing successful pitch decks. Finally, there is EquityTechCrunch’s long-running, Webby-winning podcast focused on venture capital and the latest startup news, hosted by Natasha, Mary Ann and alexander.
We have more to come, so stay tuned. And if you prefer writing to speaking, we also have newsletters on the above topics.
Episode 6: Lightspeed’s web3 guru on mainstream crypto startups and the metaverse (with Mercedes Bent)
Welcome back, this week Lucas and Anita discuss the ongoing fallout from the broader stock market crash and the lives of crypto giants in the public markets. We discuss the 30-year-old billionaire CEO of FTX buying a big chunk of Robinhood, which is pumping the gas on crypto even as the market cools. We also discuss the issues at Coinbase and the continued fallout from Terra’s collapse.
In their interview this week, Lucas and Anita chat with Mercedes Bent. Bent is a venture capitalist at Lightspeed Venture Partners where she bets on consumer products in cryptoland. Before joining Lightspeed, Bent spent time in the VR world, so we picked his brains to find out where crypto fits into this metaverse future that everyone is clamoring for.
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Episode 57: Justin Intal, Fodder
Forage’s Justin Intal joined the Found team live. He shares how deep struggles in his personal life motivated him to create a way for online grocers to accept EBT and SNAP benefits. He also spoke about the importance of vulnerability and transparency as a CEO. Every failure is a learning, so it’s not about hiding his failed businesses or past ideas – in fact, he wrote them on his Linkedin.
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Episode 518: A Twitter Bot Wrote This
The whole team got together this week, which was pretty good because there was a lot to do. Alex William, Natasha Mascarenhas and Mary Ann Azevedo were at the microphone, with Grace manufacturing handling.
What have we gotten ourselves into? A better question might be what do we have do not go in:
- We started with an update from the TechCrunch Mobility event, thanks to Natasha who is there and in the air.
- From there, it was time to talk deals, with the crew analyzing Arrived’s latest ride and why Kolkata Chai took on outside capital, but on their own terms.
- Next, it was time to discuss fresh charting news from Zenly and why startups are key when it comes to picking up incumbents.
- From there, we had to ask if Elon Musk really wanted to buy Twitter (apparently not?), and how tired we were of the topic itself.
- Next, we discussed the recent unicorn vibe check the market got and how most unicorns aren’t real IPO candidates. (With news from SpotOn and Unit!)
- And finally, we asked about the responsibilities of technology platforms following a number of mass shootings in the United States; where should our expectations for content moderation on platforms begin and end?
Kisses from us to you, and we will talk to you on Monday!
Episode 517: Is there hope for digital health startups after Roe?
This is our Wednesday show, where we focus on one topic, think about one question, and unpack the rest. This week, Natasha asked: How are digital health startups building in a post-Roe world?
The question comes after Natasha’s recent Startups Weekly column, “When your startup’s core mission is about to be flipped.” The article explores the ripple effects of the impending overthrow of Roe v. Wade, particularly in its impact on startups. But let’s not make assumptions. We brought Kiki FreemanCEO and co-founder of Hi Jane, to answer our big questions about building, raising and existing when so many regulatory reviews weigh down on your business. A direct-to-consumer health company specializing in the delivery of abortion pills, Hey Jane is about to launch its fundraising process, which creates some interesting tension. The startup – especially today – really finds itself in the midst of two intense moments: a reversal of Roe v. Wade would threaten all of his work, and a hardening, risk-averse venture capital market could be an obstacle to the next funding.
Enjoy the show and let us know if you like this interview format. As well, here is the interview of Found which we also referenced during the show!
Episode 516: What Next for Crypto Startups?
Hello and welcome to Equity, a podcast about startup activity, where we unpack the numbers and nuances behind the headlines. Every Monday, Grace and alexander browse the news and save notes on what’s happening to kick off the week.
What did we have in mind this morning? The following:
It was a horrible weekend in America, which somehow seeped into the show. Take care of each other.
A few interview notes before you go: this isn’t a week of live shows, so Equity will just be out on Wednesday and Friday mornings. And this week it’s our TC Sessions: Mobility event, which you can read more about here
And that’s the recap for the week — tweet us if you have any suggestions or questions. Ahead!