Hello all! Welcome back to Week in Review, the newsletter where we quickly list some of the most-read londonbusinessblog.com stories from the past seven days. The target? Even if you’re swamped, a quick look at WiR on Saturday morning should give you a pretty good understanding of what’s been happening in the tech field this week.
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The Death of Stadia: Devin opined about Stadia’s recent shutdown, saying that the gaming service’s shocking demise was the fault of one entity: Google. He writes: “No one trusts Google. It’s shown such a poor understanding of what people want, need and will pay for that right now people are wary of investing in even the more popular products.”
This week in Elon Musk: He first got in when he waded into the Russia-Ukraine war with his version of a peace plan that Connie described as not very well received. And then he finally said he would buy Twitter after all. Twitter told us that the “Musk parties” had sent them a letter expressing the billionaire’s intention to go ahead with the purchase, provided the trial between the two, which was set to begin Oct. 17, does not occur. would take place. However, as Taylor and Harri said in their story, “Given Musk’s chaotic nature, it’s possible there’s another wrench thrown into the work.”
Fizz to the “next Mark Zuckerberg”: An app created by former Stanford students to curb social isolation on college campuses received a round of $4.5 million this week. The founder, a Stanford dropout, “started building an app by college students, for college students, to help his classmates feel less lonely and form meaningful connections on campus.”
Google on your lock screen: iOS 16 users aren’t just limited to Apple widgets on their new lock screens. Google kept its promise to make its apps available as quick access widgets. Gmail, Google News, Drive and Chrome are available now, with Search and Apps coming soon.
Search in fashion: South Korean search firm Naver said it plans to buy apparel marketplace Poshmark for $1.2 billion in cash.
Edu infringement: In what appears to be the biggest education breach in ages, hackers have released a cache of data stolen during a cyberattack on the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Didn’t have time to tune in to all of londonbusinessblog.com’s podcasts this week? Here’s what you may have missed:
- In front of Found it this week we re-released an episode about providing remote abortion care with Kiki Freedman from Hey Jane. She also tells us how her experience at Uber influenced her founding mindset and how the startup hopes to change healthcare.
- chain reaction connected with Edward Saatchi, an expert in the web3 space and the founder of The Culture DAO and Fable, who discussed how emerging technologies are enabling new forms of storytelling and how sectors like crypto and AI are changing what the metaverse might look like.
- Amanda joined Alex this week on Wednesday’s episode of Equity to talk about the creative economy.
- on The TC Podcast, Haje Jan Kamps, filling in for Darrell Etherington, talks with Dominic-Madori Davis about how conservative VCs are shaping the startup landscape and, by extension, the world. He also spoke to Taylor Hatmaker about all things Elon.
- And check out the londonbusinessblog.com Live Podcast, the audio version of our weekly londonbusinessblog.com Live show. Hear this week how Mammoth Biosciences Trevor Martin attracted the best partners to form the company, including Mayfield partner Ursheet Parikh, who wrote an early funding check. Step one? It starts with the vision and mission.
What’s behind the londonbusinessblog.com+ paywall? Lots of really great stuff! Here we can step away from the relentless news cycle and dig a little deeper into the things you tell us you like the most. The most read TC+ stuff this week?
Five Key IP Considerations for AI Startups: Early-stage startups are creating new AI-based solutions, but may not know if the technology can be protected and how best to do it. IP partner at law firm Foley & Lardner LLPand senior counsel and IP attorney at law firm Foley & Lardner LLPmentoring young companies.
Vori’s Pitch Deck: Haje brings you another pitch deck teardown, this time from Vori, who raised to $10 million Series A. Do you want your pitch deck to appear on TC+? Here’s more information. Also take a look all our Pitch Deck Teardowns and other pitch advice, all gathered in one convenient place for you! Into this?