So, what happened this week in the Tech & Startup world? 🌍
The Grapevine Newsflash 🔥
11 tech & startup stories in 125 super short seconds.
📶 Bad Signal After a decade, Moxie Marlinspike, has resigned as co-founder & CEO of encrypted-messaging app Signal. Alongside his resignation, he left a blog post where he really laid into Web3. It’s worth a read.
💸 Y Combinator's New Rules. The famous accelerator, Y Combinator, will now invest $500k in batch startups, made up of $125k cash for 7% of accelerated startups and $375k in what’s called s SAFE note. Click here to read more or click here to see why this is a big deal for the industry.
🚀 11 Predictions For UK Tech. Sifted have written a pretty nifty analysis predicting some UK tech trends this year. Our favourite? More focus on ‘clean capital’, where startups become increasingly conscious of the source of funding. Read the full list here.
🪐 The Multiverse is real? Want to learn a little more about blackholes, time travel artificial intelligence, and string theory? lIsten to this brilliant podcast between Tim Ferris and Dr Michio Kaku here.
💰 Checkout That Valuation! Checkout, the London based payments Fintech payments company has raised $1bn at a $40bn valuation. Checkout makes payments super simple for businesses and is now valued higher that Revolut. Read more here.
🏨 What Should Airbnb Launch in 2022? Brian Chesky, the founder and CEO of AirBnb, asked Twitter what features they should build in 2022 and the responses are brilliant. Our favourite? A feature where multiple groups of people traveling together can book AirBnbs close to one another easily. Read more here.
🏃 Fitness Freaks Strava, one of the world’s most popular fitness apps, has grown its revenue by 68% over the pandemic. It now has 100m users, turnover has increased 75%, whilst users ran nearly 3.9bn kilometres from September 2020 to September 2021. Read all about their progression here.
📱 iPhone Launch 15 years ago this week, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone and changed how we see technology forever. Watch the incredible moment he unveiled it here.
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