Amazon buys Roomba’s maker, Bolt vanishes, and YC slims down – TechCrunch


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The most learn story this week is type of a wild one: Bolt Mobility, an on-demand bike/scooter rental firm co-founded by Usain Bolt, kinda simply…vanished. “The departure has been abrupt,” writes Rebecca, “leaving cities with deserted tools, unanswered calls and emails, and plenty of questions.”

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Amazon buys iRobot: Bezos desires all of the issues. Complete Meals! One Medical! And now…Roomba? On this newest in a sequence of seemingly sudden and considerably stunning acquisitions, Amazon is dropping $1.7 billion for the corporate finest recognized for its robo vacuums.

Fb shuts down stay procuring: In the event you use Fb’s “stay procuring” characteristic to promote issues by way of stream, it is perhaps time to discover a new platform. Whereas stay streaming isn’t going away, the devoted shopping-focused options will go darkish come October.

Starbucks is stepping into web3: I’d roll my eyes, however given how many individuals I do know insist on shopping for a Starbucks mug from each main metropolis they go to…

Extra Robinhood layoffs: Oof. Just some months again, Robinhood reduce 9% of its full-time workers; this week, the corporate confirmed it’s letting go of one other 23%. Citing overhiring over the previous few wild years, CEO Vlad Tenev writes “I authorized and took accountability for our bold staffing trajectory — that is on me.”

YC will get smaller: It needed to occur finally. Y Combinator had been getting larger and greater with every accelerator class, peaking at an absurd 414 corporations within the final batch. They’re scaling issues again a bit with the following cohort — however at roughly 250 corporations, it’s nonetheless comparatively enormous.

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This week on the planet of TechCrunch podcasts, the Fairness crew talked about YC’s smaller (however nonetheless fairly enormous) cohort, Darrell and Becca talked about “Instagram being MySpaced by TikTok” on The TC Podcast, and Burnsy talked with Convoy co-founder Dan Lewis in regards to the freight firm’s “secret development hack” on TechCrunch Dwell.

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Glambook’s $2.5 million seed deck: Glambook not too long ago raised thousands and thousands to construct what it calls “Uber for the sweetness business.” How’d they persuade traders to get on board? On this newest version of his Pitch Deck Teardown sequence, Haje buzzes by the deck and helps clarify why sure issues made the reduce.

What actually occurs when your startup will get acquired?: There’s extra to getting acquired than ready for a bag of money to seem in your desk. Yair Snir, VP at Dell Applied sciences Capital, offers us the high-level overview of the entire course of, “from NDA to LOI.”

Pricey Sophie: “How lengthy am I required to remain at my present job after I get my inexperienced card?” It’s an inexpensive query! Immigration legal professional Sophie Alcorn weighs in.