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When to ditch that nightmare customer (before they kill your startup)

Three million dollars. That’s the largest amount of money I’ve ever walked away from in terms of a customer contract that I decided we shouldn’t take. 

Klaviyo raises $150M Series B after building company the old-fashioned way

Sources: Y Combinator’s growth fund to back challenger bank Monzo

Fleetsmith lands $30M Series B to grow Apple device management platform

Kabbage raises a record $700 million in debt for its SMB loans platform

Veratrak wants to digitise the pharmaceutical supply chain

The Wing poaches Snap’s comms director

The Wing has made three key additions to its leadership team.

Dissecting what Lyft’s IPO means for Uber and the future of mobility

Startups Weekly: US companies raised $30B in Q1 2019

In this week's startups newsletter: What's the deal with A16z? Why is Lyft's stock sinking? And what's ahead for the e-scooter industry?

On balance, the cloud has been a huge boon to startups

Falcon Heavy’s first real launch is the dawn of a new heavy-lift era in space

The Falcon Heavy has flown before, but now it's got a payload that matters and competitors nipping at its heels. It's the first of a new generation of launch vehicles that can take huge payloads

Snap is channeling Asia’s messaging giants with its move into gaming

Boomplay, a Spotify-style music and video streaming service for African music and Africa, raises $20M

Landed raises $7.5 million Series A to help teachers buy homes

Lotame pitches an ‘unstacked’ approach to selling data tools

The future of a16z, Lyft’s sinking stock and another IPO to watch

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

Google pulls the plug on AI council that included Heritage Foundation leader

Google has abandoned an advisory board on ethics in AI after critics questioned the inclusion of Kay Coles James, leader of the right-wing think tank the Heritage Foundation, on the 8-person pane

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 probe is blasting a hole in an asteroid tonight (and that’s awesome)

It's a big day for space: launches, tests, orbits, and now a distant probe is going to shoot an asteroid with its space gun and make a new crater to play in. It's Hayabusa 2, Japan's ambitious an

Cannabis banking reform is smart, necessary and politically viable

Pressure is steadily mounting on U.S. lawmakers to implement comprehensive cannabis banking reform at the federal level, and that pressure is coming from all directions.

Turing-winning AI researcher warns against secretive research and fake ‘self-regulation’

Yoshua Bengio, who last month won the prestigious Turing award, alongside Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun, for his work on AI, is worried about what the technology is being made into behind closed
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