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WeWork is apparently doing better, not that SoftBank wants you to talk about that

SoftBank’s earnings always leads to a bonanza of news. One storyline that has dominated the company’s earnings over the past few years that has all but disappeared though is WeWork. The co-working

A look at how proptech startup Knotel went from a $1.6B valuation to filing for bankruptcy

This week, flexible workspace operator (and one-time unicorn) Knotel announced it had filed for bankruptcy and that its assets were being acquired by investor and commercial real estate brokerage Newm

Institutional trust is the real meme

Hello friends, this is Week in Review. Last week, I dove into the AR maneuverings of Apple and Facebook and what that means for the future of the web. This week, I’m aiming to touch the meme sto

Report: WeWork could be getting SPAC’d soon, too

According to a new report in the WSJ, WeWork, the co-working juggernaut that saw its attempt at a public offering blow up in spectacular fashion in the fall of 2019, might become a publicly traded com

End-to-end operators are the next generation of consumer business

These businesses are fundamentally reimagining their product experience by owning the entire value chain from end to end, thereby creating a step-functionally better experience for consumers.

Silicon Valley should reward zebras, not unicorns

Unlike unicorn companies, zebras are lean, efficient and consistent.

With Bambee, Allan Jones wants to give small businesses HR services their employees can trust

Allan Jones’s first startup was Fourth and Grand, a Trunk Club-like service backed by the venture studio and accelerator, Science, out of Santa Monica. While the business didn’t work out,

It’s holiday season for tech unicorns

Did you follow all of the unicorn news from the last couple of weeks? No? Here’s a list of headlines to catch you up....

Masayoshi Son says SoftBank now has ‘$80 billion in cash on hand’ just in case

Masayoshi Son, the founder and CEO of the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, has had a topsy-turvy year or two, but the story he is eager to tell is that he is back and in the black. Such was the overarc

Former WeWork China exec launches a ‘startup studio’ for real estate

The real estate industry has been slow to adopt technology compared to many other sectors. So when Dominic Penaloza left his job at WeWork China as the head of innovation and technology this spring, h

How SoftBank’s Vision Fund turned losses into gold this summer

It’s hard to think back to the Vision Fund era today, given the oddities that 2020 has brought. But SoftBank’s gravity-bending investment vehicle only stopped investing last September, end

WeWork employees used an alarmingly insecure printer password

A shared user account used by WeWork employees to access printer settings and print jobs had an incredibly simple password — so simple that a customer guessed it. Jake Elsley, who works at a WeWork

4 quick bites and obituaries on Quibi (RIP 2020-2020)

In memory of the death of Quibi, here’s a quick sendoff from four of our writers who came together to discuss what we can learn from Quibi’s amazing, instantaneous, billions-of-dollars fai

Startup founders set up hacker homes to recreate Silicon Valley synergy

“We joke that we’ve got so many people in the house that have different pieces of expertise that you just yell down the hallway if you have a problem."

Merging Airbnb and the traditional hotel model, Mexico City’s Casai raises $23 million to grow in Latin America

With travel and tourism rising across Latin America, Casai, a startup combining Airbnb single unit rentals with hotel room amenities, has raised $23 million to expand its business across Latin America

Kroger, one of America’s largest grocery chains, experiments with ghost kitchens and delivery in the Midwest

The Kroger Co., one of the biggest grocery chains in the Midwest, is dipping its toe into on-demand delivery and the ghost kitchen craze through a partnership with an Indianapolis-based startup, Clust

3 founders on why they pursued alternative startup ownership structures

There is no one-size-fits all model for building a startup. At TechCrunch Disrupt, we heard from a handful of founders about alternative approaches to creating a sustainable company that ensures more

WeWork sells majority stake in Chinese entity, seeks localization

Four years after its foray into the Chinese market, followed by rapid and cash-hemorrhaging expansion, WeWork decided to wind down its involvement in the country. WeWork’s Chinese unit has secur

Benchmark’s Peter Fenton: ’10 to 20 years of innovation just got pulled forward’

Earlier today at TechCrunch Disrupt, venture capitalist Peter Fenton joined us to talk about a variety of issues. Among them, we discussed how he’s putting his stamp on Benchmark now that, 15 ye

Everybody is racing to an IPO — even Laird Hamilton’s young ‘superfood’ company

This one is unusual: Laird Superfood, a five-year-old, 100-person, Sisters, Oregon-based startup that was co-founded by famed surfer Laird Hamilton and which makes plant-based packaged beverage produc
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