To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox daily at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for August 19, 2021. Today is good, with lots of exciting news and even a hot, fresh newsletter from the. More on that in a moment. Before we start, UiPath to our October SaaS event. It’s going to be, as the kids say, lit. — Alex
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- OnlyFans to kick some adult content off its service: In a move that temporarily broke servers, well-known subscription content service OnlyFans is moving away from its traditional content varietal. “OnlyFans did not respond to TechCrunch’s inquiries as to its definition of content or how it expected this would impact the company’s bottom line” is a good summary of where this story is. Expect more as it evolves.
- Chicago puts points on the board for the Midwest: When COVID shook up the venture capital market , one city, in particular, saw its fortunes change — for the better. Since the second half of 2020, Chicago has seen vast sums of into its local startups. We wanted to understand better what happened and why.
- Our own Lucas Matney was modestly positive about Facebook’s new VR service that mimics a conference room. So that we can all enjoy that , some folks noted that the tech could be great for folks who might have a more challenging time physically commuting. And lots of people thought it looked like a hot mess on stilts and more of a method for Facebook to change the narrative about its various regulatory issues than move the VR ball forward.
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- The Standard Oil of cannabis delivery: Eaze is buying Green Dragon, p market. Weep if you live in a part of the U.S. or the world where you cannot get weed delivered to your house. Civilization will reach you soon enough, perhaps via an Eaze courier.
- Bird launches electric bike: Bird is busy going public via a SPAC — and it recently dropped its Q2 numbers, mind — but that’s not all the scooter company is up to. It also built an electric bike, which is frankly astonishing, as we should rip out a bunch of streets in global cities and replace them with bike paths and green spaces.
- Global regulations as a service: That’s the gambit behind Recology, a startup that internet has made global commerce the norm, Regology could be onto something. Also, from this story, there is a venture capital firm called “Acme Capital.” Perhaps they invest in anvils, dynamite, and other contra-Road-Runner products. understanding local laws around the worldd. As companies increasingly go remote, and the
- Launch House to scale venture community: This one is aslightlycomplicated, so read the story. But in essence: Launch House is building a class-based spaces. And it just put together seven figures of capital to pursue its vision.
- Today’s Tiger Global round is Nacelle: What is Nacelle, and why did Tiger lead a $50 B into the company? The nacelle is a solution. And it because it’s a headless commerce solution if that makes sense.
- website just after we capped off the Daily Crunch draft yesterday, Ron Miller and I put together some notes on what Databricks might look like at a $38 billion valuation. Enjoy!
Let’s make a deal: A crash course on corporate development.
VenrockTodd Graham has some frank advice for founders at venture-backed startups: “It would be wise to generate a return at some point.” With that in mind, he authored a primer on corporate development that lays out the three most common categories of acquisitions, tips for dealing with bankers, and explains why a partnership with a big company the best way forward. “you need to take the meeting, ” regardless of your chosen path,” advises Graham. “In the worst-case scenario, you’ll get a few new LinkedIn connections, and you’re now a known quantity. The best-case scenario will be a second meeting.”