Startup Digest Reading List

By Chris McCann

A curated list of the top stories in technology, startups, and venture capital.

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Startup Digest Reading List - Chief Product Officer, Asking Dumb Questions, U.S. Super Apps

Paypal is looking to acquire Pinterest, would be an odd couple.Linkedin is retreating from China.The first ETF focused on Bitcoin traded on the NYSE.Apple announced the newest laptops, M1 Pro/Max series.

#176・

Startup Digest Reading List - Open Source Fintech, AI Report, News Feeds

High speed internet could be coming to airlines while traveling in the air, via Starlink. Amazon is allowing most of its tech and corporate staff to work remotely forever. Mark Zuckerberg personally responds to the controversies it is facing, notably the rese…

#175・

Startup Digest Reading List - Facebook’s Bad Week, Concentration Risk in Fintech, State of VC

Facebook had a tough week - with an internal whistleblower, all of their services going offline, and a Senate committee hearing. TikTok hit 1 billion monthly active users.Netflix acquired its first game studio.Twitch had a major hack of both source code and u…

#174・

Startup Digest Reading List - Collision of DeFi and FinTech, Working in VR, ML Company Landscape

Facebook did internal research and found out its own products are harmful to teenagers. Compound accidentally sent $90M to their users, and asked for it back.Imgur was acquired by MediaLab, the startup incubator. Odd choice for the one high flying startup.Fiv…

#173・

Startup Digest Reading List - Understanding Startup Compensation, BNPL Growth, Asymmetric Upside

Amazon is finally cracking down on Chinese vendors who were selling goods & buying fake reviews. If you use Gmail, be careful about Google keeping records of all of your purchases via receipts. Twitter is working to enable crypto tipping in app & auth…

#172・

Startup Digest Reading List - B2B Payments, New Interfaces, and Play to Earn

Gitlab filed to go public via their S-1. The company is doing $233M in revenue, growing 69% with over 3,600 customers. Their overall revenue is low (compared to benchmarks) but their net revenue retention is best in class.Mailchimp was acquired by Intuit for …

#171・

Startup Digest Reading List - What PMs Do, History of TSMC, Facebook Glasses

Facebook is building and launching smart glasses (remember Google Glasses?) in partnership with Ray-Ban.Apple is losing its grip on its payment ecosystem now through the latest in the lawsuit with Epic Games, and with Korea Japan & India forcing Apple to …

#170・

Startup Digest Reading List - Saber, China Internet Report, Solana Ignition

Amazon will be using Affirm for their buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) checkout option, in a move following Square's acquisition of AfterPay for $29B.Databricks raised a massive $1.6B on a $38B valuation with a (small) participation from us at Race Capital & my p…

#169・

Startup Digest Reading List - Solana, Punks, and Valuing DAOs

There is still a big shortage of silicon chips and now TSMC is raising chip prices 20%.Apple (after a lawsuit) is finally allowing for alternative payment methods outside of the AppStore. Visa bought an NFT Crypto Punk which is now holding on their corporate …

#168・

Startup Digest Reading List - DeFi Eats CeFi, Evaluating Job Offerings, and FTX by the Numbers

OnlyFans banned explicit content on their site (the overwhelming majority of their content?) due to pressures from their payment processor (Mastercard). Coinbase is purchasing $500M of digital assets on their corporate balance sheet and investing 10% of their…

#167・

Startup Digest Reading List - Psychology of collecting NFT's, Partner Banks, and Coinbase Earnings

Reddit raised a $410M Series F with a valuation of $10B by Fidelity.A hacker exploited PolyNetwork (a cross-chain bridge connecting Polygon, Binance Chain, Neo, etc.) and stole $600M in assets, and then returned it all back.Coinbase reported earnings of $2B i…

#166・

Startup Digest Reading List - FTX Speedrun, Stablecoins, and Why Investors Say No

Square acquired AfterPay (a buy now pay later BNPL company) for $29B in an all stock deal, which was about 25% of the total value of Square. It’s a huge deal and Afterpay has 98K merchants in its network doing ~$21B in GMV.Robinhood, the king of meme stock tr…

#165・

Startup Digest Reading List: FTX, Cloud Provider Market Share, and Hype in Consumer Social

Incredible stat: 1 out of every 153 American workers is an Amazon employee.Duolingo went public with a valuation of $6.5BRobinhood went public at the low end of its range, and fell a further 10%, with a market cap of ~$30BThe semiconductor chip shortage could…

#164・

Startup Digest Reading List - Metaverse, Creator Fund, M&A, Product Document Templates

Facebook wants to become a "metaverse" company despite its multiple attempts at trying to do this before (Facebook Spaces, Facebook Horizon, etc.).Restaurant workers are quitting their jobs at a record pace due to low pay, exhausting work, unreliable hours, n…

#163・

Startup Digest Reading List - How the Financial System Works and VC’s pitching DAOs

iOS users now have the ability to opt-out of cross-site tracking which impairs the ability to track how advertisements are performing. Privacy will have major implications in the world of advertising. The fight for privacy isn’t limited to just the big tech c…

#162・

Startup Digest Reading List: Public Filings: Robinhood, Blend, Circle & Data Infrastructure Landscape

Uber, Lyft, and a multitude of other gig worker platforms are having a harder time attracting workers on the platform.Blend recently filed their S-1 to go public and Alex Johnson wrote a great teardown of the filing including the two big bets Blend is making …

#161・

Startup Digest Reading List - Selling to Large Enterprises, Silicon Valley, and Algorithmic Stablecoins

Brave Browser launched a search engine focused on privacy.The Supreme Court ruled universities cannot punish students for conduct on social media apps. This ruling will most likely have wide ranging consequences outside of this one case.Blend Labs, the mortga…

#160・

Startup Digest Reading List - DeFi Infrastructure, Dave Teardown, Kafka Explainer

The semiconductors wars are heating up - The US is proposing a 25% tax credit bonus for companies to move semiconductor manufacturing to the US.Triplebyte's (the hiring startup) model isn't working and they are pivoting to no more technical assessment tests.A…

#159・

Startup Digest Reading List - Credit Scores, Market Infrastructure, and the Best Projects

Facebook is allowing all of their employees to work from home if they want.The first sovereign country, El Salvador, has officially declared Bitcoin to be legal tender. McDonald’s AI efforts may be breaking consumer privacy laws.NY State passes the first “rig…

#158・

Startup Digest Reading List - Password Managers, Product Market Fit, Beyond MVPs

Getting workers to come back to the office after being accustomed to working from home, may be more challenging than expected. Apple is telling employees they must come back at least ~3 days a week.The first sovereign country, El Salvador, is looking to accep…