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Hello and welcome to the Daily Crunch for January 6, 2022! Today we not only have lethal notes on this year's CES weird confab, but breaking media and even editorial news from U.S. Secretary of State for Transport Pete Buttigieg. And, of course, several updates from startup land. Let's have some fun! -Alex


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    • Comments on CES pandemic: Our very own Brian Heater has read the essentials from this year’s kinda-IRL CES event. TechCrunch has decided not to attend in person due to COVID-19 spinning issues, but that does not mean we are not paying attention. If you want to find out more about what it’s like to cover the event from a distance, Devin Coldeway has the nitty-gritty you are looking for.
    • The NYTimes buys The Athletics: After Athletic went around the country hiring all the newspaper sports commentators it could, the company is returning their model and instead selling it. fein to the New York Times. For a reported price of $ 550 million. That's a lot of dosh, but it's not sin much in today's start - up terms. The media is still a very hard game.
    • Mark Cuban - sponsored fintech goes public: Remember SPACs? Dave does, as the fintech startups are finally riding their white research firm to the public markets. TechCrunch spoke to the CEO of the company about the business, its timing and what lies ahead for the company.

    Capturing the top stories of the day is this entry from U.S. Secretary of State for Transport Pete Buttigieg. He talks about innovation and the role of government in shaping the future, from a mobility perspective.

    Starter / VC

    Before we dive into our usual mix of startup updates, something fun. TechCrunch's own Natasha Lomas spent four weeks testing Ultrahuman's "metabolic fitness" service. “Being a cyborg is no longer as sci-fi as that” in the world of measured health, she says, but the post is a great insight into how we can take care of our bodies in the future.

    • How will crypto sales affect NFTn? On the last day, before part of it was recovered, cryptos sold heavily. TechCrunch wants to find out the impact of falling digital currency prices on NFTs and other assets priced in crypto terms.
    • Crypto crypto loan: Lucas Matney states that “most [crypto] Lending platforms rely on end-user crypto alignment, ”while startup Goldfinch DeFi uses a different approach. He raised just $ 25 million for his efforts, powered by a16z.
    • Zuddl raises $ 13M for high profile events: In particular I have not heard that Hopin has raised another trillion dollars in several months, which now feels astonishing given how busy that company has been in the last few years. Nevertheless, the location of significant events still attracts capital, Zuddl points out. While it's nice to see competition in the online confab market, I have to quietly complain against the name of Zuddl, which is like a combination of zoodle (which is full) and muddle (which is what its name is. reminds me of company).
    • The mental health startup market is hot: TechCrunch notes on the blog today about Little Otter ($ 22 million, with a focus on child mental health) and Mined ($ 3.5 million, with a focus on emotional wellbeing). Two rounds in the same place in one day reads like a data point for me.
    • Popcorn RIP Time: The golden age of online piracy is behind us, but that does not mean that some services that violated copyright law have not kept the flame of the past alive. For a while. Popcorn Time is no longer there, which I'm sure some of you will regret.
    • Dunzo raises $ 240M from Reliance Retail: With a focus on hyperlocal delivery in seven Indian cities, Dunzo has launched a major new tour led by Reliance Retail, which has invested $ 200 million of the total for a 25.8% stake in the company. Hyperlocal, fast delivery is a major worldwide stimulus. We are skeptical about the economics involved, but there is clearly a desire to invest in the dissertation.
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    There was even more. Rupifi raised $ 25 million to build its B2B payment business in India, while JABU raised $ 3.2 million for its B2B e-commerce business, and Payfit became the newest unicorn in France after $ Raised 259 million. It's busy out there - so busy that some people even in the enterprise world are curious about how fast investing in the private market is today.

    5 growth market forecasts for 2022

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    Our latest guest column with forecasts for the coming year isn’t just going forward: growth expert Jonathan Martinez shares a number of tricks that early-stage companies can use to take advantage of these movements.

    Among other topics, Martinez shared ways to gradually test ads, his views on video ads and influencer marketing, and a few ideas about Facebook and iOS 14 privacy changes.

    “I believe we will start to see major investments in Facebook and other social media platforms to keep users on their platforms, where they will still have access to first-party data, ”Wrote Martinez.

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    Company Information Big Tech Inc.

    • Meta has a great VR holiday cycle: Meta, the company behind Facebook and the Oculus VR platform, TechCrunch, seems to have a good holiday sales cycle, TechCrunch reports. The mobile companion app for Oculus VR hardware has been downloaded "approximately 2 million times worldwide since Christmas Day," according to third-party data. That's a lot of headphones.
    • Spotify innovates: Spotify has introduced a new podcast ad format. Listen to the marches. What I want for Spotify is to create new ways for me to support my favorite music artists. In contrast, Spotify is busy working on the podcasting side of its business. I believe podcast is part of my gig, but, Spotify. Yes. Focus back on music!
    • Facebook, Google hit by European cookie fine: Google and Facebook have been fined around a quarter of a billion for "non-compliance with local (and pan-EU) cookie licensing rules" thanks to the National Commission for Information and Liberation, or CNIL. for someone to post all the fines that American technical companies have paid to different countries and organizations in the EU at some point; it starts to add up.

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