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AXS and TikTok Join Forces to Offer Global Ticket Sales for Live Events

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Tiktok said today that it has partnered with ticketing company AXS to sell tickets for events worldwide. Users in these regions can tap on the events highlighted in videos or on artists’ profiles to buy tickets through AXS. TikTok had signed a similar deal with Ticketmaster for U.S.-based events in 2022, and expanded the partnership in 2023 to sell tickets in 20 more countries. The short-video platform said it will let certified artists promote their live events by adding AXS event links to their videos, and sell tickets via an in-app ticketing feature. Last October, TikTok onboarded Tickets.com as a partner to sell passes for its first live music event.

“Discover the Top 5 Benefits of Joining TC Early Stage 2024”

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TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 isn’t just another tech startup event — it’s the destination for early-stage startups to get hands-on, actionable insights to scale their business directly from expert leaders. Here are five amazing reasons why you need to mark your calendar for April 25 and secure your spot at this groundbreaking event in Boston. At TechCrunch Early Stage 2024, gain direct access to over 30 seasoned startup leaders and venture capitalists during speaker Q&A portions of sessions. TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 offers a unique blend of learning, networking, and exploring for startup enthusiasts. Whether you’re seeking expert advice, meaningful connections, or innovative solutions, this event has something for everyone.

“The Ultimate Side Event Roster for TC Early Stage 2024”

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Built World Startup Happy HourHosted By: Suffolk Technologies and TriNetTime: April 23, 430pm to 630pmDescription: Calling all innovators shaping the built environment! So enjoy our historic city before TechCrunch Early Stage and join fellow founders following in the footsteps of our nation’s early founders. We welcome startup founders seeking innovative solutions to maintain wellness while achieving the optimal point of productivity for those crucial momentum moments throughout your startup journey. Startup Happy Hour with OnshapeHosted By: Onshape (PTC Inc.)Time: April 24, 630pm to 9pmDescription: Join us the week of TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 at PTC’s headquarters for an exciting happy hour for founders! The party will start at 5:30pm, immediately following TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 on April 25th.

The triumphant comeback of Paddy Cosgrave as CEO of Web Summit, following his resignation amidst the Israel/Gaza controversy.

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Paddy Cosgrave, the co-founder of the Web Summit tech conference, is returning to his role as CEO after resigning in October over controversial statements he made about the Israel/Gaza war last year on social media. “As Web Summit becomes bigger, our aim should be to make it smaller for our attendees. More opportunistically, as with Facebook, the emphasis on community is a counterweight to Web Summit’s bigger business aim: scale, in Web Summit’s case growing its conference empire by getting as many people and companies as possible paying to attend its events. Web Summit runs a number of global tech conferences, the best known and biggest of which is in Lisbon, which in recent years attracted upwards of 70,000 attendees. Scrambling in the lead-up to the Lisbon event, Web Summit quickly appointed Wikimedia CEO Catherine Maher as Cosgrave’s CEO replacement, even as Cosgrave retained an 80% ownership of the business.

“Unveiling the Full Program of Side Events for TC Early Stage 2024”

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Built World Startup Happy HourHosted By: Suffolk Technologies and TriNetTime: April 23, 430pm to 630pmDescription: Calling all innovators shaping the built environment! So enjoy our historic city before TechCrunch Early Stage and join fellow founders following in the footsteps of our nation’s early founders. We welcome startup founders seeking innovative solutions to maintain wellness while achieving the optimal point of productivity for those crucial momentum moments throughout your startup journey. Startup Happy Hour with OnshapeHosted By: Onshape (PTC Inc.)Time: April 24, 630pm to 9pmDescription: Join us the week of TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 at PTC’s headquarters for an exciting happy hour for founders! The party will start at 5:30pm, immediately following TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 on April 25th.

: “UK Stuns New York with Lavish Event to Attract American Venture Capitalists – TechCrunch Recap”

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The UK threw a splashy event in New York this week to woo more American VCs Welcome to the new UK: the Unicorn KingdomA 3-D hologram, dubbed the Ever-Changing Statue, will be on display at the Rise by Barclays workspace in New York until April 4. Dealroom data shows that UK startups raised $31 billion in venture capital in 2022 and $41 billion in 2021. It’s also still more than the $18 billion the UK raised in 2019 and the $12 billion raised in 2018. Between 2009 and 2019, only 38 UK Black founders raised venture capital funding—that number now stands at 80, according to an updated report by Extend Ventures. “The UK tech ecosystem has made significant strides, but work remains to reach the scale and influence of Silicon Valley,” Taylor told TechCrunch.

“Prepare for an Unforgettable Experience at Apple WWDC 2024: June 10-14, Expect the ‘A.I.'”, Delightful!

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Apple SVP Greg “Joz” Joswiak just confirmed via the social media platform formerly known as Twitter that the company’s annual World Wide Developer Conference is set for June 10-14. In what is no doubt a nod to the company’s artificial intelligence ambitions, the exec is promising that the event will be “Absolutely Incredible.”Mark your calendars for #WWDC24, June 10-14. pic.twitter.com/YIln5972ZD — Greg Joswiak (@gregjoz) March 26, 2024As the name “D” in WWDC suggests, the event is heavily focused on developers for Apple’s various operating systems. WWDC seems like the most likely platform for such an announcement — and, perhaps, details on a rumored Google Gemini partnership for the iPhone. As ever, the event will include a small cohort of “winners,” 50 of whom will be invited to the in-person event in Cupertino.

Confetti Raises $16M: The Preferred Team-Building Platform of Apple, Google, and Microsoft

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Not many startups can claim Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Meta as paying customers, but Confetti can. How it worksCompanies use Confetti to bring team-building experiences to their remote teams, with support for hybrid too. ComplexitiesIn a prior job, Rubin says she was tasked with organizing a team-building event, an endeavor that proved more difficult than she initially envisaged. “When we started, we were solely focused on in-person events, helping companies organize events in the office,” Rubin said. “We’re already providing companies with options to purchase Confetti Credits, which can be used to buy experiences on our platform,” Rubin said.

“Early Stage Boston: A Tech-Fueled Lineup of Side Events feat. Techstars, Women in Tech, and Harvard”

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We welcome startup founders seeking innovative solutions to maintain wellness while achieving the optimal point of productivity for those crucial momentum moments throughout your startup journey. Description: Join us the week of TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 at PTC’s headquarters for an exciting happy hour for founders! Register HereHosted By: Women in Tech — Global MovementTime: April 25, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Description: Join our Women Tech Meetup — an incredible gathering of women in technology, female founders, entrepreneurs, community builders, and other professionals! Description: Join AlleyCorp, Anzu Partners, Argon VC, Aurelia Foundry, Converge Ventures, Cybernetix Ventures, First Star Ventures, Glasswing Ventures, Hyperplane Ventures, and SkyRiver Ventures after TechCrunch Early Stage, for a happy hour with deep tech founders, operators, and investors.

Microsoft’s Latest Surface Devices Grant Copilot Exclusive Access Key

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What’s been billed as a Windows event is, predictably, focused on AI efforts, with Copilot taking the wheel. The new Surface Pro 10 for Business and Surface Laptop 6 for Business both sport a devoted Copilot key wedged between the Alt key and arrows. At the end of the day, a Copilot key is simply a physical shortcut that surfaces one particular service. That the key has been added to a pair of business-focused devices highlights how much the company is considering Copilot an important enterprise play. The Surface Pro 10 for Business sports a 13-inch touchscreen, powered by either the Intel Core Ultra 5 or 7 and the Intel AI Boost NPU.