Need a break from layoffs? Snag a 50% discount on an Expo+ admission!

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Layoffs are tough. The silver lining is that with an Expo+ pass, you can engage with a vibrant tech startup community at TC Disrupt, boasting over 10,000 participants, for the entire three days. Here’s the deal: If you’ve been through a layoff, in any industry, and from any country within one year of October 2024, you qualify for a discounted Expo+ pass. At Disrupt, you’ll find a wealth of opportunities to explore, with access to startup founders, CEOs, service providers, and partner companies. *Networking activations access is limited for Expo+ Passes and doesn’t include access to roundtables, small-group sessions, braindates or select receptions.

BONUS Opportunity: Extended Application Deadline for Startup Battlefield 200!

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A big shoutout to the early-stage founders who missed the application window for the Startup Battlefield 200 (SB 200) at TechCrunch Disrupt. Extended Startup Battlefield 200 deadlineIt’s time to stop kicking this task-can down the road. You have one extra week to apply to Startup Battlefield 200. A shot at $100,000: TechCrunch editors will select 20 startups from the SB 200 to be Startup Battlefield finalists. Apply to the Startup Battlefield 200 by June 17 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

“Unfamiliar to DC’s political elite, Y Combinator sets its sights on changing their awareness”

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“So many folks in D.C. don’t actually know what it is,” he remarked. When Graham put out a call for startup applications, a dozen startups got into YC’s debut class. Lowe didn’t confirm where that was a strategy on Tan’s part, but he praised Tan for his warmness and his dedication. After educating the D.C. market, YC aims to leverage its influence, particularly in areas like competition policy. And if we don’t do that, then it’s pretty easy to see how this plays out,” Lowe said.

“Reviving Robotaxis: GM Grants $850M to Cruise for Houston Relaunch”

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Patrick Morrisey, VP of corporate communications at GM, told TechCrunch that the reduction in spending is still in effect, despite today’s capital infusion. In total, Cruise has already raised over $15 billion, per Crunchbase data. In October, a Cruise robotaxi ran over and dragged a pedestrian 20 feet in San Francisco. The pedestrian had initially been hit by a human-driven car and landed in the path of a Cruise robotaxi. In other states where AV companies don’t need to acquire permits, Cruise is already making a comeback.

Mixed and Strong Reactions Abound as Ripple Announces Tender Offer Decision

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Welcome to TechCrunch Fintech! This week, we’re looking at Rippling’s controversial decision to ban some former employees from selling their stock, Carta’s massive valuation drop, a GenZ-focused fintech raise, and more! But there is one big exception: It has banned former employees who work for a handful of competitors from selling their stock. What else we’re writingIn early 2022, the fintech startup Bloom was accepted into Y Combinator as the first-ever startup from Sudan to participate in the famed accelerator. In an unusual move, Capital One is teaming up with payment giants (and rivals) Stripe and Amsterdam-based Adyen to offer a free product aimed at fraud reduction, the financial services giant told TechCrunch in an exclusive interview.

“The Unforgettable Week in TechCrunch Space”

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Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch Space. In the same seven-day period, we watched Boeing’s Starliner launch astronauts to space for the first time, and then we got to watch those two astronauts dock with the International Space Station. And we also got to see SpaceX launch Starship for the fourth time ever — and then bring it back home. I think I’m not alone in thinking that some of the most spectacular images in the history of rocketry were generated during that flight. Of course, the mission isn’t over yet: After around a week aboard the station, the two astronauts will re-board Starliner and use it to get back home.

“TechCrunch Disrupt 2024 Keynote: A Fireside Chat with Slack CEO Denise Dresser”

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When Slack CEO Denise Dresser was handed the reins last November, she was the third CEO in less than a year at the enterprise communications company. The SaaS Stage lineup, including our discussion with Denise Dresser, is taking place on Oct 29th – learn more about the event here. About TechCrunch Disrupt 2024TechCrunch Disrupt is where you’ll find innovation for every stage of your startup journey. Over 10,000 startup leaders will be attending this year’s event on October 28-30 in San Francisco. We can’t wait to hear from Denise Dresser and more SaaS leaders at this year’s show.

Last Chance to Enter Startup Battlefield 200 at Disrupt – Hurry Now!

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It’s time to dig deep and take advantage of an unparalleled opportunity at TechCrunch Disrupt 2024 — the Startup Battlefield 200. Applications to Startup Battlefield 200 close todayThe Startup Battlefield 200 experience isn’t just good — it’s great. Startup Battlefield 200 perks and benefitsWhat’s in it for you? You don’t have much time left — apply to Startup Battlefield 200 here TODAY by 11:59 p.m. PDT! Is your company interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at TechCrunch Disrupt 2024?

Deadline Approaching: Last Chance to Submit Applications for Startup Battlefield 200!

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You’re running out of time to join the Startup Battlefield 200, our curated showcase of top startups from around the world and across multiple industries. This elite cohort — 200 companies strong — absolutely owns (and slays) the exhibition floor at TechCrunch Disrupt. Tomorrow is the last day to apply to Startup Battlefield 200We’re accepting applications from early-stage startups until tomorrow, June 10 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. A shot at $100,000: TechCrunch editors will select 20 startups from the SB 200 to be Startup Battlefield finalists. Apply to the Startup Battlefield 200 right now.

The Unexpected Downfall of India’s Most Successful Startup: From Riches to Ruin

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In a research note, HSBC estimates that the Indian edtech giant, once valued at $22 billion, is now worth nothing. The write-down in its estimation makes Byju’s one of the most spectacular startup slides in recent memory and follows a very rough year for what was India’s most valuable startup not long ago. After raising $100 million, AI mortgage startup LoanSnap is facing an avalanche of lawsuits and has been evicted from its main office. At least seven creditors, including Wells Fargo, have collectively alleged that the company owes them more than $2 million. Read MoreTurns out, AI models have favorite numbers: Engineers at Gramener performed an informal experiment where they asked several major LLM chatbots to pick a random number between 0 and 100.