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Report: WhatsApp has seen a 40% increase in usage due to COVID-19 pandemic

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Social media usage has grown as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, as more users go online to stay connected with family, friends and colleagues. Now, new data from insights and consulting firm Kantar reveals exactly how much some apps are benefiting. According to a survey of more than 25,000 consumers in 30 markets conducted…

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‘Absolute Chaos’ as Small Businesses Try to Tap Into Coronavirus Rescue Funds

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NEW YORK — Desperate small business owners who hoped for a quick government lifeline to help them survive the coronavirus crisis are still without funds, instead battling red tape, wary banks and swamped computer systems. Thousands of owners who applied for loans under the government’s Paycheck Protection Program are in their second week of waiting…

Foursquare merges with Factual

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Foursquare, the 10-year-old location platform based in New York City, has today announced its plan to merge with Factual. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The merged company will keep the Foursquare moniker, and Foursquare CEO David Shim will remain at the helm, with Factual’s founder and now-former CEO Gil Elbaz joining Foursquare…

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Apply today to be a TC Top Pick at Disrupt SF 2020

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Opportunity’s a hot currency, and every early-stage startup founder’s on the lookout for it. Anything and everything that can help bring the dream to fruition, right? You’ll find three days packed with opportunity at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2020 on September 14-16. Care to know how you can super-size your Disrupt opportunity? We’ll get to that…

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Take your shot: Apply to TC Top Picks at Disrupt SF 2020

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TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco is known around the world as the place where the early-stage startup community gathers to learn and launch, connect and collaborate. We know COVID-19 has created challenges, but Disrupt SF is still on schedule (keep tabs on our updates here). Like startup founders everywhere, we quickly learn where, when and how…

All the companies from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day, Part I: B2B Companies

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Y Combinator’s Demo Day was a bit different this time around. As concerns grew over the spread of COVID-19, Y Combinator shifted the event format away from the two-day gathering in San Francisco we’ve gotten used to, instead opting to have its entire class debut to invited investors and media via YC’s Demo Day website…

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Canceled conferences will force startups to focus on scalable lead generation

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Founders should use this pause to re-assess processes and strategies Dan Wheatley is CEO/co-founder of StraightTalk Consulting, a SaaS operations and growth consultancy that works with B2B founders to implement long-term, data-driven growth strategies. Described by Sequoia Capital as the black swan event of 2020, the long-term economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic on startups…

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Coronavirus: ‘Caremongers’ who are helping vulnerable Indians

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Image copyright Caremongers India With India under lockdown and social distancing being advised to deal with the threat of the coronavirus, an online collective of “Caremongers” is reaching out to help the elderly and other vulnerable groups. It started last week when Mahita Nagaraj, a digital marketing professional and single mum, received a call from…

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All the companies from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day, Part I: B2B Companies

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Y Combinator’s Demo Day was a bit different this time around. As concerns grew over the spread of COVID-19, Y Combinator shifted the event format away from the two-day gathering in San Francisco we’ve gotten used to, instead opting to have its entire class debut to invited investors and media via YC’s Demo Day website…

Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian on how to survive these crazy days (and what to learn from them) thumbnail Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian on how to survive these crazy days (and what to learn from them) thumbnail

Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian on how to survive these crazy days (and what to learn from them)

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Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian founded Initialized Capital roughly nine years ago and they’ve closed four funds since, including most recently in late 2018. That $225 million vehicle is roughly twice the size of their previous fund, but because of the coronavirus, the firm, and its portfolio companies — some of which include Opendoor, Instacart…

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How American Elections Got So Vulnerable—and What We All Can Do Now

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America’s democracy is at risk from more than Russian Twitter trolls. Our voting systems, the information technology that undergirds our elections, are dangerously outdated and vulnerable to attack. And for Finnish data security expert Harri Hursti, the best defense we have might be counting paper ballots. We don’t have to count every vote by hand,…

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Coronavirus: ‘If you can’t work, what do you do?’

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Image copyright Cathy Wassell Image caption Digital marketing agency owner Cathy Wassell has been self-employed for 17 years Many self-employed people are struggling because work is being cancelled during the coronavirus outbreak, but are excluded from financial measures announced by the UK government.”It made me feel as if I wasn’t of any importance,” says Cathy…

Resso, Bytedance’s music streaming app, officially launches in India, sans Tencent-backed Universal Music thumbnail Resso, Bytedance’s music streaming app, officially launches in India, sans Tencent-backed Universal Music thumbnail

Resso, Bytedance’s music streaming app, officially launches in India, sans Tencent-backed Universal Music

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TikTok, the hugely popular social media app, found a lot of early traction by giving users a way to create funny lip-synced versions of clips from well-known songs and then share them with friends (its predecessor in the West was even called Musically). Now at long last, TikTok’s owner, China’s ByteDance, is doubling down on…

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Assembled raises $3.1M led by Stripe to build ‘the operating system for support teams’

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CRM software accounts for one-quarter of all enterprise IT spend. But ironically, while a lot of money is spent on platforms like Salesforce or SAP to manage incoming calls and outgoing marketing and sales activity, not a lot of attention is given to the issue of how to help the teams using all that software work…

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Startups Weekly: Why some fintech companies aren’t blinking at customer acquisition costs

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[Editor’s note: Welcome to our weekly review of news that startups can use from across TechCrunch and Extra Crunch. If you want this post by email, just subscribe here.]  Why some fintech startups aren’t blinking at customer acquisition costs Distribution channels are getting saturated across the internet and beyond, and in many tech sectors the…

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