Bowery Farms, web3 startup Yat, and Stripe’s internal valuation – TechCrunch

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The TechCrunch Podcast

This week, TechCrunch Podcast Editor-in-Chief Darrell Etherington brings you a rundown of this week’s biggest tech stories and sits down with TC contributors to dive deep into some of them. In this episode, he talks to Zack Whittaker about Apple’s latest security feature, lockdown mode, and Amanda Silberling about the end of the trial of former Theranos executive Sunny Balwani.

Please note that we picked up an episode before news broke of Elon’s attempt to end his deal to take over Twitter. Read Taylor Hatmaker’s coverage here to stay up to date.

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chain reaction

This week Lucas and Anita return to discuss the ultimate meme investing crossover episode with GameStop launching an NFT marketplace. We also break down this week’s latest drama with the liquidation of crypto hedge fund 3 Arrows Capital. It wasn’t all doom and gloom as we discussed some of the new crypto funds injecting fresh capital into the space.

In their interview this week, Lucas and Anita chat with Naveen Jain. Naveen is the founder of Web3 startup Yat, which allows people to buy their own emoji URL. The market has seen some very expensive sales this year, but when can expensive emoji tell us about the future of identity?


Irving Fain, Founder and CEO of Bowery Farms, wants you to taste the best strawberry you’ve ever tasted, grown just a few miles from your urban home. As the leading and largest vertical farming company in the US, their goal is to enable farming in urban areas while enabling a wide array of crops to be grown from anywhere in the world. Darrell and Jordan join him to talk about how agtech companies all have a place in the fight against climate change, what led him to found Bowery, and how they scale innovatively and thoughtfully.

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Equity capital

Alex, Natasha and Maria Ann enjoyed another installment of Equity Live this week, and hopped onto Twitter Spaces to chat about everything from Musk’s meme suit to a new version of Wordle that caught Spotify’s attention. As we finished recording the episode, news broke that Stripe was dropping its internal rating by 28%. Luckily we do this three times a week to keep up to date for our intake soon.

In the meantime, here’s what we’ve accomplished in today’s episode:

  • Spotify acquired Heardle in what felt like a throwback to small things and, of course, a nod to its famous predecessor, the NY Times-owned Wordle. Only one of us has played the music guessing game so far, so tweet @equitypod Your thoughts on whether it is actually Fun.
  • We also talked about a startup trying to address male infertility in a personalized and engaging way. It caught the attention of investors and ours too.
  • Our last deal of the week, Continuum, gave us a chance to talk about producing one of the worst jobs in startups: laying people off. Given the volatility of startups at all stages right now, fractional work play feels even more important. Hopin, for example, completed his second layoff in four months this week, severing his COO, CFO and other executives. Medium had a leadership reshuffle when Ev Williams resigned.
  • The final two topics of the episode revolved around Instacart and the future of grocery delivery, as well as the latest from the Twitter and Elon Musk saga.

This is our Wednesday show where we focus on a single topic, ponder a question and unpack the rest. In this week, Natasha asked: How is Roe’s reversal affecting the way businesses are built?

The question was inspired by a recent TechCrunch+ column: “Roe reversal weighs heavily on emerging tech cities in red states.” The reporters behind the piece, Dominic Madori Davis and Becca Szkutakjoined Equity to share the story and help us understand the nuances behind this tremendous setback.

We chatted about the reappearance of geographic boundaries, selective silencing of the money behind the money, and how founders need to rethink their growth strategy when coming from red states. We also chatted about how some Founders have already begun to react to the Roe vs. Wade overthrow and their opinions on the legitimacy of what happens next.

Alex and Gracefulness are back to cover the biggest, boldest and baddest tech news. After a few weeks of vacation, we’re back to a real Monday! What a reward; what a treat. Here’s what we got ourselves into:

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