Wordle, hurdles and Sally’s early retirement – TechCrunch

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unveil the numbers and nuances behind the headlines.

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.

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