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Perhaps Substack can grow just fine without venture dollars
Substack, a publishing platform known for its newsletter service, announced this week that it had crossed the 2 million paid subscription mark. Given the wealth of historical data we have […]
Censorship, lockdowns, arbitrary bans — Twitter is turning into the China of social media
Wow, that was quick. When Elon Musk bought Twitter and took it private in October, I figured we’d have a while before things took a turn. Then, after he laid […]
Tech’s growth story shifted this year. How has that impacted transparency?
When Vijay Chattha was building a startup, his competitor was what some would call a media darling. The competition had a good story, which created investor interest. In turn, that […]
A scale story: TechCrunch’s parent company links up with Taboola
Folks often ask if Crunchbase and TechCrunch are still the same company (nope). Many express surprise that AOL was once this publication’s sole parent (yep). The saga of Who Owns […]
Let’s check in on community-focused startups
Over the past few years, community has been a buzzword for tech startups looking to sell a product or service based on their definition of a useful network. The pandemic […]
Will M&A bring relief to media startups amid a public-market hangover?
There are several categories of business that venture investors often avoid. Gaming was one, historically, because game-based revenues can be hit-driven and episodic. Media was another. The Exchange explores startups, […]
What’s the TAM for paid newsletters?
News broke yesterday that Substack, the popular newsletter publishing tool, called off fundraising plans for a Series C after a raise at its price target failed to materialize. The company’s […]
Scammers snatch up expired domains, vexing Google
The web is a living thing — ever-evolving, ever-changing. This goes beyond just the content on websites; whole domains can expire and be taken over, allowing corners of the internet […]
Unpacking music streaming economics through the lens of Deezer’s SPAC
The smaller European service projects growth on the back of B2B partnerships Alex Wilhelm 9 hours In an expected move, European music streaming company Deezer announced plans yesterday to go […]