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Talking tech’s exodus, Twitter’s labels, and Medium’s next moves with founder Ev Williams

Earlier today, we had the chance to talk with Twitter and Medium cofounder Ev Williams, along with operator-turned investor James Joaquin, who helps oversee the day-to-day of the mission-focused venture firm they separately cofounded six years ago, Obvious Ventures.
We collectively discussed lot of venture-y things, some of which we’ll publish next week, so stayed tuned. In the meantime, we spent some time talking specifically with Williams about both Twitter and Medium and some of the day’s biggest headlines. Following are some excerpts from that chat, lightly edited for length and clarity.
TC: A lot of tech CEOs …

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Former Slack exec April Underwood has joined Obvious Ventures as a venture partner

April Underwood, who until early last year was Slack’s chief product officer, has joined Obvious Ventures as a venture partner, she announced on Twitter today.
Underwood said that as part of the firm’s team, she will “invest in great companies seeking to solve the big problems facing humanity: …

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One, A New Digital Bank Aimed At The Middle Class, Raises $17M Series A





One, a new neobank targeting the middle class, announced this morning it has raised $17 million in a Series A financing from Foundation Capital, Core Innovation Capital  and Obvious Ventures.
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The round brings One’s total raised since its January 2019 inception to $26 million. The startup, which …

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