Data-driven iteration helped China’s Genki Forest become a $6B beverage giant in 5 years – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 17 minutes More posts by this contributor Data-driven iteration helped China’s Genki Forest become a $6B beverage giant in 5 years Working With A Chinese Factory, Hardware Entrepreneur Edition China’s e-commerce and industrial ecosystem is as different from the Western world as its culture. The country took decades to earn its reputation as the Factory of the … Read more

The DL on CockroachDB – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 8 minutes As college students at Berkeley, Spencer Kimball and Peter Mattis created a successful open-source graphics program, GIMP, which got the attention of Google. The duo ultimately joined Google, and even personally got kudos from Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Kimball and Mattis quickly rose to prominence within the company, and then chose to leave it … Read more

Should we be worried about insurtech valuations? – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 14 minutes Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s inspired by what the weekday Exchange column digs into, but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here. Hello everyone, I hope you had a lovely week. I turned 32 after experiencing sleep-destroying heartburn. So, … Read more

China Roundup: Kai-Fu Lee’s first Europe bet, WeRide buys a truck startup – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 12 minutes Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. Despite the geopolitical headwinds for foreign tech firms to enter China, many companies, especially those that find a dependable partner, are still forging ahead. For this … Read more

This Week in Apps: Clubhouse opens up, Twitter talks bitcoin, Snap sees record quarter – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 42 minutes Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices … Read more

Sequoia’s Mike Vernal outlines how to design feedback loops in the search for product-market fit – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 5 minutes Sequoia’s Mike Vernal has worn many hats. He was VP of product and engineering at Facebook for eight years before getting into investment. His portfolio includes Houseparty, Threads, Canvas, Citizen, PicsArt and more, and he continues to invest in companies across a broad spectrum of stages and verticals, including consumer, enterprise, marketplaces, fintech and more. … Read more

Daily Crunch: Bitcoin ‘is a big part of our future,’ says Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 10 minutes To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for July 23, 2021. It’s been an interesting week for the crypto faithful. One eye-catching piece of news came from Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey, … Read more

Automakers have battery anxiety, so they’re taking control of the supply – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 5 minutes ‘The batteries don’t show up, you’re bankrupt, you’re dead’ Battery joint ventures have become the hot must-have deal for automakers that have set ambitious targets to deliver millions of electric vehicles in the next few years. It’s no longer just about securing a supply of cells. The string of partnerships and joint ventures show that … Read more

Peer-to-peer car rental startup Getaround fined nearly $1M by DC’s Attorney General – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 6 minutes Getaround was fined nearly $1 million by the Washington D.C. Office of the Attorney General for operating without a license and other violations, part of a settlement of what the peer-to-peer car rental startup calls “politically motivated allegations.” The AG’s office started investigating the company early last year, after it received reports of vehicle thefts … Read more

Extra Crunch roundup: finding GTM, China’s edtech clampdown and how to define growth – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 17 minutes Early-stage startups tend to claim that their go-to-market strategy is fully operational. In reality, GTM is a stark numbers game, and even with a solid plan in place, it can be easily foiled by common problems like turf battles and poor communication. Finding GTM fit is a milestone for any startup that includes everything from … Read more