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I spoke to my editor this week concerning the common: upcoming tales, the way forward for the podcast and the existential dread of imposter syndrome amid a year-and-a-half of utmost change. The final bit took up nearly all of the dialog. Go determine!

Our dialog was useful as a result of it put phrases to stresses that usually sit in between the traces and gave weight to small issues that get hidden throughout a pandemic-sized 12 months. Don’t fear, I received’t bore you with my thought loops, however I’ll extract a couple of classes that I believe are broadly relevant to Startups Weekly readers, as a result of primarily based in your clicks, I do know you’re into suggestions (and earnest ones, at that):

  1. Give your self grace. The pandemic has been complicated, imbalanced and introduced a variety of loss to lots of people. Should you really feel such as you’re working at something lower than 100% proper now, keep in mind that you’re working throughout a time when the world feels prefer it’s relying on a frayed lightbulb for steerage. Earlier than you might be arduous on your self for not being productive, take into consideration the place your productiveness requirements are coming from, and if they’re even honest within the first place.
  2. Your issues usually are not distinctive. Whereas all of us are numerous, nuanced people, we aren’t alone in a variety of what makes us human. Everybody overthinks, everybody soul searches, everybody has private {and professional} insecurities that bubble up in non-obvious methods. By believing that your issues usually are not totally distinctive, I believe you’ll end up feeling extra in command of turbulence. Which brings me to my subsequent level …
  3. Vulnerability is all the things. Vulnerability was entrance and middle within the first inning of the pandemic, the place we had been all introduced into one another’s dwelling rooms and residential places of work and backyards by Zoom. That vibe has considerably pale as we’ve tailored increasingly more to distributed work, but it surely doesn’t imply we will’t attempt to discover methods to be extra susceptible with one another. Let your self have a voice, even in moments the place it’s simpler to remain quiet, as a result of you’ll really feel nearer on the finish of it.

Take what you’ll from the above recommendation (or see the following pointers from a fellow entrepreneur), however I believe all of it boils all the way down to a perception that we needs to be people first, and insert job function right here second. It’s actually (nonetheless) an unprecedented time on this world, and ending psychological well being stigma basically is a worthwhile objective.

The remainder of this text is a couple of cyberattack on a VC agency, AfterSquare, and an EC-1 about 911. Earlier than we get on with it, we’re excited to announce that TechCrunch is launching one other e-newsletter! This Week in Apps by the inimitable Sarah Perez launches this Saturday morning, August 7. Join right here to be within the find out about all of the apps. As all the time, you will discover me on Twitter @nmasc_. 

Cybercriminals goal VC agency

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Superior Know-how Ventures, a Silicon Valley enterprise capital agency with $1.eight billion in belongings, was hit by a ransomware assault. Cybercriminals stole private data on some 300 of ATV’s restricted companions, also referred to as the individuals who have put tens of millions of tens of millions into its fund, in line with a scoop by Zack Whittaker. 

Right here’s what to know: This specific assault stole key data on a hush-hush a part of how enterprise cash works. VC companies typically don’t disclose all of their LPs as a result of aggressive benefit and secrecy. The agency might not need opponents to know who’s backing them, whereas a restricted companion might not need others to know the place their cash goes. As ransomware teams “proceed to go big-game searching,” per Whittaker, LP lists are part of that — and different VC companies ought to take word.

The cash behind the cash:

After Sq. pays

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Fintech lit up this week after Sq. purchased ‘purchase now, pay later’ big Afterpay for $29 billion. The deal, which is anticipated to undergo subsequent 12 months, will see Afterpay combine its providers into Sq.’s Vendor and Money Pay ecosystems. Mary Ann Azevedo reported the information amid the sector’s warmth up, and Alex Wilhelm shared why he thinks Sq. landed on that magic quantity. 

Right here’s what to know: Everyone seems to be constructing their very own in-house BNPL service, from Shopify (!), to PayPal to, reportedly, Apple. So, whereas the “Shopify should purchase Affirm” theories had been aplenty, reporter Ryan Lawler gave extra context on what this deal means for startups.

Matthew Harris of Bain Capital Ventures instructed TechCrunch that, because the BNPL house fills up, he doesn’t see “a variety of headroom/new angles within the shopper BNPL house … scale issues and it is going to be arduous for brand new entrants to attain escape velocity.”

As a substitute, he thinks there may be alternative for BNPL fashions to interrupt into the B2B house, the place corporations can “exchange/improve conventional bill financing and commerce credit score.”

Mates of fintech:

The 411 on 911

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TechCrunch Managing Editor Danny Crichton dove into the guts of 911 and emergency response in our newest EC-1 on RapidSOS. The corporate, which has raised greater than $190 million, has constructed an emergency response information platform that helps first responders entry a firehose of information in high-intensity conditions. It processes greater than 150 million emergencies yearly, and per Crichton, it’s nearly actually built-in into your smartphone proper now.

Right here’s what to know: From the smoking-pizza-oven early years to its pivot with out product design, RapidSOS’ story reveals how a lot you will get completed in a decade of stagnation from Capitol Hill.

The four-part collection:

Round TC

  • Ryan Lawler has returned to TechCrunch! He’s working with the ExtraCrunch group to convey you some deeper evaluation of what’s taking place within the fintech world. He’s significantly within the B2B aspect of fintech, together with all the things from startups constructing infrastructure and developer instruments for corporations deploying their very own monetary providers to company playing cards, startup banking and spend administration providers TechCrunch readers are doubtless to make use of. Should you work at a related firm within the house, have invested in a type of corporations, or are a buyer or companion of a type of corporations, he’d like to get your perspective on what’s attention-grabbing and what’s taking place. You may e mail him at
  • I haven’t given you a reduction code shortly, so use code EQUITY for a superb deal in your Additional Crunch subscription.
  • The Disrupt Agenda is alive and respiratory, so try who’s becoming a member of our digital stage in September and purchase your tickets. 

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