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How to become a VC, Amazon’s voice play, Peloton stock, Facebook’s new VR environment and more

How to become a VC, Amazon’s voice play, Peloton stock, Facebook’s new VR environment and more EC Editorial Announcements TechCrunch Disrupt SF is this week: join us on the Extra Crunch stage TechCrunch’s biggest event of the year is happening this coming week at the brand-new Moscone North convention center in SF. […]

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How to sell a startup for a $1B, Automattic, WeWork craziness, Kobalt, Netflix, Blackstone, and ClimateTech

How to sell a startup for a B, Automattic, WeWork craziness, Kobalt, Netflix, Blackstone, and ClimateTech Editor’s Note Apologies for not getting this roundup newsletter out on Saturday — I was on vacation this weekend. So this newsletter covers the back half of last week and the first half of this week, […]

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How Kobalt is betting on music’s middle class and DIY stars

How Kobalt is betting on music’s middle class and DIY stars Streaming services have made music ubiquitous, driving more exploration by consumers who don’t have to pay for each song or album individually. Musicians are correspondingly able to find their own niche of fans scattered around the world. (This is the third […]

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SexTech, Kobalt, sales efficiency, philanthropy and ethics, Brexit, and startup growth tactics

SexTech, Kobalt, sales efficiency, philanthropy and ethics, Brexit, and startup growth tactics Tech startups want to destigmatize sex Sex, despite being one of the most fundamental human experiences, is still one of those businesses that some advertisers reject, banks are hesitant to financially support and some investors don’t want to fund. That’s […]

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How Kobalt is simplifying the killer complexities of the music industry

How Kobalt is simplifying the killer complexities of the music industry Backed by over $200 million in VC funding, Kobalt is changing the way the music industry does business and putting more money into musicians’ pockets in the process. In Part I of this series, I walked through the company’s founding story […]

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Kobalt, Apple and smartwatches, Hadoop, customer support, and social work and AI

Kobalt, Apple and smartwatches, Hadoop, customer support, and social work and AI The Kobalt EC-1: How a Swedish saxophonist built Kobalt, the world’s next music unicorn My favorite pieces we host on Extra Crunch are our EC-1 series of in-depth profiles and analyses of high-flying, fascinating startups. We launched Extra Crunch with […]

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How a Swedish saxophonist built Kobalt, the world’s next music unicorn

How a Swedish saxophonist built Kobalt, the world’s next music unicorn You may not have heard of Kobalt before, but you probably engage with the music it oversees every day, if not almost every hour. Combining a technology platform to better track ownership rights and royalties of songs with a new approach […]

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Kobalt, the music services company, is raising a big round that could exceed $100 million, says new report

Kobalt, the music services company, is raising a big round that could exceed 0 million, says new report Kobalt, a 19-year-old, London-based music services company that operates as both a music publisher and a service-based music company — among other things, it helps artists collect the royalties owed them — is reportedly […]

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The war over music copyrights

The war over music copyrights VC firms haven’t been the only ones raising hundreds of millions of dollars to invest in a booming market. After 15+ years of being the last industry anyone wanted to invest in, the music industry is coming back, and money is flooding in to buy up the […]

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