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China’s Didi to relaunch Hitch carpooling service this month

China’s Didi to relaunch Hitch carpooling service this month Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing said today it will conduct a trial relaunch of its Hitch carpooling service in seven major Chinese cities with additional safety features by end of the month, more than a year after suspending the service following the murder […]

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WeWork-owned Meetup confirms restructuring, layoffs

WeWork-owned Meetup confirms restructuring, layoffs WeWork’s efforts to cut costs following the ouster of its chief executive officer and a delayed initial public offering looks to be impacting its subsidiaries. Meetup, which WeWork acquired for a reported $200 million in 2017, announced a round of layoffs this morning, TechCrunch has learned. The […]

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Sam Altman’s bet against Slack

Sam Altman’s bet against Slack Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Kate and Alex broke the discussion into two main themes. The first dealt with early-stage companies, and the second, as you can imagine, later-stage affairs. Don’t worry, we […]

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Growth is out, profitability is in

Growth is out, profitability is in Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Kate and Alex held the reins as a duo (check out our chat with Greylock’s Sarah Guo from last week here) to dig into an enormous raft […]

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WeWork confirms an up to $8 billion lifeline from SoftBank Group; names new executive chairman

WeWork confirms an up to billion lifeline from SoftBank Group; names new executive chairman Confirming earlier reports, The We Company and SoftBank Group agreed to a new capital infusion which will see SoftBank committing $5 billion in new financing and issuing a tender offer for another $3 billion in buybacks for shareholders. […]

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Report: SoftBank is taking control of WeWork at an ~$8B valuation

Report: SoftBank is taking control of WeWork at an ~B valuation WeWork, once valued at $47 billion, will be worth as little as $7.5 billion on paper as SoftBank takes control of the struggling co-working business, CNBC reports. SoftBank, a long-time WeWork investor, plans to invest between $4 billion and $5 billion […]

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Bird’s chief legal & policy officer is leaving the company

Bird’s chief legal & policy officer is leaving the company Bird, the $2.5 billion electric scooter business, is losing its chief legal and policy officer. David Estrada, who was hired last year from Kitty Hawk, is joining another mobility company, SoftBank-backed Nuro. A spokesperson for Bird tells TechCrunch Estrada is leaving the […]

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SoftBank reportedly preps a package to take control of WeWork parent company

SoftBank reportedly preps a package to take control of WeWork parent company SoftBank Group, the multi-billion dollar Japanese technology conglomerate and investment firm, has put together a  bid that would save WeWork parent company We Co., just weeks before the co-working real estate company’s imminent collapse, The Wall Street Journal reports. With […]

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Ritesh Agarwal to invest $700M in Oyo’s new $1.5B financing round

Ritesh Agarwal to invest 0M in Oyo’s new .5B financing round India’s largest budget lodging startup Oyo Hotels and Homes said today it plans to raise about $1.5 billion as part of a new financing round as the startup looks to expand its footprints in the U.S. and Europe. Ritesh Agarwal, the founder […]

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Paytm’s annual loss doubles to $549M

Paytm’s annual loss doubles to 9M Running a payments business in India is not cheap. Just ask Paytm . One of India’s largest payment companies reported a net loss of Rs 3959 crore ($549 million) for the financial year that ended in March, up 165% over 1490 crore ($206 million) in the […]

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