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- The biggest ticket in streaming: If you’re a football fan, we know where you’ll be on Sunday night. YouTube has started preselling its NFL Sunday Ticket subscription, which will set you back $249, Ivan writes.
- It’s nice when an idea comes together: You use Venmo and your friend uses PayPal. We may have said in the past that you weren’t compatible, but not today. Paul reports that Visa has partnered with peer-to-peer payment offerings, including PayPal and Venmo, to make digital payments interoperable so no one has to switch providers.
- Crystal clear: Fintech startup Clear Street, a company that builds “modern infrastructure” for capital markets, raised $270 million at a valuation of $2 billion. This is the company’s second round of funding in a year, and before that it was started by the co-founders. Mary Ann has more.
Startups and VC
When DBeaver’s creator, Serge Rider, started building an open source database management tool in 2013, he probably had no idea that ten years later it would have over 8 million users. The open source product proved so popular that in 2017 he formed a company to support it and began building a commercial product for users with business requirements. Ron has more.
Startups can get ahead in many ways. It just turns out that not all of them are completely, er, legal. The US Federal Trade Commission has approved a final consent order in its first-ever enforcement action in a case involving “review hijacking,” or when a marketer steals consumer reviews of another product to boost sales of its own product. In this case, the FTC supplement retailer ordered The Bountiful Company, the maker of Nature’s Bounty vitamins and other brands, to pay $600,000 for misleading customers on Amazon, Sara reports.
And we have another handful for you, in which horizontal buildings just don’t get the love they deserve. If only they would rise (high) for the occasion.
RevOps unleashed: 4 tips to help teams filter out the noise and focus on the big picture
No person could manage a B2B SaaS sales operation today, which is probably why head of revenue is #1 on LinkedIn’s 2023 Jobs on the Rise list.
To save time from mundane tasks so RevOps teams can tackle “the bigger, meatier projects,” Rattle COO Apoorva Verma wrote a TC+ article with recommended tactics for training salespeople, finding places to automate, and ideas for codifying “each of your business-critical processes.”
Three more from the TC+ team:
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Big Tech Inc.
Don’t you hate it when you are shopping and have to go to another app to make the final purchase? WhatsApp heard you loud and clear. Users in Brazil can now pay merchants through the app, meaning they can now have an end-to-end experience in the app, reports Ivan.
Now on to Google. The company has big news regarding its Google TV, which has expanded its free streaming lineup to over 800 live TV channels, Sara reports. If your favorite channels are Tubi, Plex, Haystack, and others, you’re in luck.
Today you will receive a reward for good behavior. Six – count them six – more for you:
- It’s electric: Ford has plans to spend $1.3 billion to turn its plant in Canada into an electric vehicle manufacturing hub. Kirsten reports.
- Migration participation: Fitbit wants users to sign in via Google accounts, Aisha reports.
- Alibaba is my second pilot: Chinese technology giant Alibaba is integrating its largest language model, Tongyi Qianwen, into all of the company’s businesses to improve user experience, which Rita writes, is the “company’s latest foray into generative AI that is, in a way, reminiscent of Microsoft’s Copilot.”
- Enough guilt to go around: 3CX confirms North Korea was behind supply chain attack, reports Carly.
- Avengers gather: MCU’s female superhero trio, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and Captain Rambeau team up in “The Marvels” movie Lauren writes.
- Where are the factories?: More than 300 gigafactories will make the EVs of tomorrow. Two of our TC+ team, Tim And Mirandamapped them all out.