Sign up for the next Pitchers & Pitches competition on 8/13
- Here’s a shout-out to all the early-stage founders attending Disrupt 2020.
- Don’t forget to register for our next Pitchers & Pitches — on August 13 — and get ready to hone your 60-second pitch to a razor’s edge.
- Anyone can benefit by attending Pitchers & Pitches, but only companies exhibiting in Digital Startup Alley can compete.
- Buy a Disrupt Digital Startup Alley Package here.
- The winning founders receive a consulting session with cela, a company that connects early-stage startups to accelerators and incubators that can help scale their businesses.
- We’ll announce the pitching lineup — and the specific VC judges those founders need to impress — on August 12.
- Remember, only startups exhibiting at Disrupt 2020 are eligible to pitch.
- If you want in on the action, get yourself a Digital Startup Alley Package today.
- Register here and join us for the next Pitchers & Pitches on August 13.
Do's and Don'ts of Working with the Press - Sign up to attend
- If you’re exhibiting in Digital Startup Alley during Disrupt 2020 — or you plan to — do not miss this opportunity to sharpen your media skills.
- Pro tip: Our August webinar series is open only to folks exhibiting at Disrupt 2020.
- Don’t miss out — buy a Disrupt Digital Startup Alley Package now and gain entry to all three exclusive webinars.
- Join TechCrunch writers and editors Greg Kumparak, Anthony Ha and Ingrid Lunden as they divulge tips and best practices when it comes to talking with the press.
- That’ll come in handy while you exhibit in Digital Startup Alley.
- Buy a Disrupt Digital Startup Alley Package, join the first of three exclusive webinars on August 12th, get comfortable talking to the press and learn how to make the best impression possible.
Last chance to save on Disrupt 2020 passes
- We’re not talking about International Beer Day (which is a thing and it’s today — look it up).
- Thousands of attendees across the world have five full days — September 14-18 — to connect, network, exhibit, compete and learn new and better ways to build their business.
- Check out the interviews, panels discussions, interactive Q&As and workshops that explore and tackle new trends, crucial issues and a metric ton (we measured) of how-tos designed to inform and support early-stage startups.
- And it opens weeks ahead of Disrupt to give you even more time to expand your network.
- Explore hundreds of early-stage startups in Digital Startup Alley — or exhibit there yourself.
- Time to heed the last call, buy your Disrupt 2020 pass before 11:59 p.m.
- You could celebrate the heck out of International Beer Day with that kind of money — hey, we don’t judge.
China Becomes a Refuge for U.S. Companies After Overcoming Covid-19
- Chinese retail sales rebounded more strongly in the April-to-June period than most analysts had been predicting earlier in the year, falling just 3.9% from the same time last year.
- While LVMH revenue fell 38% year over year in the April-to-June period, China jumped 65%, a surge driven by Chinese luxury consumers trading foreign shopping sprees for local buying runs because of travel restrictions.
- McDonald’s global revenues declined 24% year over year in the June quarter; it didn’t break out results for China.
- said its China sales grew by single-digit percentage points in April and in recent weeks had been increasing by more than 20% compared with a year earlier.
- reported 2% revenue growth in China in the most recent quarter, though unlike that of many of its fellow U.S. companies, the result compared poorly with its global performance of 11% growth in the April-to-June period.
48 hours left on early-bird savings to Buy Disrupt 2020
- The opportunity to save up to $300 dollars on your pass disappears when the early-bird deadline expires.
- Wake up, smell the savings and buy your Disrupt pass before August 7 at 11:59 p.m.
- More time and opportunity to learn, connect and collaborate with influential people who can help you move your business forward.
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- Hop off the fence, buy your pass before August 7 at 11:59 p.m.
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Jeff Bezos cashes out $3.1 billion in Amazon stock — more than his total share sales in all of 2019
- Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos dumped more than $3.1 billion worth of shares over the past week, new filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission show.
- The total windfall surpasses the $2.8 billion worth of Amazon stock he sold throughout all of last year.
- Bezos already offloaded roughly $4.1 billion worth of shares earlier this year through his trading plan, leading this week's latest sales to bring his total 2020 gains to $7.2 billion.
- His holdings after the final Tuesday sale totaled 54 million shares, worth roughly $173 billion at Wednesday's close.
- Sales of Amazon-branded items surged 49% from the year-ago period, and Amazon Web Services passed $10 billion in quarterly revenue.
- The CEO said in April he will sell roughly $1 billion in shares a year to fund his space travel company Blue Origin.
Google discontinues the Pixel 4, nine months after release
- Days after announcing the Pixel 4a, Google has quietly discontinued sales of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
- The move, noted early by the Verge, represents an extremely truncated lifecycle for a Google flagship — around half of the 18 months the company continued to sell its two predecessors.
- Google already announced the imminent arrival of the Pixel 5, when it noted the forthcoming handset would be one of two Pixels devices to sport 5G, along with the Pixel 4a 5G.
- The new budget handset also sports an excellent camera for its price point, making the Pixel 4’s existence somewhat redundant.
- A recent management shakeup appears to point to a desire for a new direction for the line, which has long suffered from uneven sales.
- It remains to be seen whether the Pixel 5 will be the first device to benefit from the division’s new direction.
More Chinese phones could lose US apps under Trump's Clean Network
- The Trump Administration’s five-pronged Clean Network initiative aims to strip away Chinese phone makers’ ability to pre-install and download U.S. apps.
- Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, and other Chinese phone makers could suffer the same setback as Huawei, should the Clean Network applies to them.
- Beijing said Thursday it’s firmly opposed to U.S. restrictions on Chinese tech firms and blasted that the U.S. uses such actions to preserve its technology hegemony.
- Under the program, carriers like China Mobile are not allowed to connect with U.S. telecoms networks, which could prevent these services from offering U.S. roaming to Chinese travelers.
- The initiative also tells U.S. companies not to store information on Chinese cloud services like Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu.
- Chinese cloud providers don’t find many clients in the U.S., perhaps except when they are hosting data for their own services, such as Tencent games serving American users.
American Darknet Vendor and Costa Rican Pharmacist Charged
- A dual U.S.-Costa Rican citizen and a Costa Rican citizen, both of whom reside in Costa Rica, were indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for their illegal sales of opioids on the darknet.
- The indictment alleges that Pate illegally purchased narcotics, including OxyContin and morphine pills, primarily from Fung, a pharmacist in Costa Rica.
- Pate then sold these narcotics on numerous darknet markets, including Silk Road and AlphaBay, in exchange for bitcoin.
- The indictment further alleges that Pate’s darknet sales involved him sending bulk shipments of narcotics in pill form from Costa Rica, often concealed in tourist souvenirs such as maracas, to co-conspirator re-shippers in the United States.
- Pate would then send the re-shippers a list of customer orders, which included customer’s names, the customer’s shipping address, and the quantity of pills they purchased.
- The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs and Costa Rican authorities provided assistance.
Stripe Hires AWS' Mike Clayville as Chief Revenue Officer
- SAN FRANCISCO—Stripe, a global technology company building economic infrastructure for the internet, today announced that Mike Clayville is joining the business as Chief Revenue Officer.
- A 36-year sales veteran of AWS, VMware and BEA Systems, Mike will be charged with leading and growing Stripe’s global sales organization as the company enters its next phase of growth.
- As the world economy shifts online and enterprises pivot with alacrity to internet commerce, Mike will scale Stripe to enable more startups and empower enterprises, and anticipate the technology they need to thrive.
- He built AWS’s customer base to millions of businesses in over 170 countries, helping startups and Fortune 500 companies alike create new revenue streams, improve operational efficiency and reduce business risk.
- Mike joins Stripe at a time when its rapidly expanding customer base is adapting to the new economy of 2020.