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NEWS: $BABA & $TCEHY layoffs, Google’s AR purchase, $APE coin; OK Boomer: Smirk | E1412

First, Jason and Molly rip through the news (1:44). They cover looming layoffs at two Chinese tech giants (2:31), Google getting back into the AR glasses race with a new acquisition (7:27), chaos in the instant delivery space (13:15), and Yuga Labs launching $APE coin, a BAYC token. (24:58) Then, Producer Rachel interviews Smirk founder Preston Attebery on mobile gaming, the future of social gaming, and more! (33:00)

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Full breakdown of Microsoft acquiring Activision-Blizzard for ~$70B+ | E1363

Microsoft has announced its intention to make the largest tech acquisition ever by buying Activision-Blizzard for ~$75B ($68.7 when you net out Activision’s cash). This is Microsoft’s 3rd major gaming acquisition as it attempts to build the “Netflix for Gaming” with its Game Pass service.

We cover the details of the deal: what the combined company will look like, how this fits into Microsoft’s metaverse strategy, Microsoft’s commitment to change the Activision-Blizzard culture, the $3B “breakup fee” that Activision is on the hook for if deal falls through, the potential challenge from the FTC and more!

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Emergency Pod! Microsoft in talks to buy Discord for $10B+; breaking down their thesis, Discord’s business & more | E1190

watch listen share FacebookTwitteremail comment sponsored by OurCrowd helps you invest early in pre-IPO companies alongside professional VCs. If you’re interested in investing, you can join OurCrowd for free at OurCrowd.com/TWIST. about this episode FOLLOW Jason: https://linktr.ee/calacanis Listen here: Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-week-in-startups-audio/id315114957 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6ULQ0ewYf5zmsDgBchlkr9 Overcast: https://overcast.fm/itunes315114957/this-week-in-startups-audio Show notes: 0:00 Intro / OurCrowd - Sign up for [...]
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Tobi Lütke on Shopify’s impact on the creator economy, COVID forcing focus, early Internet breakthroughs, evolving as a remote manager & much more | E1184

Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke joins Jason for a conversation covering how software compounds innovation, pandemic lessons, making entrepreneurship trivial on the internet and more!
Pod notes here: https://rb.gy/zihcmw

E1107 The Next Unicorns E17: Caffeine CEO Ben Keighran on reimagining live TV for younger generations, what makes Apple’s design team so special, remembering Steve Jobs & more

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E1050: PlayVS CEO & Founder Delane Parnell shares his incredible journey from the projects to raising almost $100M to build the esports platform of the future, breaking through as an outsider in tech, using leverage & partnerships to create a moat, his top 5 entrepreneurs & more!

watch listen TWiStartups · E1050 PlayVS' Delane Parnell on journey from the projects to ~$100M raised, breaking thru in tech share FacebookTwitteremail comment sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank, who has formed the COVID-19 Global Impact & Innovation Fund in partnership with Founders Pledge. This fund will deliver resources directly to organizations that can help make [...]
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