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Hellooooo! Since our last Daily Crunch, our adrenaline-fueled TechCrunch team has added over 70 stories to the site. We pick out some of the best below, but we’ll almost certainly miss a story you’d like to read. Quickly scroll through our homepage to see what appeals to you! — Christina and haje
TechCrunch’s top 3
- Tim Cook and green bubbles: Christine is an Android user and her iPhone user friends talk about “green bubbles”, but until now she didn’t know it was a problem. Christine’s text bubbles come in all colors and even tell her who’s “talking” when she’s in a group. However, she has now learned that her iPhone user friends secretly hate her green bubbles. Tim Cook is on their side, Ivan writing.
- Ambient mesh: This is the name of the new Istio service mesh from Google and Solo.io. We will give in to Frederic to explain what it all means.
- Electrical chamber: Jeep has three, three new electric vehicles, ah ah ah!, ready to enter the market from 2023, Jaclyn reports.
Startups and VCs
It’s Day 2 of Y Combinator-vaganza, which means we’ve got buckets and buckets of news for you. Assuming news comes in batches, but that’s a conversation for another day.
Tags reports that the latest batch of YC more than halves the presence of African startups, and Anne, alexander and Tags are curious to know where Y Combinator is looking for startups in 2022. And Kyle explored 7 AI startups that stood out among YC hopefuls, and a bunch of TechCrunch writers picked our 11 favorite companies from Day 1 and Day 2 and moonshots.
Phew. In addition to YC, Apple held an event yesterday, and we’ve covered a bunch of those as well. Fortunately, Christine has you covered on that front in the Big Tech section below.
Here are a few others:
5 Metrics Series A Investors Look for in Dev-Tools Startups
The median Series A for developer tooling companies fell to $47.5 million in the third quarter of 2022, “the lowest since the start of 2021,” writes Rak Garg, director of Bain Capital.
After meeting with hundreds of companies since the onset of the recession, Garg has written a fundraising guide for early-stage founders hoping to take it to the next level.
“I’ve noticed a common characteristic among founders who have made it through Series A rounds: They’re good at telling their company’s story,” says Garg.
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Big Tech inc.
So much Apple, so little time. The Apple iPhone 14 event dominated our news cycle for day two, especially this one by Greg, which we think pretty much summed up everything about the event. If you want to read all the goofy details, head over to Apple’s fall events hub.
Speaking of things to salivate over, Christina wrote a brief article about Bloomingdale’s entry into the metaverse with its new virtual store that seems to make you purse hungry.