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Metaverse app BUD raises another $37M, plans to launch NFTs

BUD, a nascent app taking a shot at creating a metaverse for Gen Z to play and interact with each other, has raised another round of funding in three months. The Singapore-based startup told TechCrunch that it has closed $36.8 million in a Series B round led by Sequoia Capital India, not long after it...

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‘Move-to-earn’ Solana app StepN is latest crypto gaming craze

Since its launch in December, StepN, an app that lets users walk and run to earn tokens, has quickly become a household name in the play-to-earn blockchain gaming, or GameFi, world. Two to three million users worldwide are now active on the app every month, StepN’s co-founder Jerry Huang recently told TechCrunch. That number is...

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Stripe and Plaid suit up for battle

Recent product news from Stripe and Plaid indicate the two private companies are gunning for one another as the market for B2B financial technology matures, expands and individual players increasingly overlap. It might sound silly that Stripe, best known for its payments technology, and Plaid, best known for its API that connects consumer bank accounts...

The Interchange: Venture’s mixed signals
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The Interchange: Venture’s mixed signals

Welcome back to The Interchange, the weekly TechCrunch series that looks at the latest — and what’s ahead — in the global fintech industry. It’s an incredible time to be a financial technology journalist. Besides the fact that over 20% of all venture dollars last year went into fintech startups, I am particularly excited about...

Farmers Don’t Have Enough Water. Can AI Help?
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Farmers Don’t Have Enough Water. Can AI Help?

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For the fourth time in 10 years, farmers I know in California are facing a harsh reality — they won’t see a drop of water from federal government reserves to supplement the little bit they’ll get from Mother Nature. Water allocations have become a hot-button issue throughout...

Business Trends Entrepreneurs Must Know
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Business Trends Entrepreneurs Must Know

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The entrepreneurial spirit continues to grow in every part of the world, even as governments pursue policies that discourage small and medium-sized businesses. People are becoming more and more comfortable with starting new ventures on their own, whether they want to work less or need more flexibility....

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Welcome to The TechCrunch Podcast!

Welcome to the very first episode of The TechCrunch Podcast! Every week, the new TC podcast will dive into the biggest stories in tech, as told by the writers who penned them. We’ve been developing and iterating on the concept for many months now, so we’re thrilled to finally be able to deliver our first...