4 principles for building an MVP even if you can’t write a single line of code – TechCrunch

Magnus Grimeland Contributor Coding is the new literacy — for years, people have been calling programming the X-factor that guarantees future success. It’s no surprise there is a widespread perception in the startup world that anyone who doesn’t know how to code should forget about trying to create anything. After all, Silicon Valley, which historically has been to software engineering what Hollywood is to acting, built its reputation as the birthplace of world-changing tech companies. But the reality is that great talent is everywhere, and technical talent is not the…

Losses at SoftBank’s Vision Funds have consumed nearly all their historical gains – TechCrunch

Earnings season is slowingwith the largest U.S. tech companies already having reported second-quarter results. But oftentimes the most interesting results come not from your Amazons or Apples, but from smaller concerns — and even those that are not traditional tech companies. SoftBank, for example. Today, the Japanese conglomerate and startup investing powerhouse reported earnings that were more than a little bleak. SoftBank’s quarterly losses, worth around 3.2 trillion yen ($24.5 billion), were its largest in history, leading to the company posting the following image atop its investor presentation: Image Credits:…

Kumospace raises new cash to replace physical offices with virtual ones – TechCrunch

After more than two years of remote work, many employees have no interest in returning to the office — at least not without good reason. Employers have responded in kind, more or less, with tech companies in particular offering generous work from home and hybrid work options. Not all businesses are behind the changes, but there’s no denying that the pandemic rewrote the rules around the workplace — quite possibly for good. Shifts to a mostly remote workforce don’t happen overnight, however. According to ActivTrak, 41% of organizations didn’t have…

How to lose money, SoftBank edition

Alex and Grace are back to cover the biggest and most interesting technology, startup and markets news. This morning was a fun mix of stuff that we don’t always get to, so strap in for the following: Stocks and cryptos are mostly higher today, meaning that most listeners of the show are now richer than they were Friday. Congratulations! Coinbase earnings on the horizon, but we got word today from Palantir and SoftBank. Palantir’s stock is off due to a guidance miss, while SoftBank reported massive losses from its Vision…

Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com enters South Korea via acquisitions  – TechCrunch

Singapore-based cryptocurrency platform Crypto.com has acquired two startups in South Korea — payment service provider PnLink and virtual asset provider OK-BIT — for an undisclosed amount, Crypto.com said. The company also said Monday it has secured registrations under South Korea’s electronic financial transaction act and as a virtual asset service provider. “We are committed to working with regulators to continue to bring our products and services to market, particularly in countries like South Korea where consumers have shown strong interest and adoption of digital currencies,” said Crypto.com co-founder and chief…

Rounding up the Tesla Cyber Roundup, a Waymo change up and the mysterious disappearance of Bolt Mobility – TechCrunch

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Welcome back to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and future means of moving people and packages from Point A to Point B. This week it’s a dual-hosted event with transportation editor Kirsten Korosec and transportation reporter Rebecca Bellan steering the ship, er, car. One story that deserves your attention is the mystery around Bolt Mobility. Bolt Mobility appears to…

Miferia wants to expand its wholesale inventory marketplace across Latin America – TechCrunch

Miferia, a Mexico-based business-to-business wholesale marketplace, bagged $7 million in seed funding to continue developing its curated website connecting independent retailers in Mexico with domestic brands in categories like cosmetics, food and beverage and home décor. In 2021, nearly 300 million people were shopping online in Latin America; Mexico accounted for 27% of that e-commerce activity, according to Statista. E-commerce was a small percentage, about 6%, of all retail sales in Mexico in 2020, and is forecasted to grow to 15% by 2023. However, Tariq Musa, founder and CEO of…

Equalum lands new capital to help companies build data pipelines – TechCrunch

The pandemic prompted countless companies to migrate to the cloud. By 2025, driven partly by the need for digital services, 85% of enterprises will have a cloud-first principle, according to Gartner. But the transition isn’t always easy. In a recent MuleSoft survey, 84% of organizations said that data and app integration challenges were hindering their digital transformations and, by extension, their adoption of cloud platforms. Spurred to meet the need, software engineer Nir Livneh founded Equalum, a startup providing software that integrates with existing infrastructure to process and transform data,…

Bluu Seafood unveils its first lab-grown fish products and readies for regulators – TechCrunch

Bluu Seafood, a German company developing “lab-grown” fish, is showcasing its first finished products as it prepares to begin the regulatory approval process for key markets in Asia, Europe and North America. Founded in 2020 (originally as Bluu Biosciences), Bluu Seafood is one of several companies working to solve the world’s seafood production problems, which includes overfishing, contamination from heavy metals and plastic, and cruelty. To do this, the Berlin-based company starts with a single “one-time” fish biopsy (the fish doesn’t have to be killed for this), and then uses…

How to make a ringtone on an iPhone?

Credits: YouTube If you are someone who is absolutely done listening to the same sounds of “Reflection” and “Opening” again and again on your iPhone, let me tell you how much I resonate with you. It is almost annoying that Apple is not introducing new ringtones on iPhones, and we are still using the ones that came out with iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. Who wants to listen to that ringtone anymore? It should be outrightly banned as many of my friends sitting in one room have the same ringtone…