Hi there and welcome again to Fairness, a podcast concerning the enterprise of startups the place we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.
Pals, we’re virtually there: the tip of the 12 months that felt like a decade. This week, Mary Ann, Natasha and Alex put apart their 2021 fatigue and talked via every week full of stories — and candidly, tensions. As at all times, shout out to Grace and Chris for producing the present and making us sound an entire lot higher.
We received into the Lyft mafia, rubbish and why our native truckers are giving us creator economic system vibes. Or extra particularly:
Kenya’s Pariti raised $2.85 million led by Harlem Capital to develop startup ecosystems in rising markets, proving but once more how Africa’s entrepreneurial scene is one to not miss. The empowerment pattern continued with TrueNorth’s $50 million fundraise to assist biz-savvy unbiased truckers, and freshly anointed unicorn AgentSync with information, as Alex reminds us, that insurtech may be very a lot alive.
OpenSea received a brand new CFO from Lyft, which led to IPO rumors, denial and rumors about why there’s denial about going public. Plus, as Natasha notes, in the event you’re not leaving Lyft to affix crypto, you’re leaving Lyft to affix local weather.
The Trump Media SPAC is a multitude, as we anticipated, frankly.
Mary Ann is all around the Higher.com saga as its comm, advertising and marketing and PR heads all submitted their resignations this week and CEO Vishal Garg issued a poorly acquired apology for a way badly he effed up the mass layoffs final week — and as she hints, there’s much more to come back.
We disagreed greater than typical this episode, which is refreshing. So cheers to extra of that subsequent 12 months, and we’ll see you again right here on Monday.
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