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Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe is coming to TechCrunch Disrupt this October

In the growing catalog of EV automakers that have launched in recent years, Rivian is perhaps the buzziest. The company’s two all-electric vehicles, the R1S SUV and R1T pickup, have captured the attention of consumers and the media. Rivian has wooed a high-profile list of investors, including Coatue, Fidelity Management and Research Company, Ford Motor …

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When and how to hire your startup’s first growth marketer

Jonathan Martinez Contributor Share on Twitter Jonathan Martinez is a former YouTuber, UC Berkeley alum and growth marketing nerd who’s helped scale Uber, Postmates, Chime and various startups. More posts by this contributor Tackling touchpoints on your customer’s path to purchase A lean startup’s growth marketing tech stack In 2021, more than $329.5 billion was …

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Amazon’s Alexa app now asks customers to scan their shopping receipts for cashback rewards

It’s been said that no one uses Alexa for voice-based shopping. But retail giant still sees the potential for Alexa as a shopping companion — just in a different way. That’s why this month the company quietly rolled out a new feature designed to boost consumers’ use of Alexa’s Shopping Lists: cashback offers. The company …

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AcuityMD raises salespeople’s pulses, and a Series A to sell more medical hardware

In the U.S., more than 6,000 new medical devices are approved by the FDA and released every year. As a surgeon, you may not want to stay on top of this, but fear ye not, your helpful neighborhood medical equipment sales team is there to help explain why you need (on average) 16 new toys …

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Roku rolls out a premium bundle combining the Roku Ultra and its Voice Remote Pro

Roku is making its top-of-the-line device a better deal as competition with Fire TV heats up. The company today announced that its high-end Roku Ultra (originally $89) will now include the Roku Voice Remote Pro ($30) in a bundle that will be available for $99.99 at Roku.com today and at major retailers in the U.S. …

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Foxconn to build Fisker PEAR EV at former Lordstown Motors plant in Ohio

Fisker Inc. and Foxconn said Thursday they will partner to build Fisker’s second all-electric model, the PEAR Urban Lifestyle EV, in Ohio now that Foxconn has purchased the former Lordstown Motors plant. Production of the PEAR, an acronym for “Personal Electric Automotive Revolution,” is slated to begin in 2024, eventually ramping up to 250,000 units …

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VC investment into crypto startups peaked right before everything went to hell

The first quarter was a hot time for crypto-focused startups. According to a recent dataset from CB Insights, crypto startups raised more capital than ever before in Q1 2022 and set records across a host of other metrics. If you closely watched the first-quarter venture capital cycle, this should not come as a surprise. As …

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