TechCrunch podcasts this week: Halloween in July, mafias, rockets, and Matt Mullenweg

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Peter Kavinsky

TechCrunch is more than just a site with words. We’re also building a growing stable of podcasts focused on the most critical topics relating to the startup and venture capital worlds. To help you find the right show for your interests, we’ve compiled our audio output from the week.

Embedded below is the latest from Chain Reaction, our stellar crypto-focused podcast hosted by Lucas and Anita. You will also find Found, a long-form bit of work that goes deep on the real saga of company formation, from Jordan and Darrell. There’s an audio-only version of TechCrunch Live hosted by Matt that features founders and investors discussing successful pitch decks. Darrell also hosts the TechCrunch Podcast and runs down the latest news featured on TechCrunch. Finally, there’s Equity, TechCrunch’s long-running, Webby-award-winning podcast focused on venture capital and the latest startup news, hosted by NatashaMary Ann and Alex

And if you are more into the written over the spoken word, we have newsletters on the above topics as well.

The TechCrunch Podcast

Episode 7: Rocket Lab rockets to the Moon and other TC news

This week on the TechCrunch Podcast our host, Managing Editor Darrell Etherington talks with TC’s Amanda Silberling about VidCon and the creator economy coming of age. He also speaks to Aria Alamalhodaei about NASA and Rocket Lab launching a scouting mission for a future orbital Moon base. And as always, you’ll get a rundown of the week’s top news on TechCrunch.

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Other news from the week:

Chain Reaction

Episode 13: Why crypto’s “obsession” with mass adoption may not be worth it (w/ Tux Pacific)

Welcome back. Lucas was out sick this week, so TC crypto reporter Jacquie Melinek subbed in as co-host to talk with Anita about the biggest stories in web3 this week. They discussed whether Sam Bankman-Fried is the savior crypto needs as more and more companies declare bankruptcy and unpacked the drama behind the fight for a U.S. Bitcoin spot ETF.

In this week’s interview, Anita chatted with Tux Pacific, the founder and CEO of Entropy, a startup that just raised a $25 million seed round led by a16z for its decentralized crypto custody solution. Pacific, one of the rare trans and queer founders to have raised institutional funding, dropped out of college to teach themselves cryptography. They describe themselves as an “anti-capitalist anarchist” and spoke with Anita abut why they think decentralization is the only way crypto can succeed.

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The TechCrunch Live Podcast

Episode 10: Selling technical services to non-technical customers and investors

Simplicity is desperately needed, Jordan Kretchmer was telling TechCrunch. Jordan’s the co-founder and CEO of Rapid Robotics, a firm that excels at selling its robotic solutions to non-technical customers and investors. His company launched a new service last month that highlights its approach. Called Smart Setup, this clever product gives customers a ridiculous amount of flexibility. Just roll a Rapid Robotics Operator to a new job, and the company says it can be trained to do a new task in under a minute. Simple.

Rapid Robotics CEO Jordan Kretchmer and Bee Partners partner Kira Noodleman are today’s guests on TechCrunch Live. The two are experts on selling technical services, and during this TechCrunch Live event, they walk through their processes. As a partner at Bee Partners, Kira has been pushing this mantra for years. When Jordan was building Rapid Robotics’ early decks, he turned to Noodleman’s past research to develop his straightforward approach.

And we have questions, too: How has fundraising for robotic startups changed in the last two years? How can deep tech startups best position themselves when approaching venture capitalists? What’s a good founder fit for Kira Noodleman and Bee Partners, and how does the firm utilize machine-to-machine learning when investing?

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Episode 65: Matt Mullenweg, WordPress (Automattic)

It’s rare we get to speak to someone who has been working at their company for 19 years so this conversation with Matt Mullenweg of Automattic and WordPress feels a little special. His journey to becoming a founder was grounded in a love for blogging and working on open source projects. Now WordPress is pretty much ubiquitous in the digital publishing world. He talks with Darrell and Jordan about how much different fundraising worked for him, how he has remained such an in-touch leader, and of course his thoughts on Web3.

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Episode 538: Cauldrons, Bolts and sour markets: Welcome to Halloween in July

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

It doesn’t feel like a short week, does it? AlexNatasha and Mary Ann got on the mic to bring an especially packed episode full of big news, fire transitions and even a pun or three.

Equity drops every Monday at 7 a.m. PDT and Wednesday and Friday at 6 a.m. PDT, so subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify and all the casts.

Episode 537: Why build a tech mafia when you can just build each other?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single topic, think about a question and unpack the rest. This week, Natasha and Alex asked: Why is tech full of copycats, and what’s the next full circle moment we can expect?

The question was inspired by Natasha’s recent Startups Weekly column: “YC makes a Product Hunt, Product Hunt makes an a16z, a16z makes a YC.” As you can tell by that headline and this week’s episode title, we’re talking about how tech is full of copycats and what that means for the bar of innovation.

Expect to learn about the overlap in mission between three of tech’s most well-known institutions, what Prologue means for Future (literally and figuratively), and how a rising tide can both confuse and complement the founder fundraising journey.

Also it was a good excuse to chat through some of the competitive dynamics that we see play out across the startup landscape. We had a great time, and hope you like the show. We’re back Friday with our regular news roundup!

Equity drops every Monday at 7 a.m. PDT and Wednesday and Friday at 6 a.m. PDT, so subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify and all the casts.

Episode 536: Contrarian bets in a downturn

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

Alex and Grace are back to cover the biggest, boldest and baddest technology news. We are back on Tuesday, as the United States was off yesterday. So a day late, but hopefully not a dollar short, here’s what we got into today:

All that and we had a good time! We are back tomorrow morning, and Friday morning!

Equity drops every Monday at 7 a.m. PDT and Wednesday and Friday at 6 a.m. PDT, so subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify and all the casts

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