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We’re late to the party, but today this zany YouTube video has been playing on repeat. And maybe we’ve been practicing a little in front of the mirror. Shh, don’t tell anyone.
The TechCrunch Top 3
- Whelp, back to the drawing board: Rockstar Games confirmed that about 90 videos of early development versions of Grand Theft Auto were leaked, Darrell reports.
- Man on the run?: Kate and Manish paired up to give us the latest on Terraform Labs’ Do Kwon. It seems Kwon is not interested in cooperating with investigators regarding the wipeout of Luna cryptocurrency and South Korean authorities have asked for a “red notice,” which is fancy Interpol talk for “no visa for you.”
- You say AI, we say deepfake: Deep Nostalgia creator D-ID has a new product that lets you create AI-generated videos from a single image, Ivan writes.
Startups and VC
Everyone wants to get in on the AI image-generation action, but if you’ve been intimidated by the existing options out there where you have to brush off your 1,337 command-line skillz, you’re in luck: Diffusion Bee is a simple Mac app that gives you everything you need to generate your own images from text prompt using the open source AI image-generation framework, Darrell writes.
“Over the last 12 months, founders in Africa were reaching out to me for advice and I was investing personally,” Byld Ventures’ founding partner said in an interview with Tage about its new $15 million fund. “So, I decided to institutionalize it and put a fund together.”
- Size matters: Connie reports that VC Ann Miura-Ko is looking to help more students answer the question, Is this idea big enough?
- Like a bank vault, except for your house, and digital: Fintech app Portabl raises $2.5 million to help consumers securely store financial data, reports Dominic-Madori.
- Burn, baby, bur…Wait, no, please, don’t: Haje reports that Pano has a burning desire to apply AI smarts to wildfire detection.
- Ola pumps the brakes: Manish reports that SoftBank-backed Ola is to cut 200 jobs in India.
- Oh Deere, that’s encouraging: InnerPlant grows with new John Deere–led $16 million funding round to fuel sustainable farming, Christine reports.
Why growth activation matters
In his latest TC+ post, growth expert Jonathan Martinez looks at the grim realities of user acquisition. The plain fact is, few of the people who are motivated enough to make it all the way through a registration flow ever create any value.
“Approximately 95.87% of iOS users drop off after day 30,” writes Martinez. “As a startup founder, how do you prevent leakage after spending significant resources to acquire people at the top of the funnel?”
For starters, product teams need to identify optimal activation metrics that spotlight the right users — the ones who find utility and delight in your offerings.
Other awesome TC+ stories published in the last few days:
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Big Tech Inc.
It’s not a new iPhone unless something on it is a mystery. In this case, colleagues spoke so much about how to set up the eSIM that Ivan thought a story about it might be popular. He was right.
Nothing like a little competition to get the gears grinding, amirite? Upon seeing the myriad of competitors out there set to launch new electric vehicles in the next few years, Tesla is ramping up production in its Texas and Shanghai factories to get ahead of the wave of vehicles, Jaclyn reports.