TechCrunch+ roundup: 2021 edtech report, UBS-Wealthfront deal, falling startup revenue

I could spend hours discussing early-stage startup operations and community-based marketing, but deal flow is my blind spot.

But when investment banking firm UBS picked up financial robot-advisor Wealthfront for $1.4 billion in an all-cash deal this week, I noticed.

“At those prices, the company’s exit price is a win in that it represents a 2x or greater multiple on its final private valuations,” wrote Alex Wilhelm in The Exchange. “But its exit value is also parsable from a number of alternative perspectives: AUM, customers and revenue,” he added.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 - 4:30pm
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Thinking about starting a business? Make TechCrunch Early Stage your first step

The idea of starting your own business can be overwhelming — often to the point of paralysis. Here’s the thing: You’re not alone. Here’s the other thing: It doesn’t have to be that way. If that drive to be your own boss won’t let you sleep at night, then TechCrunch Early Stage is an absolute must-attend event.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 - 12:47pm
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Joby Aviation wants to conduct dramatic eVTOL flights over San Francisco Bay

Joby Aviation is seeking permission for a series of high-profile air taxi flights over San Francisco Bay, according to documents filed with the FCC and obtained by TechCrunch.

The tests of the startup’s second-generation pre-production prototype, called the S4, would be the first in full view of the public and the first in an urban environment.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 - 12:39pm
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Bullish or bearish? What to expect for Europe VC activity in 2022

With another year of venture capital records in the books, it’s time to look forward.

Global data was clear: The 2021 venture capital startup investment cycle was record-breaking; around the world, startups raised more money than ever before, with individual geographies posting all-time hauls.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 - 11:34am
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Why Robinhood is getting hammered today

Update: When we wrote this, Robinhood’s stock was off double-digit percentage points in pre-market trading, and opened under $10 per share. So, it was current as of then. Since that moment, however, Robinhood shares have flipped around and rallied. Read on for the bearish setup the market was flashing at the start of the day, but keep in mind that Robinhood reversed its declines at least by midday trading!

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Friday, January 28, 2022 - 10:49am
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Asset financiers to the rescue as Bolt plans to sign-up 200,000 new drivers in Africa to meet growing demand for ride-hailing services

Bolt, the Estonian mobility tech company that recently closed a huge round, is planning to onboard an additional 200,000 drivers in Africa this year, as it kicks-off expansion to more cities within its existing markets while keeping up with the growing demand for e-hailing services across the continent.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 - 9:26am
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Event marketing is a ‘team sport,’ and Vendelux is coaching companies to find the best ROI

When you go to events, conferences and trade shows and it works out well in terms of driving tons of leads and opportunities, it is a good experience. However, when the events don’t work out so well, that can be risky in terms of wasting time and money.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 - 8:00am
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Canvas gives non-technical teams data exploration knowledge without needing a degree in SQL

While some startups are trying to get people to leave spreadsheets behind, Canvas, which is developing a collaborative data exploration tool, is going all in with a spreadsheet-like interface for non-technical teams to access the information they need without bothering data teams.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 - 8:00am
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