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By Christine Hall and Haje Jan Kamps

Thursday, December 01, 2022

There is officially only 8.3% left of the year. You know what that means! Holidays, cheer, and daydreaming about what shenanigans we’ll get ourselves into in 2024. Yes, 2024, because clearly we’re just going to skip past all of 2023. We’re pretty excited for 2025 already, tbh. — Christine and Haje

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  • Celebrity strong arm: Plant-based food brand Huel’s newest capital raise comes with a side of Idris Elba, Christine writes. The actor and his wife are among a handful of new investors backing U.K.-based Huel, which offers protein powder, snack bars and hot lunch products. Oh, and Huel is now valued at $560 million. Not too shabby.
  • Who’s calling?: Why, it’s smartphone re-commerce startup Badili, which raised $2.1 million in pre-seed funding to work with individuals and dealers to repurpose phones as demand soars across Africa for more affordable phones. Annie has more.
  • Returning to its roots: Zoe made a name for itself during the global pandemic when it launched a COVID-tracking app. Now it has shifted back to its roots as a self-reporting tracker for personal nutrition and has a healthy $30 million chunk of change (and a $303 million valuation) under its belt to onboard over 250,000 people who have been patiently waiting for this moment, Ingrid reports.

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Startups and VC

FTX and Sam Bankman-Fried have had a lot of column inches on Ye Olde Teche Crunche over the past couple of days. Here’s what you need to get you up to speed: Natasha M covered that SBF claims massive ignorance on obvious conflicts in FTX downfall. Amanda adds that he says journalists are good, actually, while Connie wonders if his interview appearance was a bit of a performance.

Web3 developer platform Fleek has raised $25 million in Series A funding led by Polychain Capital, the company told Jacquelyn. The startup is aiming to build an interface and protocol layer “to make the base layer of web[3] services,” like storage, hosting and billing, accessible to anyone.

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Proptech in Review: 3 investors explain why they’re bullish on tech that makes buildings greener

Investors who work at the intersection of climate tech and proptech seek out potentially profitable startups that can reduce emissions and enhance the built environment.

It’s a high-stakes balancing act with significant risk, but considering the upside for category winners and the health of the planet, “the potential market is enormous,” reports Tim De Chant. For his second proptech investor survey in a three-part series, he interviewed:

  • Jake Fingert, managing partner, and Lionel Foster, investor, Camber Creek
  • Anja Rath, managing partner, PropTech1 Ventures
  • Othmane Zrikem, chief data officer, A/O Proptech

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Big Tech Inc.

Before we step into the news, we just want to offer the AWS re:Invent 2022 link once again because Kyle, Ron and Frederic added more stories today.

Okay, here we go. Yesterday, Bret Taylor shocked us by stepping down as co-chair and CEO of Salesforce to “return to his entrepreneurial roots,” Ron reports. After ruminating on it overnight, Ron also provided more insight on Taylor’s move and what might be next for the CRM giant (TC+ subscription needed).

If you rush over to Google every day to see the new Doodle, the latest lets you create your own mini arcade game in honor of the late video game pioneer Jerry Lawson, who would have been 82 today. Aisha has more.

Meanwhile, Brian wrote a story yesterday reporting that “San Francisco police can now use robots to kill.” Today he goes more in-depth in his Actuator column. Enjoy!

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