Twitter buys a startup to battle harassment, e-cigs are booming, and a meditation app is worth $250M

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Hey and welcome again to Equity, TechCrunch’s enterprise capital-focused podcast the place we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week TechCrunch’s Silicon Valley Editor Connie Loizos and I jammed out on a couple matters as Alex Wilhelm was out managing his pretend inventory sport spreadsheets or one thing. (The jury is out on whether or not this was a good or unhealthy factor.)

First up is Twitter buying Smyte, a startup concentrating on fixes for spam and abuse. This is, in fact, Twitter’s perennial drawback and it’s one which it’s been making an attempt to repair for a while — however undoubtedly not there but. The deal phrases weren’t disclosed, however Twitter to its credit score has seen its inventory mainly double this 12 months (and nearly triple previously few years). Twitter is going into a huge 12 months, with the U.S. midterm elections, the 2018 World Cup, and the Sacramento Kings most likely discovering a way to screw up within the NBA draft. This’ll be a shut one to watch over the subsequent few months as we get nearer to the finals for the World Cup and the elections. Twitter is making an attempt to invoice itself as a house for news, focusing on dwell video, and a variety of different issues.

Then we now have Juul Labs, an e-cigarette firm that is one way or the other worth $10 billion. The Info reports that the PAX Labs spinout from 2015 has gone from a $250 million valuation all the way to $10 billion faster than you may identify every scooter firm that’s elevating a new $200 million spherical from Sequoia that can have already been accomplished by the point you end this sentence. Clearly the unique cigarette trade was a sophisticated one circa the 20th century, so this one shall be an attention-grabbing one to play out over the subsequent few years.

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Lastly, we now have meditation app Calm raising a $27 million round at a $250 million pre-money valuation. Calm isn’t the one psychological health-focused startup that’s beginning to decide up some momentum, but it surely’s one which’s a very long time coming. I keep in mind stumbling upon again in 2012, the place you’d simply sit back on the web site for a minute or so, so it’s enjoyable to see a half-decade or so later that these apps are displaying off some spectacular numbers.

That’s all for this week, we’ll catch you guys subsequent week. We apologize in advance if Alex makes it again on to the podcast.

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