As always, a busy two weeks as we head into the fall.
NYC wants to build a cyber army
A deep dive into New York City’s new cybersecurity ecosystem initiatives. The city wants to be one of the global hubs for the industry, since most of the major customers that use this software are based locally. These sorts of initiatives are tricky to get right, but the hope here is that the combination of an incubator, education initiatives, sales accelerators and co-working/community space can catalyze the industry against other leading cities like Boston, Washington DC, and Tel Aviv.
- Blood capital, WeWork whisperings, and gobs of cash for smiles and vegetables
- Elon’s sick burn, Coinbase funding rumors and VC hiring trends
Two more editions of the TechCrunch Equity podcast, with discussions on crazy valuations, Softbank (it’s always about Softbank), as well as the disappearance of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the ethics of taking capital from one of the world’s most notorious human rights abusers.
Upwork pops more than 50 percent in Nasdaq debut
A quick news hit and interview with the CEO on the IPO of Upwork, which has had a fascinating and long corporate history.
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