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We’re almost there, folks. It’s the last Thursday of 2022, and today we have some news for you out of Alibaba and Spotify, as well as some crypto news out of India. And as always, we give you some goodness from TC+, our premium membership program. Read on, dear readers, and we’ll be back again tomorrow to bring you the final moments of 2022 in tech. — HP
The TechCrunch Top 3
- Alibaba’s cloud move: Alibaba Cloud has a new president, Rita reports. The third-largest public cloud infrastructure provider in the world only after AWS and Microsoft has appointed Daniel Zhang, the company’s CEO, as acting president.
- Ring it in with Spotify: Aisha writes that the platform wants to help you welcome 2023 in style with what it thinks you might enjoy. Such playlists as “Party Hits,” “Floor Fillers,” “Pop Party” and “Rock Party” will usher you up to and past midnight. The hub also gives you some DJ mixes from the likes of TT the Artist, Carlita, AMÉMÉ, Coco & Breezy, &ME and Austin Millz. Get down!
- Indian crypto regulation: Under its G20 presidency, India has said it will look to prioritize the development of a framework for the global regulation of unbacked crypto assets, stablecoins and decentralized finance, writes Manish.
Startups and VC
- Recall this: Catherine writes that Recall.ai raised $2.7 million in a seed funding round to help with a unified API that works with Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams to help customers build apps for a number of use cases.
- Down rounds: Mary Ann spoke with GGV’s Hans Tung and Robin Li about the firm’s position in a challenging venture environment. (Requires TC+ subscription.)
Redefining ‘founder-friendly’ capital in the post-FTX era
Could the FTX debacle have been avoided if investors had taken a more active interest in the company’s operations?
Given the chilly climate for late-stage fundraising and widespread economic uncertainty, “it’s time for the startup community to redefine what ‘founder-friendly’ capital means and balance both the source and cost of that capital,” writes Blair Silverberg, co-founder and CEO of Hum Capital.
In a TC+ guest post, he weighs the relative benefits of active versus passive investors, breaks down the basics of debt startup financing, and shares advice “for founders seeking a better balance of capital and external expertise for their businesses.”
Looking back and looking ahead
Ron took a look at the private equity that dominated the top 10 enterprise M&A deals this year. The deals totaled nearly $154 billion. (Requires TC+ subscription.)
Rebecca has some ideas about what is in store for the micromobility market in 2023 — after what she said was a “tumultuous” year.