Elon’s Big Week – TechCrunch


I’m Greg Kumparak.

I will be leading Week in Review in the near future, where your former host Lucas Matney dives into crypto land with the launch of a newsletter and podcast called Chain Reaction. He doesn’t go too far, and I’m sure he will come back from time to time.

If my name sounds familiar, maybe it’s because I’ve taken over Week in Review a few times while Lucas was AFK/touching grass/not staring at a screen. Or you may have been reading TechCrunch for a long time. I’ve been here for over a decade; I wore a lot of hats in that time. (Metaphorical hats. I have a big old head, most real hats don’t fit right.)

That’s all I’ll say about me for now, because this isn’t the Greg in Review newsletter. But come say hello on Twitter† Tell me what you like most about Week in Review as it has existed so far. I don’t plan on changing the format much, but I’m always up for doing more of what people like.

the big thing

Lucas always started the newsletter with the “big thing” of the week… and, well, the big thing this week was, undeniably, Elon Musk who offered $44 billion to buy Twitter, and Twitter accepted. If you looked at our list of most read posts for the week, you might think that’s the only thing happening in tech this week. No joke.

I’m pretty sure just about everything that can be said about Elon, Twitter and the combination of Elon and Twitter… has been said. Warm takes, not so hot takes… all takes, of all temperatures, have already been taken. I believe that if you don’t have anything smart to say, the smartest thing you can say is nothing.

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Luckily I have plenty of smart friends who have said a lot of smart things!

Ron was quick out the gate with some thoughts on how Twitter has evolved since he joined in 2007, and where it could go from here. Natasha pointed out that, with some Twitter employees suddenly less happy and probably richer, this could be the start of a whole new wave of startups. Devin asked… well, all about it.

If you somehow find yourself saying, “Wait, Elon is buying Twitter?”, here’s our recap of the whole wild ride.

other things

Believe it or not, other things happened this week! Like it:

PayPal has confirmed it’s closing its SF office: Our very own Mary Ann Azevedo broke the news that PayPal is saying goodbye to its SF office, with the company saying it’s evaluating its “global office footprint” based on how the pandemic affects the way we work has changed . It sounds like SF employees can work virtually or commute to the San Jose headquarters.

Snap built a selfie drone?: It’s cute, but I’m having a hard time seeing how this becomes more than a crazy side project for the company. “Hold on friends, don’t take that selfie. Let me get off the drone. Hold on, let it boot. One second. Wait, aren’t drones allowed here? It’s okay, we’re fast. I’m not killing the atmosphere! You are. Well, the battery is dead, give me a minute.’

Someone Found a Pixel Watch: In news that takes me back to the wild blogging days of 2010*, someone found what appears to be a prototype of a Google-made Pixel smartwatch forgotten in a restaurant. Google’s big I/O event kicks off in a few weeks, so I’d expect more on this. (* “Oh no, how was the iPhone 4/Gizmodo over a decade ago,” he tells himself as he crumbles to dust and blows away.)

things added

We have a paywall section of our site called TechCrunch+. It costs a few dollars a month and it’s full of really good stuff! For example, starting this week:

The 9 Startups Developing Tomorrow’s Batteries: From building smarter devices to fighting climate change, we need better batteries if we want to keep moving forward. But what actually happens in space? TechCrunch newcomer Tim De Chant kicked off with a bang (zap?) with a deep dive into nine companies that have collectively raised more than $4 billion in hopes of breaking into the next era of battery technology. Plus, he got a pun in the headline, which is a win in my book.

YC’s Dalton Caldwell on how to get to YC: A few weeks back at our TechCrunch Early Stage event, Y Combinator’s Dalton Caldwell led a session on what he looks for when a startup signs up. The session and Q&A that followed was packed with factual, actionable insight from someone who knows more about the accelerator application process than anyone else, and in this post I’ve collected many of the bits that stood out to me the most.

Should you put one of your 401(k) in crypto? This week, Fidelity announced that retirement account holders can invest up to 20% of their 401(k) in bitcoin. But should you? The excellent Anita Ramaswamy examines the risks and benefits.

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