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The TechCrunch Top 3
- Telehealth temperature taking: Amazon is returning to telehealth with Amazon Clinic, a marketplace for third-party virtual consultants that will initially launch in 32 states, Ingrid reports. Yes, we know it’s been a few short months since the delivery giant shut down its Amazon Care telehealth service, but as Ingrid writes, this is the company’s chance to provide care that might be a little more complicated for the corner drugstore , but not as necessary for what could be an expensive doctor’s visit.
- Things are heating up: Impulse hasn’t been able to light a physical fire under consumers to try its stovetop, but now with its $20 million cash injection, it can heat up the competition with its induction technology. Pilgrim more.
- UPI XOXO: This is the moment India has been waiting for — Google Play finally adds subscriptions to the United Payments Interface, Jagmeet writing
Startups and VCs
Most of us live and die by our calendar, but Vimcal thinks we don’t need to spend that much time creating the actual event. Ivan wrote that this “great calendar app” will let you enter a new event and even provide scheduling options in just a few steps. Oh, and it also has a desktop version.
Pucker up, robot enthusiasts! Pickle has brought in $26 million in new funding to continue development of its truck unloading robots, which Brian writes is one of the “links in the chain that remains one of the least addressed.”
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5 sustainable best practices for bootstrapped startups
For founders interested in going it alone, maintaining control and staying on the fundraising treadmill as long as possible, investor/entrepreneur Marjorie Radlo-Zandi sets out five key principles for bootstrapped founders in her latest article in TC+.
“Don’t be tempted to hop on a plane at a moment’s notice to meet potential customers in attractive locations or for meetings in faraway places,” he wrote. “Your bootstrapped business is unlikely to survive such large, discretionary financial expenses.”
Bootstrapped founders face longer odds, but if they can drive growth and achieve product-market fit, “fundraising will be easier.”
Three more from the TC+ team:
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Big Tech Inc.
Alibaba’s logistics arm, Cainiao, is stretching its arms to embrace Latin America, which it hopes will fill some of the gaps left by China’s trade slowdown, Rita reports. The e-commerce giant began delivering goods to Brazil earlier this year and has plans to strengthen its presence in the country over the next three years.
Netflix wants to help you remove someone from your account, no matter who it is and if they know your password. The streaming company has a new feature that allows subscribers to remove devices from their accounts, meaning it forcibly logs a device out of that account, Lauren writing
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