Instacart now delivers market trends

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

Welcome to our Friday show! Our regular co-host Natasha was free this time, so Mary Ann and Alex linked arms with our producer elegance to work our way through the news of the week. As always, we had to choose what seemed to matter most.

This is what we started with:

  • All Things Y Combinator: This is our first set of favorites, and our second. Here’s an overview of fintech companies from the batch, and our look at the Indian participants and those coming from Africa.
  • Instagram as a trendsetter: The well-known grocery delivery company has lowered the price at which it will value employees’ shares, something that could become a trend. It seems so, with Instacart eventually leading a potential vanguard of similar actions by other companies. We also think about how startup valuations can regain their shine.
  • Gaming: With the massive Axie Infinity hack making headlines, we talked about the issue and how other startups are tinkering with the play-to-earn market.
  • And we ended with the subject of social networkswhat Elon Musk is up to and how Facebook has managed to confirm everyone’s suspicions about his ethics.

Wow! What a week, you all. Chat Monday!

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