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SWMS Q&A: Alex Wilhelm, EIC, TechCrunch+

Can the Silicon Valley Bank meltdown now seem so long ago? Yet the true fallout has not yet begun. In our Mar. 21 SWMS Q&A, edited for length and clarity — TechCrunch+ EIC Alex Wilhelm gives us a generous glimpse of what it was like to work at TechCrunch that day.

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Cheat Sheet: Boston-based VC Reporters

Here’s a list of 15 targets well-suited for VC-based news with a Boston-based news hook. Most targets follow VC and startups as a beat. In other cases, the target’s interest will depend on the company and technology.

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How Bad Are Things Really?

We’ve all read about the layoffs, hiring freezes and down rounds. Calendar-year budgeting for 2023 starts soon. Is the tech business in trouble? What can we expect for tech coverage in the weeks and months ahead?

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TC’s ‘Equity’ Podcast Turns Five

TechCrunch’s Equity podcast turns five years old this week. If you haven’t listened lately, consider it. It’s “a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.”

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Profile: Kenrick Cai, Forbes

Forbes senior reporter Kenrick Cai chases Series A funding and spotlights fast-rising startups. Upon graduation from Duke University in June 2019, Kenrick joined Forbes as an intern and worked his way up.

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Refinery29 Buys An Event Company

Another scoop from Sara Fischer at Axios: Refinery29 is “taking over” B2C event brand Beautycon, among the most successful F2F events in the beauty space. The idea is to augment the R29 brand and make the title less vulnerable to a weak advertising market.

News Corp. Is Negotiating With AI Companies

Quoted by the UK-based Press Gazette, News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson said, “Courtship is preferable to courtrooms – we are wooing not suing. But let’s be clear, in my view those who are repurposing our content without approval are stealing.”

The Gen AI titans are currently paying publishers between $1M and $5M a year to train their LLMs on publishers’ content, the Press Gazette reports.

FT Opens Up Its Content to OpenAI

While the NYT pursues its suit against OpenAI, the Financial Times has chosen to license its content to help OpenAI train current and future LLMs. The NYT seems to be on the wrong side of this issue, with the Associated Press and Axel Springer also choosing to see OpenAI as a source of income, rather than an enemy.

Here’s the opposing view, from Press Gazette’s Dominic Young, who advises publishers to play a game of chicken with OpenAI and its LLM competitors.

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