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Ashton Kutcher, Ann Miura-Ko and Mamoon Hamid are coming to Disrupt!

The Disrupt Battlefield is one of the best parts of the conference. Twenty+ startups step on to the Disrupt Main Stage with a product, a pitch and a dream. They have six minutes to convey how they’re going to fundamentally disrupt their industry, and six minutes of Q&A with world-renowned judges from the VC world. Pride. Anxiety. Despair. Glory. Anything could happen on that stage, particularly with judges that are at the top of their game and can smell bullshit from a mile away. This year, at Disrupt SF 2019,…

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Startups Weekly: SoftBanks second act

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I noted some challenges plaguing mental health tech startups. Before that, I wrote about Zoom and Superhuman’s PR disasters. Remember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to kate.clark@techcrunch.com or on Twitter @KateClarkTweets. If you don’t subscribe to Startups Weekly yet, you can do that here. accelerating its IPO plans and targeting a September listing. We don’t…

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How [and why] I invest in startups

Ashton Kutcher A lot of people ask me how I choose to invest in startups. Revenue metrics? Focusing on this simple goal of identifying and enabling amazing entrepreneurs to create a better tomorrow is the crux of my investment strategy. A lot of venture funds try to optimize for returns. I love working with the smartest and brightest people in the world on some of the hardest challenges. And oftentimes I make a return as a result of that. The primary litmus I put on any investment is on behalf of my LPs.…

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Ashton Kutcher plans to host an open dialogue on gender equality

Actor and startup investor Ashton Kutcher is gearing up to host a live open dialog about gender equality in the work place and in tech in general, he wrote on his LinkedIn page yesterday. He plans to host it with fellow Sound Ventures partner Effie Epstein via Facebook on either Monday or Tuesday of next week, according to his post. In Kutchers post, he included some questions that he would love to include public commentary on. Here they are: What are the Rules for dating in the work place? Flirting?…

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