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As college students at Berkeley, Spencer Kimball and Peter Mattis created a successful open source graphics program, GIMP, which caught the eye of Google. The duo eventually joined Google, and even received personal congratulations from Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Kimball and Mattis quickly rose to prominence within the company, then decided to leave it all behind to start what would eventually become CockroachDB. Years later, Cockroach Labs has more than 250 employees and has received investments from companies such as Benchmark, GV, Index Ventures and Redpoint totaling more than $ 350 million, according to Crunchbase. The company is now on its way to what some think is an “unavoidable IPO.”

The history of CockroachDB, from its origin to its future, was told in a four-part series. in our latest EC-1:

I’m biased, but it’s a must-read that creates tensions that any startup founder can relate to: from browsing heavyweight competitors, skipping free tiers, to keeping your users’ attention. It is the eighth EC-1 we have published to date., which my colleague and TC managing editor, Danny Crichton, estimates puts us at 90,000 words on startup beginnings, product development, marketing, and more.

In the rest of this newsletter, we’ll dive into that WeWork book, Small Entrepreneurship, and Some SPACs. follow me on twitter @nmasc_. Or not, it’s your choice!

The cult of us

Adam Neumann (WeWork) at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017. Image credits: TechCrunch

This week at Equity, Alex and I interviewed Eliot Brown, who wrote “The Cult of We” along with Maureen Farrell. Our conversation was based on some of the surprising details and anecdotes in the book, but mainly focused on what The rise and fall of WeWork affected the state of startups and tech journalism in general.

This is what you need to know: Not much has changed. No kidding, Brown shared his notes about how the current boom in startup financing has a disturbing air of frenzy and nonsense. He also talked about how sometimes the most enlightening question can be a simple one: What makes you a tech company?

More money more problems?

TikTok what again?

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TikTok kept popping up throughout the week. Index Ventures, for example, noted how the company’s TikTok account has accumulated an impressive following and is a channel to speak to younger generations. Nothing like some short-form videos to keep you cool and mingle while raising $ 3 billion in one go.

This is what you need to know: While TikTok has certainly changed the world, I do worry when I see the appeal of small content being edtech. Bite-sized content can be a nifty way to spread content, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Duolingo, which listed its initial public offering this week, is still struggling to show meaningful learning outcomes and optimizes motivation more than understanding. This tension is a key note for companies like Numbered Y They will only learn, which they both raised this week, so as not to overuse the TikTok learning materials.

Other educational technology content for your eyes:


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It’s been a while since I used that acronym in Startups Weekly. With that said, special purpose acquisition vehicles are still very important and still worth your attention.

This is what you need to know: The Lucid Motors SPAC merger has just been approved. Reporter Aria alamalhodaei writes that the move came after executives extended the deadline to vote to merge a day after not enough investors showed up. “The problem is unusual, but it could become more common as more companies bypass the traditional IPO path to public markets and merge with SPACs instead,” he writes.

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