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This week on The TechCrunch Podcast we talked with Natasha regarding the Y Combinator Demo Day for the summer time 2022 cohort; the highs, the lows, the mannequin new administration and whether or not the accelerator shifting to be extra in-particular person-focused is a assist or a hindrance to its further-flung members. Then, ever a crypto-sceptic at coronary heart, i used to be delighted to get the prospect to converse with Anita regarding the upcoming Ethereum chain merge.

First, the YC Demo Day. “The issues which have stood out to me thus far is that it’s a extra Bay space-primarily based program. YC introduced that about 30% of the cohort moved to the Bay space all by means of the accelerator and about 23% have been already inside the Bay space, after they utilized,” Natasha mentioned. “We see a bifurcation being created between the people who may (or already did) reside inside the Bay space and YC’s worldwide focus. To me, that’s an fascinating stress we’re seeing play out a little bit of bit inside the batch metrics.”

On the blockchain facet of issues, i used to be curious if the proverbial wheels have been going to get back off. Anita didn’t seem too nervous. “all of the engineers I’ve talked to don’t seem as if too involved. This has been a stage of dialogue since 2016; it’s been talked about, debated and examined a bunch of occasions. somebody in contrast it to the moon touchdown,” mentioned Anita (and explains the analogy inside the podcast episode). “it is this large, dangerous factor. It seems as if a terribly large deal. however tons apply and preparation has gone into this course of that I personally wouldn’t count on something important to go mistaken inside the tactic itself.”

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