Merger is upon us (and other TC news)

This week on The TechCrunch Podcast we spoke with Natasha about the Y Combinator Demo Day for the Summer 2022 cohort; the highs, the lows, the new management, and whether the accelerator, which aims to be more people-focused, is a help or a hindrance to its downstream participants. Then, always a crypto-skeptic at heart, I was happy to get the chance to talk to him Anita regarding the upcoming Ethereum chain merger.

First, YC Demo Day. “The things that have impressed me so far is that this is a more Bay Area based program. YC announced that about 30% of the group moved to the Bay Area during the accelerator and about 23% were already in the Bay Area when they applied,” said Natasha. “We’re seeing a dichotomy between people who might (or already have) lived in the Bay Area and YC’s international focus. To me, that’s an interesting tension that we’re seeing play out somewhat in batch metrics.”

On the blockchain side of things, I was curious if the proverbial wheels would come off. Anita didn’t seem too worried. “All the engineers I’ve talked to don’t seem too concerned. This has been a topic of discussion since 2016; this has been debated, discussed and tested many times. Someone compared it to the moon landing,” Anita said (and explains the analogy in the podcast episode). “It’s a huge, risky thing. It seems like a really big deal. But so much practice and preparation goes into this process that I personally wouldn’t expect anything major to go wrong in the process itself.”

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