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Applications are open for Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2019 – TechCrunch

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Listen up founders — TechCrunch is on the lookout for game-changing, early-stage startups to feature at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin‘s Startup Battlefield. This is your chance to launch on the famous TechCrunch stage and compete for the a $50,000 equity-free prize and the attention of top global investors and hundreds of media outlets from around the world. Apply here.

We’ve had some incredibly successful companies launch at our European-based event. N26, European fin-tech startup and Startup Battlefield EU 2016 alum, just raised a $170 million Series D round, bringing the company’s valuation up to a whopping $3.5 billion dollars. Startup Battlefield EU 2015 winner JukeDeck was just acquired by TikTok. The list of Startup Battlefield companies doesn’t stop there — Dropbox, GetAround, SirenCare, Fitbit, Mint.com, Vurb and more, and now is your chance to join this impressive group of companies. More than 857 participating companies have raised over $8.9 billion in funding, with 112 successful exits (IPOs or acquisitions). 

How does it work?

Apply. TechCrunch charges zero fees and takes no equity. Fill out your app here. Early-stage startups from any country and any vertical are eligible — hardware, AI/ML, biotech, insurtech, to name a few. All companies must have an MVP to demo to the review committee. TC editors review applications and select 15-20 of the highest potential startups to pitch onstage at Disrupt Berlin (December 11-12).

Train. Selected founders will get intensive training from the Startup Battlefield team to refine pitches and demos, sharpen business models and prepare for this international launch.

Pitch. Trained Startup Battlefield founders will pitch on the live-streamed main stage at Disrupt Berlin for six minutes, including a live demo, followed by a six-minute Q&A with our esteemed judges. Past judges have included Jeff Clavier (Uncork Capital), Eileen Burbidge (Passion Capital), Sonali De Rycker (Accel) and Roelof Botha (Sequoia Capital). After the semi-final round, 4-6 companies will pitch again on day two — same pitch, but with a new panel of judges. The judges will select the winner, who will get the $50,000 check, a feature post on TechCrunch, the Disrupt Cup and the attention of millions.

Disrupt. At the conference, participants get VIP treatment with access to private events, CrunchMatch: TechCrunch’s Investor Startup Matching Program, backstage access, complimentary exhibition space for all days of the conference, free subscriptions to Extra Crunch and a ticket to all future TechCrunch events.

Pitch on the most famous stage in tech. Apply now.

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Today’s Wordle Answer #413 – August 6, 2022 Solution And Hints

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The answer to today’s Wordle puzzle (#413 – August 6, 2022) is alien, which means to be strange or exotic, or to come from a foreign land (via Merriam-Webster). Unlike yesterday’s word, alien has a rich etymology. It comes from Latin “aliēnus”, which means not one’s own, foreign, or strange. It’s also derivative of “alius”, which also means “other”. It also has roots in Middle English “alienen”, which means to transfer or surrender property rights, or to exclude.

Here’s a fun fact: Scottish church minister and science teacher, Thomas Dick, set out in 1848 to calculate the number of aliens living inside the Solar System. According to his predictions, if the population density of outer space matched that of England, with 280 people per square mile, then the Solar System might be home to 22 trillion inhabitants (via BBC). Now that’s a very chilling thought.

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Domestic Car Sales Have Gone Through A Steep Decline Since COVID

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Sales statistics compiled by DataHerald for SlashGear show a strong decline in the number of vehicle sales over the last few years. Some sales traditions, like a January dip followed by a strong spring sales period as tax returns hit people’s bank accounts, are apparent in the data we received. An interesting thing to note is how the annual January drop seemed to be more severe in 2021. January 2020 saw a drop of around 60,000 sales when compared to the previous month, and sales declined by roughly the same number between December 2020 and January 2021. However, due to the lower sales volume overall, the dip appears to be more severe on the chart and is drastically larger if you look at it as a percentage of sales instead of raw sales numbers.

As you may expect, the biggest dip in sales occurred at the height of the April 2020 lockdown. During this period, sales figures dipped below 125,000. This is likely because many showrooms and dealerships were closed, which meant there were fewer locations where you could actually purchase a car. Unfortunately, despite a brief recovery throughout the second half of 2020 and the first half of 2021, sales numbers never got back to pre-pandemic figures. Since May 2021 we’ve witnessed a steep decline that threatens to drop sales figures as low as they were at the height of the pandemic. In May 2022, sales were below 180,000 again, with no signs of the downward trend reversing.

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Tesla Is Finally Adding This Common Feature To Its Steering Wheels

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“All cars made since November also have push center for horn – just waiting on firmware update,” Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter about the horn placement issue. This was after a Twitter user asked if it was possible to “remap the horn on the steering yoke.” In other words, if you drive a Tesla car with a steering yoke, you can use a regular horn after a software update. In addition, the update will allow you to activate the horn if you press your palm against the right side of the steering yoke. 

Another user on Reddit spotted a Tesla Model S with a sticker on the steering yoke that says “Airbag horn enabled in SW-352573.” The photo suggests that Tesla is testing a different type of steering yoke that features a regular horn on the airbag location.

This isn’t the first time Tesla has made a U-turn after it tried to re-write the rules of the traditional horn –- it was forced to recall about 500,000 vehicles that made fart noises and bleating goat sounds instead of the usual beeping horn sound, thanks to a feature Tesla called Boombox (according to CNN).

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