Jam City SPAC, startup PR, telemedicine market map, more – TechCrunch

by Joseph K. Clark

For this morning’s edition of The Exchange, Alex Wilhelm studied information recently released by mobile gaming studio Jam City as it prepares to go public in a $1.2 billion blank-check deal with DPCM Capital.

“Jam City is a bit like Zynga, but unless you are a mobile-gaming aficionado, you might not have heard of it,” he writes.

Since its launch, Jam City has raised upwards of $300 million, including a $145 million round in 2019. At the time, the company was riding high after signing a deal with Disney to adapt some of the media giant’s intellectual property, including brands like Marvel, Fox, and Pixar.


Almost half of all Americans play mobile games, so Alex reviewed Jam City’s investor deck, a transcript of the investor presentation call, and a press release to see how it stacks up against Zynga, which “has done great in recent quarters, including posting record revenue and bookings in the first three months of 2021.”

(Full disclosure: the second time I worked at a startup founded by Mark Pincus, Zinga slept behind my desk, and I was one of her favorite dog-sitters.) Thanks for reading Extra Crunch; I hope you have an excellent weekend!

The ability to communicate effectively can make or break your launch. It will play a role in determining who wins a new space — you or a competitor. So how do you make a splash? How do you stay relevant? For one, you have to stop thinking that what you are up to is interesting.

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Every early-stage startup must identify and evaluate a strategic advantage

Whether you’re building a company or thinking about investing, it’s essential to understand your strategic advantage. To determine one, you should ask fundamental questions: What’s the long-term, sustainable reason the company will stay in business?

As M&A accelerates, deal-makers are leveraging AI and ML to keep pace

The global pandemic has changed how we work, including how and where we work. For those involved in the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) industry, a notoriously relationship-driven business, in-person boardroom handshakes have been replaced by video conference calls, remote collaboration, and potentially less travel in the future.

The pandemic has also accelerated digital transformation and deal-makers have embraced digital tools to help them execute effectively.

The quickening pace of digital transformation is no longer about ensuring a competitive edge. Today, it’s also about business resilience. But what’s on the horizon, and how else will technology evolve to meet the needs of companies and deal-makers?

There are still many inefficiencies in managing M&A, but technologies such as artificial intelligence, especially machine learning, are helping to make the process faster and easier.

New Relic’s business will leave the new CEO with work to do

Lew Cirne, New Relic’s founder and CEO, is stepping into the executive chairman role. Bill Staples will replace him on July 1.

Cirne spent the last several years rebuilding the company’s platform and changing its revenue model, aiming for what he hopes is long-term success.

TechCrunch decided to dig into the company’s financials to see what challenges Staples may face as he moves into the corner office. The resulting picture shows a company doing hard work for a more future-aligned product map and business model, albeit one that may not generate the sort of near-term growth that gives Staples ample breathing room with public investors.

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