Tesla Unveils Car for the Masses | Crunch Report


Tesla unveils an affordable car, Slack is
now worth $3.8 billion tease, Google’s April Fool’s day screw-up and more… It’s Friday, April 1st and this is Crunch
Report. Late last night…after years of speculation,
Tesla unveiled the model 3 at a starting price of $35,000…That makes it the most affordable
Tesla to date. The base model will be able to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under
six seconds…and it’ll get at least 215 miles per charge. All of the Model threes will have
A 15″ landscape screen, autopilot hardware built in, supercharging support and front
and rear trunks. The car seats up to five people…and! You can reserve one today for
$1,000. Already, pre-orders have surpassed 150,000. Deliveries start at the end 2017. So. Tesla’s Model 3 can go from 0 to 60 in
under six seconds. That’s basically what’s happened with Slack. The business messaging
startup just raised a $200 million round at a $3.8 billion post-money valuation. The round
was led by Thrive Capital, with participation from GGV, Comcast Ventures and Slack’s existing
investors, including Accel, Index Ventures and Social Capital. Slack is only a three-year-old
company and it’s already raised $540 million. Oh, fun fact: Slack won the fastest rising
startup at TechCrunch’s annual Crunchies ceremony. In a statement, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield
said: “As has always been the case, we are taking this opportunity to further secure
our leadership position as we continue to execute on our ambitious growth plans. This
capital adds to our existing reserves and increases our ability to focus on an uncompromising
long-term, strategic view.” Speaking of hot startups, on-demand workforce
company Managed by Q announced a $25 million Series B round from Google Ventures and Kapor
Capital. Managed by Q operators handle office tasks like re-stocking toilet paper and soap,
fixing the plumbing system and painting the walls. The Managed by Q operators are all
W-2 employees, unlike a lot of other on-demand services. Managed by Q has raised $42 million
in total. The startup is live in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago… …which is the same place rapper Kanye West
hails from. Today, West made his new album, “The Life of Pablo,” available on Spotify,
Apple Music and Google Play Music. Why does this matter? Well, Yeezy originally said that
he would “never never never be on Apple” and that it would only be available on Tidal,
which is Jay-Z’s streaming music platform. Today, Tidal is the #4 top grossing music
app in the U.S. Apple app store. Just one day after release, “The Life of Pablo” was
illegally downloaded by some 500,000 people. Now, West has made it pretty clear that he’s
in need of cash, and being on other services means additional revenue. So, don’t hate the
player….hate the game. And..in honor of April Fool’s Day…a.k.a.
my least favorite day on the Internet, Google had a prank that totally backfired. Google
launched a mic drop button within Gmail so that you could have the last word on any email.
Hitting the mic drop button inserted a GIF of some creature dropping a microphone at
the end of your email. If someone tried to respond, you wouldn’t see it. Google has since
removed the button because some people mistakenly inserted a mic drop on important emails. One
person in Google’s Gmail support page claimed to have lost their job as a result of the
prank. In a statement, Google said: “Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year.
[Sad face emoji] Due to a bug, the MicDrop feature inadvertently caused more headaches
than laughs. We’re truly sorry. The feature has been turned off. If you are still seeing
it, please reload your Gmail page.” That’s the report for today. I’m Megan
Rose Dickey. Crunch Report airs every weekday at 7 pm Eastern,
4 pm Pacific, on techcrunch.com. You can also find us on iTunes, and on YouTube. See you
on Monday!

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