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NFT shoppers unite!: Coinbase’s long-awaited NFT marketplace launched in a beta form for those who find joy in trading digital collectibles. The company aims to make this a “web3 social marketplace.” Get in all the buying and selling you can before Coinbase starts charging transaction fees. And look out for the future collection drops.If you thought the Flutterwave drama was over, you would be wrong: Earlier this month, Tage brought you the story of a former Flutterwave employee accusing CEO Olugbenga ‘GB’ Agboola of bullying and harassing. Well, in the wee morning hours, Tage laid out more of the story based on an employee email obtained by TechCrunch. In it, Agboola addresses the allegations that include sexual harassment and how he initially started the company. However, we note there are still a few things not addressed, like fraudulent activity accusations. Get the broom; it’s a mess!

Bringing beauty salons into the digital era: The beauty industry is not often one venture capital firms flock to, so that’s why it’s great to see a company like Colombia-based Morado, a digital beauty marketplace supplying salons with all the gadgets and gizmos needed to operate, get some attention from some big names like Tiger Global, a16z and H2O Capital

Startups and VC

Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, NFTs are all the rage, and a small subset of people are raking in the cash in the process. In a TC+ analysis, Jacquelyn wonders how the market is going to survive the volatility and the outliers-driven market dynamics. Fascinating and well worth a read (and a TC+ subscription, if you haven’t given our subs team the $50 worth of annual subscription tokens yet).

In yesterday’s Daily Crunch, we listed a firehose of new funds. One day late (how dare they not jump on our entirely arbitrary bandwagon), AWS announced a $30 million fund aimed especially at minority founders

Meanwhile, in the most life-imitates-art (looking at you, "Silicon Valley") story I’ve written for TechCrunch to date, Social Local Mobile Commerce (SoLoMoCo) app Tulu raised a chunk of cash to bring the sharing economy to your apartment building.

More? You want more? I gotchu:

Not quite Airbnb, not quite hotel: Lyric Hospitality took a nose-dive early in the pandemic, but the company’s software platform got a $16 million cash injection and a new lease of life as Wheelhouse.

Ad-specially for you: Mutiny is using AI tech to optimize ads and landing pages based on customer behavior, which got investors all excited to the tune of a $50 million Series B.

Group travel planning is back: Pandemic? What pandemic! It’s pretty exciting to see travel apps raising money again after a two-year drought. Bach is an app that just closed an $8 million round to make bachelor/bachelorette party planning easier.

Barnacle boxing match: Neptune creates robots to clean ship hulls using robots.

More shrimp, less styro: I love this; Cruz Foam is using shrimp shells discarded by the seafood industry to create a foam product that replaces styrofoam.

Less shrimp, more science: At the same time shrimp byproducts are seeing other uses, CellMEAT is skipping the animal altogether and just growing shrimp cells in the lab.

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