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Hello and welcome back to Daily Crunch for January 3, 2022! It’s a new year, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to reinvent the wheel. This newsletter is going to stick to its tried-and-true format, so expect few surprises and lots of news.
Before we start, a big thanks to Greg for taking over while I was off. Now, to work! —Alex
The new year is already paying drama dividends, with the latest coming from an investor and the former CEO of Twitter. You see, Chris Dixon doesn’t agree with Jack Dorsey’s criticisms of non-Bitcoin crypto companies. You can imagine the fun that we are having with this.
And because you deserve a treat for making it through the first working day of the year: The “Cheugiest tech moments of 2021” from three of TechCrunch’s best.
If you need even more diversion, TechCrunch also has stories today on zen balls and driving fish.

Kiwi crossing sign and Ngauruhoe Volcano, Tongariro National Park, North Island, New Zealand

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In the final article in a series about New Zealand, Rebecca Bellan spoke to four stakeholders to learn more about how foreign investment and a fund of funds program are juicing up the nation’s burgeoning startup ecosystem:
“While starting on a rock at the bottom of the world comes with challenges, there are plenty of advantages, too,” said Paul, who advises native founders to “play the Kiwi card.”
Almost one of every five New Zealanders lives abroad, and that diaspora has helped the nation build a great deal of international goodwill. “It’s an easy conversation starter and chances are most interesting people offshore have some sort of affinity or connection to New Zealand,” Paul said.
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