Daily Crunch: Investors back away from Dispo

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Dispo is in the midst of a sexual assault controversy, Zoom introduces an SDK and Android owners will have to continue waiting for Clubhouse access. This is your Daily Crunch for March 22, 2021.

The big story: Investors back away from Dispo

After a recent story in Business Insider brought allegations to light that a member of David Dobrik's vlog squad had sexually assaulted an extra during a shoot, Spark Capital announced that it would "sever all ties" with Dobrik's photo-sharing startup Dispo.

"We have stepped down from our position on the board and we are in the process of making arrangements to ensure we do not profit from our recent investment in Dispo," said Spark, which led a $20 million Series A in Dispo less than a month ago. That means any potential profits will be donated to organizations supporting survivors of sexual assault. (Fellow investors Unshackled Ventures and Seven Seven Six also said that they would donate any profits from their investments.)

Dobrik, meanwhile, has stepped down from the Dispo board and left the company.

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