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Gardin raises $1.2M pre-seed to use ‘optical phenotyping’ tech to improve food production
Steve O'Hear

Gardin, a ‘deep tech’ hardware and software startup developing optical phenotyping technology and analytics to optimise food production, has raised $1.2 million in pre-seed funding. Leading the round is LDV Capital, with participation from Seedcamp, and MMC Ventures. A number of angel investors are also investing, including Pratima Aiyagari, Gilad Engel, and Abdulaziz Alrashed. Founded […]

Corporate card startup Mooncard challenges American Express in France with miles
Romain Dillet

French startup Mooncard is partnering with Flying Blue to offer Air France miles to its customers. This is the first time you can earn miles with a payment card in France that isn’t an American Express card. Mooncard provides corporate payment cards to streamline your expenses. Most companies in France don’t use corporate cards. But […]

Family: Paternity test before the rest - FML

Today, after always laughing when my mom told me to avoid dating any guy with green eyes and thinking it was some weird prejudice, she told me the truth. My father cheated and had at least six other kids. They all have green eyes and look alike. FML

SaaS startup studio eFounders launches a fintech startup studio
Romain Dillet

eFounders is expanding its focus by creating a second startup studio called Logic Founders. This time, Logic Founders is going to focus on fintech startups exclusively. Camille Tyan (pictured above) is going to lead the new studio. Over the past ten years, eFounders has launched dozens of software-as-a-service companies trying to improve the way we […]

ByteDance is cutting jobs in India amid prolonged TikTok ban
Manish Singh

Chinese internet giant ByteDance has told employees in India that it is reducing the size of its team in the country after New Delhi retained ban on TikTok and other Chinese apps last week, a source familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The company, which employs more than 2,000 people in India, shared the news […]

Health: Supportive - FML

Today, after two rounds of antibiotics, I got a yeast infection. My husband started calling me "Yeasty." FML

Clothes: Family heirloom - FML

Today, I got the dress I gave to a tailor to replace a broken zipper back. When I tried it on, I discovered that they’d cut at least 4 inches of fabric, and being skinny, there’s no way I can ever fit into it. It’s from the 1950’s, inherited from my late grandma, who in turn inherited it from her aunt. FML

…… up a friendship

Can you complete this English expression? It means “to become friends with someone”. ……… up a friendship a) strike b) hit c) lift d) earn The answer is below!↓ Answer: a) strike Strike up a friendship! By I Talk You Talk Press – Easy English Reading

Friends and Gamers: Barbarian rolls a 1 for Charisma - FML

Today, my best friend of a decade ended our friendship, all because I wouldn't kick someone from our Dungeons and Dragons table that he disliked. FML

The 5 biggest mistakes I made as a first-time startup founder
Walter Thompson

First-time entrepreneurs are bound to make some major mistakes. The true measure of a serial entrepreneur, I’d submit, is the ability to recognize those mistakes and adapt.

Tweetbot 6 released with new subscription pricing
Romain Dillet

Tapbots, the company behind Tweetbot, has released a major update for the iPhone and iPad. Tweetbot 6 is now available in the App store. While there aren’t a lot of visual changes, there are a couple of important things happening under the hood. First, Tweetbot 6 is using Twitter’s API v2. An API is an […]

Get feedback on your pitch deck from tech leaders on Extra Crunch Live
Jordan Crook

Extra Crunch Live 2.0 launches next week! Among several improvements, we’re thrilled to ramp up the Pitch Deck Teardown. In short, folks can submit their pitch decks to get feedback from investors and founders alike. The importance of the pitch deck can’t be underestimated. It is often the first point of contact between a company […]

Relationships: The real me - FML

Today, after three days of dating a boy I liked, he came out as gay on his Instagram. FML

Airbyte is an open-source data pipeline platform
Romain Dillet

If you’re working for a company that handles a ton of data, chances are your company is constantly moving data from applications, APIs and databases and sending it to a data warehouse or a data lake. There are a few well-known platforms to extract, load and transform data, such as Fivetran and Stitchdata. Airbyte is […]

Club Feast raises $3.5M to help restaurants deliver meals that only cost $5.99
Anthony Ha

Club Feast, a startup with a more affordable approach to meal delivery, is announcing that it has raised $3.5 million in seed funding led by General Catalyst. The company was founded by Atallah Atallah, Ghazi Atallah and Chris Miao. The basic concept is pretty simple: Restaurant delivery that only costs $5.99 per dish — cheaper […]

Meet the early stage founder community at TC Early Stage 2021
Lauren Simonds

Building a startup is never easy, especially when you’re in the early innings and navigating a huge learning curve. Education, support and sage advice are arguably as essential to startup success as fundraising. Find all that — and connect with your early founder community — at TC Early Stage 2021. We’re hosting two of these […]

Kids and Education: Report card - FML

Today, while assisting my kindergartener with distance learning, it became apparent what an incompetent bumbling mess his teacher is. In-person learning resumes next week, and I'm terrified to leave my child in a classroom with this man. FML

Does a $27 or $29 billion valuation make sense for Databricks?
Alex Wilhelm

This is one S-1 that we very much want to read.

Fast raises $102M as the online checkout wars continue to attract huge investment
Alex Wilhelm

This morning Fast, a startup that provides online checkout and identity products, announced that it has closed a $102 million Series B. The new funding event was led by Stripe, a previous investor in Fast. Stripe, an online payments giant, also led Fast’s Series A last year, a deal worth $20 million. Fast has raised […]

Talent Hack raises $4.7M for its B2C fitness platform, Spaces
Brian Heater

It’s been a wild 12 months for fitness platforms, as the world’s population has struggled to adapt to workouts outside of the gym. From Lululemon’s massive Mirror acquisition to companies like Apple and Samsung launching their own solutions, exercise technology has thrived amid the pandemic. Talent Hack is one of a large (and growing) number […]

Run:AI raises $30M Series B for its AI compute platform
Frederic Lardinois

Run:AI, a Tel Aviv-based company that helps businesses orchestrate and optimize their AI compute infrastructure, today announced that it has raised a $30 million Series B round. The new round was led by Insight Partners, with participation from existing investors TLV Partners and S Capital. This brings the company’s total funding to date to $43 […]

Bloomreach raises $150M on $900M valuation and acquires Exponea
Ron Miller

Bloomreach, an API company that helps eCommerce customers with search and web site creation, announced a $150 million investment today from Sixth Street Growth. Today’s funding values the company at $900 million. At the same time, the company announced it has acquired Exponea, a startup that gives Bloomreach a marketing automation component it had been […]

Covid, Covidiot, Corononavirus and Family: No logic - FML

Today, my uncle died from COVID he contracted at church. During the service, his pastor got up and started talking about how proud he was that my uncle didn't let a pandemic stop him from going to worship. At the church. That gave him COVID. FML

Rhino raises $95M to scale its rental deposit replacing insurance product
Alex Wilhelm

Rhino today announced that it has raised $95 million, an investment that values the startup at just under $500 million. Tiger Global led the round, an investment that Rhino described as “pre-IPO” to TechCrunch. Rhino provides an insurance product to real estate companies, allowing them to forgo traditional rental deposits from tenants, and offering renters […]

CrediBook gets $1.5 million to help Indonesian retail wholesalers digitize their finances
Catherine Shu

CrediBook, a startup that helps Indonesian retail wholesalers digitize the financial side of their operations, has raised $1.5 million in pre-Series A funding led by Wavemaker Partners, with participation from Alpha JWC Ventures and Insignia Ventures Partners. The capital will be used for product launches and expansion into more Indonesian cities. Founded in February 2020, […]

Fleksy adds an art marketplace to spice up its keyboard app
Natasha Lomas

Fleksy, an autocorrecting AI keyboard which competes with big-guns like Google’s Gboard and Microsoft’s Swiftkey, has a new way to catch users’ eyes: Art keyboards. It’s just launched FleksyArt: A marketplace for artists to sell digital works to its users so they can customize the look of their keyboards. Fleksy has had keyboard themes before. […]

Love and Marriage: On the rocks - FML

Today, my fiancée is convinced that I just want to marry her to get a green card, so she doesn’t want to marry me anymore. FML

Health, Anxiety and Sleep: Anxiety - FML

Today, and for the last 5 days, I’ve been waking up between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. Perfect time to get into work early, right? Except I’ve been unemployed for months and the one thing I’m trying to work on is my lack of sleep. FML

Intimacy, Sex and Family: Creeped out - FML

Today, my best friend confided in me that she's going to have sex with her cousin. Shocked, I tried to convince her not to and how it's a horrible idea. She called me a jealous bastard who can't get laid. FML

I'm not that old! - FML

Today, I was showing my hair-do from my high school prom from 10 years ago to a drunk neighbor. He turned to my mom and said, "Wow, she was a beautiful girl back in the day." Right in front of me. FML