Covid, Homeowners and Lockdown: Open season - FML

Today, I drove home to Las Vegas after being in quarantine in Los Angeles for two weeks. The lights were on and the lock was busted. My apartment is completely ransacked. Yay 2021. FML

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.

‘Anti-superficial’ dating app S’More raises $2.1M
Anthony Ha

S’More, a dating app that’s focused on helping users find more meaningful relationships, announced today that it has raised $2.1 million in seed funding. S’More (short for “something more”) ensures that users can’t focus on physical appearance, because photos are  initally blurred — they gradually un-blur as you interact with someone. The startup has introduced new […]

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 […]

Sony’s tempts professionals with the top-shelf, top-tier Alpha 1
Devin Coldewey

Sony is making a play for the top end of the professional digital camera world, where videographers and sports photographers demand immaculate image quality at high resolutions in short order. The new Alpha 1 beats pretty much everything on the market on paper, but it’ll set you back a cool $6,500. This is, of course, […]

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 […]

Mealco raises $7M to launch new delivery-centric restaurants
Anthony Ha

Mealco, a startup promising to help chefs launch new restaurants designed around delivery, is announcing that it has raised $7 million in seed funding. It’s probably not news to anyone reading this that opening a restaurant can be an expensive, risky proposition — and of course, many restaurants have gone out of business during the […]

Relationships: The real me - FML

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

These investors want to back ‘ridiculously early’ female-led African startups
Tage Kene-Okafor

In 2019, female-led companies received less than 5 percent of the global venture capital. Bringing it to Africa, only 10 percent of the West African startups that cumulatively raised $1 million had at least one female co-founder in the past decade. There are many stats to back up the underrepresentation of women in starting a […]

The Tula Mic is a powerful portable recorder that doubles as a great USB-C microphone
Darrell Etherington

Tula is a new company founded with the specific purpose of developing user-friendly hardware and software for sound capture, and its debut product, the Tula Mic, is now shipping after a successful crowdfunding campaign last year. Tula Mic is both a USB-C microphone input for computers and mobile devices, and also a dedicated recorder that […]

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 […]

Nomad’s charcoal grill suitcase is modern ingenuity combined with classic cooking
Darrell Etherington

Dallas-based Nomad set out to take an age-old cooking method and modernize it – but not by introducing connected or smart features. Instead, the Nomad Grill & Smoker takes classic charcoal grilling and relies on clever industrial design to make it packable and portable, while making sure cooks of all expertise levels can make great-tasting […]

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 […]

TikTok is being used by vape sellers marketing to teens
Sarah Perez

TikTok has a vaping problem. Although a 2019 U.S. law made it illegal to sell or market e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 21, TikTok videos featuring top brands of disposable e-cigarettes and vapes for sale have been relatively easy to find on the app. These videos, set to popular and upbeat music, clearly […]

SetSail nabs $26M Series A to rethink sales compensation
Ron Miller

SetSail wants to upend the way sales people get compensated by paying them throughout the sales cycle, rather than a single commission after the sale closes. Today, the startup announced a $26 million Series A. Insight Partners led the round with participation from existing investors Wing Venture Capital, Team8 and Operator Collective. Today’s investment brings […]

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.

Ex-Uber team raises $6M seed for geospatial analytics platform
Danny Crichton

Years ago, Uber had a problem. With millions of users and tens of thousands of drivers scattered across a widening expanse of the globe, the fast-growing mobility startup wanted to display more accurate maps to users about where their ride was coming from and where it was intending to go to reach its destination. The […]

India retains ban on TikTok, UC Browser and 57 other Chinese apps
Manish Singh

TikTok, UC Browser, UC News, Baidu Map, Xiaomi’s Video and Community and 53 other Chinese apps that India banned in late June won’t be returning to the country anytime soon, the Indian government has decided, a source familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. Last week New Delhi told the parent firms of these apps that […]

Vectorized announces $15.5M investment to build simpler streaming data tool
Ron Miller

Streaming data is not new. Kafka has existed as an open source tool for a decade. Vectorized was founded on the premise that the existing tools were too complex and not designed for today’s streaming requirements. Today the company released its first product, Redpanda, an open source tool designed to make it easier for developers […]