“Insane” — UK Tech reacts to Gov moves that might hand UK startups contract to Barclays Bank
Mike Butcher

Tech Nation is trailing in second place in the race to remain the UK’s government-backed ‘startup champion’ after the latter put the £12 million contract out to tender, according to TechCrunch’s sources. First in line at this point in time – in a decision which is due in December – is banking giant Barclays. Tech […] “Insane” — UK Tech reacts to Gov moves that might hand UK startups contract to Barclays Bank by Mike Butcher originally published on TechCrunch

Netflix establishes an internal games studio in Helsinki, led by former Zynga GM
Sarah Perez

Netflix’s push into the mobile gaming market continues with today’s announcement the streamer is establishing an internal games studio based in Helsinki, Finland, led by the co-founder and General Manager of the Zygna Helsinki game development studio, Marko Lastikka. The studio will be the fourth for Netflix, joining others including Next Games, Night School Studio, […] Netflix establishes an internal games studio in Helsinki, led by former Zynga GM by Sarah Perez originally published on TechCrunch

Hey, look, some startups are still raising money
Alex Wilhelm

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Hey, look, some startups are still raising money by Alex Wilhelm originally published on TechCrunch

3 ways to implement a product-led sales motion to unleash PLG’s revenue potential
Ram Iyer

To drive revenue growth and profitability, the product-led growth model requires a different way of approaching sales: product-led sales. 3 ways to implement a product-led sales motion to unleash PLG’s revenue potential by Ram Iyer originally published on TechCrunch

Amazon is holding a Prime Early Access Sale on October 11 and 12
Aisha Malik

Amazon is holding a Prime Day-like shopping event this fall, marking the first time that the online retail giant will host two sales events exclusively for Prime members in the same year. The “Prime Early Access Sale” will take place on October 11 and 12. The exclusive deals for members will be available in 15 […] Amazon is holding a Prime Early Access Sale on October 11 and 12 by Aisha Malik originally published on TechCrunch

Not So Dark helps restaurants run a second delivery-focused business
Romain Dillet

French startup Not So Dark has raised an $80 million Series B funding round led by Kharis Capital and Verlinvest, with Convivialité Ventures also participating. The startup has launched digital food delivery brands that you can find in food delivery apps. While Not So Dark started with a network of dark kitchens, the company has […] Not So Dark helps restaurants run a second delivery-focused business by Romain Dillet originally published on TechCrunch

Cloudflare launches an eSIM to secure mobile devices
Kyle Wiggers

Are smartphones ever entirely secure? It depends on one’s definition of “secure,” particularly when dealing with corporate environments. Most companies with bring-your-own-device policies install apps or agents on workers’ smartphones to help secure them, leveraging the management capabilities built into operating systems like Android and iOS. But those might not be sufficient. That’s what Cloudflare […] Cloudflare launches an eSIM to secure mobile devices by Kyle Wiggers originally published on TechCrunch

WhatsApp is rolling out sharable call links feature
Ivan Mehta

Links for video calls are common across apps like Zoom or Google Meet. But now popular chat app WhatsApp is also rolling out this feature so you can share a link of a call with family and friends. Mark Zuckerberg today announced the feature noting that users can now join WhatsApp calls through this link […] WhatsApp is rolling out sharable call links feature by Ivan Mehta originally published on TechCrunch

IFC and other impact investors return to backing Ukraine startups, with new $250M fund aimed at founders under the gun
Ingrid Lunden

Funding sources for tech startups in Ukraine have gone off a cliff this year, with investors (and their LPs) wary of taking on the risk of backing potentially promising ideas and people who have stayed in the country amid the sustained, persistent and increasingly ugly onslaught from Russia. But just as there are glimmers that […] IFC and other impact investors return to backing Ukraine startups, with new $250M fund aimed at founders under the gun by Ingrid Lunden originally published on TechCrunch

Transportation and Students: Infrastructurally deprived - FML
FMyLife

Today, I learned the “almost complete” transit that would cut my commute in half is delayed at least another year. When I chose my high school, they said it would be complete by the year’s end. I’m a senior now and it definitely won’t be done before my graduation. FML

timeOS is a Chrome extension that puts your meeting details in one place
Ivan Mehta

Meeting reminders can be tough to navigate. Even if you get a notification 10 or 30 minutes before the meeting you might forget to join or struggle to find the meeting link moments before joining. Magical, a productivity company, aims to solve these problems with a Chrome extension called timeOS. This extension shows your next meeting’s details […] timeOS is a Chrome extension that puts your meeting details in one place by Ivan Mehta originally published on TechCrunch

Checkmate captures all of your shopping deals so you don’t have to
Christine Hall

Checkmate's shopping tool gathers all the online discount codes, gift cards and personalized deals from your inbox and automatically applies them at checkout. Checkmate captures all of your shopping deals so you don’t have to by Christine Hall originally published on TechCrunch

Love, Friends, Weird, Stalker and Social Media: Seek help - FML
FMyLife

Today, my girlfriend chose to hate-stalk her ex-best friend's social media, then angrily rant to me for over an hour about what she saw. This happens three or four times a week. They last spoke over a decade ago. The last time I suggested therapy, she didn't speak to me for a week. FML

Vendease, a food procurement platform for African restaurants, nabs $30M led by Partech Africa and TLcom
Tage Kene-Okafor

When Vendease launched in January 2020, it wanted to solve the challenges and inefficiencies in Nigeria’s highly fragmented food sector using a marketplace model that connected suppliers and farms to restaurants and food businesses, with deliveries facilitated within 24 hours. But over the next couple of months, Vendease switched from its middleman role — after […] Vendease, a food procurement platform for African restaurants, nabs $30M led by Partech Africa and TLcom by Tage Kene-Okafor originally published on TechCrunch

Trans Rights, Relatable, Awkward, Students and Education: Brain rot - FML
FMyLife

Today, I excitedly started my first university psychology course. Enthusiastic and ready to learn, I listened as my teacher introduced himself. Turns out he's a major transphobe, who is in cahoots with the likes of Jordan Peterson and Ray Blanchard. Only 12 weeks to go. FML

India is repurposing its COVID-19 contact tracing app and vaccination website
Jagmeet Singh

India is repurposing its COVID-19 contact-tracing app and vaccination website to address other health concerns in the South Asian country. A senior official said Sunday that the Indian government is planning to use Aarogya Setu as the country’s standalone health app. The app will offer residents the ability to book medical checkup appointments and verify the […] India is repurposing its COVID-19 contact tracing app and vaccination website by Jagmeet Singh originally published on TechCrunch

Sex, Lonely, Insects, Jealousy and Frustration: Rubbing it in - FML
FMyLife

Today, I heard the very loud buzzing of a fly nearby, and I felt a tingly sensation on my arm. I thought there was a fly on my arm; I was half-right. There were, in fact, two flies having sex on my arm. That's something I will never unsee. FML

In the ……. seat
italkyoutalk

Can you complete this English expression? It means “to be in control”. In the ……. seat a) driver’s b) pilot’s c) soldier’s d) boss’s The answer is below!↓ Answer: a) driver’s In the driver’s seat! By I Talk You Talk Press – Easy English Reading

Love, Family and Awkward: Golden child - FML
FMyLife

Today, my mom, dad, and little brother all adore my boyfriend, and treat him like a son. When he’s here, he gets more family love than I do. I’ve wanted to dump him for weeks because we’re really not working out, but I know that if I do my entire family will pitch a fit, and bug me to take him back FML

Disperse, which brings AI-fuelled data to construction projects, raises $16M
Paul Sawers

Disperse, a U.K.-based construction tech company that offers an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered platform to help project managers track work and capture data from building sites, has raised $16 million in funding. Founded out of London in 2015, Disperse effectively creates a digital version of an entire construction site, including visual snapshots that track the progress […] Disperse, which brings AI-fuelled data to construction projects, raises $16M by Paul Sawers originally published on TechCrunch

Mental health, Relatable and Fear: AMERICA, FUCK YEAH! - FML
FMyLife

Today, I was born and raised in Georgia, and later moved to Florida for college. I'm not sure which state has more embarrassing representation right now. I'm literally scared of what new laws might be passed, or what rights taken away. I wish I had enough money to move to another country. FML

Conservative capitalists are funding their vision of the future
Dominic-Madori Davis

Thiel Capital’s recent investment in a women's health startup is symbolic, perhaps, of what more could come. Conservative capitalists are funding their vision of the future by Dominic-Madori Davis originally published on TechCrunch

Miscellaneous and Court: How very dare you? - FML
FMyLife

Today, in court, I was called a "pompous little gnome" by the woman I was there suing, for destroying my front garden with weed killer. The judge agreed with her and threw the case out for lack of evidence it was actually her that destroyed my garden. FML

The unicorn valuation gambit
Alex Wilhelm

Many unicorns are avoiding reality by not raising today, hoping that valuations recover and growth reattains its prior market prominence. Will it work? The unicorn valuation gambit by Alex Wilhelm originally published on TechCrunch

Insurtech goes niche
Mary Ann Azevedo

Welcome to The Interchange! If you received this in your inbox, thank you for signing up and your vote of confidence. If you’re reading this as a post on our site, sign up here so you can receive it directly in the future. Every week, I’ll take a look at the hottest fintech news of the previous […] Insurtech goes niche by Mary Ann Azevedo originally published on TechCrunch

Health, Mental health, Relatable and Medication: The wagon - FML
FMyLife

Today, after waiting two days for my ADD med because of "insurance issues", I was told it's out-of-stock. I have one pill left, and the pharmacy isn't open on the weekend. FML

Animals, Cats and Fight: Jackson Galaxy moment - FML
FMyLife

Today, I meowed at my cat and he got really close to me. I then meowed again and he punched me in the face. Them's fightin' words, it seems. FML

Health, Insects and Painful: B movie - FML
FMyLife

Today, a kid threw a rock at a beehive while my friend and I where standing next to it. It fell down, and a swarm of slightly displeased bees assumed that we were the culprit. Knowing what was about to happen, my friend and I ran for our lives. He ran fast enough to escape; I didn't. The kid, the actual culprit, didn't get attacked. FML

Love, Relatable and Awkward: Trapped - FML
FMyLife

Today, I'm realizing the woman I've been in love with for 8 years has become completely disinterested in me. I can't even connect on a basic, "How was your day?" level without her her zoning out or getting lost in her phone, only to apologize when I say something and then not even ask what I had to say. We have 2 kids now. FML

Love, Family, Weird, Insulting and Cute: A right bunch of berks - FML
FMyLife

Today, I met my boyfriend's family. He calls his parents things like “geriatric hag” and “old clown”. I was about to yell at him, but they started calling him “nancy boy” and “nerd”. Apparently they love each other, but only communicate through abuse. I can’t believe I may soon marry into this mess. FML

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