Just BFF things - FML

Today, my best friend came to visit from out of state. We had lunch, painted our nails and fell asleep sipping wine and watching movies. It was a perfect girl’s day. My boyfriend is now irrationally angry, because according to him it’s not fair that I can have a girl sleep over and he can’t. FML

Pull (someone’s) ……

Can you complete this English expression? It means “to trick, or joke with (someone)”. Pull (someone’s) …….. a) leg b) arm c) nose d) ear The answer is below!↓ Answer: a) leg Pull (someone’s) leg By I Talk You Talk Press – Easy English Reading

Bored - FML

Today, I'm considering working as an escort again, to get some human closeness, have interesting conversations and feel wanted and appreciated. I'm actually in a steady relationship; I guess it’s not a very good one. FML

[Short Story with Audio] Why do you have blue hair?

This is a short story for learners of English from I Talk You Talk Press. You can read and listen at the same time, or you can try shadowing. We hope you enjoy the story! WHY DO YOU HAVE BLUE HAIR? Rei met a nice guy on the train. He was sitting next to her. … Continue reading [Short Story with Audio] Why do you have blue hair?

Today, on "Dr. Phil"… - FML

Today, my dad got upset when one of his employees showed a romantic interest in my mom. Both parents were totally fine, though, with that same employee announcing his engagement to my 15-year-old sister. FML

Hormonal hell - FML

Today, someone drank a sip of my single serve pasteurized orange juice and put it back in the fridge, ignoring the whole jug of non-pasteurized juice, that I cant drink because im pregnant. I cried. FML

Match confirms plans for Tinder Platinum, a new top-level subscription for power users, arriving Q4
Sarah Perez

Tinder is testing a new top-level subscription plan, Tinder Platinum, which it expects to roll out before year-end. The news of the coming service was announced this week by Tinder parent Match Group during its Q2 2020 earnings call with investors. Match described the subscription as providing additional value beyond Tinder’s current paid plan, Tinder […]

We’re hiring Rails programmers
Jeffrey Hardy

We have two rare openings on our Core Product team for Rails programmers. We’ll be accepting applications for the next two weeks, aiming for a flexible start date in October. We strongly encourage candidates of all different backgrounds and identities to apply. This is an opportunity for us to bring in a different perspective and we’re eager to further… keep reading

Krisp snags $5M A round as demand grows for its voice-isolating algorithm
Devin Coldewey

Krisp’s smart noise suppression tech, which silences ambient sounds and isolates your voice for calls, arrived just in time. The company got out in front of the global shift to virtual presence, turning early niche traction has into real customers and attracting a shiny new $5 million series A funding round to expand and diversify […]

The story behind Rent the Runway’s first check
Natasha Mascarenhas

When Rent the Runway co-founders Jennifer Fleiss and Jennifer Hyman got their first term sheet, it had an exploding clause in it: If they didn’t sign the offer in 24 hours, they would lose the deal. The co-founders, then students at Harvard Business School, were ready to commit, but their lawyer advised them to pause […]

Go public now while software valuations make no sense
Alex Wilhelm

Software valuations are bonkers, which means it’s a great time to go public. Asana, Monday.com, Wrike and every other gosh darn software company that is putting it off, pay attention. Heck, even service-y Palantir could excel in this market. Let me explain. Over the past few weeks, TechCrunch has tracked the filing, first pricing, rejiggered […]

Don't ask questions you don't want the answer to - FML

Today, during a deep conversation with my girlfriend of 6 months, I asked her if the guy she had cheated on me once with a few months back had a bigger “tool” than me. She said yes. So I asked, "How much bigger are we talking about?" Her response was "Probably like twice the size." FML

Funding in an uncertain market: using venture debt to bridge the gap
Walter Thompson

Now more than ever, companies should examine all sources of capital and ensure they are sufficiently funded to emerge from this period stronger than they entered it.

Just 72 hours left to save up to $300 on Disrupt 2020 passes
Alexandra Ames

It takes a village — or in this case a kickass global startup community — to help you survive and thrive in challenging times. Tap into your village at Disrupt 2020, but do it quickly to gain entry at the lowest possible price. You have just three days left before the price goes up. Buy […]

Technologists: Consider Canada
Walter Thompson

If you want to build technology to be harnessed for equity, diversity and social advancement of the many — rather than freedom and inclusion for the few — we think Canada is a good place to do it.

TikTok updates policies to ban deepfakes, expand fact-checks, and flag election misinfo
Sarah Perez

As uncertainty swirls around TikTok’s future in the U.S., the company this morning announced new Community Guidelines focused on helping keep misleading and deceptive content off its platform. The new rules aim to better clarify what’s allowed and not allowed on TikTok, broaden the app’s fact-checking partnerships ahead of the U.S. election, and ban the […]

Hear Cloudflare and PlanGrid’s amazing journey from founding to exit at Disrupt 2020
Mike Butcher

How and when should startup founders think about the “exit”? It’s the perennial question in tech entrepreneurialism, but the hows and whens are questions to which there are a multitude of answers. For one thing, new founders often forget that the terms of the exit may not eventually be entirely in their control. There’s the […]

Datafold is solving the chaos of data engineering
Danny Crichton

It seemed so simple. A small schema issue in a database was wrecking a feature in the app, increasing latency and degrading the user experience. The resident data engineer pops in a fix to amend the schema, and everything seems fine — for now. Unbeknownst to them, that small fix completely clobbered all the dashboards […]

PandaDoc announces second Series B extension worth $30M
Ron Miller

PandaDoc, the startup that provides a fully digital sales document workflow from proposal to electronic signature to collecting payment, announced a $30 million Series B extension today, making it the the second such extension the company has taken since taking its original $15 million Series B in 2017. The total for the three B investments […]

Food for thought - FML

Today, I warned my husband not to eat the seafood he'd left on the counter. He insisted it was fine. He’s now been in the bathroom shitting, puking and wailing for three hours. Our place is tiny and the bathroom is attached to our bedroom. The door doesn’t keep out the noise or the rancid smell. FML

Dear Sophie: Can I bypass H-1B and sponsor a grad for a green card?
Walter Thompson

Given the challenges of getting an H-1B through the lottery and the visa ban, can we potentially sponsor someone for a green card?

As e-commerce accelerates, fintech startups raised record $100M rounds in Q2
Alex Wilhelm

Reading headlines here and there, one might assume that venture capital interest in fintech startups is setting records every quarter. After all: didn’t Robinhood raise $280 million and $320 million more this year? Stripe raised $600 million just a few minutes ago, and wasn’t it Monzo that raised £60 million a few weeks back? Oh, […]

What Q2 fundraising data tells us about the rest of 2020
Walter Thompson

If the current level of interest represents the new normal for VCs, we expect it to only increase as we enter the fall.

Q3 2020 is primed to be an intense shopping season for VCs
Walter Thompson

Founders are in a great position to fundraise right now. VCs are ready to deploy capital and are activity searching for businesses to invest in. Time to make the most of it.

Stix, offering D2C pregnancy and ovulation tests, raises $1.3 million in seed funding
Jordan Crook

Stix, a direct-to-consumer women’s health brand, today announced the close of a $1.3 million seed round. Investors such as BDMI, Rogue Women’s Fund, Vamos Ventures, Founders Factory New York, as well as angels like Heidi Zak (ThirdLove) Laurence Franklin (Coach) and Steve Gutentag and Demetri Karagas (30 Madison) participated in the round. There is no […]

Direct-to-consumer cat food startup Smalls raises $9M
Anthony Ha

While dog owners have plenty of direct-to-consumer options if they want to order pet food online, we haven’t seen a similar wave of startups for cats. But that may be starting to change. Earlier this year, I wrote about Cat Person, a startup backed by Harry’s Labs offering a variety of cat care products, including […]

Kubermatic launches open source service hub to enable complex service management
Ron Miller

As Kubernetes and cloud native technologies proliferate, developers and IT have found a growing set of technical challenges they need to address, and new concepts and projects have popped up to deal with them. For instance, operators provide a way to package, deploy and manage your cloud native application in an automated way. Kubermatic wants […]

Genki’s Covert Dock is the perfect dock for the Nintendo Switch – and other gadgets, too
Darrell Etherington

The Nintendo Switch’s ability to quickly transition from portable to home console is definitely one of its major selling points, but Nintendo’s official dock never really made much sense with the portable nature of the Switch itself. Luckily, third-party accessory maker Genki created the Covert Dock, a device no larger than a smartphone USB charger […]

Harness makes first acquisition, snagging open source CI company Drone.io
Ron Miller

Harness has made a name for itself creating tools like continuous delivery (CD) for software engineers to give them the kind of power that has been traditionally reserved for companies with large engineering teams like Google, Facebook and Netflix. Today, the company announced it has acquired Drone.io, an open source continuous integration (CI) company, marking […]

Where did everyone go? - FML

Today, I wrote a Facebook post venting about the horrible things I've been going through lately, hoping my friends would console me. I discovered that my English teacher from 30 years ago, the creepy dude who keeps asking me out, and some random chick I don't even know are my only "friends." FML