Money, Embarrassing, Parents and Restaurants: Tipping point - FML

Today, after eating out, my mother asked me to figure out 20 percent of the bill whilst staring daggers at me. I have never been good at math under pressure and especially not percentages, so I told her as such. She called me a complete idiot, to which my father simply said, “I agree.” FML

Intimacy, Divorce and Texting: Judgement day - FML

Today, I found texts between my wife and her boyfriend making fun of me. They would sext right before my wife would be with me so she could think of him. She brags about how she picks random fights with me, stalks me, withholds sex, and calls our son names as well. I cannot wait to present these screenshots during our divorce hearing. FML

Love to ……

Can you complete this English expression? It means “to love very much”. Love to …… a) over b) full c) great d) pieces The answer is below!↓ Answer: d) pieces Love to pieces! Example: “I love my niece and nephew to pieces.” By I Talk You Talk Press – Easy English Reading

Health, Dogs and Painful: Slicing up eyeballs - FML

Today, I got up at 2 a.m. to pee. Searing pain stabbed my eye as soon as I opened it. I spent the next 30 min in agony, tears, and snot pouring down my face, trying to find the eyelash in my dry eye. Instead, I pulled a 2-inch long, invisible white, crinkly hair from my dog's undercoat out of my eye. SO. MUCH. PAIN. FML

Kids and Exams: SAT down - FML

Today, my daughter was unable to take the SAT. They wouldn’t let her in, because, “no one told her she would need two forms of ID.” To be fair, she would have gotten a terrible score anyway, if she’s really that dumb. FML

Kids, Embarrassing, Clothes, Pranks and Awkward: Kids will be kids - FML

Today, at my little cousin’s birthday party, some spoilt child played a prank and placed chocolate cake on my seat just as I was about to sit. Let’s just say of all the days, today was a bad day to wear cream trousers and park the car quite a way away from the venue. FML

4 questions to ask before building a computer vision model
Ram Iyer

Before founders begin building AI systems, they should think carefully about their risk appetite, data management practices and strategies for future-proofing their AI stack.

Steal this hot new summer look (it’s bacteria)
Harri Weber

Bacterial secretions might dye your future wardrobe, and that’d be an improvement. That’s because textiles usually get their hues from toxic chemicals, and the resulting wastewater—laden with dyes, acids and formaldehyde—destroys rivers, such as those surrounding Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Wastewater treatment, when it happens, is just one of the energy-intensive (read: carbon-spewing) […]

TechCrunch+ roundup: Cannabis investor survey, product ops, recurring revenue financing
Walter Thompson

The cannabis industry is doing well in the United States: over 75% of the population lives in a state where access is permitted, and the legal market is expected to generate $33 billion this year.

Work and Relatable: Man is a cog in the vast economic machine - FML

Today, I put my notice in at work after being one of the top performers in my department. They didn’t even acknowledge my notice, they just sent me boxes to return my computer. FML

Snapchat rolls out new ‘Shared Stories’ feature to make it easier to share memories
Aisha Malik

Snapchat is rolling out a new “Shared Stories” feature that is designed to make it easier for users on the app to collaborate and share memories. The feature is a new iteration of the app’s “Custom Stories” feature, which allow users to create a story and add friends to view and contribute to it. With […]

What’s the TAM for paid newsletters?
Alex Wilhelm

While Substack was correct that it had identified a niche worth exploiting, it may not be a market slice that is amenable to venture-speed revenue expansion.

A ping-pong match between bulls and bears
Natasha Mascarenhas

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Happily we were once again at full strength this week, with Alex Wilhelm, Natasha Mascarenhas and Mary Ann Azevedo chatting, and Grace handling production. You can tell from the topic list today that we are in […]

Friends, Neighbours and Sadness: Like the deserts miss the rain - FML

Today, it's been a few days since our neighbour died. For the last 30 years, he and my husband have hated each other and disagreed on everything, no matter the subject, they would be on opposite sides of it. My husband is crying because they were best friends and he misses him. They loved to hate each other I suppose. FML

Love, Relationships, Weird, Awkward and Anger issues: Slight anger issues - FML

Today, my husband broke the vase and smashed the chandelier in the hallway, all because I asked him who he was on the phone with. His exact words were, “Do you ever just mind your fucking business? Goddamn!” Oh, and he told me I have to buy a new vase and replace the chandelier. FML

Joywell Foods raises $25M to bring sweet proteins to market
Christine Hall

Joywell uses a proprietary microbial fermentation process to produce sweet proteins that are nearly identical to those found in exotic fruits and berries.

Health, Mental health, Insomnia, Sleep and Podcasts: Protip - FML

Today, after medication, relaxation, sleep hygiene, and various other remedies for my insomnia failed, I've resorted to listening to an alien conspiracy podcast to fall asleep. The content is so insane and his voice is so monotone, I swear my brain shuts down in protest. FML

Indian fintech Jar eyes $50 million investment
Manish Singh

Indian fintech Jar, which closed a $32 million financing round in February this year, is in talks to raise new funding as it looks to scale its product and expand its offerings. The Bengaluru-headquartered startup is engaging with several investors to raise about $50 million at a $350 million valuation, according to four people familiar […]

Work, Family and Painful: Close-knit family unit - FML

Today, I woke up to my sister with her hand wrapped gently around my balls, saying, “Don’t lie or I’ll squeeze.” She wanted to know if I’d eaten her strawberries. I said no. She'd looked my bin and saw the empty packet. She looked back at me and squeezed. The pain made me late for work. FML

Health and Sex: Silver linings - FML

Today, during sex with my new boyfriend, he gave me such an intense oral sex orgasm, I clenched my jaw and broke one of my back teeth. FML

FlexID gets Algorand funding to offer self-sovereign IDs to Africa’s unbanked
Tage Kene-Okafor

Much of the world’s attention around blockchain is on the highs and lows of cryptocurrency values. Startups like FlexID remind us that distributed ledger technology has the potential to play other roles, including offering trusted records of identities without the need for a centralized authority. One of the startups working toward this vision is Zimbabwe’s […]

Love, Work, Relationships, Weird and Awkward: What the hell? - FML

Today, I got to hear from my coworkers that my marriage to my partner won’t last long because I found and married him in tech school. FML

Report: Substack, the highly hyped newsletter platform, has ditched plans for a Series C
Connie Loizos

Substack, the five-year-old newsletter platform that has aggressively positioned itself as a disruptive force in media, has abandoned efforts to raise a Series C round, the New York Times is reporting today.  According to its sources, Substack held discussions with potential investors in recent months about raising $75 million to $100 million at a valuation […]

As ….. usual

Can you complete this English expression? It means “in the usual manner”. As ……. usual a) right b) out c) per d) once The answer is below!↓ Answer: c) per As per usual! Example: “Ella was late, as per usual.” By I Talk You Talk Press – Easy English Reading

Money, Health and Capitalism: Healthcare for all, now - FML

Today, I had a procedure that should have been covered by my health insurance, but while I was there, I asked the doc to sign a prescription for an unrelated thing. This apparently turned the insured procedure into a consultation, so they charged me full price for the procedure, over $15,000. FML

Daily Crunch: In one of the largest tech deals ever struck, Broadcom will buy VMware for $61B
Christine Hall

Hello friends and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.

Foursquare founder banks funding for mystery 3D social network startup
Lucas Matney

The excitement around web3 and the metaverse have pulled plenty of entrepreneurs who defined the first generation of native mobile apps to begin questioning what’s next. Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley is on the co-founding team of a new startup called LivingCities, alongside Matt Miesnieks, who sold his most recent startup to Niantic for an […]

Love, Relatable, Airplanes, Argument and Disney: The happiest place on Earth - FML

Today, we were supposed to go to Disneyland but we got in a blazing argument. Then this morning I woke up to my alarm clock disabled, he was gone, my ticket was in the kitchen shredded, and when I rang him the bastard was in the first class lounge, waiting to get on the plane without me. FML

Meta and Google’s Gradient back LatAm startup OlaClick
Manish Singh

More than 80% of food delivery orders in Latin America are still made over phone calls and settled with cash. OlaClick, a young startup that is helping these restaurants sell online and collect money digitally, announced on Thursday it has received backing from scores of investors, including Gradient, Meta and Delivery Hero. Gradient Ventures, Google’s […]

A look at the nine teams that just presented at Pear’s latest demo day
Connie Loizos

TechCrunch has been covering the demo days of the seed-stage venture firm Pear VC since 2015. (There we are in the front row in 2016, surrounded by investors, typing away.) A few things have remained true since that time. There are typically 10 or so companies that present and not many more. A lot of […]