Love and Surprise: All shook up - FML

Today, I found out that my crush had a girlfriend. The way I found it out? He hugged me from behind, calling her name and saying darling, etc. When I turned around in shock, he quickly backed away and said, "Sorry , I thought you were someone else." FML

Health and Smells: Febreze time of the month - FML

Today, like every month, I'm able to tell when my period is going to come, down to the exact day. It becomes increasingly smelly, even before I've started, to the point where everyone around me can barely stand it. I can't do anything to get rid of the stench before it's actually started. FML

Kids, Weird and Relatable: Inexplicable - FML

Today, my son asked me if a video of a flame on a computer actually gives off heat like a fireplace. He was serious. He's 17 and inexplicably has straight A's. FML

Work, Mugging and Cops: No one is safe - FML

Today, I got mugged at work. The sad thing is I'm a cop and was trying to catch the people who mugged me previously while off duty. FML

Animals, Dogs and Poopoo peepee: It's about time - FML

Today, I was in the car with my mom taking the dog to the vet, when he peed on me. We were taking him there because he had not peed in three days. FML

On the ……

Can you complete this English expression? It means “quickly and without thinking”. On the …….. a) fly b) course c) runway d) hurry The answer is below!↓ Answer: a) fly On the fly! By I Talk You Talk Press – Easy English Reading

Hear Startup Alley companies pitch expert VC judges on the next episode of Extra Crunch Live
Jordan Crook

We know how much you love a good startup pitch-off. Who doesn’t? It combines the thrill of live, high-stakes entertainment with learning about the hottest new thing. Plus, you get to hear feedback from some of the smartest folks in the industry, thus learning how to absolutely crush it at your next pitch meeting with […]

Animals and Drunk: Where is my mind? - FML

Today, after 10 beers and a 1/3 of a bottle of Jack, I felt an undeniable urge to go rabbit hunting with lawn darts. FML

Extra Crunch roundup: finding GTM, China’s edtech clampdown and how to define growth
Walter Thompson

"The not-so-secret secret here is that the key to great retention is really simple," says growth expert Susan Su.

Pro tips from the team behind Kickstarter’s most funded app
Ram Iyer

We're sharing our approach and secrets to building a successful crowdfunding campaign because we know just how tough it can be to launch your own product.

Health, Dogs and Accident: Down! - FML

Today, I tripped over a dog and broke my elbow. I'm stuck dogsitting for the rest of the weekend and he won't stop jumping up at my broken arm. FML

Rivian raises another $2.5B, pushing its EV war chest up to $10.5B
Kirsten Korosec

Rivian announced Friday that it has closed a $2.5 billion private funding round led by Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, D1 Capital Partners, Ford Motor and funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates Inc. Third Point, Fidelity Management and Research Company, Dragoneer Investment Group and Coatue also participated in the round, according to Rivian. […]

Apple Music brings its spatial audio and lossless streaming to Android
Amanda Silberling

It takes a really specific consumer to buy an Android phone, yet use Apple Music. But the small overlap in that venn diagram may be getting bigger. Last month at WWDC, Apple unveiled a free update for Apple Music subscribers that added lossless audio streaming and spatial audio with support for Dolby Atmos. Now, Android […]

Growth marketing roundup: TechCrunch Experts, creative testing and how to nail your narrative
Miranda Halpern

Growth marketer Maya Moufarek: "It’s all about simplifying your strategy into something that is digestible, memorable and applicable.”

SOSV partners explain how deep tech startups can fundraise successfully
Matt Burns

'In deep tech, it's essential to think about founder-investor fit. And what we mean by this is understanding why an investor is even in VC in the first place.'

Kids, Parenting and Poopoo peepee: Worst sniper ever - FML

Today, I had to ban my teenage son from taking his phone into the bathroom, not because he looks at porn, but because he’s so engrossed in the screen, he doesn’t aim while he pees all over the seat and sometimes the floor, without cleaning it up. He’s not incapable, just fucking lazy. FML

Snap had its best quarter in four years
Amanda Silberling

If you’ve started using Snapchat more regularly this year, you’re not alone. At yesterday’s Q2 earnings call, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel announced that the platform grew both revenue and daily active users at the highest rates it has achieved in the last four years. Snapchat now has 293 million daily active users, growing 23% since […]

Mint’s first PM raises millions for Monarch, an Accel-backed money management platform
Mary Ann Azevedo

Monarch, a subscription-based platform that aims to help consumers “plan and manage” their financial lives, has raised $4.8 million in seed funding. Accel led the round, which also included participation from SignalFire, and brings the Mountain View-based yet fully distributed startup’s total funding since its 2019 inception to $5.5 million. Co-founder and CEO Val Agostino […]

China’s expected edtech clampdown may chill a key startup sector
Alex Wilhelm

When it comes to control, the Chinese government doesn't mind wiping out a few dozen billion dollars in market cap here and there. That's not a great system.

Work and Coworkers: Backstabbers - FML

Today, after I applied for an IT position at work, and a coworker I’ve worked with for 3 years, who said she had no intention on applying, wished me luck and told me, "I hope you get it!" it's now a week later and it turns out she applied the next day, got the offer and accepted. I had to find out a week later from a different coworker. FML

Duolingo’s bellwether IPO
Natasha Mascarenhas

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. We were smaller team this week, with Natasha and Alex together with Chris to sort through yet another summer frenzy of a week. This time around we actually recorded live on Twitter Spaces, which was a first for the podcast. […]

Intimacy, Books and Relatable: Cathartic - FML

Today, I was bored and horny. I figured, what the hell, and downloaded an adult visual novel. Five hours later, I was heartbroken and couldn't stop crying. FML

Susan Su on how to approach growth as your startup raises each round
Eric Eldon

'At each layer of your growth model, you don't want to just be relying on ads or just be relying on SEO or just be relying on email marketing … you really want to have your eggs in multiple baskets.'

Payments company Paystone raises $23.8M to help service-based businesses engage with customers
Christine Hall

Paystone provides electronic payments and customer engagement technology to businesses, particularly those that provide services.

Serverless Stack raises $1M for open-source application framework
Christine Hall

Open-source framework startup Serverless Stack announced Friday that it raised $1 million in seed funding from a group of investors that includes Greylock Partners, SV Angel and Y Combinator. The company was founded in 2017 by Jay V and Frank Wang in San Francisco, and they were part of Y Combinator’s 2021 winter batch. Serverless […]

Embarrassing, Relatable, Mistakes and Hair: Nice sheen - FML

Today, I accidentally used wood stain instead of hairspray. Surprisingly, it doesn't come out that easily. FML

Paystand banks $50M to make B2B payments cashless and with no fees
Christine Hall

It’s pretty easy for individuals to send money back and forth, and there are lots of cash apps from which to choose. On the commercial side, however, one business trying to send $100,000 the same way is not as easy. Paystand wants to change that. The Scotts Valley, California-based company is using cloud technology and […]

Food delivery firm Zomato surges 65% in key India debut
Manish Singh

Shares in Zomato, a Gurgaon-based food delivery company and first of India’s consumer tech startups to go public, closed up 64.7% in its debut day of trading in Mumbai, delivering a key insight into the appetite investors have for the world’s second largest internet market’s burgeoning startup ecosystem. Zomato’s shares traded all day above the […]

Embarrassing, Sports, Parents and Snoring: Exciting - FML

Today, I had a crucial volleyball playoff game. My dad came to watch. While in a set, my friend pointed over to the bench where my dad was sitting. I turned to see my dad snoring loudly as a result of him falling asleep. He achieved this with loudly cheering people all around him. FML

Kitchenful combines meal planning with a grocery concierge service
Romain Dillet

Meet Kitchenful, a new German startup backed by Y Combinator that wants to make it easier to cook at home by taking care of menu ideas and grocery shopping. The service is currently available in early access in Germany with a focus on Berlin and Munich. When you sign up to Kitchenful, you first have […]