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- Arma-get out of here: NASA managed to crash a satellite into an asteroid, Darrell reports. cool cool. Don’t worry, this is just in case real life tries to emulate “Armageddon” or “Deep Impact”.
- Something else you need to clean up: Flatfile estimates that data scientists spend the majority of their working time cleaning data, that is, preparing it for use in predictive analytics. He banked $50 million for his approach to automating this dirty task, Kyle reports.
- Here is my recruitment link: Ingrid reports that Calendly, the $3 billion+ scheduling startup, is jumping into the recruiting game with its acquisition of Prelude, a startup that automates scheduling around recruiting.
Startups and VCs
If you’re reading this, you almost certainly have a complicated relationship with screens. With each passing year, they become bigger and more and more present in our lives, brian writing. Meanwhile, we continue to embrace technology while complaining about the hold it has on our lives. The Freewrite Alpha asks boldly: can a small screen be too small?
We last featured Cake in April when its line of lubricants, condoms, toys and sexual health products debuted in Target. The company now offers five products in its stores, as well as Amazon, Thrive Marketplace and UrbanOutfitters.com. Christina reports that the company’s well-lubricated expansion continues this week, with placement in select major retailers, including new space at CVS stores, as it announces $8 million in new Series A funding.
A few more from across the TechCrunch galaxy:
What can the dot-com crash of 2000 teach us about the tech downturn of 2022?
Many entrepreneurs have been nurtured to believe that smooth storytelling and good social skills are enough to convince investors that things are going as planned. They are wrong.
Instead of instinctively going into survival mode, M13 partner Anna Barber says founders should ask themselves existential questions like, “Why did you start this business? What are the fundamentals? Who are your clients ? What problem are you solving? »
“At a time like this, trust is more important than ever,” she said, adding that she tells entrepreneurs to stay in close contact, “especially around bad news.”
Before problems arise and between regular meetings, entrepreneurs should feel comfortable asking for help and advice. Reaching out to share an update or ask questions sends a strong signal that you’re not waiting for someone to give you instructions.
“Tell them what you need. That’s what we’re here for: to roll up our sleeves and help solve problems with you. Nobody expects all of this to go well,” Barber said.
Three others from the TC+ team:
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Big Tech inc.
Who would have thought a Roomba that vacuums and mops would be such a necessity? Duh, iRobot did it, and brian has the lean why it exists.
People aren’t happy with the state of Instagram these days, and the OG app is here to bring Instagram back to its glory days with features like realigning the feed to the user’s choice and lack of advertising, Ivan reports.
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