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The Science Behind Your Weird Coronavirus Dreams (And Nightmares)

By 6 months ago

Earlier this month, my friend Claire Arkin, 30, a non-profit worker in Berkeley, Cali., told me she’d been having oddly vivid and specific dreams. In one, she was getting dressed to attend a fancy gala, but instead of donning an evening gown and diamonds, she wrapped herself in toilet paper, “like some kind of f–ked…

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Startups Weekly: A new era for consumer tech – TechCrunch

By 6 months ago

TechCrunch is out hunting for bright spots in the startup world as we all come to grips with the pandemic — particularly where checks are actually being written despite everything. D2C is back to the future First up this week, we surveyed top direct-to-consumer investors, and they seemed pretty optimistic despite the struggles of some…

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Report: WhatsApp has seen a 40% increase in usage due to COVID-19 pandemic

By 6 months ago

Social media usage has grown as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, as more users go online to stay connected with family, friends and colleagues. Now, new data from insights and consulting firm Kantar reveals exactly how much some apps are benefiting. According to a survey of more than 25,000 consumers in 30 markets conducted…

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‘Absolute Chaos’ as Small Businesses Try to Tap Into Coronavirus Rescue Funds

By 6 months ago

NEW YORK — Desperate small business owners who hoped for a quick government lifeline to help them survive the coronavirus crisis are still without funds, instead battling red tape, wary banks and swamped computer systems. Thousands of owners who applied for loans under the government’s Paycheck Protection Program are in their second week of waiting…

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Foursquare merges with Factual

By 7 months ago

Foursquare, the 10-year-old location platform based in New York City, has today announced its plan to merge with Factual. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The merged company will keep the Foursquare moniker, and Foursquare CEO David Shim will remain at the helm, with Factual’s founder and now-former CEO Gil Elbaz joining Foursquare…

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Apply today to be a TC Top Pick at Disrupt SF 2020

By 7 months ago

Opportunity’s a hot currency, and every early-stage startup founder’s on the lookout for it. Anything and everything that can help bring the dream to fruition, right? You’ll find three days packed with opportunity at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2020 on September 14-16. Care to know how you can super-size your Disrupt opportunity? We’ll get to that…

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Take your shot: Apply to TC Top Picks at Disrupt SF 2020

By 7 months ago

TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco is known around the world as the place where the early-stage startup community gathers to learn and launch, connect and collaborate. We know COVID-19 has created challenges, but Disrupt SF is still on schedule (keep tabs on our updates here). Like startup founders everywhere, we quickly learn where, when and how…

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‘My $60m weight-loss app cured my personal pain’

By 7 months ago

Image caption Victoria Repa avidly read business books as a child The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to Ukrainian entrepreneur Victoria Repa, founder of weight-loss and fitness app BetterMe.Victoria Repa had an unlikely start in life for a successful tech entrepreneur – she…

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Canceled conferences will force startups to focus on scalable lead generation

By 7 months ago

Founders should use this pause to re-assess processes and strategies Dan Wheatley is CEO/co-founder of StraightTalk Consulting, a SaaS operations and growth consultancy that works with B2B founders to implement long-term, data-driven growth strategies. Described by Sequoia Capital as the black swan event of 2020, the long-term economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic on startups…

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Coronavirus: ‘Caremongers’ who are helping vulnerable Indians

By 7 months ago

Image copyright Caremongers India With India under lockdown and social distancing being advised to deal with the threat of the coronavirus, an online collective of “Caremongers” is reaching out to help the elderly and other vulnerable groups. It started last week when Mahita Nagaraj, a digital marketing professional and single mum, received a call from…

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Apply to be a TC Top Pick at Disrupt SF 2020

By 7 months ago

If you’re an early-stage startup founder with a big vision and even bigger dreams, join us and more than 10,000 other like-minded startuppers at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2020 on September 14-16. Silicon Valley’s premier early-stage startup extravaganza focuses on founders, investors and startup experts determined to disrupt and reshape technology. Attending is awesome, but…

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Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian on how to survive these crazy days (and what to learn from them)

By 7 months ago

Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian founded Initialized Capital roughly nine years ago and they’ve closed four funds since, including most recently in late 2018. That $225 million vehicle is roughly twice the size of their previous fund, but because of the coronavirus, the firm, and its portfolio companies — some of which include Opendoor, Instacart…

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How American Elections Got So Vulnerable—and What We All Can Do Now

By 7 months ago

America’s democracy is at risk from more than Russian Twitter trolls. Our voting systems, the information technology that undergirds our elections, are dangerously outdated and vulnerable to attack. And for Finnish data security expert Harri Hursti, the best defense we have might be counting paper ballots. We don’t have to count every vote by hand,…

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Greece’s Convert Group raises €1.2M to bring e-commerce visibility to FMCG

By 7 months ago

Convert Group, a startup based in Athens that offers a SaaS to help FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) brands understand how they are performing across e-commerce, has raised €1.2 million in seed funding. The investment comes from Uni.fund, which is backed by the EquiFund investment platform (an initiative created by cooperation between the Hellenic Republic and…

Resso, Bytedance’s music streaming app, officially launches in India, sans Tencent-backed Universal Music thumbnail Resso, Bytedance’s music streaming app, officially launches in India, sans Tencent-backed Universal Music thumbnail

Resso, Bytedance’s music streaming app, officially launches in India, sans Tencent-backed Universal Music

By 7 months ago

TikTok, the hugely popular social media app, found a lot of early traction by giving users a way to create funny lip-synced versions of clips from well-known songs and then share them with friends (its predecessor in the West was even called Musically). Now at long last, TikTok’s owner, China’s ByteDance, is doubling down on…

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