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- Arma-gettin outta here: NASA successfully smashed a satellite into an asteroid, Darrell report. Cool, cool. Don’t worry, this is just in case real life tries to imitate “Armageddon” or “Deep Impact”.
- Something else you have to clean: Flatfile estimates that data scientists spend most of their time working on cleaning data, aka getting it ready for use in predictive analytics. It raked in $50 million for this dirty task automation approach, Kyle report.
- Here is my recruitment link: Ingrid reports that Calendly, a $3 billion scheduling startup, is getting into the recruiting game with the acquisition of Prelude, a startup that automates scheduling for hiring.
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If you’re reading this, you almost certainly have a complicated relationship with screens. With each passing year, they become larger and more present in our lives, Brian write. Meanwhile, we continue to embrace technology while complaining about its limitation on our lives. Freewrite Alpha boldly asks: Can a small screen be too small?
The last time we introduced Cake was in April when our line of lubricants, condoms, toys and sexual hygiene products made their debut at Target. The company currently has five products in stores as well as Amazon, Thrive Marketplace and UrbanOutfitters.com. Christine report that The company’s well-oiled expansion continues this weekwith placements in several major retailers, including new space in CVS stores, as it announced $8 million in new Series A funding.
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What can the dot-com crash of 2000 teach us about the tech recession of 2022?
Many entrepreneurs have been encouraged to believe that fluent storytelling and good social skills are enough to convince investors that everything is going according to plan. They were wrong.
Instead of going into instinctive survival mode, M13 partner Anna Barber says founders should ask themselves survival questions like, “Why did you start this business? What are the basic principles? Who are your customers? 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 about bad news.”
Before problems arise and between regularly scheduled meetings, entrepreneurs should feel free to ask for help and advice. Reaching out to share updates or ask questions sends a strong signal that you’re not waiting for someone to guide you.
“Tell them what you need. This is what we are here to: roll up our sleeves and help solve the problem for you. Nobody expected any of this to go smoothly,” Barber said.
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Who would have thought that a Roomba vacuums and mops the house at the same time would be a necessity? Duh, iRobot did, and Brian Someone is thin about why it exists.
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