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Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘When They See Us’ is difficult-but-essential viewing –

“When They See Us,” a new miniseries on Netflix, can be so infuriating that it’s hard to watch — especially its first hour, which depicts the arrest of the teenaged boys who became known as The Central Park Five, and shows police detectives coercing them into confessing to a brutal rape. We review the series […] → Read More

TechCrunch is back in New York next week! –

TechCrunch is headed back to NYC to find the next wave of early stage startups tackling big ideas! Last time we held an event in New York it was 2017, so we are overdue for a visit. Hear about what TechCrunch has been up to – Startup Battlefield, ExtraCrunch and more. This is your chance […] → Read More

GirlGaze Network looks to connect brands with female creatives –

It started with a hashtag. Amande de Cadenet, photographer, author, and TV host, was spending time with her sister, a director and photographer in her own right, when an ACLU study on the lack of diversity among directors was published in the NYT Magazine, with de Cadenet’s sister an interviewee in the cover story. “It’s […] → Read More

TextIQ, a machine learning platform for parsing sensitive corporate data, raises $12.6M –

TextIQ, a machine learning system that parses and understands sensitive corporate data, has raised $12.6 million in Series A funding led by FirstMark Capital, with participation from Sierra Ventures. TextIQ started as cofounder Apoorv Agarwal’s Columbia thesis project titled “Social Network Extraction From Text.” The algorithm he built was able to read a novel, like […] → Read More

Focals by North Review: The future is (almost) here –

The concept of an IRL heads-up display has been a part of science fiction since basically the beginning. Big players have tried their hand at it with less than stellar results — most notably Google with Glass, and more recently Intel’s Vaunt. But North may have cracked the nut on smart glasses with Focals. They […] → Read More

Annie Kadavy, Russ Heddleston and Charles Hudson will tell us how to raise seed money at Disrupt SF –

Just about anyone can come up with a good idea. Fewer people can execute on that idea and turn it into a prototype or MVP. But there is still one final challenge for most entrepreneurs that can prove challenging. How do you secure that initial seed capital and take your idea to the next level? […] → Read More

Original Content podcast: ‘Black Mirror’ returns with one of its strongest seasons –

Less than six months after releasing the disappointing interactive experiment “Bandersnatch,” Netflix’s science fiction anthology series “Black Mirror” is back with three traditionally-structured episodes. On the latest installment of the Original Content podcast, we weigh in with our thoughts on the new season. We didn’t entirely agree on which episodes were strongest, but we agreed […] → Read More

AT&T cancels Samsung Galaxy Fold orders –

AT&T has cancelled early orders for the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Tom’s Guide first reported the cancellation, noting that AT&T said the Galaxy Fold would be available again to order as soon as Samsung announces a new launch date. The Samsung Galaxy Fold was originally scheduled to launch on April 26. However, early reviews indicated that […] → Read More

Misfits Market raises $16.5 million for their ‘ugly’ produce subscription box –

As grocery shopping moves online, one piece of the puzzle hasn’t been directly addressed: fresh fruits and vegetables. That also happens to be a category in which there is a ton of food waste, with a good deal of fruits and veggies never making it out of the grocery store to begin with. Misfits Market […] → Read More

Alyce picks up $11.5 million Series A to help companies give better corporate gifts –

Alyce, an AI-powered platform that helps sales people, marketers and event planners give better corporate gifts, has today announced the close of an $11.5 million Series A funding. The round was led by Manifest, with participation from General Catalyst, Boston Seed Capital, Golden Ventures, Morningside and Victress Capital. According to Alyce, $120 billion is spent […] → Read More

Insurance startup Lemonade expands into Europe –

Lemonade, the insurance company that’s raised $780 million, is today expanding into Europe with the launch of Lemonade in Germany. As part of the launch, Lemonade is officially unveiling Policy 2.0, a simplified and easy-to-understand version of its renters and home owners insurance, to the European market. Lemonade launched back in 2015 with a brand […] → Read More

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Always Be My Maybe’ is a surprisingly sweet romantic comedy –

“Always Be My Maybe” — a new film starring and co-written by Ali Wong and Randall Park — continues Netflix’s streak of solid romantic comedies. That said, anyone expecting it to match Wong’s delightfully dirty stand-up (showcased in the Netflix specials “Baby Cobra” and “Hard Knock Wife”) might be disappointed. Instead, “Always Be My Maybe” […] → Read More

Original Content podcast: ‘Tuca & Bertie’ explores friendship and sex with anthropomorphic birds –

There’s some obvious overlap between “Tuca & Bertie” and “BoJack Horseman” — they’re both talking animal cartoons on Netflix; they have a similar look, courtesy of Lisa Hanawalt (designer on “BoJack Horseman” and creator of “Tuca & Bertie”); and “BoJack” creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg co-wrote the first episode of the new show. Plus, their respective first […] → Read More

Foursquare buys Placed from Snap Inc. on the heels of $150M in new funding –

Foursquare just made its first acquisition. The location tech company has acquired Placed from Snap Inc on the heels of a fresh $150 million investment led by the Raine Group. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Placed founder and CEO David Shim will become President of Foursquare. Placed is the biggest competitor to […] → Read More

XFactor, the early stage VC that invests in women-led startups, raises a second fund –

XFactor, the pre-seed and seed-stage VC out of FlyBridge Capital, has today announced that it has raised a second fund of $8.5 million. XFactor first came on the scene in 2017 with $3 million. FlyBridge Capital partner Chuck Hazard started the fund alongside several female founders who were interested in getting into investment. The idea […] → Read More

Talkspace picks up $50 million Series D –

Talkspace, the platform that lets patients and therapists communicate online, has today announced the close of a $50 million financing round led by Revolution Growth. Existing investors, such as Norwest Venture Partners, Omura Capital, Spark Capital, and Compound Ventures are also participating in the round. As part of the deal, Revolution Growth’s Patrick Conroy will […] → Read More

Soda Says, a curated consumer electronics retail platform, launches in the U.S. –

Grace Gould has spent her life thinking about the intersection of retail and tech. She started out in Apple Retail, and then moved on to Index Ventures where she worked on early stage investments. She then worked at PCCH International as the VP of Global Retail Strategy, working with companies and hardware makers to develop, […] → Read More

Q&A with J Crowley, Head of Product at Airbnb Lux, on what makes a great PM –

The role of Product Manager can mean very different things at various companies. Should a product manager be technical? Scientific? Opinionated? J Crowley has run product at three big-name companies. At Foursquare, he led the rebuild of Swarm after a rocky initial launch and eventually became Head of Product. He then moved on to Blue […] → Read More

Paladin Drones picks up $1.3M to give first responders a live feed of emergencies –

In emergency situations, minutes can mean the difference between life and death. Paladin Drones, a company launching out of Y Combinator, wants to use technology to minimize the amount of time between a 911 call and a response through autonomous drones. The company today announced the close of a $1.3 million seed round with participation […] → Read More

Original Content podcast: Dragons love symbolism, and other lessons from the ‘Game of Thrones’ finale –

This post and podcast include spoilers for “Game of Thrones.” Remember how it felt six weeks ago, right before “Game of Thrones” returned for its final season? The excitement? The anticipation? That was so, so long ago. Darrell Etherington, the original co-host of the Original Content podcast, joins us once again to wrap up our […] → Read More