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Recent articles by Mahira:

How to Thrive as Social Media Gets Less Social; Mosseri Sounds Alarm on Instagram’s Reach With Creators

Social media isn’t as social as it used to be. Rather than using a Facebook feed to update friends every day or creating groups to host events, it’s becoming more common to use direct messaging for most personal interactions and instead place curated content on public profiles, such as an ... → Read More

WTF: A Tough Time for Startups but a Boon for the Cloud

A looming recession has made fundraising tough for startups—“and it’s going to get tougher,” said Alicia Boler Davis, CEO of digital health startup Alto Pharmacy. The company raised $200 million in a late-stage funding round announced in January, led by SoftBank Vision Fund. “Previously there ... → Read More

Questions for YouTube After Kyncl Era; Interview with ‘The Fierce Diva’

After 12 years at YouTube, chief business officer Robert Kyncl is stepping downfrom his role in October, and will leave the company early in 2023. Mary Ellen Coe, who has focused on Google’s ad business for about a decade, will replace him.It’s hard to fully gauge YouTube’s track record as a ... → Read More

TikTok for Food Tests Tipping; Meta Takes Horizon Worlds to Europe

Instagram isn’t the only social platform that wants to look more like TikTok. A new app called Mixo provides the same quick scroll through lots of vertically-oriented videos, but—twist!—provides exclusively cooking and food-related content.When its co-founder and CEO Shirley Romig, 45, launched ... → Read More

Pinterest CEO Ready Gives His Take on Creators; Interview With an Original Robloxer

Pinterest joined Meta Platforms and Snap in reporting disappointing second quarter financial results on Monday. Its revenue for the quarter rose 9% to $666 million, less than the 11% it forecast, because of reduced advertising demand from large retailers and mid-sized advertisers. Its global ... → Read More

Creator Economy Startup Layoffs Near 800

It’s been a turbulent period for workers in the creator economy. Last month, we collected information on seven such startups, including 120 people at celebrity course provider MasterClass and 90 people at PicsArt, which provides photo and video editing tools.In addition to those, at least five ... → Read More

Carta Has Had Talks to Acquire Vauban, a European AngelList-like Startup

Financial services startup Carta has been in talks to acquire Vauban, a London-based startup that provides software for raising venture capital funds and investing capital, according to two people familiar with the matter. Carta, which builds software for startups and investors to track their ... → Read More

NFT Lovers Buck the Crypto Crash

If you attended this year’s NFT NYC conference, you wouldn’t think we’re knee-deep in a crypto crash. Lines to register at the Marriott Marquis at Times Square wrapped around the block and snaked up five floors of the hotel on Tuesday. NFT enthusiasts, tech employees and digital artists, who ... → Read More

Creators Are Awash in Link-in-Bio Products

The link-in-bio space is getting crowded. We count 40 websites that offer these landing pages that display creators’ social media accounts, affiliate links to products they promote and their own podcasts, videos and music. These include standalone startups such as Linktree and features from ... → Read More

TikTok Curbs the Copycats; A Metaverse Startup Beloved by Female Gamers Is Also Profitable

TikTok thrives on viral videos: users replicating dance steps, copying video formats and reusing ideas. But creators have long complained about TikTokers who copy their work but neglect to credit their ideas. TikTok is finally trying to change that.The app on Wednesday announced new ways to tag ... → Read More

Women-Led Venture Funds Have Already Raised More Money Than Last Year

For years, women-led venture capital funds were the true Silicon Valley unicorns, a rarity in a sector where the vast majority of check writers are men. That’s starting to change. Last year the number of U.S. funds raising money where most decision-makers are women rose to 52, from 29 in 2020, ... → Read More

12 Charts That Show How Life Has Returned to Normal—or Not

As people ease off their couches and back to office desks after a two-year hiatus, there’s a lot to get used to. The internet has become even more essential, for commerce, communication and entertainment. Social media platforms such as TikTok and OnlyFans saw jumps in viewership. Remote workers ... → Read More

Zuckerberg on Instagram NFTs; How Facebook Could Use its TikTok Account

Mark Zuckerberg’s meandering keynote at SXSW was fairly short on details. But he did drop a few:In the next several months, users will be able to bring their non-fungible tokens to Instagram, the Meta Platforms’ founder and CEO said via video livestream to the festival on Tuesday. Zuckerberg ... → Read More

How Often Meta and Facebook Execs Have Mentioned Reels (Chart)

Meta Platforms’ earnings call last week was a clear indication of what the owner of Facebook and Instagram is focused on this year: Reels. In the earnings call for the fourth quarter, executives mentioned Reels 34 times and analysts used it another six, according to a transcript of the call. ... → Read More

How Creator Economy Investments Could Hit $5 Billion This Year

Facebook wants to talk about its ties to creators. So do Chipotle, Disney and Stripe. The upswell of interest in people earning a living from their online followers means it has never been a better time for founders building startups that serve creators. New data show how successful these ... → Read More

Sorry not sorry

But does this even matter? A vague propensity to blurt out the odd “sorry” doesn’t necessarily sound like a big deal. But it definitely is one. → Read More

Movies and tv shows to catch up on before finals

Whether you’re a serial procrastinator or someone who actually makes the most of dead week, everyone needs a break while catching up on all the studying they didn’t bother to do all semester. Netflix is the perfect way to take your mind off the fact that you’re only a fifth of the way into your syllabus or give you a quick change of scenery to refocus while you cram. Here are some of our top… → Read More

Off the Beat | Making it through dead week

As final exams creep closer and closer, and I sink lower down into the depths of Main Stacks, exams turn less from a test of how much I have learned over the semester and more into a challenge of how long my body can stay functional. → Read More

How to get your study on when all the libraries close early this summer

One of the most inconvenient things about summer sessions is that the libraries on campus close early and you're at a loss for where to study. → Read More

Quiz: Find out which TV character your dad is most like

We at the Clog decided to dig deep into the shows we watch to investigate where our own dads fit into the picture. Which TV dad is your dad most like? → Read More