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What’s up, you pleasant beings. Right this moment, I’ve been doing a number of serious about Instagram. Devin wrote about how the platform simply retains getting worse with darkish patterns lifted from TikTok, and Amanda made me snigger together with her Instagram responds to criticism with stunning revelation that it’s going to ‘proceed to assist photographs’ headline. The platform’s evolution is a matter near my coronary heart, and I proceed to be torn about influencers and “thought leaders.” In a nutshell: I really like Instagram as it’s, however I’m additionally curious the place photographers can go and frolic as of late. Solutions on a postcard.

Oh, and also you don’t even must learn the article, however do your self a favor and have a look at the photographs on this piece I revealed this morning: BMF’s microscopic 3D printing powers are magnificent, and I’m awestruck by how far 3D printing has come. — Haje

PS: Functions to the Startup Battlefield 200 shut this week, so get your functions in pronto! 

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  • Sine Qua Non Prime: European prospects have had a fairly candy deal on Amazon’s Prime subscription. The e-commerce big simply hiked the costs by fairly a considerable chunk. French prospects are une petite chunk indignant about their 43% worth hike, whereas German subscribers suppose their 30% hike is simply the wurst, Paul experiences.
  • A decimation at Shopify: Plenty of e-commerce information right now, together with unhealthy information for a tenth of Shopify’s employees. As pandemic-driven funding in on-line procuring slows, Shopify lays off about 1,000 staff, Aisha writes.
  • After two years at a16z, the primary solo album: Mary Ann experiences that Rex Salisbury got here to the conclusion that including a fund to his energetic Cambrian group was a pure subsequent step of the journey. He started the method of elevating capital for his personal enterprise agency, Cambrian Ventures, and right now introduced a $20 million fund specializing in early-stage fintech firms.

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Brian reviewed the third-gen Oura Ring again in December, however right now Kyle experiences that the prevailing {hardware} picked up a brand new trick alongside the best way and can now measure blood oxygen ranges, with extra health options to return.

Our Discovered podcast had a very attention-grabbing episode this week — Nikki Pechet joins as a visitor. She began Homebound to make home-building simpler and extra accessible after a wildfire ripped by means of Northern California and 1000’s of individuals had been placed on years-long ready lists to get began constructing their houses. The episode is named Why this founder feels assured dealing with the financial downturn. Get that knowledge into your ears as quickly as you possibly can. Right here’s a hyperlink to Discovered on all of your favourite podcasting platforms.

I used to be intrigued by Struck Capital’s $15 million enterprise studio and was a little bit alarmed when the founders advised they use the “1000’s of pitches” they obtain to tell which firms they select to construct.

Extra startup goodies:

The fitting inquiries to ask buyers when fundraising in a down market

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Fundraising chats should still begin off with small discuss, however startup groups are beneath extra stress than ever to make the absolute best use of those uncommon alternatives.

Blair Silverberg, CEO and co-founder of Hum Capital, says entrepreneurs ought to resist the urge to turn out to be defensive in these periods.

“In actual fact, the extra a founder can push the questions again to the investor in a means that provides a greater understanding of their enterprise and funding technique, the simpler the remainder of the dialog will probably be.”

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Some 9 months after the U.Ok.’s Competitors and Markets Authority (CMA) revealed it was finishing up a market examine into music-streaming companies, the federal government division has revealed it believes there isn’t a case to reply — for now, at the least, Paul experiences.

GM is within the information a good bit right now: Jaclyn experiences that the automotive big took a 40% revenue nosedive within the second quarter. She additionally coated the 3 indicators to look at for on GM Q2 earnings day, and Rebecca revealed that the corporate landed a $2.5 billion authorities mortgage for U.S. battery crops.

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