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Also, it appears slightly daft to choose a combat towards plant-based milks, however this commercial by newly minted CEO Aubrey Plaza (sure, that Aubrey Plaza) at Wood Milk is delightfully weird and complicated. It makes for some nice end-of-week wait-what-did-I-just-watch silliness.
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- The ABCs of AI: Kyle studies about how, with DeepFloyd, synthetic intelligence lastly learns to attract textual content on photographs. He writes, “Trained on a dataset of more than a billion images and text, DeepFloyd IF, which requires a GPU with at least 16GB of RAM to run, can create an image from a prompt like ‘a teddy bear wearing a shirt that reads Deep Floyd’ — optionally in a range of styles.”
- It’ll cost you a quarter: You all have been very within the 20 new video games that Apple launched to Apple Arcade. Ivan has extra.
- Fewer glitches: Lauren spoke with Warner Bros. Discovery’s CTO and CPO to get the inside track on how they made Max much less buggy. She additionally writes about how its streaming business is set to become profitable in 2023.
Startups and VC
Is the grass greener on the opposite facet? We’re undecided, however the sky is most definitely bluer. It’s been over a 12 months since Elon Musk introduced his bid to purchase Twitter, and those that opposed the sale have tried establishing store on platforms like Mastodon, Substack Notes, T2…however none of those Twitter options have actually captured lightning in a bottle like Bluesky. Amanda and Alyssa break down the highlights for everything you need to know about Bluesky.
Mary Ann studies that Peter Ackerson has departed from his position as normal associate at fintech-focused enterprise agency Fin Capital and started a new firm, Audere Capital, with the quite imprecise thesis of “championing American innovation through early-stage technology investment.”
And we have now a number of extra so that you can kick off the weekend:
Down rounds are a ‘ticket to try again,’ says founder who raised 3 in a row
Just as a rising tide lifts all boats, a sustained drought is an train in humility for yacht homeowners and kayakers alike.
According to Carta, “the number of down rounds had nearly quadrupled in Q1 2023 compared to the same time last year,” writes Rebecca Szkutak.
With valuations falling, founders who settle for down rounds now not have the taint of failure, stated Russ Wilcox, a associate at Pillar VC.
“When you set a $700 million valuation, it looks like you’re winning somehow and you’re not being diluted, but actually, you just raised the bar so high,” he stated.
Three extra from the TC+ staff:
Big Tech Inc.
Carly took an attention-grabbing name this week with an nameless safety researcher who discovered a trove of data exposed online that belonged to London-based outsourcing large Capita. We’re speaking over 3,000 information that included software program information, server photographs, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint displays and textual content information. We’re going to go away the great things so that you can learn however will be aware you need to try how lengthy these information have been supposedly on the market uncovered “on the line.”
If you’re into earnings, listed below are some:
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