Spotify partners with GIPHY to connect users with artists’ music via GIFs – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 5 minutes Spotify announced this morning a new partnership with online GIF database GIPHY to enable discovery of new music through GIFs. No, the GIFs themselves won’t play song clips, if that’s what you’re thinking. Instead, through a series of new Spotify-linked GIFs, there will be an option to click a button to be taken to Spotify … Read more

Litnerd streams live actors into the classroom to help kids better connect with reading – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 9 minutes Our kids can’t read. As of 2019, roughly a third of US fourth graders were unable to read at the level expected of them. The scores have barely changed in decades. Something isn’t working here. Litnerd, a company out of New York City, wants to try something new. They’re writing books and building lesson plans … Read more

Social Selling: How to Connect, Engage and Sell on LinkedIn

Reading Time: 30 minutes June 28, 2021·11 min readSocial selling on LinkedIn is the newest tool in the virtual seller’s toolbox. Learn sales best practices for creating your personal brand and producing video content that drives sales. Social selling is a work of art if done correctly. It’s a long game played throughout your sales career. The beauty of … Read more

Collectiv raises $16M Series A to connect food producers directly with kitchens – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 6 minutes In the modern world, we tend to like to know where our food comes from and this has massively influenced professional kitchens. For decades, food suppliers have sat on one side and distribution channels (restaurants and the like) on the other. But large wholesalers in the middle have traditionally crushed producers on prices and late … Read more

Breakr raises $4.2M to connect influencers with emerging musicians – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 7 minutes Music app Breakr this week announced a $4.2 million seed round, led by Slow Ventures. The latest raise follows $700,000 in funding from Andreessen Horowitz’s TxO fund – a round the people behind the service considered a sort of proof of concept as they worked to get the idea off the ground. It’s clear why … Read more

Kamereo gets $4.6M to connect farmers and F&B businesses in Vietnam – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 5 minutes While working as the chief operating officer of a pizza chain in Vietnam, Taku Tanaka saw how difficult it is for restaurants to connect with farmers. Many small F&B businesses can’t buy in large volumes, so they rely on nearby markets or multiple suppliers who only sell one category. In turn, this means farmers are … Read more

Roblox partners with Sony Music to connect artists with money-making activities in the metaverse – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 6 minutes Video game platform Roblox announced this morning it has partnered with Sony Music Entertainment on a deal that will allow the two companies to work together to create music experiences for the Roblox community, including opportunities that would give Sony Music artists a way to reach new audiences and generate revenue. The announcement follows last month’s … Read more

Egypt’s Minly raises $3.6M to connect celebrities and fans through personalized experiences – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 11 minutes In the past couple of years, we’ve seen a growing trend of creators adopting digital and social media, not just as a supplement to their media presence but also as a cornerstone of their personal brand. The pandemic has surely accelerated creator economy trends. Many popular artists and figures have had to postpone concerts and … Read more