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The TechCrunch Top 3
- No ChatGPT for you: That’s what Samsung is telling its employees following a leak last month where the corporate’s internal data was placed on ChatGPT, reports Kate.
- Oh, who’re the people in your neighborhood?: Want help finding your lost dog? Nextdoor now has a latest “Assistant” feature, powered in fact by OpenAI’s ChatGPT, to assist users of the neighborhood social network write posts that could have more positive engagement, Aisha writes.
- Payday: Tage writes about Nomba’s recent fundraise of $30 million. The African payment service provider gives businesses tools to securely accept payments.
Startups and VC
Ann Lai, a general partner at Bullpen Capital, says she has been fired from the firm, Natasha M reports. The investor described the termination experience as “discriminatory and retaliatory” in a LinkedIn post published on Monday. Lai helped raise Bullpen Capital’s most up-to-date $145 million fund, the primary fund during which she was named an equal partner.
Today on Found, the TechCrunch podcast that gets the stories behind the startups, the team is talking with Stefan Bauer about how Marker Learning is cutting the cost of learning disability assessments by conducting them remotely, how they’ve successfully worked with school districts to assist them test their required amount of scholars, and the potential to take Marker Learning into the prison system to evaluate incarcerated people and supply them with tools to learn in a way that’s higher suited to their abilities.
And we’ve one other fistful or two for you:
run efficient and effective early-stage board meetings
Many CEOs see preparing board decks as an unpleasant chore, but done properly, it’s a possibility for founders to hone their storytelling skills, engage their team leads and squeeze more value out of investor relationships.
Amy Cheetham, a partner with Costanoa Ventures, shared 11 board slides with TC+ that display effective ways to convey accomplishments, product pipeline details, hiring and team growth, and other key priorities.
“The slides in this text aren’t meant to be a whole board deck,” she writes. “They’re examples of real, early-stage board slides from seed and Series A stage corporations that did an awesome job informing their boards and driving constructive discussions.”
Three more from the TC+ team:
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Big Tech Inc.
You understand what people hate greater than losing things? Buying a thing-tracking device only to have them be a part of something unsafe. Sarah writes that Apple and Google have teamed as much as create some standard safety measures for these Bluetooth devices to curb unwanted tracking.
Speaking of corporations coming together, Box is partnering with OpenAI to deliver some generative AI tools across its document management platform. Ron has more.
And we’ve five more for you: