7 VCs talk about today’s esports opportunitiesTECHCRUNCH.COM — COVID-19 shutdown, venture funding rounds and total deal volume of VC funding for esports were down noticeably from the year prior. The space received a lot of attention in 2017 and 2018 as leagues formed, teams raised money and surging popularity fostered a whole ecosystem of new companies. Last year featured some big fundraises, but esports wasn’t the hot new thing in the tech world anymore.
Zoom Doesn’t Have 300 Million Users. Why That MattersINC.COM — Zoom made a big deal of the fact that, on one day last month, the company had 300 million daily users. That, as I’m sure we can all agree, is an extraordinary number of people holding meetings, visiting with friends, attending school, teaching dance lessons, and staying connected remotely. . Despite the large number, it isn’t even that hard to believe.
So your sourdough is ugly. Post it anyway!MASHABLE.COM — Internet of Yum digs into all the things that make us drool while we’re checking our feeds. It seems like everyone — except you, possibly — is baking gorgeous loaves of sourdough bread during quarantine. While you’re struggling to figure out why your starter isn’t rising, they’re researching add-ins, studying all the relevant YouTube videos, and somehow managing to stock up on flour even though finding it feels like scoring a Switch.
Monstrously fun knit masks encourage social distancingMASHABLE.COM — Face mask style is a thing, and one Reykjavík designer has seriously upped the ante. The artist Ýrúrarí is a textile designer who works mostly with knitting. She says that “adding knitted 3D elements to second hand sweaters has been the theme of my work for the past years.” She makes sweaters covered with knit lips, tongues, teeth, and other fantastical, enchantingly grotesque three dimensional features.
Playing Pandemic is deeply satisfying in quarantineMASHABLE.COM — The best thing most of us can do to fight the global pandemic is nothing: stay home, stay safe, public health officials implore. There’s one place where that’s not the case. In the board game Pandemic, players work as a team to fight the spread of disease across the globe. As a quarantine activity, knocking off “disease cubes,” playing the necessary cards for a cure, and getting to “eradication,” is deeply satisfying.
15 best celebrity graduation speeches to watch onlineMASHABLE.COM — To say that the Class of 2020 is in for a unique graduation season would be a serious understatement. As a result of coronavirus social distancing guidelines, many high schools and universities around the world have had to cancel upcoming graduation ceremonies for students. Choosing not to hold these large gatherings is definitely the smart and safe move, but missing graduation is still a huge bummer.
Why Are Smart Leaders So Dumb At Motivating PeopleLOLLYDASKAL.COM — According to a recent Gallup poll, only about 25 percent of American employees say they are engaged in their work. A near majority, 43 percent, admit they’re checked out. These results are startling. Why are so many people feeling disconnected at work? The sad truth is that even the smartest…
Layoffs hit ride-sharing industry as Lyft and Uber struggle to survive pandemicMASHABLE.COM — With most people sheltering at home during this pandemic, ride-hailing apps aren’t getting much use these days. This initially translated into quickly declining revenue for companies like Uber and Lyft, but now, more than a month into the coronavirus pandemic, both are announcing layoffs. . Uber and Lyft are very much feeling the effects of social distancing measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
Your guide to dirty talk while social distancingMASHABLE.COM — In the era of social-distancing, words have become one of our best replacements for physical intimacy. That’s especially true when it comes to dirty talk, whether it’s done over the phone, sexting, or video chat. “If I’m dirty talking with someone who’s sheltering in place in Italy or just down…
Pornhub launches ‘Cleanest Porn Ever’ campaign to fight coronavirus pandemicMASHABLE.COM — Cleanest Porn Ever is a campaign driven by Pornhub’s Model Program community featuring instructional videos from performers all around the world. They’ll start out with SFW-instructional tips by some of Pornhub’s top models like Danika Mori, June Liu, and Pornhub Brand Ambassador Asa Akira — such as how to properly wash your hands and demonstrating how far apart six feet really is.
Squad hits desktop as the social screen-sharing app aims to become Gen-Z ZoomTECHCRUNCH.COM — Zoom is an enterprise software company built to help employees meet virtually, it was never intended to be the social platform that guided a disconnected world through a lockdown. On the back of a big quarantine usage bump, Squad, a social screen-sharing mobile app popular with teen girls, is looking to eat away at Zoom’s social growth and widen its app’s appeal with the launch of a desktop web version designed to help people binge TV shows and movies together.