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How a New Yorker Cartoonist Spends Her Sundays

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Liana Finck’s cartoons have wobbly lines, potato-headed characters with names like “blunt person,” and a deeply sympathetic contemporary anguish. “The most relatable thing,” Ms. Finck said, “is to show the thought in its original, messy form.”

A regular contributor to The New Yorker, Ms. Finck, 34, is also the author of several graphic books, including the novel, “A Bintel Brief,” and her memoir, “Passing for Human.” She is currently working on an adaptation of the book of Genesis, with “a childlike female guide.”

When the pandemic hit, Ms. Finck’s boyfriend, Scott Goodman, 36, began staying with her at her place in Park Slope, Brooklyn. “We’re getting into a groove,” she said. “All change is hard for me, but it’s getting easier.” Recently, Mr. Goodman moved in for good.

THE PROCESS Usually I get up, brush my teeth, go to a cafe and work. I like a cafe that’s a walk from me. The walk is kind of part of it. But things have changed. The cafe I go to had a big bucket of Purell there and I was Purell-ing my hands and I sat on a napkin and I just felt really wrong doing it. Now I’m working from home.

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CHORES Lately I’ve been cleaning my house on Sundays. I clean in such a disorganized way. I’ll be like “Oh, there’s dirt in the corner” and then I grab a wet rag and clean the dirt and then walking away from the dirt I’ll see a hair. So then I’ll clean the hair off and then I’ll realize that the toilet needs to be cleaned and it’s just all over the place.

WORK RUN After cleaning, I run in Prospect Park. I do the same loop every day. You can tell when someone else is trying to keep the six-foot rule and that’s very nice but a lot of people aren’t. I try to leave a lot of time for running because I actually email while I run. It’s like a work run.

This interview was conducted in January and updated in March, at the onset of the coronavirus outbreak.

SMOKESCREEN The most stressful thing about texting or emailing while running is that people yell at you. I’m horrible: I hold my phone as if I’m in class and the teacher’s walking around and I don’t want them to see what I’m doing. As soon as I approach maybe within 20 feet of a person, I hold my arm by my side with the phone as if I wasn’t just emailing and then after I pass them, I pick the phone back up. Part of why I email is a smokescreen so people think that I’m not going to get out of their way. Sometimes I wear headphones but don’t actually listen to anything.

BUMPY NOTES I have a Nabokovian relationship with space. I love that it doesn’t ask anything from me. On my run, I pass the dog beach every day. And there are a couple interesting branches on this tree that children sit on and swing on and I really envy them. I don’t remember things well so I always write them down right away. Most of the emailing I’m doing is taking notes. I email myself notes.

Credit…Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

FAMILY FURNITURE I’ll go home and my boyfriend is usually working at my dining room table. I just inherited my mom’s really wonderful drafting table which belonged to her neighbor when she was growing up. He heard God speak to him and moved to Israel to start a new religion. And he gave her his furniture and this is his drafting table.

I’m always afraid that my livelihood will disappear so it’s interesting to have company there now. There are some upsides to what’s going on right now but it’s very hard to see them through all the worry. I think quiet can be good for art. Quiet gives you patience.

VOYEUR The desk looks out into this amazing “Rear Window” style yard and I watch the people in it from various apartments and it’s so great. My work is mostly based on things that make me anxious, and my bliss is to watch people and not have to interact with them, so these people never make me anxious. Now, of course, everyone’s home a lot more. And they’ve all taken up smoking. It’s fascinating. I think they’re stressed. Maybe they were always smoking but I like to imagine that they all just started.

Credit…Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

ON PANDEMIC SHOPPING I was kind of an early prepper. I started getting canned food before the big rush and before toilet paper went extinct. I’m a member of the Park Slope Food Coop. I don’t like how crowded it is. I really can’t stand it. I wear my headphones and that’s like the number one place where people would yell at you for wearing them. People scold at the Food Coop.

SCOTT STEW My boyfriend’s a vegan and I’m a person of habit. So he makes this thing called Scott Stew. I would be happy to eat Scott Stew exclusively but he likes to experiment. I played him a little bit of an Alice Waters memoir and he got inspired and we made this really amazing improvisational mushroom dish the other night.

KEY INGREDIENTS I drink a martini every night. I like my martini with olive juice and three big olives that I don’t think the Coop carries, so I get them from Key Foods. I also get diet soda. I feel like such a gross person when I go to the Key Foods because I buy like six bottles of diet soda at a time and two giant olive things.

A BIT TOO LEISURELY Dinner sometimes takes a lot of time. I’m not sure why. It kind of annoys me but it’s also kind of nice. It’s nice to be leisurely. I’m not naturally a leisurely person. Sometimes it’s too late to start work again but ideally we do work again after dinner but usually we don’t. In the perfect world, if we’re not working, we’ll watch a movie, like an old movie. We just watched “Spellbound” last week and I loved it.

Sunday Routine readers can follow Liana Finck on Twitter or Instagram @lianafinck.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/13/nyregion/coronavirus-liana-finck.html

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The Briefing: RVShare raises over $100M, Google disputes charges, and more

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Here’s what you need to know today in startup and venture news, updated by the Crunchbase News staff throughout the day to keep you in the know.

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RVShare raises over $100M for RV rentals

RVShare, an online marketplace for RV rentals, reportedly raised over $100 million in a financing led by private equity firms KKR and Tritium Partners.

Akron, Ohio-based RVShare has seen sharp growth in demand amid the pandemic, as more would-be travelers seek socially distanced options for hitting the road. Founded in 2013, the company matches RV owners with prospective renters, filtering by location, price and vehicle types.

Previously, RVShare had raised $50 million in known funding, per Crunchbase data, from Tritium Partners. The company is one of several players in the RV rental space, and competes alongside Outdoorsy, a peer-to-peer RV marketplace that has raised $75 million in venture funding.

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  • BrightFarms closes on $100M: Indoor farming company BrightFarms said it secured more than $100 million in debt and new equity capital to support expansion plans. The Series E round of funding was led by Cox Enterprises, which now owns a majority stake in the company, and includes a follow-on investment from growth equity firm Catalyst Investors.
  • Anyscale inks $40MAnyscale, the Berkeley-based company behind the Ray open source project for building applications, announced $40 million in an oversubscribed Series B funding round. Existing investor NEA led the round and was joined by Andreessen Horowitz, Intel Capital and Foundation Capital. The new funding brings Anyscale’s total funding to more than $60 million.
  • Klar deposits $15M: Mexican fintech Klar closed on $15 million in Series A funding, led by Prosus Ventures, with participation from new investor International Finance Corporation and existing investors Quona Capital, Mouro Capital and Acrew. The round brings total funding raised to approximately $72 million since the company was founded in 2019. The funds are intended to grow Klar’s engineering capabilities in both its Berlin and Mexico hubs.
  • O(1) Labs rakes in $10.9M: O(1) Labs, the team behind the cryptocurrency Mina, announced $10.9 million in a strategic investment round. Co-leading the round are Bixin Ventures and Three Arrows Capital with participation from SNZ, HashKey Capital, Signum Capital, NGC Ventures, Fenbushi Capital and IOSG Ventures.
  • Blustream bags $3M: After-sale customer engagement company Blustream said it raised $3 million in seed funding for product usage data and digital transformation efforts for physical goods companies via the Blustream Product Experience Platform. York IE led the round of funding for the Worcester, Massachusetts-based company with additional support from existing investors.Pillar secures another $1.5M: Pillar, a startup that helps families protect and care for their loved ones, raised $1.5 million in a seed extension to close at $7 million, The round was led by Kleiner Perkins.

Other news

  • Google rejects DOJ antitrust arguments: In the wake of a widely anticipated U.S. Justice Department antitrust suit against Google, the search giant disputed the charges in a statement, maintaining that: “People use Google because they choose to, not because they’re forced to, or because they can’t find alternatives.”
  • Facebook said to test Nextdoor rival: Facebook is reportedly testing a service similar to popular neighborhood-focused social Nextdoor. Called Neighborhoods, the feature reportedly suggests local neighborhood groups to join on Facebook.

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Venture investors and leaders in the fintech space can visualize a future where such startups will move toward again rebundling services.

Root Inc., the parent company of Root Insurance, launched its initial public offering and is looking at a valuation of as much as $6.34 billion.

Clover Health posted rising revenues and a narrower loss in its most recent financial results, published in advance of a planned public market debut.

Crunchbase News’ top picks of the news to stay current in the VC and startup world.

Source: https://news.crunchbase.com/news/briefing-10-21-20/

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Syte Sees $30M Series C For Product Discovery

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Online shopping has become the norm for most people in 2020, even coaxing traditional retail brands to up their presence to stay competitive. However, now that shoppers can’t see and touch products like they used to, e-commerce discovery has become a crucial element for customer acquisition and retention.

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Enter Syte, an Israel-based company that touts creating the world’s first product discovery platform that utilizes the senses, such as visual, text and voice, and then leverages visual artificial intelligence and next-generation personalization to create individualized and memorable customer experiences, Syte co-founder and CEO Ofer Fryman told Crunchbase News.

To execute on this, the company raised $30 million in Series C funding and an additional $10 million in debt. Viola Ventures led the round and was joined by LG Technology Ventures, La Maison, MizMaa Ventures and Kreos Capital, as well as existing investors Magma, Naver Corporation, Commerce Ventures, Storm Ventures, Axess Ventures, Remagine Media Ventures and KDS Media Fund.

This brings the company’s total fundraising to $71 million since its inception in 2015. That includes a $21.5 million Series B, also led by Viola, in 2019, according to Crunchbase data.

Fryman intends for the new funding to be put to work on product enhancements and geographic expansion. Syte already has an established customer base in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and will now focus expansion in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific.

Meanwhile, Syte has grown 22 percent quarter over quarter, as well as experienced a 38 percent expansion of its customer base since the beginning of 2020.

“Since we crossed $1 million annual recurring revenue, we have been tripling revenue while also becoming more efficient,” Fryman said. “We can accelerate growth as well as build an amazing technology and solution for a business that needs it right now. We plan to grow further, and even though our SaaS metrics are excellent right now, our goal is to improve them.”

Anshul Agarwal, managing director at LG Technology Ventures, said Syte was an attractive investment due in part to its unique technology.

“They have a deep-learning system and have created a new category, product discovery that will enable online shopping in a way we never had the ability to do before,” Agarwal said. “The product market fit was also unique. We believe in the strong execution by the team and the rapid growth in SaaS. We looked at many different companies, and the SaaS metrics that Syte showed are the strongest we’ve seen in a while.”

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Venture investors and leaders in the fintech space can visualize a future where such startups will move toward again rebundling services.

Root Inc., the parent company of Root Insurance, launched its initial public offering and is looking at a valuation of as much as $6.34 billion.

Clover Health posted rising revenues and a narrower loss in its most recent financial results, published in advance of a planned public market debut.

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Source: https://news.crunchbase.com/news/syte-sees-30m-series-c-for-product-discovery/

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GenTech Proudly Secures Deal with TruLife Distribution to Drive Growth in SINFIT Digital Sales

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Denver, CO, October 21, 2020 – OTC PR WIRE – GenTech Holdings, Inc. (OTC PINK: GTEH) (“GenTech” or the “Company”), an emerging leader in the high-end Premium Coffee (www.secretjavas.com), Hemp Wellness (www.hakunasupply.com) and Functional Foods (www.SINFITnutrition.com) marketplaces, along with its SINFIT Nutrition brand (“SINFIT”), is excited to announce that the Company has signed a new marketing, sales, and distribution agreement (the “Agreement”) with TruLife Distribution (“TruLife”) (TruLifeDist.com), a leader in marketing, distribution, compliance, e-commerce, and advisory services in the Functional Foods marketplace. The main focus of the new Agreement will be to accelerate the growth of e-commerce sales of SINFIT products, particularly over the Amazon.com platform.

TruLife provides direct access to sales on Amazon, Walmart, Rakuten, Wish, TopHatter, and other top e-commerce platforms, allowing clients to instantly list, ship, and sell products through any major platform, with an experienced team of experts and a proven track record of success in brand placement and digital sales strategies.

“We have already demonstrated a significant & expansive growth curve since taking control of the SINFIT brand in June,” commented Harold Vaca, VP Domestic Sales of SINFIT. “But the vast majority of that growth has been driven by large purchase orders from major distribution partners, both domestic and international. We are also committed to aggressively pursuing end-market consumer direct purchases through our e-commerce footprint, which will provide additional growth and diversify our cash flow ecosystem, making our overall strategy less dependent upon any one source of demand, while driving further growth in total sales.”

Management notes that e-commerce sales represent a sizeable portion of overall retail sales growth worldwide, with more than $3.5 trillion in online sales accounting for over 14% of total pre-pandemic global retail sales. Since the onset of the global health crisis, that ratio has shifted decisively further in favor of e-commerce sales, which is not likely to entirely revert back upon the advent of a viable and widely accessible vaccine.

Vaca added, “We have seen an epic process of market penetration for e-commerce platforms this year as major online retailers have begun to reach a much wider base of consumers – people who haven’t ever shopped much online, but have been forced to during recent months out of personal health concerns. Many of them will almost certainly continue to make use of e-commerce now that they have tried it out, at least to some extent, making e-commerce an essential sales channel for SINFIT products. TruLife has the network, team, experience, and resources to dramatically augment our e-commerce performance.”

SINFIT branded products registered over $2.2 million in global sales in 2019, and are now approved for sale and available for purchase on the Walmart.com and Amazon.com e-commerce platforms as well as in over 2,500 GNC locations in North America and over 10,000 global physical and e-commerce stores across more than 10 countries around the world.

SINFIT products as well-positioned relative to peers and to the long-term macro tailwind defining the functional foods market, which saw sales top $267 billion in February of this year on a global basis, with sales in the US reaching $63 billion, according to Euromonitor 2020. This trend is part of a larger supportive momentum in the general category, with global sales of organic food and drink topping $105 billion in 2018 (Ecovia 2019). U.S. organic food sales also reached $47.9 billion, up 5.9% in 2018 (OTA 2019). In 2019, 77% of U.S. adults used dietary supplements, an all-time high (CRN 2019). U.S. supplement sales are estimated to have reached $49.3 billion in 2019, up 6.2% (NBJ 2019).

About GenTech Holdings, Inc.:

GenTech Holdings, Inc. is a publicly traded company under the symbol GTEH. The Company launched a high-end Coffee Subscription service in early 2020 called Secret Javas, owns a Functional Food company, SINFIT Nutrition and recently closed its acquisition on Products-Groups’ “Hakuna Supply”.

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This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including information about management’s view of GenTech, Inc.’s future expectations, plans and prospects. In particular, when used in the preceding discussion, the words “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” or “may,” and similar conditional expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Any statements made in this news release other than those of historical fact, about an action, event or development, are forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the results of GenTech, its subsidiaries and concepts to be materially different than those expressed or implied in such statements. Unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on GenTech’s future results. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. GenTech cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Finally, GenTech undertakes no obligation to update these statements after the date of this release, except as required by law, and also takes no obligation to update or correct information prepared by third parties that are not paid for by GenTech.

Corporate Contact:
invest@gentech.group

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Source: https://otcprwire.com/gentech-proudly-secures-deal-with-trulife-distribution-to-drive-growth-in-sinfit-digital-sales/

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