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Heeeey! Today has been a fun, rich, and varied day of news on your favorite tech news site. Haje got the unfortunate news that he will be attending his 15th CES in Las Vegas, so if you’re going with your startup, Christine and Haje. Oh, and we have a slew of gift guides coming up — , if you want some inspiration for getting the jump on your holiday shopping. —
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Smoodi wants to see its smoothies in the hands of, well, everyone, and it Christine reports. Not gonna lie: we prefer smoothie robots over robots being used to kill people. See Brian’s article about how . In other robot news, also from Brian,,
Another fistful of news stories to brighten your day:
Pitch Deck Teardown: Hour One’s $20M Series A deck
Startups are approaching language learning from every angle: Hour One uses AI to deploy avatars that turn text into video.
In 2022, its founders raised a $5 million seed round, but earlier this year, it raised $20 million more via a Series A. Here’s a complete breakdown of the company’s unredacted 11-slide deck:
- Cover slide
- “At a glance” summary slide
- Solution slide
- Market size slide
- Value proposition slide
- Product slide 1
- Product slide 2
- Target audience slide
- Case study slide
- Team slide
- Closing slide
Haje takes a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly in the company’s $20 million series A pitch deck:
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Big Tech Inc.
As we sift through Elon Musk’s tweet regarding hate speech today, we have to point out there’s been a lot of “FAFO” going on in the Twitterverse, and Kanye West is the latest to FO what happens when he FAs. Just a little over a month after Kanye was reinstated on Twitter, again for breaking the social media giant’s rules, Ivan writes. This also comes as West decides he after all. Darrell has more.
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