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As a non-TikTok user (something I both leverage as clout and regret to admit), it took me months to understand why certain words were spelled with 3’s instead of E’s and exclamation points in the place of I’s and L’s. With the rise of TikTok came the era of oversharing on the internet, and soon, it seemed like double entendres became a subculture of their own, used as a way to circumvent the ever-increasing efficiency of content moderators.
When I first read this Forbes story discussing “Algospeak”–or the use of codewords, emojis and deliberate typos used to sidestep rules prohibiting hate speech–in a post-Roe digisphere, I was fascinated. Then, I was nervous; is the jig up? When media outlets with a national following begin to cover slang specifically designed to fly under the radar, are we spilling the beans or creating awareness?
One final thought: perhaps using “camping” as a term to discuss abortion-related issues was bound to ebb at the end of the summer, anyway.
Under 30 Alum Ryan Breslow Is Back As CEO Of A New Startup Called Love
The controversial founder and executive chairman of payment company Bolt is back. Ryan Breslow, a 2019 30 Under 30 lister, sparked confusion and fueled conspiracy theories across Silicon Valley when he stepped down as Bolt’s CEO in January.
Now, he’s taking the role of CEO and founder of a health startup called Love. But despite his own stuffed wallet, Breslow hasn’t invested any of his money in the startup.
On Our Radars:
- Mister Brad Pitt is the next celebrity to join the ever-saturated beauty industry with his new gender neutral skincare line. But he has something to separate him from the rest: the products are made from grapes grown on Pitt’s vineyard in France. And he’s thinking of sustainability too, as the refillable bottles are made from recycled wine casks. (Forbes)
- Who says reading is on the way out? Apparently, young people prefer to view content with captions way more than older generations. With companies like Netflix and TikTok engaging in more colorful ways to deliver captions, it’s making content more accessible for those with hearing loss. (Wall Street Journal)
- In this week’s installment of “Dysfunctional Tech,” research shows that when users “dislike” a video, YouTube keeps recommending similar ones. To recap, go to Facebook for your echo chamber and YouTube to be humbled. (Forbes)
- Swiftly Systems Inc. raised $100 million in its latest funding round, boosting the grocery-tech company to unicorn status. (Wall Street Journal)
- In some rare good travel news: the U.S. will soon allow everyone to renew their passports online. Welcome to the future, ten years late! (New York Times)
OMRT, an architectural-tech company seeking to revolutionize the design process of buildings, announced that it closed its $4.9 million Series A round.
The Amsterdam-based company, founded by Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe Manufacturing & Industry alumni Adreja Andrejevic and Jasper Spiegeler, compresses the design process down from 16 months to two months while increasing financial yields and reducing carbon emissions. The team of 30 has designed over 30,000 homes since its inception in 2018.
The funding round was led by SHIFT Invest, a Dutch impact venture capital fund that invests in endeavors to fight climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. OMRT has created an all-encompassing service involving drawing tools and task management and collaboration tools to involve all parties of a building project from the start. Their technology reduces carbon emissions in their designs by 7.3 million pounds annually, and also helps optimize square footage usage in buildings and improve energy efficiency by 25%.
With new dough in the bank, OMRT intends on bolstering its technologies and scaling its operations to serve more customers.