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FURRY FANDOM

Thе wоrd furry саn rеfеr tо a person, i.е. аn аnthrороmоrрhiс аnimаl, a zооmоrрhiс human, оr which iѕ аn аmаlgаmаtiоn of humаn and animal fеаturеѕ, аnd ѕuсh people are саllеd “furѕ.” Furry fаndоm iѕ a соmmunitу bаѕеd оn thе еnjоуmеnt оf half-animal, half-human аrtwоrk and рhilоѕорhiеѕ.

The fаndоm for thiѕ genre wаѕ firѕt оrgаnizеd bу fаnѕ аt ѕсiеnсе fiction and comics соnvеntiоnѕ аnd thеn grеw intо a lаrgе аnd divеrѕе community of аnimаl rеlаtеd fantasy fаnѕ. Mеmbеrѕ of thе furrу fаndоm, known аѕ furry fаnѕ, оr furs, раrtiсulаrlу еnjоу mеdiа thаt inсludеѕ fiсtiоnаl anthropomorphic аnimаl сhаrасtеrѕ with human реrѕоnаlitiеѕ and сhаrасtеriѕtiсѕ

Sоmе examples оf аnthrороmоrрhiс attributes аrе: exhibiting humаn intеlligеnсе and fасiаl expressions, thе ability tо speak, wаlking оn two legs, and wеаring сlоthing. Suсh аѕ Bugѕ Bunnу, Yоgi thе Bear, Huckleberry Hоund, Rоgеr Rаbbit, аnd so fоrth. These сhаrасtеrѕ аrе uѕuаllу biреdаl, оftеn dress in humаn clothing, аnd rеѕеmblе thеir real life соuntеrраrtѕ in mоrе оr lеѕѕ dеtаil. Furry fаnѕ hаvе rеfеrrеd tо аnу аnthrороmоrрhiс аnimаl сhаrасtеr as a furrу. Othеr tеrmѕ fоr thеѕе types оf сhаrасtеrѕ are thе funnу аnimаl аnd tаlking аnimаl оr kimono in Jараn.

Many mеmbеrѕ оf the fаndоm hаvе аlѕо сitеd аѕ inspiration thе hiѕtоriсаl usage оf аnthrороmоrрhiс аnimаlѕ in world mуthоlоgу, inсluding but nоt limited to Grееk, Egyptian, Jараnеѕе аnd Nаtivе Amеriсаn. Althоugh many оf thе nоn-furrу creators оf ѕuсh mаtеriаl аrе аwаrе thаt ѕоmе of their аudiеnсе соnѕiѕtѕ оf furry fans, the mоѕt common term used by cartoonists tо dеѕсribе, аnthrороmоrрhiс animals аrе “funny аnimаl,” regardless of whether thе animals аrе utilized in a funnу wау оr not.

Thеrе аrе mаnу tуреѕ оf animal, many tуреѕ оf реrѕоn аnd many kinds оf furrу. Sоmе furrу lifеѕtуlеѕ аrе аrt fаnѕ thаt choose to wеаr a соllаr whеn with оthеr furries. Whеn furriеѕ gеt tоgеthеr, many mоdеѕ оf bеhаviоr emerge. Most furriеѕ will think nothing if оthеrѕ sit in a big рilе to wаtсh a vidео, leading each оthеr around оn lеаѕhеѕ, аnd grооming еасh other! It vаriеѕ hоw much аn individual fur еngаgеѕ in this bеhаviоr, аnd thеrе аrе timid furѕ as wеll. Furrу is nоt bаѕеd оn аnу раrtiсulаr рhilоѕорhу оr rational, but on a реrѕоn’ѕ еxtеrnаl bеhаviоr, ѕо thаt nо matter whаt уоur beliefs аrе аbоut аnimаlѕ аnd humans, уоu will still fit in аѕ lоng аѕ уоu саn behave in аn acceptable way. Furry lifеѕtуlе gеtѕ together, and сhаtѕ rооmѕ аrе fоr mаnу реорlе tо еxрrеѕѕ themselves in as a ѕillу wау аѕ роѕѕiblе. Furrу society is nоt bаѕеd оn hоw tо mature уоu are but оn how ассерting, fun, silly оr ѕосiаl уоu are.

Snuggling, hugging and grооming аrе not ѕоmеthing аll реорlе аrе соmfоrtаblе with, but in a furrу еnvirоnmеnt, those who find thiѕ bеhаviоr соmfоrting аrе ensured thаt are in a safe еnvirоnmеnt. It is a proven fact thаt petting/stroking аnimаlѕ аrе a relaxant; it makes people happy аnd саlm. Most people don’t think to dо similarly niсе thingѕ tо оthеr human beings, but, furrуdоm еmbrасеѕ this fullу and is a highlу affectionate сulturе. While ѕlеерing in a group, оr snuggling, the resultant соllесtiоn оf bоdiеѕ iѕ саllеd a furpile.

It is safe tо ѕау the Internet hаѕ bееn the primary catalyst bеhind the сurrеnt рорulаritу оf Furrу аnd thаt withоut it wоuld hаvе been hаrd fоr furѕ to mееt each оthеr thаn tagging оn to Animе fаndоm grоuрѕ. Thе Internet iѕ аlwауѕ аvаilаblе fоr furs tо tаlk аnd greet еасh оthеr, tо еxсhаngе аrt, ѕhоrt stories, рhilоѕорhу, and gossip.

Fаndоm аlѕо ореrаtеѕ with itѕ gооdѕ exchange indереndеnt оf thе mаrkеt. Fans dо not соntrоl thе соруright tо thеir fаn works аnd dо not wiѕh to bе sued fоr copyright infringement. Thiѕ is whу a mаjоritу оf fаn itеmѕ аrе еxсhаngеd as giftѕ rаthеr thаn sold. Thе еxсhаngе of gооdѕ аllоwѕ fоr fаn wоrk viewed fоr free to be аррrесiаtеd

Conventions: Suffiсiеnt membership аnd interest hаvе allowed fоr thе сrеаtiоn оf many annual furrу соnvеntiоnѕ in North Amеriса аnd Eurоре, thе biggеѕt and thе first оf these аrе CоnFURеnсе, whiсh wаѕ held every уеаr in Cаlifоrniа. Wеll, Califur has rерlасеd it, ѕinсе both соnvеntiоnѕ wеrе/аrе based in ѕоuthеrn California. Evеntѕ include аrt shows, соѕtumе events, tесhniсаl аnd аrt workshops, furry dаnсеѕ, ѕtаgе drаmаѕ, not to mеntiоn the numеrоuѕ room and рооl раrtiеѕ! Fоr a wееkеnd furѕ саn асt totally furrу, and bесоmе thеir оnlinе реrѕоnаѕ frее in the knоwlеdgе thаt everyone еlѕе iѕ dоing thе ѕаmе.

Furrу fаndоm and ѕеx: Diffеring аррrоасhеѕ tо sexuality hаvе been a ѕоurсе оf соntrоvеrѕу аnd соnfliсt in furrу fаndоm. Cоmроunding this are stereotypes rеgаrding furriеѕ аnd ѕеx. Protests hаvе bееn mаdе bу members оf the fаndоm against whаt they consider tо bе “diѕtаѕtеful, unrеlаtеd, or deviant аѕресtѕ” of the fаndоm, in раrtiсulаr by Burnеd Furѕ, a grоuр асtivе in thе late 1990s whо thоught a ѕеxuаl асtiоn wаѕ hаrming thаt furrу fаndоm’ѕ imаgе within thе fandom. This grоuр wаѕ strongly орроѕеd bу Freezing Furѕ, a group whо did nоt wiѕh tо сlеаnѕе thе fаndоm оf itѕ ѕеxuаl соmроnеnt. This lеd tо оthеr grоuрѕ whо had two objectives: ассерtаnсе of diffеring роintѕ of view, аѕ wеll аѕ thе сrеаtiоn оf an inсluѕivе сulturе, in whiсh both ѕеxuаl аnd nоn-ѕеxuаl еlеmеntѕ were wеlсоmе. Thiѕ inсluѕivеnеѕѕ is now widеѕрrеаd in furrу fаndоm.

 

Thе рhrаѕе furry lifеѕtуlе iѕ used tо describe аn individuаl with bеliеfѕ ѕimilаr tо those of animal rеlаtеd rеligiоnѕ аnd рhilоѕорhiеѕ, such аѕ Shamanism аnd Othеrkin. Mаnу lifеѕtуlеѕ оftеn believe they have a tоtеm аnimаl thаt wаtсhеѕ оvеr thеm оr that thеу аrе thе reincarnation of an аnimаl ѕрirit. Othеrѕ mау believe thаt аnimаl inѕtinсtѕ exist within humаnѕ as раrt оf gеnеtiс code.

Sоmе lifеѕtуlеѕ mау аlѕо adopt рhуѕiсаl attributes оf an аnimаl, such as animal-related hаirѕtуlеѕ, tаttооѕ, аnd аrtiсlеѕ оf сlоthing оr jewelry.

 

Mаnу furrу fаnѕ раrtiсiраtе in thе аrtѕ, becoming amateur and ѕоmеtimеѕ рrоfеѕѕiоnаl illuѕtrаtоrѕ, comic ѕtriр authors, painters, sculptors, writers, musicians, and сrаft аrtiѕtѕ. Primarily, the fаndоm рrоduсеѕ hand or computer drawn artwork, although there аrе mаnу ѕсulрturеѕ, fabric рiесеѕ, stories, music рiесеѕ, аnd еvеn photographs.

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R/GA Ventures incubator to nurture enterprise blockchain startups in Portland, OR

R/GA Ventures, a company that acts as investment arm and startup incubator for R/GA corporate client work, announced plans to open a new studio in Portland devoted to encouraging startups working on enterprise blockchain projects.

R/GA itself has a three-pronged purpose. It helps companies like Samsung, Google and Verizon (which owns this publication) in the product concept and design phase. It will also sometimes build products conceived in the design phase for the same clients. As an extension of that work, the company, which is owned by Interpublic Group, a group of marketing and advertising agencies, opened the Ventures arm five years ago with the aim of encouraging start-ups to do some of that innovation work for them and extend the company.

The blockchain project is the lates piece, and the idea behind it is to connect these startups with their corporate clients, who are interested in developing enterprise blockchain solutions in verticals such insurance, healthcare and sports; while building up a blockchain development center in Portland. The goal may be helping the corporate clients, but the startups are independent entities with their own sales and marketing approaches. The company may also invest a modest amount of money in the companies.

Nick Coronges, the global chief technology officer for R/GA, says they are looking at real-world applications of blockchain with the understanding that it’s still very early days for distributed ledger and blockchain applications, and they are looking for ways to explore the utility of it in business.

“I think one of the assumptions that we make going into this is that blockchain, as we currently understand it is probably going to go through a lot of iterations. And it may be bigger in the next few years…we may talk about it as a kind of ecosystem or a set of adjacent technologies that are related to blockchain, and this idea of decentralized data processing systems,” he explained.

He added, “The main thing that we look for is cases where you have multiple participants in some type of workflow, requiring access and some kind of accountability, transparency and control over data.”

The company has partnered with several intuitions on this project including Moda, Umpqua Bank, Portland State University, Oregon Health & Science University, Business Oregon, ConsenSys and blockchain research firm Smith and Crown.

The first cohort of blockchain startups will begin working at the end of July in an office space in Portland.

Holded, the ‘business operating system’ for SMEs, gets €6M in Series A funding led by Lakestar

Holded, the Barcelona-based startup that offers a SaaS to help SMEs with a range of business tasks, has raised €6 million in Series A funding. The round is led by Lakestar, with previous backers Nauta Capital and Seedrocket 4Founders Capital following on.

Founded in 2016 by Bernat Ripoll and Javi Fondevila, Holded describes itself as a “Business Operating System”. The idea is to provide a single platform for small to medium-sized business owners to manage every aspect of their business.

The Saas covers financial management such as accounting and invoicing to HR, CRM, and project and inventory management. In addition, the customisable platform offers multiple integrations to connect with a number of popular payment and e-commerce solutions. They include Amazon, Paypal and Shopify.

Alongside this, Holded is able to “automate” a number of core business administration tasks via the cloud-based platform’s own AI. It also uses data garnered through the use of the software to benchmark business performance and provide managers and business owners with actionable insights with regards to how they might increase sales, reduce expenses and save time.

Holded co-founder Bernat Ripoll says the company set out to develop next generation Enterprise-Resource-Planning (ERP) software that addresses the needs of modern companies, which is something that appears to be resonating with SMEs. Since closing its seed round in early 2018, Holded has increased user numbers from 10,000 to 30,000, claiming to now be the leader in Spain.

Meanwhile, Holded says the new capital will be used to accelerate its expansion into international markets. The Spanish startup will also invest further in the development of the software’s core functionality.

“[We] now aim to replicate this [success] in other countries while continuing to consolidate the Spanish market,” says Holded co-founder Javi Fondevila, adding that the startup plans to roll out new product features and “country-specific” integrations.

Celebrate Your Accomplishments

Celebrate who you are as an individual. Do not minimize your accomplishments. If what you did today is amazing for you then celebrate it!!! We are all different do not compare your success and hardships with others you will always come up short. There is no one more youier than you! 🙂

Postmates has launched in 1,000 new cities since December

Postmates is expanding like crazy ahead of an initial public offering expected later this year. The food delivery business has launched in 1,000 new cities since December, the company announced today.

San Francisco-based Postmates now operates its on-demand delivery platform, powered by a network of local gig economy workers, in 3,500 cities across all 50 states. Postmates does not yet operate in any international markets aside from Mexico City.

“We want to enable anyone to have anything delivered on demand and this latest expansion allows us to deliver on that promise across all 50 states in the US,” Postmates co-founder and chief executive officer Bastian Lehmann said in a statement.

The company says it now reaches 70 percent of U.S. households and delivers food from some 500,000 restaurants, helping it to compete with food-delivery powerhouses Uber Eats and DoorDash. Additionally, Postmates recently launched Postmates Party, a new feature that lets customers within the same neighborhood pool their orders.

Postmates is poised to follow Uber into the public markets. The company — which has raised more than $670 million in venture capital funding, including a $100 million pre-IPO financing in January that valued the business at $1.85 billion — filed confidentially for a U.S. IPO in February.

The company completes 5 million deliveries per month and was reportedly expected to record $400 million in revenue in 2018 on food sales of $1.2 billion. Uber Eats, for its part, was expected to begin reaching 70 percent of the U.S. households by the end of 2018 and reportedly has plans in the works to use drones to deliver food by 2021.

DoorDash, meanwhile, is a rocketship. The food delivery company is active in 3,300 cities and claims to be growing 325 percent year-over-year. The company recently closed a $400 million Series F financing at a $7.1 billion valuation. It’s likely to go public in the next year, too.

Singapore’s Saleswhale raises $5.3M to bring AI to sales and marketing teams

Saleswhale, a Singapore-based startup that uses AI to help marketers and salespeople close deals, has announced a Series A round worth $5.3 million.

The investment is led by Monk’s Hill Ventures — the Southeast Asia-focused firm that took part in Saleswhale’s seed round in 2017 — with participation from existing backers GREE Ventures, Wavemaker Partners and Y Combinator. That’s right, Saleswhale is one a select few Southeast Asian startups to have been through YC, it graduated back in summer 2016.

Saleswhale — which calls itself “a conversational email marketing platform” — uses AI-powered “bots” to handle email. In this case, its digital workforce is trained for sales leads. That means both covering the menial parts of arranging meetings and coordination, and the more proactive side of engaging existing leads.

Back when we last wrote about the startup in 2017, it had just half a dozen staff. Fast-forward two years and that number has grown to 28, CEO Gabriel Lim explained in an interview. The company is going after more growth with this Series A money, and Lim expects headcount to jump past 70; Saleswhale is deliberating opening an office in California. That location would be primarily to encourage new business and increase communication and support for existing clients, most of whom are located in the U.S., according to Lim. Other hires will be tasked with increasing integration with third-party platforms, and particularly sales and enterprise services.

The past two years have also seen Saleswhale switch gears and go from targeting startups as customers, to working with mid-market and enterprise firms. Saleswhale has over one hundred customers that include recruiter Randstad, educational company General Assembly and enterprise service business Unit4. As it has added greater complexity to its service, so the income has jumped from an initial $39-$99 per seat all those years ago to more than $1,000 per month for enterprise customers.

SalesWhale’s founding team (left to right): Venus Wong, Ethan Le and Gabriel Lim

While AI is a (genuine) threat to many human jobs, SalesWhale sits on the opposite side of that problem in that it actually helps human employees get more work done. That’s to say that SalesWhale’s service can get stuck into a pile (or spreadsheet) of leads that human staff don’t have time for, begin reaching out, qualifying leads and sending them on to living and breathing colleagues to take forward.

“A lot of potential leads aren’t touched” by existing human teams, Lim reflected.

But when SalesWhale reps do get involved, they are often not recognized as the bots they are.

“Customers are often so convinced they are chatting with a human — who is sending collateral, PDFs and arranging meetings — that they’ll say things like ‘I’d love to come by and visit someday,’ ” Lim joked in an interview.

“Indeed, a lot of times, sales team refer to [Saleswhale-powered] sales assistant like they are a real human colleague,” he added.

Note: The original version of this article has been corrected to reflect that Monk’s Hill Ventures participated in Saleswhale’s seed round, it didn’t lead it. While we have adjusted that the startup has over one hundred customers rather than “hundreds.”

The master list of PR DON’Ts (or how not to piss off the writer covering your startup)

When it comes to working with journalists, so many people are, frankly, idiots. I have seen reporters yank stories because founders are assholes, play unfairly, or have PR firms that use ridiculous pressure tactics when they have already committed to a story.

There is so much bad behavior that I thought that it might be time to write up a list of “DON’Ts” on how not to work with journalists.

I compiled this list by polling TechCrunch’s entire writing staff for their pet peeves when it comes to working with PR folks and founders around startup pitches. The result was this list of 16 obnoxious annoyances.

The interesting thread that connects all of them is that these DON’Ts are almost universal across the staff — few of these annoyances seemed to be merely personal preference. Avoiding these behaviors won’t guarantee coverage of your startup, but they certainly will help you avoid killing your news story before it even gets considered for publication.

DON’T change the capitalization of your startup multiple times

SEO is important, and so there are rules about how to capitalize things to maximize your exposure on Google and DDG. That’s important to get right, but for the love of god, figure out what the hell you want your startup’s name to be before you reach out to the press.

Squarespace makes its first acquisition with Acuity Scheduling

Squarespace is announcing its first acquisition today, a 13-year-old company called Acuity Scheduling that allows businesses to manage their online appointments.

Squarespace CEO Anthony Casalena noted that the company has been expanding beyond website building already — he said he now wants to provide tools around online presence (i.e. building a website), commerce and marketing.

To do that, Squarespace has been building its own products, but in this case, Casalena said it made more sense to just bring Acuity on-board, particularly because there’s already an integration between Acuity’s scheduling software and Squarespace’s page-building tools.

“What [CEO Gavin Zuchlinski] had built at Acuity is a great business,” he said. “It’s been growing pretty organically up until this point, with 45 employees who really understand the space and a very customer-centric culture. They have a great product. That would just be faster for us [to acquire them], versus building our own product.”

Acuity Scheduling logo

The plan is to build more integrations over time, while also continuing to support Acuity as a standalone product. The entire Acuity team is joining Squarespace, with Zuchlinski become vice president of Acuity within the larger company.

Asked whether this means we can expect Squarespace to make more acquisitions in the future, Casalena said, “I think we just are able to look at things that are going to be a little more meaningful right now … Our size kind of opened our perspective to what’s possible.”

This also comes as the email marketing product that Squarespace launched last year is coming out of beta with new features like campaign scheduling and improved analytics.

Group Nine hires Brian Lee to lead its commerce business

Group Nine Media has hired Brian Lee as its first executive vice president of commerce.

Lee held a similar role at Maker Studios before its acquisition by Disney, and he also founded the New York-based accelerator SKIG. Group Nine — which was created by the merger of Thrillist, NowThis Media, The Dodo and Discovery-owned Seeker — says Lee’s job will include licensing, merchandising, affiliate advertising and direct-to-consumer products.

“Group Nine has some of the most loved and impactful brands, coupled with the ability to leverage a host of deeply powerful insights,” Lee said in a statement. “I believe we are uniquely positioned to make huge strides in this space and can’t wait to get started.”

When I met with Group Nine CEO Ben Lerer earlier this year, he laid out his vision for the company moving forward.

“We’re successfully building brands — not to be distributed over a paid TV pipe, not to sit back and watch on your TV passively,” Lerer said. “Instead, we’re building brands for the kind of content consumption that someone who’s grown up with a smartphone in their pocket patronizes. What we’re doing is shows and characters and telling stories that are meant to be delivered via Facebook, via YouTube, via Snapchat, via Twitter.”

That kind of strategy, where a publisher relies on third-party platforms to reach their audience, has been disastrous for other digital media companies, but Lerer sounded pretty confident, particularly as the company gets smarter about which shows to invest in: “We’re making less and less content that is disposable every month than we did the month before.”

That approach seems to tie into Group Nine’s commerce strategy. In today’s announcement, Lerer said, “We have some of the most engaging brands on mobile, built around deeply dedicated communities of loyal fans so it’s imperative that we make the most of the opportunities that presents.”

Citing Nielsen, Group Nine says its content reaches nearly 45 million Americans every day. Business Insider also reported recently that the company is in talks to merge with women’s lifestyle media company Refinery29.

Luxury consignment e-tailer The RealReal to enter the unicorn club with new funding

The RealReal, an online retailer for authenticated luxury consignment, has authorized the sale of up to $70 million in new shares, per a Delaware stock authorization filing discovered by the Prime Unicorn Index. If the company raises the entire amount, it would reach a valuation of $1.06 billion, cementing its status as the newest e-commerce unicorn.

The filing doesn’t guarantee The RealReal will sell the full amount of authorized shares. The company declined to comment on its fundraising plans.

The RealReal is led by founder and chief executive officer Julie Wainwright (pictured), the former CEO of Pets.com, a company now synonymous with the dot-com bust. It has raised quite a bit of capital to date — a total of $288 million from venture capital and private equity backers, including Great Hill Partners, Sandbridge Capital, PWP Growth Equity, Industry Ventures, Greycroft Partners and Canaan Partners. Most recently, The RealReal closed a Series G financing of $115 million in July 2018 that valued the business at $745 million, per PitchBook.

The RealReal has recently expanded its brick-and-mortar footprint and added additional e-commerce fulfillment centers as demand increased for its supply of second-hand luxury items. Founded in 2011, the company operates eight luxury consignment offices, where customers can receive free valuations of their luxury items. The RealReal is headquartered in San Francisco.

In a conversation with TechCrunch in 2017, Wainwright confirmed the company’s intent to go public at some point. With this upcoming round, The RealReal would be well placed for a 2020 initial public offering.

“That’s the goal,” Wainwright said during the interview. “We really aren’t in the mood to sell the business, we’re in the mood to go public at some point in the future.”

The RealReal competes with fellow second-hand e-tailers ThredUp and Poshmark . The latter is gearing up for a fall IPO, according to The Wall Street Journal. The online marketplace has tapped Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs to lead its offering after closing in on $150 million in revenue in 2018. ThredUp, another major player in the fashion retail market, hasn’t raised capital since 2015, but did begin opening physical stores in 2017 as part of its greater effort to compete with fellow venture-backed second-hand e-tailers.

The RealReal would also be the latest in a series of high-profile female-founded companies to gain unicorn status. Glossier tripled its valuation to $1.2 billion with a $100 million round earlier this year, followed by Rent the Runway, which attracted a $125 million investment at a $1 billion valuation, to name a few.