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Steve's ITK: Pain in the neck


Steve's ITK

February 11 · Issue #39 · View online
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Opening thought: Pain in the neck
It’s been a frustrating week. Last Sunday I was watching football with a London startup founder when I suddenly felt a sharp pain in my neck all the way down my shoulder. “Ouch, I’ve got a crook neck,” I remarked, without thinking too much of it. Only, as the evening progressed, the pain got more intense. I hardly slept at all that night.
The following day I woke up extremely tired and in more excruciating pain, so I called in sick and warned my colleagues at TechCrunch I would likely be missing for a few days.
After googling and a text consultation with a doctor - I couldn’t face a trip out in the cold to see a face to face GP - I was convinced I’ve damaged a nerve and/or pulled a muscle in my neck. And knowing my body and the extra complications my disability brings, it was just going to take time.
So now I’m taking painkillers, using a heat pad on my neck, and playing the waiting game.
A week later there has been some improvement but it remains painful and difficult to use my laptop and type, therefore I’m only sporadically working (I’m writing this on my iPhone). Which brings us to this edition of ITK.
I didn’t want to delay the newsletter any further as I’ve written some decent news stories since the previous edition. And since you are such a well-connected readership and I know I owe some of you email, I thought a mass update would be a good way of getting the word out on why this news machine isn’t running quite at full capacity.
Lastly, a shout out and thanks to Urban Massage, the London startup backed by Passion Capital that lets you book a massage therapist on-demand to come to your home or workplace. I covered the company when it first launched nearly 4 years ago (probably the first journalist to do so), but it wasn’t until this week that I actually used the service.
The person I booked has a background in physiotherapy and treatment of sports injuries. Even though we’ve only managed to get one session in so far, it was just what the doctor would have ordered. But without leaving the house or the waitlists…
I’m actually a bit annoyed at myself because I’ve been getting a lot of tension headaches and a little pain stemming from my neck and shoulders before this injury. And prevention is always better than cure. I’m certain to be a regular Urban Massage customer going forward. (You can use my referral code if you want to try it for yourself and get £20 off).
Until next time, take care and be well,
Bonus: On Saturday I managed to work a bit, so look out for a small fintech scoop on Monday morning.
Bonus 2: If you are wondering what the tweet above refers to, it was details of Ophelia Brown’s new venture capital fund, which was nicely scooped by BI’s awesome Shona Ghosh.
Things I wrote
Flux brings its digital loyalty stamps to U.K. challenger bank Starling
Zebra Fuel raises $2.5M to deliver fuel direct to your vehicle
Balderton Capital leads $25M Series A in ‘urban farming’ platform Infarm
Penta, the German digital-only bank account for startups and SMEs, raises €2.2M seed
500 Startups-backed Tamatem raises $2.5M to localise games for Arabic-speaking market
Uberall scores $25M Series B for its location marketing platform
Speedinvest x is a new micro VC fund that will invest in European early-stage marketplace startups
ContentSquare raises $42M Series B for its UX insights platform for mobile and web
Oxford University spin-out Bodle scores £6M Series A for its low-powered ‘reflective’ display tech
Brainly acquires Bask to add video to its peer-to-peer learning platform for students
European VC firm DN Capital closes new €200M fund to invest at seed and Series A stage
TeacherGaming, a startup from MinecraftEdu team, raises $1.6M to put games into the classroom
Anorak scores £4M funding to make life insurance more accessible
ViViDoctor raises €400,000 to bring teleconsultations to Belgium hospitals
Company builder Entrepreneur First is expanding to Berlin
Curve, the fintech that connects all your cards to a single card and app, gets full consumer launch
BeMyEye, the startup that lets companies crowdsource in-store data, acquires rival Task360
Swedish fashion e-commerce company NA-KD raises $45M Series B
London proptech startup Goodlord appoints LoveFilm co-founder William Reeve as CEO
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