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Poland unveils 'superhuman' John Paul II statue in Warsaw

Jerzy Kalina installation is response to controversial statue of pope being struck down by meteorAn unusual sculpture depicting John Paul II holding up a meteorite has been unveiled in Warsaw – as an artistic response to a controversial statue showing a meteor striking down the late pope.Jerzy Kalina’s installation outside the National Museum, titled Poisoned Source, shows the Polish pope holding the meteorite high over a pool of red water representing blood. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Religion, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Catholicism, Sculpture, Christianity, Poland, Warsaw, John Paul II, National Museum, Pope John Paul II, Jerzy Kalina


Uncapped picks up another £26M to offer revenue-based finance to European entrepreneurs

Uncapped, the London-headquartered and Warsaw-based startup that offers “revenue-based” finance to European businesses so that founders don’t have to give up equity stipulated by venture capital, has raised £26 million in new funding. The round was led by Mouro Capital (the recently spun-out fund previously called Santander InnoVentures), with participation from existing investors Global Founders Capital, Seedcamp and White Star Capital. Various angel investors have also backed Uncapped, incl...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Post, London, Finance, Warsaw, Ismail, miDrive, Asher Ismail, Recent Funding, Uncapped, Carlos Gonzalez Cadenas GoCardless, Mouro Capital, White Star Capital Various


'We raised £2m in days': the donations helping protesters in Belarus

Funds that came in after the election being used to pay fines and compensate the injuredWhen riot police started beating up protesters in Belarus after contested elections in August, thousands of locals responded by doing the only thing they felt might help make a difference in the face of police violence and impunity: making donations.Alexey Leonchik, a 38-year-old Belarusian based between London and Warsaw, had set up a project three years ago called BY_help, which was meant to help pay the fi...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, London, World news, Belarus, Warsaw, Alexey Leonchik


A Chelsea Concerto ~ Frances Faviell

Knock me down with a feather, how on earth have I ended up here? Who knew I would even walk past the wartime shelf, let alone want to read about London in the Blitz of 1940. But one of you (thank you) mentioned Furrowed Middlebrow in comments, and in my quest in recent years to try and keep up with current fiction I had completely forgotten about them and their imprint Dean Street Press. In the blogendipitous way that often happens, I then had an email from them with news of the publication of ...
Tags: Europe, Books, England, London, Britain, Chelsea, 2020, South London, Red Cross, Churchill, Anderson, Warsaw, Penelope Fitzgerald, Elizabeth, Sunday School, George


'A voice for our emotions': Poland's club scene fights for LGBTQ+ rights

As towns declare themselves ‘LGBT-free zones’, Polish DJs and musicians are leading furious opposition to widespread homophobia and police brutalityIn August, as a giant bouncy castle was throwing a shadow on Warsaw’s baroque-style Ujazdow castle – home to the Centre for Contemporary Art – a party was under way. It was the last in To Be Real, an events series aimed at maximising the space’s fleeting inclusivity of Poland’s LGBTQ+ community. One of the artists was running late. “I came almost str...
Tags: Europe, Music, Justice, Society, World news, Culture, Punk, Sexuality, LGBT rights, Poland, Electronic Music, Clubbing, Experimental music, Warsaw, Margot Human Rights Watch


In 2020, Warsaw’s startup ecosystem is ‘a place to observe carefully’

If you listed the trends that have captured the attention of 20 Warsaw-focused investors who replied to our recent surveys, automation/AI, enterprise SaaS, cleantech, health, remote work and the sharing economy would top the list. These VCs said they are seeking opportunities in the “digital twin” space, proptech and expanded blockchain tokenization inside industries. Investors in Central and Eastern Europe are generally looking for the same things as VCs based elsewhere: startups that have a un...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gaming, Europe, Space, Enterprise, Finance, Berlin, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Poland, Warsaw, Eastern Europe, Sar, OTB, Experior


Brand Moves for Tuesday September 15

In early March we began reporting daily on how brands were dealing with Covid-19. But it’s become clear that the current climate is one of near-perpetual disruption, so we decided to keep on telling the stories of inspiring brand leadership and strategy amid the latest crises in an anxious world. Our goal is to provide an up-to-the-minute source of information, inspiration and insight on brand moves as they happen. This year, at some of America’s biggest malls and outlet centers, the Thanksgivi...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Europe, London, Instagram, Nbc, Mexico, France, New York City, Advertising, America, United States, David Beckham, Santa Claus, Kpmg, Airlines


A Chelsea Concerto ~ Frances Flaviell

Knock me down with a feather, how on earth have I ended up here? Who knew I would even walk past the wartime shelf, let alone want to read about London in the Blitz of 1940. But one of you (thank you) mentioned Furrowed Middlebrow in comments, and in my quest in recent years to try and keep up with current fiction I had completely forgotten about them and their imprint Dean Street Press. In the blogendipitous way that often happens, I then had an email from them with news of the publication of ...
Tags: Europe, Books, England, London, Britain, Chelsea, 2020, South London, Red Cross, Churchill, Anderson, Warsaw, Penelope Fitzgerald, Elizabeth, Sunday School, George


Snowflake, Unity, JFrog move towards IPOs despite public market turmoil

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. Warren Buffet is eager to invest in a money-burning SaaS unicorn that is about to IPO. Despite recent tech stock declines and growing fears of US election turbulence, this is one reason that Snowflake is on track to be one of the biggest offerings of the year. And it is not the only company defying the pandemic and newer problems in order to get out o...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, TC, Adobe, China, Ipo, US, Tech, Vienna, Poland, Belarus, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Silicon Valley, Houston


10 Poland-based investors discuss trends, opportunities and the road ahead

Poland is becoming an important European tech ecosystem after experiencing record levels of investment and growth in recent years. It’s the largest economy in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), is known for its technical talent and has now nurtured a number of large startups that have raised multiple rounds of funding. In 2019, investment in Poland’s startups — with Warsaw being the biggest startup hub in the country — grew eight times year-on-year to reach €294 million. This was more than the co...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Netflix, Poland, Romania, Estonia, Khosla Ventures, Warsaw, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Gdansk, Witcher, Dealroom, Experior, Nomagic


Extra Crunch Friday roundup: Edtech funding surges, Poland VC survey, inside Shift’s SPAC plan, more

I live in San Francisco, but I work an East Coast schedule to get a jump on the news day. So I’d already been at my desk for a couple of hours on Wednesday morning when I looked up and saw this: What color is the sky this morning pic.twitter.com/nt5dZp5wWc — Walter Thompson (@YourProtagonist) September 9, 2020 As unsettling as it was to see the natural environment so transformed, I still got my work done. This is not to boast: I have a desk job and a working air filter. (People who make...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Europe, Education, San Francisco, Tech, Policy, SaaS, Venture Capital, Poland, Delhi, East Coast, Edtech, Palantir, Warsaw


As Trump Pressured Ukraine, Rick Perry Cut Deals For Friends That Could Be Worth Billions

This story first appeared at ProPublica, Time and WNYC. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Rick Perry came to Washington looking for a deal, and less than two months into his tenure as energy secretary, he found a hot prospect. It was April 19, 2017, and Perry, the former Texas governor, failed presidential candidate and contestant on “Dancing With the Stars,” was sitting in his off...
Tags: Google, Europe, New York, Texas, News, Obama, Congress, Colorado, Washington, Senate, White House, Russia, Israel, Barack Obama, Eu, European Union


Why Poland is backing opposition in Belarus

Warsaw is pushing the EU to take action against Belarus after it cracked down on the opposition.
Tags: News, Eu, Poland, Belarus, Warsaw


Cosmose, a platform that analyzes foot traffic in physical stores, gets $15 million Series A

Cosmose, a platform that tracks foot traffic in brick-and-mortar stores to help companies predict customer behavior, announced today it has raised a $15 million Series A. The round was by Tiga Investments, with participation from returning investors OTB Ventures and TDJ Pitango, who co-led Cosmose’s seed round last year. The company said its valuation is now more than $100 million. The Series A will be used for product development and geographic expansion, starting with Southeast Asian markets t...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, Japan, China, Tech, Middle East, Poland, Lvmh, Warsaw, Adtech, Targeted Advertising, Brick-and-mortar


New Horizons’ Polish Days Puts Spotlight on Rising Eastern European Industry

Just when it felt like spirits might be flagging during this summer’s virtual edition of Polish Days—the industry program of the New Horizons Intl. Film Festival—the organizers turned to the unlikeliest of heroes: Wirginia Szmyt, better known by her stage name D.J. Wika, an 82-year-old icon of the Warsaw music scene, and the subject of […]
Tags: Global, Spotlight, Markets & Festivals, New Horizons, Warsaw, Corpus Christi, Polish Days Goes to Cannes, J Wika


Startups Weekly: With Asana, JFrog, Palantir, Snowflake, Sumo and Unity, we’re in peak season for tech IPOs

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. Pandemic numbers are looking better, it’s still a couple months before U.S. elections and a growing line of tech companies have already ventured out into public markets successfully this summer. Hard to imagine conditions beating the present any time soon, whether you’re traditionally banked, going with a direct listing or getting inside a SPAC vehicl...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Asia, Europe, Boston, Tech, Walmart, Chicago, West, Paris, Conan, SEC, Silicon Valley, EC


Poland calls Lukashenko's words unacceptable as relations become tense

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko's comments that Warsaw may be plotting to seize part of the country if its political crisis worsened are unacceptable, Krzysztof Szczerski, an aide to Poland's president, said on Friday. Relations between Warsaw and Minsk have become tense in recent days following Lukashenko's suggestions quoted by state news agency Belta that Poland planned to take over the Grodno region bordering Poland and Lithuania if Belarus falls apart.
Tags: News, Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Warsaw, Minsk, Alexander Lukashenko, Lukashenko, BelTA, Krzysztof Szczerski, Grodno


Calling Warsaw VCs: Be featured in The Great TechCrunch Survey of European VC

TechCrunch is embarking on a major new project to survey the venture capital investors of Europe. Our survey of VCs in Warsaw will capture how the city is faring, and what changes are being wrought amongst investors by the coronavirus pandemic. We’d like to know how the Warsaw startup scene is evolving, how the tech sector is being impacted by COVID-19 and, generally, how your thinking will evolve from here. Our survey will only be about investors, and only the contributions of VC investors wi...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, London, Money, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Eu, European Union, Economy, Paris, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Warsaw, Startup Company, Corporate Finance


Stressed elephants at Warsaw zoo to be given medical marijuana

Three African elephants to get liquid doses of the cannabinoid CBD through their trunks. Early trials suggest they like itThe Warsaw zoo has said it will start giving its elephants medical marijuana as part of a ground-breaking pilot project to test how it reduces their stress levels.Medical cannabis has been used worldwide to treat dogs and horses but “this is probably the first initiative of its kind for elephants,” Agnieszka Czujkowska, the veterinarian in charge of the project, said. Continu...
Tags: Europe, Science, Drugs, Animals, World news, Poland, Warsaw, Agnieszka Czujkowska


New to Stream: The Criterion Channel’s September 2020 Lineup

New to Stream: The Criterion Channel’s September 2020 lineup The Criterion Channel, a streaming service from the niche home video distributor for film aficionados, has unveiled its lineup of programming for the month of September, which will include Richard Linklater’s groundbreaking drama Boyhood, along with a large roster of contemporary and classic films and double features! RELATED: New to Stream: Arrow Video Channel’s September 2020 Lineup PB = PB || {}; ...
Tags: Movies, Movie News, Streaming, The Criterion Channel


New Europe Takes World on Latest from ‘Loving Vincent’ Animation Studio (EXCLUSIVE)

Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based New Europe Film Sales has acquired world sales rights for “The Peasants,” the latest feature from BreakThru Films, the animation studio behind Oscar nominee “Loving Vincent.” Variety has been given exclusive access to the film’s international teaser. Principal photography has begun on a film based on the novel from Nobel Prize-winning Polish […]
Tags: News, Global, Warsaw, New Europe Film Sales, Jan Naszewski, Loving Vincent, New Europe Takes World


Truly amazing wildlife in Poland

Wildlife (dzika przyroda) is something that adds to the beauty of nature. Each place has its own wildlife which is sometimes unique to that place. There are many national parks that can make you a witness to the wildlife in Poland and here are many rock formations hidden in the forests. So, when you plan to visit this land anytime soon, what are animals that you can spot in this region? I think that European Bison (żubr) should be on the list! European Bison is a symbol of Polish pride all aro...
Tags: Amazon, Animals, Environment, Nature, Unesco, Linguistics, Poland, Warsaw, Poland Poland, European Bison, Pixabay Another, Pixabay Here, Gerhard G, Roe Deer Sarna, Fox Lis, Michael Schwarzenberger


European club promoters created a virtual nightclub to simulate Berlin's party scene — and turned away 40,000 people in its first night

As nightlife reduces to a simmer across the globe, a group of European club promoters, creatives, and technologists have banded together to create a virtual experience: "Club Quarantäne." The virtual nightclub boasts a 360-degree video dance floor and sets from DJs and artists across Europe.  Since its inception, the club has hosted three parties and about 700,000 visitors. And like the exclusive Berlin club scene it's based on, 40,000 people were turned away on its first night. In a time when...
Tags: Europe, Berlin, San Francisco, Trends, Detroit, Tomorrowland, Mediterranean, Warsaw, Travis Scott, Gretchen, Schenk, Redwood Shores California, Bay Area She, Carlo Luis Ruben Schenk, Danya Adib, Tresor Sage Club


Pompeo signs deal to redeploy troops from Germany to Poland

The agreement, signed in Warsaw, will see some US troops redeployed from Germany to Poland.
Tags: News, Germany, US, Poland, Warsaw, Pompeo


U.S. discussing Belarus with EU, says Pompeo

The United States is discussing the situation in Belarus with the European Union after last weekend's disputed election and subsequent crackdown on protesters, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday. Speaking in Warsaw, his last stop on a tour of central Europe, Pompeo said Washington was tracking the situation in Belarus and the aim of the contacts with the EU was to "try to help as best we can the Belarusian people achieve sovereignty and freedom".
Tags: News, Washington, Eu, European Union, United States, Belarus, Warsaw, State, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


Zalando: Clothes Reborn with Pride

Zalando, Europe’s leading online platform for fashion joined forces with the Polish brand MISBHV and the NGO Campaign Against Homophobia to create clothes with a socially important message. They were made from destroyed clothes that LGBTQIA+ people wore during the attacks. The aim of the campaign "Clothes reborn with pride" is to share real stories that prove the scale of homophobia in Poland and to support the Campaign Against Homophobia by sponsoring their legal and psychol...
Tags: Advertising, Poland, Parliament, Warsaw, Andrzej Duda, Zalando, LGBTQIA, Campaign Against Homophobia, Zalando Europe, NGO Campaign Against Homophobia, Campaign Against Homophobia They, Jakub Lendzion


New Leaf Vote for September • Over the Hills and Far Away: Journeys

It's time to select the book that the New Leaf Book Club will read and discuss in September, 2020. The theme is Over the Hills and Far Away: Journeys We love new participants. We're happy for you to vote, but in the interest of a vibrant conversation, we'd like to request that you please not vote unless you plan to join the discussion whatever the selection. :) So if you haven't posted in a book club thread yet, do please say a quick hello here or in the Welcome thread. This ...
Tags: Books, England, London, Australia, Washington Post, Wikipedia, Germany, India, America, Georgia, Britain, United States, Maine, New York Times, Iowa, Poland


In Poland, the Rainbow Flag Is Wrapped Up in a Broader Culture War

Three activists were arrested and charged after hanging banners on Warsaw monuments, while opposition lawmakers wore multicolor clothing and masks in a protest in Parliament.
Tags: News, European Union, Poland, Discrimination, Demonstrations, Warsaw, Duda, Mateusz, Protests and Riots, Homosexuality and Bisexuality, Warsaw (Poland, Law and Justice (Poland, Andrzej (1972-, Morawiecki


Modern Love: A Contemporary House Updated with Antiques

Having written multiple stories on Colombe Design projects, I’m by now quite familiar with founder Marta Chrapka’s talent for creating new Old World homes that are elegant, luxurious, and traditional-with-a-twist. So I was surprised to learn that this lean, modern house (no graceful moldings or grand foyers in sight) in Podkowa Lesna, a suburb of Warsaw, is also her handiwork. Upon closer inspection, though, I spied her signature touches—dramatic doors, impactful deployment of color, sculptural ...
Tags: Books, Pantry, Poland, Warsaw, Modern, Tiles, Modernist, MartA, Architecture & Interiors, Kitchen Design, Michael Anastassiades, Glas Italia, Kitchen & Bath Tile, Stairways, Red Earth, Marta Chrapka


Financial Institutions: 2Q Earnings Snapshot

WARSAW, N.Y. (AP) _ Financial Institutions Inc. (FISI) on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $10.8 million.The Warsaw, New York-based bank said it had earnings of 67 cents per share.The holding company for Five Star Bank posted revenue of $49.6 million in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $44 million, which topped Street forecasts.Financial Institutions shares have declined 55% since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $1...
Tags: Business, News, Ap, Warsaw, Financial Institutions, Five Star Bank, FISI, Zacks Investment Research Access, Financial Institutions Inc FISI, Warsaw New York