• Claim secures $4 million in seed funding to revolutionize consumer rewards through social interaction and shopping.
  • Micromobility.com faces Nasdaq delisting amid compliance issues, reflecting broader challenges in the shared micromobility industry.
  • Elon Musk's Twitter verification policy change eliminates legacy blue check marks, highlighting evolving dynamics in social media.

From the AI-generated Balenciaga Pope to Kissinger's death memes, 2023 was a year marked by viral internet moments that captivated online audiences. Memes ranged from the absurdity of Trump's mugshot merchandise to the unexpected influencer fame of expelled congressman George Santos.

Claim's $4M Seed Funding: Merging shopping, rewards, and social interaction

Startup Claim secured $4 million in a seed funding round led by Sequoia Capital. Claim merges shopping, rewards, and social networking, allowing users to earn cash back, exchange rewards, and redeem them with friends.

The platform aims to transform consumer rewards into a multiplayer game while giving marketers a unique way to reach new customers through shared tips.

Kosmik's $3.7M Seed Round: Knowledge-capturing tool with infinite canvas

Kosmik, a knowledge-capturing tool, raised $3.7 million in a seed round led by Creandum. The platform offers an infinite canvas interface, allowing users to capture and share information without switching between apps.

Micromobility.com delisted from Nasdaq: Challenges in compliance

Micromobility.com faced delisting from Nasdaq due to noncompliance with listing rules. Micromobility.com plans to move its common stock to over-the-counter markets, emphasizing that its transition will not affect business operations amid challenges in the shared micromobility industry.

Amo's trio of social apps: ID, capture, and location

Amo, the Paris-based startup, unveiled its third app, "Location," a location-sharing app reminiscent of Zenly. With interconnected social apps like ID and Capture, Amo aims to create a unified user experience. 

Twitter's blue check evolution: Elon Musk's legacy verification change

Elon Musk's policy change on Twitter eliminated legacy blue check marks, signaling a shift from denoting notable figures to indicating users who subscribed to Twitter's paid service.

Twitter's verification system, once a symbol of notability, transformed into a paid feature, prompting diverse reactions and symbolizing the evolving dynamics of social media.

Baby Gronk, Ukulele Apology, and more: The quirky world of 2023 memes

Recapping the quirkiness of 2023 memes, from Baby Gronk's mysterious rise to internet fame to Colleen Ballinger's ukulele apology amidst controversy. The internet witnessed memorable moments, including the ocean expedition gone awry and MrBeast's decision to decline an invitation to explore the Titanic's ruins in a submersible.

These memes provided a humorous lens through which the online community processed and engaged with various events throughout the year.

Edited by Shruti Thapa