5. Serial founder Parker Conrad, whose most recent company is the cloud-based HR firm Rippling, says pitch decks are out and pitch memos are in when it comes to raising venture funds. — BUSINESS INSIDER
6. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin haven't attended any of the company's weekly Friday meetings this year, marking the longest lapse in participation in the company's history. — BUZZFEED NEWS
7. Kansas City entrepreneur Matt DeCoursey says he and his partner founded their “Startup Hustle” podcast partially as therapy to complain about the challenges of founding a startup. — STARTLAND NEWS
8. Philadelphia's StartupPHL has a new grant program for founders from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds; The Venture Program is geared at, among other goals, creating economic development outside of the traditional business district and "disrupting generational poverty." — TECHNICAL.LY PHILADELPHIA
9. Nicolas Bartoli and Ron Radu began their careers as software designers before pivoting out of tech to become founders of houseplant startup Léon & George; their advice for pivoting industries includes being ready to make mistakes. — FORBES
10. Follow Friday: @ayahbdeir. An engineer, artist and leader in the open hardware movement, Ayah Bdeir founded littleBits in 2011; the company makes electronic building kits with which children can learn to code and solve complex problems, and partners with Disney, Pearson and thousands of schools. Bdeir is a strong proponent of #womenintech and #girlswhocode, and her Twitter, Medium and Instagram accounts are great resources to keep current with the issues in those areas. Be sure to also check out her TED Talk: "Building blocks that blink, beep and teach."