I’m teeeechnically speculated to be on trip in the present day, however I figured it was most likely not cool to throw the e-newsletter to another person ONE WEEK after taking on, so I popped again in for this one. I usually have superb work/life steadiness, I promise! Certain, I’ve way-too-many coworkers’ numbers set to routinely bypass my cellphone’s “Do Not Disturb” toggle and, yeah, generally I get up in the midst of the night time to a phantom Slack ding that didn’t really ding, however… hm. Maybe I take again that promise.
the large factor
If there’s a “huge factor” this week, it’s sadly not one which’s enjoyable to write down about in any respect: Workers within the startup world are getting hit arduous with layoffs proper now, seemingly with a brand new set of cuts each different day.
First was Robinhood, asserting it would layoff 9% of its full-time employees.
Then Netflix, slicing (however not shutting down!) much of its newly formed in-house publication, Tudum.
Why now? The brief model: A number of these corporations noticed huge optimistic shifts of their consumer base (by way of dimension, utilization or each) with the pandemic and adjusted accordingly. Now that we’re arguably on the opposite aspect of the pandemic (or as shut as we’ll get to some “different aspect”) and issues are shifting in one other path…
Natasha Mascarenhas and Amanda Silberling have a deeper dive on the layoffs of late, and a few of the reasoning behind every. Check that out here.
What else occurred this week? Right here’s a few of the stuff folks had been studying most on the positioning:
The “father of the iPod” shows off his prototype collection: Tony Fadell, the person behind such iconic gadgets because the iPod, iPhone, and Nest Thermostat, is writing a ebook on constructing issues — and as a part of the method, he dusted off his assortment of as soon as oh-so-secret prototypes and idea artwork. He shared some nice ones with us, together with a fully bizarro iPod Mini/cellphone hybrid with a swiveling head.
Rocket Lab catches a rocket booster… with a helicopter: With more room rocket components changing into reusable, corporations are nonetheless figuring out the very best/most secure/most effective approach to really… you recognize, get these components again. This previous weekend Rocket Lab got down to use a HELICOPTER to catch a reusable booster because it fell from the sky… and succeeded! At the very least, at first. I received’t even fly most online game helicopters as a result of they’re at all times too dang arduous, so this complete factor breaks my mind.
Apple, Google, and Microsoft team up to kill passwords: It’s not day-after-day you see Apple, Google and Microsoft working collectively on one thing… however this week the trio introduced that they’re teaming as much as deal with a beast that causes all of all of them types of hassle: passwords. If all goes to plan, over the following 12 months they’ll implement a passwordless normal that permits you to use your smartphone’s fingerprint reader or face scanner to signal into issues throughout macOS/Safari, Android/Chrome, and Home windows/Edge.
Instagram is testing a full-screen experience: Why? It’s fairly damned arduous to reply that with out utilizing the phrase “TikTok.”
Google is trying to get better about removing personal information: Ever been poking round Google and located your private home deal with or cellphone quantity on a sketchy web site that refuses to take away it? Google is — after many, a few years of complaints — rolling out a course of for getting these search outcomes zapped. Zack has a step-by-step for submit a request… however as for a way lengthy it’d take to really undergo? TBD.
We’ve a paywalled part of our web site known as TechCrunch+. It prices a couple of dollars a month and it’s filled with superb stuff! From this week, for instance:
UiPath’s plunging valuation: UiPath’s valuation has completely plummeted over the previous 12 months. Why? Ron and Alex have some ideas.
6 problems investors look for: You’ve constructed one thing cool and it appears to be discovering an viewers, and now you’re prepared to lift some cash… or are you? Invoice Petty of the funding agency Tercera outlines six issues that each investor goes to search for within the due diligence course of.
The common mistakes founders make with financial projections: Monetary projections don’t exist simply to make potential buyers completely happy. On this submit, Jose Cayasso, co-founder of founder prep platform Slidebean, breaks down a few of the most typical errors he sees among the many founders they work with.