TechCrunch

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Facebook names VP of product growth Alex Schultz as new CMO

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To fill its empty CMO position, Facebook just promoted to the C-suite a longtime Facebook executive focused on product growth. Former VP of product growth and analytics Alex Schultz, who has been with the company since 2007, announced the move Tuesday in a Facebook post. Schultz will fill the position left open by Antonio Lucio, […]

Swarm prices out its orbital IoT network’s hardware and services

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Swarm’s new network of satellites is intended to provide low-bandwidth, low-power connectivity to “Internet of Things” devices all over the world, and the company just announced how much its technology will actually cost. A $119 board will be sold to be integrated with new products, so while your home security camera won’t get it, it […]

Palantir’s reference price values it at roughly $16 billion

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Palantir is preparing for its public debut tomorrow morning on the NYSE after 17 years, and now we are getting some data on how the company’s shares are being valued by investors. NYSE announced that the the company, which will be traded under the ticker PLTR, will have a reference price of $7.25 per share. […]

Daily Crunch: Amazon lets you pay with your palm

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Amazon unveils a new biometric ID technology, the Biden campaign takes aim at Facebook and iRobot’s co-founder joins a robotic gardening startup. This is your Daily Crunch for September 29, 2020. The big story: Amazon lets you pay with your palm The company announced a new biometric device for Amazon Go stores. Called Amazon One, […]

Spin workers just ratified their first union contract

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A group of 40 workers at Ford-owned Spin just successfully ratified their first union contract. This comes after this group of shift leads, maintenance specialists, operations specialists, community ambassadors, and scooter deployers and collectors joined Teamsters Local 665 toward the end of last year. “This new contract gives us job security and immediate money up […]

Amazon launches a virtual tours and experience platform, Amazon Explore

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Amazon today is launching a new service called Amazon Explore that allows customers to book live, virtual experiences led by local experts. The experiences may be focused on creativity, learning DIY skills, taking virtual tours of far-off places or cultural landmarks, or, in some cases, shopping local boutiques from around the world. For example, you […]

Ford drops the price of its all-electric Mustang Mach-E to stay “fully competitive”

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Ford has slashed the price of its upcoming all-electric Mustang Mach-E crossover by as much as $3,000 as the automaker seeks to stay competitive in an increasingly crowded and unsettled sector of the automotive market. The price reductions, which were shared with dealerships and then posted Tuesday on the MachE Club owners forum, will be […]

Serious injuries at Amazon fulfillment centers topped 14,000, despite the company’s safety claims

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As Amazon‘s biggest shopping day of the year approaches, a new report reveals that the company’s investments in automation and safety have not stemmed surging numbers of serious injuries in the company’s warehouses and fulfillment centers. Even as Amazon spends tens of millions on new robotics and technologies to automate its warehouses, workers are still […]

Duolingo CEO explains language app’s surge in bookings

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Language learning apps, like many educational technology platforms, soared when millions of students went home in response to safety concerns from the coronavirus pandemic. It makes sense: Everyone became an online learner in some capacity, and for non-frontline workers, each day became an opportunity to squeeze in a new skill (beyond sourdough). So why not […]

How Twilio built its own conference platform

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Twilio’s annual customer conference was supposed to happen in May, but like everyone else who had live events scheduled for this year, it ran smack-dab into COVID-19 and was forced to cancel. That left the company wondering how to reimagine the event online. It began an RFP process to find a vendor to help, but […]

With a Warby Parker playbook, SISU raises funding from Greycroft to face-off against cosmetic clinics

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With so many people getting ‘botox’ and ‘filler’ treatments to their faces these days (or are they, during the pandemic?), it’s probably no wonder that Venture Capital has decided to look at the space. In the same way that the small and scattered market of spectacle/optometrist shops were disrupted by startups like Warby Parker, so […]

Starlink puts towns devastated by wildfires online for disaster relief workers

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SpaceX’s Starlink has showed its utility in connecting far-flung locations to the internet quickly and relatively simply in Washington, where like much of the west coast wildfires have caused enormous damage to rural areas. A couple small towns in the state have received Starlink connections to help locals and emergency workers. The town of Malden […]

9 VCs in Madrid and Barcelona discuss the COVID-19 era and look to the future

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Spain’s startup ecosystem has two main hubs: Madrid and Barcelona. Most observers place Barcelona first and Madrid second, but the gap appears to close every year. Barcelona has benefitted from attracting expats in search of sun, beach and lifestyle who tend to produce more internationally minded startups. Madrid’s startups have predominantly been Spain or Latin […]

Collective, a back office platform that caters to ‘businesses of one,’ just landed a hefty seed round

19:57
Americans and other global citizens are increasingly self-employed, thanks to great software, the need for flexibility, and because skilled services especially can pay fairly well, among other reasons. In fact, exactly one year ago, the Freelancers Union and Upwork, a digital platform for freelancers, released a report estimating that 35% of the U.S. workforce had […]

Shipt shoppers are organizing a walkout in protest of new pay model

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Shipt shoppers are organizing a handful of actions in protest of Shipt’s new pay structure that began rolling out this month. The first action is happening from Saturday, Oct. 17 through Oct. 19, when workers are calling on their fellow Shipt shoppers to walk out and boycott the company. Organizers are asking for shoppers not […]
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