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The most learn story this week, sadly, was one among layoffs – particularly, layoffs at Coinbase. The crypto trade introduced on Tuesday that it will be shedding 18% of its workforce, with CEO Brian Armstrong saying the corporate “grew too quick” within the final yr and a half.
Kaiser breached: Oof. One worker e-mail account hacked, almost 70,000 affected person data doubtlessly uncovered. In a discover despatched to impacted sufferers, Kaiser says the “doubtlessly uncovered” knowledge included names, service dates and lab check outcomes.
Extra layoffs: Coinbase wasn’t the one firm to reveal layoffs this week. Actual property tech firms Redfin and Compass each confirmed cuts of round 450 workers every, whereas Canadian fintech Wealthsimple laid off almost 160.
Spotify buys a voice-simulation firm: In 2014, Val Kilmer underwent a tracheotomy as a part of his therapy for throat most cancers. For his function within the not too long ago launched “High Gun: Maverick,” London-based startup Sonantic was requested to re-create Kilmer’s voice with AI. This week, Spotify introduced that it’s buying Sonantic. Why? They are not getting too particular, but it surely’s not too onerous to think about methods Spotify may put realistic-yet-simulated voices to make use of – suppose indie audiobooks or auto-generated podcast commercials.
Elon sued over Dogecoin: Is it Elon’s fault that Dogecoin – a cryptocurrency that began as a joke – massively spiked in worth after which imploded? A category motion lawsuit filed in Manhattan this week claims Musk “used his pedestal as World’s Richest man to function and manipulate the Dogecoin Pyramid Scheme for revenue, publicity and amusement” and seeks damages of $ 258 billion.
The SpaceX letter: On Wednesday of this week, workers at SpaceX revealed an “open letter” to the corporate’s inside chat system that mentioned “Elon’s conduct within the public sphere is a frequent supply of distraction and embarrassment” and requested SpaceX to “swiftly and explicitly separate itself from Elon’s private model. ” By Friday morning, a minimum of one of many workers concerned within the letter had been terminatedwith SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell calling it “overreaching activism.”
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This week Lucas and Anita talked to the inimitable Aaron Levie (CEO of Field) about his ideas on web3 – particularly, why it will not work. Test it out on Chain Response.
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Which visa is greatest for bootstrapping a startup?: Immigration lawyer Sophie Alcorn is again with one other version of the “Pricey Sophie” recommendation column, this time serving to a German founder work out the appropriate approach to navigate bootstrapping a startup within the US
Brex exits the SMB market. What subsequent?: This week Brex introduced that it is largely stepping out of the small- to medium-sized enterprise market, with plans to chop companies for its smaller clients come August 15. Alex and Mary Ann check out what this might imply for the market – and Brex’s opponents.
What is the catalyst behind the crypto crash?: Cryptocurrency costs continued to slip this week. Why? On this week’s version of The Change, Alex offers an summary of among the greatest “points which are at the moment tripping up the web3 market.”