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Hello Crunchers! The heavy freight train of tech news keeps rolling on the tracks (and sometimes off them).
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- more layoffs: Sequoia-backed GoMechanic is latest to make sweeping layoffs after funding failed to materialize on time. manish reports. The India-based auto services company is cutting 70% of its workforce. But wait, there’s more: GoMechanic’s founders misrepresented financials to investors and GoMechanic co-founder Amit Bhasin said the startup made “serious errors in judgment as we followed growth at all costs, particularly with regard to financial reporting.” which we deeply regret.”
- Can your robot do this?: In the latest Atlas video from Boston Dynamics, we see your robot running, jumping, and now grabbing and throwing things with the use of its hands. Mate share more.
- If you’ve never seen a car that looks like its name, now you have it.: Roman He has his sights set on Kate, a new French car manufacturer that develops tiny cars for your everyday use, from driving to work to driving on the beach. They remind us of a really fast golf cart only cuter.
Startups and VCs
At a press conference on Wednesday, the United States Department of Justice announced that it has arrested Anatoly Legkodymov, founder of cryptocurrency exchange Bitzlatofor allegedly processing more than $700 million in illicit funds, amanda reports. “Overnight, the Department worked with key partners here and abroad to disrupt Bitzlato, the China-based money laundering engine that fueled a high-tech cryptocrime hub, and to arrest its founder, Russian citizen Anatoly Legkodymov,” said Deputy Prosecutor General. Lisa O. Monaco.
There’s a lot more going on in the world of startups today:
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I am a co-founder of a very early stage startup. My co-founder and I are considering bringing in a third co-founder, who was recently laid off. He is currently in the United States on an H-1B with a grace period that will expire soon.
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The layoffs keep coming at Tech World. the latest is Microsoft, which announced 10,000 job cutsreports Pablo. The company already made a few layoffs last year, but this last one represents a sizeable part of its workforce: 5%. CEO Satya Nadella echoed other tech companies that have made layoffs recently by saying the company accelerated its growth as customers grew, but when that slowed, Microsoft had to follow suit.
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