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- #SpotifyWrapped: If you were like most of us TechCrunchers today, you’d be finding out what Spotify had to say about your listening trends throughout the year. Sarah writes that in addition to the list of his most streamed songs, Spotify Wrapped 2022 tried to guess his mood: Christine is “The Maverick” and Haje is “The Time Traveler”, in case you wanted to know.
- more layoffs: Food delivery companies continue to struggle. DoorDash is the latest to announce that it will lay off 1,250 employees in an effort to reduce operating expenses. Aisha reports.
- Turns out you can have nice things: We enjoy maria annaThe story well done of ResortPass, a company that gives people the chance to lounge poolside at a five-star resort without having to stay there. The company’s recent $26 million cash injection includes celebrity endorsers and, most likely, five-star pool loungers Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Startups and VCs
Today, crypto exchange Kraken announced that it is lay off 1,100 employees. The announcement came from a company blog post, Alex reports. The news that Kraken is cutting staff, and therefore costs, comes as no surprise, given a generally bleak macroeconomic climate and even worse climates in cryptocurrency land. Speaking of crypto earth, Sarah reports that Jack Dorsey’s Bitcoin project TBD cancels its plan to register “Web5”. Meanwhile, the creator of Magic: The Gathering spoke with Devin on why did he put a paper game on the blockchain.
Apart from the world of cryptocurrencies, it was a good day for new funds: christina reports that New Fare Partners is the latest female-led VC to close the first fundY Katherine has a story today about Iterative launches its second fund targeting startups based in Southeast Asia.
“Native Americans are the most impoverished group in the US, a remnant of systematic, intergenerational disenfranchisement. As a result, they are also bearing the brunt of inflation right now,” says Danielle Forward, CEO and co-founder of Natives Rising in an interview with Miguel. She is working to change that situation. “While the tech industry is slowing down on hiring, tech jobs remain one of the most in-demand and economically empowering job opportunities of the future, especially for those who want to work remotely.”
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Dear Sophie, How should I prepare for my visa interview?
Our startup has just been accepted into the winter batch of a top accelerator!
My co-founder with an H-1B just got fired from Big Tech, but that’s okay because his immigration attorney is filing a change of status to B-1 within the 60-day grace period. However, I am nervous because I am outside of the US and do not yet have a B-1/B-2 visitor visa.
How can I pass the visa interview? What kind of questions will they ask me? How should I prepare?
— Tenacious in Tobago
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In the new life of Airbnb, you are playing the role of a real estate agent. The vacation home rental giant is now helping renters find an apartment to rent on Airbnb, Ivan Write Something interesting when you consider that Airbnb and its hosts have gotten in trouble in the past for listing properties without the permission of the owners and, in some cases, the city government.
Speaking of things you can do in cities, Brian reports that “San Francisco police can now use robots to kill.” The city’s board of supervisors approved the proposal that will allow the robots to be used only “in extreme circumstances to save or prevent further loss of innocent life,” he writes.
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