Google Employees take another step in their activism, Venmo adds a check-cashing feature and Slack has some issues. This is your daily crunch for January 4, 2021.
Big story: hundreds more Google Alphabet Employees form a union
More than 200 employees at Google and its parent company Alphabet have announced that they have Formed the Alphabet Workers Union.
Apparently, this is only a small fraction of the alphabet’s workforce of more than 130,000 employees. but According to the New York TimesThe group is a “minority union” designed to give more structure to employee activism, rather negotiating for a contract. And it will also be open to contractors.
“This is historic – the first union for all technical staff in a major tech company”, said Dylan Baker, a Google software engineer in a statement. “We will elect representatives, we will decide democratically, we will pay dues, and we will employ skilled organizers to ensure all workers at Google can work with us if they really Want to see your company reflect their values. “
It’s not just you, Slack is struggling this morning – In short, when the downtime began is not clear, although problems among TechCrunch employees began a little later than 10 am Eastern.
Venmo adds check-cashing facility, waives fees for incentive checks – This feature can be used to print cash, payroll and US government checks, including new incentive checks.
Samsung’s next unpacked event is January 14 – This is a “Welcome to Everyday Epic”.
Startup, Funding and Venture Capital
Color finances $ 167M at a $ 1.5B valuation to expand the ‘last mile’ of the US healthcare framework – Color’s 2020 was a record year for the company.
Lidar startup Aeva raises $ 200M ahead of its launch as a public company – AEeva is one of a handful of LIDAR companies to avoid the traditional IPO path and go public through SPAC mergers.
India’s CRED raises $ 81M, buys back $ 1.2M of shares from employees – CRED has grown its customer base to around 5.9 million in the last year, or about 20% of the credit card holder base in India.
Additional crisis advice and analysis
How will artificial intelligence be used in 2021 – Alexandra Wang, CEO of Scale AI, estimates the largest emerging use cases.
2020 was a record year for Israel’s security startup ecosystem – A look at notable funding trends, trips and exits.
Five questions about the 2021 startup market – Each question is related to the 2020 changes which are expected to be continuous.
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Astronaut Anne McClain on designing and piloting next generation spacecraft – McClain is one of the astronauts who will take part in the Artemis mission.
Mixtape Podcast: Behind the Scenes of Diversity Theater – Most TechCrunch readers have probably heard of Variety’s report, but you may not know what’s going on behind the scenes.
Original Content Podcast: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ may be a beautiful mess, or maybe just a mess – and yet one of my co-hosts really liked the sequel to the original.
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