Microsoft rethinks corporate intranet – TechCrunch

Microsoft seeks to improve corporate intranets, Google will offer new smartphone health measurements and is going public through 23andMe SPAC. This is your daily crunch for February 4, 2021.

Big story: Microsoft rethinks corporate intranet

Microsoft has launched a new “employee experience platform” Designed to reinforce the corporate intranet sites that large companies use to share content with their employees.

What is this new platform, called Viva, any different? Well, it integrates with Microsoft’s other collaboration tools, such as SharePoint and Yammer, with LinkedIn Learning and other training services, and includes team analytics.

In a pre-recorded video, CEO Satya Nadella stated that Microsoft is launching this, as we have participated in the world’s largest remote work experiment and this has had a dramatic impact on the employee experience. As the world recovers, no one retreats. Flexibility in when, where and how they work will be important. “

Tech giants

Venmo to achieve crypto, budget, savings and honey integration this year – Venmo mobile payment app is going to look very different in 2021 as it is close to inch noobank area.

Google provides heart and respiratory rate measurements using just your smartphone’s camera – Google is introducing features that will allow users to take important health measurements using only the camera on their smartphone.

HubSpot acquires media startup The Hustle – HubSpot says that content is an important part of its business, with customers finding their products through things like YouTube videos and HubSpot Academy.

Startup, Funding and Venture Capital

23andMe is set to go public through a Virgin Group SPAC merger – The transaction is expected to be available in 23andMe for approximately $ 984 million in cash.

Excel has tried Mexican startup Flink to bring consumer investment to Latin America – Since launching its first brokerage product in July of 2020, Flink has surpassed 1 million users and 800,000 active brokerage accounts.

Tovala, smart oven and meal kit service, heats up with $ 30M more in funding – This is the second round of funding for startups in the space of six months.

Additional crisis advice and analysis

Four strategies for deep tech founders that are fundraising – Step One: Use storytelling to highlight your big vision.

Why a Databricks investor thinks the company cannot be evaluated – The recent Databrix funding round, a $ 1 billion investment at a valuation of $ 28 billion, was one of the most notable private investments ever made.

Extra Crunch is now hiring for the positions of reporter, editor and project manager – Extra Crunch is going to be two years old and now we have a lot of demanding subscribers. (We love them, of course.)

(Extra Crunch is our membership program, which helps founders and startup teams move forward. You can sign up here.)

everything else

An increasing number of startups are creating APIs to assess and offset corporate carbon emissions – It was only a matter of time before the application programming interface for carbon credits offset arrived.

Cloud infrastructure market hit $ 129B in 2020 – According to data from Synergy Research Group, this is up from about $ 97 billion in 2019.

China’s national blockchain network embraces global developers – Last year, an ambitious, government-backed blockchain infrastructure network launched in China.

Daily Crunch is the roundup of TechCrunch among our biggest and important stories. If you want to have it delivered to your inbox every day at 3 pm in the Pacific, you can Subscribe here.