That includes Glendale, California-based ServiceTitan, which operates a software platform that home services contractors use to market, book, manage and collect payment for work, with a focus on specialties like HVAC, plumbing and electrical.
The company looks poised to be a formidable IPO candidate, particularly given the persistent strength of the home services sector. In the U. The San Francisco-headquartered company also this year acquired another major player in the home care space, senior services provider Home Instead.
Guild Education : Denver-based Guild Education connects employers to a marketplace of schools and learning providers with the aim of broadening skills for working adults. The online education platform offers courses on a broad array of topics and features well-known figures including Malala Yousafzai , Spike Lee , Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ringo Starr.
The nearly year-old company was reportedly contemplating an offering in Q4 of , but opted to push it off a few months or more. It was also a busy year for residential real estate sales, thanks to low interest rates and many people still working from home.
That gave way to more startups in the homebuying space raising money, including Divvy Homes. Glossier : was a banner year for consumer company IPOs, including several in the beauty categories. Glossier is one of my picks for a potential IPO for a few reasons.
If investor sentiment regarding consumer companies continues into , I could see Glossier taking advantage of the market conditions and going public. At the time of the Series A raise, Lower was also profitable. The company seems large and established enough to go public, and could tap into the public markets to fuel growth. If it went public next year, it would join other homebuying or mortgage platforms to go public recently, including Better.
The company, which acquires private-label Amazon FBA businesses and direct-to-consumer brands, is well-capitalized, but its business also relies on having lots of capital to keep acquiring brands. TripActions : TripActions is my pick for a travel startup that could go public in The travel sector took a hit in , but with travel picking back up in and , TripActions is poised for growth. With corporate travel and spending rebounding, TripActions easily has a strong narrative to pitch to investors for an IPO.
Verily Life Sciences : Verily, which started as a division of Google X, may have struck out as a somewhat more independent Alphabet subsidiary in , but it really pushed its way into the public consciousness with the coronavirus pandemic. That move may be an indication that company leaders are preparing for an IPO in the near future. Flexport : The logistics space has been flooded with investor interest this year amid worldwide supply chain woes.
CEO Ryan Petersen has also been a frequent face on broadcast media this year, offering commentary on the state of global trade. Given the cash demands of running a fast-growing business in the international logistics space, the company may find the public markets an attractive option sooner rather than later.
HoneyBook : HoneyBook this year raised not one, but two large funding rounds. While HoneyBook may not need to tap the public markets for cash, given its fundraising blitz this year, I think the company could well see the Great Resignation as the perfect opportunity to ride a wave of entrepreneurship straight to Wall Street. Houzz : Another market that rallied during the pandemic? And that was good news for home remodeling platform Houzz. As many people remodel homes—either to sell the properties or to better accommodate new work-from-home arrangements—CEO Adi Tatarko has hinted that the business rebounded significantly since the early days of the pandemic, when Houzz laid off 10 percent of its staff.
In April , the Palo Alto, California-based company launched a Houzz Pro subscription offering for home construction and design professionals to manage clients. Still, there are a few things that could dampen its prospects in the new year: The housing market has mostly settled down again and rising inflation has made remodeling more expensive. Next year could still be a good year for Patreon to make a run at the public markets, however, as the creator economy shows no signs of slowing down.
The San Francisco-based platform connects content creators such as musicians, podcasters and bloggers with fans, and offers tools for those creators to monetize their content. Quora : When will Quora go public? But this year, amid a pandemic-fueled boom for the creator economy, the company announced launching new subscription products that allow its content creators to monetize their answers on the site.
Relativity Space : This was a big year for space tech. However, we also saw a handful of space companies go public—mainly via SPACs. So why not another one next year? Second, the research reaffirms something we already knew but can now prove: the Stellar Consensus Protocol is incredibly efficient. While these numbers are low considering how many transactions Stellar processes every year, we believe that part of our role in the Stellar ecosystem is to bring network actors together to do what we can to offset the electricity use that cannot be avoided.
Together with the Stellar ecosystem, we will pay for removal of carbon emitted by the network every year, and are retroactively paying for the removal of the historical carbon footprint of the network since launch. We are also looking at many other initiatives that we can explore on the climate front that directly leverage blockchain technology — namely, an ecosystem standard that could help wallets and other products build in functionality to pay to offset transactions at the time they are processed.
A sustainable future requires a collective effort. For the world to achieve its climate goals, we will each have to play our part, asking ourselves hard questions and using the answers to find ways we can make a difference. Because if we say we want a more inclusive system, we need to build that new system so that it's built to last for years to come.
We need to live up to the spirit behind our mission — creating equitable access to the global financial system means creating a system that works for the many, not the few. If you would like to learn more about our research efforts, visit our landing page for more details. They graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in newspaper and online journalism in May Prior to joining the team, they worked at the Los Angeles Business Journal as a technology and aerospace reporter.
High-flying startups with record valuations, huge hiring goals and ambitious expansion plans are now announcing hiring slowdowns, freezes and in some cases widespread layoffs. Founders and investors are preparing for what looks like an economic downturn — and perhaps even a recession. Big tech companies including Meta, Salesforce and Netflix have also recently announced hiring freezes or layoffs in the midst of cost-cutting pressure and rising inflation, coupled with a looming bear market and rising interest rates.
You need to make yourself lay-off safe. Get some seniority and work hard to make yourself irreplaceable. Or at least a strong contributor. The bright spot? The tech industry may be under siege, but American job seekers overall still have substantial bargaining power. Average hourly wages are also still continuing to grow but still below the pace of inflation. A crowdsourced tech startup layoffs tracker, Layoffs.
Some of the companies that have cut staff in the last few weeks include nutrition startup Noom, on-demand grocery delivery service Getir and fintech company Bolt, according to Layoffs. On-demand grocery app Gorillas cut half its corporate staff , or about employees around the world.
In a message to staff, Gorillas co-founder and CEO Kagan Sumer said: "Two months ago in March, the markets turned upside down, and since then the situation has continued to worsen. Just weeks after laying off more than 80 employees at its San Jose headquarters, PayPal let go of additional employees in risk management and operations in Chicago, Nebraska and Arizona. Online used car dealer Carvana laid off 2, employees , many of them over Zoom. Several employees at collaboration tool startup Mural were let go , according to LinkedIn posts from affected employees.
The exact number of employees laid off was not reported. Klarna has about 5, employees, according to it s website. Following a period of "hypergrowth," the company cut down on duplicate roles and job functions as a way to mitigate "more layers and complexity than are optimal," CEO Vlad Tenev said in a blog post. The decision affected roughly Robinhood employees. Weeks later, the company laid off an additional employees. A lot of these hiring slowdowns, like at Microsoft, are contained to specific departments rather than companywide.
Microsoft slowed hiring for its Windows, Office and Teams software groups. The slowdown is specific to those teams, as they've expanded recently. Nvidia will slow hiring later this year , the company said in its latest earnings call. Nvidia told Protocol that the move is "to focus our budget on taking care of existing employees as inflation persists. Lyft is slowing hiring to focus on critical open roles. President John Zimmer told staff in a memo that the company would be cutting costs in response to "an economic slowdown and the dramatic change in investor sentiment.
After struggling to meet earnings estimates, Snap announced that it would hit the brakes on hiring through the end of the year. Uber is cutting back on hiring and other costs to address a "seismic shift" in the market, according to an email that CEO Dara Khosrowshahi sent to staff. Choi said the move is meant to "reprioritize our hiring needs against our highest-priority business goals. Per an internal memo, Salesforce slowed hiring and cut back on other expenses, including corporate travel and some upcoming off-sites.
CEO Parag Agrawal announced in a memo that it would freeze hiring and pull back spending. Two key leaders, Kayvon Beykpour and Bruce Falck left the company. Nick Statt is Protocol's video game reporter. Prior to joining Protocol, he was news editor at The Verge covering the gaming industry, mobile apps and antitrust out of San Francisco, in addition to managing coverage of Silicon Valley tech giants and startups. He can be reached at nstatt protocol.
We could all use a bit of a break. This season even features longtime executive producer David Fincher taking the director helm for the first time, as well as some heavyweight voice-acting talent from the likes of Mackenzie Davis, Rosario Dawson and Dan Stevens.
It did not disappoint. Just go see it. And then, like me, devour every piece of writing about it on the internet you can find. The game was first released for Mac, PC and consoles in , but as part of the exclusive partnership with Netflix, Moonlighter is now available for the first time on mobile and free for all subscribers of the streaming service. Companies are embracing automated video interviews to filter through floods of job applicants. But interviews with a computer screen raise big ethical questions and might scare off candidates.
Prior to joining the team, she covered tech and small business for the San Francisco Chronicle and privacy for Bloomberg Law. She is a recent graduate of Brown University, where she studied International Relations and Arabic and wrote her senior thesis about surveillance tools and technological development in the Middle East.
Applying for a job these days is starting to feel a lot like online dating. Job-seekers send their resume into portal after portal and a silent abyss waits on the other side. That abyss is silent for a reason and it has little to do with the still-tight job market or the quality of your particular resume. On the other side of the portal, hiring managers watch the hundreds and even thousands of resumes pile up.
Going through them all would be a virtually fruitless task. Enter the Tinders of corporate America. These services are the ones that made it so easy for anyone to apply for a job on the internet. But just like online dating, once the entire world is available for a match, you need to introduce some kind of filter to figure out who you should review first. Most large companies use software to sort through resumes and cover letters, identifying likely candidates based on keywords, professed qualifications or even just where they went to college.
But these services have taken their product a step further. Now, when some companies ranging from major financial institutions like J. Morgan to food prep and retail invite someone for an interview, they have no intention of showing up for the interview themselves. Instead, these corporate Tinders give people an automated video interview, guiding the candidate through a conversation with their computer screen.
The applicant stares at the webcam distortion of their face instructed to emote normally like they would if speaking with an actual person , tries to explain why they want the job and then once more sends the information back into the abyss, often without being able to review their video first. The software will then produce a report and likely a ranking that will be used to determine if they get an interview with an actual person.
Automated resume and cover letter screening is just not advanced enough in a world where remote work is increasingly common and remote job applications are easier than ever. For hiring departments, automated video interview software makes whittling down the initial hiring pool infinitely easier. As an added bonus, the companies that make this software sell themselves as scientific and less biased than the flawed humans who run actual HR departments.
The market is so fruitful that there are nearly endless options with similar services — among them HireVue, Modern Hire, Spark Hire, myInterview, Humanly. Entry-level college graduates in tech, banking and even consulting almost always get funneled through these systems. In March , HireVue announced that its platform had hosted more than 20 million video interviews since its inception.
But easy, frictionless processes like these always have a catch. By relying on automated video interviews, they willingly introduce a third party — another company with its own goals, preferences and biases — between themselves and their new hires.
Someone or something else is making the initial decision that could make all the difference. All of these companies use AI buzzwords to sell their services and advertise their tools. The FTC has warned companies against using algorithms that could be unfair or create adverse outcomes, according to Sara Geoghegan, a law fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
Then, in , HireVue removed the facial recognition tools from its system. We recommend and hope that this decision becomes an industry standard. Federal and state regulators have also started to propose legislation that would restrict how these algorithms are used and require independent audits.
The companies that actually make the systems argue that hiring is already such a flawed and biased process that taking the actual interviewer out of the screening process actually makes it more fair. When people conduct unstructured interviews, they almost always hire the people they like, not necessarily the ones best qualified for the job.
One striking example: a University of Texas study found that after its medical school had to accept students it had initially rejected based on interviews, the rejected students and the originally accepted ones had the same performance in school. Companies implement these systems because they have commercial and practical hiring needs they must meet. I think this is going to become a bigger and bigger phenomenon.
Jaser studies how people experience automated video interviews and how they affect hiring, not the AI itself. At the very least, candidates need to understand that software, not a person, will be analyzing the text of what they say to a webcam. She also recommends employers create their own simple systems for candidates where they can see what successful interviews look like and why, and that they provide feedback to people who are rejected about why and what they can do to improve.
Without some of these changes, companies could run afoul of laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act. Federal regulators just released guidance in May that explains how the use of algorithms could violate the ADA. One of the key recommendations? Applicants need to understand the system and have straightforward ways to ask for alternative interview methods if they have a disability that could interfere with how the algorithm assesses their interview.
Smaller firms also need to consider whether the video interview might turn away potential candidates who see the system as offensive and develop easy alternative interview methods. One job applicant for a major media firm told Protocol that he immediately rescinded his application when the firm asked him to complete a Modern Hire interview. But even that is questionable in my opinion. There is no relationship built.
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