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If you’re wondering what our Spotify Wrapped listening personalities are, you’re in luck. See below. Have a good end of November – on to the last month of the year! — Christina and It came
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- #SpotifyWrapped: If you were like most of us TechCrunchers today, you found out what Spotify had to say about your listening trends throughout the year. Sarah writes that in addition to listing your most-streamed songs, Spotify Wrapped 2022 tried to guess your mood: Christine is “The Maverick” and Haje is “The Time Traveler,” in case you want to know.
- More layoffs: Food delivery companies continue to struggle. DoorDash is the latest to announce it will lay off 1,250 employees in a bid to cut operating expenses, Aisha reports.
- Turns out you can have some nice things: We liked Mary AnnThe well-made story of ResortPass, a company that gives people the ability to lay poolside at a five-star resort without having to stay there. The company’s recent $26 million cash injection includes celebrities and likely five-star loungers Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Startups and VCs
Today, crypto exchange Kraken announced that it was laying off 1,100 employees. The announcement came from a company blog post, alexander reports. The news that Kraken is reducing its workforce – and therefore its costs – comes as no surprise, given a generally bleak macroeconomic climate and even worse climates in the land of crypto. Speaking of crypto countries, Sarah reports that Jack Dorsey’s Bitcoin project, TBD, is killing his “Web5” branding project. Meanwhile, the Magic: The Gathering creator explained to Devin why he put a paper game on the blockchain.
Outside of the crypto world, it was a good day for new funds — Christina reports that New Fare Partners is the latest female-led VC to close the first fund, and Katherine has a story today on Iterative launching its second fund targeting Southeast Asia-based startups.
“Native Americans are the poorest group in the United States, a remnant of systematic, intergenerational disenfranchisement. As a result, they are also the hardest hit by inflation right now,” says Danielle Forward, CEO and co-founder of Natives Rising in an interview with Mike. She is working to change this situation. “As the tech industry slows hiring, tech jobs remain one of the most economically challenging and in-demand job opportunities, 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 cutting-edge accelerator!
My co-founder with an H-1B just got fired from Big Tech, but he’s fine because his immigration attorney files a change of status to B-1 within the 60-day grace period. I’m nervous though, as I’m outside the US and don’t have a B-1/B-2 visitor visa yet.
How can I pass the visa interview? What kind of questions will I be asked? How should I prepare?
— Tenacious in Tobago
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In Airbnb’s new life, he plays the role of a real estate agent. The vacation home rental giant is now helping renters find an apartment so they can Airbnb, Ivan writing. Pretty interesting considering that Airbnb and its hosts have gotten into trouble in the past for listing properties without permission from owners and, in some cases, the city government.
Speaking of things you’re allowed to do in cities, brian reports that “San Francisco police can now use robots to kill”. The city’s board of supervisors passed the proposal that will allow robots to be used only “in extreme circumstances to save or prevent further loss of innocent life,” he wrote.
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