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Some Concrete Takeaways From a Panel on Diversity

For one year, Chloe Alpert had a good reason to spend a lot of time (and money) at coffee shops. The chief executive of Medinas Health spent the better part of a year at a coffee shop every Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. (with dinner afterward) to host what she called “Good People Weekends.” The idea was that she’d invite people, both random and not-so-random, to come chat and grab a cup of joe. Some days people wouldn’t show up. Some days people would. Alpert found comfort, laughter, and...

Looking At Spreadsheets As A Solution To Layoffs

The day before Alicia Ostarello was laid off, she received a cryptic verbal message from her manager. “Prepare for change,” her manager said. The next morning, she received a short message in her inbox: report to this room at 6 a.m. with all your belongings. A few moments later, she got some not-so-surprising news: Zenefits, a unicorn startup with nearly $600 million in venture capital, was letting her and nearly half the staff go. “They were saying this isn’t personal, this is business,”...

Startups Raise Record Sums To Take On Packaging Waste

Plastic packaging is awfully convenient for consumers. But as most of us are guiltily aware, that convenience is taking a toll on the planet. You’ve probably heard some of these stats, but let’s dwell on a few. About 8 percent of the world’s oil production is used to make plastic. Of that, about 40 percent turns into disposable packaging. Of that, some 18 billion pounds of plastic waste flows into the oceans every year. It’s enough to make the author of a piece on sustainable packaging feel...

Homebound Raises $35M To Rebuild After Wildfires

After the Tubbs Fire destroyed thousands of structures in Northern California in October 2017, homeowners were scrambling to navigate a daunting process of rebuilding. Nikki Pechet watched in horror as her friend, VC and tech exec Jack Abraham, and many others lost their homes. In the aftermath, she witnessed people (including Abraham) struggling to manage “the dizzying process” of rebuilding. “Even he was lost,” said Pechet, who had worked at Thumbtack for four years. That’s when the idea for...

Legalpad Raises $10M To Help Immigrant Entrepreneurs

It’s clear that work authorization for international talent in the United States is getting increasingly harder in the Trump administration. Tech startups are facing hiring challenges, and the entrepreneurs within them are left in flux as documentation and fees are added atop meetings and work responsibilities. To make the immigration process less opaque for entrepreneurs, Seattle-based startup Legalpad has raised a $10 million Series A led by Amplo. Other investors such as Global Founders...

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