June brought another wave of layoffs in tech, with cuts impacting roughly the same number of employees as May: 16,000 employees, according to tracker layoffs.fyi. Another layoff aggregator from TrueUp paints a more dire picture, counting 26,000 impacted employees this month, up from about 20,000...

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. Just as one company’s success shouldn’t cast a halo on its vertical’s brethren, one company’s layoffs don’t quite mean that its competitors are equally...

People talking about @solana releasing a $1000 phone and having to take on Apple and Samsung are missing the point Here’s what’s going on 1/Currently applications that use web3 (dApps) are largely browser based. This might be a dApp for buying & selling NFTs, or lending coins. They...

Microsoft announced Tuesday that it will acquire Miburo, a small company that helps customers detect and respond to foreign information operations. Microsoft said the acquisition will help the tech giant “expand its threat detection and analysis capabilities to address new cyber-attacks and shed...

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. The show is largely off this week, which means that we don’t have our usual deluge of new startup news covered for you. But, we didn’t want to leave you with...

/1 Want DeFi to grow 100x from here? The answer is to be boring! That means DeFi needs to move away from speculation and into boring, everyday financial activity. Not NFT’s, gaming, or web3 social. Those are all great for crypto. But they won’t help DeFi. Here’s why 2/ Let’s just look at...

(Gates Ventures Photo)While compiling books for his annual summer recommendations, Bill Gates realized that the topics in his list were hardly the “stuff of beach reads.”  At the top of that list is “How the World Really Works” by Vaclav Smil, Gates’ favorite author. The book focuses...

After a month that saw nearly 16,000 tech workers lose their jobs, June is off to a similar tumultuous start. Startups across all sectors, from healthcare to enterprise SaaS to crypto, are laying off portions of staff and citing, seemingly, from the same notes: it’s a tough market, a time of...

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Last April, Google launched Grow with Google Career Readiness for Reentry, a program created in partnership with nonprofits to offer job readiness and digital skills training for formerly incarcerated individuals. As a part of an expansion, Google today announced that it’ll invest just over $8...