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Tech employees are selling referrals online to job candidates for under $50 to help them get hired at Google, Facebook, and other industry giants

A website is allowing prospective tech employees to anonymously purchase a job referral from existing tech workers for $20 to $50 apiece. Rooftop Slushie, created by the makers of techie chat favorite Blind, has hosted 11,000 referral transactions since it was launched in 2019. Facebook and Google referrals are the most popular. The "vendors" are established employees at companies like Amazon, Google, and Twitter who can become verified on the website and vet candidate submissions before accep...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Hbo, Trends, Silicon Valley, Kim, Gizmodo, Blind, Slushie, Google Facebook, Google Amazon, Amazon Google, Nelson Big Head Bighetti, Seth King, Melia Russell


Silicon Valley's elite wants yet again to abandon land and live on floating cities in the middle of the ocean that operate outside of existing governments

The founder of a Silicon Valley think tank promoting the construction of seasteads — or floating cities that operate independently of existing governments — told The Telegraph that he's seeing an increase in interest. The news comes as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an upheaval of office culture, allowing employees to work remotely and unbound from locations near now-closed corporate offices. The Seasteading Institute was founded by ex-Googler Patri Friedman in 2008 and backed by Peter Thiel...
Tags: US, San Francisco, Trends, New Zealand, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Telegraph, San Francisco Bay, Bay Area, Trump, Valley, Friedman, Thiel, Seasteading Institute, Patri Friedman, Ryan Rzepecki


A day in the life of a top Silicon Valley investor, who used to travel worldwide for work and is now hunkered down in his San Francisco home, taking calls in his pajamas during the pandemic

David Blumberg, managing partner at Blumberg Capital, used to travel to Israel, New York, and beyond for work before the COVID-19 pandemic drove the world to a halt. Now, instead of commuting into his downtown San Francisco office, Blumberg takes calls at his home in the city starting early in the morning — sometimes in his pajamas — cooks, and spends more time with family. He said he feels more efficient, and he's realizing how much the business travel has disrupted his natural rhythm. Blumbe...
Tags: New York, Israel, San Francisco, Trends, Deutsche Bank, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, Golden Gate Bridge, Pacific Ocean, Blumberg Capital, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, Golden Gate Park, Catskill Mountains, Israel NEW YORK, Blumberg


From Airbnb to Zoom, tech CEOs see a brave new, post-coronavirus world

Hello dear readers and welcome back to Trending — your Wednesday rendez-vous for all things tech. If you want to get Trending in your email inbox every week, just click here. This week: Tech CEOs look into the future Remember the old saying about never letting a crisis go to waste?  I picture Rahm Emanuel reciting the phrase amid the Great Recession, but VMWare CEO Pat Gelsinger credits the quote to Churchill (an attribution that, it turns out, is a matter of dispute). Regardless of who said...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, Congress, Singapore, US, Trends, Tesla, Weber Shandwick, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Boston Dynamics, Vmware, Keybase, Royal Caribbean, Musk


How Facebook board member, Trump adviser, and billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel led Silicon Valley's elite to buy doomsday bunkers in New Zealand

The Silicon Valley tech elite, perhaps out of mere wealth and circumstance, have begun investing in apocalypse preparations in recent years. Buying up real estate to serve as hideaway bunkers is one such step taken — and New Zealand has become a popular place to do so. The Valley's enthusiasm for New Zealand as an apocalyptic refuge could be traced back to a book cited as most influential to Peter Thiel, and whose ideology was then dispersed to other big players in the tech arena. Visit Busine...
Tags: Facebook, Yahoo, California, Trends, New Zealand, Peter Thiel, Reddit, Guardian, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Yishan Wong, Steve Huffman, Queenstown, The Valley, Kiwi, Lake Wanaka


Cash is nice in a crisis, but Netflix is stockpiling content (NFLX, SNAP)

Hi everyone, welcome back to Trending, Business Insider Prime's weekly newsletter of the latest tech industry developments. I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast bureau chief and global tech editor. This week kicked off with a very special day. Not only was Monday the celebrated 4/20, it also marked my five-year anniversary at Business Insider. It's been an incredible honor covering the exciting world of tech for BI's smart and loyal readers.  What stories would you like to see us...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Lyft, Disney, US, Trends, Snapchat, Netflix, New Jersey, Airbnb, West Coast, Expedia, Brian Chesky, Marc Andreessen, Twitter Facebook, Amazon Microsoft


The race to find a coronavirus vaccine, startups to watch, and a real estate meltdown

Hello! It's been a dark few weeks, but there's been some light in the past few days, as the number of patients in New York ICUs dropped for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, and there was some promising data on a potential treatment.  As Andrew Dunn reports, more than two-thirds of hospitalized COVID-19 patients improved in condition after receiving remdesivir, an experimental antiviral treatment from Gilead Sciences. More tests are needed, as the study had no control group, ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York, Softbank, New York City, US, America, Trends, Walmart, Austin, Manhattan, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Goldman Sachs, Las Vegas, WeWork


Airbnb's bridge too short

Hi everyone, welcome back to Trending, Business Insider Prime's weekly newsletter of the latest tech industry developments. I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast bureau chief and global tech editor.  This week: Airbnb's bridge too short If Zoom is the global quarantine's tech darling (privacy snafus and trolls aside), then Airbnb is emerging as the collateral damage of our new reality. It's no secret that the near total suspension of travel, vacations, and general life-as-we-kno...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hollywood, Trends, Beverly Hills, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Jeff Bezos, West Coast, Silver Lake, Sean Parker, Troy Wolverton, IPO Airbnb, Paayal Zaveri, Ivan Zhao, Melia Russell


Hot startups like Bird, Wonderschool, and ZipRecruiter have been doing layoffs via massive video calls. Here's the humane process you can follow instead.

Layoffs at some high-profile startups — including Bird, Wonderschool, and ZipRecruiter — were announced via mass video calls. Experts say that's hardly best management practice. Even during an extended period of remote work, you can conduct layoffs with respect and compassion. One strategy is to arrange one-on-one meetings with managers and employees. Mishandling layoffs could hurt a brand's reputation in the long term. Click here for more BI Prime content. On March 27, employees at the buzzy...
Tags: Amazon, Travis Vanderzanden, Taylor Swift, La, Trends, New York Times, Bird, Andreessen Horowitz, Alva, Don, Morris, SIEGEL, Erin Griffith, Joel Gascoigne, ZipRecruiter, Ian Siegel


VCs say that they're waiting for the 'new normal' before making big new startup investments: 'Whether they admit or not, everybody's in a little bit of a wait and see period'

VCs are preparing themselves for "a new normal" as the coronavirus outbreak continues to push people into quarantine and batter markets.  Deal flow, which has already dropped 12% in the first quarter compared to the same timeframe last year, is expected to slow down even further as investors expect the coronavirus crash to worsen.  And VCs warn that startup funding could dry up further as their own investors, known as limited partners,  grow more reluctant to fund newer, less-established VCs. ...
Tags: La, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Jones, Business Insider, Cb Insights, Shah, Semil Shah, Morris, Michael Jones, Science Inc, SoftBank Vision Fund, Jeff Morris Jr, Haystack Vc


Silicon Valley's decade: From Facebook's promise of social networking to the anxiety of social distancing

Hello again, and welcome to this week's edition of Trending, the newsletter where we highlight BI Prime's biggest tech stories. I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast bureau chief and global tech editor. If you're a regular reader or a first-timer, you can get Trending in your inbox every week by signing up here. This week: The 10-year journey from social networking to social distancing Ten years ago, the world was just getting introduced to the concept of social networking. Face...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Ipo, San Francisco, Trends, Adidas, Beverly Hills, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Goldman Sachs, Jeff Bezos, West Coast, BI, Amazon Web Services, Menlo Ventures


From healthcare and Wall Street to Silicon Valley and space exploration, here's a breakdown of how the coronavirus is upending every industry

Hello! My Insider Inc. colleagues and I are now all working from home, and I expect many of you are too. I will admit that so far that it's been an adjustment. With that in mind, I want to start the newsletter this week with advice from six of our senior editors who have worked remotely for years about how to do it productively.  8 tips for crushing your job while working from home, from 6 leaders who have worked remotely for years I hope it's helpful. I should also note that cybersecurity expe...
Tags: Amazon, Spacex, Milan, Instagram, Microsoft, China, Ipo, Disney, US, Trends, Adidas, Tesla, Nasa, GCC, Italy, Nba


From the healthcare and Wall Street to Silicon Valley and space exploration, here's a breakdown of how the coronavirus is upending every industry

Hello! My Insider Inc. colleagues and I are now all working from home, and I expect many of you are too. I will admit that so far that it's been an adjustment. With that in mind, I want to start the newsletter this week with advice from six of our senior editors who have worked remotely for years about how to do it productively.  8 tips for crushing your job while working from home, from 6 leaders who have worked remotely for years I hope it's helpful. I should also note that cybersecurity expe...
Tags: Amazon, Spacex, Milan, Instagram, Microsoft, China, Ipo, Disney, US, Trends, Adidas, Tesla, Nasa, GCC, Italy, Nba


The wealthiest of Silicon Valley have become super doomsday preppers by buying remote New Zealand properties, getting eye surgeries, and stockpiling ammo and food

Some of the wealthiest of Silicon Valley have developed a penchant for prepping for the apocalypse in recent years. Lasik eye surgery, multimillion-dollar real-estate investments in New Zealand, "go bags" filled with guns and food — they're going all out in the event of a disaster. There may be something about extravagant doomsday prepping that is unique to Silicon Valley culture. But it also could simply be that investing in preparations for the end of the world is a luxury only for the uber-...
Tags: Facebook, Nbc, US, San Francisco, Trends, New York Times, New Zealand, Peter Thiel, Reddit, Guardian, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Yishan Wong, Matt Lauer, National Geographic Channel, Pacific Northwest


How coronavirus is upending corporate America

Hello! There's really only one business story in the world right now, and that's coronavirus. Here's what you need to now: How hospitals are preparing  Hospitals are bracing for what could be millions of admissions nationwide as the virus spreads, Lydia Ramsey reports. She writes: The American Hospital Association, which represents thousands of hospitals and health systems, hosted a webinar in February with its member hospitals and health systems. Business Insider obtained a copy of the slide...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Japan, New York, Microsoft, NYC, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Cisco, Bank Of America, Rebecca, Switzerland, Ubs


The first family of Facebook, the most important charts in the world, and fintech dealmaking

Hello! One minute before midnight on December 29, 2017, one of Mark Zuckerberg's personal staffers got a phone call. So starts an explosive story from Rob Price and Becky Peterson, which shines a light on the sprawling family office of Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan. According to their reporting: Over the past three years, multiple personal aides to Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have been accused of serious misconduct by their colleagues. One former staffer accused the manag...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Microsoft, US, America, Trends, Rebecca, Porsche, Hawaii, Bill Gates, Berkshire Hathaway, Goldman Sachs, Intuit, Jamie Dimon


2 Y Combinator-backed startups are feuding over an ad campaign, and it's yet another example of how San Francisco startups compete in the city's ultra-crowded tech market

Onboarding startup Rippling bought targeted ads in San Francisco attacking competitor Gusto's focus on small businesses. The ad reads: "Outgrowing Gusto? Presto Change-o." Rippling's comparative advertising is legal, as long as what is stated therein is accurate. But Gusto wrote a cease-and-desist letter stating that the company believes it is not, threatening legal action if it's not removed. The whole ordeal "started to feel like an episode of Silicon Valley," according to a Rippling spokesp...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, San Francisco, Trends, Zenefits, SEC, Silicon Valley, Denver, Parker Conrad, Business Insider, Valley, Conrad, Dogpatch, Josh Constine, Epstein, Clear Channel Outdoor


Big Tech companies have a new question: Build, Buy or Bail

Welcome to this week's edition of Trending, the newsletter where we highlight BI Prime's biggest tech stories. I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast bureau chief and global tech editor. If this is your first time here, this is how you can get Trending in your inbox every week. This week: To build or to buy, tech's fundamental question takes center stage "Build or Buy?" is one of the fundamental questions for any tech business. The unrelenting rhythm of innovation in technology, ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Softbank, Trends, Tech, Cisco, Pimco, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, West Coast


Meet the 'super angel' investors, the power players of streaming, and the top M&A bankers of 2019

Hello! One of the things we try to do here at Business Insider is to introduce our readers to the individuals shaping their industries. After all, companies don't do things; it's the people working there that make things happen. With that in mind, I wanted to highlight stories focused on key players in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and Wall Street this week. First off, in Silicon Valley, a special breed of investor known as 'super angels' are raising their own venture-capital funds as solo general...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Texas, Microsoft, Wall Street, Softbank, Digital, US, Trends, Tesla, Netflix, Silicon Valley, Mars


Tech billionaire Vinod Khosla has sued California and a county sheriff in what is the latest battle in the investor's fight to keep a beach near his $37 million estate to himself

Tech billionaire and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla has sued California and the San Mateo County Sheriff over property rights on his waterfront estate near Half Moon Bay, about an hour south of San Francisco. Khosla, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems, bought a 53-acre waterfront estate for $37 million in 2008 and allegedly closed off the road that runs through the private property and that the public had historically used to access Martin's Beach, a beloved beach spot. The lawsuit is the lates...
Tags: California, San Francisco, Trends, New York Times, Silicon Valley, US District Court, Khosla, Khosla Ventures, US supreme court, Vinod Khosla, Sun Microsystems, Martin, California Coastal Commission, San Mateo County, Half Moon Bay, Deeney


When tech's overlords can't protect themselves from their own creations, we're all in trouble

Welcome to this week's edition of Trending, the newsletter where we highlight BI Prime's biggest tech stories. I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast bureau chief and global tech editor. If this is your first time reading Trending, here's how you can get it in your inbox every week. This week: When tech's overlords can't keep safe, what hope is there for the rest of us? The captains of the tech industry are rubbing shoulders with world leaders and other grandees in Davos, Switzer...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, South Park, Ebay, China, Satya Nadella, US, San Francisco, Trends, Davos, Netflix, Silicon Valley, Dell, Jeff Bezos


Some of San Francisco's robot-run restaurants are failing. It could simply be that we still want to be served by humans, not machines.

A trend in food automation has swept the country in recent years. The San Francisco Bay Area has seen a high concentration of robot-run restaurants, but some of them have failed. It may simply be that people still value some sort of human interaction in a dining experience. Here's what it was like visiting some of San Francisco's automated eateries. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The robot revolution in San Francisco has begun. Or has it? The tech-centric city has seen an...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Labor, Softbank, San Francisco, Trends, Peter Thiel, Guardian, Starbucks, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, Sally, Russell, San Jose Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Eatsa


'Natural buzz' for Goldman Sachs, Job hunting at McKinsey and Netflix, and investigating a tech CEO's unexplained death

Hello! Healthcare editor Zach Tracer here, filling in for Matt Turner while he's out on parental leave. We have lots of fascinating stories for you this week, as we approach the end of the decade. But first, a plug: If you want more healthcare news from Business Insider in your inbox, you can subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. Melia Russell has a story this week that I haven't been able to stop thinking about. On its face, it's an investigation into the still-unexplained death of Erin Val...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Utah, New York, Microsoft, US, Samsung, Trends, Netflix, Social Security, Goldman Sachs, Louisiana, Jeff Bezos, Goldman, Amazon Web Services, Alphabet


Jeff Bezos got a jump scare, but he'll be back

Happy Halloween and welcome to this week's edition of Trending. If you're new here, I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast Bureau Chief and Global Tech Editor, and this newsletter is where I highlight the best of BI Prime's tech coverage every week.  If you're not yet a subscriber to Trending, BI Prime's tech newsletter, you can sign up here. This week: Amazon gets the biggest jump scare of its life Who could blame Jeff Bezos if he jumped out of his seat in terror when the Pentag...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Microsoft, Mexico, China, US, America, Trends, Bank Of America, Paul Allen, Peter Thiel, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Pentagon


Here's the cover letter that landed a former MySQL and Sun Microsystems executive the top job at a $331 million startup

Mårten Mickos, chief executive of HackerOne, shared with Business Insider the cover letter he used to land the startup's top job in 2015. The letter demonstrates that Mickos did his homework about the employer, and he didn't spend too much time talking about himself. We asked a recruiter to review the letter to point out the highlights and nitpick what could be improved. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's a candidate's job market, and still, applicants for the role of ch...
Tags: California, San Francisco, Trends, Mysql, HackerOne, Sun Microsystems, Marten Mickos, Robert Half, MIKOS, Mickos, Melia Russell, Paul Flaharty, Flaharty