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A French startup just raised $65 million in the middle of the coronavirus crisis for its cloud-based phone system. Here's the pitch deck it used.

Aircall just raised a $65 million Series C funding round in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The fundraising effort was going well until governments around the world started shutting down their economies, which caused prospective backers to rethink their investments. But the company's cloud-based phone system, which can be integrated into Salesforce and dozens of other business services, attracted 1,000 new customers during the pandemic, and that success helped lure investors back. The ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, New York, Softbank, US, Trends, Paris, Silicon Valley, Aircall, Troy Wolverton, Slack Shopify, Olivier Pailh, New York Aircall


4 real media kit examples that influencers on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok use to get brand sponsorships

For many influencers, especially those primarily working on Instagram, brand sponsorships are their main source of income. One of the first things advertisers ask for during a pitch is to see a creator's media kit.  Influencers use their media kits as a tool to showcase their value to a brand or company, which often includes past examples and rates for a partnership. Business Insider spoke to creators on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok who shared the exact documents they use to land brand spons...
Tags: Google, Instagram, Youtube, Disney, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Silicon Valley, Bella Thorne, Mariano, Business Insider, Valley, Blake, Jacob, YouTube Instagram, Roberto Blake


This French startup just raised $65 million in the middle of the coronavirus crisis for its cloud-based phone system. Here's the pitch deck it used.

Aircall just raised a $65 million Series C funding round in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The fundraising effort was going well until governments around the world started shutting down their economies, which caused potential backers to rethink their investments But the company's cloud-based phone system, which can be integrated into Salesforce and dozens of other business services, attracted 1,000 new customers during the pandemic, and that success helped to lure investors back. The ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, New York, Softbank, US, Trends, Paris, Silicon Valley, Aircall, Troy Wolverton, Slack Shopify, Olivier Pailh


The tech pioneer who sold BEA Systems to Oracle for $8.5 billion in a hostile takeover battle just launched a venture fund for startups in the post-COVID-19 world

Alfred Chuang, the former CEO and cofounder of BEA Systems, has been out of the spotlight since 2008 when Oracle gobbled up his software company for $8.5 billion after a high profile hostile takeover battle. Now, the Silicon Valley pioneer is back as cofounder of Race Capital, a new venture fund that plans to back startups looking to address opportunities in the COVID-19 era. "The crisis is a very unique opportunity to invest," he told Business Insider. "That's a unique opportunity when you ha...
Tags: San Francisco, Trends, Larry Ellison, Silicon Valley, Oracle, BEA, Ed Scott, Chuang, Chris McCann, Startup Digest, Phil Chen, Bill Coleman, Edith Yeung, BEA Systems, SecureDrop Claim, Alfred Chuang


An Apple cofounder is selling his California ranch at a 37% discount. Take a look at the sprawling property that comes with 7 homes, a private airstrip, and a helipad.

Apple cofounder Mike Markkula is selling his California ranch for $37.5 million. Markkula, Apple's third employee and second CEO, invested $250,000 in the early days of the company, which gave him a one-third stake in Apple. His property, Rana Creek Ranch, is a 14,000-acre working cattle ranch with a private lake, riding arena, two barns, and a 2,900-foot landing strip and helipad. It's the largest landholding in the Carmel Valley. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A little-...
Tags: Apple, Colorado, Australia, California, Steve Jobs, Trends, New York Times, Miami, Silicon Valley, Wall Street Journal, Hall, Journal, Forbes, Linda, McDavid, Mike Bloomberg


How to become a Zoom power user and prevent every video call from descending into hellish cacophony

Video-conferencing software Zoom has become the go-to for many people stuck at home in coronavirus quarantine. While you've likely mastered the basics, there are plenty of neat tricks for making the most out of your time on Zoom. Below are our ten best tricks, including muting participants, optimizing screen-sharing options, and acquiring a better microphone. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As we approach what feels like week number 400 of stay-at-home orders and lockdown ...
Tags: Google, Budget, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Trends, Brooklyn, Silicon Valley, Brian Feldman


Pay for top engineers is immune from cuts at startups that fear losing them and would rather slash executive salaries to reduce costs

According to an analysis from Thomvest Ventures, startups with hot engineering talent are willing to do whatever it takes to get those employees to stick around, even with looming budget cuts and reduced funding. Thousands of startup employees have been laid off as startups scramble to cut costs and venture funding dries up. The analysis found, however, that some engineering-led organizations were more willing to get creative with cost cutting, like resorting to executive-level pay reductions,...
Tags: Trends, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Ackerman, Thomvest Ventures, Insight Partners, Business Insider Click, Eddie Ackerman Thomvest Ventures


Trump Accuses Twitter Of ‘Interfering’ In Election For Fact Checking His False Claim About Mail-In Voting

President Donald Trump flew into a rage on Tuesday night after Twitter used its new fact checking feature to correct his false claim that voting by mail leads to election fraud. “[email protected] is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election,” he tweeted. “They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post.” Trump accused the social media platform of “completely ...
Tags: Twitter, News, Washington Post, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump Tweets, Brad Parscale, Cristina Cabrera, Fake News CNN, Vote-by-mail, Amazon Washington Post Trump


The invisible labor powering Silicon Valley — and the ethics behind ‘ghost work’

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour.  How does an early-stage startup grow from the ground up to turn into an influential money making machine? Does it all boil down to the equation of strong leadership, generous investors, and an original ‘innovative’ idea? While this might sound like the answer, according to Mary L. Gray, the co-author of ‘Ghost Work: How to Stop ...
Tags: Startups, Future Of Work, Tech, Silicon Valley, TNW, TNW Answers, Mary L Gray


The real threat to Facebook and Twitter isn't a pandemic or a president

Welcome back to Trending, where we read the tech leaves every Wednesday. I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast Bureau Chief and Global Tech Editor. If you want to get Trending in your email inbox every week, just click here. This week: The biggest threat to Facebook and Twitter  It feels like ages ago, when the coronavirus lockdowns began in March, that skepticism about social media screentime and digital health were summarily cast aside. Who's got time to worry about those ki...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Microsoft, Boston, US, America, Trends, Silicon Valley, Wall Street Journal, Carnegie Mellon University, Bill Maris, Marc Benioff, Ftc, Carnegie Mellon


TikTok owner ByteDance reportedly hit $3 billion in net profit in 2019

TikTok's parent company ByteDance generated $3 billion in profit last year, Bloomberg reports. Sources told the publication that ByteDance pulled in $17 billion in revenue in 2019, more than double what it made in 2018. The comfortable financial position means ByteDance can take its time with going public. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. ByteDance, parent company to short-form video app TikTok, pulled in more than $3 billion in profit last year, Bloomberg reports. Sources ...
Tags: Facebook, India, Trends, Bloomberg, Silicon Valley, Bytedance


Silicon Valley is throwing money behind Covid-19 efforts, hoping for results

In the midst of every crisis lies opportunity.
Tags: Cnn, Silicon Valley, COVID


Amazon moving in on a Silicon Valley self-driving startup, report says

It could use the technology to make its vast delivery operation more efficient
Tags: Amazon, News, Cars, Trends, Silicon Valley, Autonomous Cars, Zoox, Self-diriving


Indonesian startup Delman raises $1.6 million to help companies clean up data

Delman, a Jakarta-based data management startup, has raised $1.6 million in seed funding. The round was led by Intudo Ventures, with participation from Prasetia Dwidharma Ventures and Qlue Performa Indonesia, and will be used to establish a research and development center and hire software engineers and data scientists. Delman was founded in 2018 by chief executive officer Surya Halim, chief product officer Raymond Christopher and chief technology officer Theo Budiyanto, who were classmates at t...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Indonesia, Big Data, Southeast Asia, Tech, Pwc, Silicon Valley, Data Management, Jakarta, Data Analytics, Halim, Intudo Ventures


These far-flung US regions could become the next big startup hubs as techies abandon Silicon Valley and embrace remote work

The COVID crisis has forced tech companies to embrace remote work, and many have come to realize their employees can be just as productive working out of the office as in it. Some are now planning to allow much of their workforce to continue work remotely after the crisis passes; companies could save money if employees work in less costly areas of the country than traditional tech hubs. Facebook plans to support employees working far from its Silicon Valley headquarters, setting up regional hu...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Texas, Microsoft, Colorado, Navy, California, Boston, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Startup, Pennsylvania, Comcast


Twitter labels Trump's false claims with warning for first time

President rails against decision after his tweets on mail-in voting are marked with message: ‘Get the facts’Twitter for the first time took action against a series of tweets by Donald Trump, labeling them with a warning sign and providing a link to further information.Since ascending to the US presidency, Trump has used his Twitter account to threaten a world leader with war, amplify racist misinformation by British hate figures and, as recently as Tuesday morning, spread a lie about the 2001 de...
Tags: Twitter, Florida, News, Congress, California, US, Silicon Valley, Michigan, Nevada, Republican, Donald Trump, Republican National Committee, Trump, State, Donald J Trump, Alex Padilla


PG&E Nears End Of Bankruptcy Amid Persisting Safety Worries

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric limped into bankruptcy vilified for its long-running neglect of a crumbling electrical grid that ignited a succession of horrific Northern California wildfires. After nearly a year-and-a-half of wrangling during one of the most complex bankruptcy cases in U.S. history, it’s unclear if PG&E is now any better equipped to protect the 16 million people who rely on it for power. The drama is scheduled to enter its latest act Wednesday in a trial examinin...
Tags: Business, News, California, Local, San Francisco, Ap, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Gavin Newsom, Northern California, Sam Liccardo, San Bruno, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Abrams, Santa Rosa California


Facebook is about to hold its annual shareholder meeting, but there's only one shareholder who matters: Mark Zuckerberg (FB)

Facebook is holding its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday. Due to the pandemic, the meeting will be virtual for the first time. Shareholders are calling for Zuckerberg to relinquish his position as board chair and appoint an independent figure to the role. But Zuckerberg's total control of the company through his shares makes the proposal certain to fail.  Facebook has talked about the importance of independent oversight in other areas, but Zuckerberg has the final say. Click here to get...
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$3 billion Carta slashed its revenue goal but kept hiring anyway, leading to massive layoffs in April. Insiders describe whiplash and organizational chaos as the company attempts an ambitious new pivot.

Carta laid off 161 employees in mid-April as layoffs spread through Silicon Valley, but the cuts had more to do with recession preparedness than a direct hit from the coronavirus. In the weeks before the layoffs, Carta cut its revenue projection for 2020. One person said it went from around $200 million to between $125 million and $135 million, though a spokesperson for Carta contested those numbers. The company, which grew from 130 full-time employees to 943 between late 2016 and April, was s...
Tags: San Francisco, Trends, Bloomberg, United States, Silicon Valley, Salt Lake City, Financial Times, Lightspeed Ventures, Nyse, Ward, Valley, Sethi, Carta, COBRA, Henry Ward, Houseparty


Daily Crunch: SpaceX’s first astronaut launch is a ‘go’

SpaceX is giving astronauts a lift to the International Space Station, a new jailbreak can unlock any iPhone and a startup raises $250 million to reduce food waste. Here’s your Daily Crunch for May 26, 2020. 1. NASA and SpaceX confirm SpaceX’s first ever astronaut launch is a ‘go’ SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon spacecraft are now set to fly with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken onboard, making a trip to the International Space Station. Both the agency and SpaceX announced yest...
Tags: Apple, TC, Space, Spacex, Stanford, China, Singapore, Tech, Nasa, Netflix, Katy Perry, Aol, Silicon Valley, Oprah, Gates Foundation, Falcon


Dear Sophie: Can I work in the US on a dependent spouse visa?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: What’s the best option for international founders to expand in...
Tags: Work, Startups, Column, California, India, US, Tech, Silicon Valley, Lawyers, Hyderabad, Sophie, Alcorn, Green Card, Trump Administration, Immigration Law, H-1B


Japanese tech giant NTT is making a $230 million bet on upending healthcare with 'digital twins,' an exact virtual replica of a person that can be used with AI to explore new treatments without risking the patient (NTTYY)

Japanese telecommunications company NTT is pouring $230 million into new Silicon Valley research labs, set to open this summer.  One health-focused lab is working on a "digital twin" project that would create a virtual version of a person that doctors could try experimental treatments on.  The labs were announced with a short film by Steven Spielberg's cinematographer showing the vision of the digital twin.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In a high-budget, longterm, futur...
Tags: Trends, Silicon Valley, Lincoln, Pfizer, UC Berkeley, Steven Spielberg, Alexander, Ryan, Schindler, NTT, Sunnyvale California, Janusz Kaminski, Kaminski, Joe Alexander, Swinburne, NTTYY


Virtual ice-breakers and weekly wellness surveys: PayPal's head of talent lays out how the payment giant is hiring and training new employees and interns

As firms in virtually every industry get accustomed to working from home, remote hiring presents a unique challenge for recruiters and job-seekers, alike. On May 1st, PayPal saw a record number of transactions as digital payments surge. In addition to hiring remotely, PayPal will host its 350 summer interns virtually. PayPal's global head of talent expects that some elements of today's environment will stick, like increased communication from senior leadership and more flexible policies about ...
Tags: Facebook, Trends, Paypal, Silicon Valley, Denver, Venmo, Brown, Dallas Atlanta, Dan Schulman, Tracy Brown, Stripe Square


‘Space Force’ Review: Netflix’s Comedy Series Shoots for the Moon, But Can’t Stay on Trajectory

The last time actor Steve Carell and writer/producer Greg Daniels teamed up, it resulted in The Office on NBC, a show that initially stumbled in the shadow of its British predecessor but became one of the greatest television comedies of the 21st century.  Now Carell and Daniels have ventured out on their own with Space Force, an original workplace comedy coming to Netflix that takes a cue from the real life creation of a space warfare branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. Unfortunately, while the se...
Tags: Lisa Kudrow, Comedy, New York, Texas, Television, Movies, Nbc, Colorado, Defense, Sci-fi, Features, Netflix, Washington Dc, John-Malkovich, Silicon Valley, Steve-Carell


Where David meets Goliath

By Federica D’Armento and Francesco PaganoThis is a tale of two cities. Or, maybe just one: anti-fragile and people-centered. Here is an independent company based in Geneva (Switzerland), which is an award-winning watch manufacturer. Every masterpiece comes from the creative hand of the founder and the dedication of 25 people. No middle management, just four directors (founder included) and 22 staff. In 2018, they produced only 218 luxury timepieces (number was even lower in 2019). Revenues a...
Tags: Google, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Eu, Rome, Vulnerability, David, Innovation, Silicon Valley, Competence, Geneva Switzerland, Sundar Pichai Google, Innovation Perspectives, People & Skills, Culture & Values


A YouTube creator with 2 million subscribers shares the exact 24-page media kit she uses to get brand sponsorships

Entrepreneur and YouTube creator Marina Mogilko runs three successful YouTube channels, a 343,000-subscriber business channel, "Silicon Valley Girl," a 1.1 million subscriber main channel under her name, and a language channel with 2.3 million subscribers, "linguamarina." Mogilko has worked with brands like Audible and Skillshare on sponsored videos.  She told Business Insider that she sends a media kit to the brands who reach out and the ones she pitches, which includes case studies of past c...
Tags: Instagram, Youtube, India, San Francisco, Trends, Silicon Valley, Business Insider, Skillshare, Audible, Lingoda, Instagram Stories, Alessandro Bogliari, Marina Mogilko, Mogilko, Silicon Valley Girl, LinguaTrip Mogilko


Insiders describe whiplash as $3 billion Carta cropped its revenue goal but kept hiring, then cut 16% of its staff as COVID-19 ravaged startups

Carta laid off 161 employees in mid-April as layoffs spread through Silicon Valley, but the cuts had more to do with recession preparedness than a direct hit from the coronavirus. In the weeks before the layoffs, Carta cut its revenue projection for 2020. One person said it went from around $200 million to between $125 million and $135 million, though a spokesperson for Carta contested those numbers. The company, which grew from 130 full-time employees to 943 between late 2016 and April, was s...
Tags: San Francisco, Trends, Bloomberg, United States, Silicon Valley, Salt Lake City, Financial Times, Lightspeed Ventures, Nyse, Ward, Valley, Sethi, Carta, COBRA, Henry Ward, Houseparty


Scandit raises $80M as COVID-19 drives demand for contactless deliveries

Enterprise barcode scanner company Scandit has closed an $80 million Series C round, led by Silicon Valley VC firm G2VP. Atomico, GV, Kreos, NGP Capital, Salesforce Ventures and Swisscom Ventures also participated in the round — which brings its total raised to date to $123M. The Zurich-based firm offers a platform that combines computer vision and machine learning tech with barcode scanning, text recognition (OCR), object recognition and augmented reality which is designed for any camera-equ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Mobile, Wearables, Europe, Hardware, Enterprise, Global, Tech, Smartphones, Arkansas, Healthcare, Machine Learning, Silicon Valley, Toyota, 7-eleven, North America


A Guide to Acquiring a Distressed Tech Company

By Daniel Lopez, Richard Vernon Smith, Douglas S. Mintz, and Richard Harroch After years of sky-high valuations, private equity funds and strategic buyers will have ample opportunity to purchase technology companies at a discount in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. This article highlights the unique opportunities and risks associated with acquiring a distressed private technology company. 1. Finding Distressed Tech Deals and Identifying Decision Makers In addition to traditional sourcing outle...
Tags: Technology, California, Washington, China, Sales, San Francisco, Bloomberg, Silicon Valley, Richard, Wall Street Journal, Irs, Daniel, Doug, Committee on Foreign Investment, Orrick, Private Equity Group


'Our product is used on occasion to kill people': Palantir's CEO claims its tech is used to target and kill terrorists

Palantir CEO Alex Karp told Axios there are times when he's questioned the ethics of the company's business. Palantir is a Silicon Valley-based data firm which has been protested in the past for its work with US Immigration and Custom's Enforcement (ICE). Karp also said the company's product is used to target and kill terrorists, although he wasn't specific about what product he meant. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Alex Karp, CEO of data analytics firm Palantir, told Ax...
Tags: Google, Trends, Bloomberg, Ice, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Pentagon, Palantir, Alex Karp, Karp, Axios, US Immigration and Custom s Enforcement ICE Karp, US Immigration and Custom s Enforcement ICE