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Recent articles by Tom:

Inside the brutal job cuts at Snapchat parent company Snap that left employees stunned and investors wondering about the company's future

The Snap cofounder has always shunned Wall Street and taken big bets that won't pay off for years. In August, that approach suddenly changed. → Read More

Snap's 'messy' mass layoff happened so fast some employees were locked out of work tools before, and during, meetings in which they were to be let go

Snap last week axed more than 1,200 workers in a mass layoff that came as a surprise to many. → Read More

Gopuff operations chief, Amazon veteran Tim Collins, departs

The last few months for Gopuff have been rocky. The market slowdown has soured investor sentiment toward the money-losing grocery delivery sector. → Read More

Inside the world of Weee: a rapidly rising online grocer caught in a culture clash and pandemic hangover

CEO Larry Liu saved the company by pivoting Weee into a grocery delivery service. But it's facing a slowdown in online delivery and a bruising workplace culture. → Read More

Delivery startup Gopuff is laying off 10% of employees, leaked email reveals

The ultrafast delivery startup previously cut 3% of its workforce, or more than 400 employees, earlier this year. → Read More

Softbank-backed online grocer Weee!, which recently raised $400 million, lays off 150 employees

The company which delivers Asian and Hispanic groceries, is yet another example of e-commerce startups that have had to retrench amid tightening financial markets and a post pandemic slowdown. → Read More

Top AI researcher says Google's artificial intelligence research is more concerned with media hype than scientific advancement

A Google engineer declared that one of its AI products was sentient. The company publicly disagreed, but some researchers say it fueled the hype. → Read More

Uber and DoorDash workers, reeling from high gas prices, say costs of driving have devoured earnings

Drivers say that overall pay have been mostly flat while gas prices have soared. One saw their profits dwindle from $0.23 per mile to $0.08 per mile. → Read More

DoorDash salaries revealed: see how much engineers, managers and dozens of other employees at the rapid delivery platform make

New visa-application disclosures reveal the salaries of dozens of staff at DoorDash. Here's a breakdown of how much it pays various workers. → Read More

Leaked memo shows Uber raising prices for rides in one major US metro area to help drivers deal with high gas prices

Surging gas prices have cut into the earnings of gig economy drivers, hammering the shares of Uber and rivals. → Read More

The head of Uber's US and Canada rides division is leaving the company

A handful of senior executives have left Uber over the past year. Its stock has floundered since the market downturn earlier this year. → Read More

Inside Roku, talk is heating up about an acquisition by Netflix

The two entertainment disruptors have a long, intertwined history that speaks for and against a deal. → Read More

Gopuff puts 22 warehouses on the chopping block as the fast-delivery sector suffers a post-pandemic slump

Many of the warehouses suffered from low volume and the company is looking to get more efficient amid a broader crunch in the rapid delivery sector. → Read More

Investors and VCs predict which ultrafast-delivery startups will survive and share which look shaky as layoffs hit, funding dries up, and a recession looms

With consumer spending slowing down amid record inflation and the threat of a recession, analysts and venture capitalists say cash on hand is king. → Read More

Uber is freezing most hiring, but CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has told senior leaders that he plans no layoffs

The company is girding for a rough few months as the market downturn slams its stock and inflation headwinds grow. → Read More

Uber and DoorDash are killing their gas-assistance programs for delivery drivers despite soaring costs at the pump

In recent weeks the companies informed delivery drivers they would no longer offer programs to offset the high costs of gas. → Read More

Bob Iger recently invested in Gopuff and is advising the fast delivery startup's co-founders

Former Disney chief Bob Iger has been backing a variety of startups since stepping away from the company in late 2020. He could help Gopuff's founders navigate a tricky time for the startup. → Read More

Leaked numbers show Uber is lagging behind DoorDash on building a subscription service

The company has two million fewer subscribers than its smaller competitor DoorDash. It raises questions about CEO Dara Khosrowshahi's ability to see through important new initiatives. → Read More

The untold story of how Dara Khosrowshahi's big vision for Uber dripped away

Uber insiders say infighting and the CEO's leadership delayed a subscription service, which continues to lag behind competitors. → Read More

Uber and Lyft's pool of rideshare drivers has shrunk. Temporary bonuses may not lure them back.

Rideshare drivers have left due to high gas prices and better gig work for smaller apps. Uber and Lyft's temporary bonuses might not lure them back. → Read More