Get the Weekly Brief straight in your inbox: Enjoy a good “Netflix and chill”? Well things are heating up in the global streaming space this week with the launch of Disney+ in the US, another service competing for your eyeballs against the likes of Netflix, Apple TV+, Hulu and Amazon Prime. Meanwhile Warner Media and […]
Enjoy a good “Netflix and chill”? Well things are heating up in the global streaming space this week with the launch of Disney+ in the US, another service competing for your eyeballs against the likes of Netflix, Apple TV+, Hulu and Amazon Prime. Meanwhile Warner Media and NBC Universal are also expected to launch their streaming platforms early next year. Is it me or is the streaming space starting to get a little crowded?
It used to be so cheap and simple. In 2018, Netflix was £8.50 a month and had pretty much every show. I could (and did) spend my weekends watching Disney classics, Lord of the Rings, Friends and Stranger Things. Now, if I want to watch all of the above I have to subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+, which isn’t cheap or easy. The proliferation of streaming services is creating a pretty rubbish user experience. Hooray!
However, has increased competition ushered in a Golden Age of Television?Streaming services are spending like crazy on original content, with Netflix splurging $15bn on content in 2019 and Disney+ launching back-to-back Star Wars films. Consumers have more to choose from than ever before and there is a constant sleuth of hit films and TV shows. Big Little Lies, Killing Eve and The Handmaid’s Tale are just a few of the highlights from 2019 (in my mind). I’m excited to see what 2020 has in store for television and cinema!
Perhaps there is an opportunity here for bold entrepreneurs. A streaming aggregator is arguably what we all need – a platform that houses all TV shows and films from different streaming platforms. I’m not sure how this would work (or if it’s even possible) – but surely it’s worth exploring? I reckon people would pay more for the convenience of having everything on one platform – maybe I’m just biased as that’s what Work In Startups does for UK startup jobs?
In other news, take a look at this weeks hottest jobs:
Get the Weekly Brief straight in your inbox: So, another big week for the WeWork saga. On Monday morning, we awoke to the news that the embattled firm had accepted a multi-billion-dollar Softbank rescue deal. The Japanese investor has bought out around 80% of the property company and injected $5bn of new financing to starve […]
How has it come to this? A few months ago they were eyeing up a $47bn valuation at IPO, and now they’re teetering on the edge of oblivion. It would be easy to write this off as the inevitable result of Neumann’s (allegedly) impulsive, greedy and occasionally pretty bizarre behaviour, but this misses a broader point. Since the launch of Softbank’s $100bn Vision Fund in 2017, VCs have “engaged in a race to the top” – raising and spending enormous amounts of money quickly, and arguably, pretty foolishly. The number of ‘hypergiant’ VC rounds ($250m +) have boomed over the past three years and ‘blitzscale’ growth, defined as “prioritising speed over efficiency in the face of uncertainty”, is arguably more fashionable than ever.
But is it a sensible growth strategy? Undoubtedly, it has proven enormously successful in a handful of instances. Amazon and Facebook are examples of companies that ‘took all’ when given unprecedented amounts of capital by investors. Huge investments enabled them to dominate markets and reap the rewards that followed. However, blitzscaling is no panacea and should not be treated as such. WeWork secured $10 billion in single-source funding from Softbank over the past three years and whilst it does have market dominance in many metropolises, losses are accelerating faster than revenue and doubt is being cast on WeWork’s scalability and defensibility. Reid Hoffman has called them out as a classic example of when blitzscaling simply wasn’t the right approach, but are these guys going to be the first in a rocky line of “failed blitz dominos” about to crash over? Let’s hope not!
Get the Weekly Brief straight in your inbox: Gretta Thunberg’s rousing and emotional speech at the United Nations last week has been hailed by some as “the most powerful speech” they have ever seen (and you should watch it if you haven’t yet!). Others have a different opinion, with no punches pulled by the likes […]
Gretta Thunberg’s rousing and emotional speech at the United Nations last week has been hailed by some as “the most powerful speech” they have ever seen (and you should watch it if you haven’t yet!). Others have a different opinion, with no punches pulled by the likes of Jeremy Clarkson (no surprises there hey?), who branded her a “spoilt brat” and told her “to go back to school”. Putin has also weighed in – dismissing her as a “poorly informed teenager”. In my opinion, Greta Thunberg is nothing short of an inspiration. She has spurred a global climate change movement which is pushing communities, nations and corporations to act before it is too late.
Over the course of a week, Greta’s Instagram following has risen from 2 to 7 million. Twitter has exploded. Thousands upon thousands have taken to the streets demanding government action. Opponents, in a bid to seize control of the narrative, have torn apart her appearance, her state of mind and her family. The list goes on. Greta is gaining traction and the world (I hope) is waking up.
So, what can you do to combat climate change?
Support GreenTech startups (search for jobs in them, subscribe to their services etc.). Work in Startups is proud to have a number on our site – for example:
Wear your wooly jumper instead of turning your central heating up
Think Smart… Politically
Research your MPs views and policies on climate change
Pay careful attention to government policy and think how your vote can make a difference
Post On Social Media
Raising awareness is key. If you care, then tell your mum, sister, heck, even your grandfather about what is happening – humanity is truly facing an existential threat
Technology is only part of the solution. Whenever GreenTech startups post on Work in Startups it’s exciting! But more needs to be done – we (allegedly!) only have 8 years to stop irreversible climate change, so if there was ever any time to act – it’s now!
Act NOW on climate change and act NOW on your future. Check out this weeks hottest jobs:
This week on the weekly brief we are discussing sweaty sensors, mind control and smart gloves. We’re exploring the interesting developments in the tech behind sensors. Plus: giving you a shortlist of our favourite startup jobs from the site this week! […]
Move over Elon Musk, you’re not the only one who wants to read minds!
Facebook unveiled their Brain API Beta at F8, aiming to “integrate people’s thoughts into the next generation of apps”. Given the less-than-discreet reputation Facebook has earned, this is understandably putting some noses out of joint (would you trust them with your thoughts?) But putting privacy or morality to one side (*fingers firmly in ears*), we instead want to look at the awesome tech behind the project. Their team of scientists and developers are treading new ground in both BioTech implants and “neural machine learning”. Thinking as positively as possible, the tech could completely revolutionise treatment plans for neurological disorders. Seems a noble enough cause?
Another group using sensors to potentially tackle the way we treat debilitating disease (and pick up weapons in VR video games) are the team behind the ‘Stretch-Sensing Soft Glove.’ This glove accurately captures intricate hand movements without the need for optical tracking (watch them show off the product and absolutely slam their competitors below!) Meanwhile teams at UC Berkeley and Stanford have both developed similarly thin sensors to track even more biometric data about us “glamorously” through our sweat! Shows just how versatile and open this field is. So, whether you’re prepared to deal with the ickier privacy concerns of neural implants, or just want your sensors to be plain sticky, it looks like this tech will be a major part of future wellness and health. Really it’s just common sense(or)!
We have a truth bomb for you: the 9-5 office job is dead (sorry, Dolly Parton)! Remote work is the way of the future. Good news though for all our baby digital nomads, we work remotely at Work in Startups (in a variety of different ways) so we’re here to share our wisdom. […]
Remote Working Jobs: How Work in Startups works remotely
We have a truth bomb for you: the 9-5 office job is dead (sorry, Dolly Parton)! Remote work is the way of the future. Good news though for all our baby digital nomads, we work remotely at Work in Startups (in a variety of different ways) so we’re here to share our wisdom.
Advantages of Remote Working:
You might be asking, “Why should I jump on the remote working bandwagon?” Let us sell you on the merits:
Productivity – we all know offices can be ironically distracting places. Between the inane Love Island chatter with your deskmates, and comings and goings of the team, sometimes it can be hard to maintain focus. The beauty of remote work is you can choose your workspace and tweak it for maximum productivity.
Make your own hours – remote work is inherently flexible and lends itself toward nontraditional working hours. So, finish when you’re done rather than at 6pm on the nose! Need to take two hours out of your day for an appointment? Provided you can still make any pre-scheduled meetings or call, just catch up with your work later on when you’re free! And save time on that slog of a commute as well.
Best person for the job – when you are a flexible workplace you can hire the most qualified person for your role (hopefully sourced on Work in Startups) rather than the best person who can also make it to your office. This is particularly true for London startups where not all the best talent is within an easy commute!
Promotes Diversity – remote and flexible working is perfect for those with caring or parenting responsibilities which makes it a great option for an equal opportunities workplace.
How we work remotely at Work in Startups
WIS Fun Fact: the Work in Startups team is split between the UK and Greece!
Given this, we’ve had to develop a really tight remote-working system that works for all members of our team. Here’s how we do it:
Tech and Software – we use cloud-based, remote messaging software to communicate in real time, and a ticketing system for asynchronous project work. We are very thankful for cloud-based productivity software as it allows us to work simultaneously on projects despite the ocean between us – this is a MUST!
Workload and Organisation – when remotely working as part of a team (like we do) making sure you know what you need to be doing at any point is vital. We have clear goals over a variety of timeframes so we always know what to crack on with, regardless of where we are working!
Support – the most important way we make remote working work is by encouraging all kinds of remote work: WFH, full remote work and flexible working. Remote is now commonplace! Making us more than just a group of digital nomads – a tribe, if you will!
Tips from one of our remote developers
Chris is one of our lovely developers, who is based in Greece, so is well-versed in everything remote work! Here are some of his top tips:
Your Space – “Space is always really important in my opinion. Realistically you are either working from home, a co-working space, or a cafe. Wherever you are: it needs to be a productive and calm place to work”
Working from Home – “For those that work-from-home, a good tip is to have a separate space for work only. Something like an office (if it’s possible) because it’s exhausting to stay in the same room all day, even after you finish your ‘shift’! I used to work in my living room which was a big mistake because I was getting easily distracted!”
Do you want to find a remote working job in a startup?
Yes? Check out one of our favourite companies who have a few remote roles on our site; CausaLens. They are working on technology that predicts global economic developments in real-time – pretty cool right?
I think we are all in agreement that moving to London can be expensive and stressful, and expensive. We thought it might be helpful to point you in the direction of some of the coolest London startups where their whole bag is making that process easier for you! […]
Top London startups making moving to the city easier
I think we are all in agreement that moving to London can be expensive and stressful, and expensive. We thought it might be helpful to point you in the direction of some of the coolest London startups where their whole bag is making that process easier for you!
The April 2019 Top Five:
BySTORED –Before you move into London (and get your dream job in a London startup), you might be worried about packing the kitchen sink. BySTORED have a cool online platform to help store your belongings in secure facilities in the city, so you can ship your gear in on the day that works for you, then collect it from nearer your new place when you get the keys. The portal is really easy to use and it is a very convenient service for any busy professional!
Goodlord – have a really interesting platform that makes it easier to manage the pre-tenancy process, while improving the experience of managing your landlords (or your tenants if you’re the one renting a place out). Check out their list of hundreds of affiliated agencies (all over the UK) and start browsing!
Reposit –On a similar vein, Reposit is a cool alternative to standard tenancy deposits offering benefits for both agencies and tenants. For tenants, you pay a small fee instead of a tenancy deposit, and can keep a track of the status of your deposit via the easy-to-use platform.
Acasa –This is becoming a must-have in London if you have housemates. It allows you to manage and split all your house bills on one app! Gone are the days of a “gas person” and “electricity person”! It’s very easy to use and puts an end to silly money fights.
Housekeep –Keeping your house clean when living a busy life in the city is not the easiest, hence why many of us choose to have a regular cleaner. But if you can’t find one particular individual to be your “regular”, then why not draw from a pool of vetted professionals. Simply use Housekeep’s easy online booking to get a quote, choose a timeslot, manage your cleaning schedule and pay. Simple!
As you can see there are some really awesome startups in our network that can make moving into a new house and easy process. However, you may be wondering where the fantastic selection of startup jobs is, some good news: many of these five have live roles on our site, check it out!
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