Get the Weekly Brief straight in your inbox: Attention anyone single (and looking to Kris Kringle) this Christmas! A new dating app, DigiD8, is on the horizon and it’s somewhat… unnerving, to say the least. Harvard academic George Church proposes to match users based on their DNA in an attempt to eliminate genetic diseases. Dystopian […]
Attention anyone single (and looking to Kris Kringle) this Christmas! A new dating app, DigiD8, is on the horizon and it’s somewhat… unnerving, to say the least. Harvard academic George Church proposes to match users based on their DNA in an attempt to eliminate genetic diseases. Dystopian enough for you? What about when I tell you that the proposed app would screen out potential partners that have the ‘wrong DNA’. Freaky.
Church claims that the app (once it is created… it’s all just wishy-washy hypothesis for now) could have huge positive implications for society. It could, allegedly, prevent people with similar genetic mutations from matching, which could drastically reduce the number of people with hereditary diseases. He likens the app to genetic counselling, which many couples already undergo. While genetic counselling influences whether a couple tries for a baby, DigiD8 would stop them from meeting in the first place!
Sounds great, right? No, I’m not buying it. Dating sucks enough and now this? While the app would have advantages (who wouldn’t want to eliminate Cystic Fibrosis?) it’s a very, very slippery slope and could easily be mishandled. The idea that someone’s DNA can somehow make them incompatible with someone else, regardless of their personality and behaviour, is pretty nauseating. Surely there’s a lot more to a relationship than being DNA compatible with someone, and aren’t we being casual about something that’s tantamount to eugenics? Also, who in their right mind would give their DNA away to a dating app in the first place? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Big Tech anywhere NEAR my DNA. What do you reckon?
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: Edinburgh’s technology sector has boomed in recent years and the city is fast becoming the Data Capital of Europe. Digital jobs in Edinburgh increased over 3x the UK average between 2014 and 2017, and the tech sector contributed a whopping £4bn in revenue to the economy last […]
Edinburgh’s technology sector has boomed in recent years and the city is fast becoming the Data Capital of Europe. Digital jobs in Edinburgh increased over 3x the UK average between 2014 and 2017, and the tech sector contributed a whopping £4bn in revenue to the economy last year. Edinburgh is now the largest technology and startup jobs hub outside London! For those of you who want a start up job but don’t want to move to London (or want to get out of London!) – consider moving to Edinburgh. It can get a little cold… but its beauty and culinary scene more than make up for it. And we’ve hundreds of Edinburgh startup jobs on our site, so keep an eye out and consider making the move!
Care Sourcer is an Edinburgh-based health-tech startup that is making waves! It’s a technology platform that allows people to compare care providers in a particular region and source the best care for their needs. It’s revolutionising the care sector by bringing choice, transparency and control to the market. Too many people wait weeks, sometimes months, for care and Care Sourcer is changing this. They raised an impressive £8.5 million in a Series A funding Round and are growing fast! Definitely a startup to watch.
ShareIn is a cutting-edge fintech start up that provides companies with customisable investment platforms that enable them to find funding through their network of investors. Their software handles every step of the investment process and ensures compliance at every stage! Companies can now focus all their attention on profit-generating activities. To add to all this excitement, ShareIn has also launched an innovative new payment product! This post-seed startup is a big name in the Edinburgh Startup Scene. Keep your eyes peeled for future developments….
Check out our job board Work in Startups for all the hottest Edinburgh startup jobs!
This week we’re bringing you a piece about Google! Google has just won a landmark ‘Right to be Forgotten’ case and it’s all we’re thinking about! Plus, we’re bringing you all the hottest jobs of the week. Enjoy! […]
Anyhow, onto the interesting stuff… in 2016 the French Privacy Regulator CNIL fined Google €100,000 💲 for point blank refusing to de-list sensitive information from search results globally upon request. Google fought back 👊 and took its case to the European Court of Justice! Search engines, Google argued, should not censor search results for people in other parts of the world where the Right to be Forgotten is not enshrined. Were the Right to be Forgotten applied outside the EU, it could (potentially!) be abused by authoritarian regimes to censor human rights abuses. Essentially, Europe ruled that it is not Europe’s place to apply the Right to be Forgotten globally!
So what actually happened this week? Well Google WON the landmark case and (for now!) the Right to be Forgotten only applies within the EU. So try not to do anything too embarrassing when you’re outside of Europe…
You May Request to be Forgotten…. But Don’t Forget This Week’s Hottest Startup Jobs:
Here at Work in Startups, we are often asked what types of companies we classify as a startup (and similarly, what it takes to make it onto our site!) In the interest of transparency, we thought we’d expand on how we think a “startup” differs from other labels commonly tossed around, such as “scaleup”, “SME”, […]
Here at Work in Startups, we are often asked what types of companies we classify as a startup (and similarly, what it takes to make it onto our site!) In the interest of transparency, we thought we’d expand on how we think a “startup” differs from other labels commonly tossed around, such as “scaleup”, “SME”, or even “small business”.
Full Disclosure: it is highly subjective! There is no single, universally accepted definition of a startup. It’s a much more broad-reaching term than others you might hear such as ‘unicorn’ (a privately held startup company valued at over $1 billion). Confusion is possibly rooted in the rise of companies keen to define themselves as a startup (it’s a sexy tag after all), even when they don’t fulfil many of the characteristics that others would deem essential.
What are the features of a startup
In our humble opinion, these tend to be the two key features that differentiate a startup from any old company:
Growth – is it expanding and growing rapidly, in terms of either customers, new jobs or financials? Yes? Potentially this company is a startup! There’s a relatively widely shared blog post on this which goes into much more detail on why this angle is often considered the most important: http://www.paulgraham.com/growth.html
Innovative – the startup industry has become culturally synonymous with the concept of disruptive business models. For us, a startup needs to offer something fresh!
Often but not always: a tech focus or component, VC funding (or likely potential to receive/qualify for funding in the near future), some element of risk (not a traditional service with hundreds of comparables), interesting employee perks and an “owner culture” (which could mean equity awards readily available to staff).
Meanwhile, these features can help the eagle-eyed spot where a company is on its journey to unicorn status (i.e. when is it likely no longer a startup):
New – the exact age before a company falls into ‘scaleup territory’ is up for debate: some experts set as low as three-years-old as this cap. We modestly say about five-years-old, absolute maximum ten.
Small – headcount (like age) is a nice marker for when a company has graduated to ‘scale-up status.’ We think this happens when you exceed roughly 100-200 members of staff.
Revenue – as with all of the numbers in this list, a revenue of more than £10 million is a rough metric, to give you a general feel. Effectively: no unicorns allowed!
At Work in Startups, we think that growth (or growth potential) is the most important identifier for startups. While our opinion is based on rather a lot of startup companies and job ads, we wanted to see what our lovely and knowledgeable twitter community thought. Interestingly they had other ideas…
As you can see the results overwhelmingly favoured how recently the company was founded – although it is clear that growth is quite important! This really suggests that checking a variety of metrics (cue our handy-dandy list) is the only way for us to truly hunt the next unicorn!
Note: we include a combination of start up and scale up jobs on our site, as despite the terminology being murky, we tend to find our audience is broadly interested in both. Do feel free to get in touch though if you have any comments on this!
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