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June 2, 2022
PLUS: Elon Musk vs. remote work, and Elvis leaves the building.
The UK government launched a website to show how people around the world are celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. In the least surprising news of the day, one fraternity at the University of Texas at Tyler is commemorating the event with a beer pong tournament.
In today’s email:
Need a job? Check Slack.
Chart: Musk says screw remote work.
Vegas: Are Sin City’s Elvis weddings coming to an end?
Around the web: Designing a street, how chinchillas get clean, what music supervisors do, and more cool internet finds.
Many companies sign up for Slack in hopes that it will help their employees work more effectively. What they likely don’t expect are employees using the app to find their next job.
Amid the Great Resignation, Slack’s networking channels have become a popular place for tech workers to find their next career move, per The Wall Street Journal.
… is most known for its ability to centralize a company’s workplace communication, but the app isn’t limited to internal messaging. Anyone can create a Slack channel, and as a result, the app has become a hotbed of B2B communities for several reasons:
Cost: For many communities, the free version of Slack will get the job done, allowing community founders to trim expenses
Familiarity: Many workers already use Slack for work, which means they are on the app most weekdays, and know how to use it
Features: The ability to create subject-specific channels, message another member directly, and track a topic through threads are all helpful community tools
With many of these communities focused around a specific career discipline (e.g., product marketing, UX design), networking opportunities naturally arise.
… report some serious benefits to using Slack over traditional job-hunting techniques, including:
Speed: Slack’s networking channels allow workers to connect directly with leaders at other companies, bypassing the traditional recruiting process
Social proof: By searching a user’s message history in the community, a hiring manager can get a sense for how a prospective hire thinks without a resume and cover letter
One worker claims that within a week of joining a cybersecurity marketing community on Slack, he had ~20 interviews scheduled.
But Slack is still small…
… at least compared to LinkedIn, which touts 830m+ members. Slack last reported 12m+ daily active users in 2019. Even if that number has grown substantially, not all of the app’s users join communities outside work.
LinkedIn also has its own Groups feature that professionals use for networking. So while Slack may be attracting early adopters, it will likely be a while before it can match LinkedIn’s efforts on the job-hunting front.
BTW: If you want to find a community for your job, check out this list of 38 Slack communities for every discipline.
Moving on: Sheryl Sandberg is stepping down after 14 years as COO of Meta. She will be succeeded by Javier Olivan, the company’s current chief growth officer.
BNPL bestie: Affirm announced a new partnership with Stripe, following Klarna’s partnership with the payments firm in October. Between the two deals, Stripe will be able to offer more sellers across the US and Europe BNPL capabilities.
Clear mode: TikTok tested a new feature that offers distraction-free viewing by getting rid of likes, comments, share buttons, usernames, captions, and audio information.
Contentious customer: Thousands of Salesforce employees wrote a letter urging the company to drop the NRA as a client.
Devaluation: Fidelity Investments marked down its valuations of several tech companies, including Reddit, Instacart, and ByteDance, as tech stocks continue to tumble.
Watch: Jacob and Rob discuss Dippin’ Dots’ wildly successful side gig as a cryogenics business in this quick clip.
‘Allergy tests’ have never been more popular, according to nearly 350k monthly Google searches. Access our research report to learn how expecting mothers, kids, and pets are driving up an age-old trend.
Oof: Average US gas prices jumped to $4.67 per gallon on Wednesday, a record high that’s up 32% since before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. #ecommerce-retail
Japan tested a subsea turbine that can take energy from ocean currents and convert it into electricity. The turbines would sit in the Kuroshio Current, one of the strongest in the world. #clean-energy
The USDA received 1k+ comments about what it should call cell-based meat, with advocates excited for the new industry and others upset about what it means for traditional agriculture. #emerging-tech
Web$: Binance’s VC arm raised $500m to invest in Web3 and blockchain companies, including NFTs, gaming, and social. #fintech-crypto
Instagram feeds will now show Amber Alerts for missing children in a user’s area, which they can then share with others. #big-tech
Musk says screw remote jobs
On Tuesday, Elon Musk reportedly sent two emails to staff outlining how every Tesla employee must work at least 40 hours a week at a physical Tesla office.
“If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned,” the email reads. “The more senior you are, the more visible must be your presence.”
Had he not “lived in the factory so much,” Musk claims, “Tesla would long ago have gone bankrupt.”
In one email, Musk writes that if there are any “particularly exceptional contributors” unable to work in-office, he would review those cases directly. (We’d love to see who has the gumption to pitch him on that.)
Interestingly, the OG auto pioneer, Henry Ford, cut working days from six to five, and helped popularize the 40-hour workweek back in 1926.
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These demands wouldn’t affect Elvis-themed concerts because tribute shows are protected in Vegas by a right-of-publicity statute.
But Clark County Clerk Lynn Goya, who oversees the city’s wedding marketing, told the Review-Journal that this “might destroy a portion of our wedding industry” — a sector only just rebounding from the pandemic.
ABG bought the rights to Presley from CORE Media Group in 2013, from which it also acquired the rights to Marilyn Monroe and Muhammad Ali. It co-reps Presley’s music catalog with Universal Music Publishing Group.
But Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis is set to premiere later this month, which may drum up renewed interest in the Elvis wedding.
For now, at least one chapel has switched to generic rock-themed weddings, while another told a local news station they’re looking into their legal options.
BTW: You can still get married by an Alice Cooper impersonator. The $750 package includes two songs.
AROUND THE WEB
🚔 On this day: In 2002, crime drama “The Wire” premiered on HBO. Despite never winning an Emmy, it is now lauded as one of the greatest shows of all time.
🎵 That’s interesting: What does a music supervisor do? Find out in this profile on Maggie Phillips, the person responsible for choosing the songs in “Our Flag Means Death” and “The Umbrella Academy.”
🚲 Cure boredom: Design a neighborhood street — including trees, waste bins, and bike lanes — here.
🤓 Useful: Use this site to copy a variety of difficult-to-type symbols.
🎧 Podcast: Can 6k shirts kickstart a $100m marketing company? Apparently, yes. Listen to the Finding Founders episode now.
🐹 Aww: And now, did you know this is how chinchillas bathe?
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