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Maker Faire stops operation and lays off all its staff

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Maker Media, the company which was behind the crafting publication MAKE magazine along with the maker of science and art festival have been forced to close itself because of financial troubles. The company was forced to lay off their entire staff of 22 employees and pause all their operations for now. The Chief Executing Officer Dale Dougherty confirmed that they will be stopping their business temporarily.

The company has been running for 15 years and it has helped kids as well as adults in making step by step do it yourself crafting and science projects. Since the year 2006, the company licensed and hosted about 200 events globally. All these events were spread over 40 countries. The people who attended these events generally work in different art and engineering installations.

“Maker Media Inc. ceased operations this week and let go of all of its employees — about 22 employees,” Dougherty tells TechCrunch. “I started this 15 years ago and it’s always been a struggle as a business to make this work. Print publishing is not a great business for anybody, but it works…barely. Events are hard . . . there was a drop off in corporate sponsorship.”

Microsoft and Autodesk failed to sponsor this year’s flagship Bay Area Maker Faire.

The Chief Executing Officer of the company Dale Dougherty is now trying hard to make sure that they can save this company from bankruptcy.

“We’re trying to keep the servers running,” Dougherty tells me. “I hope to be able to get control of the assets of the company and restart it. We’re not necessarily going to do everything we did in the past but I’m committed to keeping the print magazine going and the Maker Faire licensing program.”

The fate of those hopes will depend on negotiations with banks and financiers over the next few weeks. For now, the sites remain online.

The Chief Executing Officer has been letting go of employees since the year 2016. They have been trying to save the entire situation but is unable to do so. All the employees were paid their salaries but were unable to receive any kind of severance package or a two-week notice which is very normal for all companies to offer.

“It started as a venture-backed company but we realized it wasn’t a venture-backed opportunity” Dougherty admits, as his company had raised $10 million from Obvious Ventures, Raine Ventures, and Floodgate. “The company wasn’t that interesting to its investors anymore. It was failing as a business but not as a mission. Should it be a non-profit or something like that? Some of our best successes, for instance, are in education.”

 

 

 

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According to the CEO of Apple Tim Cook, Silicon Valley has created a lot of chaos

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The Chief Executing Officer Tim Cook was there at Stanford University to give a speech last weekend. Along with all the motivational stuff, he ended up attacking all the big technology companies for creating chaos in the Silicon Valley.

Cook said:

“Today we gather at a moment that demands some reflections. Fueled by caffeine and code, optimism and idealism, conviction and creativity, generations of Stanford graduates and dropouts have used technology to remake our society.”

“But I think you would agree that lately the results haven’t been neat or straightforward. In just the four years that you’ve been here, things feel like they’ve taken a sharp turn. The crisis has tempered optimism. Consequences have challenged idealism. And reality has shaken blind faith.”

Tim also made sure that he names a few of the great inventions that happened in Silicon Valley so that he was able to counterbalance them. He talked about everything which included iPhones, Hewlett Packard, social media and Snapchat.

He continued:

“But lately it seems this industry is becoming better known for a less noble innovation — the belief that you can claim the credit without accepting responsibility. We see it every day now with every data breach, every privacy violation, every blind eye turned to hate speech, fake news poisoning our national conversation, the false miracles in exchange for a single drop of your blood.”

He added later:

“It feels a bit crazy that anyone has to say this, but if you built a chaos factory, you can’t dodge responsibility for the chaos. Taking responsibility means having the courage to think things through.”

Cook then ended up focused on the topic of privacy, a topic that is dear to his heart.

“If we accept as normal and unavoidable that anything in our lives can be aggregated, sold or even leaked in the event of a hack, then we lose so much more than data. We lose the freedom to be human,” he said. “The chilling effect of digital surveillance is profound and it touches everything.”

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Danke China’s housing unicorn appoints ex Baidu executive as their new Chief executing officer

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Danke China’s housing unicorn appoints ex Baidu executive as their new Chief executing officer

Danke Apartments post getting an investment of $500 million in their last funding round has been able to boost up the confidence of the company. This Monday, Danke announced that they will be appointing Gu Guodong as their new Chief Executive Officer to ramp up the companies offline operational crew.

Gu has stepped down from his previous company after working there for five years. He was one of the key members of the company Baidu. He has worked with a company like Baidu and this is the reason he will easily manage all the sales and money which has been generated by the company through funding and revenue.

Gu has joined the company just after Danke has expanded so there was no better person to take care of the company than him. The main focus of the company is to rent out well-furnished flats or apartments to working professionals so that it is easy and convenient for the people who stay there. After the last funding round of the company in the month of February, the company is valued at $2 billion.

Gu, the chief executive officer was one of the top level executives in Baidu and this is the reason he is one of the biggest assets for the company like Danke. For Gu, joining Danke would almost feel like returning home.

Danke chief executive Gao Jing said:

“We welcome our comrade and good friend Michael.”

Gu has previously worked with other executives of Danko and this is why it totally feels like home for the Chief Executive Officer. Derek Shen, the current chairman of Danke, co-founded Nuomi in 2010 is also part of the team making it very strong and efficient.

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Binance starts to restrict United States users ahead of the regulatory compliant exchange launch

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Binance starts to restrict United States users ahead of the regulatory compliant exchange launch

Finally, the largest cryptocurrency exchange is going legit. Binance is known to process a total of $1 billion on a day to day basis and for a long period of time has embodied the Wild West culture of crypto. It still implements all types of restrictions for the United States of America passport holders on a worldwide basis.

The company has grown drastically and has become one of the biggest names in the crypto industry, which basically allows everyone to use all its services so that they can trade myriad tokens. In the past year, the company has become more professional and has started to offer services in a more organized manner.

Just this week, the company announced that they will soon be pairing up with BAM Trading Services. This will surely be a level of disruption for all the customers of the United States of America. People from the United States of America cannot sign up for the Binance.com service.

“Binance is unable to provide services to any U.S. person.”

-which were confirmed to TechCrunch by a spokesperson.

All the people who are using the service will be given a period of 90 days before the company will stop receiving payments. The company has not yet mentioned that if the ban will be with the help of the geolocation or with the help of the IP address.

The 90-day period, which will be given to the customers will end on the 12th of September 2019. According to experts, people from the United States can simply browse through the website only when they will be using some kind of VPN which will show their location outside of United States of America because of their servers present outside the country.

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