Slack, which has 6 million daily users, is stepping up its push for international dominance by making its service available in French, German and Spanish. The company is also adding a feature that will let users add employees from different organizations to their teams.
Silicon Valley has been reluctant to back semiconductor startups since the end of the dot-com bubble, but Barefoot Networks has been able to attract $155 million in funding from big-name investors. Still, Barefoot faces challenges ahead as it seeks to carve out a niche for itself amid competition from larger businesses with much bigger bank accounts.
China-based UrWork is facing accusations of trademark infringement from office-space company WeWork. UrWork has denied the allegations, but a spokesman for WeWork commented that "there is no reason for them to enter our home market with such a confusingly similar name."
Several startups -- including Once Upon a Farm, Nurture Life and Yumi -- are looking to offer healthier baby-food options. Meanwhile, established brands in the industry are also refining their offerings.
Lucia Guillory, head of people ops for Patreon, is a proponent of a holistic approach that involves embracing data-driven decision making and planning for employees' needs throughout their time with a company. "My goal is to coordinate across all the functions that touch an employee's experience at Patreon, so that we can support and nurture every employee in a way that equips them to be as happy and productive as possible," she said.
Startup founders face several distractions, including the need to raise funds, but they can't afford to lose their focus on product quality. "I wouldn't focus so much on being successful in and of itself, but rather on the process of becoming better every single day," said Vlad Tenev, co-CEO of Robinhood.
Companies -- particularly in the US -- often resort to firing employees or high-profile leaders after some sort of public failure has occurred. This is necessary in certain circumstances, but companies could also try demoting transgressors or monitoring them closely for a limited time to see if their behavior can improve.
Startups in the battery industry face a number of obstacles, including long timelines to success, the need for specialized personnel and slim margins. These companies could learn from their peers in the pharmaceutical industry by building corporate partnerships and tapping into government grants and philanthropic capital to meet their funding needs.