September 26 2017

In tech news, Uber fights for independent contractor designation in London amid license difficulties, Deliveroo raises $385 million, StaffConnect app aims for worker engagement, DoorDash makes an “acquihire” and more.

Here’s some of the most recent tech talent news:

Uber, Lyft

The Independent newspaper in London reported Uber will appear Wednesday before an employment tribunal to argue its case for keeping workers as independent contractors even as the human cloud, ride-sharing firm lost its license to operate in London — a move that it can appeal. Uber’s new CEO also issued a public apology in the wake of the license decision.

With Uber losing its license to operate in London, human cloud competitor Lyft is working to get approval for its own operations in the British capital, according to The Telegraph newspaper. Lyft has been in discussions with regulators, including officials at Transport for London, the agency that had taken away Uber’s license.

Taxify, another ride-hailing firm, also aims to start operating in London, although it was shut down by regulators there at the start of the month.


Human cloud, food delivery firm Deliveroo is now worth more than $2 billion after the UK-based firm raised $385 million in private funding, Reuters reported.

Deliveroo operates in eight European countries, Australia, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.


StaffConnect aims to bolster employee engagement through a white-label, smartphone app that targets workers, including those who do not work from a desk but are out in the field or whose jobs don’t call for desk work.

The product allows employers to push information to workers, survey workers, schedule events and allows the employees to have a community. In addition, it provides a directory feature where workers can communicate with one another. Founder and CEO Bulent Osman says the communication feature aims to do away with the use of “rogue apps” such as WhatsApp that workers may be using to communicate with one another but that aren’t sanctioned by the company, said Bulent Osman, founder and CEO of StaffConnect.

Companies can also divide the different communities of workers on the app into different segment.

The bottom line is to increase employee engagement. “Our technology becomes an enabler for cultural shift and cultural change,” Osman said.


Human cloud, delivery firm DoorDash announced  Sept. 14 that it “acquihired” local delivery platform Rickshaw. Three key Rickshaw executives will join Doordash as part of the deal, and join its DoorDash Drive program to allow businesses to deliver orders that originate outside the DoorDash marketplace. However, the operations of Rickshaw will be wound down.

Richshaw was founded in San Francisco in 2013 by Divya Bhat and Gautam Jayaraman, both graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Diversity hiring startup Jopwell, which focuses on diversity recruitment, raised $7.5 million VentureBeat reported.

“Candidates create a profile on the Jopwell website, much like on other job recruiting sites — the difference being that they are asked to select their racial identity,” according to VenutreBeat. Candidates can also include their photos.

It’s free for job applicants, but Jopwell charges client companies for searching the data base of candidates.

The New York-based company was begun in 2015.

Randstad Sourceright

Increasing automation will shift talent needs to higher skilled roles, according to 67% of executives around the globe surveyed for Randstad Sourceright’s new Talent Trends Quarterly report. In the US alone, 72% said the same.

In addition, 71% globally agreed that “technology helps them make smarter hiring decisions” and reduces risk in talent acquisition.

However, in the IT and technology sector, 61% of respondents said the digital transformation was moving too quickly, an increase of 39% since 2016. In comparison, only 47% of employers in the automotive and manufacturing industries felt the digital transformation was moving too quickly.

“Technological change can be overwhelming, but employers should not be relying on technology alone,” Randstad Sourceright CEO Rebecca Henderson said. “Human intelligence is not only required to make technology work, it is essential to turn data into meaningful business insights.”

The survey included 700 human capital leaders in 15 countries.

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