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On Fairness this week, we mentioned the worth of the written phrase. You may think about that the ensuing argument is inherently biased, contemplating we’re three journalists who’ve guess our livelihoods on ink; however, I promise, there’s extra nuance right here past how necessary a lede is.

We just lately printed a current deep dive on Automattic, the business media firm behind the WordPress publishing platform. Based in 2005, Automattic is likely one of the few corporations that has been in a position to evolve and increase its means by a graveyard of media websites. Valued at $7.5 billion, it has additionally satisfied buyers of the monetary promise of its imaginative and prescient.

I used to be most struck by how textual content has formed Automattic’s hiring course of: The corporate affords a purely written interview, the place potential new hires by no means have to reveal their face or voice to anybody by the recruitment funnel. It takes away the inherent bias that comes with a Zoom interview, which, at its core, is only a digital model of a face-to-face interview. Monica Ohara, chief advertising officer of WordPress.com, defined extra about her pondering:

“You usually suppose you’ve bought to speak to them; see them on video. With textual content solely, you take away all this bias and give attention to the content material of what they’re saying, and in addition take a look at for a mode of communication that’s actually necessary in a distributed group.

“In Silicon Valley, everyone seems to be competing for a similar folks that may add variety to your pool. Which is nice for these folks, however what about all of the others who don’t have these alternatives due to the place they have been born or reside? For me, I used to be born within the Philippines and if I hadn’t had the luck to maneuver right here, I’d be residing a unique life.”

Rethinking the worth of textual content, the identical means we rethink what number of synchronous conferences needs to be on our calendar, feels just like the pure subsequent step for corporations determining methods to scale distributed work. Even in a world seemingly dominated by short-form video, phrases — and sound — appear to matter in a means that different codecs by no means will.

In the remainder of this article, we’ll speak about PayPal’s reported new buddy, the Chinese language enterprise capital market and in no way about Fb’s impending new rebrand. 

PayPal picks Pinterest

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We rushed to Twitter Areas this week after rumors got here out that PayPal could also be shopping for Pinterest for a reported $45 billion. The fintech big has been on an acquisition spree of kinds, however scooping up a social, photo-sharing platform might sign its hungry to personal the content material — not simply the client.

Right here’s what to know: This feels nostalgic. PayPal doubtlessly becoming a member of forces with a extra content-focused e-commerce enterprise comes greater than a half-decade after it divorced from eBay. However, as Finix Chief Development Officer Jareau Wadé identified, Pinterest will not be a buying vacation spot like eBay — it’s a spot the place buying begins for almost 450 million customers.

In a Substack put up, Wadé makes the next argument to explain why PayPal might purchase Pinterest:

At its core, Pinterest is extra like Google than eBay. It’s a search engine that conducts over 5 billion searches per thirty days for fuzzy, hard-to-describe concepts the place footage, slightly than phrases, are sometimes the very best place to start out. It additionally has a rising adverts enterprise that produced $613 million final quarter, up 125% YoY. With Pinterest, PayPal can be shopping for the highest of the funnel — the attention and curiosity levels — for hundreds of thousands of internet sites on the web. PayPal would offer Pinterest with the underside of the funnel, permitting them to see the purchases that consequence from buying that started on Pinterest.

Think about if PayPal might use their core product and the commerce property they’ve acquired over the previous 5 years to construct a deconstructed gross sales funnel, not only for one web site, however for the entire web.

Put a pin in it:

China is flourishing

Flag of China with pile of bitcoin

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Knowledge from CB Insights reveals us that, except for a single outsized 2018 spherical, China’s third quarter of 2021 was the very best three-month interval for Chinese language startups ever — each in deal worth and deal depend.

Right here’s what to know: We’re shocked, too. On Fairness, we mentioned how the expansion of China’s enterprise capital market contrasts in sentiment with the area’s authorities restrictions. It appears that regulatory influence hasn’t stopped all corporations from elevating, and rising, their companies there.

Internationally talking:

Round TC

TC Periods: SaaS 2021 is subsequent week! My colleagues have put collectively an incredible present concerning the sector that seemingly can’t cease attracting hundreds of thousands from buyers. We’ll see what stopped consuming the world, how starvation is popping into innovation and positively hit a couple of SaaSy notes by panels with consultants.

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