SpaceX Tech managers have responded to ongoing protests against racism this weekend, and Zynga announces a major acquisition.
1. SpaceX’s first manned spacecraft successfully moored at the International Space Station
SpaceX’s crew dragon “Endeavor” successfully docked on the International Space Station as planned on Sunday morning, marking another important milestone during this historic commercial crew demonstration mission it is conducting with NASA. Onboard were NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, who were the first to travel into orbit aboard a spacecraft built by a private company.
Passing this milestone means that essentially the first half of the mission has been successfully completed. So far, SpaceX has shown that the starting process works as planned, as well as a manual control (the astronauts have adopted this system and carried out two tests) and automatic docking.
2. Tech companies respond to George Floyd’s death, protests, and systemic racism
Tech companies and CEOs have started to grapple with a rather delicate topic for companies that are not used to rocking the boat on such social issues. For example, Apple’s Tim Cook wrote: “This is a moment when many people only want a return to normalcy or to a status quo that is only pleasant if we take our eyes off injustice. As difficult as it is to admit, this desire is itself a sign of privilege. ”
3. Zynga acquires Turkish Peak Games for $ 1.8 billion after buying its $ 100 million card game studio in 2017
With this deal, Zynga wins two very popular titles/franchises that it didn’t develop from scratch – Toon Blast and Toy Blast from Peak Games together add up to more than 12 million DAUs.
4. Global smartphone sales fell 20% in the first quarter thanks to COVID-19
According to the latest Gartner report, the global market fell 20.2% year-on-year, largely due to the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of the top five global manufacturers saw sharp declines in the quarter, with the exception of Xiaomi, which saw a slight increase of 1.4%.
5. 6 VCs share their bets on the future of work
Given the increasing loneliness with shelter-in-place contracts, which are being implemented in various forms worldwide, investors are looking for products and services that promote a real connection between a distributed workforce and a distributed society. (Additional crunch membership required.)
6. Bonus, the employee recognition platform, brings in $ 9 million in Series A.
The bonus was launched in 2013 when co-founder and CEO Raphael Crawford-Marks saw the opportunity to reinvent the way employers and colleagues recognize and reward their employees.
7. This week’s Tech Report podcasts
The latest episode of full-length equity discusses the future of work and the shift in technology talent to smaller towns. Monday’s summary explains how startups and the VC world respond to police brutality and systemic racism. And for original content, we’re reviewing the new romantic Netflix comedy “The Lovebirds”.