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The Scoop is a bonus series covering insights, patterns, and trends I observe and hear about within Big Tech and at high growth startups. Have a scoop to share? Send me a message! I treat all such messages as anonymous.

The Scoop sometimes delivers firsthand, original reportage. I’m adding an ‘Exclusive’ label to news that features original reporting direct from my sources, as distinct from analysis, opinion, and reaction to events. Of course, I also analyze what’s happening in the tech industry, citing other media sources and quoting them as I dive into trends I observe. These sections do not carry the ‘Exclusive’ mark.

Today’s topics are as follows:

  1. Booking.com rescinding offers in Europe for software engineers located in certain countries. The company is no longer for its Amsterdam office hiring from US-sanctioned countries Iran, Cuba, Syria and some of Ukraine. What is the reason and can we expect more companies outside the US to follow? Exclusive.

  2. Amazon to slow hiring. The penultimate Big Tech company that did not change its hiring strategy is starting to tap on the brakes. Why has the company decided to slow hiring? Some additional details and analysis. Analysis.

  3. Layoffs executed in a considerate way. While Twilio and Patreon both let people go, both companies have demonstrated what a well-executed process looks like. Analysis.

  4. Why does there seem to be an uptick in layoffs? Checkout.com, Twilio, Patreon, Rent the Runway, Bitrise and Pitch let people go this week. But why does there seem to be a bump in the number of layoffs the past two weeks? Analysis.

  5. Layoffs are not the real problem; hiring freezes are. Nnamdi Iregbulem, a partner at Lightspeed Ventures, shares his thoughts on how it’s not the headline-grabbing layoffs that we should focus on when assessing the health of the tech hiring market, but rather the things that rarely get headlines: when hiring slows or stops. Opinion.

  6. Tongue-in-cheek: Zenly employees build their own Talent Hub. Snap is letting go of the whole Zenly division but doesn’t allow these people to list themselves on the Snap Talent Hub. Zenly employees took action and built a better one for themselves. Exclusive.

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