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Coinbase says 60 workers are leaving over its apolitical stance

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Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong started a maelstrom when he mentioned his firm would interact “minimally” round politics. Those that didn’t agree, he mentioned, might depart.

On Thursday, Armstrong revealed in a weblog submit simply what number of took him up on the provide: About 60 workers, or 5% of Coinbase’s staff, took up the exit bundle that supplied severance of between 4 to 6 months. The determine, he added, may very well be increased as some negotiations are wrapped up.

Armstrong’s preliminary missive reportedly got here after workers referred to as for the corporate to say the phrases “Black Lives Matter.” Coinbase hesitated to conform—apparently over issues whether or not the phrase would additionally imply assist for defunding the police—however Armstrong finally did on Twitter after a digital walkout. Then Coinbase tightened its pointers on discussions round politics at work, culminating in Armstrong’s submit, based on Wired

In that message, Armstrong mentioned that it had been a distraction for corporations to have interaction in all kinds of social activism. However paradoxically, by trying to free Coinbase of any political stance, he has made it the middle of a political dialog. 

Now the query is, what is going to it do when the subsequent sociopolitical problem crops up?

UNICORN FACTORY: No less than 4 new unicorns crossed my radar this week alone. There was Unqork, Tipalti, and Dialpad on Tuesday, to not point out MessageBird on Thursday. It looks as if a strong time for unicorn creation. 

However what does the information say? Based on numbers from Pitchbook, some 93 unicorns globally have been created to this point this 12 months, or about one each three days. And whereas the meeting line goes robust, figures are nonetheless trending under that of 2019, an outsized 12 months for brand new unicorns. Some 106 corporations crossed the $1 billion threshold by the top of the third quarter in 2019.

Lucinda Shen
Twitter: @shenlucinda
E mail: lucinda.shen@fortune.com

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