Daily Crunch: Biden’s labor secretary says gig workers should be reclassified

The Biden administration inklings at gig economy mutates, Blue Origin will be taking fares and we interview Jim Belushi about weed. This is your Daily Crunch for April 29, 2021.

The big narration: Biden’s proletariat secretary says gig employees is advisable to reclassified

The Biden administration’s proletariat secretary Marty Walsh recently said in an interview with Reuters that he’s “looking at” the gig economy.

” In a lot of cases gig proletarians should be classified as employees, ” Walsh said. “In some occurrences they are treated respectfully and in some cases they are not and I think it has to be consistent across the board.”

For now, this is just talk, but it suggests that new regulations and gig work reclassification could be a priority for the new administration.

The tech giants

Google Pay update contributes grocery presents, transit swellings and spending insights — Through partnerships with Safeway and Target, Google Pay consumers will now be able to browse their store’s weekly circulars showcasing the latest deals.

Zynga and Rollic acquire the hyper-casual game studio behind High Heels — The company said High Heels( or, if you vow, High Heels !) has been downloaded more than 60 million times because it was initiated in January.

IBM is acquiring mas app and network administration house Turbonomic for up to$ 2B — Turbonomic provides tools to manage application performance, along with Kubernetes and network performance.

Startups, funding and venture capital

Blue Origin will start selling tickets for New Shepard space tourism flights on May 5 — The “when and how much” are the two burning questions that remain around the Jeff Bezos-backed gap company’s firstly commercial passenger flights.

TravelPerk causes $160 M in equity and obligation after a year of forestalled business outings — TravelPerk lets users compare, volume and statement learns, gondolas, flights, inns and apartments from a range of providers.

MoviePass co-founder’s PreShow Interactive heightens$ 3M to expand into gaming — The startup will give PC and console gamers a new path to earn in-game money in exchange for watching ads.

Advice and analysis from Extra Crunch

Healthcare is the next brandish of data liberation — David Jegen and Carl Byers of F-Prime Capital argue that the winners of the healthcare data change will seem different than they did with monetary data.

Fintech startups provided VC records as the 2021 fundraising sell continues to impress — New data indicate Q1 2021 was the most difficult fintech VC fourth ever.

How to fundraise over Zoom more effectively — A years ago, many of us probably thought that virtual fundraising would be impossible.

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Everything else

Jim Belushi is chasing the magic in cannabis — We interviewed Belushi about his new greenhouses, supplied in part by GrowGeneration.

U.S. video game spending increased 30% in Q1 — Content was up 25% for the part, supplementaries hopped 42% and equipment became up 82%, according to NPD.

Sequoia’s Shaun Maguire and Vise’s Samir Vasavada will talk success in fintech on Extra Crunch Live — Join us on May 19 to discuss what drew the pair together, key tips-off for fundraising and how to be successful in the fintech space.

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