Mere days after Alphabet and Google CEO Sudar Pichai warned of more job attrition this year, the company is shedding more staff, at its moonshot lab. Alphabet is also restructuring X (not to be confused with what used to be called Twitter) to make it easier to spin out projects with backing (read: money) from outside investors.
X division head Astro Teller told staff in a memo that the company was “expanding our approach to focus on spinning out more projects as independent companies funded through market-based capital.”
X has attempted to tackle bigger-picture challenges and problems worldwide, like , and , but it hasn’t found consistent success through its spinoff businesses. The company hopes this could refocus heady ideas into those with a future.
— Mat Smith
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