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Inside TechCrunch CrunchMatch

For the third year running, TechCrunch Disrupt featured the use of TechCrunch CrunchMatch, an in-event app that lets attendees connect directly with one another. In an era when IRL events may never be the same, CrunchMatch may prove to be an important marketing advantage, TC having had such a head start.

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Virtual TechCrunch Disrupt: Success on Day 1

Virtual TechCrunch Disrupt 2020 launched yesterday, the flagship event from Silicon Valley tech edit’s biggest brand. Overall, it went well — so much so that it’s hard to imagine F2F events ever again being produced as they were before the pandemic.

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Dotdash Meredith Lays Off 274

… including TripSavvy senior editorial director Laura Ratliff. Expect to see lots of senior talent cut from venerable consumer titles.

‘Open’ Stats on Jan. 26 SWMS Emailer

Here’s what you opened, in descending order: VB/ Quartz “fill out the form”; Suman Bhattacharyya Q&A; cheat sheets on AI newsletters and HR verticals; Meteor Q&A; cheat sheet on manufacturing/3D printing; SWMS contributed content cheat sheet update; SWMS-Semrush Top 15 in healthcare edit

Wisdom from the AP…

“We recommend avoiding general and often dehumanizing “the” labels such as the poor, the mentally ill, the French, the disabled, the college-educated. Instead, use wording such as ‘people with mental illnesses.’ And use these descriptions only when clearly relevant.”

Two More Protocol Reporters Land Good New Jobs

Aisha Counts and Max Cherney have landed good new jobs roughly six weeks after being laid off from Protocol. Both coincidentally are covering big tech companies. Aisha now covers Twitter and Meta for Bloomberg, and Max now works for Silicon Valley Business Journal covering Apple, Meta and Google.

Adweek Lays Off 14

Graphic designer Gabby Ulloa, breaking news reporters Natalie Venegas and Rafael Canton, senior editor David Cohen and senior story editor Nicole Ortiz were among those laid off from Adweek yesterday. Fourteen in total were laid off, ten from the newsroom.

Vox Media Lays Off 7% of Staff

Axios has the story. Seven percent translates to roughly 130 people, Sara Fischer writes. Eater took some hits, as did the Vox Media visuals team.

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