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Labora: news and views about technology, labor and the politics of the digital workplace - Issue #9

Labora: news and views about technology, labor and the politics of the digital workplace - Issue #9
By Alberto Lusoli • Issue #9 • View online
Hello and welcome everyone to the ninth issue of the Labora newsletter.
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Here is your bi-weekly selection of news about labour, technology and startup.

IPO craze?
Afer Uber, Lyft and Pinterest, it’s We Work turn to enter the public market. The company’s stellar evaluation ($49B) has raised analysts eyebrows who seem concerned with We Work business model sustainability and the company’s over-exposure to real estate market downturns. In the meantime, Softbank has poured additional money into We Work (although less than what initially planned) and the company seems ready to file for an IPO.
The controversy over WeWork’s $47 billion valuation and impending IPO, explained
Digital Labour
I want to signal an article recently published on Notes From Below and written by two colleagues at SFU School of Communication, Seamus Bright Grayer and Enda Brophy:
Co-working is an already established reality. The next frontier is communal living. Several startups are operating in this space and are testing solution to try to make living in tech-hubs more affordable. The latest in chronological order is Starcity. The company is working on a 18 story building with 803 single-occupancy units in the heart of downtown San Jose, a city in the crosshairs of California’s housing crisis.
The project reminds the low-budget single room occupancy hotels, or SROs, that in the early 20th century provided affordable houses to the emerging blue-collar working class in industrial cities.
Starcity is not the first company in the communal-living market. The We Company (We Work’s parent company) inaugurated We Live in New York in 2016.
The Largest Co-Living Building in the World Is Coming to San Jose
That’s all for this week. If you want to share your thoughts abut the report, you can download it at the link below. For comments or questions, feel free to send me a tweet or contact me using the form at this page.
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Alberto Lusoli, Vancouver, CA. Canada