On March 19, a group of Kickstarter employees announced a plan to unionize. The union, Kickstarter United, released a statement published by The Verge that reads:
"Kickstarter United is proud to start the process of unionizing to safeguard and enrich Kickstarter’s charter commitments to creativity, equity, and a positive impact on society. We trust in the democratic process and are confident that the leadership of Kickstarter stands with us in that effort. Kickstarter has always been a trailblazer, and this is a pivotal moment for tech. We want to set the standard for the entire industry. Now is the time. Come together. Unionize."
It's still unclear whether Kickstarter will recognize the union. The company is undergoing a leadership shift—CEO Perry Chen announced his resignation on the same day Kickstarter United announced its union. Historically, unions conjure up images of picket lines and protests over fair wages or workplace safety, but in Silicon Valley, we're seeing something different. Kickstarter United, and the collective actions taken by tech employees over the last year, signal that professionals in Silicon Valley want a say in the company's direction on a business level. In the last year we've seen:
20,000 Google employees participated in a walk-out, as well as an organized awareness campaign, to end forced arbitration policies.
Amazon employees wrote an open letter to Jeff Bezos, demanding Amazon “Stop selling facial recognition services to law enforcement,” along with demands for transparency around Amazon's law enforcement contracts.
Microsoft employees published a petition that began: “We request that Microsoft cancel its contracts with ICE, and with other clients who directly enable ICE. As the people who build the technologies that Microsoft profits from, we refuse to be complicit.”
Companies have had mixed responses to these campaigns. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, for example, defended military and law enforcement contracts, saying, “We made a principled decision that we're not going to withhold technology from institutions that we have elected in democracies to protect the freedoms we enjoy.” Google, on the other hand, ended forced arbitration for sexual harassment suits—but only for individual cases, and not for discrimination suits.
Historically, Silicon Valley hasn't had to grapple with unions or collective action, and it's uncertain what effect this trend will have on tech giants that have never had to pay it mind. For the last year, government attempts to regulate Silicon Valley have made headlines like clockwork—but it may be the employees actually inside these companies trying the hardest to hold them accountable.
Why your job offer was rescinded—and how to handle it
Having a job offer rescinded can feel like a gut punch. The awkwardness of phone screens and “grit” interviews gives way to the relief and joy of a job offer—and in an instant, that offer is taken away, replacing your sense of victory with nausea.
In an ideal world, the only loss you'd face is the time you spent interviewing. In reality, candidates stand to lose much more. If you've already left your old job, turned down other offers, or, in an even worse scenario, moved to a new city, a rescinded offer has actual financial consequences.
Now, companies don't want to rescind job offers. As one recruiter we spoke to put it, “Given the highly competitive market for technical talent, the amount of time and resources that go into a normal hiring process, and the fact that negative interview experiences can easily end up online, companies typically resort to rescinding an offer for the worst offenders or for highly unusual circumstances.”
In other words, a rescinded job offer represents wasted resources and potential reputation damage for a company. Because of this, only two situations tend to trigger a rescinded offer.
Last year, Product Hunt ran its first-ever Makers Festival, encouraging people from all walks of life to make, tinker with, and launch projects. Over 2,000 makers participated, all competing for the Silver Kitty trophy. 😺
We're excited to announce the Makers Festival is back—but with a twist. This Makers Festival will be “no-code” themed.
Over the past year, we've seen a trend of makers building amazing products without writing a single line of code, and we want to celebrate it. Anyone, regardless of technical ability, can create and launch a product.
We're also partnering with Coda to help you build your idea. Coda is a new type of doc that grows with your ideas—aka it's perfect for building and launching products. There will be a prize for each of our five festival categories, with a special "Maker in Chief" prize for the best app built in Coda. We can't wait to see what you build! 🙌