The Scoop #46: Uber’s engineering level changes
Also: Meta’s second round of engineering cuts, managers to become ICs at Shopify and a look behind Postman’s and Sentry’s impressive customer growth rates.
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Today's topics are:
Uber’s engineering level changes. Uber revamped its engineering levels in 2022. How did the levels evolve over time, why was it time to change, and what were they? I’ve collected details from current and former engineers. Exclusive.
Meta’s second round of engineering cuts. About 4,000 tech workers were let go yesterday (Wednesday) at Meta. Which divisions are most impacted, and is there a pattern? I talk with current Meta engineers and managers to get answers. Exclusive.
More managers become ICs at Shopify. Several engineering managers at the e-commerce tech giant have been asked to revert to individual contributor (IC) roles. Could this become a trend in Big Tech? Exclusive.
Tech vendors with standout growth rates. Okta has released a report summarizing anonymized app usage data from more than 17,000 customers. Postman, Sentry, Figma, Miro, Snowflake and 1Password are growing very quickly. What’s the ‘secret’ behind some standout growth companies? The CEOs of Postman and Sentry reveal details. Exclusive.
AWS forming a Works Council in Germany. Amazon is known for its union-busting tactics, yet the leadership seems unusually supportive of a new Works Council formed in Germany, which supports the interests of software developers. What are this group’s goals, and its timeline? Exclusive.
Honeycomb’s $50M fundraise. The observability startup has been close to running out of money at least once in their 7-year-old history, and their early years were quite precarious. And yet, in a down market, they raised a surprisingly large round. What is the fundraising environment like and how did they secure a fresh round? I sat down with their CTO to get more details. Exclusive.
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