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Coronavirus crisis will reveal which startups are ‘houses of cards’: Fast Company Editor-in-Chief

Layoffs at high-profile tech giants like Uber (UBER) and Lyft (LYFT) grabbed headlines in recent weeks, though the novel coronavirus has also decimated the next generation of aspiring unicorns, forcing some to close permanently.

Some promising ventures may succumb to unfortunate circumstances, but the economic crisis also reveals which early-stage companies can draw on the effective leadership and sustainable business model necessary to weather a downturn, says Stephanie Mehta, the editor-in-chief of business publication Fast Company.

“We’re going to see the companies that actually have real business plans and real models that will be able to sustain them on the

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Protests shed light on why ‘black founders matter’ in startups, business

Widespread protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd have also put a spotlight on a lack of racial and ethnic diversity in the boardroom, a venture capitalist told Yahoo Finance this week, who described the issue as an opportunity for change.

Angel investor Lorine Pendleton, the lead investor for the Rising American Fund with Portfolia, said that the current social upheaval is putting a needed spotlight on issues that pertain to class and wealth. That includes the need to tackle the dearth of minorities on Wall Street, Silicon Valley and in board rooms.

The problem is “really

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