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Gen Z at work: bridging the gap with smart onboarding

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What should you consider in your startup when learning that millions of recent college graduates are joining the job market and many feel they need to be equipped? This is what Gen Z workers are looking for.

In other news, Hugging Face CEO, Clément Delangue, considers that the AI industry is consolidating while he knows of at least 10 AI startups a week that want to be acquired. And if you like drama, learn why Ripplings’ recent tender offer is dividing its employees and investors.


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  5. 📄 Two European AI leaders, Aleph Alpha and Silo AI, partner to boost "sovereign AI" across the continent, backed by $500M.

  6. Legislation on salary transparency is improving the gender pay gap in startups, says Ravio. But more work remains.

Gen Z at Work: Bridging the Gap with Smart Onboarding

Over 2.4 million college grads will join the workforce this year, yet many feel unprepared. A survey by CYPHER Learning found nearly two-thirds of Gen Z workers are dissatisfied with their job readiness, emphasizing the need for better training and development programs.

Gen Z values professional growth, with 70% considering it crucial when choosing a job. Companies can enhance onboarding with dedicated learning programs, buddy systems, senior mentors, and 90-day feedback. These strategies can help new hires assimilate and thrive, fostering productivity and long-term retention. Read more here. 

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AI Startups: The Rising Wave of Acquisitions

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Hugging Face, the multi-billion dollar AI community startup, recently completed its fourth acquisition by purchasing the AI collaboration platform Argilla for $10 million. CEO Clément Delangue notes a significant increase in acquisition inquiries, with at least 10 startups reaching out every week.

This trend indicates a consolidation within the industry, with major tech companies like Apple, Google, and Meta acquiring numerous AI startups. Hugging Face's recent $235 million funding round and its $4.5 billion valuation highlight the sector's rapid expansion and the growing attractiveness of AI startups. Read more.

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