Weekly Roundups

The Week in Tech: No More Postmates in Mexico City

By Pedro Alcalá | Fri, 12/06/2019 - 17:27

Food delivery app startup Postmates has now closed its office in Mexico City. It has also laid off dozens of employees worldwide, including personnel from their San Francisco headquarters and their offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, and a number of other locations. Additionally, the company and its approximately 1,300 employees is rumored to be in talks to find a possible buyer.

Factors that might have precipitated this decision include the intense competition for Mexico City market share with both national and international food delivery app startups such as UberEats, DoorDash, Rappi, SinDelantal and Didi, amongst others. 

In their statement announcing the office closing and the layouts, a Postmates representative said that they “made the difficult decision to end operations in Mexico City as we focus on our continued growth in the U.S.,”

Huawei sues the FCC

Chinese smartphone market leader Huawei has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the American regulator that voted last month to prohibit American telecommunication companies from using federal subsidies to buy equipment from Huawei and fellow Chinese technological supplier ZTE. 

Huawei, the biggest provider of telecom equipment in the world, argues that this prohibition violates the company’s constitutional rights. This is the second time this year that Huawei has sued the American government.    

Facebook Removes Ad

After generating controversy last month by deciding not to ban false or misleading political ads even after fellow tech giant Twitter decided to do so, Facebook has seemingly reversed course by removing a UK Conservative Party ad that contained misleadingly edited footage of BBC news presenters.

Pressure to remove the ad came from the BBC itself, which argued in a formal complaint that the footage presented therein out of context "could damage perceptions of our impartiality".

Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin step down from top jobs

The two men who started one of the most powerful companies in the world inside a Menlo Park, California garage over two decades ago have this Tuesday announced their retirement from their positions as President and Executive President of parent company Alphabet. 

Page and Brin will retain a couple of seats with vote power within Alphabet’s executive boardroom. Sundar Pichai, current Executive President of Google, is expected to assume the position of Executive President at Alphabet.  

Balero Ventures Inaugurates Cowork Center for Guadalajara Tech Startups

With an investment of over US$250K, Mexican incubator and accelerator Balero Ventures inaugurated the Innovation Center for Startups and Companies in the Jalisco state capital of Guadalajara, now globally recognized as Mexico’s Silicon Valley. The Center will offer below market prices to support local innovators.

Pedro Alcalá Pedro Alcalá Senior Journalist & Industry Analyst