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Amazon offers employees $10K and 3 months’ pay to start their own delivery businesses
Following news of Amazon’s plans to reduce Prime shipping down to one day, the company this morning announced an expansion of its Delivery Service Partner program, which now includes a new incentive that encourages existing Amazon employees to start their own package delivery company. The partner program, first announced last year, includes access to Amazon’s delivery technology, hands-on training and a suite of other discounts for assets and services like vehicle leasing and insurance. For employees, it now includes a $10,000 incentive, too. The retailer says it will fund startup costs up to $10,000, as well as the equivalent of three months of the former employee’s last gross salary, to give the employees the ability to get their new business off the ground without worrying about a break in pay. (Fonte: TechCrunch)

Mailchimp expands from email to full marketing platform, says it will make $700M in 2019
Mailchimp, a bootstrapped startup out of Atlanta, Ga., is known best as a popular tool for organizations to manage their customer-facing email activities — a profitable business that its Ceo told TechCrunch has now grown to around 11 million active customers with a total audience of 4 billion (yes, 4 billion), and is on track for $700 million in revenue in 2019. To help hit that number, Mailchimp is taking the wraps off a significant update aimed at catapulting it into the next level of business services. Starting today, Mailchimp will start to offer a full marketing platform aimed at smaller organizations. (Fonte: TechCrunch)

India’s Locus raises $22 million to expand its logistics management business
Locus, an Indian startup that uses AI to help businesses map out their logistics, has raised $22 million in Series B funding to expand its operations in international markets. The financing round for the four-year-old startup was led by Falcon Edge Capital  and Tiger Global. Existing investors Exfinity Venture Partners and Blume Ventures  also participated in the round. The startup has raised $29 million to date, Nishith Rastogi, co-founder and Ceo of Locus, told TechCrunch in an interview. Locus works with companies that operate in FMCG, logistics and e-commerce spaces. (Fonte: TechCrunch)

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