There has been a jump in headlines about labor marketplaces as of late, and it's caught our attention because, well, that's what Cluster is all about. RigUp Inc., an Austin-based startup operating a marketplace for contract workers in the energy sector, surged to a $1.9 billion valuation after receiving a $300 million Series D investment from Andreessen Horowitz. The venture capital firm also just led a $15 million Series A in Incredible Health, a hiring platform for nurses. We expect to see more venture-backed labor marketplaces being founded to serve industries where hiring qualified talent is a challenge.
In aerospace news, Elon Musk and NASA claim SpaceX could fly its first crew in 2020. It's kind of a big deal since it'll mark the first time a private company gets to shuttle American astronauts to the ISS. We cover the story below. And while we're on the subject of Elon – he reminds his Twitter followers that there are, in fact, two words that rhyme with orange. Keep scrolling for more and we'll see you in a fortnight!
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2017 Total Solar Eclipse - International Space Station
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Today’s roundup was written by Lawren Henderson with contributions from Kim Taylor and Justin Parker in Los Angeles.
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