A person runs past a building under construction at the Google campus in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Photo: Bloomberg
The Briefing
Startups Google Facebook

Welcome to the 3-Day Office Week: The Information’s Tech Briefing

Photo: A person runs past a building under construction at the Google campus in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Photo: Bloomberg

This week seemed the perfect time to ask our subscribers about their plans to return to the office. 

While tech companies are starting to mark their calendars for when some employees head back to the workplace, Mark Zuckerberg’s expectation that half of Facebook employees will work remotely in five to 10 years seemed to draw a line in the sand. 

As Cory and Alex write, Facebook has rarely shied from taking a tactical advantage. Offering premium engineers the chance to work near ski slopes and beaches could give it an edge in the talent wars if others don’t follow. Will more big tech companies feel the pressure to adapt?

The jury is out on the answer. We do know that Google CEO Sundar Pichai is far less enthusiastic about the idea. Our readers are nearly split. Some 37% of respondents to the latest The Information survey said they’d prefer to work from home permanently if their company gave them the option. Some 44% said they would not. 


Get access to exclusive coverage
Read deeply reported stories from the largest newsroom in tech.
Latest Articles
 
The Takeaway Media/Telecom
The Next Big News Disruption
Anyone who works in media—and especially in news—can feel the change. Everything about this business, from the editorial content to the talent to the (restless) energy of virtual newsrooms, is growing more intense.The pandemic is obviously a big part of the story. But there’s something bigger going on: a new phase of disruption as powerful as the last—if not more powerful. The last sea...
Latest Briefs
 
Splunk Adopts Permanent Remote Work Policy
New Software Platform The Archivist Raises $2 Million From Ashton Kutcher, Edward Norton
Ant Group Looks to Revamp Healthcare Service Amid Beijing’s Crackdown
Stay in the know
Receive a summary of the day's top tech news—distilled into one email.
Access on the go
View stories on our mobile app and tune into our weekly podcast.
Join live video Q&A’s
Deep-dive into topics like startups and autonomous vehicles with our top reporters and other executives.
Enjoy a clutter-free experience
Read without any banner ads.
Org Charts Google
At Booming Google, Search Chief Gives More Love to Product Managers
Even as Google’s business booms and hiring accelerates, senior leaders have made changes to the unit housing its biggest moneymakers—web search and advertising.
Photos by Bloomberg; Illustration by Mike Sullivan
Exclusive Facebook
Zuckerberg’s Plan to Repair Facebook’s Image: More Zuckerberg
During a companywide Q&A with Facebook employees last Thursday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg turned to a question about a recent uptick in posts on his Facebook page, including a joke he made referencing the actor Vin Diesel a few days prior.
Photo: Bloomberg
Opinion Venture Capital Startups
Why the Smart Money Is Headed to Europe
For years, Europe has run a distant second to the U.S. when it comes to creating and supporting tech startups.
Branded president Michael Ronen. Photo provided by Branded
The Big Interview Venture Capital Startups
Branded Joins Frenzy of Startups Acquiring Amazon Merchants, Finds Profits
Michael Ronen recently learned more than he ever thought he’d know about soap. Ronen runs Branded, a startup that buys up successful small businesses who sell their wares on Amazon.
Data Point
Inside Rounds Hit Record $30 Billion as Investors Double Down
Venture capitalists may be getting too comfortable with marking up their own portfolios. The number of inside rounds, or VC deals in which only a startup’s previous investors participate, reached a high of over 1,000 in the U.S.
Didi’s offices in Hangzhou, China. Photo: Bloomberg
Exclusive Asia E-commerce
China’s Ride-Hailing Giant Didi Plans Separate IPO of Grocery Business
Didi Chuxing, a Chinese ride-hailing giant that plans to go public in New York this summer, is already making plans to spin off its newly created grocery-delivery service a year or two after the initial public offering.