Top Stories on StartUps (April 3)
An additional 20 articles discussing startups and entrepreneurs on Twitter have been added on rows 42-61 of the attached spreadsheet.
- Seventeen out of the 20 articles discussed how startups and entrepreneurs were either assisting people during the coronavirus pandemic or finding ways to help their own companies during the outbreak. For example, Zensors is "a startup that uses machine learning to track" activities, and it’s now allowing airports to use its technology for free to take measures against the coronavirus. Zensors’ technology counts open and occupied seats, finds trash, and estimates lines.
- Many of the articles mentioned how startups were severely impacted by the pandemic and suggested things these companies can do to keep their businesses alive. For example, the article Ways to Get Your Business Out of a Rut provides tips, such as mapping out projects and brainstorming marketing ideas, in order for companies to continue thriving.
- Many startups are creating technology to help people during the coronavirus. For example, the Indian startup called Bione Ventures Pvt Ltd created a home screening kit for the coronavirus, while the Irish drone food delivery startup called Manna Aero is launching drones to transport medicines and groceries to senior citizens amid the pandemic.
- Recent articles show that large companies are helping startups. For example, Facebook is giving $40 million in grants to 10,000 small businesses in 34 American cities, while the startup American Giant joined 11 other brands, like Hanes and Fruit of the Loom, to manufacture protective equipment for health professionals.
- Some articles found that many startups are laying off their employees amid the COVID-crisis. For example, New York Times found that more than 50 startups in the United States have furloughed about 6,000 employees.
These articles were selected by using hashtag and non-hashtag searches with Twitter and Twitter's proprietary algorithms for rankings of top articles that discussed startups or entrepreneurs. We used the articles' original posts, as ranked by Twitter, to find the engagement metrics.
Our first step was to go to Twitter's search filters, select "Advanced search," and type in our keywords along with the dates, April 2 – April 3. The keywords we used were entrepreneur, entrepreneurs, startup, and startups. Then we searched through the list of posts to discover the top articles that people tweeted or re-tweeted within the specific dates. We then searched for the original article post on Twitter from the publisher to find the amount of times the story was shared, commented on, and liked.