Google Meet is getting breakout rooms, but only for some education customers to start

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Google’s Meet videoconferencing service is getting breakout rooms, but they’ll only be available to Google Workspace Enterprise for Education customers at first, according to a Google blog post (via 9to5Google). With the feature, teachers and educators will be able to break their classes into smaller groups for things like projects or focused discussions.

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Google will let you make up to 100 breakout rooms in a single call. Once you’ve decided how many breakout rooms you want, Google will randomly group up the people on the call into rooms, but moderators can manually add people to other rooms if they want. Meeting moderators can also hop between rooms to check in on groups.


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If breakout rooms are something you might want to try out, but you aren’t an Enterprise for Education customer, you might be able to use them sometime soon — the feature will be coming to other Google Workspace editions “later this year,” according to Google. (Google Workspace, if you haven’t heard, is Google’s recent rebranding of G Suite.)

Videoconferencing rival Zoom already offers breakout rooms to all users (and has since 2015), so Google is playing catch-up with this feature. Zoom users can only split up into 50 different rooms, though, which is half of the 100 possible rooms offered by Google Meet.

Google Meet has steadily added features over the course of this year to compete with Zoom and other videoconferencing services as usage of those tools has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SUCCESS INSIDER: Upwork, jobs at Google, Elon Musk’s management style

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The coronavirus pandemic will open more career opportunities for freelance work. Here’s how you can build a successful freelancing career, according to the CEO of Upwork, one of largest job platforms for gig workers.

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This week, we have details on Elon Musk’s management style, tips for getting hired at Google, innovators in the childcare industry, how to pitch a startup over Zoom, and more. 

Elon Musk’s management style is a case study in why micromanagers are a big risk for business — and especially talent retention

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Elon Musk, founder and chief engineer of SpaceX speaks at the 2020 Satellite Conference and Exhibition March 9, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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Elon Musk’s approach to leadership has made him the third-richest man on earth, with a net worth of $102 billion. But the Tesla CEO has long been criticized for a micromanaging leadership style that creates toxic company culture and ultimately hurts his business ventures.

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PITCH MASTER: The ultimate founder’s guide to convincing an investor to fund your startup over Zoom

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The Zoom pitch is on the rise and presents another challenge for entrepreneurs to get their point across to investors using only their screens. Russ Wilcox, an entrepreneur and partner at Pillar VC, gave seven tips for a winning pitch over Zoom, starting with a convincing bio.

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CHILDCARE INNOVATORS: 5 startups reviving the early education industry by addressing preschool shortages, taking learning virtual, and helping providers better run their businesses

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With limited childcare options and shortages, many working parents are struggling to strike a work-life balance during the pandemic. These five early childhood education companies are aiming to


After one of tech’s biggest conferences for women postponed its career fair, attendees organized their own with recruiters from companies like Apple and Google

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  • Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), one of the largest conferences for women in tech, recently postponed its annual career fair due to technical difficulties.
  • Many students rely on the career fair as a way to land jobs and internships at some of the biggest tech companies like Apple and Google. 
  • In response, some attendees have come together to arrange an alternative option for candidates and recruiters to connect. 
  • Companies like Dropbox, are also hosting their own live interactive networking events and 1:1 chats to meet conference attendees and recruit diverse candidates. 
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The Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) is one of the largest conferences for women in tech.


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The event boasts more than 30,000 participants and over 300 partners from major tech companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. One of the main draws of the event is its annual career fair, which connects women directly with recruiters.

This year the event, which is taking place from September 29 to October 2, went virtual for the first time in its 20-year history. But three days before the conference was set to begin, the GHC’s host organization, The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, (AnitaB.org), announced that the career fair would be postponed due to technical difficulties. 

“We are devastated that spontaneous connections and real time technical knowledge-sharing may be significantly limited or unavailable, and therefore not up to our community’s expectations,” AnitaB.org said in an email to conference participants. 

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For many of the conference’s participants, the career fair is the highlight of the event. The fair serves as an opportunity to connect women across the country – this year, across the globe – with