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Philly daily roundup: Gopuff layoffs; Gen AI urban planning; Greenphire wins award

Plus, Adaptimmune Therapeutics secured a $125 million five-year loan deal with Hercules Capital.

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Gopuff lays off 6% of workforce

Gopuff will lay off 6% of its global staff as it looks to become profitable by the end of 2024, a spokesperson said. About 10,000 employees work for the Philly-based delivery giant, meaning up to 600 people could be affected. It’s unclear how many of the laid off staffers are in Philadelphia.

The latest move is an effort to move to a path to being profitable in two years, according to a spokesperson. The cuts will position Gopuff for its “next leg of growth,” the company told Bloomberg. They follow other recent staff reductions.

➡️ Read more about past layoffs and Gopuff’s trajectory.

Generative AI can now design greener cities

A group of faculty and students at Thomas Jefferson University’s Institute for Smart and Healthy Cities are experimenting with AI to design green infrastructure in Philadelphia.

The benefit of using AI is that it produces a lot of preliminary ideas in a short amount of time. In the future, institute director Edgar Stach sees AI being used in more analytical tools so that architects can see the environmental and societal impacts of their designs.

➡️ Check out the AI generated images of greener spaces in Philly.

News Incubator: What else to know today

•Lead Baltimore reporter Alanah Nichole Davis is leaving Technical.ly to become the chief storyteller at the City of Baltimore. Davis reflected on her time at Technical.ly and the importance of building community trust. [Technical.ly]

• Adaptimmune Therapeutics secured a $125 million five-year loan deal with Hercules Capital. The cell therapy company received $25 million that kicks in once the deal closes. [Philly Biz Journal]

• King of Prussia-based Greenphire won best overall patient engagement service from the 2024 Medtech Breakthrough Awards. [Medtech Breakthrough/Technical.ly]

• The Walnut Street Verizon store is one of the locations chosen for a an augmented reality and AI Bridgerton pop-up. People can scan the QR code on a Bridgerton themed mirror that will generate a virtual regency era background and costume.  [Verizon]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Coffee and Code at Philly is hosting its weekly get together on May 18 at 1 p.m. [More Details]

• Iffy Books is having a “Host a Website at Home” workshop on May 18 at 1 p.m. [Register Here]

Sarah Huffman is a 2022-2024 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

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