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Business Insider surveyed CEOs and human resources chiefs from some of the enterprise technology industry's most valuable startups about what jobs they're looking to fill.  We also asked them what qualities they look for in a job candidate. Below is a list of the top startups that are hiring, as well as what their CEOs or HR bosses had to say about how to make yourself stand out as an applicant.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Finding a job during a public health and economic crisis is difficult, but the enterprise technology industry is among the best bets for job seekers as it's been more insulated to the effects of the downturn than consumer technologies. Business Insider surveyed the most valuable enterprise technology startups to find out which are hiring and what exactly they need – both in terms of open positions and the qualities they look for in job candidates. Job seekers should keep in mind that we surveyed startups based on valuation, not other important factors such as a financial performance or company culture, though we have noted when startups have faced challenges of which we're aware. Most information on company valuation and employee count via PitchBook.  Here's what CEOs and HR chiefs from 23 of the most valuable enterprise technology startups told us about what positions they need to fill and what qualities they look for in job candidates they hire:SEE ALSO: Meet the 54 most valuable enterprise tech startups, worth as much as $216 billion collectively UIPath Headquarters: New York, New York Year founded: 2012 Valuation: $10.2 billion Total raised: $1.2 billion as of July 2020 Employees: 3,000 as of July 2020 What it does: UIPath builds helps businesses automate common and routine tasks through a technology called robotic process automation (RPA). The startup is eyeing an IPO next year, as Business Insider recently reported. Open positions: UIPath is "actively hiring" for more than 130 open positions, including product support consultant, automaton consulting director, senior application developer, HR manager, enterprise sales leader, software engineer, and customer support manager. The company is also hiring for internships in sales and product marketing, including sales development representatives and university partnerships roles. What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? "Our company's core values are to be humble, be bold, be immersed, and be fast," UIPath CEO Daniel Dines told Business Insider. "We look for candidates who embody those traits—specifically, individuals who are eager to listen and learn, challenge conventional ways of thinking, experiment, and use their imagination. Culture is incredibly important to us, and we make it a priority to ensure that the individuals we hire will be a good fit."  Automation Anywhere Headquarters: San Jose, California Year founded: 2003 Valuation: $6.8 billion Total raised: $840 million as of November 2019 Employees: 2,600 as of May 2020 What it does: Automation Anywhere is another RPA startup that helps companies automate repetitive tasks. CEO Mihir Shukla recently told Business Insider that the startup can now "automatically discover" business tasks to be automated. Open positions: The company is trying to fill technical roles such as such as software engineers, developers, UX designers, and data scientists focused on cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and user experience. What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? Here's what Chief Human Resources Officer Nancy Hauge told us: "During the pandemic, we are interviewing candidates primarily over Zoom, and are discovering new insights from these interviews, compared to interviews we had in the past conducted in person. Social distancing has in some ways created a greater intimacy because there is a lack of predictability. Interviewers are seeing the candidate wholly. For example, there may be a child interrupting because they need attention, or a dog that suddenly jumps on their lap. How does the candidate react to these distractions? There is so much more to be learned about a candidate over Zoom. Take the background screen. If they are using a background or filter for their Zoom interview, what is the candidate willing to disclose about themselves on a personal level? As an interviewer, you get to see how someone is marketing themselves by the created environment they invite their interviewer into. Is it a quiet room with a blank space or the chaos of a household? What has changed in evaluating candidates during this time is that interviewers and hiring managers need to be more consciously competent about getting to know people. We cannot rely on the routine ice breakers we had before, but I believe this adds to the quality of our hiring." Plaid Headquarters: San Francisco, California Year founded: 2012 Valuation: $5.3 billion Total raised: $309.3 million as of January 2020 Employees: 500 as of July 2020 What it does: Plaid's payment infrastructure software connects users' bank accounts to financial applications like Robinhood and Credit Karma. Visa in January announced plans to acquire the company for a whopping $5.3 billion. Open positions: Plaid is hiring for roles including in product, engineering, sales, and legal. What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? "We look for a mix of experience and potential," head of people McKenna Quint told Business Insider. "We really want to bring people into Plaid who can grow as the company grows. We also look for candidates who are motivated by our mission to empower innovators and democratize financial services. These candidates often have tremendous  drive to create impact, and a steadfast commitment to continuous improvement." HashiCorp Headquarters: San Francisco, California Year founded: 2012 Valuation: $5.27 billion Total raised: $349.53 million as of March 2020 Employees: 1,000 as of June 2020 What it does: HashiCorp sells a slew of cloud tools that assist in solving security and operational issues for cloud infrastructure developers. As for HashiCorp's future plans, CEO Dave McJannet recently told Business Insider it intends to be "large standalone independent company." Open positions: Most of the company's open roles are across sales, engineering, and customer success, but it's hiring across all departments. "While cognizant of the challenges brought by the current economic environment we believe that this will ultimately accelerate the cloud transition and so we are continuing to selectively hire great talent to join our teams," HashiCorp CEO Dave McJannet told Business Insider. What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? "At HashiCorp, we believe an organization is driven by its people and culture," McJannet told Business Insider. "Broadly-speaking we think about two categories: skills and attributes. The unique challenge of startups is the pace of change — the job by definition changes and evolves as the company scales. As such we identify functional skills required to succeed in a particular role, but also focus on a set of role-specific 'attributes' that we've found best enable people to succeed as the company changes.  These include innate intellectual curiosity, humility, and the ability to distill simplicity out of complexity, to name a few. We believe that this balanced focus on hiring for skills as well as attributes allows us to hire top talent at scale while removing bias from our interviewing practices. These core practices ensure we hire the best person for every role who will have long term success at HashiCorp." Toast POS Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts Year founded: 2011 Valuation: $4.9 billion Total raised: $897.25 million as of February 2020 Employees: 3,000 in February, before cutting "roughly 50 percent through layoffs and furloughs" in April. Current employee count unclear. What it does: Toast makes software for restaurants and had to cut half its staff in April after the coronavirus crisis hit the industry hard. The company had raised $400 million just before the crisis, and if it had not raised that round in February, "it'd be in big trouble," investor Mitchell Green of Lead Edge Capital told Business Insider around the time of the layoffs. Open positions: Toast is hiring for a bunch of positions including in engineering, product, marketing, sales finance, and customer success. What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? "Empathetic, hospitality-minded, humble, curious, strong problem solvers," Director of talent acquisition Lori Busch told Business Insider.   Confluent Headquarters: Mountain View, California Year founded: 2014 Total raised:$455.9 million as of April 2020 Employees: 1,000 as of June 2020 What it does: Confluent builds a platform to help companies stream and analyze data in real-time. Open positions: "We're still growing significantly and are hiring for over 100 distinct roles across every department," Confluent cofounder CEO Jay Kreps told Business Insider. What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? "We look for people who are smart, humble, empathetic, passionate about what they do, and who get stuff done," Kreps said. "To get a job, you can just apply. We carefully review every applicant and would love to hear from you." Zenefits Headquarters: San Francisco, California Year founded: 2013 Valuation $4.5 billion in 2015 Total raised: $598.27 million as of March 2019 Employees: 450 as of May 2020 What it does: Zenefits offers human resources and payroll software for small and medium-sized companies. As Business Insider reporter Rob Price writes, Zenefits was once one of the buzziest startups in Silicon Valley but dealt with various scandals and ultimately saw its valuation drop to $2 billion in 2016, replaced its CEO, and was fined by California regulators. Zenefits has laid off 15% of its staff in April; its current valuation is unknown. Open positions: Zenefits is currently hiring for roles in customer care, engineering, legal, security, payroll operations, marketing and sales teams, including sales growth account executives, and software and cloud security engineers.  What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? "We are looking for people who can thrive in a fast, flexible work environment, who are autonomous, and who manage their time effectively," Zenefits chief people officer Tracy Cote told Business Insider. "As we are all remote for the foreseeable future, and as we move to more of a 'remote-first' culture going forward, a proven ability to communicate effectively and collaborate remotely are critical. At Zenefits, we always hire for the team, not the role, so what we are looking for varies and is dependent upon our current business needs. To get a job at Zenefits, you don't have to know anyone or do anything special — we review every resume submitted, so if your background is the right fit for what we need, we'll be delighted to engage with you." TripActions Headquarters: Palo Alto, California Year founded: 2015 Valuation: $4 billion Total raised: $125 million as of June 2020 Employees: 900 as of June 2020 What it does: TripActions helps customers plan and pay for business trips without having to go through the arduous approval and reimbursement process that most companies use.  TripActions has faced challenges during the pandemic. As Business Insider's Megan Hernbroth writes, it cut roughly one-fourth of its global workforce in March, slashed benefits, closed offices, and cut its cofounders' pay in half. Open positions: TripActions is hiring sales development representatives and account executives in offices including in San Francisco Bay Area, London, New York, and Sydney, and it's hiring product managers, engineers, and designers in the Bay Area and Amsterdam. What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? "We hire to core competencies based on the profile of skills and experiences needed to be successful in the particular role," TripActions chief people officer Leslie Crowe told Business Insider, "We also assess against our core company values."  Here's how Crowe said TripActions' current interview process works: "Candidates either apply directly or are referred to us by existing employees. A recruiter will conduct a screening interview to ensure the candidate has the appropriate skills and experiences for the given role, then will arrange a series of interviews including with the hiring manager and often peers, direct reports and appropriate leadership. Interviews are happening by Zoom until we are back in our offices post COVID, then interviews will resume back to in person at our offices." Gusto Headquarters: San Francisco, California Year founded: 2011 Valuation: $3.8 billion Total raised: $200 million as of July 2019 Employees: 800 as of May 2020 What it does: Gusto makes human resources software for small businesses.  Open positions: Gusto is "continuing to grow and hire for strategic roles," the company said, but did not specify which roles. What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? "We look for alignment around values, motivation and skillset," Josh Reeves, CEO and cofounder of Gusto, told Business Insider. "At Gusto, we've been very intentional about the culture we've built and the values by which we operate. When there's alignment around those values, when there's alignment around motivation and skillset, that's when employees can truly thrive, be successful, and contribute to what we are building."  Freshworks Headquarters: San Mateo, California Year founded: 2010 Total raised: $401.1 million as of November 2019 Employees: 3,000 as of June 2020 What it does: Freshworks builds customer relationship management software.  Open positions: Freshworks is hiring for over 200 positions to support its tech team, including data scientists, data platform engineers, data analysts, account managers, and machine learning engineers. CEO Girish Mathrubootham recently told Business Insider the company has pledged not to hold any layoffs during the pandemic, though it has paused hiring. What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? Here's what Girish Mathrubootham, the CEO of Freshworks, told Business Insider: "There are a lot of talented people in the market right now. We're looking for something extra. Beyond talent and smarts, we want each hire to add to the culture that we have built at Freshworks. Our culture code, CHAT, emphasizes craftsmanship, building a happy work environment, agility through empowerment and being a true friend of the customer.  We look for individuals who can embody these principles and those that combine a passion for what they do with a strong sense of purpose. Our hiring process is designed to test all the required skills for the role be it technical skills, design capabilities, problem solving and having the drive to create a better experience for our customers -- irrespective of the function they are applying for." Rubrik Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA Year founded: 2014 Valuation: $3.3 billion Total raised: $553 million as of March 2020 Employees: 1,700 as of March 2020 What it does: Rubrik builds a cloud data management platform.  Hiring: "Rubrik is always looking to hire strong talent, and that's especially true as the company enters its next phase of growth," CEO Bipul Sinha said. The company is hiring "highly qualified and highly committed individuals" across departments, with 42 open positions in engineering.  What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? Here's what Sinha told Business Insider: "When we established this company, as founders, we envisioned the attributes of the best team that we could bring together: We wanted to be around people who are excellent at what they do, work fast, and who are trustworthy and open. That's how we came up with our core values: Relentlessness, Integrity, Velocity, Excellence, and Transparency (RIVET). As we continue to scale and grow, we're focused on bringing on top talent that exemplifies and adheres to those values. We're also committed to maintaining a low-ego, high-inclusion culture, where a multitude of ideas, appearances, perspectives and backgrounds are embraced and valued. This is the kind of place where individuals who are genuinely determined to move quickly to achieve success with and for others, as much as themselves." Netskope Headquarters: Santa Clara, California Year founded: 2012 Valuation: $2.8 billion Total raised: $744.3 million as of February 2020 Employees: 1,000 as of July 2020 What it does: Netskope builds a cloud security platform to help companies monitor how employees are using cloud software such as Slack and Google Drive — and make it more secure. Open positions: Netskope is hiring in all departments, especially research, engineering, and customer success. Netskope CEO Sanjay Beri told Business Insider: "Digital Transformation is causing rapid growth across industries right now and has accelerated the inevitable transformation of enterprises' security stack." What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? "Culture is very important at Netskope and a culture fit is something we prioritize for every position," Beri said. "Netskope has a strong emphasis on collaboration and transparency throughout our entire company and we look for employees that exhibit and live that culture. When interviewing we take the time to learn about the candidate beyond their resume, ensuring that the company is a fit for values, skills, and interests. While domain expertise and experience is vitally important, culture outweighs both." GitLab Headquarters: San Francisco, California Year founded: 2011 Valuation: $2.75 billion Total raised: $413.82 million as of September 2019 Employees: 1,200 as of June 2020 What it does: Gitlab is a code-collaboration platform that rivals Microsoft-owned GitHub.  Open positions: GitLab in April said it would close job postings and only hire for critical positions to save money amid the coronavirus crisis. Its outbound recruiting model is set up for recruiters to reach out to potential hires, particularly in support and security. "This allows us to be more intentional about who we are hiring and makes it easier to manage the thousands of inbound applications we received per month," GitLab CEO, Sid Sijbrandij told Business Insider. "It also enables our recruitment team to focus on hiring team members for our open, priority near-term roles,"  What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? "'Values fit' is more important than culture fit," Sijbrandij said. "We aim to hire team members who share our company values of collaboration, results, efficiency, diversity, inclusion & belonging, and transparency. Specifically, we look for team members who are passionate and self-motivated to make a change—managers of one. Our mission is 'everyone can contribute"' which is something we firmly believe, regardless of position within GitLab." Collibra US headquarters: New York, New York Year founded: 2008 Valuation: $2.36 billion Total raised: $389.96 million as of March 2020 Employees: 655 as of March 2020 What it does: Collibra builds a platform to help companies manage, track, and learn from their data. CEO Felix Van de Maele told Business Insider in April that he expects demand for data services to continue despite cuts to IT budgets during the pandemic. Open positions: Collibra is hiring for roles in engineering, IT, finance, and people. The company is hiring at a slower pace than it anticipated this year.  What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? Here's what Collibra CEO and cofounder Felix Van de Maele told Business Insider: "We look at a number of factors, but an important quality is also one of our core values: open, direct and kind. We want to make sure that as our team grows, we intentionally maintain a culture where Collibrians can speak openly about what's on their minds. Another important element for us is to seek candidates who have the ability to embrace and drive change. Especially in this current environment, we know that constant change is the only way forward and we should all have the courage to both initiate and embrace it. A phrase we use a lot is 'we are One Collibra,' meaning that as a diverse, innovative team, our success is driven by the sum of our parts. As we keep moving in one common direction, we will always be more successful together" Uptake Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois Year founded: 2014 Last known valuation: $2.3 billion in 2017 Total raised: $293 million as of December 2018 Employees: 750 as of February 2018 What it does: Uptake builds a predictive analytics platform to help companies gain insights from their data. The company was valued at $2.3 billion back in 2017. Crain's Chicago Business recently reported that Uptake had cut jobs as recently as December.  Open positions: Uptake is focused on hiring what the company calls "market-facing" roles, such as industrial experts, marketing and sales jobs. The company also plans to add 10 new positions on its technology and products teams within the next four months, including roles such as engineers, data scientists, and product managers. What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? "We look for candidates who are: Resourceful, curious and ambitious, self starters and collaborators, strategic thinkers, willing to tackle problems with unknown solutions, and able to make the complex simple and understandable," Uptake Founder and CEO Brad Keywell told Business Insider. "Uptakers move fast. As a startup, Uptake tackles problems without ready-made  processes or clarity. To work here, you have to also be energized by ambiguity and not scared off by it. As we like to say, we're not just a 'Silicon Valley' software company. Our data scientists have dirt on their boots and grease under their nails. They've been in the field and know the problems facing each industry.  Culture, diversity, and inclusion are important to us, and we look for candidates for whom these values are important too." Postman Headquarters: San Francisco, California Year founded: 2014 Valuation: $2 billion Total raised: $208 million as of June 2020 Employees: 250 as of June 2020 What it does: Postman builds a collaboration platform offering application programming interfaces (APIs) that's used by Microsoft, Twitter, and Cisco. Open positions: CEO Abhinav Asthana told Business Insider that Postman has been "growing at a rapid pace, and have continued to grow throughout the pandemic." The company is hiring for roles including in software engineering, marketing, customer success, and design. What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? "At Postman, we create with the same curiosity that we see in our users—and we look for job candidates who embody that curiosity in their professional and personal lives. We value transparency, honest communication, and individuals who are dedicated to delivering the best products possible," Asthana told us. "We have a diverse, global workforce with about 250 Postman employees located in seven different countries, and we value an inclusive work culture. As we hire new Postmanauts, we're continuously striving to increase the diversity of our workforce and the inclusivity of our culture. We hire through multiple channels: in-house recruiting team, referrals, job openings on our website, and social channels." Auth0 Headquarters: Bellevue, Washington Year founded: 2013 Valuation: $1.92 billion Total raised: $333.47 million as of July 2020 Employees: 700 as of July 2020 What it does: Auth0 is a cybersecurity software startup that manages user authentication and secures the login pages for large consumer and enterprise businesses. Open positions: "Thankfully our team has been in a position to not only keep our team intact but grow beyond what we originally forecasted when the pandemic first hit," CEO Eugenio Pace told Business Insider. The company has hired 140 new employees in 2020 and is "actively" hiring for positions in departments including marketing, customer success, engineering, finance. What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? "We are a company of doers — we're not a company of big ideas and no execution. In terms of advice for potential employees during interviews, I would put an emphasis on what you've done as opposed to who you are. While your credentials, where you studied, and where you are from are all important aspects of who you are, Auth0 wants to see what you have done and what you are capable of doing in the future at the company," Pace told us. Sprinklr Headquarters: New York, New York Year founded: 2009 Last known valuation: $1.81 billion in 2016 Total raised: $228.5 million as of June 2017 Employees: 1,800 as of May 2020 What it does: Sprinklr builds a platform to help enterprise businesses manage social media. Back early 2019, Sprinklr told Business Insider that it hit between $250 million to $300 million in revenue and was preparing to go public. It's been mostly quiet since. Open positions: Sprinklr is hiring for roles including sales positions, managed services, and implementation consultants across all major cities in the US and Europe and hiring development engineers and product support specialists in India. What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? Chief culture and talent Officer Diane K. Adams told Business Insider the following: "Sprinklr prioritizes hiring based on cultural 'fit' — fit also means people who can expand who we are. We look for candidates that align with The Sprinklr Way, which is our foundation for living, working and being.  There are four cultural attributes which foster inclusion, belonging and diversity at Sprinklr: We hire for culture, we treat employees like family – with dignity and respect, we passionately, genuinely, care, and we help others succeed. Our hiring process involves a diverse interview team (minimum of six interviewers), and I partner with Sprinklr's CEO & Founder Ragy Thomas to interview every people leader. Our vision is to encourage an environment of belonging no matter where employees are based, and create a culture where we embrace each other for who we are -- in a judgement-free zone." Dataminr Headquarters: New York, New York Year founded: 2009 Valuation: $1.6 billion Total raised: $572.37 million as of October 2019 Employees: 650 as of April 2020 What it does: Dataminr has an artificial intelligence platform to track social media and has customers including American Airlines, McDonalds, and Home Depot. The Intercept recently reported that Dataminr helped police monitor protests following the police killing of George Floyd. Open positions: "Dataminr has continued hiring throughout the pandemic across locations, levels and functions," the company said, but did not specify for which positions its currently hiring. What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? Chief people officer Whitney Benner told Business Insider the following: "Our employees are passionate about what they do, and you can feel that in a meaningful way throughout our offices (even when we are virtual). We look for that same passion in our prospective employees.  Employees who do well at Dataminr generally possess three key characteristics - willingness to take initiative, find innovative solutions, and work collaboratively. All of which are embodied in our core values: Own It, Find a Better Way, Bring Others Along, and Drive Results. Our business is fast-moving, and we rely on our new employees to immediately help make an impact. Our ultimate goal is to provide a pathway for our employees across the globe to thrive, so we have additional core competency assessments to gauge each candidate's deep subject matter expertise in their field during the hiring process." Dataiku Headquarters: New York, New York Year founded: 2013 Valuation: $1.4 billion Total raised: $147.3 million as of January 2020 Employees: 400 as of February 2020 What it does: Dataiku's machine learning software helps companies turn large amounts of data into concrete insights. CB Insights lists Dataiku's valuation as $1.4 billion while PitchBook lists it as of November 2018 as $671 million. Open positions: "We currently have open roles across our global offices, as well as open roles that are fully remote, from sales, strategy, product and engineering to people ops and marketing," Dataiku CEO Florian Douetteau told Business Insider. "Locations run the gamut too: from business development in Dubai and full stack engineering in France, to enterprise account executive in Detroit.  What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? "Our core values are ownership, passion, autonomy, and friendliness, so naturally we look at those attributes in candidates, regardless of role or location," Douetteau told us. "At Dataiku, we believe that people are a (if not 'the') critical piece of the equation in building data-powered companies, so it's important that everyone, regardless of job title, plays a role in using data for radical business transformation." Qumulo Headquarters: Seattle, Washington Year founded: 2012 Valuation: $1.2 billion Total raised: $363.01 million as of July 2020 Employees: 315 as of July 2020 What it does: Qumulo is a hybrid cloud storage startup that helps customers manage data inside their own data centers and the cloud. Qumulo more than doubled its valuation in a recent funding round and told Business Insider that it shows how investors are betting big on digital transformation amid the pandemic. Open positions: Qumulo is "actively recruiting and hiring" and currently has more than 75 open positions.  What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? "There is a combination of qualities and values we look for in each of our candidates: We have a set of core values that were developed by our founders, are ingrained in our culture and are part of the fabric that makes Qumulo different from other companies," Qumulo CEO Bill Richter told Business Insider. "Everyone is looking for smart and capable experts but it's more than that for us. We look for the qualities that embody the values of Qumulo and we believe that distinction gives us a significant business advantage.  We're also willing to look beyond our immediate industry for diverse talent that brings unique outside perspective and expertise to our team. Each Qumulon is driven toward the goal of making our customers successful." FiveTran Headquarters: Oakland, California Year founded: 2012 Valuation: $1.2 billion Total raised: $163.12 million as of June 2020 Employees: 350 as of June 2020 What it does: FiveTran builds a platform to bring together all of a company's data into a single dashboard. Open positions: Fivetran is hiring in multiple roles including engineering, sales, human resources, marketing, product managers, and technical success. What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? "For starters, the qualities we look for in candidates are those that align with our company values: The Fivetran Core Values are the backbone of our amazing company," Fivetran's VP of global people operations Amanda Townsend told Business Insider. "They are not just a marketing ploy, but an active part of our daily life in and out of the office. We feel that when someone sees our values in action, they can relate to them because we live them every single day. To get a job at Fivetran you need to first apply and then go through the interview process. Once that is complete, if a candidate fits our qualifications and aligns with our core values, we will extend an offer. Icertis Headquarters: Bellevue, Washington Year founded: 2009 Valuation: $1.15 billion Total raised: $171.5 million as of July 2019 Employees: 1,000 as of June 2020 What it does: Icertis builds a platform to help customers manage contracts in the cloud, which its leaders say increases a company's capacity for contracts, ensures those contracts comply with regulations and policies, and reduces costs. Open positions: "We are currently hiring across teams – engineering, marketing, sales, customer success – and expect to fill more than 200 new jobs by the end of 2020," VP of human resources Brooke Hue told Business Insider.  Icertis hired a total of 319 employees around the world in the first six months of 2020, the company said, including more than 50 class of 2020 graduates.  What qualities do you look for in a job candidate? How does someone get a job at your company? "At Icertis, we are passionately committed to a values-driven approach to doing business – how we get there is as important as the destination," Hue told us. "We look for candidates who by live our FORTE values – Fairness, Openness, Respect, Teamwork, Execution."
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  Sony's WH-1000XM4 headphones are among the best wireless noise-cancelling headphones you can get in the $350 price range. They have excellent noise cancellation, phone call quality that cuts out a tremendous amount of ambient noise, great battery life, and amazing audio performance.  If you're not satisfied by the way they sound out of the box, you can use Sony's Headphones app to tweak them. It's worth doing, because you can get better sound than the historical gold standard in wireless noise-cancelling headphones — the $400 Bose 700.  If you're looking at wireless noise-cancelling headphones, chances are you're also looking at the Bose 700. If so, check out our direct comparison between the Sony WH-1000XM4 and the Bose 700.  Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Right off the bat, the Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless noise-cancelling headphones should be serious contenders for your head and ears. Indeed, "wireless" and "noise cancelling" have been popular criteria, and Sony gets these two aspects absolutely right. You're also getting great sound quality that you can refine to your liking by using the Sony Headphones app, and you might even like them more than the historical gold standard in wireless noise-cancelling headphones — the $400 Bose 700.  If $350 is in your budget for wireless noise-cancelling headphones, the XM4 should absolutely be high up in your shortlist, but make sure to read the full review below to ensure they're for you. Specifications Drivers: 40mm dome Connectivity: Bluetooth, NFC, 3.5mm jack, USB Type-C charging Codecs: LDAC, DSEE Battery Life: 30 hours App: Sony Headphones for iOS and Android Comfort and design The XM4 are very comfortable headphones. The earcups covered in smooth leatherette are plush and don't grip onto my head, but they're just tight and lightweight enough that the headphones stay on while tilting and turning my head in every direction. For reference, my head around my brow and tips of my ears measure in at about 23 inches. The headband is made of something firmer, but also covered in smooth leatherette, and it doesn't apply too much pressure, nor does the top of my head get sore after long periods of listening.  Design-wise, the XM4 are pretty neutral and modern looking. Their matte plastic exterior is available in black and "silver," which looks more like a kind of light tan or gray beige. You could make the argument that there should be more metal for a pair of $350 headphones, but metal would probably add more weight, and it wouldn't really add much more to their premium feel. Sound quality What's objective and definitive is that the XM4 gets the basics right — they have a very rich sound and a good, fairly wide soundstage. Sony also boasts that it collaborated with Sony Music Studios Tokyo for the sound quality of the XM4s. To be honest, I'm not the right person to tell you how much that counts for, but I thought I'd mention it.  Outside of that, it's hard for me to tell you whether these sound good or not, because everyone hears differently and everyone has a preference to how their music sounds. And that happens to be an area where the XM4s shine. Their sound is customizable via the Sony Headphones app, and you can change the sound to however you want it to be. Customizing sound through equalizer (EQ) settings isn't new, it's just particularly effective with Sony's app and the XM4 headphones.  Thank goodness the XM4s are customizable, because their out-of-the-box sound isn't my favorite. In their default state, the XM4s have big, powerful sound that leans heavily towards bass and doesn't give very much attention to higher frequencies, which leads to a muffled sound that frankly isn't very impressive. If you like clarity and a better balance that features a little more treble and highs, the XM4 won't be for you, and you'll want to go into the Sony Headphones app to customize the sound.  So that's what I did, and I found an adjustment that makes my music sound amazing to me, and it was pretty easy and quick. In fact, my own customization turned the XM4 into a pair of headphones that are going to be hard to replace. It was worth going into the app and playing around with the sound settings, as I prefer the way the XM4 sound compared to the Bose. (If you're curious, I use the "Bright" preset, and set the "Clear Bass" to +5 or more.)  Some don't really care too much and just want a pair of headphones that they're told sound good without fiddling around in an app, and for those people, I'd suggest the $400 Bose 700 that can often be had for less. They offer excellent sound out of the box. Noise cancellation and battery life Noise cancellation on the XM4 is excellent and on par with Bose, which have set the standard for noise-cancelling wireless headphones with the Quiet Comfort line, and most recently its 700 line.  In an office-type environment at about 53 decibels, including air conditioning droning and a couple of loud fans, I could listen to music at significantly lower volumes than without noise cancelling. The ambient noise from the air conditioning and fans, and even the sound of my wife on a phone call in the same room was all but forgotten while listening to music.  Without music, some higher frequency fan noise was still audible, but the XM4 made the room significantly quieter and more comfortable to work in. I could also still hear my wife's phone conversation, but again, it was totally tolerable, and I could still easily work comfortably without feeling distracted.  I even tested the XM4 next to my home's 10KW backup power generator, which produces between 65 and 85 decibels — a range that decently represents a Midtown Manhattan avenue. The XM4 did remarkably well at cancelling out the generator's noise considering my proximity to the generator, and that the noise was coming exclusively from one source rather than the "everywhere" nature of noise in Manhattan. In a sentence, the XM4 will absolutely make subway and walking commutes in busy cities significantly more tolerable and comfortable.  As for battery life, Sony touts an impressive 30 hours, and five hours of listening time from a quick 10-minute top-off charge with 1.5A or more adapter. All in all, battery life in real life is great — it never felt as if I was constantly charging the XM4.  Phone calls Sony has worked to improve the ambient noise reduction during phone calls, and that work paid off. I had a phone conversation at around the 65-75 decibel range (near my generator), and the person I was speaking with said, for the most part, they wouldn't know I was next to a noisy engine that produces 10,000 watts of power at 240 volts.  Basically, that means you can walk around a city's busy streets and have a comfortable conversation with barely any city noise making its way into the phone call.   That brings the XM4s up to the Bose 700 region for phone call performance, which is saying something. The Bose 700 were a revelation for ambient noise control for phone calls.  Apps and other features The Sony Headphones app is utilitarian but necessary to customize the sound to your liking, and while it was quick and easy for me, I see plenty of room for improvement to make it more intuitive and more attractive, especially for those who are less inclined on tech. Sony has loaded the XM4s with one feature that's incredibly important for a pair of wireless headphones in 2020 and beyond, as well as a bunch of features that aren't entirely necessary, even questionable.  First, the important feature the XM4s include is Bluetooth multipoint technology, which lets you connect to two devices at the same time. Multipoint is essential if you often switch between your phone and computer — you can listen to music from your computer with the headphones, as well as pick up a phone call from your phone without any manual switching.  Another feature that works well is "Quick Attention," which reduces your music's volume and turns off noise cancelling when you place your hand over the right earcup. That's great when you need to communicate with someone briefly, like when you're buying something. Volume and noise cancellation come right back when you remove your hand from the right earcup. I'd still think I'm being rude if I kept my headphones on while communicating with another human being, but at least the motion of putting your hand to the earcup is an indication that you're doing something to pay attention to them.  There's also "Speak To Chat," where the headphones detect when you're talking, and music and noise cancellation are totally turned off. When the headphones detect that you're no longer talking, music and noise cancellation are re-engaged after a set amount of time. It works well, but if I'm going to chat with anyone for more than a brief amount of time, I'm going to take off the headphones. If it's not obvious, this is one of the questionable features.   The Sony app includes a noise cancellation optimizer designed to, well, optimize noise cancellation for you by analyzing anything that might alter the earcups' seal around your ears. I'm not entirely sure if it works, to be honest, but optimized or not, sound quality and noise cancellation remain excellent. There's also a "360 Reality Audio" feature that supposedly enhances audio with some kind of surround sound enhancements. The setup process is odd, as you need to take photos of your ears, and it only works with the Tidal, Nugs, and Deezer streaming apps. I don't use any of these apps, so I couldn't test this feature. Honestly, these kinds of features rarely end up enhancing anything for the better.  Should you buy the Sony WH-1000XM4? Yep! I could leave it at that, but I need to disclose that the XM4s work best if you use the Sony Headphones app. Maybe you'll like the default sound, but I find it lackluster. After a little effortless tweaking, the XM4 became one of my favorite pairs of all-around headphones — you're getting some of the best sound quality, comfort, noise cancellation, and phone call quality in the $350 price range.  If $350 is on the higher side, you could still pick up Sony's previous generation in the XM series, the WH-1000XM3. Sound quality, noise cancellation, and comfort are all just a hair under the new XM4, but for the sub-$250 price tags we're seeing these days for the XM3, they're a bargain. To note, the XM3s would also benefit from some minor finagling with the app to get the sound you like. See what we said about the XM3 headphones around the time they were released.  If you're truly not interested in playing around with an app and you "just want a good pair of headphones," I'd recommend the Bose 700 instead. You can check out the Bose 700 review here.  Pros: Comfortable, long battery life, excellent noise cancellation, great audio quality, incredibly effective sound customization, impressive ambient noise reduction for phone calls Cons: Default sound is muffled and lacks highs and clarity, app is utilitarian and not super intuitive  Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
Miley Cyrus has said she felt “villainised” by the media following her divorce from Liam Hemsworth.In August last year, Miley and Liam announced that they had split for the second time, less than a year after tying the knot.Shortly afterwards, the Midnight Sky singer was forced to deny rumours the break-up was due to infidelity on her part, and in a new interview with Apple Music, she has admitted she thinks she was given an unfair time in the press around the time of the split.“I felt like my story and my narrative had kind of been told for me over the past year,” she explained. “Obviously I went through an extremely public break-up and, even more than that, a divorce, and with someone that I had been with for 10 years.” Miley continued: “I felt kind of villainised. I also felt like I kind of shut down, because it was kind of, respectfully, below me to engage with the press and the media at that time.“It felt like I would rather be able to articulate this experience in a poetic way that also I can put back into my art. I never really have engaged. I’ve only played with the public and the perception in that way.”She and Liam eventually had their divorce finalised in January 2020, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for their break-up.During the Apple Music interview, Miley also spoke about other difficulties she’s faced in recent times, in addition to her divorce.She recalled: “Talking about growing pains, I really had to deal with kind of the loss of my home in Malibu (in the California wildfires).“I had to deal with the loss of a love in my life. I had to kind of be human and experience and grow, but then I wanted to tell it directly from my mouth and not from the idea of the public perception, because my story throughout my career has been told through the public perception a lot.“I think I just want to regain that power. I think a lot of women are doing that now.”Earlier this week, Miley confirmed that she and boyfriend Cody Simpson had split after just under a year together. Speaking to her fans on Instagram, Miley said: “Right now two halves can’t make a whole and we’re individually just working on ourselves to become the people that we want to be.“Like everybody else at this age we are just deciding what we want to do with our lives. So don’t make it some drama story if next week we are out hanging out or getting pizza, we have been friends for ten years and will continue to be friends so don’t make it something that it’s not.”On Friday, Cody sent a congratulatory message to Miley following the release of her latest single Midnight Sky.Miley is now single, having briefly dated reality star Kaitlynn Carter prior to getting together with Cody.Meanwhile, Liam is now in a relationship with model Gabriella Brooks.READ MORE: Miley Cyrus Backtracks After Saying ‘You Don’t Have To Be Gay’ If You Find The Right Man Kaitlynn Carter Spills On Miley Cyrus Romance: 'I Was In Love' Miley Cyrus Hits Fans In The Feels As She Debuts 'Break Up Track' At The VMAs
In January 2019, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez were publicly outed as a couple the same day Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced their divorce.   The National Enquirer had been investigating Bezos and Sanchez for months and had obtained leaked photos and texts the couple had sent, including the now-famous message where Bezos called Sanchez "alive girl."  In the 18 months since, both Bezos and Sanchez have finalized their respective divorces and have embarked on a whirlwind romance that's taken them from Wimbledon to a yacht in St. Barths to the Taj Mahal.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's been a turbulent 18 months for Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez.  In January 2019, the bombshell news broke that the Amazon CEO and his wife, MacKenzie, were getting a divorce after 25 years of marriage. Hours later, we learned that Bezos was in a relationship with Lauren Sanchez, a TV host and helicopter pilot who, along with her husband, had been friends with the Bezoses.  Despite a tumultuous few months that involved leaked texts, blackmail, a billion-dollar divorce, and maybe even interference from the Saudi Arabian government, Bezos and Sanchez are still going strong.   Here's how their relationship became public and how they've spent the last year and a half as a couple. SEE ALSO: A history of the 30-year feud between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, whose love-hate relationship spurred the success of Microsoft and Apple It all started on January 9, 2019. Shortly after 9 a.m., Jeff and his wife, MacKenzie, issued a joint statement on Twitter that they were divorcing. "As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends," the statement read. "If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again." MacKenzie is one of Amazon's earliest employees. The couple has four children together.  A mere few hours later, a second bombshell dropped: Bezos was in a relationship with Lauren Sanchez. Sanchez started her career as a news reporter and anchor — she was a longtime anchor of "Good Day LA" on Fox 11 and worked as a correspondent on "Extra."  More recently, she's worked as a helicopter pilot and founded her own aerial filming company in 2016 called Black Ops Aviation. Bezos has hired Sanchez's company to film footage for his rocket company, Blue Origin.  Sanchez has also had TV and film roles, including as the host of the reality show "So You Think You Can Dance" and playing an anchor in movies like "Fight Club" and "The Day After Tomorrow," according to her IMDB page.  At the time, Sanchez was married to Patrick Whitesell, the co-CEO of WME, a Hollywood talent agency. Sanchez and Whitesell had been married since 2005, but at the time the news broke, the couple had been separated since the fall, according to Page Six.  The couple was friends with Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos because they had houses near each other in Seattle, Page Six reported.  The National Enquirer said it had conducted a four-month investigation into Bezos and Sanchez's relationship and had obtained texts and photos the couple had sent to each other. The Enquirer said it had tracked the couple "across five states and 40,000 miles, tailed them in private jets, swanky limos, helicopter rides, romantic hikes, five-star hotel hideaways, intimate dinner dates and 'quality time' in hidden love nests."  Page Six, which published the news a few hours before the Enquirer, reported that Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos knew that the Enquirer report was coming out and had timed their divorce announcement to get ahead of the news. The gossip site also reported at the time that Bezos and Sanchez started dating after Jeff and MacKenzie had separated the previous fall, and that MacKenzie knew of the relationship.  The Enquirer said it had gotten its hands on "raunchy messages" and "erotic selfies," including a text that reportedly read: "I love you, alive girl." The tabloid said it also had racy photos of both Bezos and Sanchez, including one that was too explicit to print. Source: Business Insider Almost immediately, questions arose about the Enquirer's motives for investigating Bezos and Sanchez and the tabloid's connection to President Trump. A feud has simmered for years between Trump and Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, a frequent Trump target. The Enquirer's publisher, AMI, is run by David Pecker, a longtime Trump ally.  By the end of January, The Daily Beast reported that Bezos was funding an investigation into who had leaked his private messages to the Enquirer. Bezos' personal head of security, Gavin de Becker, headed up the investigation. De Becker said at the time that he thought the leaks were "politically motivated," which AMI denied.  The investigation initially pointed to Michael Sanchez, Lauren's brother and an outspoken Trump supporter, as the person who leaked the photos and texts, which Sanchez denied.  Then, in February, Bezos dropped a bombshell of his own: an explosive blog post titled "No thank you, Mr. Pecker," in which he accused Pecker and AMI of trying to blackmail him. Bezos wrote that the publisher had been threatening him with the publication of explicit photos he'd taken of himself unless he stopped investigating who was leaking his photos and texts to the tabloid. AMI also demanded that Bezos no longer claim the publisher's investigation into his personal life was influenced by political motivations, Bezos wrote.  As a result, Bezos published the emails he'd received from AMI. "Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I've decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten," Bezos wrote. Bezos also hinted in the post that there may have been a link between the investigation into his relationship with Sanchez and the Saudi Arabian government — specifically, that he might have been a target of the Saudis because he owns the Washington Post, which provided "unrelenting coverage," Bezos said, of the murder of its journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed by Saudi agents. The "Saudi angle" of Bezos' own investigation into the leaks seemed to have "hit a particularly sensitive nerve" with Pecker, Bezos wrote.  For its part, the Saudi Arabian government denied any role in the situation and called the whole saga a "soap opera."  Things quieted down for Bezos and Sanchez publicly for a few months, until April, when Jeff and MacKenzie finalized the terms of their divorce. Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos both released statements on Twitter saying they had "finished the process of dissolving" their marriage and would be co-parenting their four kids. MacKenzie said she was granting Jeff all her interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, as well as 75% of the Amazon stock they owned and voting control over the shares she retained. Her remaining stake in Amazon is estimated to be worth about $38 billion, placing her among the richest women in the world, according to Forbes. One day later, Sanchez and Whitesell filed for divorce. TMZ reported at the time that the couple asked for joint custody of their two children. The couple reportedly finalized their divorce in October.  The Bezos divorce was finalized in July. A few days later, Bezos and Sanchez made their first public appearance as a couple at Wimbledon. The couple was seated behind the royals at the men's Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic at the All England Club.  The pair was spotted again in August on what appeared to be a fabulous European vacation: They were seen strolling through Saint-Tropez and cruising off the coast of Spain, in the Balearic Islands, aboard media mogul David Geffen's superyacht, the Rising Sun. Other guests reportedly included Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and the founder of Thrive Capital, Josh Kushner, along with his supermodel wife, Karlie Kloss. (The group was pictured in an Instagram post that has since been deleted.) Bezos and Sanchez were then seen on fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg's sailing yacht off the coast of Italy. The couple appears to be close friends with von Furstenberg and her husband, IAC Chairman Barry Diller. Source: Page Six In December, Bezos reportedly threw Sanchez an elaborate 50th birthday celebration that included both a private dinner and a star-studded party attended by von Furstenberg and Diller, Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, and Timothée Chalamet. Source: Page Six Around the holidays, the couple jetted off to French-speaking Caribbean island St. Barths, relaxing on yachts and meandering around the island with Sanchez's son, Nikko Gonzalez. Source: The Cut In January, Sanchez accompanied Bezos on a trip to India. Sanchez attended Bezos' visit to Mahatma Gandhi's tomb and walked the red carpet with Bezos at an Amazon Prime Video event in Mumbai.  A few weeks later, Sanchez traveled with Bezos to another international event — this time, a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, France.  Since February, Bezos has been embroiled in a legal spat with Michael Sanchez, Lauren Sanchez's brother. Sanchez filed a defamation lawsuit against Bezos in February, claiming Bezos and his security consultant, Gavin de Becker, falsely accused him of providing Bezos' nude photos to the National Enquirer. Sanchez claimed in the suit that Bezos told journalists he had handed over the images to the tabloid, but he says he never had the photos in his possession.  Bezos said in a court filing of his own that the suit amounted to "extortion" and directly threatened free speech. Bezos sought to dismiss Sanchez's lawsuit under a California law that's intended to protect against frivolous lawsuits.  In the lawsuit, Sanchez used the word "fiancé" to describe Bezos' relationship to Lauren Sanchez, implying that the couple is engaged. Here's the full sentence from the lawsuit (emphasis ours): "While Mr. de Becker's initial asserted theory was that Mr. Sanchez had sold out his sister for $200,000, Mr. de Becker soon realized this theory would not hold up because, among other reasons, it was inconceivable that Mr. Sanchez would ruin his relationship with his sister and her current fiancé, the richest man in the world, for financial gain." Bezos isn't described as Sanchez's fiancé anywhere else in the suit, and Bezos and Sanchez have never confirmed that they're engaged. In December, Page Six published photos of the couple on vacation, noting that Sanchez was wearing a large diamond ring on her right hand (engagement rings are worn on the left hand).  At the time lawyers for Michael Sanchez said in a statement, "Michael's complaint speaks for itself." Representatives for Bezos and Sanchez did not respond to requests for comment. News broke in February that Bezos had reportedly purchased the Warner estate, a massive Beverly Hills compound, for $165 million. The purchase was the most expensive home sale in California history. Prior to the sale, The New York Post reported that Bezos and Sanchez had been house-hunting in Los Angeles and touring mansions throughout the area for weeks. The Warner estate was built by Hollywood mogul and Warner Bros. cofounder Jack Warner in 1937. It spans eight acres and is situated in the Benedict Canyon neighborhood of Beverly Hills. It's an incredibly private property that's surrounded by tall hedges, blocked off by a large gate, and completely hidden from view from the street. The compound is home to multiple dwellings, including two guesthouses and a 13,600-square-foot mansion. The estate also features a pool, tennis court, and manicured gardens, as well as a nine-hole golf course and a "motor court" with its own garage and gas pumps, according to Architectural Digest. 
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SpaceX recently won a 40% share of a prized agreement with the Space Force to launch classified US payloads into orbit. But the rocket company, founded by Elon Musk in 2002, remained curiously silent for days after the announcement. Musk broke the silence on Thursday by accusing rival United Launch Alliance, which won a majority of the rocket contracts, of being "a complete waste of taxpayer money." Tory Bruno, ULA's CEO, responded to Musk by congratulating SpaceX on its award. Musk has a longstanding feud with ULA over its history, rocket designs, and launch pricing. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On August 7, the US Space Force announced two winners of a coveted agreement to launch dozens of spy satellites and other classified payloads into orbit. United Launch Alliance won a 60% share of the future missions, planned for 2022 through 2027, while SpaceX scooped up the remaining 40%. Both companies beat out rivals Blue Origin, founded by Jeff Bezos, and Northrop Grumman for the multibillion-dollar spoils of the agreement, called National Security Space Launch Phase 2. But in series of tweets by Elon Musk on Thursday, and following days of silence, the SpaceX founder appeared to be remarkably unhappy with his company's share of the missions.  ULA quickly trumpeted its win with a press release. "ULA is honored to be selected as one of two launch providers in this procurement," said Tory Bruno, ULA's president and CEO. "This is a groundbreaking day, culminating years of strategic planning and effort by the Department of the Air Force, [National Reconnaissance Office], and our launch service industry partners," William Roper, the Air Force's assistant secretary for acquisition, technology, and logistics, said in a press release. Even Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman told reporters they were "disappointed" in statements. SpaceX, however, said nothing. The company has not issued a public statement about its win worth more than $2 billion, nor did its communications team appear to respond to any requests for comment from niche and national outlets alike. (SpaceX also did not acknowledge questions from Business Insider for this and a prior article about the award.) That is, until Thursday afternoon — when Musk spoke up by bitterly criticizing ULA on Twitter. Musk: 'ULA is a complete waste of taxpayer money' What spurred Musk into speaking up was a tongue-in-cheek tweet by Tim Fernholz, a reporter at Quartz who publishes a weekly newsletter about the industry called "Space Business." In promoting the latest edition, Fernholz poked fun at the evasive culture of the commercial rocket industry. "Much of this newsletter is sealed to protect the competitive secrets of SpaceX and the other bidders, but redacted filings give us a clue about what Musk and company are upset about," he said Thursday. Fernholz linked to his newsletter's August 13 edition, which led with this: "We've found something Elon won't tweet about." The piece made note of SpaceX's public absence when it should be "a crowning moment" for the company, given its years of effort to even compete for those government contracts. (Jeff Foust of SpaceNews wrote that SpaceX "joins the establishment" with its new Pentagon award.) Fernholz speculated about possible reasons why SpaceX would stay mum, ranging from not yet having received a debrief from the DoD on how the contract decisions were made, to the rocket company's ongoing lawsuit with the US government — a legal protest SpaceX filed for being shut out of a lucrative program to develop its Falcon Heavy rocket system. Musk, who apparently read the newsletter, replied to Fernholz's tweet by blasting SpaceX's co-awardee, ULA. "Efficiently reusable rockets are all that matter for making life multiplanetary & 'space power,'" Musk tweeted. "Because their rockets are not reusable, it will become obvious over time that ULA is a complete waste of taxpayer money." ULA did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Business Insider. However, Bruno — the company's CEO — publicly weighed in on the matter a couple of hours after Musk's criticisms.  "I congratulate @SpaceX on their USAF NSS Phase 2 award," Bruno said when a user asked how he'd respond to the SpaceX CEO. Musk's beef with ULA goes back years before the company even existed When Musk founded SpaceX in 2002, well-funded and established rocket-industry players like Boeing and Lockheed Martin more or less shrugged. While SpaceX's top engineers toiled to build the company's first rocket system, called Falcon 1, though, Musk used what tools he could to fight a powerful traditional grip on the industry. Boeing and Lockheed had won a previous iteration of NSSL, called the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program, and it anointed them as the sole two companies certified to launch military satellites. In part to end an extraordinary racketeering suit in 2005, though, the two companies asked to merge their rocket-launching businesses into a 50-50 venture. SpaceX sued to fight that joining of forces by alleging anticompetitive behavior. It lost, and ULA was born in 2006, becoming the sole and increasingly expensive launch provider for DoD satellites for years. Musk's company pushed forward, though, simultaneously developing a new Falcon 9 rocket to launch commercial and NASA payloads, and a Grasshopper test vehicle. Grasshopper led to self-landing booster technology that was later incorporated into Falcon 9 rockets, which first worked in late 2015 and now saves SpaceX millions of dollars per launch. (It also pushed ULA to evolve its strategy.) In 2014, SpaceX had numerous Falcon 9 launches under its belt, as well as big NASA contracts and increasing experience. So when Russia began its invasion of Crimea, the company sprang at the chance to sue the Air Force over its use of the Atlas V rocket — a ULA vehicle that relied on sanctioned Russian-made engines. Musk also publicly attacked the price of ULA's missions. "This contract is costing the US taxpayers billions of dollars for no reason," Musk told NPR in May 2014, describing the rockets as "insanely expensive." The government settled with SpaceX in 2015, allowing it to compete for defense contracts. But Musk's distaste for ULA continued, despite sometimes amicable interactions with the company. In 2018, he assailed ULA's lucrative launch defense contracts, claiming they are "nutty high" for costing multiple times the projected price of a Falcon Heavy. And when a Twitter user brought up ULA's upcoming and partly reusable rocket system, called Vulcan-Centaur, Musk said: "I will seriously eat my hat with a side of mustard if that rocket flies a national security spacecraft before 2023." ("Wow," Bruno, ULA's CEO, tweeted in reply.) On Thursday, Musk again attacked ULA over its traditional Atlas V and Delta IV rockets, which are not reusable and the Air Force plans not to fly after 2022 and 2023, respectively. "Nobody would suggest buying airplanes that only fly once & then crash into the ocean. That would be absurd," Musk said, later adding: "So why is this madness acceptable for Boeing/Lockheed rockets?" In picking new rockets to get away from the Russian engines and lower its program costs, the DoD said it leaned most heavily on "technical factors" and, to a lesser degree, price and past performance, according to Ars Technica. ULA has launched 140 space missions in a row without failure — the latest of which was a nuclear-powered Mars rover. (SpaceX has consecutively launched 61 rockets without losing a payload.) And though the Vulcan-Centaur booster has yet to fly — unlike SpaceX's Falcon 9 or Falcon Heavy rockets — variants of the system's upper-stage Centaur rocket have flown more than 250 times.  For flying spy satellites, one of which can cost a billion dollars or more, a sterling launch record appears to count a lot in divvying up contract awards. "[Defense department customers] don't care whether [the launch cost] is $100 million or $300 million; it's in the noise," Alan Stern, a former NASA associate administrator and leader of the New Horizons mission to Pluto, told Air & Space magazine in 2012. "What they want is a guarantee it's going to work."SEE ALSO: Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have profound visions for humanity's future in space. Here's how the billionaires' goals compare. 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Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for August 14. I'm Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected] Reminder: Today is the last day to submit nominations for our annual list of top marketing-tech leaders. Please submit your nominations here. Today's news: MSL vows to close the influencer pay gap, Hulu's advertising blitz to promote live TV, and Quibi's new marketing push. Public relations giant MSL lays out a plan to close the influencer pay gap, including adding 10,000 BIPOC influencers to its platform Publicis-owned PR giant MSL announced a plan to address diversity, opportunity, equity, and education problems between white and BIPOC influencers, Sean Czarnecki reported. The firm said that it plans to add more BIPOC influencers to its influencer platform, sponsor BIPOC influencers to attend a six-week class called The Influencer League, improve its search results to promote diverse talent, and work with the Influencer League on a study examining the pay gap between BIPOC and white influencers. The changes stem from influencers of color speaking out about not being paid fairly. In some cases, BIPOC influencers feel like they're being taken advantage of when they accept a free product instead of being paid, said D'Anthony Jackson, senior account executive for the digital and influencer strategy team at MSL. Read the full story here. Hulu is launching a big advertising blitz to grow subscribers for its crucial push into live TV Hulu is betting big on the return of live sports with a new ad campaign that promotes its live TV service and stars athletes like the NBA's Damian Lillard, MLB's Aaron Judge, and WNBA's Skylar Diggins, Tanya Dua reported. As sports games come back, the campaign is part of a bigger push for Hulu to increase lucrative subscribers for its live TV service, a crucial type of subscribers in helping Hulu compete against TV-streaming companies like YouTube and Sling. Ryan Crosby, VP of marketing at Hulu, said that Hulu and Live TV subscribers have doubled, with a 139% year-over-year growth in the number of hours watched when it came to the NFL since the company started promoting the service with athletes last year. Read the full story here. Quibi has ramped up its TV and digital marketing efforts in the last few months as it's rolled out a second wave of originals, new data shows New data shows that short-form video app Quibi ramped up ad spend in June as it readied its second wave of programming, Ashley Rodriguez reported. Between June 1 and August 10, Quibi uploaded 92 YouTube videos, averaging 1.39 per day, according to data from Tubular Labs. To compare, the company uploaded 51 videos between April 1 through the end of May, equivalent to an average of 0.84 videos per day. From July 1 to August 5, Quibi aired TV ads worth an estimated $10 million, and generated 469 million impressions, according to  Read the full story here. More stories we're reading: Apple just removed 'Fortnite' from the App Store and the company behind the game fired back with a scathing video that roasts the iPhone-maker's most iconic ad (Business Insider) Inside UTA's venture arm that helps build consumer businesses like Emma Chamberlain's coffee brand for its influencer and celeb clients (Business Insider) The 24 power players using TikTok to transform the music industry, from marketers and record execs to artists (Business Insider) Facebook and Instagram launch virtual voting center to promote accurate voting information ahead of 2020 election (Business Insider) Trump campaign spending big on late-night TV (Bloomberg) The second wave of agency staff cost cuts is starting to build — but it might not crash as hard as the spring swell (Digiday) Thanks for reading and see you on Monday! You can reach me in the meantime at [email protected] and subscribe to this daily email here. — LaurenJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence
This morning the World Health Organization held a press conference in which they outlined the importance of vigilance in the fight against COVID-19. Speaking on the current state of the global pandemic, with regard to containment and advancements in vaccinations, Dr. Michael Joseph Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, suggested that the disease has a … Continue reading
  The brand-new $350 Sony WH-1000XM4 and the latest $400 Bose 700 offer very similar propositions — a premium set of wireless, noise-cancelling headphones that sound amazing. At the same time, they're quite different in almost every way. They sound different, they come with different features, and they're priced differently, too.  For people who "just want a pair of good headphones" out of the box and aren't likely to download apps and customize sound, the Bose 700 come highly recommended. With that said, if you're willing to use the Sony Headphones app and play around with different sound styles, the Sony WH-1000XM4 could let you enjoy your music even more than the Bose. At the end of the day, you'll be happy with either pair of headphones. They have similarly excellent noise cancellation and ambient noise reduction during phone calls.  The Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose 700 both tick off all the basics for a premium headphone experience in 2020 and beyond — they help hush the noise around you with active noise cancelling, they deliver premium sound, they're comfortable, and they're wireless. At $350 for the Sony WH-1000XM4 and $400 retail for the Bose 700, they offer more than simply the basics. You get important features that let you connect to two devices at a time (great if you switch between your computer and phone), and they also offer among the best phone call quality I've ever heard on headphones. You're getting excellent bang for your buck with these cans.  I've had the luxury and pleasure to try both of these headphones side-by-side, and there are important and major differences between the Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose 700 you should know about before making a decision. You can also check out the full review for the Bose 700 here.  The Sony WH-1000XM4 can be preordered now, and will be released and available to buy starting in mid-August. The Bose 700 were released in June 2019.  Table of Contents: StaticDesign and comfort The Bose 700 have a more modern and sleek design with stylish organic curves throughout the headband and exterior earcups. On heads and ears, the Bose 700 feel comfortable. The pads are soft yet sturdy enough to keep their form over longer listening periods. They don't clamp down too much on my head and ears, and the headband doesn't hurt the top of my head over time, and I can move my head back and forth with having them slip off.   Meanwhile, the Sony WH-1000XM4 have a more neutral headphone design that few can complain about. Overall, the Sonys are more comfortable than the Bose. The Sonys are lightweight and slightly more plush and softer around the ears than the Bose 700, but still secure enough to prevent the headphones from moving around with head movements. The headband is comfortable and places less strain on the top of the head, too.  The Sonys can become a little more compact and fold up into a sort of ball shape with their folding earcup design, whereas the best the Bose can do is twist their earcups to become flat.  Sound quality Bose 700: These have Bose's signature silky smooth sound, with rich, crisp, clear bass, a wide soundstage, clear separation, and superb clarity. Few can fault this audio quality and sound.  Bass-heads won't be satisfied here, however, as Bose tends to be more conservative and "refined" compared to the Sony WH-1000XM series — while listening to a lot of music, from Reggae to electronic music, I find myself wanting more rolling bass that fills my ears for the span of a song.  Sony WH-1000 XM4: The Sony WH-1000 XM4 produce a more powerful and exciting sound than the Bose 700. With that said, clarity, soundstage, and separation aren't as good — the Sonys almost sound muffled compared to the Bose. Out of the box, the Bose 700 are likely to be more appealing, at least for those who value clarity and clearly hearing different instruments as if they were spread out from each other.  But the Sonys really have two types of sound: out-of-the-box, and whatever you want them to be. Indeed, you can customize the sound the XM4s deliver through the Sony Music app, and it makes a big difference, and it's far more comprehensive than what you get with Bose or the built-in equalizers in most phones. For me, Sony's customization means I can get the best of both worlds — the XM4's signature power and excitement, some extra bass, as well as a clearer sound with a wider soundstage and separation that's almost as good as the Bose.  The Sonys are more versatile than the Bose, and that counts for a lot.  Noise cancelling and battery life I tested the noise cancelling abilities of these two headphones in a room that measured 53 decibels, a level produced by an air conditioner vent blowing glorious cold air above me, and two loud Vornado fans (one medium, one personal size) blowing close by that simulated a fairly loud office. I also tested the noise cancelling around a 10KW power generator at sound levels between 65 and 85 decibels.  Both the Bose 700 and Sony XM4 do a remarkable and similar job of cancelling out noise. In my simulated office setting, the fan noises were almost completely eliminated without music. With music, even at lower volumes, ambient noise is all but forgotten. As for the generator test, I could absolutely still hear the loud engine that creates 10,000 watts at 240 volts with both headphones, but the sound was dramatically reduced to a tolerable level.  If I had to pick one that made things quieter than the other, I'd say the Bose was ever so slightly more effective, but not by much at all. You'll be happy with whichever pair you go for when it comes to noise cancelling.  As for battery life, Sony claims 30 hours and five hours of listening time from a quick 10-minute top-off charge with 1.5A or more adapter. Bose claims a 20-hour battery life and three and a half hours of listening time from a 15-minute charge. Whether they actually last 30 hours in unclean — to be honest, I'm not timing how long I'm using them with every listening session. But I can safely say the Sonys lasted longer than the Bose before needing a charge.  Phone calls The Bose 700s' party trick when they were first released was their incredibly effective ambient noise cancellation during phone calls, which works for both you and the person you're speaking to on the phone.  I tested a phone call with both headphones while standing around the corner from a very loud 10KW power generator, where decibel levels read between 65 and 70 decibels — just below the 73.4 average decibel level of the NYC streets, according to this study by the National Institute of Health (NIH) from 2015. The Bose and Sony headphones both performed very well. The person I called could hear my voice clearly over the sound of the generator, and couldn't actually hear the generator humming along at 70 decibels for most of the call. To be extra nitpicky, the person I called said the Sonys had more static noise than the Bose, and that my voice sounded more tinny.  To be sure, a phone call using headphones that don't have some kind of active noise reduction for calls would be extremely uncomfortable.  It seems the headphones' limit was about the 80 to 85 decibel range, where I stood right next to the generator, which is over twice as loud as 70 decibels. 85 decibels is about as loud as a gas-powered lawnmower or a leaf blower, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At 80 decibels, a conversation was impossible — both me and the person I called were constantly being cut off, and it simply wasn't a good time.  For reference, neither headphones worked as well at reducing the generator's noise than the phone I was using, the Pixel 4XL. In fact, the Pixel 4XL allowed a totally normal conversation right next to the generator at 85 decibels. It sucked for me, being right next to the equivalent of a leaf blower, but the person I was calling wasn't too affected.  Apps and other features Both headphones have proximity sensors that pause and resume music when you take the headphones on and off.  Both headphones have Bluetooth multi-point, which means you can connect to two devices at the same time. It's useful if you use the headphones between your phone and your computer. This is a new addition for Sony, as the previous XM3 headphones didn't have multi-point.  Both headphones have touch sensor controls on the exterior earcups.  The Bose Music app is significantly more polished and prettier than the Sony Headphones app. With that said, the Bose Music app isn't as rich in features. The Bose app offers pretty basic and generic customizations for a pair of "smart" headphones, like adjusting the level of noise cancellation and the level of your voice so you can hear yourself during a phone call. It also lets you customize what smart voice assistant you want to use. Conversely, the Sony Headphones app is rich in features, but it's not as pretty or user-friendly. It includes similar features as the Bose app, as well as a "Speak to chat" feature that automatically pauses music and turns off noise cancelling when you start speaking out loud, which is designed to let you keep your headphones on if someone starts speaking to you. By default, the music resumes and noise cancellation turns back on 30 seconds after you're finished speaking. You can adjust the amount of time for your music and noise cancellation to resume. It works surprisingly well, but at the same time, I think keeping headphones on while anyone is speaking to you is rude, so I'd take them off anyway. There's also "Quick Attention" that lets you cover the right earcup to disengage noise cancellation and reduce audio volume. Noise cancelling and volume return once you remove your hand from the right earcup. It works well, and it's perhaps less rude, as covering the earcup is at least an indication that you're doing something to pay attention to the person you're speaking to.  The Sony app also includes a noise cancellation optimizer designed to, well, optimize noise cancellation for you by analyzing anything that might alter the earcups' seal around your ears and adjusting the sound. I'm not entirely sure if it works, to be honest, but optimized or not, sound quality and noise cancellation remain excellent. There's also a "360 Reality Audio" feature that supposedly enhances audio with some kind of surround sound enhancements. The setup process is odd, as you need to take photos of your ears, and it only works with the Tidal, Nugs, and Deezer streaming apps. I don't use any of these apps, so I couldn't test this feature. Honestly, these kinds of features rarely end up enhancing anything for the better.  Which one should you get? The $50 discrepancy between these two headphones isn't going to sway a decision here — you can find deals on the Bose fairly regularly, and the Sonys will get their days of deals soon enough (they were just released at the time of writing).  You'll be pleased with either seeing as they perform similarly in noise cancelling and phone call quality. And both have excellent sound quality.  But against my preference, I can see myself recommending the Bose 700 more often than the Sony WH-1000XM4 because they sound better out of the box, and I know some people aren't likely to fiddle around with an app to customize the sound.  If I know the person is a little more techy and they're open to customizing their sound through an app, I'd recommend the Sony WH-1000XM4 for their versatility. Indeed, the Bose sound great for a wide range of people, but everyone hears differently, and you might find a sound you prefer with the Sonys. In the Sony Headphones app, I like the "Bright" preset and a +7 "Clear Bass" setting.
If you are still wondering whether you should buy a sex doll or a sex toy, then this article will help you make a choice.The sex doll is also known as love doll, which is a kind of sex toy that imitates the human body.With the development of technology, the past inflatable dolls have also continuously developed into today’s TPE dolls and silicone dolls.TPE is widely used in sex toys due to its excellent ductility, aging resistance, non-toxicity and other characteristics.Sex dolls usually have a metal skeleton inside, which is to imitate the bones and joints of the human body, and it is also convenient to take various poses when having sex.Generally speaking, the price of silicone sex dolls will be a bit more expensive than the price of TPE sex dolls.2.Volume and WeightCommon sex toys are not too big, this is mainly for the user’s portability, and at the same time to reduce the weight, you definitely don’t want to use a Masturbator with a dozen kg, which looks more like fitness than masturbation.
Listen to our weekly podcast Am I Making You Uncomfortable? about women’s health, bodies and private lives. Available on Spotify, Apple, Audioboom and wherever you listen to your podcasts.The news that the UK is entering the deepest recession on record is enough to fill even the hardiest among us with dread.Those impacted by the recession of 2008 may already be replaying the struggle over in their minds, with a sense of growing fea over what could happen in the months, and years, to come. It’s a time to be kind to ourselves and to remember: we’re all in this together.It’s understandable to feel anxious – a recession impacts the economy and people’s lives, as Yuko Nippoda, psychotherapist and spokesperson for the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), explains. “Some people might lose their jobs, a recession can make it difficult to find a job, pay rises might stop or inequality can occur,” she says. “Lots of negative things happen.”“For some people it’s a matter of life and death. It is obviously natural to feel anxious for their future, and some people even feel in despair.”While there’s no quick-fix for dealing with the uncertainty surrounding economic challenges, there are coping mechanisms and strategies that can relieve some of the burden. Related... Oh, It’s Your First Recession? Here’s What You Need To Know Related... How To Deal With The Uncertainty Of Redundancy In A Pandemic I’m feeling anxious, what can I do?Nippoda says it’s important to follow trustworthy sources of information. “There is too much information circulating, some of which is inaccurate,” she says. “When we feel anxious, we tend to look for reassurance and go for any information that we want to hear. However, we need to be careful about random information as our life might be catastrophic if we follow fake news.”Psychotherapist Rakhi Chand, a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), agrees: “Not over-doing exposure to the news could be helpful.” Limit news notifications to your phone and try not to spend hours scrolling social media if you’re feeling overwhelmed by it all. It might be useful to take five minutes and write down what kind of information you need and want to know – then investigate some trustworthy articles from financial specialists, suggests Nippoda. “Then, we will be able to find out more details of the trend, and deal with the situation more effectively,” she explains.Other coping strategies Chand recommends include: regularly exercising, getting a good night’s sleep each night, eating healthily, and being aware of what you need for self-care. All of these can help build resilience.“Being able to say no to things that aren’t what we actually want is also vital in maintaining resilience,” says Chand. This is important – if you’re increasingly worried about money and feel unable to say no to social events or things that will cost you more than you can afford, it will only add to your worries. A person’s financial situation understandably has a huge impact on their mental health – this is especially the case for people with existing mental health problems. A Money and Mental Health survey of nearly 5,500 people with experience of mental health problems revealed 86% said their financial situation had made their mental health worse.Related... How To Properly Start Saving Money In 2020 People hit badly by the previous recession may feel an even greater sense of despair over what happens next – especially as the last time will have been traumatic for some. If this is the case, reflect on how you survived previously, says Nippoda, remembering you have a reserve of strength to call on.“It is important to remember the positive things you did and use the resources for your future experiences,” she says. “This can lead to you having hope.”Chand agrees, adding: “Do what you can to prepare, but try consciously to let go of what is out of your control,” she says. “It’s a bloody hard thing to do, but try. Stay in the present as much as you can – think about managing the short-term rather than thinking too much into the future, if possible.”Activities like reading, seeing friends, going for walks, listening to music or taking a bath can help you to stay in the present.I’m seriously concerned about how I’ll copeA report on the 2008-2013 recession by the University of Bristol suggested economic recessions can lead to increased levels of mental illness, suicide and suicidal behaviour. Often, key stressors include job loss, financial difficulties, debt, loss of home and relationship stresses.There’s a big difference between feeling a bit anxious about what the future holds, and feeling suicidal or like there’s no way forward. If you’re in a bad place, it’s imperative to seek help – whether that’s speaking to someone you trust about how you’re feeling, calling your local NHS urgent mental health helpline, or, if you don’t feel like you can keep yourself safe, going to A&E where a team of trained mental health specialists can offer further support.Charities such as Samaritans, Papyrus and the Shout Crisis text line can also lend an ear if you don’t feel like you have anyone close to you to speak to. In some parts of the UK, crisis houses are available for people to stay in for a number of days during a mental health crisis – you can find one here.Speaking to others about how you’re feeling, or what you’re experiencing if you have lost your job or are worried about money, can be a relief – especially if you feel like there is no clear solution on hand.Helpful places to get advice during a recession include: the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), the Money Advice Service (try its money navigator tool), local Job Centres, debt advice agencies (find a free debt advisor here), and mental health charities like Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, and Young Minds – some of which can offer discounted therapy sessions. You can also get a limited number of therapy sessions for free on the NHS or pay to go private. Some charities, like Turn2Us, offer money grants for people struggling financially. “Talk to others, if at all possible,” says Chand. “Having spoken to many during lockdown, I repeatedly heard that difficulties were vastly assuaged because of connections.”Related... Sharmadean Reid Is Fighting For A Workplace That Actually Works For Mums How Young Londoners Really Feel About Plans To Scrap Their Free Travel There's A Reason Why Socialising Feels So Exhausting Right Now
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Brex, a fintech unicorn, is one of the most interesting companies in Silicon Valley. We identified the 13 employees that Brex assembled to help the financial-services startup take on traditional financial institutions in 2020. The power players include employees who helped launch its bank-account product, Brex Cash, and people working with existing customers and recruiting new ones for the flagship corporate-credit-card product. Click here to read more BI Prime stories. Brex, simply put, is a startup for startups. A venture-backed company can have millions in the bank and not get approved for a credit card. That's because the traditional financial institutions want to see a credit history, which few new companies have, before issuing that precious piece of plastic. Brex solved for the problem by giving corporate credit cards to startups based on their available cash balance — including money raised through venture funding — and using data to predict a startup's future ability to pay. In the past year, Brex grew beyond its roots as a "black card for startups" to include a bank-account product that gives customers the ability to send payments, new credit cards with rewards tailored for e-commerce and healthcare businesses, a members-only lounge, and a restaurant. Each new product brings Brex closer to the financial-services leaders it wants to unseat. Henrique Dubugras, the company's 24-year-old cofounder and chief executive, told Business Insider that in the long run, the goal is not to become a bank — but to create a collection of products for saving and spending money, in the same way that Apple owns computing through its product suite. With a private-market valuation of $2.6 billion, Brex has plans to double its staff to 800 employees this year, adding to a powerhouse team of financial-services veterans and tech-giant alumni. This list of top employees is focused on staff who are helping the company take on legacy finance institutions, as opposed to the technical talent at the startup. They include the people tasked with raising funding, rolling out new products, keeping customers happy, and signing on rewards partners, as well as the people responsible for plastering San Francisco with Brex advertisements.   Meet the 13 power players of Brex:SEE ALSO: Brex, the $2.6 billion credit card company for startups, explains why it's getting closer to traditional finance with its new Brex Cash bank account product DON'T MISS: Brex raised $57 million from Peter Thiel and Y Combinator using these 19 slides Michael Tannenbaum, chief financial officer Michael Tannenbaum was the architect of Brex's flagship product, which allows startups to get approved for corporate credit cards based on their available cash balance — including venture capital — rather than credit history. The company uses data to forecast cash balances and determine the startup's future ability to pay, the idea being that it could cut off customers before they go into credit-card debt. A former investment-banking analyst, Tannenbaum started working at Brex when the company was just an idea staged in the cofounder's kitchen. He was hired to develop its credit-card model and to build credibility with financial partners, including banks and lenders. As chief financial officer, he oversees finance, operations, capital markets, corporate development, and credit. Larissa Rocha, chief community officer As employee No. 1 at Brex, Rocha has held a variety of roles, but she has always maintained the "doer" mindset that Brex cofounders Dubugras and Pedro Franceschi gave her in her first position. Rocha joined the startup two weeks after her graduation from Harvard University. Over the years, she built a customer-support team, helped land the company's first customers, and oversaw its foray into restaurants and community spaces. She even ran strategy for recruiting engineers. "When Henrique explained the new role for me, that was my first time hearing a lot of those developer terms," Rocha said. Now Rocha is chief community officer and creates programming for Brex's customers. She said that since Brex is itself a startup, she's been able to help other Brex members navigate similarly difficult and less-than-well-defined issues she has successfully overcome.   Katie Biber, Chief Legal Officer Katie Biber joined Brex in July to lead its legal and compliance teams as the startup was launching an FDIC-insured bank account product for its customers.  The former legal executive oversaw compliance initiatives at major tech startups like Airbnb, Thumbtack, and crypto startup Anchorage following years of work as a political lawyer. "I committed to giving the tech industry a 2-year effort and it stuck," Biber told Business Insider in July. Like Dubugras, Biber sees opportunity for Brex and other startups in highly regulated industries like finance, to build trust with customers by working within those traditional bounds instead of breaking them down. "The market opportunity for Brex is really immense because it has defined a category and now others are rushing to fill it," Biber said. "It reminds me of a campaign that just hits it spot on. You can have the slickest ads, but if your candidate doesn't strike a chord with voters you are staring down empty stadiums. I see that all coming together at Brex." Marco Mahrus, vice president of payments Marco Mahrus was working to develop underwriting improvements at Uber when a friend introduced him to the Brex team. The Harvard MBA grad had spent years working in finance at big tech companies and smaller startups and wasn't ready yet to make the switch. By 2019 that changed, and Mahrus was ready to jump on Brex's rocketship. As head of payments, Mahrus is responsible for building the underlying infrastructure that keeps Brex running. He has spearheaded efforts to integrate Apple Pay and Google Pay in addition to managing all profits and losses on the corporate-cards side of the business.  "Brex is known for corporate-card payments and now a cash-management account, but under the hood is a core banking platform developed from the ground up to address startup and SMB financial services," Mahrus said. Thomas Piani, product director for Brex Cash Choosing a credit card often comes down to which has the most useful rewards. Thomas Piani was hired in 2018 to design the company's rewards program to go head-to-head with those of competitors like American Express or Chase Bank.  He landed the startup's first airline partnership, which let Brex customers spend their rewards on miles, and led the initiative around its first cobranded credit card with Bank of the West. Today, Piani oversees the company's second product, a no-fee credit card for e-commerce companies. His team rolled out a suite of rewards tailored to those businesses, such as discounts on shipping and advertising through partnerships. Roni Saporta, director of capital markets Because Brex's core business is extending credit to customers, it relies on raising debt from big institutions on Wall Street, regional banks, and asset managers to finance those credit-card transactions. Roni Saporta helped the company close two massive fundraising events last year: a $100 million round of debt financing from Barclays in June and a second round from Credit Suisse that totaled $200 million. As a director of capital markets, she's tasked with building relationships with investors and negotiating deal terms. Before Brex, Saporta was an associate at Credit Suisse in New York. Mira Srinivasan, head of credit Taking on entrenched financial-services companies like American Express is a daunting undertaking, to say the least. But Brex has a secret weapon: Mira Srinivasan, a former vice president of American Express. Srinivasan joined Brex in 2019 to build the kind of credit policies and procedures that the startup is banking on to unseat her former employer. She takes a veteran's approach to risk monitoring and assessment by instituting old procedures, like collections, with a startup slant. By using data that other institutions don't have, Srinivasan's team is able to more accurately predict and manage risk to the benefit of Brex and its customers, she said. "Most traditional finance institutions do not have this flexibility, as they are bound by legacy infrastructure," Srinivasan said. Before Brex, she led risk management at American Express for 12 years. She was previously a research analyst at McKinsey in its corporate-finance division. Miguel Rios-Berrios, director of engineering and head of data Miguel Rios-Berrios got his engineering degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez before heading to the University of Maryland for his Masters. He never finished the program, and instead landed an internship at Twitter in 2010. There, he learned the ropes of the tech industry and quickly rose the ranks of the engineering organization, eventually becoming the head of data science. A company spokeswoman said Brex set out on a year-long search for its new head of engineering late last year. The startup was rapidly growing the team as it continued to add new products and services at a break-neck pace, and needed someone to lead the team. Rios-Berrios had the experience Brex was looking for, and he joined the startup in October. In his role, Rios-Berrios leads the teams responsible for data products, data platforms, risk, and analytics. He is also an active member of Brex's diversity council, according to a company spokeswoman.   Erica Dorfman, vice president of treasury and capital markets Erica Dorfman joined Brex in August 2019 to lead liquidity, cash management, and debt financing for the startup's suite of credit products. With her team, Dorfman has raised $500 million in debt financing for Brex, and most recently helped launch its newest service, an FDIC-insured Brex Cash account for startups. Dorfman entered the fintech world after several years working in a traditional finance role on Wall Street. She oversaw capital markets initiatives at student loan startup SoFi before leading finance and operations at finance automation startup Tally.    Ritik Malhotra, product director for special projects Ritik Malhotra joined Brex as part of the acquisition of his company, Elph, which let users manage their cryptocurrency holdings across apps in one place. His team got to work immediately on Brex Cash, the startup's answer to bank accounts. The product will give customers the ability to store money, earn yields, and send payments in less than a minute, according to the company. It is still being tested and has a waitlist of startups. Malhotra said he spends a lot of time trying to suss out where traditional finance institutions fall short to help Brex Cash solve for customer frustrations. Camilla Morais, vice president of operations and financial planning Camilla Morais, the vice president of finance, runs internal finance for the fast-growing startup. She's responsible for the teams that raise money from capital markets and ensure the unit economics that make investors happy to see. She also manages head count and office planning as the company seeks to double its workforce. When she joined in 2018, Morais worked on designing the financial models that Brex used for its flagship corporate credit card. Since then, she has also had a hand in overseeing Brex Cash, the startup's bank-account product, and offerings for e-commerce and healthcare startups. "Speaking with investors is part of my day-by-day at Brex, whether or not we are fundraising," Morais told Business Insider. "It's always important to build a relationship with our current and future investors before the needs come. But there is much more than that." Before Brex, Morais was a director of marketing and business planning for Kraft Heinz in Chicago. Kira Klaas, director of brand On marketing, Brex has to compete with traditional financial institutions — many of which have branch locations and airport lounges — on a fraction of their budgets. Kira Klaas, who works on the startup's mission and brand messaging, convinces startups to put their trust in the lesser-known entity. Her job is to develop customers who believe so strongly in Brex's story and how it creates value that they try to convince others to sign up.  Last year, her pièce de résistance was Brex's advertising takeover at TechCrunch Disrupt, a San Francisco conference attended by thousands of tech workers. Dubugras announced its new product Brex Cash onstage, and within minutes, 257 billboards, bus stops, and news-rack advertisements across the city were swapped out to promote the launch. She said the company passed its goal for sign-ups by 273% at launch, and the waitlist has been growing steadily since. Arthur Levy, vice president of business development In early 2019, Arthur Levy was the company's first business-development hire, and since then, he has built a team and strategy around creating partnerships that add value for Brex's customers. Brex's chief financial officer called Levy the "mastermind" behind the company's new partnership with JetBlue, which allows startups to cash in points for miles. He spent many hours flying to New York to convince the airline to give select customers preferred status and later to allow all customers to transfer rewards. Levy also oversees high-profile deals and partnerships with Intuit, NetSuite, Amazon Web Services, WeWork, and Zoom. His team drives almost 40% of new revenue every month, the startup said.
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Andrew Yang will not be speaking at the Democratic National Convention.  Yang and his supporters were disappointed by the news.  The entrepreneur and former Democratic presidential candidate gained support for his progressive policies, including universal basic income, or UBI, a government guarantee that each citizen receives a minimum amount of money. Spain is moving to establish a permanent basic income for low-income citizens in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.  The ideas behind UBI are centuries old, but have been gaining traction in recent years thanks to Yang, who made them a major part of his campaign. Billionaire Elon Musk has also been an outspoken advocate for it.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Andrew Yang will not be speaking at the Democratic National Convention.  The entrepreneur and former Democratic presidential candidate was not included on a list of speakers for the upcoming convention, but he will be part of a video package of former 2020 presidential candidates, Yang told the Washington Post. "I've got to be honest I kind of expected to speak," Yang tweeted Tuesday.  Yang has garnered significant support over the past year for his progressive policies, including the long-simmering, but newly urgent, policy proposal of universal basic income (UBI), or the idea that every citizen deserves a minimum amount of income. The policy has gained popularity in the US and abroad. Yang's plan was to implement what he called the Freedom Dividend, which consisted of guaranteed payments of $1,000 per month, or $12,000 per year, to all US citizens over the age of 18.  Elon Musk shared his support for Yang and UBI. In a series of brief tweets, Musk said that he supported Yang, who previously founded Venture for America, and that UBI is "obviously needed." Members of congress may also be getting more serious about the need for UBI. In April, House Democrats introduced the The Emergency Money for the People Act, which would give $2,000 a month to Americans over the age of 16 who make less than $130,000 a year. The payments, which are an interim UBI of sorts, would continue for at least six months and would last until unemployment falls to pre-coronavirus levels, Business Insider reported.   The proposal followed the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, which guarantees a one-time cash payment of up to $1,200 to Americans who qualify based on earnings or Social Security status. The lawmakers behind the new Emergency Money for the People Act say a one-time payment of $1,200 is not enough. The idea of an emergency, or interim, UBI was first announced by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in March, one day after Sen. Mitt Romney publicly called for the government to give US adults each $1,000 during this financially trying time.  In Spain, Nadia Calviño, the country's minister for economic affairs, told the Spanish broadcaster La Sexta that the government is planning to introduce cash handouts to low-income Spaniards as a way to help people financially recover. She added that the government hoped it would become "a permanent instrument," Business Insider reported.  UBI is gaining newfound interest, but the policy idea itself stretches back to the 16th century, when Spanish-born humanist Juan Luis Vives praised a system of unconditional welfare. "Even those who have dissipated their fortunes in dissolute living — through gaming, harlots, excessive luxury, gluttony and gambling — should be given food, for no one should die of hunger," Vives wrote in 1526. Over the next few centuries, political scientists and sociologists honed the idea of a minimum income even further. In 1797, the American revolutionary Thomas Paine advocated for a "national fund" in the pamphlet "Agrarian Justice,"  for which every American would be awarded fifteen pounds sterling when they turned 21, with another ten pounds per year after age 50.  Even Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared his support for basic income at a Stanford lecture in 1967. "It seems to me the Civil Rights Movement must now begin to organize for the guaranteed annual income and mobilize forces," King said, "so we can bring to the attention of our nation this need ... which I believe will go a long, long way toward dealing with the Negroes' economic problem and the economic problem many other poor people confront in our nation." In his final book, "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" King observed that "no matter how dynamically the economy develops and expands it does not eliminate all poverty." Hence the need for the nation to create full employment — or create incomes.  The decade between 1969 and 1979 marked a crucial turning point in the basic income movement for two reasons. The first was President Richard Nixon's 1969 proposal of the "Family Assistance Plan." The legislation promised to give an additional $10,400 (in 2016 dollars) each year to families who had kids, depending on income. While the FAP easily made it through the House of Representatives, it ultimately died in the Senate. The second was the "Mincome Program" that took place in Manitoba, Canada. Between 1974 and 1979, residents in the city of Winnipeg and smaller nearby town of Dauphin received additional monthly income, again based on their income levels. It wasn't until University of Manitoba economist Evelyn Forget discovered the Mincome files 20 years later that anyone realized what a success the program had been. Forget's research showed hospitalization rates fell by 8.5%, high school completion rates went up, and new mothers could afford to work less. And in general, few people stopped working — one of the key fears that's often cited about basic income. By nearly all measures, the conclusion was clear: Basic income held serious potential as a way to lift people out of poverty. Forget's research was critical because it helped revive the basic income movement after two decades of dormancy. Advocates had been praising the concept all the while, but only within the last decade have mainstream economists considered putting it back into action. Some of the biggest names in business, particularly the tech world, have endorsed UBI, including Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Richard Branson. In over a dozen countries and many more cities around the world, academics and policymakers have launched basic income experiments of their own — some completed, some ongoing. Many of the projects have already replicated the effects Forget found in the late 1970s. Much of the contemporary research on UBI and related programs has been carried out in the developing world; the World Bank largely found that the global poor spend the money on household goods, health care, and that various costs that come with schooling.  As has been observed elsewhere, the biggest issue with basic income is that it still needs more large-scale, years-long empirical study in developed countries to figure out where or not it "works." Given that UBI remains something of a political Rorschach test — the term "government handout" remains a lightning rod in 2020 — it needs more to be more tested than debated. (Though the financial havoc the novel coronavirus is causing Americans may change that). As UBI becomes more mainstream, it stands a stronger chance of being better researched — and ending up as viable policy. Chris Weller contributed to an earlier version of this post. SEE ALSO: The World Economic Forum and the World Health Organization are launching an emergency coronavirus task force of 200 business leaders — including execs from Alphabet and KPMG Join the conversation about this story »
There are early reports of “serious injuries” after a train derailed near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire in what is being classed as a “major incident”, Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.Pictures posted from the scene showed at least six ambulance vehicles, an air ambulance and a number of police response cars at the scene.Smoke could be seen billowing in the background.Latest update from the scene. @[email protected]— Ben Philip (@BenPhilip_) August 12, 2020Rail industry sources told the PA news agency that the suspected cause of the incident was a landslip. Heavy rain and flooding also affected the area on Wednesday morning.The train involved was the 6.38am Aberdeen to Stonehaven, made up of an engine and four carriages. It is reported that the engine and three carriages derailed, and slid down an embankment.West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Andrew Bowie said the local hospital had declared a major incident.He told the PA news agency: “It’s obviously a terrible situation, a train derailment, the emergency services are on the scene.“I’ve already spoken to Grant Shapps, who has spoken to Network Rail and the British Transport Police who are obviously investigating and assisting. I am aware that Aberdeen Royal Infirmary has declared a major incident.”Speaking before First Minister’s Questions on Thursday, Nicola Sturgeon said that although “details are still emerging”, there are “early reports of serious injuries”.“My immediate thoughts and the thoughts of those across the chamber are with all those involved.”The Scottish government’s resilience room is also now operational, and the first minister said she will convene a meeting this afternoon.This is an extremely serious incident. I’ve had an initial report from Network Rail and the emergency services and am being kept updated. All my thoughts are with those involved.— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) August 12, 2020Prime minister Boris Johnson said he was “saddened” to hear about the “serious incident,” tweeting that his thoughts were with everyone affected. ScotRail posted a message on Twitter shortly after 6.30am warning that services across Scotland would be disrupted due to “extremely heavy rain flooding”.A video shared on Facebook at 7.30am shows heavy flooding in Stonehaven.Bowie had been in Stonehaven surveying the flood damage earlier on Wednesday, describing the situation as “really bad”.He said: “The main river which flows through it, had burst its banks and the heavy rain had caused flooding in the centre of Stonehaven and lots of the side streets leading off it.“Luckily, the water receded incredibly quickly and the river has peaked and is going down. Obviously none of us expected there to be such a serious incident as a rail derailment at the same time, but it just goes to show how damaging the bad weather can be.”He added: “I don’t think speculation is helpful at this stage. We obviously don’t know why the derailment took place, but obviously we have suffered terrible weather here.”This is a breaking news story and will be updated. Follow HuffPost UK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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The world's first university dedicated to the field of artificial intelligence is set to open its doors to students in Abu Dhabi in January 2021.  The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence is part of the Emirati city state's 50-point plan to diversify its economy for the future.  Trustees includes Dr Kai-Fu Lee, previously of Google China, and Sir Michael Brady, a former director at MIT's AI Lab. The UAE has a problematic record on human rights. Sir Michael told Business Insider he did not "have anxieties" about the issue.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In the wake of a three-month delay induced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the world's first university dedicated to the study of AI is gearing up to welcome its first cohort of students in Abu Dhabi. The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), named for the city state's crown prince, will open its doors in January 2021. As a new university, students will be entering into something of an experiment. However, the university says it will pick 85 Masters and PhD students after whittling them down from more than 1,400 applicants. The specialist graduate school is part of Abu Dhabi's wider diversification drive, as it attempts to move away an from oil and gas-based economy to focus more intensely on knowledge and skills. The US and China continue to dominate developments in AI, thanks to the vast amounts of capital at their disposal. A 2019 report by the Center for Data Innovation found that the US had the most AI startups and the most capital flowing into the sector. China, it found, is rapidly catching up. Students at MBZUAI take a range of courses on the core components of AI, including "Mathematical Foundations for Artificial Intelligence", "Big Data Processing", "Human and Computer Vision", and "Natural Language and Speech Processing". Business Insider understands the full syllabus is still being finalized. All students admitted to the university will receive a full scholarship, plus benefits including a monthly allowance, health insurance, and accommodation. The university's board of trustees includes Dr Kai-Fu Lee, former president of Google China, and Sir Michael Brady, one-time associate director of the AI Laboratory at MIT. Speaking to Business Insider, Sir Michael said MBZUAI was "bound together" with the local government's vision for the future. "We're not trying to build Stanford by the sea," he said. "Abu Dhabi has devised a 50-point strategy to diversify its economy, they knew they wanted to move into a number of new industries, and there were glaring gaps in AI – that's how this college came to be." In spite of Crown Prince bin Zayed's forward-thinking agenda, the UAE has been riddled with claims of human rights abuses in recent years, with reports of Emirati citizens being disappeared by government agents, the continued use of flogging and stoning as forms of punishment, and censorship of the press. Asked about the UAE's record on human rights, Sir Michael said: "I've been asked this question by pretty much all of my friends [and] it's not something that I, personally, have anxieties about." He added: "I am unconvinced that the human rights record of the UAE, which is pretty liberal compared with other countries in the region, is any worse than a number of other countries with which I am extremely familiar." Last month, MBZUAI signed a deal with Virgin's Hyperloop division to collaborate on researching applications of AI for the transportation industry.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why electric planes haven't taken off yet
Pinterest's high-profile former COO Françoise Brougher has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the company, New York Times' Erin Griffith reports. The lawsuit explains why Brougher left the company suddenly in April without explanation after two years in the No. 2 role. The suit comes after the explosive exit of two Black Pinterest employees, Ifeoma Ozoma and Aerica Shimizu Banks, and Business Insider's full investigative report. Read the full story: Former Pinterest employees describe a traumatic workplace where managers humiliate employees until they cry, Black people feel alienated, and the toxic culture 'eats away at your soul' Pinterest's high-profile former COO Françoise Brougher has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the company. The lawsuit explains why Brougher left the company suddenly in April without explanation after two years in the No. 2 role. Brougher says in the suit that she was fired after she had a heated exchange with Pinterest's chief financial officer, Todd Morgenfeld, after he allegedly made disparaging comments about her in front of peers and gave her feedback that she viewed as sexist, complaining she wasn't "collaborative enough," the lawsuit claims.   "I believed Pinterest would judge me based on my job performance. But instead I was treated unfairly because of my gender," Brougher said in a statement emailed to Business Insider. She also claims that she was left out of important meetings, not invited to go on the corporate road show in the runup to Pinterest's IPO in 2019, and that she discovered she was paid less than the male executives only after the company filed paperwork to go public. (Although she was the COO, Pinterest did not reveal her salary in its prospectus documents.) And she said that, unlike her male peers, her stock options were backloaded, meaning most of them vested over the last two years of a four-year vesting schedule. She said that after she complained, the company adjusted her compensation.  Brougher says she complained about Morgenfeld's comments to the head of human resources and to CEO Ben Silbermann, and Silbermann fired her over a video call. She says she was asked to announce her departure to the staff as a resignation and she refused. Prior to Pinterest, Brougher was well-known in the tech industry for her executives roles at Charles Schwab, Google and Square. "I'm speaking out because I want to be part of the hard work of dismantling systems of gender bias that punish women for the type of strong leadership rewarded in men and that impedes female leaders' ability to be successful," Brougher said in her statement. Pinterest did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment but told the New York Times it was reviewing the lawsuit, a company spokesperson said. "Our employees are incredibly important to us," the spokesperson said. This lawsuit comes after the explosive exit of two Black Pinterest employees, Ifeoma Ozoma and Aerica Shimizu Banks, Pinterest's former managers of Public Policy & Social Impact. After the two publicly quit in May, they discussed their struggles with the company with Business Insider from fighting for pay, to fielding internet threats. Business Insider talked to nearly a dozen former employees who described being fired or "pushed out" of the company with no real explanation, managers that humiliated employees until they cried, and the particular alienation that Black people felt, the company. Since then, the CEO of the company, Ben Silbermann, has apologized and has promised to conduct a full investigation into its culture and policies. Now read: Former Pinterest employees describe a traumatic workplace where managers humiliate employees until they cry, Black people feel alienated, and the toxic culture 'eats away at your soul' The inside story of Pinterest's toxic workplace that caused CEO Ben Silbermann to admit to employees, 'I'm embarrassed' The two Black employees who took on Pinterest explain why they quit, their fight for pay, the death threats, the private investigator: 'It was a torturous experience'   SEE ALSO: The 17 major IT certifications that you can take to help you land a gig that pays over $100,000 Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images The former COO of Pinterest is suing the company for gender discrimination. Françoise Brougher says she was paid less than her male peers, repeatedly left out of important meetings, and given gendered feedback, according to her legal complaint. She was fired after speaking out about these concerns, the lawsuit says. Brougher, who previously worked as the Global Business Lead at Square and as a VP on the advertising team at Google, according to her LinkedIn, learned of the salary inequalities when Pinterest was preparing to go public in 2019. She made less than her male peers, and her equity vested at a slower rate. After bringing this to the attention of Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann, she still had to fight to be fairly compensated. The... Continue reading…
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Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now. All school leavers’ grades that were lowered by “biased” computer algorithms in Scotland last week will be withdrawn and replaced by teacher assessments, the SNP-led government has confirmed. The major U-turn by Scottish education secretary John Swinney comes amid mounting criticism that poorer students were hit hardest by modelling that gave them unfairly harsh results during the pandemic. The results for Scotland’s Higher awards were last week branded a “disaster” after the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) downgraded 124,000 results. Teachers, parents and pupils hit out at the SQA after the results downgraded teachers’ recommended awards for pupils from the poorest 20% of areas by more than 15 points, while recommendations for the best-off pupils were downgraded by just under 10 points.Swinney, who may still face a vote of no confidence in Holyrood over the issue, has now said all grades moderated down will be withdrawn and new certificates sent out. Meanwhile, no results that were moderated up will be cut back as Swinney said it would not “in any way be fair to do so”. The news will pile pressure on Gavin Williamson, England’s education secretary, to avoid a similar catastrophe south of the border when A-level results are published this week, amid concern the same modelling could be used. Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Swinney said he had “listened carefully to young people” and had moved to “fix” the problem quickly.He said: “Using powers available to me in the Education (Scotland) Act 1996, I am today directing the SQA to re-issue those awards based solely on teacher or lecturer judgement.“Schools will be able to confirm the estimates they provided for pupils to those that are returning to school this week and next.“The SQA will issue fresh certificates to affected candidates as soon as possible and, importantly, will inform Ucas and other admission bodies of the new grades as soon as practical in the coming days to allow for applications to college and university to be progressed.”He said that the SNP-led government was worried that accepting the original estimates from teachers “would run the risk of undermining the value of qualifications in 2020”.But he then added: “In the light of events, and of listening to young people, we now accept that concern, which is not without foundation, is outweighed by the concern that young people, particularly from working class backgrounds may lose faith in the education system and form the view that no matter how hard you work, the system is against you.“Education is the route out of poverty for young people in deprived communities and we cannot risk allowing that view to take hold.” He added that the coronavirus crisis had made 2020 “unique” for pupils. First minister Nicola Sturgeon on Monday apologised to thousands of pupils whose results were downgraded by the moderation process and pledged they would not face an arduous appeals process.She accepted that the “burden has not fallen equally across society” and said” “We accept we didn’t get this right and I’m sorry for that.” As a result of the changes the new Higher pass rate is up 14.4%, the National 5 pass rate is up 10.7%, and the Advanced Higher pass rate is up 13.7%.Despite the U-turn, Swinney continues to face calls for his resignation including from the former Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson. A total U-turn on the position Nicola Sturgeon and John Swinney had doubled down on for days. Welcome relief for pupils who've been put through the wringer. But be in no doubt, this is a shambles & an honourable man would have offered his resignation.— Ruth Davidson (@RuthDavidsonMSP) August 11, 2020Meanwhile, the news has been welcomed by campaigners, including teenagers hit by the estimated results. Erin Bleakley, 17, who organised a protest of around 100 students in Glasgow’s George Square against how the exam results were reached, said: “I think we would all like to say a generous thank you for not only the apology but the results being reverted back to teacher estimates.“I did not think this day would come.”Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: “Today’s decision by John Swinney creates huge problems for Gavin Williamson and the English government.“We now have two qualification systems required for entry into UK universities, operating on completely different criteria with wildly different pass rates. This can only increase the worries that students in England have about the fairness of the grades they will receive on Thursday.“It will also intensify the competition with English students for university places.”  Related... Labour Demands SNP Education Secretary Quits After Poorer Pupils Have Exam Grades Lowered Tories Hand Schools With Richer Pupils More 'Levelling Up' Cash Government Under Pressure To Avoid Exam Results 'Disaster' That Hurts Poorest
The political situation in Israel is continually evolving due to ongoing conflicts with its neighbors.Since the creation of the country in 1948 where the United Nations drew up borders to create the country of Israel, there has been a continual conflict, primarily with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Hamas, Hezbollah, and various neighboring countries.Generally speaking, Israel has a heightened risk of terrorism and an attack is assessed as likely.Terrorist groups have no specific target focus and attacks are indiscriminate.The locations assumed at higher risk to travelers includes transportation networks and known areas where western travelers convene.Secure Transportation Israel has been operating in Israel for some years now where we have served high profile clients such as Fortune 500 companies, high net worth individuals, and family holidays.We only use high-level former operators in elite units and Israeli special forces, such as Shin Bet, Duvdevan, and Shayetet 13.Secure airport transfers and secure transportation in Tel Aviv and other major cities throughout Israel can be booked online if preferred.Please visit ExecSecure or alternatively, if you would prefer to speak to one of our team, contact us View More 
The outbreak of coronavirus has caused a sense of fear among people across the world.This is natural as Lacs of people are getting infected from coronavirus daily.Governments across the countries along with international health organizations such as WHO, NIOSH, etc, are working without any rest to ensure that people stay safe in their homes until the launching of any vaccine or medicine.They have devised various norms and rules that are being mandatorily followed in many countries such as staying home until it is necessary to go out in public, wearing masks and following social distancing when in public, keeping proper sanitization around yourself, sanitizing your hands frequently, and washing your hands for minimum 20 secs.The virus particles are spherical in shape with a diameter of around 0.125 microns.Even though they are bigger than some gases, not all the masks are able to stop these particles from entering your system.Therefore, scientists shot the virus particles directly at the masks and found out that the KN95/N95/FFP2 masks can filter out 95% of minute particles suspended in the air.KN95 MasksThe KN95 face masks UK are regulated by the Chinese government and are rated to filter out 95% of particles that are suspended in the air.These are the respirator masks that are the most effective in preventing the particles.These masks are allowed to the medical workers that come in direct contact with affected.But you can also buy them from in the whole bunch of 6 masks.
Get the latest on coronavirus. Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more.Russia has become the first country to approve a vaccine against Covid-19,  according to its president Vladimir Putin.He announced on Tuesday that the inoculation, developed by the Gamaleya Institute in Moscow, had been granted regulatory approval after less than two months of human testing.Final “phase III” clinical trials for the vaccine, where it is given to large numbers of people, are still in process to establish whether it is safe and effective.But speaking on state television, Putin said the vaccine was safe and hoped the country would soon begin mass production.“As far as I know, a vaccine against a new coronavirus infection has been registered this morning, for the first time in the world,” he said.“I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks.”The Russian president added: “One of my daughters did the inoculation herself.“After the first injection, her temperature went up to 38, but by the next day it was just a little over 37.“In this sense, she took part in the experiment.”The Russian vaccine uses adapted strains of the adenovirus, a virus that usually causes the common cold. A second vaccine from Russia’s state research centre in Siberia is said to be close behind.Officials said they plan to begin vaccinating medical staff in August, with mass vaccinations expected at the start of next year.The announcement has been hailed in Moscow as evidence of the country’s scientific prowess, but there are concerns Russia is prioritising national prestige over science and safety.White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said he has doubts Russia has shown its vaccine to be safe and effective. Speaking to the House Select Subcommittee on coronavirus, he said: “I do hope that the Chinese and the Russians are actually testing the vaccine before they are administering the vaccine to anyone.“Because claims of having a vaccine ready to distribute before you do testing is, I think, problematic at best.”In Russia, a local association of multinational pharmaceutical companies warned allowing a vaccine for civilian use before clinical trials could put people at risk.“Why are all corporations following the rules, but Russian ones aren’t? The rules for conducting clinical trials are written in blood. They can’t be violated,” said Svetlana Zavidova, director of the Association of Clinical Trials Organisations.“This is a Pandora’s Box and we don’t know what will happen to people injected with an unproven vaccine.”China has already approved one Covid-19 vaccine for use in its military. It has also won approval to further test the jab in Canada.More than 100 possible vaccines are being developed around the world. At least four are in final phase III human trials, according to the WHO.Related... Vaccine Expert Has Grim Prediction Of What Coronavirus Will Do 'For Years And Years' This Is Where We're At With Treatments For Covid-19 Right Now How Close Are We To Getting A Coronavirus Vaccine?
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Australian residential property continues to be one of the strongest performing asset classes for investors.Over the last 25 years, house prices in Australia have continued to increase at a steady rate of 6.8%, making owning an investment property both a popular and lucrative option for Australians.Prior to the recent COVID-19 slowdown, property experts predicted the return of the housing boom, as Melbourne property prices continued to rebound strongly.This is because investment loans are considered slightly riskier than owner-occupier loans.There might also be some differences in the deposit you are required to put down on a property to be able to access an investment loan.With owner-occupier loans, it is possible to get very high loan-to-value ratios (LVRs), as much as 95%, and banks and lenders will often accept various forms of collateral including guarantees from parents to help their children enter the property market.For the most part, these types of loans are less accessible to investors and lenders generally like to see a 20% deposit.However, potential investors can still access these incentives, they will simply need to purchase and occupy the home for a period of time, prior to making the shift to renting it out as an investment.They do this so they can be sure that you are able to meet your loan repayments based on your income.For owner-occupiers, they will need to be able to meet 100% of the ongoing loan repayments.However, investors have a big advantage here as they can include future rental income, which can dramatically increase your ability to borrow money from a bank.It is worth noting that banks will only assess between 70-80% of rental income, as that takes into consideration periods of vacancy for the rental property, property management fees and ongoing maintenance costs.Another big advantage when it comes to getting investment loans is being able to access the equity in other properties.That is because your weekly or monthly payments will be lower, enabling you to potentially own an investment property when you otherwise could not.Over time, given the strong returns, we’ve seen in the Australian residential property market, the capital growth will allow you to effectively pay out the loan as the value of your property appreciates over time.
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