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Teco showcasing smart manufacturing solutions at TAIROS 2019

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Teco Electric & Machinery, through collaboration with affiliated Information Technology Total Services, Tecom and Onward Security, is showcasing smart manufacturing solutions at Taiwan Automation Intelligence and Robot Show (TAIROS) 2019 taking place August 21-24.

Corning Astra Glass chosen for CEC Panda oxide-LCD line

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Corning has announced the selection of its Astra Glass by Chengdu CEC Panda Display Technology (CCPD) for its line of oxide-TFT LCD panels used primarily for high-performance, large-size TVs and monitors.

China tier-2 TV brands ramping up shipments

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China's second-tier TV brands are ramping up shipments of over 60-inch TVs globally as the availability of less expensive panels from BOE Technology has helped improve their competitiveness, according to industry sources.

Unisoc to roll out 7nm 5G chip in 2020

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Unisoc Communications, Tsinghua Unigroup's chipmaking arm, has had its 7nm 5G baseband chip proceed to the customer validation stage, according to a media report from China.

Top-15 semiconductor suppliers see combined sales fall 18% in 1H19, says IC Insights

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IC Insights has released its list of the world's top-15 semiconductor suppliers in the first half of 2019, and identified Sony as the only company registering year-over-year growth during the six-month period.

Huawei supply chain makers upbeat as reprieve extends

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Taiwan's component makers in Huawei's handset supply chain have felt relief after the US government granted the Chinese telecom firm another 90-day reprieve on doing business with US enterprises, according to industry sources.

The Series A pitch decks that helped growing startups raise tens of millions

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  • Startups raising money in the Series A stage are usually just a few years old. But the size of Series A funding rounds has mushroomed in recent years and can now sometimes top $50 million. 
  • One thing all Series A startups have in common is the need to take a proven product idea and give it traction in the marketplace. That means starting to generate revenue, developing a marketing strategy and building a team that's bigger than just the founders.
  • Here are the pitch decks that startups have successfully used during the critical Series A funding rounds.
  • Business Insider regularly interviews startups about fundraising strategies and collects the pitch decks that helped them raise funding. You can read them all by subscribing to BI Prime.
 

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On-demand massage app Zeel reportedly failed to protect its contract workforce of massage therapists from its customers' creepy and inappropriate behavior

Business Insider SAI - 6 hodin 58 min zpět

  • A new report from Gizmodo on Wednesday found Zeel, an on-demand massage startup, repeatedly ignored therapists' complaints about sexual harassment and misconduct from its customers.
  • Zeel, like Uber and Lyft, relies on a workforce largely comprised of contractors, who aren't afforded all the benefits of full-time employment. 
  • One Zeel therapist told Gizmodo that a client had offered her a $100 tip after requesting an abdomen and upper thigh massage. Another claimed that a client had offered her a drink and asked for a groin massage. Yet another said that she was sent to the hotel room of a male client on parole for sexual assault.
  • One Zeel massage therapist told Gizmodo that one customer made inappropriate comments about her appearance, and even masturbated in front of her during a session. She says that after she reported the issue, she got fewer customers from the app — and that the client got a warning, but remained on Zeel. 
  • Zeel cofounder and CEO Samer Hamadeh said the Gizmodo article contained "numerous inaccuracies and distortions" in an emailed statement to Business Insider, but did not give specific examples. Hamadeh also said that the incidents in the Gizmodo report were before it had hired its trust and safety team.
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Zeel, an on-demand massage startup, is facing allegations of failing to protect its contractor workforce from abusive customers, Gizmodo reported on Wednesday.

The report suggests that Zeel repeatedly ignored its massage therapists' complaints about sexual harassment and misconduct from customers, with one such worker claiming that she was retaliated against after reporting inappropriate behavior from a client. 

One Zeel therapist told Gizmodo that a client had offered her a $100 tip after requesting an abdomen and upper thigh massage. Another claimed that a client had offered her a drink and asked for a groin massage. 

Zeel cofounder and CEO Samer Hamadeh said the Gizmodo article contained "numerous inaccuracies and distortions" in an emailed statement to Business Insider, but did not give specific examples. You can read Hamadeh's full statement at the bottom of this story. 

This makes it the latest on-demand app to come under scrutiny for the treatment of its contractors —like Uber or Lyft, Zeel's base of massage therapists are independent contractors, not full-time employees.

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Zeel was founded by a husband-and-wife team in 2010 and was most recently valued at over $76 million in January 2018, according to Pitchbook data. The New York-based startup is backed by Slow Ventures, Emil Capital Partners, and Hemisphere Ventures, among others. Hamadeh is currently an entrepreneur in residence at Lightspeed Venture Partners.

Power dynamics

Gizmodo spoke with Ilene Antelman, a Zeel massage therapist based in Manhattan, who said that one client would routinely comment on her appearance, and on one occasion, masturbated in front of her. Antelman says that after she reported the customer, she was given fewer customers on the app, which accounted for roughly half her weekly income. She said that Zeel told her that the client had received a warning, but wasn't removed from the app. 

The app's terms of service bar customers from making sexual or inappropriate requests, according to Gizmodo, and encourages therapists to leave any sessions that make them feel uncomfortable. However, the therapists that spoke with Gizmodo said the power dynamic between themselves and their clients prohibited them from outright leaving any sessions that took an inappropriate turn.

One of those therapists was reportedly sent to a hotel room of a male client that was out on parole for sexual assault.  In his statement, Hamadeh says that "with respect to the allegation that we knowingly sent a therapist to a registered sex offender, nothing could be further from the truth," and that while Zeel asks customers to verify their identity with a photo of a driver's license, it doesn't conduct background checks or other queries into their history. 

Hamadeh said that Zeel had recently hired a director of trust and safety, but that the incidents referred to in the Gizmodo report occurred before that team existed. That team now includes 10 employees and contractors, he said.

"Together, they are focused on ensuring we have best-in-class security practices and software tools to address safety matters," Hamadeh said of the trust and safety team, which he said includes former law enforcement officials. 

Read Hamadeh's full statement:

The article contains numerous inaccuracies and distortions, and does not reflect the reality at Zeel today. But it does focus on a matter our leadership team takes very seriously, the safety of the therapists in our network. Since we launched our business in 2012, we have had protocols in place to provide security for our therapists and our clients and we continually work to do more.  Last year, we hired a Director of Trust & Safety to build an expert Trust & Safety team. Today it numbers 10 employees and consultants, including former law enforcement. Together, they are focused on ensuring we have best-in-class security practices and software tools to address safety matters. Unfortunately, the incidents described in this article happened before our Trust & Safety team was in place. Their work to continuously strengthen our protocols and execution is ongoing, and it reflects our absolute commitment to safety and security across our business.

With respect to the allegation that we knowingly sent a therapist to a registered sex offender, nothing could be further from the truth. We ID and mobile phone verify consumers; we do not conduct a background check, do a Google search, or run a sex offender search, which could require customer consent and is by no means standard protocol in the massage or any other industry.

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Qt 5 libraries for OS/2

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This is a port of the QtBase module of the Qt software development framework version 5 to the OS/2 operating system (and its derivants). This port is carefully crafted and maintained by bww bitwise works GmbH (also referred as bitwiseworks). The current version of the port implements all major parts of the QtBase module and is suitable to compile and run a large amount of Qt 5 applications on OS/2. An impressive effort, but I do have to wonder – what is the benefit of running OS/2 when all of the applications you’re using are better served running on, I don’t know, KDE or Windows? Doesn’t it make more sense to direct effort towards native applications?

Intel launches Comet Lake-U and Comet Lake-Y: up to 6 cores for thin and light laptops

OS News - 7 hodin 52 min zpět
Overall, the launch of Comet Lake comes at a tricky time for Intel. The company is still trying to right itself from the fumbled development of its 10nm process node. While Intel finally has 10nm production increasingly back on track, the company is not yet in a position to completely shift its production of leading-generation processors to 10nm. As a result, Intel’s low-power processors for this generation are going to be a mix of both 14nm parts based on their venerable Skylake CPU architecture, as well as 10nm Ice Lake parts incorporating Intel’s new Sunny Cove CPU architecture, with the 14nm Comet Lake parts filling in the gaps that Ice Lake alone can’t meet. Another year, another Skylake spec bump. Intel sure is doing great.

IoT Report: How Internet of Things technology growth is reaching mainstream companies and consumers

Business Insider SAI - 7 hodin 59 min zpět

This is a preview of the Internet of Things (2018) research report from Business Insider Intelligence. To learn more about the IoT ecosystem, tech trends and industry forecasts, click here.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming how companies and consumers go about their days around the world. The technology that underlies this whole segment is evolving quickly, whether it’s the rapid rise of the Amazon Echo and voice assistants upending the consumer space, or growth of AI-powered analytics platforms for the enterprise market.

And Business Insider Intelligence is keeping its finger on the pulse of this ongoing revolution by conducting our second annual Global IoT Executive Survey, which provides us with critical insights on new developments within the IoT and explains how top-level perspectives are changing year-to-year. Our survey includes more than 400 responses from key executives around the world, including C-suite and director-level respondents.

Through this exclusive study and in-depth research into the field, Business Insider Intelligence details the components that make up the IoT ecosystem. We size the IoT market and use exclusive data to identify key trends in device installations and investment. And we profile the enterprise and consumer IoT segments individually, drilling down into the drivers and characteristics that are shaping each market.

Here are some key takeaways from the report:

  • We project that there will be more than 55 billion IoT devices by 2025, up from about 9 billion in 2017.
  • We forecast that there will be nearly $15 trillion in aggregate IoT investment between 2017 and 2025, with survey data showing that companies' plans to invest in IoT solutions are accelerating.
  • The report highlights the opinions and experiences of IoT decision-makers on topics that include: drivers for adoption; major challenges and pain points; deployment and maturity of IoT implementations; investment in and utilization of devices; the decision-making process; and forward- looking plans.

In full, the report:

  • Provides a primer on the basics of the IoT ecosystem.
  • Offers forecasts for the IoT moving forward, and highlights areas of interest in the coming years.
  • Looks at who is and is not adopting the IoT, and why.
  • Highlights drivers and challenges facing companies that are implementing IoT solutions.
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2 big numbers — $4 billion and $47 billion — sum up WeWork's business model and the risky reason it could collapse in a recession

Business Insider SAI - 8 hodin 14 min zpět

  • WeWork's initial public offering paperwork, or S-1, offered some numbers that both sum up its business and highlight its risks.
  • The company touted the fact that it has $4 billion in future lease commitments from its customers.
  • But it also disclosed that it has $47 billion in future lease obligations to own its landlords.
  • Neither number is set in stone, but WeWork's customers could have an easier time getting out of their lease commitments than WeWork could have getting out of the obligations it's on the hook for with its landlords. That disparity presents a huge danger that could rock WeWork to its foundation if the economy stalls. 
  • Read all of BI's WeWork coverage here.

The paperwork WeWork filed last week in advance of its planned public offering had lots of numbers in it.

But two sets of related figures stood out — $4 billion and $47.2 billion on the one hand, and 15 months and 15 years on the other. 

The first pair of figures represent lease obligations: $4 billion is how much the coworking company is due to receive from its own clients in coming years, mostly by the end of 2020; and $47 billion represents the lease obligations that WeWork must pay to its own landlords, with the vast majority of that amount not coming due until after 2024.

The second set of figures represent lease durations. The first, 15 months, is the average lease commitment of WeWork's customers. The second, 15 years, is the average length of the leases WeWork is signing with building owners.

With those four numbers, you basically have WeWork's business model — it signs long term leases on properties that it turns around and subleases for relatively short durations. And it also clearly illustrates the big risk facing WeWork. Even as the company has attracted larger corporate customers and convinced them to sign longer contracts, its own obligations have outpaced its clients' commitments by more than a factor of 10.

"They've got big long-term liabilities, and if the people who are their customers don't have long-term commitments to them, the risk is high," said Robert Siegel, a lecturer in management at Stanford Graduate School of Business. "Forty-seven billion dollars," he continued, "is a lot of money."

WeWork touted the $4 billion and 15-month numbers

As might be expected, WeWork was much more eager to highlight some of those numbers than others.

In its IPO filing, the company bandied about the $4 billion number, which it described as its "committed revenue backlog." It touted the fact that that backlog had grown about eight times larger from $500 million in just 18 months.

Overall, the company mentioned the $4 billion figure at least eight times, starting on page four of the document, right in the part where it's pitching its stock offering to investors. WeWork also mentioned the number further down in a section where the company explains how it expects to fare in a downturn — a big concern of potential shareholders.

"We believe that the growth in committed revenue backlog provides greater visibility and predictability of our future revenue to help mitigate the impact of short to medium-term downturns in the economy," the company said in the filing.

It gave a similarly prominent place to the 15-month figure. That figure too has grown recently, it noted on page four. At the beginning of December 2017, the average contract its customers were signing was just 8 months. It also argued that these lengthening contracts will help it in a recession.

"Going forward, we believe that we are well positioned to navigate through further economic downturns," the company said. 

It wasn't so eager to highlight the $47 billion number

But the company didn't seem nearly as eager to highlight the other two numbers. It mentioned the $47.2 billion figure only three times and the 15-year figure just four times. It didn't bring either of them up until page 26, buried within a section of the document devoted to the potential risks to its business, a section often ignored because it's typically filled with boilerplate, cover-your-derriere type items.

Forty-seven billion dollars is a lot of money.

However much WeWork wanted to tout or bury the particular numbers, the four numbers have to be taken together to understand the company's real business model. For all of its attempt to portray itself as a tech company — it mentions the word "technology" some 93 times in its filing — those numbers show its business is really more akin to that of a car or furniture rental company — or that of coworking pioneer IWG, said Scott Galloway, a professor of marketing at New York University.

"This is a company that buys assets and [arbitrages] them" — takes advantage of price discrepancies — "through selling them short term," Galloway said, continuing, "Hertz does the same thing."

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Taken together, the two sets of figures are also key to understanding the real risk WeWork faces. In an economic downturn, it may not have enough revenue coming in to match all the money it's committed to spending. The contracts WeWork's own customers have with it will likely give them much more flexibility to renegotiate their leases than WeWork's contracts with its landlords will give it.

"As long as the economy holds up ... [WeWork's] business model works," said Jeff Langbaum, a real-estate industry analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence. "If there's a pullback," and its customers start dropping their spaces or forcing the company to lower their rent, he continued, "WeWork is still on the hook for whatever leases it has signed for the long term."

WeWork has tried to insulate itself from its lease commitments

WeWork has protected itself from some of this risk. Most of its leases are held by so-called special purpose entities, or SPEs. That structure means that those particular obligations are held by subsidiaries that are legally separate from their corporate parent. If the company got into trouble filling particular properties, it could put those subsidiaries into bankruptcy and protect the larger corporation.

Of the $47.2 billion in outstanding obligations, WeWork's corporate parent itself has only guaranteed $4.5 billion. It has another $1.6 billion in letters of credit, security deposits, and surety bonds that it's also committed toward paying those obligations. But that leaves some $41.1 billion that's essentially unguaranteed and that WeWork could potentially walk away from in a downturn.

However, it might not be as easy as all that. Its landlords would almost certainly try to enforce their agreements with WeWork if it tried to skip out on them. It also would face reputational harm — and a huge risk to the future of its business — if it started sending its subsidiaries into bankruptcy and having them default on their loans instead of keeping up with the rent they owe. 

"If one of the SPEs were to default, no landlord's ever going to rent to a WeWork SPE after that," said Walter Johnston, who focuses on the real estate market as a vice president of credit ratings at the research firm Morningstar.

Even shorter term, the company could see its revenue and cash flow constrict markedly if it started shuttering some of its subsidiaries. That decline in cash flow could still imperil the corporate parent, even if it's able to protect itself from the outstanding leases. 

"At the end of the day, it's cash flow that WeWork had been receiving that it's no longer receiving," Langbaum said. In a downturn, he continued, "we don't know, exactly, how their business will hold up."

But WeWorks' customers could have an easier time breaking their agreements

And while, because of the SPEs and WeWork's limited corporate guarantees, the $47.2 billion number may not be all it seems, neither is the $4 billion in lease commitments that WeWork says it has. Indeed, that number may be more at risk in a downturn than the larger figure.

In its filing, WeWork notes that the vast majority of its own leases with landlords don't include any kind of early termination clauses. By contrast, the contracts its clients sign with it are much more flexible. As it noted in the document, many of its customers can cancel their deals with only a month's notice. That's part of the intrinsic appeal of WeWork — there's no need for members to commit to a long term lease.

This four billion has to be massively discounted

And even customers who have signed up with WeWork for longer terms would likely have a relatively easy time breaking their agreements, said Tom Smith, a cofounder of Truss, an online commercial real-estate marketplace. In addition to its short notice provisions, the company often asks for much smaller security deposits and has much lower early termination fees — when it requires them — than other landlords, he said.

What's more, traditional landlords often require individual business owners to personally guarantee that they will pay their leases, Smith said. Those guarantees provide a big disincentive to the owners to default on those obligations, even if their businesses start struggling, because they, and not just their corporations, are on the hook.

But Smith said he's never seen WeWork, which lists space on his site, ask for a personal guarantee as part of its member contracts.

"Its almost a feature of WeWork's membership agreement that it does not," he said.

There's no way to tell from the company's filing how much of its $4 billion revenue backlog number is at risk if there's a downturn and its clients start terminating their agreements early or simply defaulting on them. It would be good to know — but WeWork doesn't disclose — what portion of a member's outstanding lease obligation it typically recovers when the member cancels or defaults, Smith said. 

But thanks to the ease with which WeWork members can get out from under their commitments, Smith thinks WeWork could see only a small portion of that backlogged revenue in the case of a downturn.

"This four billion has to be massively discounted," he said. "This four billion," he continued, "is not like another real-estate company's four billion in revenue backlog, I assure you."

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This small, discreet $80 device improved my posture and helped reduce my back pain — here's how it works

Business Insider SAI - St, 2019-08-21 23:35

  • Your posture affects your back health, the way other people perceive you, and the way you perceive yourself. Many people, however, suffer from poor posture. 
  • The Upright Go Posture Trainer ($79.95) is a posture-correcting device that sticks to your upper back and vibrates whenever you slouch. It's small, light, and discreet. 
  • In combination with the app, it "trains" your back so you can improve your posture one week at a time.
  • As a chronic sloucher, I reviewed the Upright Go to see if it could get me in the habit of sitting and standing up straight. Learn more about how to set it up, how it works, and its potential drawbacks below. 

If there's a refrain that would most define my life growing up, it'd be, usually hissed in public by my mother, "Stop slouching." Try as I might, slouching is a habit I haven't been able to kick, and now that I work a 9-to-5 desk job, it's even more difficult. 

My mom always threatened to strap a wood plank to my back (thankfully, she never followed through), but I'd love to tell her now there are more advanced, less splinter-filled ways of correcting bad posture and training a good one. 

The Upright Go ($79.95) is a small posture corrector that attaches to your back and sends vibration reminders whenever you slouch. Connected to the app, it provides a training program, real-time feedback, and statistics to gradually improve your posture — and your back health and sense of confidence along with it. 

Could a device the size of my car keys really correct a lifetime of slump? I tried the Upright Go Posture Trainer to find out. 

The Upright Go fits in the palm of your hand and sticks to the top of your back. It's so small, discreet, and unobtrusive that I sometimes forgot I was wearing it. 

The slim, white device measures about 1" x 2," with a power button, back adhesive, and USB charging port. A stark contrast from traditional posture correctors that strap around your body, it's small enough that it's barely noticeable under your clothes, and especially if you have long hair that covers your back. 

The whole package includes a carrying case, a pack of adhesives, and alcohol cleaning wipes. 

Setting up and using the Upright Go is easy

First, you need to download the app (available for iOS and Android), which will walk you through set-up instructions. Once the device and app are connected via Bluetooth, you can stick the Upright Go to your upper back. The adhesive is strong and the device never fell off my back during regular walking and activity. 

Every time you put on the Upright Go, you need to calibrate your personal upright posture. This process teaches the device what your "correct" posture is so it knows when to vibrate. You should calibrate it in whatever position you spend most of your day in (sitting vs. standing). 

The Upright Go features two modes: Training and Tracking. In Training Mode, it vibrates every time it detects you slouching and motivates you to reach a daily time goal of straight posture. In Tracking Mode, it doesn't vibrate, but it will still track the status of your posture. 

Below is what Training Mode looks like on the app. When I slouched past a certain point — the red circle — the Upright Go vibrated lightly and intermittently until I sat up to a point before the red circle again. The vibration isn't loud enough for anyone else to hear, but you'll certainly feel it. While quiet and subtle, it was definitely persistent and annoying, forcing me to sit up to make it stop. 

You can also adjust the vibration pattern and intensity in the app settings. I had it on Short-Strong, but you can also do a Knock Knock or Ramp Up pattern at a Gentle intensity, or a number of other combinations. 

Eventually, daily goals will increase and your training plan will evolve as your posture improves.

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Don't worry: You don't have to use Training Mode all day and subject yourself to the agony of constant vibrations

In Training Mode, the goal is to have good posture for a small portion of the day. You can always switch to Tracking Mode if it's not convenient or logical (e.g. you're about to go work out or you need to bend down a lot), or switch back to Training Mode if you feel like you want more training. 

Once you go into Tracking Mode, you'll be able to see how much you're really slouching, without the influence of the device. If you're anything like me, the results on Day 1 will be a wake-up call, the kind you don't really want to look in the eyes, but will serve as the proper impetus to making real change. 

You also won't have to wear the device every day. The company recommends training two to four times a week to maintain improved posture. Repetition and consistency are important to forming long-lasting habits. Over time, the Upright Go training sessions are designed to move you towards straight posture as the default, not the painful inconvenience it might currently be for you. 

The Upright Go may not be for you — here are some potential drawbacks of using the posture corrector

The adhesive is surprisingly strong and each can be used up to 10 times, but if you have sensitive or oily skin, the device may not stick well to your back. The frustration of fiddling with a device that keeps falling off could counteract its utility.

And while the device is small and slim, if you're wearing a close-fitting shirt, it'll bulge and show. It may attract some attention from curious eyes, but overall, I personally wasn't that self-conscious about it. 

As with all tech accessories, the Upright Go does need to be recharged after about 10 hours of use, which could make it more inconvenient than an "analog" posture corrector. If you don't want to deal with another device to charge, you might be better off with a posture brace.

Since the Upright Go costs $80, two to four times more than traditional posture correctors, be prepared to commit. It's best for people who have tried cheaper, traditional alternatives and find them too restrictive, obvious, or uncomfortable. 

The bottom line

The Upright Go Posture Trainer uses gentle, consistent nudges and a personalized training program to improve your posture, day by day, week by week. Over time, you'll experience the physical and non-physical benefits of better posture, including stronger back health and improved confidence. 

Far from the most affordable posture-correcting option, it is the most technologically advanced and is barely noticeable as it sits on your upper back throughout the day — unless of course, you're slouching. 

Buy the Upright Go Posture Corrector for $79.95 at Amazon here

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The seed round pitch decks that helped budding startups raise millions

Business Insider SAI - St, 2019-08-21 23:02

  • Seed funding is a vital phase in the life of a startup.
  • The relatively modest amount of funding, usually a few million dollars, provides the capital to turn a brilliant idea on a napkin into a real product.
  • Getting seed funding means pitching to a broad spectrum of potential investors, from "angel" investors to early-stage venture capital firms. 
  • Here are the pitch decks that the latest crop of startups have successfully used to raise seed funding and take their business to the next level. 
  • Business Insider regularly interviews startups about fundraising strategies and collects the pitch decks that helped them raise funding. You can read them all by subscribing to BI Prime.

 

 

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How to message someone on YouTube through the site's 'business inquiry' feature

Business Insider SAI - St, 2019-08-21 22:57

  • YouTube discontinued its private messaging feature in July 2018, but there are still ways to message someone on YouTube if you want to stay in touch.
  • Business inquiry emails are a solid way around this issue, and provide another way to connect creators and viewers on YouTube.
  • Here's what you need to know about messaging someone through business inquiry emails on YouTube.
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YouTube may have taken away the private messaging feature in 2018, but you can still enable messaging, of sorts, by setting up business inquiry emails on your channel (or taking advantage of those on someone else's channel.) 

Just keep in mind that these are only visible on the desktop version of YouTube.

How to message someone on YouTube using business inquiry emails

Before you get started, remember: You'll only be able to do this if the creator of the channel has enabled this feature.

1. Go to youtube.com and sign into your account, if necessary.

2. Go to the account you want to message and toggle over to their "About" tab.

3. Click "View Email Address" — if they don't have business inquiry emails set up, you won't see that option and won't be able to send them a message — you may also have to fill out a reCAPTCHA form and click "Submit" to move onto the next step.

4. Copy the email address, then type up and send your email through your personal or business email account.

How to set up business inquiry emails on your YouTube channel

If you're a creator and want to give people another way to reach you, it may be a good idea to set up business inquiry emails. Here's how:

1. Go to your YouTube account.

2. Click your profile photo in the top-right corner and then select "Your Channel."

3. Select "Customize Channel."

4. Toggle over to your "About" tab.

5. Next to "For Business Inquiries," click "+ Email."

6. Enter your email into the text box and click "Done."

If you want to change your email address in the future, you can always go back into your account and update your information through this process.

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Tesla's top Autopilot engineer is leaving the company — here are all the key names who have departed in the past year (TSLA)

Business Insider SAI - St, 2019-08-21 22:54

    • Tesla is known for its high rate of executive turnover, and recent years have been no different.
    • As the electric-car maker has faced production and delivery issues, investigations from the federal government, and questions about its ability to one day generate sustainable profits, departures from senior employees have added yet another challenge.

    • Most recently, CEO Elon Musk announced that chief technology officer JB Straubel will step down from the role and become an advisor to Tesla.
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Tesla has seen a lot of senior employees leave in recent years.

As the automaker has faced production and delivery issues, investigations from the federal government, and questions about its ability to one day generate sustainable profits, departures from senior employees have added yet another challenge.

On July 24, CEO Elon Musk announced that chief technology officer JB Straubel will step down from the role and become an advisor to Tesla.

Drew Baglino, who is Tesla's vice president of technology, according to his LinkedIn profile, will replace Straubel. During the call, Baglino said he has "big, big shoes to fill."

Also leaving the company is Stuart Bowers, a vice president of engineering who was in charge of the company's autopilot team. He's joining the venture capital firm Greylock Partners as an "executive in residence" the company said Wednesday, August 21. 

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These are the key names who have left Tesla or have announced their departure since the beginning of 2018, as well as when they left and where they went next (according to their LinkedIn profile or company announcements):

  • January 2018 - Jason Mendez, director of manufacturing engineering: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
  • January 2018 - Will McColl, manager of equipment engineering: founded WaveForm Design
  • February 2018 - Jon McNeill, president of global sales and services: became COO of Lyft 
  • March 2018 - Eric Branderiz, chief accounting officer: became CFO of Enphase Energy
  • March 2018 - Susan Repo, corporate treasurer and vice president of finance: became CFO of Topia 
  • April 2018 - Jim Keller, head of Autopilot hardware engineering: became head of silicon engineering at Intel
  • April 2018 - Georg Ell, director of Western Europe operations: became CEO of Smoothwall
  • May 2018 - Matthew Schwall, director of field performance engineering: became heady of field safety at Waymo
  • July 2018 - Ganesh Srivats, vice president overseeing retail, delivery, and marketing: became CEO of Moda Operandi
  • September 2018 - Sarah O'Brien, vice president of communications: became VP of executive communications at Facebook
  • September 2018 - Gabrielle Toledano, chief people officer: became executive in residence at Comcast Ventures
  • September 2018 - Dave Morton, chief accounting officer: became CFO of Anaplan
  • September 2018 - Liam O'Connor, vice president of global supply management: became chief procurement officer and head of bikes and scooters at Lyft
  • September 2018 - Antoin Abou-Haydar, senior director of production and quality: became vice president of global quality for Byton
  • October 2018 - Justin McAnear, vice president of worldwide finance and operations: became CFO of 10X Genomics
  • November 2018 - Phil Rothenberg, vice president in the legal department: became general counsel of Sonder
  • November 2018 - Jeff Jones, head of global security: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
  • November 2018 - Dan Kim, senior director of global sales, marketing, and delivery: became director of Airbnb Plus at Airbnb
  • December 2018 - Aaron Chew, director of investor relations: became vice president of investor relations at Proterra
  • January 2019 — Todd Maron, general counsel: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
  • January 2019 — Charles Mwangi , senior director of engineering: LinkedIn profile says he is working at an unnamed startup
  • February 2019 — Cindy Nicola, vice president of global recruiting: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
  • February 2019 — Dane Butswinkas, general counsel: returning to his trial practice at the firm Williams & Connolly
  • March 2019 — Deepak Ahuja, CFO: retired
  • March 2019 — Praveen Arichandran, director of growth: joining Citizen in April to lead growth.
  • April 2019 — Karl Wagner, senior director of global security: PTSD and suicide-prevention advocacy
  • May 2019 — Dave Arnold, senior director of global communications: LinkedIn profile does not list next position.
  • June 2019 — Felicia Mayo, vice president of human resources and head of diversity: LinkedIn profile does not list next position.
  • June 2019 — Peter Hochholdinger, vice president of production: vice president of manufacturing at Lucid Motors. 
  • June 2019 — Steve MacManus, vice president of interior & exterior engineering: senior director at Apple
  • July 2019 — Jan Oehmicke, vice president of Tesla Europe: LinkedIn profile does not list next position.
  • July 2019 — JB Straubel, chief technology officer: did not announce his next position, but said he will continue to advise Tesla
  • August 2019 — Stuart Bowers, vice president of engineering: "Executive in residence" at the venture capital firm Greylock Partners

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