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How this woman went from a $20,000 a year Trader Joe's job to a well-paid programmer at a San Francisco startup

A few years ago, Dora Korpar was a college grad working at a low-paying job. Today, she's a programmer at a San Francisco startup making good money and looking at a bright future. She changed her life after a college friend told her he landed a job at Apple by teaching himself to code. Korpar offers tips on how anyone can learn to code, then land a job. Nearly four years ago, Dora Korpar was adrift. She had finished college with a degree in biology and discovered that she didn't really want b...
Tags: Apple, Minnesota, San Francisco, Trends, Linkedin, Cbs, Silicon Valley, Docker, Joe, Marie Kondo, Scality, Ne Yo, Steve Wozniak, Holberton, Holberton School, CIRR


IT pros in Washington, DC, are ready to ditch their current jobs and flock to Amazon's HQ2, a new survey says (AMZN)

Washington, DC, information-technology professionals are happy that Amazon is opening up one of its HQ2 campuses in the area, a new poll indicates. Almost three-quarters of them said they would be willing to leave their current job to work for Amazon. Many are hoping that Amazon will pay higher salaries. But there are other reasons they like the idea of working for the tech giant. While Amazon has faced a slew of protests over its decision to hire up to 25,000 people for its new HQ2 offices i...
Tags: Google, Amazon, New York, Congress, Virginia, San Francisco, Trends, Washington Dc, Pentagon, Dc, Seattle, Alexa, Trump, AMZN, Crystal City Virginia, Amazon Many


How IoT-enabled scooters, bikes, and cars are making streets safe

The flurry of anti-dockless electric scooter headlines reached critical mass last summer. “This town seriously hates electric scooters,” screamed the link to a story focused on Santa Monica, Calif. “San Francisco Is Fighting the Scooter Trend With Poop and Vandalism,” blared another. There’s even an Instagram account devoted to images of destroyed rideshare scooters. And, of course, “bike share” bashing is old news by now. Chalk it up to predictable, initial backlash to disruptive technologies. ...
Tags: Startups, San Francisco, Tech, Contributors, Santa Monica Calif


FanDuel co-founder Tom Griffiths just closed a seed round for his decidedly noncontroversial new startup, Hone

Tom Griffiths has founded four companies, two of which “weren’t much to write home about,” he jokes. The third captured the world’s attention: FanDuel, the fantasy sports company that was routinely in the press — not always for desirable reasons — from nearly the day it launched, to its near merger with rival DraftKings, to its ultimate sale last May to the European betting giant Paddy Power Betfair in a deal that reportedly saw FanDuel’s founders, along with its employees, walk away with at t...
Tags: Startups, TC, San Francisco, Tech, Fanduel, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, Griffiths, Griffith, Harrison Metal, Paddy Power Betfair, Harrison Metal Other, David Rogier, Tom Griffiths, Guild Education, Recent Funding


Report: Facebook's privacy lapses may result in record fine

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook may be facing the biggest fine ever imposed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations involving the personal information of its 2.2 billion users.The FTC is considering hitting Facebook... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Facebook, Business, San Francisco, Ap, Ftc, U S Federal Trade Commission


Salesforce is building new tower in Dublin and adding hundreds of new jobs

Salesforce put the finishing touches on a tower in San Francisco last year. In October, it announced Salesforce Tower in Atlanta and today it was Dublin’s turn. Everyone gets a tower. Salesforce first opened an office in Dublin back in 2001, and has expanded to 1400 employees today. Today’s announcement represents a significant commitment to expand even further, adding 1500 new jobs over the next five years. The new tower in Dublin is actually going to be a campus made up of 4 interconnecting...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, San Francisco, Atlanta, Ireland, Dublin, Salesforce, IDA Ireland, River Liffey, Salesforce Tower, Martin Shanahan, Net Zero Energy, Ohana Floor


PayPal offering cash advances to federal workers affected by shutdown

As the U.S. government shutdown drags on, a California tech giant is pitching in: PayPal is offering interest-free cash advances of up to $500 to each affected federal employee. The San Jose-based payments company will make up to $25 million in cash advances available to any existing or new PayPal Credit customers, it said in an announcement Friday. “No matter where you stand on the issues, the fact is that 800,000 of our fellow Americans suddenly find themselves without a paycheck,” PayPal CEO ...
Tags: Business, Politics, Technology, News, California, California News, San Francisco, Sport, Paypal, Soccer, San Jose, Wells Fargo, Dan Schulman, Schulman, PayPal Credit, Top Stories LADN


Nexit Ventures adds new partner to team

Finland and Silicon Valley-based Nexit Ventures has appointed Markku Mäkeläinen as a new partner. Previously, he worked at Facebook. PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ –Nexit Ventures, a venture capital company focused on digital disruption, has appointed Markku Mäkeläinen as a new partner. He joins Nexit at an exciting time, as the company targets for an even more central role in the fast-growing Nordic startup market. Mäkeläinen will focus on Nexit’s new investments and scali...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Usa, Washington, US, San Francisco, Trends, People, Austin, United States, Finland, Silicon Valley, Helsinki, Baltics, Nordics, San Francisco California


Reserve your demo table today for the TechCrunch Winter Party at Galvanize

There are just three short weeks until Silicon Valley’s startup community takes a night off to relax, connect and get down at the 2nd Annual TechCrunch Winter Party at Galvanize. It’s not just an opportunity to have a great time — although you will. It’s also the chance for promising early-stage startups to strut their stuff. We have a handful of demo tables available, but they won’t last long. Why not book a demo table today? You never know who might attend the party and facilitate your big bre...
Tags: Food, TC, Business, San Francisco, Events, Blogs, Tech, Economy, Aol, Silicon Valley, TechCrunch, Michael Arrington, World Wide Web, Startup Company, Aaron Levie, Dylan Smith


Lime hits million-ride milestone in NZ, boss open to e-scooter tax

Lime timeline • Jan 2017: Founded in San Francisco by Toby Sun and Brad Bao• March 2017: Sun & Bao raise US$12m from Netscape founder Marc Andreessen• June 2017: First service launched, in Greensboro, North Carolina,... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, US, San Francisco, Nz, Marc Andreessen, Greensboro North Carolina, Netscape, Toby Sun, Brad Bao, Sun Bao


Gryphon-backed Hepaco buys PetroChem

Succession Capital Partners has sold PetroChem Recovery Services Inc to Hepaco LLC, which is backed by Gryphon Investors. No financial terms were disclosed. Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP provided legal advice to Hepaco while Queen Saenz + Schutz PLLC represented PetroChem. Based in Norfolk, Virginia, PetroChem is an environmental services provider for transportation, industrial, and government clients. PRESS RELEASE Charlotte, NC January 18, 2019 – HEPACO, LLC (“HEPACO”), a leading provider of envi...
Tags: San Francisco, Trends, M&a, Norfolk, Smith, Mid Atlantic, Southeast United States, Ken Smith, Matt Malone, Gryphon, LLP, Katten Muchin Rosenman, Gryphon Investors, San Francisco Gryphon, Phil Petrocelli, Petrochem


Silicon Valley Still Reigns Supreme for Hottest Housing Markets, but the South Will Heat Up in 2019

San Jose claims the top spot for the second straight year, but Southern markets with growing tech economies make up half of the top-10 list of the hottest housing markets this year Seattle, WA – Jan. 15, 2019 (PRNewswire) The hottest housing market this year will be San Jose, California, according to Zillow®, the second year in a row that Silicon Valley earns that distinction even as the winds are gradually shifting in the nation’s priciest housing market. Meanwhile, the South is drawing new res...
Tags: Amazon, Real Estate, News, San Francisco, Radio, Nashville, Silicon Valley, San Jose, West Coast, Seattle, Zillow, Jacksonville, South, Orlando, Glassdoor, Metro


Price Cuts on New Construction Homes Becoming More Common

– Nearly all of the nation’s largest housing markets saw the share of new construction homes with price cuts increase between the beginning and end of 2018 – About a quarter of all new construction homes saw a price cut in the fourth quarter of 2018, with the typical drop throughout the quarter being 2.6 percent. – The median list price after a price reduction was $389,900 at the end of the year. – The biggest price reductions at the end of the year were in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where n...
Tags: Home, Real Estate, News, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Radio, Homes, Price, Chart, Zillow, Prices, Denver, Seattle Wa, Real Estate News, Zillow Group


The CEO of one of the hottest marijuana vape startups says he's talking to bankers about an IPO in 2020

Pax Labs is aiming to go public in 2020, Bharat Vasan, the marijuana vape startup's CEO told Business Insider in a Thursday interview. Vasan said he's been talking to bankers and found the appetite for an IPO has been "overwhelmingly positive." The buzzy vape startup has landed equity investments from blue-chip firms like Tiger Global and Tao Capital Partners.  The CEO of one of the world's most popular marijuana vape startups says the company is looking to go public next year.  "We've been t...
Tags: US, San Francisco, Trends, Intel, Silicon Valley, Keurig, Tiger Global, Pax Labs, Juul, Business Insider, Altria, Pax, CPG, Tao Capital Partners, Vasan, Aurora Cannabis


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Netflix's stock fell after a slight Q4 revenue miss and solid subscriber-growth numbers. The results came just days after Netflix unleashed its biggest price hike ever, which increased its most popular plan from $11 per month to $13 per month. Facebook is restructuring its augmented reality glasses division as it inches closer to launch. Facebook is moving hundreds of employees to a new product-focused augmented reality group as...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Cook, Instagram, Microsoft, US, San Francisco, Trends, Netflix, United States, Tim Cook, Jack Dorsey, Seattle, Donald Trump, Huffington Post


No Such Thing As A Free Meal? Employers May Be Prohibited From Offering Free Food To Workers

by Anet Drapalski and Melissa Shimizu, attorneys at Fisher Phillips As free meals have become the norm at technology companies, an unexpected byproduct of such a perk is the decreasing customer base for local restaurants. In an attempt to thwart this trend, Mountain View and San Francisco have proposed local rules and ordinances aimed at putting an end to employer-provided free meals. Might this trend soon affect your business? The Anti-Free Meal Campaign. The City of Mountain View recently p...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, California, San Francisco, Employee Benefits, Mountain View, Office Culture, Irs, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, San Francisco Planning Commission, Mountain View City Council, Thinking Aloud, San Francisco Mid Market, Fisher Phillips, Employee Welfare


Netflix's solid 4Q eclipsed by projected slowing US growth

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix's video streaming service added more subscribers than ever during the crucial holiday season, but the company signaled its growth is slowing in the U.S. as it begins to roll out double-digit price increases... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, US, San Francisco, Ap, Netflix


Educational Play Kit Company Osmo Sold to India’s Edtech Firm Byju’s for $120M

Byju’s, an edtech company based in India that claims a $3.6 billion valuation based on its sales success there, announced it has acquired Palo Alto, CA-based learning-through-play firm Osmo for $120 million.Named after the teacher Byju Raveendran, who founded the company in 2011, Byju’s is making its first acquisition in the United States to advance its goals of expanding globally and adding very young children to its user base. The company, which announced the deal Wednesday, had already made ...
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Mobile, Hardware, Education, Internet, Entrepreneurship, India, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Vc


Southern California builders are cutting prices to move glut of unsold homes

Faced with the largest inventory of unsold finished homes in six years, Southern California’s homebuilders have resorted to price cutting. According to real estate watcher Zillow, 25.9 percent of new homes on the market in Los Angeles and Orange counties in the fourth quarter had price cuts — No. 17 of 34 major markets studied nationally. In 2018’s first quarter, 19.5 percent of homes were discounted. In Riverside and San Bernardino counties, 28 percent of new homes had price cuts — No. 11 natio...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, California, Housing, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Orange, Zillow, Southern California, San Bernardino, Los Angeles County, Riverside, National Association of Home Builders


Footwear brand Birdies locks in $8 mln Series A

San Francisco-based Birdies, a footwear brand, has secured $8 million in Series A funding. Norwest Venture Partners led the round. PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO — Birdies, the San-Francisco-based footwear brand fueling a new category combining style and comfort, today announced its $8M Series A funding led by Norwest Venture Partners. Existing institutional investors, Forerunner Ventures and Slow Ventures, participated in the round. The latest round brings Birdies’ total funding to $10M. Since lau...
Tags: India, Israel, San Francisco, Trends, Palo Alto, Forerunner Ventures, Slow Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Norwest, NPD Group, Bianca, Marisa, Priti, VC Deals, Norwest Venture Partners Existing, Norwest Follow Norwest


A look at Birdies, the popular slipper shoe startup that just raised $8 million more from investors

Bianca Gates is a first-generation American, her parents having immigrated to the U.S. from Latin America. As such, she says, after waitressing her way through college at UC Irvine, she was expected to get a safe job with a 401(k) plan and to live with her parents until she was married. Things haven’t gone exactly that way, but one can imagine Gates’s parents feeling pretty satisfied with their daughter’s trajectory nevertheless. The reason: Gates, along with cofounder Marisa Sharkey, are the co...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Instagram, Stanford, China, Sacramento, San Francisco, Tech, Mtv, Venture Capital, Manhattan, Harry, Latin America, Gates, Viacom


The CEO of one of the hottest marijuana vape startups says the company is gearing up for an IPO this year

Pax Labs is aiming to go public this year, Bharat Vasan, the marijuana vape startup's CEO told Business Insider in a Thursday interview. Vasan he's been talking to bankers and found the appetite for an IPO has been "overwhelmingly positive." The buzzy vape startup has landed equity investments from blue-chip firms like Fidelity Investments, Tiger Global, and Tao Capital Partners.  The CEO of one of the world's most popular marijuana vape startups says the company is looking to go public this ...
Tags: US, San Francisco, Trends, Intel, Silicon Valley, Keurig, Pax Labs, Juul, Business Insider, Altria, Fidelity Investments, Pax, CPG, Tao Capital Partners, Vasan, Aurora Cannabis


Copenhagen residents are torn over Denmark's proposed 'Silicon Valley'

The Danish government is building nine artificial islands known as Holmene off the coast of Hvidovre.The 33 million square feet of new land will house 380 businesses and 170 acres of parkland, creating 30,000 new jobs. Local residents fear this project will alienate the middle class while disrupting traffic and public transportation systems in nearby Copenhagen. None In 1997, I lived in San Bruno, just north of what has been referred to as Silicon Valley since 1971. While the term originally de...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Politics, Technology, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Innovation, Urban Planning, Denmark, Silicon Valley, Copenhagen, Pacific, Golden Gate Bridge, Baltic Sea, San Francisco Bay, Public Spaces


Insurtech company Limelight Health raises $33.5 mln, led by Principal Life

San Francisco-based Limelight Health, provider of insurance underwriting and proposal platform for the employee benefits industry, has raised $33.5 million in a Series C round led by Principal Life. Also participating in the fund are AXA Venture Partners, MassMutual Ventures, Aflac Ventures, Transamerica Ventures, Wells Fargo Strategic Capital (a division of Wells Fargo Commercial Capital), LaunchPadDigital Health and Wanxiang America Healthcare Investments. The company, founded in 2014, will us...
Tags: San Francisco, Trends, VC Deals, Limelight Health, Principal Life, Wanxiang America Healthcare Investments


Gymboree to shutter all 945 stores after turnaround plan fails

Gymboree Group will shut down after going bankrupt a second time, the victim of falling mall traffic and cheaper online sources of kids clothing. About 10,000 people could lose their jobs. The retailer filed for protection from creditors owed about $212 million in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, according to a statement late Wednesday. The San Francisco-based company, which operates 945 stores under three brands in the U.S. and Canada, plans to close its Gymboree and ...
Tags: Business, San Francisco, Sport, Customers, Canada, Soccer, Goldman Sachs, Jack, Bain Capital, Gymboree, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, U S Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, ABL, Janie, Children 's Place


Pro.com raises $33M for its home improvement platform

Pro.com is basically a general contractor for the age of Uber and Prime Now. While the company started out as a marketplace for hiring home improvement professionals, it has now morphed into a general contractor and serves Denver, Phoenix San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle. Today, Pro.com announced that it has raised a $33 million Series B round led by WestRiver Group, Goldman Sach and Redfin. Previous investors DFJ, Madrona Venture Group, Maveron and Two Sigma Ventures also participated. We...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Uber, Real Estate, Microsoft, Oregon, Finance, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Ceo, Portland, San Jose, Portland Oregon, Seattle


Home Price Growth Hit Six-Year Low in December as Sales Fell 11 Percent, Redfin Reports

Boston and San Jose Both Saw Home-Sale Prices Fall Year Over Year in December Seattle, WA – Jan. 17, 2019 (PRNewswire) (NASDAQ: RDFN) — U.S. home-sale prices increased just 1.2 percent in December compared to a year ago to a median of $289,800, according to a housing market analysis from Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage. The year-over-year increase in home prices was the smallest since the number went positive in March 2012. The median sale price of homes sold i...
Tags: Real Estate, Boston, San Francisco, Radio, 2018, New Orleans, San Jose, Philadelphia, Rochester, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Oakland, Seattle, Detroit, December, Redfin


Snap's ex-chief security officer and general counsel cofounded a new security startup called TerraTrue

Two of Snap's most senior executives have teamed up to form a new security startup called TerraTrue. TerraTrue CEO Jad Boutros was formerly chief security officer at Snap and left in January 2018. Cofounder Chris Handman was general counsel at Snap until the summer of 2017. TerraTrue is based in San Francisco and wants to make it easier to bake security and privacy into product development. Two former Snap executives have joined forces on a new security startup called TerraTrue. TerraTrue's c...
Tags: Apple, Google, San Francisco, Trends, Snap, Boutros, Handman, Chris Handman, Jad Boutros, Boutros LinkedIn


Gymboree begins winding down operations after 2nd bankruptcy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gymboree is filing for bankruptcy protection for a second time in as many years, but this time the children's clothing retailer will begin winding down operations for good.The San Francisco company said late... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, San Francisco, Ap, Gymboree


Microsoft will spend $500 million on building affordable housing in Seattle

Microsoft announced that it's pledging $500 million to help alleviate Seattle's housing crisis. In cities like Seattle and San Francisco, the arrival of tech giants has been linked with skyrocketing house prices. Half Microsoft's money will go towards building low-income housing. Microsoft announced in a press release on Wednesday that it is pledging $500 million to help develop affordable housing in the Seattle area. "Median income in the region hasn't kept pace with rising housing costs, in...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, China, San Francisco, Trends, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Marc Benioff, Seattle City Council, San Francisco Seattle



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