Will Jeff Bezos Get Half of MacKenzie Bezos’s Fortune in the Divorce?

How much do you think Jeff Bezos will get in the divorce? I haven’t heard anyone ask that. I’ve only read headlines like How Much Could MacKenzie Bezos Get? and How Much Will Jeff Bezos Lose? In the Bezos marriage, the partners are equals. Jeff and MacKenzie started the company together. And they worked side by side. When the company was big and they had four kids, MacKenzie took half the load (kids) and Jeff took half the load (work). Why do people assume Jeff will be doling out money to Mac...
Tags: Amazon, Money, Nbc, Microsoft, Careers, Bill Gates, Silicon Valley, Bill, Jeff Bezos, Usa Today, Melinda Gates, Jeff, Bezos, MacKenzie, Wired Magazine, MacKenzie Bezos

What to Expect in 2019: Retail Trends

By Rieva Lesonsky Most of us small business owners start the new year with mixed emotions. We’re hopeful and optimistic about growing our businesses, yet with anxious about all the challenges we know we’ll face. To find out what lies ahead, I’ve collected a number of tips, predictions and advice from people in the know. We’ll be exploring general consumer, financial and economic trends, as well as what to expect in the fields of marketing, technology, retail, HR and money. We also have contribu...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Business, Instagram, Youtube, Disney, US, Billie, Sales & Marketing, Walmart, Customers, United States, Victoria, Ibotta, Right Now, Justine

IBM thinks outside of the lab, puts quantum computer in a box

IBM unveiled the world’s “first universal approximate quantum computing system installed outside of a research lab” at CES earlier this week — and with it, the next era of computing. The 20-qubit IBM Q System One represents the first major leap for quantum computers of 2019, but before we get into the technical stuff let’s take a look at this thing. All we can say is: wowzah! When can we get a review unit? The commitment to a fully-functional yet aesthetically pleasing design is intriguing. Espe...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ibm

Microsoft Acquires New Technologies for Microsoft Dynamics AX

Technology has provided some great advantages and benefits to mankind as there are many software and applications that are offering their services to the people to make their work easy. There are many software and applications that have been designed by various software companies and organizations. And the software and applications are used to carry out various operations based on the type of software. For instance, graphic designing software is used for enhancing the graphics of a photo or a co...
Tags: Technology, Microsoft, Sales, ERP, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Technology Trends, Microsoft Dynamics ERP, Microsoft Acquires New Technologies

Renting A Home More Affordable Than Buying In 59 Percent Of U.S. Housing Markets

Home Prices Outpacing Wages in 80 Percent of the U.S. Housing Markets Irvine, CA – Jan. 10, 2019 (PRNewswire) ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s premier property database, today released its 2019 Rental Affordability Report, which shows that renting a three-bedroom property is more affordable than buying a median-priced home in 442 of 755 U.S. counties analyzed for the report — 59 percent. The analysis incorporated recently released fair market rent data for 2019 from the U.S. Depart...
Tags: Real Estate, Renting, News, California, Boston, Buy, Radio, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Tennessee, Rent, Ohio, Michigan, Rental, Orange County California, U S Department of Housing and Urban Development, Monroe County Florida

Master the Art of Digital Brand Building at Social Media Marketing World

The integration of social media with digital commerce has transformed the way businesses operate. From March 20 to 22, 2019 there will be 7,000 marketers and influencers heading to San Diego for a three-day event to learn and teach the best techniques at Social Media Marketing World. More than 100 of the world’s top professionals specializing in different aspects of social media will be sharing their knowledge. Discussion will include marketing with Facebook, Instagram, Messenger bots, live vid...
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5 Tips for Building a Website, Best Marketing Practices, Are You Living the American Dream?, The Small Business Retirement Crisis and Other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

18 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky   1—The State of U.S. Small Businesses Overall, American small business owners are approaching 2019 with economic optimism and increased confidence in this lucrative environment, according to a survey from small business financing company  Guidant Financial  and online credit marketplace LendingClub  Corporation. The companies surveyed current and aspiring small business owners about their views on the current state of small busin...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, Ge, Time, Toronto, America, Canada, Bank, Montreal, Chamber of Commerce, Samantha, Jake Wood, TOMS, Ottawa, Alignable

Government shutdown in Southern California: Workers, businesses prepare themselves for empty payday

When the partial government shutdown took effect just before Christmas, Mark Muñoz, father to seven daughters, braced for the worst. The 40-year-old Ontario resident, who works as a fire captain with the U.S. Forest Service, has weathered shutdowns before; he said he was always retroactively paid for wages lost. But there was never a guarantee. And there’s no guarantee now. “It brings an enormous amount of stress,” said Munoz, who works primarily in the San Bernardino National Forest but also re...
Tags: Business, California, Mexico, Sport, Economy, Nasa, Soccer, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Pasadena, Chatsworth, Donald Trump, Irs, Bay Area, Southern California, Ontario, Jpl

What to Expect in 2019: HR Trends

By Rieva Lesonsky Most of us small business owners start the new year with mixed emotions. We’re hopeful and optimistic about growing our businesses, yet with anxious about all the challenges we know we’ll face. To find out what lies ahead, I’ve collected a number of tips, predictions and advice from people in the know. We’ll be exploring general consumer, financial and economic trends, as well as what to expect in the fields of marketing, technology, retail, HR and money. We also have contribut...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Instagram, Siri, Management, United States, Deloitte, Kpmg, Oasis, Jason, Alexa, Cto, Manta, Right Now, Rob Wilson, Jason Fried

Fed shutdown underscores why to adjust payroll withholding

Today should be payday for hundreds of thousands of federal government workers. The partial government shutdown, however, means they're not getting their money. And even though the White House, Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service say that the 2019 filing season will open at the end of January as it has in years past and that refunds will be issued, there's no guarantee that things will go smoothly. We are, after all, talking about Uncle Sam's operations. Can IRS meet refund challenge? T...
Tags: Taxes, Maryland, Treasury, Capitol Hill, Irs, Fed, Don, Internal Revenue Service, Uncle Sam, White House Treasury, Sen Chris Van Hollen, Benjamin Cardin, Charles Rettig, White House s Office of Management and Budget OMB, Bank of Uncle Sam

Check out our exclusive list of the top lawyers working on the biggest deals in the booming marijuana industry that's set to skyrocket to $194 billion globally

Business Insider compiled a list of the top lawyers who've worked on the biggest M&A transactions in the marijuana industry to date. Check out our exclusive, subscribers-only list here.  With the rapid spread of marijuana legalization in the US, lawyers are discovering that the tangled web of regulations guiding the rapidly growing industry is a boon for business. After last year's midterm elections, some form of cannabis is now legal in 33 states, and many in the industry say it's only a mat...
Tags: Wall Street, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Blackrock, Sullivan, Bernie Madoff, Cromwell, Duane Morris Baker Botts

WI Watchlist: Northwestern Mutual, Epic, Exact Sciences, Propeller

It’s time to catch up on notable headlines from Wisconsin’s innovation community:—Northwestern Mutual, the Milwaukee-based insurance and wealth management services giant, has hired Souheil Badran as chief innovation officer. Badran was previously president of the Americas region for Alipay, the online payments platform operated by Ant Financial, the Alibaba-owned fintech firm.Badran’s new role was previously held by Alexa von Tobel, the well-known fintech entrepreneur who left Northwestern Mutu...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Internet Of Things, New York, Connected Devices, Americas, Trends, Tech, It, Walgreens, Software, Healthcare, Alibaba, Wisconsin

Small Businesses Contributed to Record Christmas Sales on Amazon, Company Says

Amazon announced the 2018 holiday shopping season was one for the record books. And small and medium-sized businesses contributed to more than 50% of the items sold on Amazon stores this holiday season. The online retailer said the record-breaking numbers were the result of more items being ordered worldwide than ever before. Additionally, tens of millions of people around the world started Prime free trials or they became paid members. This bodes well for Amazon because more Prime members will...
Tags: Amazon, US, Sales, US Amazon, Mercedes Benz Sprinter, Jeff Wilke, Alexa Voice Remote, Amazon Just, Echo Dot Fire TV Stick, Amazon Company Says

Online Tech Expands Cloud, Data Services with Neverfail Acquisition

Online Tech, the Ann Arbor, MI-based provider of cloud services, beefed up its capabilities last month when it acquired the infrastructure-as-a-service and data protection businesses of Neverfail, an IT company located in Austin, TX. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.Online Tech CEO Brad Cheedle says his company offers managed services around cloud computing. The company’s service include assessing if a customer is cloud-ready or migrating their data to the cloud, Cheedle says. “Companie...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Entrepreneurship, Cloud Computing, Trends, Tech, It, Software, Austin, Innovation, Data Protection, Detroit, Infrastructure As A Service, Ann Arbor, National blog main, Texas blog main

SoftBank spent $900 million in investment banking fees in 2018. The only entity it lagged — the People's Republic of China.

SoftBank spent $900 million in investment banking fees in 2018, more than any company in at least a decade. The People's Republic of China is the only entity to outspend the Japanese tech conglomerate. SoftBank has primarily paid fees to investment bankers to raise capital, but it also executed many high profile investments in companies like WeWork and Cruise Automation. If you didn't have SoftBank as an investment banking client in 2018, you missed out on one of the most massive and lucrativ...
Tags: China, Softbank, Trends, Alibaba, Gm, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, WeWork, Goldman, Coupang, Bayer, Nomura, Republic of China, Masayoshi Son

Nefarious AI creates images of delicious food that doesn’t exist

A team of researchers from Tel-Aviv University developed a neural network capable of reading a recipe and generating an image of what the finished, cooked product would look like. As if DeepFakes weren’t bad enough, now we can’t be sure the delicious food we see online is real. The Tel-Aviv team, consisting of researchers Ori Bar El, Ori Licht, and Netanel Yosephian created their AI using a modified version of a generative adversarial network (GAN) called StackGAN V2 and 52K image/recipe combina...
Tags: Startups, Tel Aviv, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Tel Aviv University, Gan, Ori Bar El Ori Licht, Netanel Yosephian

The U.S. states hit hardest by the federal government shutdown

A new map from WalletHub, generated by comparing various federal data, shows the states most affected by the government shutdown.About 800,000 federal employees are furloughed or are working without pay.Government shutdowns have become an increasingly common political tool, but it wasn't until the early 1980s that they started resulting in the closing of federal agencies. None Friday marked the 21st day of the federal government shutdown, tying the record with the longest-running one in American...
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Chris Halaschek of Pindrop: As Smart Speakers Rise in Popularity, Synthetic Speech and Voice Synthesis is Something We Need to be Ready For

The huge annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is wrapping up today, and it seems for the second year in a row smart devices with voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant were the talk of the show… pun intended.  With Amazon recently announcing they’ve sold over 100 million Echo devices, and analyst estimates saying Google has sold about half that amount of Google Home devices, it’s easy to see that we’re getting quite used to interacting with smart devices.  But in order of...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Interviews, Sales, Atlanta, Dc, West Coast, Einstein, University Of Maryland, Alexa, Cto, Pindrop, Voice Synthesis, Google Home, Google Duplex, Chris Halaschek

See how cities are connecting workers to builders as labor pool shrinks

A year ago, Jeromy Gaviola was struggling to find steady and meaningful work in San Francisco. Living in the working-class neighborhood of Hunters Point, he heard about a program that was training residents to build the Chase Center, the $1 billion, 18,000-seat arena in Mission Bay that will be the new home of the Golden State Warriors when it opens this fall. Gaviola, 33, applied to the program, was accepted and completed six weeks of training in early September. He then began working at the ar...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Jobs, Colorado, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Wisconsin, Miami, Denver, Golden State Warriors, Commercial Real Estate, Miami Dade County, Crespo

As more self-driving technology launches, people are growing more anxious about the supposed benefits

Self-driving cars are supposed to be safer than our current deadly streets — but reporting on the small number of autonomous crashes has consumers worried. A new report from the consulting firm Deloitte shows worries ticked up in 2019 compared to the previous years.  The authors say regulation will be key to assuaging fears and catalyzing mass adoption.  More self-driving cars than ever before are hitting the roads. But while their rollout has plenty of people excited about the autonomous fut...
Tags: California, China, Germany, India, Trends, United States, Deloitte, Republic of Korea, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, United States Germany, United States India, Waymo, Eric Meyhofer Join, Craig Giffi

Women, Millennials, and Hispanics Will Shape the Future of Housing

– Ten of the top 20 and seven of the top 10 fastest-growing buyer first names are predominantly millennial female names – Home deeds with predominantly millennial first names grew 5.3 percent year-over-year – Home sales associated with traditionally Hispanic first names increased 4.1 percent year-over-year Santa Clara, CA – Jan. 9, 2019 (PRNewswire) The future of real estate will be significantly influenced by women, millennials and Hispanics, according to®’s analysis of first names ...
Tags: Utah, Real Estate, Women, Woman, Radio, New Jersey, Arizona, Millennials, Victoria, Hispanics, Social Security Administration, News Corp, Taylor, East Coast, Central America, Caribbean

CoreLogic Loan Performance Insights Find Delinquency Rates in October Dropped to the Lowest Level in at Least 18 Years

U.S. serious delinquency rate was the lowest since November 2006 Total past due and serious delinquency rates were down annually in October in all states except North Dakota, where the rates remained unchanged Some hurricane-affected metros in the Carolinas and Florida Panhandle suffer jumps in key delinquency rates Irvine, CA – January 8, 2019 (BUSINESS WIRE) CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released its month...
Tags: Real Estate, Mortgages, Radio, Asia Pacific, North Dakota, Hawaii, North, Kilauea, South Carolina, Big Island, Myrtle Beach, Carolinas, Irvine, Hawaiian Islands, Corelogic Inc, Irvine Calif

First-Time Buyers Earn $30,000 More Than Their Peers Who Didn’t Buy a Home

For buyers entering the housing market for the first time, the median household income isn’t enough, according to a new report Seattle, WA – Jan. 9, 2019 (PRNewswire) Buying a home is one of the most expensive transactions most Americans will make in their life, and breaking into the housing market can be especially difficult for first-time buyers. A new analysis finds that the typical first-time buyer earns more than the median household income, helping them afford...
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A world map of Marian apparitions

For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too. None The divine is supernatural, but religion is very much of this world. The way people worship even has an impact on their physical surroundings. Here's a telltale sign that y...
Tags: Europe, Mexico, France, Germany, Nazis, Africa, Israel, Church, Religion, Americas, Jerusalem, Eu, Spain, European Union, Ukraine, Rome

Access management startup OneLogin closed $100 million, and it's taking on Microsoft and Okta

Unified access management startup OneLogin announced on Thursday that it raised $100 million in new funding. OneLogin, which is used by customers like Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), says its annual recurring revenue nearly triple in the last three years. OneLogin's major competitors are Okta and Microsoft.  Brad Brooks became CEO of OneLogin in 2017 after the founders realized they needed a more experienced CEO to scale the company. When you're working at a startup, speed matters, and every ...
Tags: Europe, Beyonce, Microsoft, Okta, San Francisco, Trends, North America, Juniper Networks, Red Hat, Docusign, Bart, Brooks, Scale Venture Partners, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Greenspring Associates, Charles River Ventures

Bio Roundup: #JPM19 Notes, Loxo Buyout, Black Diamond’s Cash & More

Diabetes drugs are Eli Lilly’s bread and butter, but the pharmaceutical giant hasn’t lost its appetite for cancer drugs. It grabbed hold of a few more this week by betting $8 billion on Loxo Oncology.Loxo (NASDAQ: LOXO) has made a name for itself by becoming one of just two companies ever to earn an FDA approval for a drug that targets a tumor’s DNA fingerprint, no matter where in the body that cancer is found. The drug, larotrectinib, targets rare tumor abnormalities known as NTRK fusions. The...
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Austin Broker Launches Startup for Real Estate Professionals

Homease got your back: Connecting Reputable Home Service Providers For Real Estate Transactions Submitting an Offer My client, Susie, and I are on pins and needles as we wait to hear back about an offer we submitted for her first home in Austin. We have been home shopping for about four months now. We ended up in another somewhat-typical, multiple-offer situation on this house. They received a few other offers, although Susie’s offer is very competitive, and due to the good rapport I developed ...
Tags: Startups, Texas, News, Housing, Earnest, Austin, Sarah, Realtor, East Austin, Susie, Real-estate, Austin Startups, Stager, Home-service-provider, Homease, ASAP Time

An armed guard reportedly transporting a 'very special load' for Apple was killed in a fatal truck crash

California police said a man was killed Wednesday in a highway crash after a truck driver fell asleep behind the wheel. The box truck involved in the crash was carrying "a very special load" for Apple, according to NBC's Bay Area affiliate. Sources told NBC the two men in the truck were armed security guards transporting products for Apple. Apple is known for being very tight-lipped and keeping its products and company documents under tight wraps. A truck reportedly transporting " highly sens...
Tags: Apple, Nbc, Buzzfeed, California, Washington, Los Angeles, Trends, Poland, California Highway Patrol, West Coast, Cupertino, Huawei, British Airways, Rich, Jony Ive, Apple Apple

Report: RE/MAX is the #1 Real Estate Franchise

Entrepreneur’s Annual Franchise 500 Survey Ranks RE/MAX #15 Overall Denver, CO – Jan. 10, 2019 (PRNewswire) RE/MAX, LLC, one of the world’s leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, once again ranks as the leading real estate franchise in the 2019 Franchise 500®. RE/MAX has been the top real estate franchise in the annual survey, produced by Entrepreneur magazine, for seven consecutive years. More than 1,000 franchisors applied to be included in this year’s Franchise 500. RE/MAX wa...
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Amazon's latest cloud product is dangerous for Cisco and Dell but really scary for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, analyst says (AMZN, CSCO, HPE, DELL)

When Amazon Web Services announced a new product called Outposts, the tech world stood up and took notice. They saw Amazon entering into the one cloud-computing market where it had no game: "Hybrid" computing, the segment of the cloud where Microsoft dominates. But a new report by UBS analyst John Roy points out that the true disruption of Outposts is this: Amazon will be putting its own home-grown data-center hardware — originally designed for its own use — into customers' private data center...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Cisco, Ubs, Ibm, Roy, Dell, Amazon Web Services, EMC, Vmware, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft Microsoft, HP Enterprise, Cisco Dell, Dell Cisco

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