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BBC Takes Stake in New Company Set Up by ‘Luther,’ ‘Bodyguard’ Exec

BBC Studios has taken a minority stake in Firebird Pictures, the new drama indie being set up by BBC execs Elizabeth Kilgarriff and Craig Holleworth. Kilgarriff’s credits include “Luther,” “Poldark,” “McMafia” and upcoming Richard Gere-starrer “MotherFatherSon.” She commissioned breakout drama hit “Bodyguard.” Holleworth will be the new company’s COO, having run business and operations for […]
Tags: News, Global, Bbc, Luther, Richard Gere, Coo, Bbc Studios, Bodyguard, Elizabeth Kilgarriff, BBC Takes Stake, Craig Holleworth Kilgarriff, Luther Poldark McMafia, Holleworth


Apple partners with VA to bring Health Records to veterans

Apple announced this morning it has partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make the Health Records feature on iPhones available to veterans. The deal will allow the veterans to view their medical information across participating institutions, including the VA, organized in the Apple Health app. These health records include allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals, and will be displayed alongside other information, like Apple Wa...
Tags: Apple, Health, TC, America, Tech, Tim Cook, Va, Health Records, Jeff Williams, Coo, Department of Veterans Affairs, Apple Health, U S Department of Veterans Affairs VA, U S The Health Records, VA Apple


Mozilla exec calls on Congress to restore 2015 net neutrality protections

After citing several negative examples on how the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality had hurt consumers and businesses, Mozilla's COO wants Congress to restore the 2015 order to protect an open and free internet without gatekeepers. The post Mozilla exec calls on Congress to restore 2015 net neutrality protections appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Business, News, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Congress, Trends, Web, Mozilla, Computing, Coo


Notary Startup Notarize Lands Wayfair, HubSpot Executive As COO

Notarize, the Boston-based online notary startup, has hired Elizabeth Graham, a former Wayfair and HubSpot executive, to be its new chief operating officer.Graham told Xconomy in an interview that her focus will be on refining the company’s Web app that connects users with one of its notaries based in Virginia, Texas, or Nevada, and helping position the platform as an attractive tool for companies that rely on notary services.“Customer experience is paramount for us,” Graham said. “Job number o...
Tags: Startups, Texas, Boston, Virginia, Trends, Tech, Comcast, South Dakota, Graham, Nevada, Coo, HubSpot, Redfin, Operations, Polaris Partners, Wayfair


TCV closes record $3B fund to invest in consumer internet, IT infrastructure and services

On the back of a strong showing for portfolio company Spotify going public last year and several biggies like Airbnb also slated to list very soon, VC firm TCV has announced its latest and biggest-ever fund, the $3 billion TCV X, which has now closed and will start getting invested “soon,” the company tells me. TCV’s previous fund — $2.5 billion for TCV IX — was closed in 2016 and focused on growth rounds. The firm says that it has made 21 investments out of that fund to date. Recent investments...
Tags: TC, Spotify, Tech, Airbnb, Coo, Sanders, TCV, Nathan Sanders, Klook ByteDance LegalZoom


TCV closes $3B fund aimed at consumer internet, IT infrastructure and services

On the back of a strong showing for portfolio company Spotify going public last year and several biggies like Airbnb also slated to list very soon, VC firm TCV has announced its latest fund, the $3 billion TCV X, which has now closed and will start getting invested “soon,” the company tells me. TCV’s previous fund — the $2.5 billion TCV IX — was closed in 2016 and focused on growth rounds. The firm says that it has made 21 investments out of that fund to date. Recent fundings have included trave...
Tags: TC, Spotify, Tech, Airbnb, Coo, Sanders, TCV, Nathan Sanders, Klook ByteDance LegalZoom


David Renzer Leaves Spirit Music Group as Company Reorganizes Under Jon Singer

Indie publisher Spirit Music Group today announced a recapitalization that sees Jon Singer rising from COO to chairman and the newly formed Lyric Capital Group becoming the company’s sole owner. A rep for the company confirmed that David Renzer, chairman since 2014, will be leaving Spirit. “Spearheaded by seasoned music executive Jon Singer and Spirit’s Ross Cameron with participation […]
Tags: News, Spirit, Coo, Spirit Music Group, David Renzer, Ross Cameron, David Renzer Leaves Spirit Music Group as Company, Jon Singer, Lyric Capital Group


XFL Names Former LA Chargers Executive Jeffrey Pollack as President

The XFL has found its president, naming Los Angeles Chargers executive Jeffrey Pollack to oversee the revitalized league’s strategic planning and business operations. Pollack, who will be COO in addition to president, most recently served as chief marketing & strategy officer and special advisor for the Chargers. “Just as Oliver Luck is perfectly suited to be Commissioner & CEO, so too is Jeffrey Pollack suited perfectly to be XFL President & COO with his extraordinary experience and diverse bac...
Tags: Florida, News, Nbc, Washington, NFL, America, Nba, Chargers, Nascar, Pollack, Coo, Oliver, Vince, JEFFREY, Los Angeles Chargers, LA Chargers


Daily Crunch: Snap CFO departs

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Snap CFO Tim Stone is resigning This marks Snap’s second CFO departure in the last 12 months. In a memo to employees, CEO Evan Spiegel said Stone’s departure is not related to any disagreements pertaining to company finances. “Tim has made a big impact in his short time on our team and we are very gratef...
Tags: Apple, TC, Tech, Roku, Evan Spiegel, Apple Maps, Coo, App Annie, First Data, Tim, Stone, Fiserv, SPIEGEL, Frank Bisignano, Infor, Infowars


Open Bionics closes $5.9M Series A for its affordable and cool bionic limbs

The world wowed a few years ago when a very clever startup from Bristol, UK, came up with 3D printed bionic limbs for amputees. Uniquely, the limbs were lightweight, cheap to make and could even be made into Iron Man-style arms to enthuse amputee children. They went on to sign a deal with the huge UK National Health Service to bring new technologies to amputees, announced at a Techcrunch Crunch Disrupt. Today Open Bionics has successfully raised $5.9 million from investors including F1’s William...
Tags: TC, Europe, Usa, UK, France, Tech, Spain, Williams, Nato, Kosovo, Mark Hamill, Coo, Open Bionics, Luke Skywalker, Payne, Williams Advanced Engineering


USB-IF USB Type-C Authentication Program to protect against malicious hardware

USB Implementers Forum has launched the USB Type-C Authentication Program. The USB Type-C Authentication specification defines cryptographic-based authentication for USB Type-C chargers and devices. It empowers host systems to protect against non-compliant USB chargers and to mitigate risks from malicious firmware/hardware in USB devices. Thanks to this protocol, host systems can confirm the authenticity of a USB device, USB cable or USB charger, including such product aspects as the capabili...
Tags: News, Blogging, Coo, PKI, USB Implementers Forum, USB-IF, DigiCert, USB Type C Authentication Program


SRAM co-founder Stan Day steps down, new CEO starts today

PRESS RELEASE: Stan Day and the SRAM Board of Directors are pleased to announce the promotion of Ken Lousberg from COO to CEO. Ken has been COO of SRAM for the past 18 months. This will be effective January 1, 2019. Day will continue to be Chairman of the Board of Directors. The announcement was […] The post SRAM co-founder Stan Day steps down, new CEO starts today appeared first on Bikerumor.
Tags: Sport, Cycling, Coo, Ken, Advocacy & Industry News, Stan Day, Ken Lousberg


The corner store could be Congress' next privacy challenge

Lawmakers have to figure out new privacy rules for offline stores now to catch up with tech giants' hunger for user data. Companies profile consumers in stores and on streets, just like they do online. The practice presents a headache for lawmakers and regulators because it's harder to address privacy offline than online. In crafting new privacy laws to cover tech giants' vast appetite for user data, lawmakers are finding that they're having to draw up new rules for the old-fashioned brick-an...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Taylor Swift, Congress, California, Washington Post, Trends, Walmart, Bloomberg, Coo, Federal Trade Commission, Euclid, Serge Matta, Sen Jerry Moran R Kansas, Groundtruth


Lazada, Alibaba’s Southeast Asia e-commerce business, gets a new CEO

Alibaba has reshuffled the leadership at Lazada, its e-commerce firm in Southeast Asia, after CEO Lucy Peng — an original Alibaba co-founder — stepped down to be replaced by Lazada executive president Pierre Poignant after just nine months in the role. Alibaba owns more than 90 percent of Lazada but it has been involved in the business since April 2016 when it bought 51 percent of Lazada for $1 billion from Rocket Internet. It invested a further $1 billion last year to increase its equity to aro...
Tags: Asia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, Economy, Alibaba, Singles' Day, Rocket Internet, Ant Financial, Coo, Executive, Online Marketplaces, Bittner, Peng


The Cloud Native Computing Foundation adds etcd to its open-source stable

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the open-source home of projects like Kubernetes and Vitess, today announced that its technical committee has voted to bring a new project on board. That project is etcd, the distributed key-value store that was first developed by CoreOS (now owned by Red Hat, which in turn will soon be owned by IBM). Red Hat has now contributed this project to the CNCF. Etcd, which is written in Go, is already a major component of many Kubernetes deployments, whe...
Tags: Google, Cloud, Nordstrom, Enterprise, Pinterest, Microsoft, Developer, Cloud Computing, Tech, Computing, Alibaba, Aws, Ibm, The New York Times, Openstack, Seattle


As Thomson Reuters Readies Layoffs of 3,200, What’s It Mean for Customers?

Thomson Reuters, the dominant provider of research and information services for the legal profession, last week announced plans to reduce its workforce by 3,200 and close 30 percent of its offices by the end of 2020. What is going on and what does it mean for the company’s customers? The timing of the news, announced at a meeting of investors, seemed befuddling. Just two months ago, TR closed a major deal to sell 55 percent of its Financial & Risk unit to private equity firm Blackstone Group, in...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Smith, Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis, Coo, Masterson, Blackstone Group, Jean, Eagan, Westlaw, Bob Ambrogi, Reuters News, Brian Peccarelli, Jean O Grady, Westlaw Edge


As Thomson Reuters Readies Layoffs of 3,200, What’s It Mean for Customers?

Thomson Reuters, the dominant provider of research and information services for the legal profession, last week announced plans to reduce its workforce by 3,200 and close 30 percent of its offices by the end of 2020. What is going on and what does it mean for the company’s customers? The timing of the news, announced at a meeting of investors, seemed befuddling. Just two months ago, TR closed a major deal to sell 55 percent of its Financial & Risk unit to private equity firm Blackstone Group, in...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Smith, Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis, Coo, Masterson, Blackstone Group, Jean, Eagan, Westlaw, Reuters News, Brian Peccarelli, Jean O Grady, Westlaw Edge, Refinitiv


first day of work braindump

I've just finished my first day of training and orientation at Vancouver Island Regional Library. I have a lot to report on! Much of this may be of interest only to library workers, especially my union buddies. I took notes all day, and I'm getting it all down here -- in no order, with no attempt to weave it together. All questions are FAQs I've been getting since announcing my move.1. Who had this position before you and why did they leave?It is a newly created position; I am the first person t...
Tags: Travel, Island, Coo, Ndp, North Island, Ontario, Charlotte, Vancouver Island, CSL, Nanaimo, Campbell River, Vancouver Public Library, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, CUPE, Vancouver Island Regional Library


Kalashnikov USA Welcomes Bill Gentry as New VP of Sales and Marketing

Kalashnikov USA KR-9 SBR Pompano Beach, Fla. (Ammoland.com) – Kalashnikov USA, designers and manufacturers of AK style shotguns, rifles and pistols paying homage to an iconic Russian design, are pleased to announce seasoned firearms industry executive, Bill Gentry, has accepted the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the firearms company.Gentry brings to his new role a wealth of experience in firearms manufacturing and processes, executive management, team-building and corpora...
Tags: Guns, United States, Coo, Gentry, Las Vegas Nevada, SBR, KUSA, Shooting Industry News, Firearm News, Kalashnikov USA, Pompano Beach Fla Ammoland, Jonathan Mossberg, Kalashnikov USA Welcomes Bill Gentry, Kalashnikov USA KR, Bill Gentry, VP of Sales and Marketing


SimbaPay launches Kenya to China payment service via WeChat

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Africa’s agtech wave gets $10 million richer as Twiga Foods raises more capital Nigerian data analytics company Terragon acquires Asian mobile ad firm Bizense Forging another link between Africa and China’s digital economies, the African-focused money transfer startup SimbaPay and Kenya’s F...
Tags: Column, Europe, UK, London, Money, Electronics, China, India, New York City, Africa, Tech, Ceo, Economy, Software, Internet Access, United Kingdom


Copley invests in Leadpoint

Copley Equity Partners has made an investment in Phoenix-based Leadpoint Business Services, a provider of high-performance work teams. No financial terms were disclosed. Ernst & Young served as financial adviser to Copley Equity Partners on the transaction while RSM LLP did likewise for Leadpoint Business Services. PRESS RELEASE PHOENIX & DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Copley Equity Partners, a private investment firm, today announced that it has completed a minority investment in Leadpoint Business Ser...
Tags: America, Trends, Denver, Coo, Cfo, Frank, Phoenix, Copley, Diana Ramirez, Ernst Young, Perkins Coie LLP, Andy Miller, Len Christopher, PE Deals, Fennemore Craig, Copley Equity Partners


Copey invests in Leadpoint

Copley Equity Partners has made an investment in Phoenix-based Leadpoint Business Services, a provider of high-performance work teams. No financial terms were disclosed. Ernst & Young served as financial adviser to Copley Equity Partners on the transaction while RSM LLP did likewise for Leadpoint Business Services. PRESS RELEASE PHOENIX & DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Copley Equity Partners, a private investment firm, today announced that it has completed a minority investment in Leadpoint Business Ser...
Tags: America, Trends, Denver, Coo, Cfo, Frank, Phoenix, Copley, Diana Ramirez, Ernst Young, Perkins Coie LLP, Andy Miller, Len Christopher, PE Deals, Fennemore Craig, Copley Equity Partners


Facebook’s outgoing policy and comms boss says he’s to blame for hiring PR firm that smeared the company’s critics (FB)

Facebook's outgoing policy and comms boss says he's to blame for hiring an opposition-research firm. Definers tried to smear Facebook's critics with links to George Soros, a line of attack that has been labeled anti-Semitic. Elliot Schrage, who announced he was leaving back in June 2018, is taking responsibility — a move that may help protect senior leadership, like Sheryl Sandberg, from the fallout. Sandberg also conceded, in an internal response to Schrage's memo, that "s ome of [Definers'] ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Davos, New York Times, Signal, Sheryl Sandberg, Coo, Zuckerberg, Mark, George Soros, Sandberg, Sheryl, Elliot Schrage, Schrage


Meet the startup that's on a mission to help 100,000 people buy homes in the next 5 years, and recently raised $30 million to do so

Divvy provides alternative financing options for potential home buyers who don't qualify for traditional mortgages.  Divvy buys homes outright and allows customers to pay it back in a series of monthly payments — 25% of which goes toward building equity and 75% goes toward paying “rent."  The company's COO, Adena Hefets, told us: "We want [Divvy] to be the stepping stone that allows people to transition from renting to eventually owning their own homes.” In October, Divvy raised a $30 million ...
Tags: San Francisco, Trends, Atlanta, Andreessen Horowitz, Coo, Business Insider, Divvy, AdenA, Brian Ma, Cleveland Memphis, Adena Hefets, COO Adena Hefets, Hefets, Max Levchin Hefets, Divvy Hefets


Intelligent lunch platform Feedr scores funding

UK-based Feedr, an intelligent lunch platform, has secured 1.5 million pounds in funding. The investors included Episode 1 Ventures and Founders Factory. PRESS RELEASE London, 20th November 2018: Feedr, an intelligent lunch platform using technology to offer office employees personalised meals from healthy food suppliers, today announces a pre-Series A investment round of £1.535m. The round was supported by notable investors including Episode 1 – the Venture Capital fund who backed Shazam and Tr...
Tags: UK, London, Trends, Netflix, Venture Capital, Deutsche Bank, Vancouver, Pepsico, Ladbrokes, Richard Glynn, Coo, Deliveroo, Clinton, Citymapper, Oliver Wyman, Fitz


Chief Operating Officer, Children’s Museum of Manhattan

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is embarking upon the most exciting journey in its 45-year history: a move to a Landmark Building overlooking Central Park. This transformative move will double the size of the Museum, enabling it to meet public demand for visitation and special programs that outstrip the current facility. With a projected move date in 2022, the Museum is looking for a seasoned professional to serve as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and to be part of the senior management team. ...
Tags: Art, Jobs, New York City, Manhattan, Coo, Board, Children 's Museum of Manhattan, CMOM


EA Lets Slip That Respawn Has More Than One Game Due Out in 2019

Respawn Entertainment, the developers behind “Titanfall,” are working on more than one new game with Electronic Arts due out by next holiday season, the publisher noted in an earnings call Tuesday. Blake Jorgensen, the company’s COO and CFO, said the news that the developer is actively working on more than one title for 2019 was […]
Tags: News, EA, Coo, Cfo, Electronic Arts, Respawn Entertainment, Blake Jorgensen, Battlefield V


Coinbase is now valued at $8B after closing new $300M round

Even in a bear market, investors see money in crypto. Crypto exchange Coinbase says it is now valued at over $8 billion after it closed a new $300 million round of funding to “accelerate the adoption of cryptocurrencies and digital assets.” The U.S. company said this Series E investment was led by Tiger Global with participation from Y Combinator’s Continuity fund and Wellington Management — a $1 trillion fund that recently got into crypto — alongside Andreessen Horowitz and Polychain amon...
Tags: Y Combinator, Money, Finance, San Francisco, Tech, United States, Crypto, Andreessen Horowitz, Cryptocurrencies, Tiger Global, Wellington, Coinbase, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Coo, Armstrong


The crypto world is going wild for 'stablecoins' — here's everything you need to know about them

'Stablecoins' are the hottest thing in crypto right now, with over 50 projects in development. A 'stablecoin' is a cryptocurrency that's price is pegged to a real-world asset like gold or the dollar. Here's a guide to what they're used for, how they work, and why people are excited about them. LONDON — The latest innovation in the fast-moving world of cryptocurrencies is the "stablecoin" — cryptocurrencies pegged to real-world assets such as the dollar or gold. A report from crypto wallet pro...
Tags: London, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, Andreessen Horowitz, Goldman, Btc, Blockchain, Coo, Adam Smith Institute, Don, USDC, Ray Dalio, USDT, Winklevoss


3 Links I Love: Interviewing United Execs, Ramping Up Against Gulf Carriers, Sun Country Look Back

Tomorrow is Dorkfest!  Hope to see some of you at In-N-Out by LAX between 11 and 1p… This week’s featured link:How United’s Working to Right the Ship: An Interview With UA Leaders – The Points GuyChris Sloan did an interview with United COO Greg Hart and CCO Andrew Nocella.  It’s a long read and worthwhile, but I found it interesting that some of the comments made seem to go against what Scott Kirby told me and others at Boyd this year.  In particular, the COO says the airline is investing in t...
Tags: Travel, Minneapolis, US, United, Uae, American, Coo, Links I Love, Don, Andrew Nocella, UA, Boyd, Dulles, Doug Parker, Scott Kirby, Greg Hart