Fri.Apr 30, 2021

7 Ways To Elevate Your Team Engagement and Happiness

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my own long experience in business, team satisfaction, engagement, and productivity continues to be a challenge. According to consistent feedback over the past several years, even in the best companies, employees seem stuck at less than 40 percent happy and "fully engaged.”

TikTok Names New CEO

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TikTok named Shouzi Chew, chief financial officer at parent company ByteDance Ltd., as CEO for the social media company

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Milken Institute Backs $2M Prize For African Entrepreneurship

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Los Angeles-based The Milken Institute, along with the Motsepe Foundation, said this week that the two have launched a new, $2 million technology prize program, aimed at entrepreneurs in Africa. According to the two, the new Milken-Motsepe Innovation Prize is aimed at technological solutions that accelerate progress towards implementing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Illumina Donates $60M To Pathogen Genomics Effort

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San Diego-based life sciences equipment maker Illumina said this week that it is donating $60M to a global pathogen genomics initiative, in a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. According to Illumina, the donation will support creating a comprehensive pathogen genomic network around the world, to help build critical public health capabilities in areas of need.

Can You Ask for Office Rent Relief? How to Manage Your Lease During COVID-19

Office leases are one of companies’ largest expenses, and if your whole team is working from home with no clear end in sight, you may be wondering what to do about your lease.

Hashflow Picks Up $3.2M For Crypto Exchange

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Santa Monica-based Hashflow, which operates a decentralized exchange for the crypto market, says it has raised $3.2M in a seed funding round. The funding came from Dragonfly Capital and Electric Capital, plus IDEO Ventures, Alameda Research, Metastable, Galaxy Digital, Unanimous Capital, and angels Balaji Srinivasan, Kain Warwick and Ryan Sean Adams. Hashflow's decentralized exchange is based on Ethereum. hashflow crypto exchange decentralized seed funding venture capital

Report: Snap Still Mostly White, Male

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Venice, California-based social app developer Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, is still mostly white and male, according to the company's latest diversity report. 47 percent of Snap's employees are white, and 65 percent are male, according to numbers parsed by The Verge. Snap posted its diversity report on Thursday, the second time it has released its diversity numbers. snap snapchat diversity report

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