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NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley just completed a crucial test flight of SpaceX's new Crew Dragon spaceship. The men splashed the space capsule into the Gulf of Mexico at 2:48 p.m. ET off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, following a risky plunge through Earth's atmosphere. NASA's administrator said the mission marks "the next era in human spaceflight," since the agency is now poised to purchase flights from SpaceX. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said after the mission's launch that he once doubted the company would ever see this day. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SpaceX just achieved a feat that even CEO Elon Musk thought improbable when he founded the rocket company in 2002: flying people to and from space. On Sunday afternoon, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley safely careened back to Earth after a 27-million-mile mission in orbit around the planet. The men flew in SpaceX's new Crew Dragon spaceship, landing the cone-shaped capsule at 2:48 p.m. ET in the Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola, Florida. Ahead of the landing, the crew undocked from the $150 billion International Space Station, where they'd spent 63 days, then performed a series of maneuvers to return home to their families. The capsule handily survived a blistering 3,500-degree-Fahrenheit return through Earth's atmosphere, a high-stakes parachute deployment, and the final splashdown. Shortly after 4 p.m. ET, a SpaceX and NASA recovery crew pulled the astronauts from their toasted ship.  "Thanks for doing the most difficult part and the most important part of human spaceflight: sending us into orbit and bringing us home safely," Behnken said shortly before leaving the spaceship, which he and Hurley named Endeavour. "Thank you again for the good ship Endeavour." "It's absolutely been an honor and a pleasure to work with you, from the entire SpaceX team," a capsule communicator responded from mission control at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California. SpaceX privately designed, built, and operated the vehicle with about $2.7 billion in contracts from NASA's Commercial Crew Program. The money helped SpaceX create its newfound spaceflight capability and is funding about half a dozen missions — including Behnken and Hurley's demonstration flight, Demo-2, which launched on May 30. With Demo-2's completion, SpaceX has put an end to a nine-year drought of crewed spaceflight from US soil. The company also resurrected NASA's ability to reach the ISS, where the agency hopes to ramp up work to help it return humans to the moon and eventually reach Mars. The mission's end likely brings SpaceX just weeks from a NASA certification of its Crew Dragon for regular flights of astronauts — and private citizens. "We don't want to purchase, own, and operate the hardware the way we used to. We want to be one customer of many customers in a very robust commercial marketplace in low-Earth orbit," Jim Bridenstine, NASA's administrator, said during a NASA TV broadcast ahead of the landing. He added: "This is the next era in human spaceflight, where NASA gets to be the customer. We want to be a strong customer, we want to be a great partner. But we don't want to be the only ones that are operating with humans in space." In a news briefing following the landing, officials and astronauts remarked on how uneventful the astronaut's return flight was (except for a few surprises on the ground, such as civilian boats pulling up to the space capsule). "It did not seem like this was the first NASA SpaceX mission with astronauts on board," Michael Hopkins, a NASA astronaut who's slated to fly on SpaceX's next mission, Crew-1, said. "It seemed to go extremely smoothly." Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's president and CEO, said even SpaceX leadership was a bit taken aback. "I think we're surprised — minorly surprised, but obviously incredibly pleased — that this went as smoothly as it did," she said. American astronauts, rockets, and spaceships launching from US soil Before Demo-2, the United States hadn't launched humans into space from American soil since July 2011, when NASA flew its final space shuttle mission. During the following nine years, NASA had to rely on Russia's Soyuz launch system to ferry its astronauts to and from the space station. But that became increasingly expensive. Over time, Russia charged more and more per round-trip ticket for each NASA astronaut. The cost rose from about $21 million in 2008 (before the shuttle was retired) to more than $90 million per seat on a planned flight for October. A seat on SpaceX's Crew Dragon, meanwhile, is projected to cost $55 million (not including NASA's $2.7 billion in funding), according to NASA's inspector general. Also, with just one to two seats for NASA astronauts aboard each Soyuz flight — compared to the space shuttle's seven — the arrangement limited American use of the ISS, which has housed as many as 13 people at once (though space-station crews are typically six people). Most concerning to mission managers, the arrangement left NASA reliant on a single launch system. That became especially worrisome when high-profile issues arose with Soyuz over the past few years, including a mysterious leak and a rocket-launch failure that forced an emergency landing. After these incidents, NASA and other space agencies had nowhere else to turn.  With SpaceX's successful Demo-2 flight — and the upcoming test flights of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spaceship — that insecure footing for US astronauts is now in the rearview mirror. "This is the culmination of a dream," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told "CBS This Morning" ahead of the mission's launch in May. "This is a dream come true. In fact, it feels surreal." In addition to giving NASA better access to the space station, having a spacecraft and launch system enables the agency to use the space station's microgravity environment to conduct more science experiments — in pharmaceuticals, materials science, astronomy, medicine, and more. "The International Space Station is a critical capability for the United States of America. Having access to it is also critical," Bridenstine said during a briefing on May 1. "We are moving forward very rapidly with this program that is so important to our nation and, in fact, to the entire world." Demo-2 brings SpaceX one step closer to the moon and Mars With the completion of Demo-2, SpaceX has also gained operational experience flying people to and from space for the first time. That's hugely important to Musk, who has big plans for SpaceX. The company plans to fly tourists into space: In February, SpaceX announced that it had sold four seats through a spaceflight tourism company called Space Adventures. Then in March, news broke that the company Axiom Space — led in part by a former ISS mission manager at NASA — had also signed a deal with SpaceX. There's even a flight of actor Tom Cruise aboard Crew Dragon in the works — part of a plan to film a movie aboard the ISS. But Musk's primary aim is to launch people around the moon, later land others on the lunar surface, then move on to establish Martian cities. His ultimate goal is to put 1 million settlers on the red planet. NASA shares some of Musk's ambitions to send humans back to the moon and eventually to Mars. Sending astronauts to the space station aboard the Crew Dragon represents a major milestone toward those goals. Bridenstine also said  that he'd eventually like to see entire commercial space stations in the future.  "The next big thing is we need commercial space stations themselves. And in order to create the market for commercial space stations, we have to have these transformational capabilities," Bridenstine said ahead of the landing. 'I doubted us, too' During a briefing following the launch of Demo-2, Business Insider asked Musk if he had a message for those who ever doubted him or the company. "To be totally frank, I doubted us, too. I thought we had maybe — when starting SpaceX — maybe had a 10% chance of reaching orbit. So to those who doubted us I was like, 'Well, I think you're probably right,'" Musk said. He added: "It took us took us four attempts just to get to orbit with Falcon 1 ... People told me this joke: How do you make a small fortune in the rocket industry? 'You start with a large one' is the punch line." Musk said SpaceX "just barely made it there," adding, "So hey, I think those doubters were — their probability assessment was correct. But fortunately, fate has smiled upon us and brought us to this day." This story has been updated with new information. It was originally published at 2:48 p.m. ET on August 2, 2020. Do you have a story or inside information to share about the spaceflight industry? Send Dave Mosher an email at [email protected] or a Twitter direct message at @davemosher. More secure communication options are listed here.SEE ALSO: Why SpaceX's astronaut mission for NASA is such a big deal for Elon Musk's rocket company and the US as a whole DON'T MISS: SpaceX is about to win a high-stakes game of capture the flag that Barack Obama started 9 years ago Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why NASA waited nearly a decade to send astronauts into space from the US
A new report shows the average prices that hackers are willing to pay in exchange for control of different online accounts that have been compromised. Selling stolen login credentials is a common practice on the dark web, a collection of underground networks, where hackers will pay a high price for access to personal data, counterfeit documents, and hacked social media accounts. Compromised Gmail and Facebook accounts are among the priciest stolen logins, possibly because they could be leveraged to gain broader access or trick other people into handing over information. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Can you put a price tag on the security of your online accounts? Hackers certainly can — and a new report shows the average price they're willing to pay for compromised account logins traded on the dark web. Researchers with Privacy Affairs, the research arm of cybersecurity firm NordVPN, analyzed hundreds of recent listings on the dark web, where hackers routinely exchange stolen credentials. The researchers indexed the average prices of different types of logins for sale. A hacked Facebook account goes for $74.50 on average, while Instagram accounts averaged $55.45 and Twitter logins went for $49 on average.  Daniel Markuson, a NordVPN analyst, said in a statement that the selling prices for compromised social media accounts are "relatively low," but noted that hackers typically access accounts in order to pull off more lucrative scams. "This information can be used in many fraudulent activities, including identity theft, so its protection shouldn't be underestimated," Markuson said in a statement. A hacked Gmail account averaged a higher selling price — $155,73, on average — due in part to the fact that it could potentially provide a wide range of insight into a target's life and other accounts. Hackers also regularly use compromised email accounts to trick other victims into sending compromising information — email scams cost businesses $1.7 billion in 2019, the FBI said, and a FireEye study found that 91% of all cybercrimes start with an email. Even more lucrative than social media accounts are payment processing service accounts, which hackers use to send cash transfers from other grifts in order to avoid detection by law enforcement. Hackers offered to use stolen PayPal accounts to transfer amounts ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 in exchange for a $320 fee on average, according to the report. Meanwhile, information on people's credit cards and debit cards sell for less — anywhere from $15 to $35 on average — in part because those transactions are easily traceable. The report recommends that people regularly change their passwords in order to avoid having their accounts compromised. Services like Have I Been Pwned are available to check whether a login and password have been stolen in a past breach. Using a password manager can also help keep accounts secure. Read the full report here.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Swayze Valentine is the only female treating fighters' cuts and bruises inside the UFC octagon
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Microsoft paused negotiations with ByteDance over TikTok's US operations after President Donald Trump said he wouldn't support a deal, The Wall Street Journal reported. The newspaper reported that Microsoft had been in "advanced talks" with ByteDance, but those were stalled when the president told reporters Friday evening that he wanted a flat ban on the Chinese-owned app and not a sale. Trump's comment to reporters came after a month of his administration publicly threatening to ban the app. Officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have expressed concerns about the possible sharing of user data with China, which TikTok has denied. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Microsoft is pausing negotiations over TikTok's US operations amid hostility from President Donald Trump, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. The Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, reported that Microsoft and the Chinese parent company ByteDance were in "advanced talks" over a potential sale and were "caught off guard" when Trump voiced his opposition to the deal on Friday. Trump told reporters that evening that he preferred a flat ban on the app and wouldn't support a sale. He had threatened to ban the short-form video app via executive order as early as Saturday. Reuters reported Saturday that ByteDance agreed to divest its US operations to avoid the app being banned, leaving Microsoft able to take over completely. One source told The Journal that Trump's opposition to a sale came as a surprise, and another source told the newspaper that the White House had previously appeared to want TikTok to be "American owned." The deal isn't "dead," according to the Journal's report, but both companies are seeking more information from the White House on the best next steps for the app. Trump's comment to reporters on Friday came after a month of publicly threatening to ban the app. Trump administration officials such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed concerns about the app's ties to China and the possible sharing of user data with the Chinese Communist Party. TikTok has denied that it would share user information with the Chinese government. Tiktok's US General Manager Vanessa Pappas appeared in a one-minute video released Saturday morning in response to Trump's comment about banning the app. "We've heard your outpouring of support and we want to say thank you, we're not planning on going anywhere," Pappas said to the community of users. "TikTok is a home for creators and artists to express themselves, their ideas, and connect with others across different backgrounds and we are so proud of all the various communities that call TikTok their home."SEE ALSO: Trump told reporters on Air Force One he is banning TikTok from the US Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: July 15 is Tax Day — here's what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first time
NASA on Saturday gave SpaceX a "go" to undock the company's first crewed space mission, called Demo-2, and land it on Sunday evening. Hurricane Isaias complicated original plans to return two astronauts to Earth aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship in the Atlantic Ocean. Elon Musk's aerospace company may now try to splash down NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley in the Gulf of Mexico. Two out of seven total landing sites near Florida must have good weather conditions, and NASA has until about 5 p.m. ET on Saturday to call off the undocking. Should the weather worsen, NASA and SpaceX can try again a day later or some other date over the next two months. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have a "go" to return to Earth this weekend and wrap up an historic space mission for both NASA and SpaceX.  Behnken and Hurley launched to orbit aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon vehicle on May 30, then docked the spaceship (which they named "Endeavour") to the International Space Station. Their experimental mission, called Demo-2, is the first with humans ever launched by SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk. It also represents a new era of commercially developed and operated space vehicles started by NASA almost 10 years ago. But before the mission can succeed, the crew must safely land After a two-month stay in orbit, the men are preparing to undock from the ISS on Saturday at 7:34 p.m. ET. If that procedure goes well, they're due back to Earth on Sunday around 2:41 p.m. ET. (NASA TV's continuous live-streaming coverage, which you can watch at the end of this story, kicks off Saturday around 5:15 p.m. ET.) NASA is overseeing SpaceX's experimental mission. On Wednesday, the agency gave the company an initial "go" to proceed with its landing plans. But Hurricane Isaias could force the astronauts to stay in orbit a while longer. The cyclone has already hit Puerto Rico as a tropical storm with high winds and flash-floods, leaving hundreds of thousands without power. It later developed into a Category 1 hurricane, with sustained winds of at least 75 mph. Isaias' current path threatens to bring dangerous weather to several potential landing sites by Sunday afternoon — the planned time for the astronauts' splashdown. "We won't leave the space station without some good landing opportunities in front of us," Behnken told reporters from the ISS on Friday morning, adding that NASA and SpaceX are keeping him and Hurley informed. "The lion's share that work happens on their end. We don't control the weather, and we know we can stay up here longer." However, in a blog post published on Saturday afternoon, NASA announced that the astronauts had a "go" to proceed with landing. "We cannot wait to get Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley back to Earth," Jim Bridenstine, NASA's administrator, said during a press briefing on Wednesday, noting the agency would continue to watch the weather. Crew Dragon can't land if there's rain, lightning, big waves, or winds exceeding 10 mph Isaias became a named tropical storm on Wednesday night, when its wind speeds exceeded 39 mph. It reached hurricane status the next day. The storm could affect several landing areas just as Endeavour is supposed to reenter Earth's atmosphere, deploy its parachutes, and splash into the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico. Recovery crews will be waiting to recover astronauts with boats, airplanes, and helicopters. Three of the seven landing zones that SpaceX and NASA prescribed for the test mission, called Demo-2, lie within the "cone of probability" for the storm's path. Those splashdown sites (shown below) are located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of Cape Canaveral, Daytona, and Jacksonville. Given current conditions, mission managers are hoping to land Demo-2 in the Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola or, as a backup option, Panama City, NASA said on Saturday. "This mission will be a bit unusual as timelines will be in flux quite a bit up until undocking as we finalize landing locations," a NASA spokesperson told Business Insider in an email on Friday. Pensacola is the-westernmost location of the seven options, and Panama City is the second-westernmost. As of Saturday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center does not project that tropical-storm-force winds will affect the area. Depending on how large the storm grows and how nasty weather conditions become, mission managers may scrub the undocking and landing attempt. Steep waves, rain, lightning, low clouds, poor visibility (for helicopters to fly the astronauts from a SpaceX recovery boat back to land), or even winds stronger than about 10 mph can trigger a "no-go" decision. "We're going to watch the weather very carefully," Steve Stich, the manager of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, said on Wednesday. Given the intense preparatory work required to prepare Crew Dragon for its return, NASA and SpaceX have until about 5 p.m. ET to make the final call for undocking, the space agency said. Behnken and Hurley can stay in orbit another 2 months, if needed Once the astronauts undock, they have to land within about three days because the spaceship only has enough water and lithium hydroxide — which scrubs carbon dioxide from the air — to last Behnken and Hurley for that long, Stich said. While docked to the ISS, though, Endeavour can share life support and last much longer. The vehicle has been in space for more than 60 days, but this version of Crew Dragon is designed to last about 120 days due to its solar-panel design, Stich said. In theory, that gives SpaceX and NASA opportunities through most of September to safely get Behnken and Hurley back home. "We know we can stay up here longer," Behnken told reporters during a briefing on Friday morning. "There's more chow and I know the space station program's got more work that we can do." Stich noted SpaceX and NASA can make a call as late as an hour before undocking to delay the whole sequence and try again another day. "If the weather's looking bad that day, we're not even going to try to undock," Stich said. "The beauty of this vehicle is we can stay docked to the space station." As part of the process to approve a landing, NASA and SpaceX used a robotic arm to survey Crew Dragon's heat shield, which must withstand temperatures of of to 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit during atmospheric reentry, for damage by space debris. "There were no areas on the vehicle that were any concern for entry," Stich said. NASA TV will stream around-the-clock coverage of the astronauts' attempt to return to Earth starting around 5:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 1. You can watch the agency's broadcast via the YouTube feed below. Susie Neilson contributed reporting. This story was originally published July 29, 2020. It has been updated with new information. Do you have a story or inside information to share about the spaceflight industry? Send Dave Mosher an email at [email protected] or a Twitter direct message at @davemosher. 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The $43 billion Australian software giant Atlassian has stayed resilient through the coronavirus pandemic, as its catalog of collaboration software drove thousands of new customers during the remote work boom. One of Atlassian's top priorities is investing aggressively in its cloud products, as well as making sure they work well with each other. Atlassian faces some competition from Microsoft, but Gregg Moskowitz, managing director at Mizuho, says Atlassian has a stronger product portfolio and a different way of gaining customers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Atlassian began as an idea by college friends Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes in 2002: A company dedicated to making tools for their fellow software developers. Eighteen years or so later, Atlassian is now Australia's biggest tech success story, valued at $43 billion, with its stock price growing sixfold since its 2015 IPO. As the world continues to turn to software to power everything from finance to fitness, Atlassian has grown accordingly, adding 3,000 new customers in its most recent quarter, and 6,000 the quarter before — even amid the coronavirus pandemic.  In that quarter, the company reported on Thursday, it booked some $430 million in revenue, up 29% from the same period last year. Its stock is up 44% from the beginning of the year, putting it well ahead of the turbulence that's rocked the stock market. It all speaks to the momentum that Atlassian has built in the industry: Its flagship product Jira, which is used for tracking software projects, is much stronger than its competitors, says Gregg Moskowitz, managing director at Mizuho Financial Group, who watches Atlassian closely. He expects that its business will only grow more over time, even if Atlassian faces some coronavirus-related impact on smaller customers or customers in travel and hospitality. Plus, customers will prioritize continuing to pay for Atlassian's products since it helps employees work together remotely, Moskowitz says. "There can be additional challenges although we really think Atlassian will be more resilient than most software companies," Moskowitz said. The one company that could possibly pose as a threat over time is Microsoft, as the tech titan gets more into the developer space, Moskowitz says — though he's not too concerned about it, given Atlassian's lead in the specific niches in which it plays.  "There's a very large technology gap that exists in the market where Atlassian plays," Moskowitz said. "Microsoft has been here longer than Atlassian. There certainly hasn't been anything to derail Atlassian's growth. Customers will unquestionably view Atlassian as a superior offering." Meet the 15 executives leading Atlassian's growth, even amid the coronavirus pandemic:SEE ALSO: The top 4 best practices for managing engineering teams remotely, according to managers from productivity companies like Asana, GitHub, and Atlassian Mike Cannon-Brookes Title: Cofounder and co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes cofounded the Australian software giant Atlassian with his best friend Scott Farquhar.  At Atlassian, Cannon-Brookes oversees the company's product and engineering teams, including its flagship software project tracking software Jira and its project management software Confluence.  "From everything I can tell, [Cannon-Brookes and Farquhar] work seamlessly together," Moskowitz said. "Co-CEO roles can be tricky. They don't always work as well as advertised. It truly has been an important part to the story. They remain good friends and are also neighbors." Outside of Atlassian, Cannon-Brookes also invests in and advises several small startups, works as a venture partner at the Australian firm Blackbird Ventures, and teaches computer science at the University of New South Wales, where he attended school.   Scott Farquhar Title: Cofounder and co-CEO Scott Farquhar cofounded and leads Atlassian with his friend Mike Cannon-Brookes, who met in college and founded the company shortly after graduation in 2002. Since then, Atlassian has grown to count 60,000 organizations as users. Farquhar oversees the company's go-to-market, business, and IT teams. Moskowitz says Cannon-Brookes and Farquhar have also succeeded in fostering a strong culture and environment within the company.  Notably, Atlassian sells from the bottom up, by offering free versions of their software for individual developers to use. When developers start using it and loving it, they bring it to their companies, who become paid customers. Moskowitz says Cannon-Brookes and Farquhar have a "long-term orientation" on where the company is going, which has helped Atlassian grow. "They're not going to make decisions on whether we can drive a couple of extra points for this quarter and this year," Moskowitz said. "It's more predicated on the belief that we're delivering value to our customers, and we're listening to them and building much better products. That's going to benefit everyone in the end, including the company's financials and general returns."  Outside of Atlassian, Farquhar invests in and advises in several small startups, and he's also a principal at Australian firm Skip Capital. Anu Bharadwaj Title: Head of Platform and Enterprise Cloud and Vice President of Product Reports to: Mike Cannon-Brookes, cofounder and co-CEO Anu Bharadwaj is in charge of Atlassian's current top priority, which is to bring its cloud products to customers. Bharadwaj runs Atlassian's cloud business and focuses on large business customers. She also runs Atlassian's product management teams. She has worked at the company for about three and a half years.   Bharadwaj started at Atlassian as the group product manager of Atlassian's flagship software planning product Jira. On her watch, Jira's user base and revenue grew steadily, even as it expanded to include new industry-specific products like Jira Service Desk.  She also plays a key role in the transformation of Atlassian's business, as products like Jira, BitBucket, and Confluence move from traditional server-based products to the cloud. Prior to Atlassian, Bharadwaj worked at Microsoft for over 10 years, where she worked on and managed developer tools. Archana Rao Title: Chief Information Officer Reports to: Scott Farquhar, cofounder and co-CEO Archana Rao is responsible for Atlassian's IT systems, and has worked at the company for about two and a half years. During the coronavirus pandemic, she led the company in transitioning to remote work.  Prior to joining Atlassian, Rao has led IT teams at Veritas Technologies, Symantec, and Cisco. Throughout her career, she has also helped large companies integrate their software with companies they acquired.  Cameron Deatsch Title: Chief Revenue Officer Reports to: Scott Farquhar, cofounder and co-CEO Cameron Deatsch runs Atlassian's marketing, sales and support organizations. He has worked at Atlassian for nearly eight years now and led various teams. That includes Atlassian's Advocacy team, which handles sales and customer service inquiries, growth and online sales, and builds the company's sales plans and user growth. Before Atlassian, Cameron headed marketing at Jive Software where he led sales training and sales development.  Erika Fisher Title: General Counsel Reports to: Scott Farquhar, cofounder and co-CEO As general counsel of Atlassian, Erika Fisher leads the company's legal, policy, and risk and compliance teams. She also manages Atlassian's Board of Directors and serves as an executive adviser on issues like public filings, data privacy, security, and public policy in various parts around the world. Fisher has worked at Atlassian for over four years. During her time at the company, she has also served as legal counsel and head of privacy.  James Beer Title: Chief Financial Officer Reports to: Scott Farquhar, cofounder and co-CEO As CFO, James Beer oversees Atlassian's finance and IT organizations, and he has worked at the company for two and a half years. Prior to Atlassian, Beer has served as CFO at McKesson, Symantec, and American Airlines. He also serves as a board member of various companies, including ForeScout. Moskowitz notes that Atlassian is Beer's first CFO gig at a high-growth company, while his previous jobs were at larger, more established ones. However, he says that from his standpoint, it was a "smooth transition." "He's seen a lot over the years," Moskowitz said. "He brings CFO level experience frankly not just to software, but to other industries like airline and healthcare." Joff Redfern Title: Head of Product for Atlassian's Work Management for Business Teams solutions and Vice President of Product Reports to: Mike Cannon-Brookes, cofounder and co-CEO Joff Redfern heads Atlassian's products that help business teams work together, like Confluence and Trello. He has worked at Atlassian for over three years.  This isn't Redfern's first gig as a vice president of product. Before Atlassian, he has also held a similar role at LinkedIn, Yahoo, and Fidelity Investments. Jose Morales Title: Head of Field Operations Reports to: Scott Farquhar, cofounder and co-CEO Jose Morales has worked at Atlassian for over nine years now, and he's responsible for selling Atlassian products to businesses around the world. He heads global sales and partnerships. Before his current role, Morales served as the vice president of corporate development, where he worked with the company's acquisitions like HipChat (which was discontinued in 2018) and supported the company's business units. Prior to Atlassian, Morales worked at companies like TIBCO Jaspersoft and PeopleSoft. Jurgen Spangl Title: Chief Experience Officer Reports to: Mike Cannon-Brookes, cofounder and co-CEO As chief experience officer, Jurgen Spangl is in charge of user experience and design for Atlassian's products to make sure they are meeting the needs of customers. He has worked at Atlassian for over eight and a half years, where he started as head of design, leading designers, researchers, and writers working with products like Jira, Trello, Confluence, and Bitbucket. He also scaled the design team from six employees to over 200 around the world and rolled out Atlassian's design guidelines. Outside of Atlassian, he's a guest lecturer on interaction design at the University of Sydney. Mike Tria Title: Head of Platform Reports to: Mike Cannon-Brookes, cofounder and co-CEO Mike Tria has worked at Atlassian for about four and a half years, and he's responsible for building the Atlassian Cloud Platform. He also led the migration of Atlassian's products to Amazon Web Services. He leads Atlassian's search, AI features, and more.  He started at Atlassian as the head of developer platform, where he ran cloud infrastructure for products like Jira, Confluence, and Bitbucket.  Moskowitz says cloud is a major priority for Atlassian. "I do think cloud is first and foremost," Moskowitz said. "We talked about scalability improvements so they can handle any customers in cloud as well." Before Atlassian, Tria has worked at various smaller companies like BackOps, Plum District, and Ning. Noah Wasmer Title: Head of Tech Teams and Vice President of Product Reports to: Mike Cannon-Brookes, cofounder and co-CEO Last year, Atlassian hired Noah Wasmer as its first head of tech teams, and he's now been at Atlassian for a year and half. He leads product offerings like Jira Software, Jira Service Desk, Opsgenie, and Bitbucket. Wasmer previously as a senior vice president and general manager at VMware, where he oversaw productivity apps and other products. He also had stints at Apple and MobileIron. Robert Chatwani Title: Chief Marketing Officer Reports to: Scott Farquhar, cofounder and co-CEO Robert Chatwani drives Atlassian's marketing strategy, and he has been working at the company for over three years. He helps grow the user base for adopting the products as well as marketing them to existing customers. Before Atlassian, he served as CMO at custom t-shirt startup Teespring. Prior to that, he was a 12-year veteran of Ebay, where he led marketing, consumer branding, and online advertising for eBay North America, as well as its customer and internet marketing teams.  "I came away very impressed with his marketing acumen and especially his digital marketing expertise," Moskowitz said. "I think he's going to add more to this company going forward with respect to catering to customer preferences, building overall awareness of the Atlassian product line, and driving more momentum over time." Sri Viswanath Title: Chief Technology Officer Reports to: Mike Cannon-Brookes, cofounder and co-CEO Sri Viswanath leads Atlassian's R&D engineering team and has been at the company for four and a half years. Before that, he served as CTO at Groupon. He has also worked at other companies like VMware, Ning, and Sun Microsystems. Outside of Atlassian, he serves as a board member of Splunk, which builds software that provides data on security and IT operations. Tami Rosen Title: Chief People Officer Reports to: Scott Farquhar, cofounder and co-CEO Tami Rosen just joined Atlassian in January. Shortly after, when the coronavirus erupted worldwide, she led workplace changes related to the pandemic. Before Atlassian, Rosen served as chief people officer of Luminar Technologies, which produces sensor technologies for the autonomous vehicle industry. She has also worked at Quora, Apple, and Goldman Sachs. Do you work at Atlassian? Got a tip? Contact this reporter via email at [email protected], Signal at 646.376.6106, Telegram at @rosaliechan, or Twitter DM at @rosaliechan17. (PR pitches by email only, please.) Other types of secure messaging available upon request.
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SpaceX launched NASA astronauts to the International Space Station for the first time on May 30. Now it's poised to bring them home. The launch kicked off the first-ever human flight in a commercial spacecraft, and marked the first time an American-made vehicle has launched humans from US soil in nearly a decade. If successful, the mission could resurrect the US's human spaceflight capabilities and open a new era of commercial space exploration. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. NASA and SpaceX are in the middle of making spaceflight history. On May 30, Elon Musk's rocket company launched its first astronauts — Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley — under NASA's oversight (and with its funding). The next day, its Crew Dragon spaceship delivered Behnken and Hurley to the International Space Station. Before that, the United States hadn't launched humans into space from American soil since 2011, when the last space shuttle made its final voyage into orbit. For the nine years in between, NASA relied on Russian Soyuz rockets to ferry its astronauts to and from the space station. But that has become increasingly expensive and limited US access to the $150 billion orbiting laboratory. Reliance on a single launch system has also raised a larger problem for any country looking to put astronauts into orbit: When Soyuz systems have issues — like a mysterious leak or a rocket failure that forces an emergency landing — space agencies have had nowhere else to turn. That could all be about to change. If weather, hardware, and other factors cooperate, the Crew Dragon will complete its test mission, called Demo-2, on Sunday and bring Behnken and Hurley back to Earth. Success would resurrect the US's ability to launch people into space. It would also mark SpaceX's first mission with passengers in the company's 18-year history. "This is the culmination of a dream," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told "CBS This Morning" ahead of the mission's launch in May. "This is a dream come true. In fact, it feels surreal. If you'd asked me when starting SpaceX if this would happen, I'd be like, 1% chance, 0.1% chance." A successful culmination to Demo-2 would also make it the first crewed commercial spaceflight mission ever, opening a new era of space exploration. You can watch the astronauts' return live here. 'American astronauts on American rockets from American soil' Russia has used its spaceflight monopoly to charge more and more per round-trip ticket for each NASA astronaut. The cost has risen from about $21 million in 2008 (before the shuttle was retired) to more than $90 million per seat on a planned flight for October. A seat on SpaceX's Crew Dragon, meanwhile, is projected to cost $55 million, according to NASA's inspector general. While Soyuz can carry only three people at a time, the Crew Dragon can seat seven. That's one reason NASA began funding SpaceX and its competitor, Boeing, to develop human-ready spacecraft in 2010. The effort, called the Commercial Crew Program, is three years past its original deadline. In addition to giving NASA better access to the space station, having a spacecraft and launch system in the US would enable the agency to use the space station's microgravity environment to conduct more science experiments — in pharmaceuticals, materials science, astronomy, medicine, and more. Other countries would benefit from a commercial US option, too, since they could turn to either SpaceX or Soyuz depending on their needs. "The International Space Station is a critical capability for the United States of America. Having access to it is also critical," Jim Bridenstine, NASA's administrator, said during a briefing on May 1. "We are moving forward very rapidly with this program that is so important to our nation and, in fact, to the entire world." Demo-2 brings SpaceX one step closer to the moon and Mars SpaceX has big plans. Musk dreams of flying people around the moon and later landing on the lunar surface, then moving on to establish Martian cities and put a million settlers on the red planet. SpaceX also plans to fly space tourists. In February, the company announced that it had sold four seats through a spaceflight tourism company called Space Adventures. Then in March, news broke that Axiom Space — led in part by a former ISS mission manager at NASA — had also signed a deal with SpaceX. Even Tom Cruise intends to fly aboard Crew Dragon so he can film a new action movie on the space station. NASA shares some of Musk's ambitions (sending humans back to the moon and, eventually, to Mars) but there are a lot of steps along the way. Sending astronauts to the space station aboard the Crew Dragon was the first big milestone. But the mission won't be considered a success until it returns Hurley and Behnken to Earth. "We're going to stay hungry until Bob and Doug come home," Kathy Lueders, who manages the Commercial Crew Program for NASA, said in a briefing before the launch. "Our teams are scouring and thinking of every single risk that's out there, and we've worked our butt off to buy down the ones we know of, and we'll continue to look — and continue to buy them down — until we bring them home." Do you have a story or inside information to share about the spaceflight industry? Send Dave Mosher an email at [email protected] or a Twitter direct message at @davemosher. More secure communication options are listed here.SEE ALSO: Meet Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, 2 'badass' astronauts, engineers, and dads who are poised to make history for SpaceX, NASA and the world DON'T MISS: Elon Musk's biggest worry about SpaceX's first astronaut mission isn't the rocket launch — it's the spaceship's return to Earth Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why NASA spacesuits are so expensive
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Many companies are deciding to give employees more permanent remote work options even after the pandemic ends, which requires having a consistent culture whether employees are in an office or distributed.  Michael Pryor, the cofounder and head of Trello, which Atlassian acquired in 2017, has been managing a team that's 80% remote for the last nine years, and offers advice for how to make it work.  He says executives need focus on three things: Being deliberate about the tools their employees use, setting clear guidelines for how those tools should be used, and making sure those rules establish a culture of trust within the company.  Click here to read more BI Prime stories.  As the coronavirus pandemic has shown that companies can be successful even when all employees are remote, many businesses are rethinking the future of work. Tech companies like Slack, Box, Facebook, and Twitter are among those planning to offer more permanent remote work options for employees even after the crisis ends.  Many executives are envisioning a future with both office workers and remote workers, which gives employees more flexibility. However, that system may also require a culture shift within the company to make sure that all employees have a level playing field. Michael Pryor, the cofounder and head of Trello, which Atlassian acquired in 2017, has been managing a team that's 80% remote for the last nine years. He says executives need to do three things when managing a distributed team: Be deliberate about the tools their employees use, set guidelines for how those tools should be used, and make sure those rules establish a culture of trust within the company.  "The future is now — it was like the pandemic just said, 'Everyone just got pushed into this new reality,'" Pryor told Business Insider. "I think that what people are realizing is that the tools have gotten so good and that there's a lot of benefits from people being flexible about how they're engaged."  Choosing tools that enable "asynchronous" work and setting guidelines for using them Choosing tools that allow people to collaborate while not needing to be in the same time zone or in the same office is key, Pryor said. That includes communication tools like Slack, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams, cloud based file sharing like Dropbox, and project management tools like his own Trello.  However, just having the tools isn't enough. Managers have to set guidelines for expected employee behavior and how each tool should be used. For example, setting best-practices for when people can expect to reach others on Slack, so people can maintain a work-life balance, or establishing rules for what types of communication is meant for email versus chat apps versus video chat.  "Those rituals that we used to have that happened in place in physical offices, you need to create similar things that accomplish the same goals, but now using digital tools," Pryor said. For example, Pryor's team uses both Slack and Trello for communicating and keeping track of work. If a question needs an answer ASAP, employees are supposed to use Slack, while using public channels rather than direct messages as much as possible. That keeps the discussion available for people in different time zones. However, if a message isn't urgent, employees are supposed to use Trello, to avoid overcrowding in Slack while ensuring the message is publicly logged.  He also suggests using a video chat tool that can record and transcribe a meeting, so it can be shared with those who couldn't join. Features like that help keep everyone informed and isn't a heavy-lift for those planning the meetings.  Replicating in-person practices with online tools to establish trust Equally as important is making sure to establish trust between employees. "[The] number one indicator of how a team can be effective is trust," Pryor said. In an office setting, trust is established via in-person communication, so companies moving to a distributed work model have to replicate that using digital tools, he said.  One step Trello takes is using non-verbal signals to indicate when you're available or busy. For example, if you walk past someone's office and the door is closed, you know they're busy. To get the same effect in a distributed environment, Pryor's employees set 'do not disturb' statuses in Slack to indicate when they're not available.  Additionally, employees should all feel like they have the same access and space within a company. So, if one person dials in on a video call, everyone else should dial in that way too, regardless of if they're in an office or not.  Another example is using tools to track progress for recurring one-on-one meetings between managers and their direct reports. Trello uses its own tool for this, but others also work. The goal is to have an agenda and set specific goals and deadlines, and document those so it can be a record for when performance reviews come up. It also makes sure managers are evaluating office employees and remote employees on the same criteria. "As a manager, it's not my space, it's a shared space between me and my employee," Pryor said. "And so we're putting things in there together. It's a collaborative meeting in order to grow people's careers" A big trust building factor that gets lost in a distributed environment is the casual conversation with coworkers. To make up for that, after virtual all hands meetings using Zoom, Trello employees get placed in breakout rooms to chat with coworkers they may or may not know.  "In this digital environment," Pryor said, "We had to figure out a way for people across the company to meet each other."  Got a tip? Contact this reporter via email at [email protected] or Signal at 925-364-4258. (PR pitches by email only, please.) You can also contact Business Insider securely via SecureDrop.SEE ALSO: Slack is laying the foundation for a new type of job, following in the footsteps of customers like IBM and Verizon who created dedicated roles to manage their use of the work chat app Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
Slack is offering an online course in how to become an administrator for people who manage their organization's usage of the workplace chat app.  The course is part of Slack's broader goal of creating an online training academy to teach skills for those managing and administering the tool or developing apps for it, while also building a community of users, said Christina Kosmowski, Slack's VP of customer success. Typically, Fortune 500 companies, like Verizon, IBM, and Oracle, are the ones hiring people dedicated to managing Slack usage because the sheer size of the organization requires it. As much as Slack expects to see a boom in demand for administrators, the job market doesn't seem to have caught up quite yet. However, as the company grows there will likely be more Slack-specific roles that start to pop up. The new course costs $300, but Slack is also offering a scholarship to those who can't afford it.  Click here to read more BI Prime stories.  Slack continues to sign on larger customers, even as it becomes a critical tool to keep businesses running amid the pandemic. That growth has created a new job title — Slack administrator — as Fortune 500 companies like Verizon, IBM, and Oracle now require dedicated manpower to managing their use of the work chat app.  Now, Slack, the company, is ramping up its existing efforts to train those administrators. Slack started offering in-person administrator training late last year; the sudden boom in interest thanks to the remote work boom is seeing the introduction of an online course to reach even more people, with plans for more to come.  The ultimate goal is to build an online academy to help administrators and developers alike make the most of Slack, said Christina Kosmowski, VP of customer success. "We've got this whole new category, we've got a whole bunch of Slack administrators who are really supporting and championing within their organizations, how they utilize Slack," Kosmowski told Business Insider. "And so they've been wanting and desperate for this deeper set of knowledge and really to be recognized for that knowledge that they have."  When the pandemic started Slack saw huge customer growth, signing on 12,000 new paid customers in the first quarter of this year. It also signed on more large customers, including Amazon and Verizon, last quarter. Those are typically customers using the Enterprise Grid version of the product, geared towards large organizations. The size alone often means there needs to be someone managing it all, Kosmowski said. The online course costs $300, though Slack is offering a handful of scholarships right now to those who can't afford the fee. At the end of the course, participants receive a Slack certified administrator badge, which they can list on their resume or on LinkedIn. The model is similar to what Salesforce has created with Trailhead, its successful online learning platform that's helped many job-seekers start a career in administering the tool. It's unclear what the typical salary range for a Slack admin is, but Kosmowski said she would expect the pay to be similar to general IT or Salesforce administrator roles, which in San Francisco can command a salary of around $150,000, according to data from careers site Glassdoor.  Who is hiring Slack administrators? The job titles vary. IBM employees in the role are called Slack Admins. Apple has a job opening for a Slack Product Integrations Manager. Life insurance company Northwestern Mutual is hiring a Slack engineer. Consulting firm Latitude is hiring a Slack Enterprise Service Manager.  While all the job titles are a bit different, all of them want people who can set information sharing and privacy preferences for Slack users, build integrations between Slack and other productivity apps the company uses, and generally make sure people are using the product to the fullest extent, which is what the course teaches.  As much as Slack expects to see a boom in demand for administrators, the job market doesn't seem to have caught up quite yet. As of July 6th, Glassdoor listed 11 open roles with the word "Slack" in the job title — which doesn't seem like much, but is still double the number of listings as recently as January. As the company grows, however, you can expect to see more Slack-specific roles start to pop up. "While demand for roles specifically oriented around Slack administration is still relatively low, it's likely we'll see new opportunities be created as more employers continue to adopt new technologies like Slack in the current state of remote work," said Glassdoor analyst Amanda Stansell.  Kosmowski similarly believes that as Slack usage ticks up in an enterprise, so too will the demand. "It's something that customers know that they need because they picked this very transformational tool that they're using across their entire company," Kosmowski said.  Creating a Slack ecosystem The next step is to build the kind of ecosystem around Slack that's already enjoyed by the likes of larger rivals like Salesforce or Dropbox.  In addition to offering an online Slack admin course, it's going to be adding courses for developers who want to build apps for Slack, and a course for experience designers who want to create custom workflows in the app. Slack sees both as burgeoning future job titles.  Ultimately, Kosmowski said, it's all because there's already a need for this kind of training in the market, and the company just wants to build a community that can become the ecosystem it's looking for. "There's a group of people that are really coming out of that and feeling that passion and they want to take that expertise to the next level," she said. "This is really just the beginning steps for certainly working with our customers and partners to find out what methods work best for them in terms of learning style." Got a tip? Contact this reporter via email at [email protected] or Signal at 925-364-4258. (PR pitches by email only, please.) You can also contact Business Insider securely via SecureDrop.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
Affirm, a point-of-sale microlender that lets consumers make purchases with the flexibility to defer their payments over time, is eyeing an IPO with the aid of Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street Journal reported. The move could see Affirm's value soar to up to $10 billion, according to the WSJ report. The possible IPO comes as buy now, pay later has been riding a wave in 2020, buoyed by an increase in online shopping demand and consumers' caution about over-extending their budgets during the coronavirus pandemic. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Buy now, pay later has been having a moment in 2020 — and one top fintech in the space is now reportedly seeking to go public, with Goldman Sachs's help. The buy now, pay later lender Affirm, which enables online shoppers to use microloans to defer their payments on goods they purchase online, is said to be eyeing an initial public offering that could value it at up to $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal first reported on Thursday. Last year, Pitchbook valued Affirm at $2.9 billion. Goldman Sachs is said to be working with Affirm on listing preparations, WSJ noted. Both Affirm and Goldman Sachs declined to comment on the reporting to Business Insider. The potential IPO isn't set in stone, however, WSJ said, noting that the prep work is still in its early stages and the company isn't guaranteed to go through with it.  Affirm has been planting the flag in the digital retail space in recent months, in a trend that has gained steam as consumers have tightened their budgets and moved to online shopping during the coronavirus pandemic. The digital lender is accepted by more than 6,000 merchants, Business Insider previously reported. Founded in 2012 by Max Levchin, Affirm has been on a roll this summer, announcing last week that it would be Shopify's exclusive partner for buy now, pay later transactions. Read more: Here's how PayPal is looking to boost its credit business by leaning into a buy now, pay later frenzy "Tens of millions of US consumers are going to be exposed to Affirm, which is a huge leap for us in terms of just being visible," Levchin told Business Insider at the time of the announcement. If Affirm doesn't decide to go public with an IPO, another alternative available to the company would be selling itself to a special purpose acquisition company, WSJ noted. SPACs, or so-called blank check companies, raise money through an IPO and then merge with existing companies to take them public. There have been a rush of SPAC debuts in recent weeks, and they've cropped up elsewhere as an option as companies look for paths to the public markets. Uber announced a deal to buy food-delivery company Postmates earlier this month, but Postmates had also been looking at a traditional IPO as well as a possible SPAC deal.  See more: UBS has started pitching its wealth management customers on 'blank-check' companies as the bank looks to tap into a SPAC frenzy Affirm says its buy now, pay later flexibility can drive up consumers' spending — a boon for businesses that accept payments with the product A wide variety of retailers including Walmart, Wayfair, Warby Parker, and even travel sites like Expedia and Travelocity, among others, have adopted the buy now, pay later microloans that Affirm offers customers. It's a simple premise: When consumers can delay making full payments on items, they're more likely to spend more at the time of purchase, Affirm and its competitors say. Indeed, Affirm has said it can drive up average purchase costs by more than 85%. The buy now, pay later fintech niche has been riding a wave in 2020. Read more: Snoop Dogg-backed fintech Klarna is taking a page out of Amex's playbook and launching a loyalty program to edge out its buy-now-pay-later rivals Afterpay, a microlender which is based in Australia that functions similarly to Affirm, saw tremendous growth in the first half of 2020, expanding its customer base by 443% year-over-year, Business Insider reported in May. And PayPal, the digital payments giant, has also made moves to ramp up its deferred payment options, launching a new product in France last month which would give customers the opportunity to divide the cost of their purchases into four installments, spread out over three months. "With COVID and what's happening right now, credit can play a very important and critical role for us," Doug Band, PayPal's senior vice president and general manager of global credit, told Business Insider at the time. Band said that millennials and Gen Z shoppers have been among the most enthusiastic adopters of the buy now, pay later craze. "That's something we're certainly focused on," he said, "helping these consumers with flexibility around various financing options." Read more:  POWER PLAYERS: Meet the 12 key execs driving Shopify, the breakout e-commerce star that's inking partnerships with Walmart and Facebook and seen its stock price triple since March The parent of mortgage giant Quicken Loans is prepping an IPO pitch valuing it more like a payments company than a lender. Here's why. Goldman Sachs is teaming up with JetBlue to help you book vacation now, and pay later. 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In a recent interview with Business Insider, Betterment president of retail Mike Reust offered a window into how the robo-adviser thinks about the recent self-directed trading mania. Betterment is not trying to launch a "Robinhood clone," Reust told us. But it is trying to tap into the retail trading surge with more tailored options than it currently offers.  "I don't quite know where that will take us, but we are certainly thinking through how much more portfolio customization to offer, so I suspect you will see us offer more than we offer today, over time. It's an area where we will invest," he said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Through the coronavirus pandemic and the market volatility that's ensued, analysts, investors, executives, and journalists have scrambled to get a handle on soaring levels of engagement with do-it-yourself trading. The team behind Betterment, the pioneering standalone digital wealth manager, is no exception. "For us, it's not, 'Oh, jeez, Robinhood's driving serious [payment for order flow] revenue. What are we going to do about that to drive some PFOF revenue?' It's not like that," Mike Reust, the president of retail at New York-based Betterment, said in a recent interview over Zoom with Business Insider.  "It's really more like, why are customers running to Robinhood in the millions? What are they doing? Why do they believe that's the right path?" he said. That the digital wealth manager that made a name for itself on the back of slow, steady passive investments is considering what's driving the recent boom in quick, often volatile retail trading underlines the rise and influence of average investors jumping into the market with both feet.  Betterment is examining the "psychology and the human side of it," as far as whether the company should give clients more control over their portfolios, or allow "you to do certain customizations that aren't possible today that help you sort of scratch that need for control," he said.  "I don't quite know where that will take us, but we are certainly thinking through how much more portfolio customization to offer, so I suspect you will see us offer more than we offer today. Over time, it's an area where we will invest," said Reust, who has been with Betterment for seven years and was previously its chief technology officer. The market's severe volatility this spring and summer mixed with people staying home during pandemic-related lockdowns with access to an array of commission-free trading platforms have helped contribute to record levels of do-it-yourself trading. Explosive growth in retail trading This month, legacy online brokerages E-Trade, TD Ameritrade, Charles Schwab, and Interactive Brokers all reported record levels of daily trades during the second quarter. E-Trade Chief Executive Mike Pizzi called the quarter "extraordinary," with levels of customer engagement "that are without precedent in our nearly 40-year history" in a statement alongside earnings. Reust told Business Insider that Betterment is not going to launch a product that looks like a "Robinhood clone," and the company declined to comment specifically on how it will allow customers to add more customization to their portfolios. Read more: Wall Street is being shaken to its core by a legion of Gen Z day traders. From a casual hobbyist to a 20-year-old running a 14,000-person platform, meet the new generation of retail investors. The company has always sat at the intersection of digital investing meeting human advice, Reust said, with some Certified Financial Planners (CFP) and other licensed investment professionals on staff for customers to complement its app.  "Where I think COVID has taken us a little bit, is all of a sudden, across age groups, everyone cared a lot more about human-powered advice — real fast," he said. "We went from, it was a nice offering that a lot of customers took advantage of, to the team was oversubscribed with phone calls and appointments." Betterment is looking to grow its team of experts to assist users, with plans to hire one more CFP.  In recent months, it's hired customer-service representatives, engineers, and analytics roles. Overall, it has more than a dozen employees handling phone calls and emails from customers using its investing products, and nine people on banking products. A spokesperson said Betterment is growing both teams.  On July 14, the day before this year's shifted tax day in the US, it experienced the highest volume of inbound customer requests it's ever seen as investors looked for help with navigating their filing situations. Betterment also now has a team of four people directly supporting its premium customers, and several other CFPs serving other functions, a spokesperson said. Premium customers have at least $100,000 in assets with Betterment, and pay a 0.40% fee of those assets, as opposed to 0.25% for the digital tier that has no account minimum. Betterment's plans Though it has an eye to greater customization, Betterment, which oversees $21 billion in client assets and has some 500,000 customers, still isn't trying to stray from its core digital wealth management and banking products.  It's looking to launch joint checking accounts later this year, and on Thursday launched a feature that allows customers to create separate buckets of cash for short- and long-term financial goal-setting.  Other fintech players have also applied for bank charters, something Reust said was a step Betterment may consider in the future, but said was not a priority. Betterment has raised $275 million in outside funding, and last raised a $70 million round of capital in 2017 — an extension of a $100 million Series E round the year prior led by the Swedish investment company Kinnevik. Outside of its New York City headquarters, the robo-adviser has two other offices in Denver, which opened in January, and Philadelphia, which opened in January 2019. SEE ALSO: Wall Street is being shaken to its core by a legion of Gen Z day traders. From a casual hobbyist to a 20-year-old running a 14,000-person platform, meet the new generation of retail investors. SEE ALSO: Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones says the pandemic has thrown off economic models so much that people would 'be better off getting financial advice from TikTok' Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak
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Celonis, the $2.5 billion hot AI startup, is expanding its workforce by 60% and is looking to fill 600 jobs to meet strong customer demand despite the pandemic. The company, whose platform uses AI to quickly analyze a company's computer network and find ways to make it operate faster and more efficiently, is planning to hire engineers, developers and sales reps, with typical base pay of $50,000 to $100,000, CEO Alex Rinke said. "When this pandemic hit we didn't know how it would impact our business," he told Business Insider. "Overall, COVID has really been a tailwind for us in many ways and that's why we're hiring right now." Click here for more BI Prime stories. Celonis CEO Alexander Rinke braced himself for what could be a tough ride when the coronavirus crisis escalated in March. But the crisis actually created opportunities for the $2.5 billion AI startup which is launching a big expansion push that includes filling 600 new jobs in the US, Canada and Europe, growing its workforce by roughly 60% to 1,600. Celonis is looking to hire engineers, developers and sales professionals, with a typical base pay range of $50,000 to $100,000, Rinke said. "When this pandemic hit we didn't know how it would impact our business," he told Business Insider. "Overall, COVID has really been a tailwind for us in many ways and that's why we're hiring right now." Founded in 2011, Celonis uses AI to quickly analyze a company's computer network and find ways to make it operate faster and more efficiently. The startup's process-mining tools are used by major companies such as Airbus, Siemens, Lufthansa and Uber. Celonis has raised $370 million in funding from investors, including Accel and 83North. Rinke said it became evident shortly after the crisis escalated and clients were forced to adapt to remote work that preserving their cash and managing supply chains were two key pressing needs. It immediately became clear that their customers needed to "complete years of digital transformation in months." That trend led to a need for a bigger workforce, Rinke said.  Celonis, which is based in Munich and New York, is also looking to open four new locations in Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid and Stockholm.  Many businesses went from "emergency mode" to "sustainability mode" as they figured out ways to adapt to the new normal of remote work and the ongoing impact of the pandemic. "There's just a need for improving processes and getting more efficiency," Rinke said. Got a tip about Celonis or another tech company? Contact this reporter via email at [email protected], message him on Twitter @benpimentel or send him a secure message through Signal at (510) 731-8429. You can also contact Business Insider securely via SecureDrop. Claim your 20% discount on an annual subscription to BI Prime by clicking here. SEE ALSO: The CEO of popular tech hiring site HackerRank says demand has surged for app developers, data scientists and interns as companies like Morgan Stanley, Riot Games or John Deere look to 'improve their online presence, or risk losing out' SEE ALSO: Here's the pitch deck AI company Conexiom used to raise $40 million from Mark Zuckerberg's money manager ICONIQ to help businesses automate their sales and invoice processes Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos joined the leaders of Apple, Facebook, and Google on July 29 to testify before Congress on antitrust issues.  For Bezos, how Amazon competes with its third-party selling business comprised quite a bit of the questioning.  Bezos maintained that Amazon elevates small business owners like its third-party sellers. But some Amazon sellers don't agree.  Amazon did not respond to a request for comment for this story.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos testified with three other tech leaders on July 29 on antitrust issues, many of those who make their livelihood on Amazon's retail marketplace tuned in. There are approximately 1.7 million third-party sellers on Amazon, according to Bezos, and more than 200,000 of them generated more than $100,000 in sales last year. They comprise 60% of product sales on Amazon — collectively beating the retailer at its own game.  Some of those merchants, along with those who oversee online seller communities or provide consulting work to sellers, told Business Insider they weren't happy with how Bezos talked about sellers during the hearing. Bezos stressed that Amazon's retail dominance is partially thanks to these third-party sellers. He also referred in his opening remarks to everyday folks who have benefitted from Amazon's marketplace, like Sherri Yukel, a mother and aristan who now employs 80 people to run her Amazon-based business.  He said these small business owners succeed thanks to Amazon's focus on "supporting sellers and giving them the best tools we could invent." That claim that Amazon is dedicated to supporting sellers is what rubbed some merchants the wrong way. The animosity between Amazon and some of its sellers goes back years Paul Rafelson — a tax law attorney and chairman of the Online Merchants Guild, a trade association — said sellers in his online communities were displeased when Bezos emphasized Amazon's support of small businesses on its marketplace throughout the hearing. "People were sick to their stomach with his fake sincerity," Rafleson said. The animosity may seem unwarranted at first brush. But for years, merchants have pushed back on several challenges of selling on Amazon. Some of the most contentious points include the lack of communication when Amazon suspends a seller account and Amazon re-producing what other brands and manufacturers are already selling. Both can cost a business dearly. Scott Needham, an Amazon merchant with $50 million a year in sales and host of "The Smartest Amazon Seller" podcast, is one seller who has struggled with Amazon's account suspension system. His company BuyBoxer has been suspended twice in recent years; one suspension in May slashed his sales by about 90% in just one day. In both instances, Amazon did not communicate with BuyBoxer on why it was suspended until several days after, costing the company tens of thousands of dollars in sales. "There are certain things where I think, 'How does a trillion dollar company not solve certain parts of this puzzle?'" Needham said. "There are many legitimate businesses on Amazon, just mom-and-pops, tens of thousands that rely on them. They just under-invest in keeping those sellers up and running." "There are all these stories of ways that Amazon has basically ruined seller's lives," Rafelson previously told Business Insider. "One strong suspension or misunderstanding can destroy a seller's business." Lawmakers drilled down on how Amazon competes with its own merchants Some merchants pay big money to ex-Amazon executives for the secret sauce in getting ahead on the massive marketplace — but sometimes Amazon itself beats the little guys out. Sellers have stated for years that Amazon will sometimes duplicate items from their own catalog that perform well on the website. The retailer has access into the data on third-party sales, and some say they do not use that data in good faith. Jeff Peterson told The Wall Street Journal in 2012, for instance, that his $30 stuffed-animal pillows once sold gangbusters on Amazon — until Amazon started selling its own animal pillows for $12 apiece.  State Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington state, who represents parts of Seattle, was keen on asking Bezos how his employees use third-party sales data. "The issue that we're concerned with here is very simple," Jayapal said. "You have access to data that far exceeds the sellers on your platforms with whom you compete." Bezos did not provide a clear answer on how that data is used. "What I can tell you is we have a policy against using seller-specific data to aid our private-label business," the CEO said. "But I can't guarantee you that policy has never been violated." Another way in which sellers must compete against Amazon is in the retailer's search function. Getting on the first place or on the first row when a consumer searches, say, "iPhone case" is the target of many sellers. But, as The Wall Street Journal's Dana Mattiloi reported last year, Amazon usually claims the first spot for its own line of products.  "I find it very troubling when you search for something, and the second row down will be brands from Amazon," Needham said. "I know sellers who would kill for that spot." He added, "The fact that they give it to themselves — I do not know how (Bezos) can be up there in front of Congress and say that everything is equal." Some say there's bigger fish to fry yet While sellers were happy to see their long-emphasized problems reach the House Judiciary subcommittee, they say it's unclear how lawmakers can do much more besides make Bezos sweat. Amazon seller consultant James Thomson, who was previously a senior manager at the mega-retailer, said the issues raised in the hearing may cast Amazon as an unfair competitor — but not necessarily one that acted unlawfully. After all, sellers consent to giving Amazon their sales data. It may leave a bad taste in someone's mouth, but it's not illegal.  "This is a situation where there are a lot of people who don't like Amazon, or think Amazon is unfair, immoral, or not nice," Thomson told Business Insider.  Thomson added, "Is it fair? I'll let someone else decide that, but fairness has nothing to do with it. Do we have laws that know how to properly address companies this big? At this point, I don't think the laws have kept up adequately." That viewpoint is echoed by Jason Boyce, who sold on Amazon for nearly 17 years and now consults third-party merchants on how to succeed on the platform. Boyce said Amazon needs to be broken up, but the United States' current laws don't provide a path for that.  "I'm honestly both disgusted by the behavior of these big companies, while simultaneously understanding why they do the things they do to capture more market share and squash competition," Boyce, the co-author of the forthcoming book "The Amazon Jungle," told Business Insider. "It's part of their DNA."SEE ALSO: 'Amazon is not their friend': Amazon sellers are organizing against the retail giant as the FTC and DOJ continues their anti-trust probe Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence
Before Android, before the iPhone, and before GoPro became a known brand, the Flip Video camcorder took the world by storm, allowing millions to shoot digital home videos one-handed and easily save, share, and upload them to a nascent YouTube, thanks to an iconic flip-out USB port. What you probably didn’t know: the Flip Video was almost a Google-branded camera, internal Google emails revealed by the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust sub-committee show. It would have been Google’s first camera and perhaps the first piece of Google-branded hardware as well. What we know In January 2006, a year and a half before the first Flip Video went on sale, Google Video product manager Peter Chane tried to convince his colleagues that they... Continue reading…
Many people in the tech industry are choosing to move to Canada over the US because of the US' restrictive immigration laws. Since 2013, Toronto has added more tech jobs than any other place in North America, including Silicon Valley. 25% of Canada's overall workforce are immigrants, and in the tech space that number is even higher — 40%. View more episodes of Business Insider Today on Facebook. Silicon Valley's reputation as the world's leading tech hub could be in jeopardy because of the United States' restrictive immigration laws. Tens of thousands of immigrant tech workers have flocked to Toronto in the past few years, making it the fastest growing tech hub in North America. Many of them are deliberately avoiding the US as the Trump administration clamps down on immigration. In June, President Donald Trump temporarily suspended visas known as H-1B visas, which are awarded to thousands of skilled immigrant workers each year. The visa suspension is prompting some immigrants, like former Silicon Valley product manager Asim Fayaz, to move north to Canada.  "There is a whole world out there, and you are probably better off going somewhere else because you'd be treated more human," said Fayaz, a Pakistani immigrant who now runs an online restaurant business in Toronto. "You don't need to be, like, pleading for your existence all the time." Every year, the US government reserves 85,000 H-1B visas for skilled foreign professionals — people like Elon Musk, who was born in South Africa and started companies such as Tesla and SpaceX in the US. Fayaz came to the US to attend the University of California, and landed a job after graduating with a master's degree in 2016. As an immigrant, trying to find work in the US was tough — he needed an American employer to not just hire him, but also sponsor his H-1B work visa. This year, immigration laws suddenly changed as Trump suspended the program, citing "an unusual threat to the employment of American workers" during the coronavirus pandemic. The move left thousands in limbo. But while the US is closing doors, Canada has been rolling out the welcome mat. Since 2013, the number of tech jobs in Toronto has skyrocketed from about 148,000 to 228,000, an increase of 54%. "We have over 100,000 people immigrate to the Toronto region each year, which is twice as many as San Francisco Bay Area," Jason Goldlist, cofounder of TechToronto, said. And we don't just attract the quantity. It's also quality because a fifth of these immigrants already have a STEM degree before they even arrive here. Canadian e-commerce giant Shopify is trying to capitalize on the opportunity. Following Trump's announcement, CEO Tobias Lutke — himself an immigrant from Germany — tweeted, "If this affects your plans consider coming to Canada instead." Sandeep Anand, the company's senior mobility lead, echoed Lutke's call for talent: "Whether they're already in Canada, whether they're globally present, we're looking to really expand our diverse workforce. And in some cases it does mean that we would need to relocate and provide immigration support, which we're happy to do," she told Business Insider Today. According to a 2016 study, 25% of Canada's workforce are immigrants. And in the tech space, that number is even higher — 40%, or 350,000 workers. And there's still room for more, says Ilya Brotzky, the founder & CEO of VanHack, a Canadian firm that helps place global talent in tech jobs across North America. Brotzky cited Canada's 3% unemployment rate in the tech sector, well below its overall unemployment rate.  "It's not like there's a bunch of Canadians waiting to take these jobs," Brotzky said. "The unemployment rate is really, really low. We can't find the people." Brotzky argues it makes economic sense for US companies to open offices in Canada, as well. "You have these people that can basically work in the same time zone, quick flight from you, really easy laws, super fast to set up, and you have the benefit of Canadian dollar salaries," he told Business Insider Today. "But more importantly, you have access to the global talent pool. So you can bring in any developer from around the world that's good." That's why Canada is trying to attract highly skilled foreign professionals through visa programs like the Global Talent Stream, launched in 2017. Immigration experts say it is like the H-1B program, but a lot better.  "It's a very fast processing time. It takes anywhere from roughly around two weeks to complete the first stage. And then the second stage, which is the work permit stage. It takes another two weeks. So you could be in Canada as quickly as a month," Blayne Kumar, founder of the immigration services company Bright Immigration, said. For Fayaz, the decision to move from the US to Canada came after he was laid off from his Silicon Valley company, when he and his wife became fed up with constantly worrying about their legal status. "It's not even like in 10 years, I will get it," he said. "It's like maybe, maybe not. Who knows, who cares. We don't need you in this country." And the recent suspension of the H-1B visa program only confirmed his worst fears. "You know that scene in movies where the actor is leaving the scene and the world is blowing up behind you, right? I feel like that — that I kind of managed to exit the scene somehow, magically," he said. "And I look back and the US is just blowing up." "So many of my friends, people that I worked with, went to school with, they're all impacted. And whenever I get a phone call, I just feel so sorry for all those people."SEE ALSO: Canada is way ahead in sRemote work could accelerate the tech industry's migration to Canada, where affordable costs of living and more open immigration policies are helping create tech hubs to rival Silicon Valleycooping up tech talent from the US DON'T MISS: Scientists and entrepreneurs are pioneering plastic alternatives with the goal of creating materials that can be recycled over and over Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
Companies are increasingly monitoring their remote workers, data and experts say. New research shows remote employees are starting their work-from-home days later than they did in March and spending less time in business apps overall. Companies that use surveillance software are primarily paying attention for two reasons, experts say: to understand employees' daily work habits and to discover any loss of company data. Worker-monitoring companies urge employers to be transparent with remote workers about what they're measuring, but some critics still bristle at the practice. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Companies are increasingly monitoring their employees' computers as remote work continues across the US. And experts say companies are watching two key areas: how much employees are working and whether they're exposing or stealing data. Teramind, a highly rated maker of employee-monitoring software, has seen sales soar to three times pre-COVID levels, Eli Sutton, vice president of global operations, said. The spike includes a recent bump as anticipated office openings around the US were postponed because of continuing infections of the coronavirus. A Gartner report on how COVID-19 was influencing work also found that "employers are using technologies more frequently to monitor their employees through methods such as virtual clocking in and out, tracking work computer usage, and monitoring employee emails or internal communications." That trend is likely to continue, experts say, if productivity slips. Aternity, an enterprise work analytics company that measures workers' use of computer applications, has found that American workers are spending 18% less time on business applications. Aternity said that this "productivity" calculation is based on the number of hours spent in business applications from 3 million employee devices at more than 500 companies. Contrary to what some employees may fear, companies are not keeping close tabs on what websites their employees go to, experts say. "That's not a primary concern," Teramind's Sutton said, especially as employees do more online during shelter in place, such as ordering grocery deliveries or helping their kids with remote schoolwork. Here are the top five things employers are monitoring remote employees for, experts say. What hours are employees working? "A lot of employers are just wondering if their remote employees are working from home," Ian Pratt, global head of security for HP, said. Forrester principal analyst David Johnson has found the same thing when working with companies that want employee monitoring during the pandemic. "Most of them have been asking about how to ensure their employees are putting in the time when they're working remotely," Johnson says. Companies may have reason for concern. Aternity found Americans are consistently starting work later in the day as they work from home — beginning work between 30 to 60 minutes later in June than they did in March. "Checking an employee's hours is a pretty basic management need," Teramind's Sutton says. Are employees being productive? Initial findings that remote employees are more productive have shifted, as Aternity found. "Many employees are working less and less as they get better at completing projects at home," Sutton says. That presents a new challenge for companies, he says: If employees are wrapping up projects in record time at home and then shutting down, is that an acceptable use of their time? Aternity found workers are balancing family needs — like helping kids with remote school work — rather than conferring with colleagues and picking up more assignments as they might in the office. How employees use their time and whether they need to pick up more work at home may be a management issue as quarantine work continues, says Forrester's Johnson: "Managers are having genuine conversations with their people to come to agreement together about what work will be done." Is someone zoning out or watching Netflix? While companies may not care which sites a remote worker is surfing, they may be concerned when they appear to settle in for long periods, experts say. It's less about what an employee is doing online at home than how long they're doing it for, Teramind's Sutton says. "Is someone watching YouTube videos? Are they asleep? If an employee is online but inactive, that raises questions, because a manager might not be able to tell what's going on." Long periods online with no visible productivity raises red flags that might require investigation, experts say. If it happens once, a manager can probably just ping a worker to check in, but if it happens regularly, that's an issue. Are workers stealing data? Data theft is spiking. Most employees say their information is less secure when working from home, a report from email-security firm Tessian shows. And half of employees believe they can get away with riskier behavior while remote. During times of layoffs like these, data theft is a serious concern. Research shows that 60% of data theft is carried out by employees identified as "flight risk," or who may be targeted in layoffs. More than 80% of employees considered to be a flight risk take data with them, during the period from two weeks to two months before leaving a company. Simply leaving a work laptop open with confidential materials on the screen is a remote-work risk, especially if an employee lends a family member their computer to complete a quick task or look something up. These issues may be what employers watch for most, Sutton says. Is someone forwarding company email outside the organization? Forwarding emails outside the company can also be considered data theft and is a very risky practice as far as cybersecurity goes, experts say. Any protections within company email systems, such as phishing-protection and filters of malicious links, are absent from personal email, and sending company information to non-employees could be a serious breach. Sutton says many firms watch for this, and companies such as Tessian help employers to set up alerts that pop up for email senders when they're about to forward a message outside the company. Teramind's Sutton says his firm urges companies to be transparent about employee monitoring, and to discuss any tools a company is using so employees are aware and understand what is being measured. When employees understand their performance is being measured as it might be in the office, they often don't mind monitoring tools. "Perception of this industry has changed past an early Big Brother concern," he says. Other experts still bristle at the idea of employee monitoring. "Tracking tools that monitor what your employees are doing build a mistrustful relationship between management and employees," Andrew Filev, the CEO and founder of Wrike, a collaborative work-management platform, said. "In the end, they hurt productivity."SEE ALSO: Remote employees are increasingly leaking confidential company information Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence
There are several java-based software available for Windows.The Java Platform SE binary error is a standard error that arises when users try to launch Java-based programs.Because of this error, users cannot open Java-based programs.In this article, we will show how you can fix this issue.Follow the solutions mentioned below.Update Graphics Card DriverTo fix the error, you can try updating the graphics card driver manually.Go to the Device Manager.
Technology is amazing these days, we have come leaps and bounds from where we were even just 5 years ago, but like with anything, age and degradation can pose some issues.Here are 5 simple tips to speed up your slow computer:1.Perform a hard drive defragmentationPerforming a simple defrag of your computers storage device will help to ensure all the data you have accumulated over the years is sorted back into an easy-to-read state for your device, which will help to improve its read speed.2.Reduce the number of startup applicationsWe all know the common problem of booting up your computer only to be met with window after window of applications starting up, which can have a heavy impact on your boot time.By pressing Ctrl+Alt+Dlt you can access the Task Manager which will allow you to disable any unnecessary programs that are set to boot up when you turn on your computer.3.Turn off visual effectsNewer versions of Windows sure do look pretty as they come complete with a host of animations and effects to make the user experience more pleasant.If you are experiencing issues with your computer speed though, it may be worthwhile disabling some of these features for the sake of improved performance.4.
The Windows title bar comes with three options: minimize, maximize, and close.But, sometimes, a glitch may occur, which can prevent these three options from appearing in the title bar.If the maximize, minimize and close buttons are missing from the title bar, then apply the solutions mentioned below: Restart the Windows ManagerHere are the steps to follow:Tap the Ctrl + Shift + Esc button on your keyboard to open Task Manager.In the task manager find “Computer Windows Manager” and right-tap on it.Then select “End Task.”Roll Back to Older DriverHere are the steps to follow:Tap the Windows + X button on your keyboard to launch the Win + X menu and select “Device Manager” from the list.Find the display adapter in the Device Manager and then double-tap on its properties.Select the “Driver” button and then click on the “Roll Back Driver” option.Always Use Standard Windows ThemeHere are the steps to follow:Right-tap on your computer screen and select “Personalize.”Here settings application will appear on your screen, move to the theme option that appears in the left side pane; click any default theme like Windows and Windows 10.Several users like to customize their devices with custom themes, but many themes may not be completely compatible with Windows 10.After the above process, Windows will roll back to the default theme, and the issue should be fixed.Remove Problematic ApplicationsSeveral third-party applications can change the look of Windows 10.To fix this issue, you need to delete any application that permits you to change the functionality and look of the user interface.To ensure problematic applications are removed, you need to use any uninstaller software.Make Sure You Are Not Using Table ModeHere are the steps to follow:Launch the “Action Center” by tapping on its logo in the taskbar; you can also open it by tapping the Windows + A button on your keyboard.Now find the “Tablet Mode” button and disable it.Change the Project Mode to ExtendedHere are the steps to follow:Tap the Windows + P button on your keyboard to launch the “Project” panel.Now a list appears on your screen, select “Extend” from the list and the problem should be fixed.Make Sure Your Windows Is Up-To-DateHere are the steps to follow:Tap the Windows + I button on your keyboard to launch the settings application on your device.Under the settings tab, select the “Updates and Security” button.Click on the “Check for updates” option.If updates are available, then they will automatically download in the background.Hopefully, by following the solutions mentioned above, you will be able to get back the missing maximize, minimize, and close buttons.source:  https://walcitybase.com/blog/fix-maximize-minimize-and-close-buttons-missing-in-windows/
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During the firmware update, something can go wrong and cause your device’s touchpad to stop working.Many users face the “A Synaptics driver is required for reflashing” error when they try to flash the BIOS.If you are facing the same error, then apply the solutions mentioned below.Updating Synaptics touchpad driverHere are the steps to follow:Tap on the start button to launch the Windows Power User Menu.Click “Device Manager.”Scroll down to the “Mouse & other pointing devices” and enable it.Find the touchpad in the list.You will find it in the “Human Interface Devices” heading.Right-tap on the “Touchpad and then click “Updates driver” in the context menu.Click “Search automatically for updated driver software” button.Follow the directions on the screen and install the available updates.Set BIOS as DefaultHere are the steps to follow:Shut down your laptop completely.Eject the battery of your laptop and wait for a couple of seconds.If your device has no removable battery, then skip this step and follow the further instruction.Switch on your laptop and then boot into the BIOS setup wizard.
VAC authentication errors are quite common with games like Counter-Strike.VAC is a Valve games software which helps make your gaming experience better and fair.However, at times you may be unable to play Valve games because of the VAC authentication error.To fix this error, apply the solutions mentioned below.Reboot the SystemYou should follow the directions given below:You should shut each app and window.After that, press the Windows key.Then choose the Power icon in the Start Menu.Go to the Restart button and click on it.Reboot the Steam ClientYou should follow these directions given below:Close Steam on your device.After that, launch the Steam client once again.Thereafter choose the option of ‘Go offline’ from the context menu.Select the button of ‘Restart in offline mode.’You should choose the Steam section again and choose the option of ‘Go online’ through the context menu.Now, click on ‘Restart and go online.’Sign Out of Steam and Sign-in AgainYou need to follow the steps given below:You should launch the Steam application.Then select the Profile name.After that, choose the ‘Log out my account’ option.Once you are signed out, sign in again.In case you do not remember the password, select the option of ‘Reset Password.’Stop Service of Steam in Task ManagerFollow these steps:Hold the Windows and X keys to open the Power User menu.After that, select the Task Manager through the list.Navigate to the Processes section and choose the Steam service.Later, select the option of End Task.Now, check whether the error has been fixed or not.Remove Temporary FilesFollow these steps:Hold the Windows and R buttons to invoke the Run section.After that, input ‘%temp%’ into it and select the OK button.You should choose each item in the list by holding the ‘Ctrl + A’ keys altogether over the keyboard.Then hold the ‘Shift + Del’ keys to remove them.Later, click on the Yes button.Update the WindowsHere are the steps to follow:Open the Settings application.Select the ‘Update and Security’ option.Go to the Windows Update section.Now, choose the ‘Check for updates’ option and wait for Windows to download the latest updates, then reboot the system.We are hopeful that the fixes mentioned above will help you fix the VAC authentication error on your Windows 10 device.Source : VAC Authentication Error on Windows 10