Jeffrey Epstein directed allies to aggressively lobby for a meeting with Microsoft’s Bill Gates – he eventually got one

Bill Gates once wanted nothing to do with Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy financier and sex offender who already had several powerful connections. Gates ended up meeting with Epstein and other philanthropists in 2013 in New York to discuss “growing philanthropy” on a broader scale. After the meeting, Gates met his family in Florida after flying on one of Epstein’s planes. A year after Gates’ meeting with Epstein, representatives of the M.I.T. Media Lab were informed they were receiving a $2 million g


Bill Gates once wanted nothing to do with Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy financier and sex offender who already had several powerful connections. Gates ended up meeting with Epstein and other philanthropists in 2013 in New York to discuss “growing philanthropy” on a broader scale. After the meeting, Gates met his family in Florida after flying on one of Epstein’s planes. A year after Gates’ meeting with Epstein, representatives of the M.I.T. Media Lab were informed they were receiving a $2 million g
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Jeffrey Epstein directed allies to aggressively lobby for a meeting with Microsoft's Bill Gates – he eventually got one

U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein appears in a photograph taken for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services’ sex offender registry March 28, 2017 and obtained by Reuters July 10, 2019.

Bill Gates once wanted nothing to do with Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy financier and sex offender who already had several powerful connections. That changed in 2013, when Epstein unleashed an aggressive lobbying campaign to meet with Gates, the Microsoft founder and one of the richest, most influential people in the world.

Gates, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter, was inundated with outreach from people speaking on Epstein’s behalf, including business associates of Epstein’s. Gates ended up meeting with Epstein and other philanthropists in 2013 in New York to discuss “growing philanthropy” on a broader scale.

After the meeting, Gates met his family in Florida after flying on one of Epstein’s planes. Gates was still chairman of Microsoft when he attended the New York gathering.

The Gates episode is another example of Epstein’s tireless attempts to contact, influence and advise business titans and other leaders. Before he was convicted for a sex crime, Epstein was friends with President Bill Clinton and then-celebrity real estate magnate Donald Trump. L Brands founder Les Wexner, meanwhile, was one of Epstein’s few clients. Epstein died at the age of 66 in a jailhouse suicide last month, weeks after he was arrested on federal charges of child sex trafficking.

The efforts to get into Gates’ orbit happened after Epstein was sentenced in 2008 to 13 months on a charge of soliciting an underage prostitute. He spent much of his jail time on work release.

A spokeswoman for Gates recently confirmed to CNBC that Epstein was first introduced to Gates as someone who wanted to boost philanthropic spending. The spokeswoman also said that Epstein worked aggressively to meet with Gates. She declined to comment further on these lobbying efforts. Gates’ representatives have in the past denied that there was any business partnership or personal relationship between the two.

A year after Gates’ meeting with Epstein, representatives of the M.I.T. Media Lab were informed they were receiving a $2 million gift from the Microsoft founder under the direction of Epstein, The New Yorker reported.

Epstein bolstered his relationship with M.I.T. with the help of other wealthy men, as well.


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Clippy lives again as a software developer brings the Microsoft assistant to the Mac

Clippy, which was originally designed on a Mac, came to be known more than two decades ago as a feature called Office Assistant, bundled into Microsoft’s Office 97 for Windows and Office 98 for Mac. In 2001 Microsoft announced that Clippy was being demoted in Office XP, the next version of its suite, which was built with simplicity in mind. “The wiry little assistant is turned off by default in Office XP, but diehard supporters can turn Clippy back on if they miss him,” Microsoft said in a state


Clippy, which was originally designed on a Mac, came to be known more than two decades ago as a feature called Office Assistant, bundled into Microsoft’s Office 97 for Windows and Office 98 for Mac. In 2001 Microsoft announced that Clippy was being demoted in Office XP, the next version of its suite, which was built with simplicity in mind. “The wiry little assistant is turned off by default in Office XP, but diehard supporters can turn Clippy back on if they miss him,” Microsoft said in a state
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Clippy lives again as a software developer brings the Microsoft assistant to the Mac

Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, center, presents a T-shirt as a retirement gift to Clippy, right, a person dressed as the Microsoft Office Assistant, as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, left, looks on at the Office XP launch in New York on May 31, 2001, in New York

Clippy, Microsoft’s love-it-or-hate-it virtual assistant that debuted in the 1990s, has come back to life as a free application for Apple’s MacOS.

The resuscitation capitalizes on people’s memories of bygone software from Microsoft, which last year recaptured the title of world’s most valuable public company as it becomes more centered on subscriptions and cloud services.

Devran “Cosmo” Ünal, senior product engineer at optics company Zeiss Group, released the software on the Microsoft-owned GitHub code-storage website last week, and it has drawn attention quickly.

“So much fun!” Steven Sinofsky, an Andreessen Horowitz investor and former Microsoft executive who was involved in Clippy’s development, commented on a post about the software on Product Hunt, a forum for discussions on new digital creations.

Clippy, which was originally designed on a Mac, came to be known more than two decades ago as a feature called Office Assistant, bundled into Microsoft’s Office 97 for Windows and Office 98 for Mac.

Back then, users could choose from a cast of characters to pop up and try to help in Microsoft’s productivity programs like Word. Among the options were a diamond-shaped multicolored Office logo, a man resembling Albert Einstein named the Genius, and the smirking paper clip Clippit, which came to be known as Clippy. Microsoft even once came up with an Office Assistant for reviewers that took the form of an MS-DOS prompt, a Microsoft callback in itself, Sinofsky said in a video interview on Clippy’s history earlier this year.

Ünal said in an email that Clippy made him feel like he wasn’t alone.

“Without him, I was basically staring at a blank document,” he wrote. “He was part of my childhood and my hero when a paper was due for school.”

Some people found the Office assistants to be disruptive, though. The New York Times called Clippy “annoying to the point of distraction.”

In 2001 Microsoft announced that Clippy was being demoted in Office XP, the next version of its suite, which was built with simplicity in mind. “The wiry little assistant is turned off by default in Office XP, but diehard supporters can turn Clippy back on if they miss him,” Microsoft said in a statement. The company even unveiled a website with a game where people could shoot Clippy with rubber bands.

It does seem that some people have missed him. In 2013 Clippy was implemented as code that could be added onto websites. In 2017 a developer in Italy built an open-source Clippy extension for Microsoft’s Visual Studio software-development tool. And earlier this year Clippy stickers for Microsoft’s Teams chat app became available on GitHub from Microsoft’s Office Developer account — only to be yanked in just one day’s time.

Gaming console makers Nintendo, Sega and Sony have sought to cash in on nostalgia by bringing out smaller versions of their older products. Microsoft, at 44 years old, has plenty of options to reimagine. Last year it came out with a “classic” version of its iconic IntelliMouse that first arrived in 1996. With Clippy, though, the company has generally stuck with its decision to put Clippy in the past.

“Clippy is flattered by the attention, but has no plans to come out of retirement,” a Microsoft spokesperson told CNBC in an email on Monday.

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Artist who made $10 million last year: ‘It’s an incredible time to be an entrepreneur’

The 44-year-old, who is based in New Orleans, tells Grow she earned $10 million in art sales in 2018 — and says her deals are getting bigger, with values increasing for collectors. The New York Times called her “fashion’s latest art darling” and “an avatar of pop feminism” in 2018. This year, Forbes reported she sold $1.3 million worth of artwork on Instagram in under 2 hours. “It’s an incredible time to be an artist,” she tells Grow. “It’s an incredible time to be an entrepreneur.”


The 44-year-old, who is based in New Orleans, tells Grow she earned $10 million in art sales in 2018 — and says her deals are getting bigger, with values increasing for collectors. The New York Times called her “fashion’s latest art darling” and “an avatar of pop feminism” in 2018. This year, Forbes reported she sold $1.3 million worth of artwork on Instagram in under 2 hours. “It’s an incredible time to be an artist,” she tells Grow. “It’s an incredible time to be an entrepreneur.”
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Artist who made $10 million last year: 'It's an incredible time to be an entrepreneur'

Ashley Longshore is succeeding in ways most artists only dream about. The 44-year-old, who is based in New Orleans, tells Grow she earned $10 million in art sales in 2018 — and says her deals are getting bigger, with values increasing for collectors.

The painter has inspired comparisons to Andy Warhol. The New York Times called her “fashion’s latest art darling” and “an avatar of pop feminism” in 2018.

Longshore revamped Bergdorf Goodman’s Palette cafe in New York City with her splashy paintings and furnishings in 2018, and she created a series of $6,500 handbags for Judith Leiber that same year. This year, she debuted a collection for Diane Von Furstenberg, featuring 37 portraits of inspiring women, which will hang in the fashion icon’s New York City flagship shop through the end of 2019.

Her works, averaging $25,000 for a 50″x50″ piece, feature icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Abraham Lincoln, and sometimes a line of irreverent text. Although she could partner with a gallery, Longshore chooses to sell from her own gallery in New Orleans, so she can keep more of her income. Her collectors include “Gossip Girl” Star Blake Lively and United Therapeutics founder Martine Rothblatt.

She develops lucrative partnerships with brands: In August, she launched a limited-edition lipstick collection with Maybelline.

She also makes skillful use of social media. This year, Forbes reported she sold $1.3 million worth of artwork on Instagram in under 2 hours. Her AshleyLongshoreArt feed, with 225,000 followers, features her artwork plus fun photos and videos such as a group of Miami cheerleaders dancing, to get us, in Longshore’s words, “so amped for the coming week.”

She speaks to her followers in a tone that blends friend, life coach, guru, and rock star. (Her other Instagram feed, @AshleyLongshoreWorld, where she posts art, press, and notes about her process, has an audience of 40,200.)

“It’s an incredible time to be an artist,” she tells Grow. “It’s an incredible time to be an entrepreneur.”

Here are some of Longshore’s top tips for crushing career and financial goals:


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New York attorney general is investigating Facebook for possible antitrust violations

New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced Friday she is launching a multistate investigation into Facebook for possible antitrust violations. Attorneys general of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and the District of Columbia will join the probe, according to the announcement. “I am proud to be leading a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general in investigating whether Facebook has stifled competition and put users at risk. The day the FTC fine was


New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced Friday she is launching a multistate investigation into Facebook for possible antitrust violations. Attorneys general of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and the District of Columbia will join the probe, according to the announcement. “I am proud to be leading a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general in investigating whether Facebook has stifled competition and put users at risk. The day the FTC fine was
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New York attorney general is investigating Facebook for possible antitrust violations

New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced Friday she is launching a multistate investigation into Facebook for possible antitrust violations.

Facebook shares were down about 0.5% in Friday’s premarket, but did not seem to react to James’ announcement.

Attorneys general of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and the District of Columbia will join the probe, according to the announcement. It will focus “on Facebook’s dominance in the industry and the potential anticompetitive conduct stemming from that dominance,” according to the release.

“Even the largest social media platform in the world must follow the law and respect consumers,” James said in a statement. “I am proud to be leading a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general in investigating whether Facebook has stifled competition and put users at risk. We will use every investigative tool at our disposal to determine whether Facebook’s actions may have endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers’ choices, or increased the price of advertising.”

Facebook is already facing a separate investigation by the Federal Trade Commission over antitrust concerns, the company confirmed in its quarterly report in July. That announcement came on the same day that the FTC announced its $5 billion settlement with Facebook over its privacy policies.

So far, regulatory action against Facebook has had little impact on its business or stock performance. The day the FTC fine was announced, Facebook’s market value rose more than the cost of the penalty. The $5 billion fine represented about 9% of the company’s 2018 revenue.

“People have multiple choices for every one of the services we provide,” Facebook’s vice president of state and local policy Will Castleberry said in a statement following James’ announcement. “We understand that if we stop innovating, people can easily leave our platform. This underscores the competition we face, not only in the US but around the globe. We will of course work constructively with state attorneys general and we welcome a conversation with policymakers about the competitive environment in which we operate.”

The news comes as more than 30 state attorney generals are expected to launch a separate probe into Google over antitrust concerns, according to a source familiar with the matter. The investigation, expected to be announced on Monday, will be led by the Texas state attorney general, according to the source. The Google probe will focus on the company’s effect on digital advertising markets and possible consumer harm, a source told The Wall Street Journal.

-CNBC’s Ylan Mui contributed to this report.

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Uber billionaire Travis Kalanick bought a $36.4 million NYC penthouse—take a look

Uber co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick recently closed on a new penthouse in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood, reports the New York Times. Kalanick, who is worth $3.5 billion according to Forbes, purchased the duplex penthouse for $36.5 million. It was the most expensive sale in New York City during the month of August, according to the Times. Kalanick’s new four bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom space spans 6,734 square feet, according to the listing. The duplex, known as “Penthouse North,


Uber co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick recently closed on a new penthouse in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood, reports the New York Times. Kalanick, who is worth $3.5 billion according to Forbes, purchased the duplex penthouse for $36.5 million. It was the most expensive sale in New York City during the month of August, according to the Times. Kalanick’s new four bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom space spans 6,734 square feet, according to the listing. The duplex, known as “Penthouse North,
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Uber billionaire Travis Kalanick bought a $36.4 million NYC penthouse—take a look

Uber co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick recently closed on a new penthouse in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood, reports the New York Times.

Kalanick, who is worth $3.5 billion according to Forbes, purchased the duplex penthouse for $36.5 million. It was the most expensive sale in New York City during the month of August, according to the Times.

Kalanick’s new four bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom space spans 6,734 square feet, according to the listing. The duplex, known as “Penthouse North,” also has an additional 3,400 square feet outdoors. The home is in 565 Broome Street, a recently opened tower designed by famous Italian architect Renzo Piano, whose last New York City project was the Whitney Museum of Art’s downtown location.

Check out the renderings of Penthouse North at 565 Broome Street.

The property has a private elevator that opens to living and dining spaces.


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Don’t sound the all-clear yet: Stocks have struggled to stay at these levels

Traders and financial professionals work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at the opening bell on August 19, 2019 in New York City. For all the volatile moves seen in the stock market recently, there has been one constant: The S&P 500 cannot stay above 2,930. “We need a significant catalyst to break above this 2,930 level,” said Jeff Kilburg, CEO at KKM Financial. Over the past 24 trading sessions through Wednesday’s close, the S&P 500 has posted 12 moves of at least 1%. “With a


Traders and financial professionals work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at the opening bell on August 19, 2019 in New York City. For all the volatile moves seen in the stock market recently, there has been one constant: The S&P 500 cannot stay above 2,930. “We need a significant catalyst to break above this 2,930 level,” said Jeff Kilburg, CEO at KKM Financial. Over the past 24 trading sessions through Wednesday’s close, the S&P 500 has posted 12 moves of at least 1%. “With a
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Don't sound the all-clear yet: Stocks have struggled to stay at these levels

Traders and financial professionals work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at the opening bell on August 19, 2019 in New York City.

For all the volatile moves seen in the stock market recently, there has been one constant: The S&P 500 cannot stay above 2,930.

The magic number has garnered the attention of traders with the S&P 500 closing above it just four times in 24 trading sessions since Aug. 1 with numerous intraday moves above and below the level. Wednesday’s session marked the first time since Aug. 8 that the broad index breached 2,930 on a closing basis.

Wall Street’s inability to sustain a move above 2,930 comes as China and the U.S.’ inability to reach a deal that will end the trade war rattles investor sentiment. Experts think a sustained move above that level will require some sort of resolution to the U.S.-China trade conflict.

“We need a significant catalyst to break above this 2,930 level,” said Jeff Kilburg, CEO at KKM Financial. “I think it’s going to be along the lines of a true trade resolution. We just don’t have that yet. Short of that, we’re going to have a tough breaking out to the upside.”

Trade tensions between China and the U.S. escalated last month. China unveiled new tariffs on a slew of U.S. imports which took effect over the weekend. The U.S. retaliated by hiking tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods.

Tensions between the world’s largest economies eased Wednesday night, however, after U.S. and Chinese officials agreed to meet in Washington next month. The news sent global stocks rallying. However, stock investors could be setting themselves up for disappointment.

“Ever since early August, investors are being whipped around by a series of contradictory tweets, headlines, and ‘reports,'” strategists at Bespoke Investment Group wrote in a note Wednesday. “One day the trade war with China is at the point of no return. The next day the two sides are talking.”

This back and forth has led to a slew of volatile moves in stocks. Over the past 24 trading sessions through Wednesday’s close, the S&P 500 has posted 12 moves of at least 1%.

“With all the ups and downs, the S&P 500 finds itself trading at a level right around 2,930,” according to Bespoke.

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Alex Rodriguez sells Hollywood Hills home (at a loss) for $4.4 million

Former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez has sold his Hollywood Hills home for $4.4 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. He parted with the property at a slight loss, as he purchased the home five years ago from Meryl Streep for $4.8 million. Rodriguez initially listed the property for $6.5 million in November 2018 before dropping the price to $5.25 million in March, according to Realtor.com. Originally built in 1954, the home — which is known in the real-estate community as the Honnold and


Former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez has sold his Hollywood Hills home for $4.4 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. He parted with the property at a slight loss, as he purchased the home five years ago from Meryl Streep for $4.8 million. Rodriguez initially listed the property for $6.5 million in November 2018 before dropping the price to $5.25 million in March, according to Realtor.com. Originally built in 1954, the home — which is known in the real-estate community as the Honnold and
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Alex Rodriguez sells Hollywood Hills home (at a loss) for $4.4 million

Former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez has sold his Hollywood Hills home for $4.4 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. He parted with the property at a slight loss, as he purchased the home five years ago from Meryl Streep for $4.8 million.

Rodriguez initially listed the property for $6.5 million in November 2018 before dropping the price to $5.25 million in March, according to Realtor.com.

Originally built in 1954, the home — which is known in the real-estate community as the Honnold and Rex Architectural Research house — was updated and renovated. The four bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home spans about 3,700 square feet.

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These are the 25 hottest US start-ups to work for, according to LinkedIn

That’s according to LinkedIn’s latest ranking of the top start-ups around the country that are creating the most buzz among job seekers. Here are the hottest start-ups to work for in 2019. The company is valued at $4 billion, according to LinkedIn, and has 80 open roles in engineering, product and sales. Glossier U.S. headcount: 200 Headquarters: New York, New York The online beauty retailer appears on the hottest start-ups list for the third time, and for good reason. Snowflake U.S. headcount:


That’s according to LinkedIn’s latest ranking of the top start-ups around the country that are creating the most buzz among job seekers. Here are the hottest start-ups to work for in 2019. The company is valued at $4 billion, according to LinkedIn, and has 80 open roles in engineering, product and sales. Glossier U.S. headcount: 200 Headquarters: New York, New York The online beauty retailer appears on the hottest start-ups list for the third time, and for good reason. Snowflake U.S. headcount:
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These are the 25 hottest US start-ups to work for, according to LinkedIn

When it comes to up-and-coming companies that people want to work for most, ventures in data storage, cannabis, industrial safety, delivery and fintech are leading the pack. That’s according to LinkedIn’s latest ranking of the top start-ups around the country that are creating the most buzz among job seekers. The professional networking site analyzed activity from over 645 million members to create the ranking, which evaluates factors like interest in the company, employment growth, engagement with employees, job interest and ability to attract talent from LinkedIn Top Companies. Taking the No. 1 spot this year is Snowflake, a cloud-based data storage company that was founded in 2012 and landed in the top 20 last year. Companies that infuse tech into traditional consumer goods and services — from food delivery to real estate to financial services to fitness — make up a large portion of the list. “The annual Top Start-ups list is a reflection of how work is changing, what new industries are emerging and rapidly growing, and where people want to work now,” said Jessi Hempel, senior editor at large at LinkedIn, in a statement. “Over 11,000 positions were filled at the Top Startups over the last year, and there are thousands of open jobs available at the companies right now.” Here are the hottest start-ups to work for in 2019. 25. Zume U.S. headcount: 510 Headquarters: Mountain View, California One-third of the world’s food goes to waste, according to Zume, which is why the California-based company is on a mission to reduce food waste by tapping into the power of data. Started in 2015, Zume connects restaurants and suppliers with real-time food consumption data and predictive analytics so they can adjust how they purchase. The start-up is actively growing its product, engineering and sales teams to amp up customer acquisition efforts. 24. Ritual U.S. headcount: 70 Headquarters: Culver City, California The subscription-based vitamin company recently raised $25 million in Series B funding, and investments in product innovation and scientific research are in the works. Job seekers with their sights on joining the women-led start-up should demonstrate tenacity, says Kadie Bowen, VP of people & organization development at Ritual: “Use alternative means to get the attention of the Ritual hiring team.” 23. Coda U.S. headcount: 60 Headquarters: Multiple Coda wants to build one doc to rule them all. The computer software start-up offers a unified work space of text and data meant to stretch the limits of what spreadsheets and documents can do. It’s used by companies like Uber, Spotify, Box, and The New York Times. 22. XFL U.S. headcount: 130 Headquarters: Stamford, Connecticut Backed by WWE chairman Vince McMahon, the relaunch of XFL will re-imagine professional football on and off the field by making games faster and fan-focused. The new professional football league kicks off in February 2020 with eight teams on the roster. To prepare, the company is staffing up its social media, marketing and community management efforts. 21. Rubrik U.S. headcount: 1,070 Headquarters: Palo Alto, California This cloud data-management start-up was founded by former Oracle, Facebook and Google engineers in 2014. The Silicon Valley organization hired 700 employees in the past year, according to LinkedIn, and is currently scouting new hires in sales and engineering with a “customer-first mindset.” Former Cisco executive Wendy Bahr joined the team as chief commercial officer earlier this year. 20. Databricks U.S. headcount: 660 Headquarters: San Francisco, California Founded in 2013, Databricks provides a unified analytics platform to help companies use big data across data science, engineering and business teams. Naturally, using data points to explain why you’re a good fit for the company is encouraged for those applying to one of the company’s 177 open positions. Its global customer base includes Viacom, Shell and HP. 19. Bird U.S. headcount: 500 Headquarters: Santa Monica, California The electric scooter venture continues to scoot along after also being named one of the top start-ups in 2018. Since then, it’s become the fastest company ever to reach a $1 billion valuation (AKA, unicorn status). Bird scooters are now available in over 100 cities across North America, Europe and the Middle East, and the company has nearly 1,000 open positions around the world.

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18. Aurora U.S. headcount: 305 Headquarters: Palo Alto, California Aurora, a company developing technology for self-driving cars, was founded in 2017 with Sterling Anderson of Tesla, Drew Bagnell of Uber and Chris Urmson of Google at the helm. The driverless car company added more than 200 employees in the past year, many of whom came from other top companies such as Waymo and Apple. Open positions across Silicon Valley and Pittsburgh — like autonomous vehicle technician and technical artist — abound. 17. SimpleBet U.S. headcount: 65 Headquarters: New York, New York This sports betting supplier uses machine learning to automatically update and create real-time bettering opportunities for MLB games. With its recently launched pricing platform under way, the start-up plans to expand to NFL and NBA markets, according to LinkedIn. 16. TripActions U.S. headcount: 600 Headquarters: Palo Alto, California TripActions, a corporate travel-management platform, hired 650 global workers in the last year alone, bringing its total workforce to 725 at offices in Palo Alto, San Francisco, Dallas, New York, Sydney, Amsterdam and London. It partners with companies like Dropbox, Lyft and the ACLU to provide integrated travel solutions for business trips. The company is valued at $4 billion, according to LinkedIn, and has 80 open roles in engineering, product and sales. 15. Zoox U.S. headcount: 890 Headquarters: Foster City, California Zoox is working to launch an autonomous, all-electric ride-hailing service by 2020, and it’s made major changes in the previous year in order to get there. The self-driving start-up recently celebrated its five-year anniversary; hired a new CEO Aicha Evans, formerly the chief strategy officer at Intel; and opened a new headquarters for 600 workers in the Bay Area. 14. Flexport U.S. headcount: 1,080 Headquarters: San Francisco, California Flexport aims to bring advanced technology and data analytics, logistics infrastructure and supply chain expertise to modernize freight forwarding and make global trade more efficient. The company doubled its revenue growth in the past year, and the addition of $1 billion in new funding brought its valuation up to $3.2 billion. The start-up’s rapid scaling has also meant new career opportunities for workers from within: Over 250 Flexport workers changed roles in the last year, and 60 moved around the world as the company has expanded to new regions. 13. Away U.S. headcount: 360 Headquarters: New York, New York The luggage brand takes travel seriously and offers employees with three years under their belt a bonus and time off to take a sabbatical. The company has over 100 open roles around the world, and ideal candidates should “love opportunities for rapid new skill development and be comfortable with ambiguity and change,” says Erin Grau, VP of people and culture. Don’t see the right opportunity for you? Away invites job seekers to “Name Your Job ” and share how a new role could contribute to the company’s growth. 12. Lime U.S. headcount: 350 Headquarters: San Francisco, California The company joins LinkedIn’s list of top start-ups for the first time and has spent the past year taking its name to the forefront of the expanding electric scooter business. Over two years of growth, Lime’s dockless bikes and scooters are now available in nearly 100 U.S. cities and has an international presence in South America, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. 11. Glossier U.S. headcount: 200 Headquarters: New York, New York The online beauty retailer appears on the hottest start-ups list for the third time, and for good reason. In the past year, it’s generated $100 million in sales and is now valued at $1.2 billion, according to LinkedIn. While founder Emily Weiss built her company after a string of jobs in fashion and beauty, previous beauty industry experience isn’t required for job seekers to join the beauty-blog-turned-retailer. “Many people are surprised to learn that most of our employees actually didn’t come from the beauty industry,” says Samantha Verdile, a company spokesperson.

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10. Nuro U.S. headcount: 300 Headquarters: Mountain View, California Nuro wants to accelerate the benefits of robotics for everyday life, and it’s starting with self-driving delivery pods. The start-up previously worked with Fry’s Food to deliver groceries in Scottsdale, Arizona, and earlier this year announced a partnership with Kroger in Houston. Its workforce has been recruited from other major tech companies like Apple, Google, Tesla and Uber, and there are 200 open opportunities to join the ranks. 9. Compass U.S. headcount: 2,300 Headquarters: New York, New York The country’s third-largest residential real estate brokerage is working to integrate technology into the housing market by building an end-to-end platform that supports the entire buying and selling workflow. The start-up has a vast network of agents in 17 major markets across the U.S. and is on a hiring spree to fill hundreds of product and engineering staffers. 8. Peloton Interactive U.S. headcount: 1,800 Headquarters: New York, New York Peloton recently filed publicly for its upcoming IPO and over the last year reported growing sales but widening losses. Founded in 2012, the at-home fitness company grew its subscriber base from 245,667 a year ago to 511,202 in 2019. As far as attracting and retaining top talent from instructors to engineers, CEO John Foley stresses the importance of both office perks (like the right Kind bars and IPAs on tap) as well as a mission-driven culture and “pre-IPO currency.” It expects to raise $500 million in its offering.

7. Robinhood U.S. headcount: 500 Headquarters: Menlo Park, California Robinhood, the fintech start-up that lets users buy and sell stocks and exchange-traded funds via a mobile app, recently secured a $323 million funding round that brought its valuation up to $7.6 billion. The company is looking to staff up its engineering and compliance teams, who primarily work out of an office in Lake Mary, Florida. 6. Good American U.S. headcount: 80 Headquarters: Los Angeles, California When Khloe Kardashian and Emma Grede launched their size-inclusive denim line in 2016, they logged $1 million in sales on the first day. Since then, the start-up has expanded to offer apparel including dresses, leggings, bike shorts and maternity wear in sizes ranging from 00 to 26. For job seekers vying to join the body-positive company: “We always look to hire out-of-the-box thinkers, those who are passionate, solution-oriented and able to understand our customer on a deeper level,” the company told LinkedIn. 5. Brex U.S. headcount: 230 Headquarters: San Francisco, California Founded in 2017, the business-focused fintech is focused on expanding its presence beyond the Bay Area and now has a workforce across New York City, Salt Lake City and Vancouver. The start-up is re-imagining corporate credit cards for other start-ups and has 85 open roles across marketing, partnerships, operations and more. 4. DoorDash U.S. headcount: 1,780 Headquarters: San Francisco, California With six years under its belt, DoorDash has steadily doubled its employee headcount every year. The food delivery platform shows no signs of stopping. It acquired competitor Caviar in August, which will expand its restaurant portfolio and customer base in over 4,000 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

DoorDash delivery person Source: DoorDash

3. Samsara U.S. headcount: 1,115 Headquarters: San Francisco, California Samsara is committed to increasing the efficiency, safety and sustainability of operations that power the economy. The start-up does so by marrying hardware (like sensors and cameras) with analytical software across industries like trucking, food production, manufacturing and local governments. In order to serve over 10,000 customers, Samsara has 280 open roles across engineering and sales and marketing. “In the next year, our plan is to hire approximately 1,000 new employees to build new products, enter new markets and support our expanding customer base,” says Melissa Yeh, Samsara’s head of people and places. 2. Dosist U.S. headcount: 200 Headquarters: Los Angeles, California The wellness company’s main product is its proprietary cannabis dose pen, which aims to help users reduce pain, inflammation and insomnia. Launched in 2016, the vape pen was named one of Time’s 25 best inventions of that year, and the company opened two brick-and-mortar “wellness experience” locations this year. Dosist added 100 new employees since 2018 and is currently hiring for 20 more. 1. Snowflake U.S. headcount: 1,065 Headquarters: San Mateo, California Topping the list of hottest start-ups this year is Snowflake, which helps companies move data to the cloud. After taking the 20th spot on the list last year, the software company has since nearly tripled its workforce, grew revenue by 257% and doubled its valuation to $3.9 billion. To take the company to new heights in the next year, Snowflake is hiring for 85 new staffers with a focus on growing its engineering and sales teams.

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These are the world’s most liveable cities in 2019

For the second year in a row, Vienna, Austria has been ranked the most liveable city in the world, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The Austrian capital had almost perfect scores for stability, culture and environment, education and infrastructure and health care. “Atlanta has risen 17 places due to a major upgrade in its stability score, while Seattle rose by 10 places.” The top 10 most liveable cities in the world, and their scores according to The Global Liveability Index 2


For the second year in a row, Vienna, Austria has been ranked the most liveable city in the world, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The Austrian capital had almost perfect scores for stability, culture and environment, education and infrastructure and health care. “Atlanta has risen 17 places due to a major upgrade in its stability score, while Seattle rose by 10 places.” The top 10 most liveable cities in the world, and their scores according to The Global Liveability Index 2
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These are the world's most liveable cities in 2019

For the second year in a row, Vienna, Austria has been ranked the most liveable city in the world, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The Austrian capital had almost perfect scores for stability, culture and environment, education and infrastructure and health care.

Melbourne, Australia, at night. James O’Neil | Getty Image

Melbourne, Australia took the second-place spot, following close behind Vienna’s score. Vienna had taken the top spot from Melbourne last year after seven consecutive years at No. 1. Sydney, Austraila; Osaka, Japan; and Calgary, Canada make up the remaining top five on the annual Global Liveability Index of 140 cities around the world.

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Not one U.S. city landed in the top 10 this year. Honolulu scored the highest among U.S. cities, ranking 22nd. Atlanta trailed at 33rd, followed by Pittsburgh at 34th and Seattle at 36th. “Despite increased gun violence, five U.S. cities have registered improved scores over the past year,” Agathe Demarais, the EIU’s Global Forecasting Director, said in a press release regarding the report. “Atlanta has risen 17 places due to a major upgrade in its stability score, while Seattle rose by 10 places.” Despite being rated highly for culture, New York only ranked 58th. The city’s rank lagged due to lower scores in infrastructure and stability, with a higher perceived risk of crime and terrorism.

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The EIU examines the quality of health care, education, infrastructure, stability, and culture when assessing living conditions of each city. More than 30 factors are taken into account when calculating each rank, which are then complied into a weighted score between one and 100. The top 10 most liveable cities in the world, and their scores according to The Global Liveability Index 2019, are: 1. Vienna, Austria (99.1) 2. Melbourne, Australia (98.4) 3. Sydney, Australia (98.1) 4. Osaka, Japan (97.7) 5. Calgary, Canada (97.5) 6. Vancouver, Canada (97.3) 7. Tokyo, Japan (97.2 tie) 7. Toronto, Canada (97.2 tie) 9. Copenhagen, Denmark (96.8) 10. Adelaide, Australia (96.6) Like this story? Subscribe to CNBC Make It on YouTube! Don’t miss: This is the most liveable city in America


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Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Box, Tyson Foods, Michaels, Navistar & more

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on August 23, 2019 in New York City. Navistar — Shares of Navistar surged more than 11% after the truck maker reported better-than-expected earnings. Tyson Foods — Shares of Tyson Foods tumbled 5.6% after the meat processor lowered its 2019 earnings forecast. Michaels Companies — The arts and crafts specialty retail company’s stock soared 7.4% after the company announced strong second-quarter earnings. Tapestry — Shares of Tapestry


Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on August 23, 2019 in New York City. Navistar — Shares of Navistar surged more than 11% after the truck maker reported better-than-expected earnings. Tyson Foods — Shares of Tyson Foods tumbled 5.6% after the meat processor lowered its 2019 earnings forecast. Michaels Companies — The arts and crafts specialty retail company’s stock soared 7.4% after the company announced strong second-quarter earnings. Tapestry — Shares of Tapestry
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Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Box, Tyson Foods, Michaels, Navistar & more

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on August 23, 2019 in New York City.

Check out the companies making headlines in midday trading:

Box — Shares of Box soared more than 11% after hedge fund Starboard Value disclosed that it had taken a 7.5% stake in the software company. Starboard, which has previously invested in Yahoo and Symantec, is now Box’s third largest shareholder. At one point in March, Box was trading around $24 per share, but the stock had slumped to about $13 per share last month.

Navistar — Shares of Navistar surged more than 11% after the truck maker reported better-than-expected earnings. The company earned $1.56 per share in the second quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.22. Navistar also raised its guidance for full year truck deliveries.

Tyson Foods — Shares of Tyson Foods tumbled 5.6% after the meat processor lowered its 2019 earnings forecast. The company cited many challenges including a recent fire at one of its slaughterhouses and volatility in the commodity market.

Michaels Companies — The arts and crafts specialty retail company’s stock soared 7.4% after the company announced strong second-quarter earnings. The company reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share of 19 cents, which was 5 cents above the estimate. Comparable store sales were also up 0.3% compared to the 1% decline estimated. Mark Cosby, Interim CEO, cited the company’s focus on sales and its customer base.

Activision Blizzard — Shares of video game maker Activision Blizzard rose 4% after BMO upgraded the stock to outperform from market perform and hiked its price target to $60 from $43, implying about 17% upside for the stock. The firm also raised its earnings estimates for next year on its strong conviction the company’s restricting plans and investments in standout games will boost financial performance.

Starbucks — Shares of Starbucks fell more than 1% after the coffee chain issued a weaker-than-expected forecast for its fiscal 2020 earnings. The company said it expects fiscal 2020 earnings per share to be below its “ongoing growth model of 10%.”

Tapestry — Shares of Tapestry rose 3.8% after the company announced that its board chairman, Jide Zeitlin, would take over as chief executive officer. Zeitlin replaces Victor Luis, who had been at Tapestry for 13 years. The clothing and apparel company, which owns Coach and Kate Spade, has seen its stock price fall more than 30% so far this year.

— CNBC’s Jesse Pound, Elizabeth Myong and Maggie Fitzgerald contributed reporting.


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