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  The fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi hangs over SoftBank as it looks to rai
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  • Japanese conglomerate and tech investor SoftBank is under scrutiny over its ties to Saudi Arabia, a major backer of its $100 billion Vision Fund.
  • That is thanks to global outcry over the status of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who is feared dead after he was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
  • Saudi Arabia's crown prince pledged $45 billion to SoftBank's next $100 billion Vision Fund.
  • SoftBank COO Marcelo Claure said on Tuesday the company was "anxiously" watching the Khashoggi situation.
Japanese conglomerate SoftBank is under intense scrutiny over its plans to raise a second $100 billion technology investment fund with $45 billion from Saudi Arabia.
SoftBank is already one of the world's biggest tech investors through its first Vision Fund, and has boasted of plans to raise multiple $100 billion funds. Its current backers including Apple, Foxconn, Qualcomm, and Saudia Arabia.
Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammed bin Salman told Bloomberg earlier this month that the country's sovereign wealth fund would put $45 billion into the second Vision Fund.
That relationship is looking more problematic thanks to global outcry over the fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and is now feared dead. Turkish authorities have said they have evidence the journalist was murdered.
That has prompted a rethink among businesses about their deep financial ties to Saudi Arabia.
Speaking at a conference in California on Tuesday, SoftBank Chief Operating Officer Marcelo Claure said the Japanese firm was "anxiously looking at what is happening" at the situation with Khashoggi.
He said: "We like most parties in the world are looking at events unfold. Based on that, we will make decisions in the future, but at this point in time like most companies that have relationships with Saudi Arabia we are watching developments and see where this goes."
Neither Claure nor the company is commenting on whether SoftBank may sever its financial ties to the Kingdom. Separately, Claure said "there is no certainty" that SoftBank would launch a second Vision Fund, though this is not thought to be directly connected to concerns over Khashoggi.
SoftBank chief executive Masayoshi Son has yet to speak out publicly about Khashoggi and, according to media reports, he is still due to attend a Saudi investor summit from which many investors and policymakers have distanced themselves,including Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Richard Branson.

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Wink 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Posted by: Baypress - 10-18-2018, 10:41 AM - Forum: Seattle Business news, general discussions and feedback - No Replies

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From Car and Driver
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If any one brand could perfectly represent modern American driving preferences, that would be Jeep, and the venerable off-road brand's bread and butter is the Grand Cherokee. Unlike its soft-road capable rivals, the Grand Cherokee is a true Jeep that can tackle the most challenging trails in North America. Despite this capability, it doesn't punish passengers with an unrefined highway ride or require compromising on luxury features. There are ten different models and a wide range of prices that broaden the Grand Cherokee's appeal. Base Laredo models are spartan while the range-topping Summit is a leather-lined luxo-ute. Three different engines are offered-including a diesel-and while rear-wheel drive is standard, buyers looking to maximize its off-road prowess will order up their Grand Cherokee with all-wheel drive.
What's New for 2019?
Jeep has made a number of enhancements to its iconic Grand Cherokee lineup for 2019, including the standardization of blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert across the board. The optional 8.4-inch infotainment system now comes standard with navigation, a new glass touchscreen with a crisper resolution, and improved software that mirrors what we've seen in more modern Fiat-Chrysler models such as the Chrysler Pacifica. A new trim level-Limited X-joins the already wide array of available Grand Cherokee models and sports distinct front and rear bumpers, a performance hood that appears to be shared with the high-performance Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT (reviewed separately), and unique 20-inch wheels. Summit and Overland models receive updated wheel designs and three new colors are available: Slate Blue, Green Metallic, and Sting Gray.
Trims and Options We'd Choose
Our annual pick for the past two model years has been the mid-range Altitude model with all-wheel drive, and it's the one we continue to recommend for 2019. The Altitude trim automatically comes with most of the Grand Cherokee's most desirable features, such as:

  • Power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support
  • 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with navigation, real-time traffic and weather updates, and onboard Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Power liftgate, heated steering wheel, and remote start
The Altitude sees a slight price increase to $41,435, but still represents the best value among the many Grand Cherokee models.

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  B.C. Vacant Home Tax Goes Forward Amid Promises Of Improved Affordability
Posted by: Baypress - 10-18-2018, 04:00 AM - Forum: World Investments, partnerships & Income opportunities - No Replies

B.C. Vacant Home Tax Goes Forward Amid Promises Of Improved Affordability
Many owners of second homes have vocally opposed the move announced earlier this year.
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An aerial view of Vancouver at sunset. The B.C. government is going ahead with a speculation and vacancy tax meant to cool off the housing market.

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government has introduced a speculation and vacancy tax that Finance Minister Carole James says will moderate the overheated housing market and create more homes for renters.
James says the aim of the tax is to improve housing affordability for thousands of people, including seniors forced to live in their vehicles and young professionals who leave the province because they can't find a place to live.
Watch: Legalized cannabis could have some surprising effects on the housing market (story continues below)
The proposed tax is calculated at rates of 0.5 per cent, one per cent or two per cent of assessed value of homes in core, urban centres, with the highest rate applied to foreign owners and so-called satellite families.
James says the new legislation includes provisions for exemptions based on special circumstances such as people seeking medical treatment or those with disabilities.

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The government's introduction of the tax in February's budget was met with widespread criticism from people with second homes, communities and developers saying it targets them unfairly and could impact local economies.
James says her government is tackling the housing crisis head on and the speculation and vacancy tax is an essential piece of that plan.

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Wink Mega Millions jackpot hits $868 million, second-largest in U.S. history
Posted by: Baypress - 10-18-2018, 01:04 AM - Forum: World Investments, partnerships & Income opportunities - No Replies

A lottery ticket for the current record breaking $667 million U.S. Mega Millions jackpot is shown in this illustration photograph in Encinitas

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(Reuters) - The U.S. Mega Millions jackpot swelled to $868 million early on Wednesday, the second-largest in U.S. history, after no winning ticket was sold in Tuesday night's draw.
The Mega Millions jackpot rose from $667 million after no one hit the six numbers drawn on Tuesday, extending a winless streak for the top prize that has lasted since July.
The lottery prize is the largest-ever for Mega Millions and the country's second-highest on record, trailing a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot that was paid out in 2016.
Lottery tickets are sold at $2 each in kiosks, supermarkets and gas stations in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.
The immediate cash value of the Mega Millions prize, which winners can opt to take, is $494.5 million. The higher amount is an annuitized value if the prize is paid out over 29 years.
The Mega Millions jackpot has grown with each of the 24 semi-weekly drawings that failed to produce a top winner since July 24, when an 11-member office pool in Santa Clara County, California, hit a $543 million jackpot.
The odds of hitting the jackpot by matching all six numbers correctly are an astronomical one in 302.6 million, but the odds of turning a Mega Millions ticket into a winner of any kind, including a $2 prize simply for matching the "Mega ball," are a more down-to-earth one in 24.

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Wink Making money in forex is easy if you know how the bankers trade!
Posted by: Forex College - 10-17-2018, 11:59 AM - Forum: Seattle Business news, general discussions and feedback - No Replies

How to make money in forex?
I’m often mystified in my educational forex articles why so many traders struggle to make consistent money out of forex trading. The answer has more to do with what they don’t know than what they do know. After working in investment banks for 20 years many of which were as a Chief trader its second knowledge how to extract cash out of the market. It all comes down to understanding how the traders at the banks execute and make trading decisions. 
Why? Bank traders only make up 5% of the total number of forex traders with speculators accounting for the other 95%, but more importantly that 5% of bank traders account for 92% of all forex volumes. So if you don’t know how they trade, then you’re simply guessing.  First let me bust the first myth about forex traders in institutions. They don’t sit there all day banging away making proprietary trading decisions. Most of the time they are simply transacting on behalf of the banks customers. It’s commonly referred to as ‘clearing the flow”. They may perform a few thousand trades a day but none of these are for their proprietary book
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How do banks trade forex?
They actually only perform 2-3 trades a week for their own trading account. These trades are the ones they are judged on at the end of the year to see whether they deserve an additional bonus or not.
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So as you can see traders at the banks don’t sit there all day trading randomly ‘scalping’ trying to make their budgets. They are extremely methodical in their approach and make trading decisions when everything lines up, technically and fundamentally. That’s what you need to know! 
As far as technical analysis goes it is extremely simple. I am often dumbfounded by our client’s charts when they first come to us. They are often littered with mathematical indicators which not only have significant 3-4 hour time lags but also often contradict each other. Trading with these indicators and this approach is the quickest way to rip through your trading capital.
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Bank trader’s charts look nothing like this. In fact they are completely the opposite. All they want to know is where the key critical levels. Don’t forget these indicators were developed to try and predict where the market is going. The bank traders are the market. If you understand how they trade then you don’t need any indicators. They make split second decisions based on key technical and fundamental changes. Understanding their technical analysis is the first step to becoming a successful trader. You’ll be trading with the market not against it.
What it all comes down to is simple support and resistance. No clutter, nothing to alter their trading decisions. Simple, effective and highlighting the key levels.  I’m not going to go into the ins and outs of where they actually enter the market, but let me say this: it’s not where you think. The trendlines are simply there to indicate key support and resistance. Entering the market is another discussion all together.
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How to make money in forex?
The key aspect to their trading decisions is derived from the economic fundamentals. The fundamental backdrop of the market consists of three major areas and that’s why it’s hard to pin point currency direction sometimes. 
When you have the political situation countering the central bank announcements currency direction is somewhat disjointed. But when there are no political issues and formulated central bank policy acting in accordance with the economic data, that’s when we get pure currency direction and the big trends emerge. This is what bank traders wait for.
The fundamental aspect of the market is extremely complex and it can take years to master them. This is a major area we concentrate on during our two day workshop to ensure traders have a complete understanding of each area. If you understand them you are set up for long term success as this is where currency direction comes from. 
There is a lot of money to be made from trading the economic data releases. The key to trading the releases is twofold. First, having an excellent understanding of the fundamentals and how the various releases impact the market. Secondly, knowing how to execute the trades with precision and without hesitation. If you can get a control of this aspect of trading and have the confidence to trade the events then you’re truly set up to make huge capital advances.  After all it is these economic releases which really direct the currencies. These are the same economic releases that central banks formulate policy around. So by following the releases and trading them you not only know what’s going on with regards central bank policy but you’ll also be building your capital at the same time.
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Now to be truly successful you need an extremely comprehensive capital management system that not only protects you during periods of uncertainty but also pushes you forward to experience capital expansion. This is your entire business plan so it’s important you get this down pat first. 
Our stringent capital management system perfectly encompasses your risk to rewards ratios, capital controls as well as our trade plan – entry and exits. This way when you’re trading, all your concerned about is finding entry levels. Having such a system in place will also alleviate the stresses of trading and allow you to go about your day without spending endless hours monitoring the market. 
I can tell you most traders at banks spend most of the day wandering around the dealing room chatting to other traders or going to lunches with brokers. Rarely are they in front of the computer for more than a few hours. You should be taking the same approach. If you understand the technical and fundamental aspects of the market and have a comprehensive professional capital management system then you can.
From here it just takes a simple understanding of the key strategies to apply and where to apply them and away you go. Trust me you will experience more capital growth then you ever have before if you know how the bank traders trade. Many traders have tried to replicate their methods and I’ve seen numerous books on “how to beat the bankers”. But the point is you don’t want to be beating them but joining them. That way you will be trading with the market not against it. 
So to conclude let me say this: There are no miraculous secrets to trading forex. There are no special indicators or robots that can mimic the dynamic forex market. You simply need to understand how the major players (bankers) trade and analyse the market. If you get these aspects right then your well on the way to success.

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  How to make easy fast money on forex without trading 50k
Posted by: Forex College - 10-17-2018, 11:58 AM - Forum: Seattle Business news, general discussions and feedback - No Replies

How to Make Money Trading Forex
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In the forex market, you buy or sell currencies.
Placing a trade in the foreign exchange market is simple: the mechanics of a trade are very similar to those found in other markets (like the stock market), so if you have any experience in trading, you should be able to pick it up pretty quickly.
[Image: pre-school-money-mountain2.png]The object of forex trading is to exchange one currency for another in the expectation that the price will change.
More specifically, that the currency you bought will increase in value compared to the one you sold.
Trader’s Action
You purchase 10,000 euros at the EUR/USD exchange rate of 1.1800
Two weeks later, you exchange your 10,000 euros back into U.S. dollar at the exchange rate of 1.2500
You earn a profit of $700
*EUR 10,000 x 1.18 = US $11,800
** EUR 10,000 x 1.25 = US $12,500
An exchange rate is simply the ratio of one currency valued against another currency.
For example, the USD/CHF exchange rate indicates how many U.S. dollars can purchase one Swiss franc, or how many Swiss francs you need to buy one U.S. dollar.
How to Read a Forex Quote
Currencies are always quoted in pairs, such as GBP/USD or USD/JPY. The reason they are quoted in pairs is because, in every foreign exchange transaction, you are simultaneously buying one currency and selling another.
Here is an example of a foreign exchange rate for the British pound versus the U.S. dollar:

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The first listed currency to the left of the slash (“/”) is known as the base currency (in this example, the British pound), while the second one on the right is called the counter or quote currency (in this example, the U.S. dollar).

When buying, the exchange rate tells you how much you have to pay in units of the quote currency to buy one unit of the base currency. In the example above, you have to pay 1.51258 U.S. dollars to buy 1 British pound.
When selling, the exchange rate tells you how many units of the quote currency you get for selling one unit of the base currency.
In the example above, you will receive 1.51258 U.S. dollars when you sell 1 British pound.
The base currency is the “basis” for the buy or the sell. If you buy EUR/USD this simply means that you are buying the base currency and simultaneously selling the quote currency. In caveman talk, “buy EUR, sell USD.”
  • You would buy the pair if you believe the base currency will appreciate (gain value) relative to the quote currency.
  • You would sell the pair if you think the base currency will depreciate (lose value) relative to the quote currency.
First, you should determine whether you want to buy or sell.
If you want to buy (which actually means buy the base currency and sell the quote currency), you want the base currency to rise in value and then you would sell it back at a higher price.
In trader’s talk, this is called “going long” or taking a “long position.” Just remember: long = buy.
If you want to sell (which actually means sell the base currency and buy the quote currency), you want the base currency to fall in value and then you would buy it back at a lower price.
This is called “going short” or taking a “short position”. Just remember: short = sell.
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“I’m long AND short.”
The Bid, Ask and Spread
All forex quotes are quoted with two prices: the bid and ask. For the most part, the bid is lower than the ask price.
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The bid is the price at which your broker is willing to buy the base currency in exchange for the quote currency. This means the bid is the best available price at which you (the trader) will sell to the market.
The ask is the price at which your broker will sell the base currency in exchange for the quote currency. This means the ask price is the best available price at which you will buy from the market. Another word for ask is the offer price.
The difference between the bid and the ask price is popularly known as the SPREAD.
On the EUR/USD quote above, the bid price is 1.34568 and the ask price is 1.34588. Look at how this broker makes it so easy for you to trade away your money.
  • If you want to sell EUR, you click “Sell” and you will sell euros at 1.34568.
  • If you want to buy EUR, you click “Buy” and you will buy euros at 1.34588.
Here’s an illustration that puts together everything we’ve covered in this lesson:
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Now let’s take a look at some examples.

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  Chrissy Teigen on Kanye, Getting Blocked by Trump, and Actually Caring About Her Comm
Posted by: Baypress - 10-17-2018, 11:26 AM - Forum: Seattle Business news, general discussions and feedback - No Replies

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Is Chrissy teigen—unfiltered, hilarious, adorable—the most likable person on the internet?
“I FEEL LIKE I would be annoyed by me if I weren’t me,” Chrissy Teigen says. “I feel that all the time.”
It’s a late-summer afternoon, and the 32-year-old Teigen is stepping into the kitchen of the Los Angeles home she shares with her husband, the award-hoarding musician John Legend. The couple’s two-year-old daughter, Luna, is rambling around nearby; their recent arrival, Miles, is cooing in a bassinet. A bulldog named Paul cozies at my feet.
The house is a knockout. It’s atop the hills and has the kind of alpha-lion view you fantasize about when you fantasize about owning a home in L.A. Rihanna used to live here; Teigen has joked about opening Rihanna’s mail. There’s a piano in the foyer with a shelf showcasing Legend’s bursting collection of Grammys, plus his Oscar and his Tony—he’ll win an Emmy in September, entering the rare club known as the EGOT. Teigen will post an Instagram video of Legend putting the Emmy atop the shelf, looking like a proud Little Leaguer back from the playoffs.
Teigen returns with glasses of rosé for us. It’s from Legend’s winery, LVE. It’s good. What do I look like, a sommelier?
I have come to see Teigen because I believe Teigen has important answers for the universe. You know her as a model, a television personality (Paramount Network’s Lip Sync Battle), and the author of the best-selling cookbook Cravings and its recently published sequel. You know her as one half of one of the most appealing couples on earth—seriously, they’re so both adorable you want to pinch them.
But it’s my unscientific opinion that Teigen’s greatest contribution to the planet is her presence on social media. Chrissy Teigen may be the Last Likable Person on the Internet.
We all know how it is. These days, social media feels like a fistfight inside a garbage can inside a septic truck. And yet Teigen wittily navigates the digital fray. Here’s a Teigen tweet on marriage: “I always have a note in my pocket that says ‘John did it’ in case I’m murdered because I don’t want him to remarry.” Here’s another, on childbirth: “No one told me I would be coming home in diapers, too.” Here’s one on food: “Truffle oil is vile.” Buzzfeed once collected a list of her 100 funniest Tweets as if they were lines from Dorothy Parker. I worship this droll masterpiece: “My favorite part about my anniversary dinner was the girl who came to our table who John used to bone and also the sea bass.”
It’s nearly impossible to find a subject Teigen hasn’t discussed on her exploding, eight-figure social-media channels (Instagram: 20.4 million followers and counting; Twitter: 10.7 million), or that she considers out of bounds. She’s been praised for breaking conversational taboos around fertility (her children were conceived via IVF), postpartum depression (she’s suffered from it), and the body-image pressures perpetuated by Instagram.
“Instagram is crazy,” she posted earlier this year. “I think it’s awesome people have killer bodies and are proud to show them off (I really do!!) but I know how hard it can be to forget what (for lack of a better word) regular ol’ bodies look like when everyone looks bonkers amazing.”
“Chrissy is real and authentic,” says her friend Kim Kardashian West. “She’s so open and honest with her audience . . . she also has the best sense of humor.”
When I mention to friends I am working on a story about Teigen, the response is universal: OMG Chrissy Teigen. It’s like telling people I’m writing a story about a warm basket of puppies. It’s why big companies like Target and Procter & Gamble have lined up behind her. Everybody seems to love Chrissy Teigen. (Well, except the president of the United States. We’ll get to him in a minute.)
But now, in her home, Teigen’s trying to talk me out of it. She’s making the case she’s not so likable—or liked—on social media.
Come on. You’re so self-deprecating. . . .
“That becomes unlikable, too,” she insists, sitting down on the couch. She’s dressed in jeans with a white T-shirt and black cardigan. “I get made fun of all the time. People are like, ‘We get it, you like pizza.’ ”
Famous people are not supposed to care about such things. Teigen does. Likewise, they’re not supposed to read the comments. She does that, too.
“I’ll read a thousand of the sweetest comments—‘You have the cutest family, I love your book’—and then one person is like, ‘You look like the Bride of Chucky’ and I’ll be like, ‘Oh my God, @paulh7114620 thinks I look like Chucky.'
“A lot of people are really smart about staying out of it,” she adds. She mentions Kardashian West. “I’ll send something to Kim—a screen grab of the Daily Mail, like some ridiculous headline, and she’ll be like, ‘Is that what’s happening?’ And I’m like, ‘Kim, this is the biggest story of the week right now!’ Then I’ll feel bad because she’s probably been saving her sanity by not reading this stuff, and meanwhile, I’m like ‘Look at this!
In person, Teigen is immediately disarming—you feel you know her because you kind of do know her (I’ve seen her fridge on Instagram! I know those counters!) But she confesses that it all sometimes gets to her.
“Much stronger people are like ‘I don’t care what you think,’ ” she says. “I genuinely do care. I think it’s funny when people are like, ‘I love how you just don’t give a fuck.’ I’m like, ‘Oh my God. I give so many fucks.’ I want to be liked.”
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Teigen at home in Los Angeles with her daughter, Luna, and bulldog, Paul. Marni dress. Jennifer Fisher earrings.
Photographed by Gillian Laub, Vogue, November 2018

NONE OF THIS is new to her. As a teenager in the Seattle area, Teigen—the daughter of a Thai mother and a American father of Norwegian descent—became a regular on, of all things, message boards for the city’s baseball team (as Marinersgirlchrissy). She was early into MySpace (“I was a Top 8 girl,” she says, referring to the defunct site’s ranking system). She got obsessed with NeoPets, a digital community where players care for virtual animals. Her IM handle, if you need to know, was MsChrissy85.
“I remember loving the advice boards,” she says. “I would take to the internet to ask so many questions.”
Later, Teigen would get discovered—she was working in a surf shop in Huntington Beach, California, when a photographer asked her if she’d ever considered modeling—and embark on a career that, by her own admission, never made her one of the runway elite. She did Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue a few times, but “I never had a dude following . . . it was never me next to Kate Upton on the Venn diagram.” She did, however, meet her husband on the set of a music video.
Twitter and Instagram are where Teigen exploded into a phenomenon. She was already in the public eye, but the 24/7 platforms were a perfect showcase for Teigen’s wit and devil-may-care insouciance. The internet is a cathedral to her social musings (10+ Times Chrissy Teigen Was Too Funny for Twitter to Handle; 17 Chrissy Teigen Food Tweets That Are Relatable AF).
Legend’s own Twitter bio says it all: CHRISSY’S HUSBAND. He confirms the Chrissy of social media is, in fact, the real Chrissy. “First of all, she’s funny,” he tells me later. “And she’s candid. I think her candor is what’s so appealing—and makes her distinct from other celebrities people pay attention to. She tells it like it is.”
This has become Teigen’s brand. For all of her roles, her main occupation is a very modern one: the person who, by sheer force of social-media appeal, is a business. The internet has a word for this—influencer—but, I’m sorry, a lot of influencers are insufferable. By contrast, Teigen is someone you want to sit next to, who’s as relatable as anyone who lives in Rihanna’s old house can be relatable. It’s what inspired her book editor, Francis Lam, to reach out, cold, about doing a cookbook.
“I kept noticing this person on Twitter who was hilarious and really into cooking,” Lam tells me. “I didn’t have an idea of what sort of cookbook she would write, I just knew she was super funny and into food.”
Both of Teigen’s Cravings cookbooks have been hits—the more recent arrived in September. Teigen’s passion for food and entertaining is genuine—she’s now being positioned as a next-gen Martha Stewart. Target has a line of Chrissy “Cravings” kitchen products, including her own serrated knife. Her role with Procter & Gamble is as a “creative consultant” for Pampers Pure. You can find Teigen’s Pampers Pure Instagram ad in which she jokes about feeding Luna healthy meals—and herself Hot Pockets, which is not actually a joke.
I ask her if these brand relationships give her pause before logging on. We’ve seen countless others have A Bad Day on Twitter—and lose it all.
“I think about that,” Teigen admits. “How quickly your life can turn.” She’s a fan of Jon Ronson’s book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, which chronicles the aftermath of social-media implosions.
Teigen and Legend had a ringside seat for Kanye West’s controversial rumspringa with the alt-right, in which he professed affection for President Trump and theorized on TMZ that slavery sounded “like a choice” (a comment he later walked back). Legend was one of several West friends who tried to intercede—West at one point posted text exchanges with Legend in which the two men went back and forth on politics.
“The thing with Kanye is that his opinions have always been super strong,” Teigen says, lifting Miles to her lap. “He’s never been the guy to push them on you, but he will say what he wants to say. Same with John. That’s why I loved that they were able to have this civil discourse. Kanye learned a lot in the months after that. John did, too.
“You can’t just believe you’re the right one all the time. That’s what makes us horrible,” she continues. “Trust me: My views are super liberal, and I’m like, How could anyone not think this way? But people are also entitled to their opinion.”
Which brings us to President Trump, who has taken the dramatic step of blocking Teigen on Twitter, meaning she cannot see any of his Tweets. Teigen was critical of Trump long before he became president, but it was a rather tame tweet—“Lolllllll no one likes you”—that immediately preceded her ban. (The White House press office did not respond to my request for comment.)
Teigen holds up her phone, where the screen is set to Trump’s @realdonaldtrump page. Instead of a timeline, there is this message: “You are blocked from following @realdonaldtrump and viewing @realdonaldtrump’s tweets.”
I know: It sounds like heaven. But Teigen says the blocking can create anxiety. The average day in America now begins with a flurry of presidential tweets, which she is barred from looking at. Worse, Teigen sees people freaking out and responding—and has no idea what they’re talking about.
“Do I get in the bunker or not?” she says.
A federal judge recently declared that Trump’s tweets are part of the presidential public record, and therefore blocking users is unconstitutional. But his blocking of @chrissyteigen continues. There are workarounds—Teigen can follow the @RealPressSecBot, which posts all of Trump’s tweets as official statements, or she can simply look at her husband’s phone.
“I still don’t know why I’m not blocked,” Legend says. “I have said as many bad things about him as she has. Maybe it’s because I’m a man; I have no idea.”
Teigen’s combat with Trump has provoked an uptick in abuse from Twitter’s more unhinged corners—right-wing conspiracy theorists have placed her and Legend at the center of any number of daffy hypotheses—but she has tried to convert this notoriety into a positive. In June, she and Legend marked Trump’s seventy-second birthday by donating $72,000 for each member of their family ($288,000 total) to the ACLU, and encouraging fans to donate amounts of $7.20 or $72. The push wound up raising more than $1 million in two days.
There have been other moments in which Teigen has been able to take her influence and weaponize it for truth. Last winter, as the public began to realize the harrowing scale of the sexual abuse perpetrated by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, Teigen went public with an offer to pay any fine incurred by Team USA gymnast McKayla Maroney, who had signed a nondisclosure agreement with USA Gymnastics preventing her from addressing the matter.
“The entire principle of this should be fought—an NDA to stay quiet about this serial monster with over 140 accusers, but I would be absolutely honored to pay this fine for you, McKayla,” Teigen wrote.
Within a day, USA Gymnastics announced it would not enforce the NDA. Maroney’s attorney, John Manly, tells me that Teigen’s offer had an impact.
“McKayla was really grateful she stepped up and said (A) I believe you and (B) silencing you is wrong to the point that I’ll pay the bill,” Manly said. “It empowered her.”
Teigen downplays the whole episode, saying that all she wanted was to support Maroney. “It just seemed like the most obvious thing to do,” she says.
She knows that her online life sets her up for scrutiny—and not just her. Teigen’s children and husband and even Paul the bulldog live partly in public (one current headache: brands sending unsolicited clothing for Luna and Miles, which Teigen passes along to charity). She and Legend say there are boundaries to what they’ll reveal and that they always discuss what to put out for public consumption.
“I believe I have every right to be happy with my daughter’s first-day-of-school photo just like anyone else,” Teigen says. “But I also know we’re in the public eye and people are going to see it in different ways.”
I ask Legend if he’s ever tempted to throw Teigen’s phone in the pool.
“No,” he says. “People think she’s, like, somehow out of control. She knows what she’s doing. She could give us all lessons in social-media strategy and execution.”
I agree. I finish my rosé, say goodbye, and I’m out the door and down the hills to the rest of my unfollowed life. Teigen, meanwhile, has a dress fitting for the Emmys, and a flight to London to catch for the British GQ awards, and later, the kickoffs of her cookbook tour and her Target line. She will attend John’s fantasy-football draft. She’ll weep at Crazy Rich Asians.
But you already know this because she told you, in her Chrissy Teigen way, which was much more fun.
Just do her a favor, though, and let her know if she needs to go down to the bunker.

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  Why Raising More Than $100 Million in Funding Is Not a Big Deal Anymore
Posted by: Retire Early - 10-15-2018, 11:50 AM - Forum: Seattle Business news, general discussions and feedback - No Replies

Three bombshell funding rounds were announced today.
Slack, the workplace chat platform, snagged $427 million in funding at a $7.1 billion valuation. Dragoneer Investment Group and General Atlantic led the funding, along with others, including T. Rowe Price Associates, investment firm Baillie Gifford, Sands Capital, and previous investors. The company last raised money in September when it said it landed $250 million, with SoftBank’s Vision Fund contributing the bulk of the capital.
My colleague Jonathan Vanian reports that Slack’s growing popularity hasn’t gone unnoticed. Microsoft recently updated its corporate filings with the SEC to list Slack as one of its several competitors along with Apple, Cisco, Facebook, and Google.
Also based in San Francisco, carsharing platform Getaround raised a whopping $300 million in Series D funding. SoftBank led the round, and was joined by investors including Toyota Motor Corporation.
And finally, mobile bulk shopping startup Boxed raised $111 million in funding. Japan’s Aeon Co led the round and was joined by investors including Alpha Square Group, CDIB Capital, Gabriel Naouri and existing investors.
These funding rounds are indicative of a larger trend that’s ripping through the ecosystem. Last month set an an all-time record for the number of $100 million+ venture deals struck in a single month, according to Crunchbase. I’ve written extensively on how excess capital is widening the funding gap.
Erin Griffith, former Term Sheet author who is now at The New York Times, wrote a comprehensive piece on the notion that mega-rounds — $100 million or more — used to be a rarity. Now, they’re pretty commonplace. In the article, Bill Gurley says, “If your competitor is going to raise $150 million and you want to be conservative and only raise $20 million, you’re going to get run over.”
And that’s the theme these days — capital as a differentiator. In today’s world, even a really well-funded startup company will have trouble competing when it’s up against a rival backed by a mega-fund.
SoftBank, which has invested in both Slack and Getaround, poses the following question to CEOs before they write a check from their mammoth $100 billion Vision Fund: If money was not a constraint, what would you do differently in the next five to 10 years?
The reality is that there’s a lot of money out there — and if you don’t take it, your competitor will.

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  10 Great Work-at-Home Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms
Posted by: Retire Early - 10-15-2018, 11:45 AM - Forum: Seattle Business news, general discussions and feedback - No Replies

Being a stay-at-home parent can come with no shortage of responsibilities, and the list likely grows if you’re trying to maintain a career at the same time. Looking for work-at-home jobs for stay-at-home moms (and dads) can be a great way to meet your obligations at home and in your career.

Jobs that offer you the flexibility to work from home (or from any remote location) can broaden your career horizons in unexpected ways. For mothers who are looking for career options that are both rewarding and flexible, virtual jobs can be a fantastic, feasible option.
The FlexJobs database lists thousands of work-at-home jobs that offer stay-at-home moms the ability to work comfortably from a home office. And according to the FlexJobs survey of working parents in 2017, the ability to work flexibly is one of the top contributors to a healthy work-life balance. Below we’ve got 10 great work-at-home jobs for stay-at-home moms, along with their median annual salary from PayScale.
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Check out these 10 work-at-home jobs for stay-at-home moms looking for a more flexible job:
1. Blogger
Median Pay: $41,889
The position of blogger is becoming ever more prevalent in these social media times. Put your storytelling skills to work by writing content for various websites and social media pages. This position could allow your creativity to flourish.
Browse Flexible Blogger Jobs
2. Customer Service Representative
Median Pay: $36,592
Working in customer service means you’ll have plenty of adult contact throughout the day. In any customer service role, you’ll be helping customers to ensure their satisfaction with a product or service by communicating with them via email or by phone.
Browse Flexible Customer Service Jobs
3. Health Coach
Median Pay: $45,336
Many stay-at-home moms work diligently on their own fitness to stay in shape. Why not use those skills and share them with others? Remote roles in fitness can be an ideal way to help others live a healthier lifestyle while keeping your own health journey on track.
Browse Flexible Health Coach Jobs
4. Marketing Specialist
Median Pay: $49,513
Marketing positions can take many forms, including marketing coordinator, SEO specialist, content strategist, among others. In marketing, you’ll work to promote a product or service through branding and outreach.
Browse Flexible Marketing Specialist Jobs
5. Online Teacher
Median Pay: $45,462
Teaching online is another effective way to impart your knowledge onto others while collecting a paycheck from home. Some employers will train you on the subject matter, while others will ask that you come with credentials or experience for the particular role.
Browse Flexible Teacher Jobs
6. Proofreader
Median Pay: $43,307
Proofreaders typically are very detail-oriented and can find even the smallest of errors. As a remote proofreader, you’ll ensure consistency, check formatting, confirm facts, check grammar, and more.
Browse Flexible Proofreader Jobs
7. Social Media Specialist
Median Pay: $41,270
Many moms are social media savvy individuals already, posting about their children. In a social media career, you could work as a social media evaluator, possibly checking ads and content for relevancy. Or, you could create content for a company’s social media sites.
Browse Flexible Social Media Jobs
8. Transcriptionist
Median Pay: $32,505
Working moms are typically fast and efficient employees who know how to maximize their time. In the field of transcription, you typically can work a flexible schedule transcribing information from audio or video to print. Requires fast, efficient typing skills.
Browse Flexible Transcriptionist Jobs
9. Travel Consultant
Median Pay: $39,982
Telecommuting travel positions are plentiful. In this industry, you’ll manage travel arrangements for various clients, such as a cruise line, airline, resort, or excursion bookings. Many positions offer the benefit of travel credits that could also allow you to travel yourself.
Browse Flexible Travel Consultant Jobs
10. Tutor
Median Pay: $34,857
You can turn your area of expertise into a career by becoming a tutor for K-12 or college-aged students. Do you excel in math, English, science, or another subject? Take that knowledge and put it to work so you can earn from home.

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Wink This Is the Average American's Salary. How Does Yours Compare?
Posted by: Retire Early - 10-15-2018, 11:44 AM - Forum: Seattle Business news, general discussions and feedback - No Replies

In an age of oversharing, many of us are remarkably tight-lipped when it comes to talking salary. But in reality, knowing where you stand can help you determine whether you're in a good place or whether you should be taking steps to boost your earnings.
The average U.S. worker today earns roughly $46,641 a year, according to data from the Social Security Administration. The median salary in the country, however, is only $30,533, which tells us that a greater number of people earn less than the average than more.
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Of course, the best way to determine whether your salary is fair is to research your specific industry and see how others with your job title are doing. Better yet, see what local folks with your job title are being paid, as that'll give you an even more accurate point of comparison. But if you find that you're earning less than the average worker with your qualifications, you'll want to take steps to boost your income. Here are a few to start with.
1. Ask for a raise
Asking your boss for more money is a pretty daunting notion, but if you're serious about increasing your earnings, you'll need to get over it. Amazingly, 56% of workers have never asked for a raise, according to CareerBuilder, but of those who have, 66% were successful in getting some sort of boost. So do your research, figure out what you should be making, and present that data to your boss. Not only that, but go in with a list of ways you add specific value to your company to further drive home your argument. It may not be an easy conversation to have, but it's a necessary one nonetheless.
2. Improve your skills
The more you know, the more critical an employee you'll be regarded as. If you're looking to earn more money, take steps to improve your skills. This doesn't necessarily mean obtaining an advanced degree. Rather, look into the various certifications you might manage to get, or seek out learning opportunities at conferences and seminars. A modest amount of effort on your part could translate into a nice bump in your income.
3. Dust off your resume
We're often encouraged to be patient and work our way up at our respective companies. But if you're looking for a sizable salary boost, moving to another employer may be the fastest way to get there. And while too much job-hopping can make you look flighty, if you do it strategically, it can work to not only bump up your earnings, but help advance your career as well.
4. When all else fails, get a second gig
In an ideal world, we'd all earn enough from our primary jobs to call it a day. But there's a reason a good 44 million Americans are holding down a side hustle: They're not making enough money from their main employers, and they need a means of compensating. The good news, however, is that 36% of workers with a side gig bring home more than $500 a month extra as a result, so if you're willing to put in some time, you can boost your income without having to be at the mercy of your boss.
Whether you earn more or less money than the average American, it never hurts to try to grow your income. Follow these steps, and with any luck, you'll land a raise one way or another.

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