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NEO Blockchain Platform Opens Seattle Office Headed by Ex-Microsoft Exec

“Chinese blockchain platform NEO will open an office in United States city of Seattle, according to an official announcement shared with Cointelegraph on Feb. 15” writes Aaron Wood for cointelegraph.com. The NEO Global Development (NGD) Seattle office will open and begin recruitment this month, purportedly allowing the company to expand into the U.S. market.The new office will be headed by ex-Microsoft executive John deVadoss. NEO is currently developing NEO 3.0, an upgrade to its blockchain that will “bring faster transaction speeds, greater stability and expanded application programming interfaces for smart…

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A former Google exec who asks job candidates about the chapters of their life story is listening closely for a common red flag

“As for Reese, she’s seeking job candidates who have spent a lot of time thinking about their own values” writes Shana Lebowitz for businessinsider.com. For Lexi Reese, COO of human-resources software company Gusto, that’s a go-to prompt in job interviews.As Ra’el Cohen, ThirdLove’s chief creative officer, previously told Business Insider, her team likes to ask job candidates, “”What was the last mistake that you and your last team made, and what did you learn from it?”.  Source: businessinsider.com

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A former Apple executive was just accused of insider trading by the SEC

“A former Apple executive, Gene Levoff, has been accused of insider trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission” writes Lisa Eadicicco for businessinsider.com. The lawsuit also said Levoff sent two such emails to employees “immediately prior to” engaging in insider trading in 2011.Levoff is also accused of engaging in insider trading on three occasions in 2011 and 2012 that resulted in him making about $245,000 in profit.It said Levoff profited and avoided losses of about $382,000 through illegal insider trading in 2015 and 2016. Source: businessinsider.com

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An NYSE exec who’s interviewed hundreds of business leaders says you don’t have to be an extrovert to be a successful entrepreneur

“In the business world, introverts seem to have the deck stacked against them” writes Mark Abadi for businessinsider.com. Liu is the founder of Radiate, an online library of educational videos about leadership and management, and previously was an anchor for Bloomberg TV. Over the years, she has interviewed hundreds of business leaders, from Warren Buffett and Elon Musk to Ariana Huffington and Magic Johnson. Source: businessinsider.com

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PlayStation Exec Discusses What Sony Learned From PlayStation 3’s Missteps – DICE 2019

“During his DICE 2019 keynote speech, SIE Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden discussed the lessons Sony has learned in game development, including how missteps with PlayStation 3 led to changes with PlayStation 4” writes Colin Stevens for ign.com. In his Beyond Generations keynote, Layden discussed the three lessons Sony has learned in game development: quality above all, embrace new ideas, and people want to play. Source: ign.com

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Former JPMorgan Exec Becomes New CEO of Blockchain-Based Commodity Trading Platform Vakt

“Having served as a managing director at both JPMorgan Chase and Mercuria Energy Trading S.A., Amic is expected to bring direct experience in commodities trading to the Vakt platform, which is designed to digitize physical commodities trading by cutting out paperwork” writes Helen Partz for cointelegraph.com. Former JPMorgan Chase executive Etienne Amic has been appointed as new CEO at Vakt, a blockchain-based commodity post-trade platform, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Feb. 13.United Kingdom-based Vakt — whose platform launched in November 2018 in partnership with major oil…

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Ex-Walmart exec says ‘fairy-tale’-like Amazon Go won’t win the future of retail

“Computer vision technology doesn’t necessarily result in labor cost savings, despite the fact that it eliminates the need for cashiers, Larson said” writes Finanzen Net Gmbh for businessinsider.com. The accuracy of computer vision technology declines in environments with too many similar-looking items, according to Larson.Amazon Go’s cashierless technology has been widely touted as the future of retail. Source: businessinsider.com

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Ford Exec Sees ‘Increased Production in China’ Even After $1B U.S. Investment

“But with tariffs on automobiles going into China of about 15%, “we actually should see increased production in China,” said Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president of global operations for Ford, dispelling any question that Ford may not increase production there” writes Jacob Sonenshine for thestreet.com. Ford Motors Co. (F) just announced a $1 billion investment into its Chicago manufacturing facility that will add 500 jobs to the plants. Source: thestreet.com

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‘We control our own fate,’ Deutsche Bank exec says amid merger speculation

“Amid reports of a government-brokered merger with its rival, Deutsche Bank insists its fate is in its own hands” writes Silvia Amaro for cnbc.com. “There’s a lot of speculation out there but we won’t comment on mergers,” James von Moltke, the chief financial officer of Deutsche Bank, told CNBC’s Annette Weisbach on Friday.Sewing said last year that Deutsche needs to focus on being profitable rather than looking at a merger.There have been numerous reports that Deutsche could merge with Commerzbank given that they are both big players in Germany.A merger…

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