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San Diego Startup Month gets reimagined with virtual worlds in 2020

San Diego Startup Week, a grassroots tech event that once drew thousands of young entrepreneurs downtown for its annual gathering, has been remade for 2020. Yes, it’s virtual. But organizers have an interesting plan to keep their networking spark alive.

The plan includes a special kick-off event in a virtual setting resembling the video game The Sims, with avatars wandering a San Diego-like environment complete with beaches and campfires.

Attendees can digitally wander a conference-like startup fair, interacting with other entrepreneurs or companies at booths. They can attend a beach party, where their avatars can dance while their real selves (plugged into microphones at home) can voice chat with other minglers.

“You’re fully immersed into a live world,” said Alexa-Rae Navarro, the executive director of organizing non-profit Startup San Diego.

Startup San Diego is using software made by VirBELA.

Startup San Diego is using software made by VirBELA, which makes virtual environments for event organizers, companies and teams.

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Pandemic prompts work-life overhaul for world’s business leaders

LONDON, Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In the wake of COVID-19, the world’s board executives plan to make significant changes to how they work and live.

Bupa Global’s Executive Wellbeing Index released today reveals the impact of COVID-19 on global executives and finds the vast majority (94%) are planning a major overhaul of their work-life balance.

Over half do not plan to return to the same fast pace of life; one in three intends to work from home permanently, and one in five will even work from their holiday home. While over a quarter (26%) will stop all business travel for 12 months.

The premium health insurer also highlights the toll of the pandemic on executive health; 82% reported symptoms of mental health problems, including disturbed sleep, low mood, anxiety or anger, with two in five delaying seeking help.

And with the future still uncertain, the global economy has

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Ukraine Launches World’s First Virtual Business Country for Creative Economy – Diia City | News

KYIV, Ukraine, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ukraine’s government has launched one of the most promising reforms to create a global IT hub in Ukraine. The project, called Diia City, provides for special digital residency with a particular taxation regime, intellectual property protection and simplified regulations. 

Ukrainian leadership intends to establish a comprehensive, liberal legal framework for the IT industry. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to design the legislation for Diia City – the world’s first virtual business country for the creative economy. Diia City implies a step change in current taxation, enforcement and judicial systems.

“The government and IT sector are now working together. We are drafting legislation to support the IT industry. And we assured the IT sector of sustained governmental support; for them, there would be no taxes above 5%. Cause we see Ukraine as a European intellectual hub for

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Ukraine Launches World’s First Virtual Business Country for Creative Economy

KYIV, Ukraine, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ukraine’s government has launched one of the most promising reforms to create a global IT hub in Ukraine. The project, called Diia City, provides for special digital residency with a particular taxation regime, intellectual property protection and simplified regulations. 

Ukrainian leadership intends to establish a comprehensive, liberal legal framework for the IT industry. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to design the legislation for Diia City – the world’s first virtual business country for the creative economy. Diia City implies a step change in current taxation, enforcement and judicial systems.

“The government and IT sector are now working together. We are drafting legislation to support the IT industry. And we assured the IT sector of sustained governmental support;

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Nero Consulting Ranked Among World’s Most Elite 501 Managed Service Providers

For the 13th year running, MSPs from around the globe completed an exhaustive survey and application this spring to self-report product offerings, annual total and recurring revenues, profits, revenue mix, growth opportunities and company and customer demographic information. Applicants are ranked on a unique methodology that weights revenue figures according to long-term health and viability; commitment to recurring revenue; and operational efficiency.

Channel Futures is pleased to name Nero Consulting to the 2020 MSP 501 TOP 10!

“To finish in the top ten of 501 other IT companies is a testament to our hard work and maturity as an MSP” said Anthony Oren, CEO of Nero Consulting. “I am extremely proud of our team and really appreciate our customers high satisfaction rating and continued support over the years.”

“For the third year running, the applicant pool for the annual MSP 501 has grown year-over-year, making this year’s list

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An influential investor group demands the world’s largest polluters to execute strategies for ‘net-zero’ carbon by 2050


  • Climate Action 100+ has demanded the world’s largest greenhouse-gas emitters to execute “net-zero” strategies by 2050 or earlier.
  • The group formally urged 161 companies including Anglo-Australian miners BHP and Rio Tinto, as well as oil producers Chevron, BP, Total and Shell to cut emissions by 45% relative to 2010 levels by 2030.
  • These “focus companies” will be evaluated against targets in a benchmark report to be released early next year.
  • Asset managers are becoming increasingly concerned over climate change affecting financial investments. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

A group representing investors that manage assets worth more than $47 trillion has demanded the world’s largest polluters to execute carbon-neutral business strategies earlier than or by 2050. 

In a letter to 161 large carbon emitters, Climate Action 100+ set out targets against which each company will be scrutinized in a benchmark report expected to be published by early

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An influential investor group demands the world’s largest polluters execute strategies for ‘net-zero’ carbon by 2050



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  • Climate Action 100+ has demanded the world’s largest greenhouse-gas emitters to execute “net-zero” strategies by 2050 or earlier.
  • The group formally urged 161 companies including Anglo-Australian miners BHP and Rio Tinto, as well as oil producers Chevron, BP, Total and Shell to cut emissions by 45%, relative to 2010 levels, by 2030.
  • These “focus companies” will be evaluated against targets in a benchmark report to be released early next year.
  • Asset managers are becoming increasingly concerned over climate change affecting financial investments. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

A group representing investors that manage assets worth more than $47 trillion has demanded the world’s largest polluters to execute carbon-neutral business strategies earlier than or by 2050. 

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In a letter to 161 large carbon emitters, Climate Action 100+ set out targets against which each company will be scrutinized in a benchmark report expected to be

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Design lays out an underwater habitat that would be world’s largest

  • Fabien Cousteau, grandson of oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, has designed an underwater habitat that, would be the world’s largest and most advanced.
  • The design calls for a research station named Proteus 60 feet deep in the Caribbean, near Curaçao.
  • If realized, Proteus could help scientists study the impacts of climate change and plastic pollution, among other aspects of marine biology.
  • Cousteau envisions Proteus as an underwater version of the International Space Station. Astronauts could even train there.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Jacques Cousteau was a pioneer oceanographer and the inventor of the first scuba-diving gear. Now, his grandson, Fabien Cousteau, hopes to build the world’s largest underwater habitat.

The younger Cousteau recently revealed designs for Proteus: a two-story, 4,000-square-foot structure named after the Greek sea god. The proposal calls for an underwater research station 10 times bigger than the existing Aquarius Reef Base, which sits off the coast

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Banque Saudi Fransi and Mastercard launch world’s first priceless card

  • A limited number of Priceless cards will be offered by invitation only to BSF customers

Riyadh: Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF) and Mastercard have announced the launch of the world’s first Priceless Mastercard Credit Card. The exclusive card was launched earlier this year during a private BSF customer event hosted at Al Ula, a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

The card builds on Mastercard’s 20-year legacy of delivering and enabling Priceless experiences by offering cardholders exclusive access to events and experiences in line with their passions. The Priceless card, the most elite in Mastercard’s portfolio, will give cardholders the opportunity to experience the world’s most prestigious music, sporting and entertainment events, meet celebrities, and enjoy a host of unparalleled travel and lifestyle privileges.

Gilberto Caldart, President, International, Mastercard, said: “The launch of the world’s first Priceless card marks a global milestone for Mastercard and a defining moment in the evolution

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