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Jennifer Lawrence has reportedly married art dealer Cooke Maroney

Jennifer Lawrence reportedly married art gallerist Cooke Maroney.

The 29-year-old “X-Men” star wed Maroney on Saturday in Newport, Rhode Island, People reported.

People reported that Lawrence wore a Dior dress, and held a wedding reception for 150 guests at the lavish 1894 Belcourt of Newport mansion.

The attendees reportedly boasted a number of celebrities, including Adele, Amy Schumer, Kris Jenner, Emma Stone, Ashley Olsen, and more.

Confirmation of their marriage follows Lawrence releasing her Amazon wedding registry to the public in September. Her list featured various travel essentials and products for the couple’s home.

In mid-September, Page Six reported that the couple was seen at a courthouse in New York City, joined by “two security guards, a photographer, and another friend.” The outlet reported that an eyewitness said they spotted Lawrence at the courthouse in a now-deleted tweet.

Read more: Jennifer Lawrence says fiancé Cooke Maroney is the ‘greatest person I’ve ever met.’ Here’s everything we know about their relationship.

According to Page Six, the couple was introduced through mutual a friend named Laura Simpson. Lawrence’s relationship with Maroney, who’s the director of New York City’s Gladstone Gallery on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, was reported in June 2018. 

In February 2019, representatives for Lawrence confirmed engagement reports to INSIDER.

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Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney in New York City in February 2019.

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Lawrence opened up about her relationship with Maroney while appearing on Catt Sadler’s podcast, called “NAKED with Catt Sadler.”

“He’s the greatest human being I’ve ever met,” the actress said. “He really is and he gets better. I started with the basics: How do I feel? Is he nice? Is he kind? He’s just the one. I know it sounds really stupid, but he’s the greatest person I’ve ever met, so I feel very honored to become a Maroney.”

The Oscar winner went on to say that she’ll probably legally change her last name, but will still go by Lawrence. The actress added that when she met Maroney, she “wasn’t at a place where I was like, ‘I’m ready to get married.'”

“I just met Cooke and I wanted to marry him,” she said. “We wanted to marry each other. We wanted to commit fully. He’s my best friend, so I wanted to legally bind him to me forever.”

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Exclusive: Kuroda says BOJ can ‘certainly’ cut short-term rates if it were to ease

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Bank of Japan will “certainly” reduce short- to medium-term interest rates if it needed to ease monetary policy, Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said, suggesting that deepening negative rates will be the primary tool to fight heightening overseas risks.

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda takes questions from reporters at the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington, U.S., October 18, 2019. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan

Kuroda also said the BOJ already has a flexible framework that allows it to accelerate purchases of exchange-traded funds (ETF) if markets become volatile, signalling its readiness to moderate stock price falls that could hurt business sentiment.

“On the whole, the world economic outlook … has become less buoyant. And the timing of (pick-up) of world economic growth has been somewhat delayed,” Kuroda told Reuters, adding that risks continue to be “fairly high.”

“If we need further easing of monetary conditions, we would certainly reduce short- to medium-term interest rates. But we don’t want to reduce super-long interest rates,” he said on Saturday after attending the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings.

The remarks underscore the BOJ’s concern over the pain the bitter U.S.-China trade war and slumping global demand are inflicting on the export-reliant economy, which could prod it to ramp up monetary stimulus as early as this month.

They are also the strongest signal to date from Kuroda that if the BOJ were to ease, the most likely step would be to push its short-term rate target deeper into negative territory.

Reducing short- and medium-term rates would have a “positive” impact on the economy, while excessive cuts in super- long yields could hurt consumer sentiment by eroding investment returns for pension funds and life insurers, he said.

Under a policy dubbed yield curve control (YCC), the BOJ guides short-term rates at -0.1% and 10-year bond yields around 0% in an effort to achieve its elusive 2% inflation target. It also buys government bonds and risky assets such as ETFs.

MORE EASING STILL EFFECTIVE

Markets are rife with speculation the BOJ could ease at its Oct. 30-31 meeting, after it signalled last month the chance of imminent action by warning of escalating overseas risks.

When asked whether overseas risks remain high enough to warrant easing at that meeting, Kuroda said it was “a bit difficult to say definitely.”

While U.S.-China trade talks have made some progress, the conflict may continue and the fate of Britain’s exit from the European Union remains uncertain, he said.

Such overseas risks and cuts in the International Monetary Funds’ global growth forecast would affect the BOJ’s projections on Japan’s economic prospects, he added.

While repeating that the BOJ won’t hesitate to ease if the economy’s momentum towards achieving its 2% inflation target is weakened, Kuroda said he had no pre-set idea on when to act.

“We have no predetermined policy decisions. It all depends on economic data,” he said, suggesting an action this month was hardly a done deal. “We have to carefully watch, analyse global and domestic economic situations.”

The BOJ has said it has four tools to ease – deepening negative rates, a cut in its long-term yield target, an increase in risky asset buying and an acceleration in money printing.

While Kuroda has said deeper negative rates is among key options, analysts have warned the move could backfire by pushing regional banks into financial trouble and hurting consumer mood.

When asked what other tools besides deeper negative rates the BOJ may opt for, Kuroda said the bank can “combine a few options” or “change some aspects” of them – without elaborating.

“We can expand our asset purchase program. Our asset purchase program includes not just long-term government bonds but also ETFs,” he said. “There are various tools to affect the economy by easing monetary conditions.”

The BOJ pledges to buy ETFs so its holdings increase roughly 6 trillion yen ($55.34 billion) per year, but adds the pace of buying could fluctuate depending on market developments.

“Our ETF purchase is very flexible … Even under the current asset purchase program, we can increase the ETF purchases significantly if needed,” Kuroda said, suggesting the BOJ can vary the pace of buying even without changing its commitment to buy at the current rate of 6 trillion yen per year.

“As far as the BOJ is concerned, we still have tools which could be used as necessary,” he said. “I don’t think the effect of monetary policy has declined.”

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Reporting by Leika Kihara and Kieran Murray; Additional reporting by Howard Schneider; Editing by Andrea Ricci

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Canada’s Trudeau, main rival trade attacks as campaign grinds to conclusion

HAMILTON, Ontario (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, facing the loss of his Parliamentary majority in an election next week, traded attacks with his main rival on Saturday as a bad-tempered campaign entered its last few days.

Liberal leader and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigns for the upcoming election in the Hamilton Fire Department in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada October 19, 2019. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Trudeau came to power in 2015 promising “sunny ways” and a new way of doing politics but saw his popularity drop earlier this year amid an ethics scandal. Images of him in blackface emerged last month, further hurting his Liberal Party ahead of the Oct. 21 election.

The 47-year-old prime minister, his voice increasingly hoarse, said Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer would slash spending and rip up Liberal plans to fight climate change.

Polls show the Liberals and the Conservatives in a dead heat, with neither able to capture a majority of the 338 seats in the House of Commons. That would leave the party winning the most seats seeking support of smaller parties to govern.

“I know Canadians want a strong progressive government that would stop Conservative cuts,” Trudeau told a rally in a fire station in the Ontario city of Hamilton, west of Toronto.

In the absence of an overriding narrative, dirty tactics and awkward moments have characterized the campaign.

Another example of that was on display on Saturday when People’s Party of Canada (PPC) leader Maxime Bernier said his party was considering legal action against the Conservatives after the Globe and Mail newspaper reported that the latter had hired a consultant to “seek and destroy” the PPC party and try to get Bernier barred from televised leaders’ debates.

‘DIRTY POLITICS’

Bernier, a former Conservative cabinet minister, lost the Conservative leadership race to Scheer in 2017 and started his own right-leaning party. Lagging far behind in polls, the PPC could still split some of the Conservative vote.

“This is the kind of dirty politics that confuse Canadians’ faith in politics,” Bernier said at a press conference in Sainte-Marie, Quebec. “He (Scheer) is ready to steal the election with lies and manipulations.

“We have already filed a complaint with Elections Canada with our concerns about what the conservative party did. We are considering other (legal) avenues.”

Scheer, speaking in Toronto, repeatedly refused to answer questions about the report, saying only: “We don’t make comments on vendors that we may or may not have engaged with.”

Asked about the story, Trudeau said: “Conservatives have had to use the politics of fear and division and they just make stuff up.”

A Nanos Research poll for the Globe and Mail and CTV released on Saturday put the Liberals at 32.6% public support and the Conservatives at 30.3%. The left-leaning New Democrats, who compete for the same voters as the Liberals, were at 18.4%.

Trudeau sidestepped questions about his plans if he did not win a majority. Minority governments in Canada rarely last more than two and a half years.

Scheer, speaking in Toronto, said Trudeau would spend his first 100 days negotiating a coalition with the New Democrats that would impose tax hikes.

“Justin Trudeau has made it clear he will pay any price to stay in power, and he will use your money to do it,” he told reporters.

There has only been one coalition in Canadian history, in 1917 during World War One.

The Leader of Canada’s Conservatives Andrew Scheer campaigns for the upcoming election in Toronto, Ontario Canada October 19, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

Trudeau and Scheer made multiple trips to Ontario, which accounts for 108 of the 338 seats in the House of Commons. The Liberals hold 76 of those seats.

Trudeau was scheduled to make four stops in Ontario before flying later on Saturday to the western provinces of Manitoba and Alberta, where anger against the Liberals is rising over government environmental measures that critics complain will hobble the energy industry.

Reporting by David Ljunggren in Hamilton, Ontario; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Daniel Wallis

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Trump, Lopez Obrador agree to take action to stem flow of weapons to Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s foreign minister said on Saturday that President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump had agreed to take swift action to stem the flow of illegal weapons from the United States into Mexico, where a drug war is raging.

Police officers keep watch on a street a day after cartel gunmen clashed with federal forces, resulting in the release of Ovidio Guzman from detention, the son of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, in Culiacan, in Sinaloa state, Mexico October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

Lopez Obrador told Trump on a phone call that he proposed “both countries use technology to close the border, to freeze the traffic of arms that is killing people in Mexico,” Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters.

“And Trump responded that he thought it was a good idea that this could be done using technology,” Ebrard said, adding that the idea is to install at all border crossings advanced lasers, X-rays and metal detectors, capable of even detecting chemical products.

Not only could that staunch the flow of illegal weapons into Mexico, but also the trafficked drugs into the United States, said Ebrard.

Increasing the number of Mexican intelligence agents in the United States is another proposal that is on the table.

Lopez Obrador told Trump “he was very concerned” that gang members used .50 caliber, armor-piercing rifles during the breakout of violence in the northwestern city of Culiacan over the attempted arrest of Ovidio Guzman, a son of jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Mexico estimates that upwards of 80% of the weapons used by criminals in Mexico enter from the United States, and has long lobbied U.S. officials to take gun trafficking more seriously, arguing that the number of guns in the country make it much harder to clamp down on drug traffickers.

Ebrard assured there was no need to change laws in the United States in order to stop the illegal flow of weapons into Mexico.

Gun control of any kind is a hot button issue in the United States ahead of 2020 elections and could face resistance from the gun lobby, especially the powerful National Rifle Association lobby group which has strongly resisted restrictions after recent U.S. mass shootings.

The two leaders agreed that U.S. and Mexican officials would meet in the next few days to discuss options, and would announce actions to “freeze” illegal imports of weapons into Mexico through U.S. border crossings.

There was no immediate comment from U.S. authorities.

The discussion came in the wake of the bungled arrest attempt. Cartel gunmen surrounded about 35 police and national guard on Thursday in the capital of Sinaloa state and made them free Ovidio Guzman. His brief detention had set off widespread gun battles and a jailbreak that stunned the country.

“If the order would have been given to continue with the operation in Culiacan we estimate that more than 200 people, mostly civilians, would have been killed,” said Ebrard, adding that so-called collateral damage was unacceptable to the Mexican government.

The chaos in Culiacan, a bastion of the elder Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel, has turned up pressure on Lopez Obrador, who took office in December promising to pacify a country weary of more than a decade of gang violence.

Admitting that the cartel’s response was faster than what authorities expected, Ebrard said valuable lessons were learned from the failed attempt to capture the Guzman son.

Ebrard said Mexico’s armed forces need better training and technology, underscoring that there is still an “outstanding arrest warrant for Ovidio Guzman and other people and the corresponding authorities have to do what is necessary” to carry out the arrests.

Reporting by Anthony Esposito in Mexico City; Additional reporting by Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Alistair Bell

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Canada’s Trudeau, main rival trade attacks as campaign grinds to conclusion

HAMILTON, Ontario (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, facing the loss of his Parliamentary majority in an election next week, traded attacks with his main rival on Saturday as a bad-tempered campaign entered its last few days.

Liberal leader and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigns for the upcoming election in the Hamilton Fire Department in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada October 19, 2019. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Trudeau came to power in 2015 promising “sunny ways” and a new way of doing politics but saw his popularity drop earlier this year amid an ethics scandal. Images of him in blackface emerged last month, further hurting his Liberal Party ahead of the Oct. 21 election.

The 47-year-old prime minister, his voice increasingly hoarse, said Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer would slash spending and rip up Liberal plans to fight climate change.

Polls show the Liberals and the Conservatives in a dead heat, with neither able to capture a majority of the 338 seats in the House of Commons. That would leave the party winning the most seats seeking support of smaller parties to govern.

“I know Canadians want a strong progressive government that would stop Conservative cuts,” Trudeau told a rally in a fire station in the Ontario city of Hamilton, west of Toronto.

In the absence of an overriding narrative, dirty tactics and awkward moments have characterized the campaign.

Another example of that was on display on Saturday when People’s Party of Canada (PPC) leader Maxime Bernier said his party was considering legal action against the Conservatives after the Globe and Mail newspaper reported that the latter had hired a consultant to “seek and destroy” the PPC party and try to get Bernier barred from televised leaders’ debates.

‘DIRTY POLITICS’

Bernier, a former Conservative cabinet minister, lost the Conservative leadership race to Scheer in 2017 and started his own right-leaning party. Lagging far behind in polls, the PPC could still split some of the Conservative vote.

“This is the kind of dirty politics that confuse Canadians’ faith in politics,” Bernier said at a press conference in Sainte-Marie, Quebec. “He (Scheer) is ready to steal the election with lies and manipulations.

“We have already filed a complaint with Elections Canada with our concerns about what the conservative party did. We are considering other (legal) avenues.”

Scheer, speaking in Toronto, repeatedly refused to answer questions about the report, saying only: “We don’t make comments on vendors that we may or may not have engaged with.”

Asked about the story, Trudeau said: “Conservatives have had to use the politics of fear and division and they just make stuff up.”

A Nanos Research poll for the Globe and Mail and CTV released on Saturday put the Liberals at 32.6% public support and the Conservatives at 30.3%. The left-leaning New Democrats, who compete for the same voters as the Liberals, were at 18.4%.

Trudeau sidestepped questions about his plans if he did not win a majority. Minority governments in Canada rarely last more than two and a half years.

Scheer, speaking in Toronto, said Trudeau would spend his first 100 days negotiating a coalition with the New Democrats that would impose tax hikes.

“Justin Trudeau has made it clear he will pay any price to stay in power, and he will use your money to do it,” he told reporters.

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There has only been one coalition in Canadian history, in 1917 during World War One.

Trudeau and Scheer made multiple trips to Ontario, which accounts for 108 of the 338 seats in the House of Commons. The Liberals hold 76 of those seats.

Trudeau was scheduled to make four stops in Ontario before flying later on Saturday to the western provinces of Manitoba and Alberta, where anger against the Liberals is rising over government environmental measures that critics complain will hobble the energy industry.

Reporting by David Ljunggren in Hamilton, Ontario; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Daniel Wallis

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Britain asks EU to postpone Brexit for third time after UK lawmakers delay vote on withdrawal deal

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street to head for the House of Commons as parliament discusses Brexit, sitting on a Saturday for the first time since the 1982 Falklands War, in London, Britain, October 19, 2019.

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Britain has requested an extension of the Oct. 31 deadline to leave the European Union after U.K. lawmakers delayed a vote Saturday on the withdrawal agreement negotiated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

EU Council President Donald Tusk said he received the extension letter and that he would begin consulting with EU leaders on how to respond to Britain’s request. It is the third time that Britain has asked the EU to delay the deadline for Brexit.

Johnson, however, did not personally sign the letter officially requesting an extension. The prime minister, in a separate letter to Tusk, made clear that he personally opposes such an extension.

“I have made clear since becoming Prime Minister, and made clear to Parliament again today, my view, and the Government’s position, that a further extension would damage the interests of the UK and our EU partners, and the relationship between us,” Johnson wrote.

Though Johnson personally opposes an extension, the British government was forced to ask for one after U.K. lawmakers delayed approval of Johnson’s withdrawal agreement and voted to activate a law that required Downing Street to ask Brussels to push back the deadline for Brexit.

That amendment triggering the law, known as the “Benn Act,” was backed by 322 votes to 306.

Johnson wrote that it is up to the EU to decide whether to grant the request for an extension. He said that the British government would press ahead with ratification of the withdrawal agreement and that he hopes the process can be completed before the current deadline for Brexit lapses on Oct. 31.

Speaking after the setback in parliament Saturday, Johnson said he would “not negotiate a delay with the EU and neither does the law compel me to do so.” However by law, according to the Benn Act, Johnson had until 11:00 p.m. London time Saturday to send a letter to the EU requesting an extension.

Johnson also added: “I will tell our friends and colleagues in the EU exactly what I’ve told everyone in the last 88 days that I’ve served as prime minister: that further delay would be bad for this country, bad for the European Union and bad for democracy.”

Johnson has also previously stated he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask for more time from the EU.

His withdrawal agreement bill will now be introduced in the House of Commons early next week which would potentially mean a vote on Tuesday evening on what is termed the “second reading,” the initial stage of a passage of bill through the House of Commons.

Should it pass, this would be the first time the House has passed any bill relating to Brexit withdrawal deals.

—CNBC’s Elliot Smith contributed to this article.

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9 Questions MBA Students Should Consider Before Accepting A Marketing Job

There are some people who simply think differently. Cary Rosenzweig is one of these people. His perspective is informed by a career path that has taken him through the functions of marketing and general management, the landscape of huge corporations and small startups, and the product lines of consumer package goods, small business software, and consumer web services. Rosenzweig is currently Chief Revenue Officer at Zuman, a small business software and services company, and serves as board member, angel investor and advisor/mentor to startups in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously, he was a CEO at IMVU (birthplace of the Lean Startup movement) and General Manager at Intuit, Clorox and First Data and began his career in marketing at Procter & Gamble.

Given his breadth of experience, Rosenzweig is well-positioned to provide insight on career management. Below are nine questions Rosenzweig suggests fledgling marketers ask themselves.

Where is my career heading? “ ‘Begin with the end in mind,’ as Steven Covey wrote. How does each career step move you toward your goal? You will achieve your long-term goals by having important skills that take a long time to achieve. I’m talking about a 30-year career path. I know that’s hard for someone who hasn’t yet blown out 30 candles on a birthday cake to consider this long view. Focus on developing your skills at the beginning of your career. You take these with you, and nobody can ever take them away.”

What kind of marketer do I want to be? “I suggest you consider aspiring to become a strategic, senior-level, high-octane growth marketer. Ultimately, this prepares you to become a general manager or CEO. Or at least to sit on the senior leadership team, perhaps even on a board of directors. Others with limited experience working with strategic marketers may think, “marketing” means simply “PR,” “sales support,” “consumer research,” “branding” or “growth hacking.” All of these tactical elements have a place inside broader marketing objectives and strategies, but the strategic marketer is looking more at the big picture alongside the General Manager or CEO of the business.”

What skills will I need to develop? “Generally: strategic thinking, business analysis, written and oral persuasion, situational management, team leadership, predictive interviewing, financial analysis, P&L management and more. For marketing: deep customer insight, rapid prototyping and testing, strategic planning, agency and partner management, awareness generation, trial inducement, web “funnel” development, testing and optimization of all steps and more.”

Do I know which companies provide the best marketing training? “Some company cultures are more “you’re on your own” than “we’ll help develop you.” Seek out the latter. Years ago, I drove my young family 2,400 miles from Palo Alto to Cincinnati to join Procter & Gamble. I wasn’t disappointed. P&G is extremely intentional in teaching about business generally and marketing specifically. The ratio of Brand Manager to Brand Assistants is typically 1:3 or so. Your marketing sensei is trained, evaluated and rewarded for developing you. In exchange, you work hard to make your brand and boss successful. Wax on. Wax off. Add in formal classes, company-wide “white papers” on marketing, shared-learning across brands and rotational assignments. Survive to promotion to Brand Manager, then spend a couple years driving a large brand. You will have earned a marketing black belt, well-worn with the underlying white threads showing through. Executive recruiters will love you.”

Of the companies I’m evaluating, do I know how profitable are each company’s products, especially on the margin? “Products with high marginal profits tend to have large marketing budgets. It makes sense since each marginal product sold drops big profits to the bottom line. Products with relatively low marginal profitability cannot sustain bigger marketing budgets, so they cannot attract and retain top marketing talent. So, you won’t get good experience and training. Brutal, but true. This concept applies also to specific products and brands within a larger company. Not all brands are equal. Work hard to get assigned, over time, to the products where you will develop the most.”

Of the companies I’m evaluating, do I know what the key drivers are and who drives the key drivers? “Because marketing is the key driver of acquiring customers, business to consumer (B2C) companies are more likely to be marketing-driven. Business to business (B2B) companies are more likely to be sales-driven, especially if the B2B is to big companies (“enterprise”). Some B2B companies, especially those servicing small businesses (SMBs), can be marketing-driven. Tech companies may be engineering-driven. The functions that drive the business naturally tend to get the most funding and exercise the most power. It’s hard to recommend starting a marketing career at a company that doesn’t have marketing as the primary driver. These companies may be wonderful places for you later in your career.”

Do I know what the job functions and titles really mean? “Brand Manager. Product Manager. Marketing Manager. Product Marketer. Even within the same industry, these terms may represent different responsibilities. During interviews, ask for specific meanings. Keep asking until you understand.”

Should I consider a marketing job in a startup right out of school? “Only if you’re a gambler. You’ll take a bigger risk in your career path with this choice. Eric Ries says, “a startup is a human institution designed to deliver a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty.” Steve Blank says, “a startup is a temporary organization used to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.” Most startups are under-capitalized, led by people without significant marketing experience and destined to fail. So, the odds are high that you’ll lose your job without learning much about marketing; however, startups can be fun, exciting and hold the allure of a potential big payoff (with odds roughly equal to buying a Lotto ticket). On the other hand, it’s impossible to learn how to do a startup while sitting on the 9th floor of your mega-corporation (no matter how “nimble” the company recruiter claims it is).”

Should I consider a marketing job at a company that has emerged from the startup phase? “Perhaps. Be careful that the startup has truly emerged, meaning that is has proven its business model and is now investing in repeatable and scalable processes and business-building tactics. Typically, this is when companies raise more funding and begin hiring experienced functional leaders, including marketers. If you’re lucky, you will work for someone trained and experienced elsewhere who is committed to your professional development.”

Am I willing to work hard? “Sometimes we win in life because we work harder than the other equally smart people. I wish it was simply a matter of “working smarter,” but it’s not. It’s often working harder, putting in more hours to hone one’s skills and achieve important results for the company. The key is to get those results through both thought leadership and people leadership, while setting an example for your teammates. And doing this while trying to be a good spouse and parent. It’s not easy. I’ll finish by quoting an influential philosopher in our own time, Oprah Winfrey, ‘you can have it all, just not all at once.’ “

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How To Launch A Startup Without A Technical Co-Founder

You don’t need to write code in order to build a successful startup. You need someone or people with programming skills, but you don’t need co-founders. In fact, many startups built by strong teams failed because of co-founder disagreements and misalignment of interests. Finding a technical co-founder doesn’t necessarily solve the “who’s going to build the product” problem.

Follow these steps to launch a startup without a technical co-founder.

1. Don’t Look For A Technical Co-Founder

Co-founders cannot be recruited just like you can’t recruit a spouse. In fact, most founders spend more time with their co-founders than they do with their partners. To find a co-founder, don’t look for one, let life make it happen. Here’s how, specifically.

You could make yourself available by engaging in active communities, attending meetups, seeking intros and waiting for the click with the right person before you can execute on your startup ideas. Or you could accomplish two things in one by hiring someone and using the partnership period to get to know the person better and slowly turn a partnership into a co-founding relationship while building startup value.

This is the right way to go. In any case, a good co-founder is a good partner.

2. Hire An Entrepreneur

Building a startup is unlike creating any other technology product. There are hundreds of thousands of applications that work and look great but failed to build startup value through a validated business model. Additionally, the value of an app that works OK but has hundreds of paying customers is significantly greater than technologies built for millions of dollars without paying users and market potential.

Entrepreneurs with a technical background will help you build a startup. Programmers who have never experienced the ups and downs of launching a startup, will only help you build an app. Look for entrepreneurs, they’re the partners you want to eventually pitch to become co-founders.

Freelance marketplaces are one of the channels you can use to find partners but not the best channel. Instead, engage in startup communities and don’t be afraid to ask. Many of their active members are always looking for interesting projects. In-person events are another great place to find them.

Entrepreneurial programmers will approach building your startup differently than what some agencies and web development teams will want to do. For instance, if you have an investment of $50,000, certain agencies will propose a plan to build a product for your budget. Someone with a startup experience, will suggest splitting the investment into more than one version in order to test quickly, minimize risk and build in response to demand even though this might mean they won’t be maximizing their return in the short-run.

Because they’re entrepreneurial, they will help you make tough decisions not just take orders. In fact, the easiest way to lose them as a partner is by completely ignoring their ideas and proposals. At the end of the day, they’re not just doing it for the money, they want to build a successful business with you.

3. Own Your Role

It’s important to have a good understanding of how an application is built and works, but it’s not worth learning programming from scratch just to build your product simply because your contribution in other areas of the business can be as, if not more, important.

To launch a startup without a technical co-founder, the first thing you need to do is maximize the value created with your available resources. This entails qualitatively validating your idea by talking to potential users, preselling the product, building an audience, essentially everything you can and need to do while a programmer is turning your insights into a functional product. This is a great way to attract the best partners. It is the only way to build a successful startup anyways.

4. Test Quickly

As a non-technical founder, your goal is to test the product as well as your relationship with the chosen partner. If you hire a development team that estimated the project for X dollars to be completed within Y months, you may only be able to find out it’s not a good fit perhaps after spending 20 to 50% of the total investment considering that most agencies will ask for a 20% advance payment.

Instead, start with a testing period which can take a month or less which is what an entrepreneurial programmer will suggest anyways. This can be a planning phase or used to create a smaller version of the envisioned product before moving forward.

Testing the product quickly, especially if your progress depends on your resources, is another important tip for non-technical startup founders. Time is money but no money with a lot of time is not what entrepreneurs should strive for. This is to note that programmers who spend months building a product in their free time to later realize it has limited business potential can just wrap it up, use the lessons learned and move on. In addition to the failure and lessons learned, non-technical founders will have to forget the money invested. Test quickly, entrepreneurial programmers would know.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins Bernie Sanders for the 1st time on the 2020 campaign trail, drawing 25,000 supporters to a Queens rally

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  • Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez held their first 2020 campaign rally together on Saturday, drawing a diverse crowd of over 25,000 to Long Island City, Queens. 
  • Ocasio-Cortez used the occasion to officially endorse Sanders for president. 
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QUEENS, NY — Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez held their first 2020 campaign rally on Saturday, drawing a diverse crowd of over 25,000 to Long Island City, Queens. 

Ocasio-Cortez used to occasion to officially endorse Sanders for president. 

“It wasn’t until I heard of a man by the name of Bernie Sanders that I began to question, and assert, and recognize my inherent value as a human being that deserves healthcare, housing, education, and a living wage,” the 30-year-old lawmaker said during her speech.

Read more: How Bernie Sanders’ heart attack helped convince Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to publicly endorse him, after months of indecision

It was a warm and sunny in Queensbridge Park, where the two native New Yorkers were joined by a host of local progressive politicians in a stage in the middle of Queensbridge Park, just outside Ocasio-Cortez’s district. 

Here’s how the event unfolded. 

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Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Become World’s Best DJs in the Top 100 DJs

AMSTERDAM, Oct. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The results for the 2019 edition of the Top 100 DJs Poll are in and the winners have been announced. Under the Smash the House label, electronic music’s most renowned duo, Belgian brothers, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, have become the new World’s No.1 DJ, taking the place of three-time winner Martin Garrix.

After previously winning the award back in 2015 and becoming the first ever duo to be crowned the World’s No.1 DJs, the brothers received their award during Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) at the Top 100 DJs Awards ceremony in association with the Amsterdam Music Festival (AMF). 

Speaking about winning the award for a second time Dimitri & Mike said: “Winning this award back in 2015 was incredible, truly mesmerizing, but this time around it means so much more because as artists, as a family, as a scene, we’ve grown so much and the journey since the last time we were here has taken us onto bigger and bolder projects. Having the fans with us every step of the way is amazing, so to once again be voted by them as their World No.1 DJs means everything to us!” 

Over the last few years the award-winning brothers have left an historical mark on the electronic music scene at large. From their position as ambassadors of Tomorrowland, playing a part in the incredible rise of the Belgian event that saw 400,000 revellers celebrate Tomorrowland’s 15th anniversary, to their omnipresent position in music charts and streaming platforms. With an all-Star line-up on one of the biggest songs of the summer, the platinum award winning ‘Instagram’, with David Guetta and Afro Bros, saw the brothers work with two of the biggest reggaeton names in the world, Daddy Yankee and Natti Natasha and crushing charts worldwide. While previously working with artists like Wiz Khalifa, Gucci Mane, Diplo, Snoop Dogg, Martin Garrix and even Hans Zimmer – the brothers collected 4 Billboard Dance #1s amongst countless gold and platinum awards.

Throw in setting up their own eSports organisation, doing the soundtrack and getting an own playable character in the latest instalment of the Mortal Kombat game franchise, a mammoth season at Ushuaïa Ibiza with their Garden of Madness night, as well as their run of end of year homecoming arena shows with “Garden of Madness” in Belgium (that sees 80,000 people join every year), New York and the UK, plus one-off shows at the Italian Formula 1, UEFA Champions League Final and a gargantuan run of continent hopping tour dates, it’s not hard to see what may have encouraged their worldwide army of fans to back their favourite DJs this year.

The top 5 includes Martin Garrix in second place, David Guetta in third, followed by Armin Van Buren & Marshmello – full list: www.djmag.com

DJ Mag Top 10 DJs

  • Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
  • Martin Garrix
  • David Guetta
  • Armin van Buuren
  • Marshmello
  • Don Diablo
  • Oliver Heldens
  • Tiësto
  • Afrojack
  • Steve Aoki
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