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FacebookGetty Images/Justin SullivanDespite the temptations of tech startup life, the best place for a highly paid tech job in the UK is still a well-established company.

According to data from jobs site Glassdoor, most of the best paying tech firms in the UK are long-established enterprise software companies like SAP, Infosys, and Oracle. Facebook is one of the few newer companies to make the list.

Interestingly, Apple and Amazon don't rank among the best paying tech firms. That's because they employ lots of lower paid retail and warehouse staff, bringing the median salary down.

Here's the list:


15. Cognizant Technology Solutions

15. Cognizant Technology Solutions
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Median total compensation: £55,250

Median base salary: £55,250

Cognizant is a software and tech consultancy firm, and its UK office is in Paddington, London.

14. HCL Technologies

14. HCL Technologies
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Median total compensation: £55,250

Median base salary: £55,250

HCL Technologies is an Indian software and IT services firm, operating across different sectors ranging from aerospace and defence to retail.

13. Qualcomm

13. Qualcomm
FILE PHOTO: A Qualcomm sign is pictured at one of its many campus buildings in San DiegoThomson Reuters

Median total compensation: £57,550

Median base salary: £52,750

Qualcomm is one of the biggest chipmakers in the world, and also licenses technologies used in devices like the iPhone. 

12. Infosys

12. Infosys
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Median total compensation: £58,000

Median base salary: £56,000

Infosys is another Indian IT consulting firm, headquartered in Bengaluru in India. 

11. Wipro

11. Wipro
Former UK prime minister Gordon Brown visited Wipro in 2007.Jagadeesh N.V/Reuters

Median total compensation: £59,000

Median base salary: £59,000

Wipro is the third Indian IT and consultancy firm on Glassdoor's best paying list, and competes with TCS and Infosys.

10. Expedia

10. Expedia
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Median total compensation: £60,000

Median base salary: £55,000

Expedia is the travel booking giant which lets you book hotels and fares through sites like Expedia.com, Hotels.com, and Trivago.

9. Oracle

9. Oracle
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Median total compensation: £65,000

Median base salary: £60,000

Oracle is one of the biggest tech firms by market cap, and provides business enterprise software.

8. HP

8. HP
Dell

Median total compensation: £65,000

Median base salary: £60,000

Hewlett-Packard was once an enterprise and hardware company, but split these two businesses in 2015. HP now focuses on the hardware side, selling PCs and laptops.

7. Dell

7. Dell
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Median total compensation: £72,000

Median base salary: £63,500

Dell is a major tech hitter, and is mostly now known for selling PCs, tablets, monitors, and other hardware.

6. Google

6. Google
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Median total compensation: £72,000

Median base salary: £64,000

Google is famously a fun, if tough, place to work. Its parent company Alphabet includes businesses spanning search and advertising to self-driving cars.

5. Cisco

5. Cisco
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Median total compensation: £72,250

Median base salary: £60,000

Cisco makes and sells networking equipment — hardware that keeps the internet running. It also develops standards for new technologies.

4. Microsoft

4. Microsoft
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks during a Microsoft cloud briefing event in San Francisco, California October 20, 2014.Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Median total compensation: £81,010

Median base salary: £70,000

Microsoft pays, on average, better than most of the other big five tech firms except for Facebook. It beats Amazon, Apple, and Google. The company spans a lot of activity, from making tablets to desktop operating systems and cloud software.

3. SAP

3. SAP
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Median total compensation: £90,000

Median base salary: £70,000

SAP is a German enterprise software company, and the only non-US firm on this list. It's the biggest European tech company.

2. Facebook

2. Facebook
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plays a game of ping-pong.Spin

Median total compensation: £95,600

Median base salary: £72,000

Facebook has beat out Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Apple to be the second-best paying firm in the UK. The social media firm has a current market cap of around $446 billion (£347 billion), and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg is one of the richest men on the planet.

1. Salesforce

1. Salesforce
Salesforce's Dublin officeGlassdoor/Salesforce

Median total compensation: £110,000

Median base salary: £75,000

Salesforce, which sells software that manages companies' sales, is the only company on Glassdoor's list to offer six figures as the median total compensation. 

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Larry PageAlphabet CEO Larry PageBy Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Google officials were in federal court on Friday to defend its pay practices, pushing back against government allegations that it underpays its women employees.

But if the tech giant hoped to prove its fairness to the world, it didn't exactly win many fans with one of its major lines of reasoning.

According to a report by The Guardian's Sam Levin, Google's budget-minded lawyers argued in court that the government was being unreasonable in demanding that Google collect and turn over internal compensation data.

Why? 

The money.

Complying with a request by the US Department of Labor  would be too expensive and too logistically difficult, Google's lawyers reportedly argued.  The job would apparently require 500 hours of work and cost $100,000.

Note that Google is the world's No.1 internet search engine, with $92 billion in cash and short-term securities on the balance sheet of its parent company, Alphabet. 

And given that Alphabet made $6.8 billion in profit before taxes in just the first quarter of 2017, according to Google Finance, the DoL attorney at Friday's court hearing couldn't resist a snarky response, saying "Google would be able to absorb the cost as easy as a dry kitchen sponge could absorb a single drop of water," Levin reports.

The US Department of Labor (DoL) has previously accused Google of “systemic compensation disparities." The DoL has filed a lawsuit to compel Google to turn over its internal compensation data. Because Google is a federal contractor, it is required by law to submit employment data to the government as part of routine compliance procedures to prove it is not violating equal employment laws, the DoL says.

Google has consistently denied the accusations that it underpays women and it even tweeted in April that it "closed the gender pay gap globally" meaning it pays women and men equally for equal work worldwide, it says.

Its HR site also released a guide that instructs others how they can do the same, including the step called "run a pay analysis." Presumably, this means that Google already has loads of salary data in a form that allows it to be analyzed, at least internally.

After the suit went public, job hunting site Glassdoor released its own analysis of Google's pay based on the self-reported salaries submitted by employees. For what it's worth, Glassdoor sided with Google, finding no evidence that Google underpays for equal work.

However, Glassdoor also found that women overall at Google are still paid 16% less than the men. That's because, of the women who work at Google, fewer of them have roles within the highest paying jobs at Google. It's a situation called "occupational segregation," and it's a common reason why women earn less than men across the economy, not just at Google, Glassdoor's Chief Economist, Dr. Andrew Chamberlain told Business Insider.

In any case, folks on Twitter are not buying the argument that Google can't afford to dig up the salary data that the government is requesting.

Women: So, wage data...

Google: Sorry...

*gold bar falls out of pants*

we just don't

*lights crate of $100 bills on fire*

have the $$$.

 

 

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Snap spent less than $1 million to acquire a tiny drone startup in Venice, according to a new report from BuzzFeed

It's not the first time the company has flirted with acquiring a drone startup, but the deal to acquire Ctrl Me Robotics means the company is furthering its push into hardware.

As part of the deal, Snap brought on Ctrl Me Robotics founder, Simon Saito Nielsen, and acquired some of its assets and equipment, according to Buzzfeed's report.

The drone company was already winding down when the founder approached Snap about the possible acquisition, per the report. The company's website no longer works, and its social media pages stopped posting in October, likely around the time of the acquisition. Snap declined to comment. 

Snap's already been rumored to be working on a drone or other types of hardware following the launch of its smart sunglasses, Spectacles.

While Snap's smart sunglasses might not be ubiquitous, it's turned into a million-dollar "modest" business for the self-described camera company. 

During its earnings call, Snap said that it had brought in $8 million from the sale of Spectacles and that it is continuing to explore new technologies.

"It’s been really exciting to see people capture memories from their perspective," CEO Evan Spiegel said at the time. 

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Sergey Brin Sergey Brin Yudhi Mahatma/Antara Foto/Reuters

More details are leaking about Google co-founder Sergey Brin's secret quest to build a giant airship.

Bloomberg broke the news last month that Brin was working on a secret blimp project at Moffett Field. Business Insider subsequently reported that Brin's company was called LTA Research & Exploration and that it has been leasing space from Google parent company Alphabet. 

Now anonymous sources tell The Guardian that the ship is being personally funded by Brin at an estimated cost of over $100 million. The blimp is expected to be massive in both scale and grandeur — something like 200 meters long. That's not as big as the famously unfortunate Hindenburg, which was 245 meters. But some say it would be among the biggest aircraft flying the skies today, and possibly the biggest.

These sources expect that Brin plans to use it to bring humanitarian food and supplies to the far corners of the world. And they also expect him to use it as luxurious "air yacht" for the billionaire and his family and friends to enjoy, according to the report.

Brin declined common on the original Bloomberg story, nor did he comment on the Guardian story and Alphabet declined comment to Business Insider as well.

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Brin is said to be fascinated with air travel. The unit he oversees at Google's parent company Alphabet is working on all kinds of aircraft, including balloon type crafts. Brin is the executive champion of the unit formerly called Google X, now calling itself simply X.

Earlier this week, the unit gave updates on several of its projects including  Project Loon, which delivers internet connectivity to remote regions using balloons. Loon is being used by tens of thousands of people in flood-affected zones in Peru, X says. That's the first time that balloon-powered internet has been used to connect so many people.

X also has a project called Makani that's trying to generate electricity from an energy kite. Earlier this month, it had a successful prototype test of the kite, which X says is the largest ever of its kind at 600 kilowatts. 

And then there's Project Wing, the unit's drone delivery project. Although we've reported on this project's troubles and set-backs, it was also called out as a project to watch by Alphabet CEO Larry Page in his annual letter to shareholders in April.

As we previously reported, Brin is actively involved at X and even has his own desk installed in some of the projects, like Wing. So, when it comes to objects that fly, Brin just can't seem to get enough.

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trump U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The Trump administration is looking for ways to recalibrate its affairs back home as President Donald Trump ends his first foreign trip as a head of state.

Among measures being considered, like holding fewer press briefings, White House aides have discussed the possibility of reining in Trump's social-media activity, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Trump's tweets have become something of a modern-day fireside chat — the words often come unfiltered, directly from the president. Those words, however, have become something of a liability, according to officials cited in The Journal.

"The idea, said one of Mr. Trump's advisers, is to create a system so that tweets 'don't go from the president's mind out to the universe,'" a Trump adviser said.

Under the proposed protocol, a team of lawyers may proofread Trump's tweets before they are published. The lawyers would decide if the tweets need to be "adjusted or curtailed."

Some of the president's most recent tweets have prompted days of news coverage, like his March 4 tweet that accused President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during the 2016 election and his tweets earlier this month that railed against James Comey, the FBI director Trump fired on May 9.

"James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press," Trump said in a tweet, days later.

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More and more, everything crucial about the present and future of consumer tech runs through at least one five companies: Alphabet, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Smartphones, laptops, app distribution, voice assistants and AI, streaming music and video, cloud computing, online shopping, advertising — whatever it is, chances are it runs through the oligopoly in some way. The list of startups that have bought by the big five, meanwhile, is almost too long to count.

Each of the five make great products, to be clear, but it’s hard to deny that they control how tech money flows.

How each of those companies make their revenues, though, varies wildly. As this recent chart from Visual Capitalist shows, each of the big five hold their empires on the back of different industries. Google's parent company Alphabet, for all the dabbling it does, is an online advertising company first and foremost. Facebook is, too. Apple is a hardware company through and through, while everything about Amazon flows from its e-commerce business.

Though it’s still the dominant player in PCs, Microsoft stands out as the only tech giant with diversified sources of revenue. It has Windows, of course, but with the PC market in decline, it’s also getting significant gains from Office, the Azure cloud business, Xbox, Ads, and various other businesses.

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"Arrested Development" star Will Arnett tells Business Insider that when the beloved comedy returns to Netflix for its fifth season, the star-studded cast will spend "much more" time together on the screen.

The new season will be structured "much like the original broadcast series," he added.

Arnett was speaking to Business Insider about Timyo, a time-saving e-mail app in which he's an investor and advisor.

His comments were in response to a question about the biggest criticism of the fourth season of "Arrested Development," which aired on Netflix in 2013. Due to scheduling conflicts, the show's large ensemble cast rarely appeared together in most episodes. Instead, the season was an interconnected series of vignettes focusing on only a few characters at a time.

The series' ensemble cast includes Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Jeffrey Tambor, Tony Hale, Will Arnett, David Cross, Jessica Walter, and Alia Shawkat.

This time around, not only is the whole cast returning ("sadly, Jason Bateman has agreed to do it," jokes Arnett), but Arnett tells us that the show will be structured in a way that's similar to the original seasons. That means the cast will be appearing together and sharing more scenes, he hints, as opposed to season 4, which focused on one or two characters per episode.

arrested development season 4The cast of "Arrested Development."Sam Urdank for Netflix

While Arnett notes that he's worked with "Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz on projects like the Netflix series "Flaked" over the years, he's excited to spend more time with the rest of the show's cast once the new season starts filming this summer.

"It's an opportunity to see everyone else," says Arnett. "It will be very rewarding."

"Arrested Development" had previously aired on Fox, for three seasons, from 2003 to 2005. The fourth season of the comedy debuted on Netflix in 2013. While the show never attained huge commercial success, it was a critical darling that has retained a sizable and devoted fan base over the years.

The fifth season of "Arrested Development" will debut on Netflix in 2018.

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Evan Spiegel Miranda KerrAP ImagesThere may be wedding bells in the air for LA's newest power couple.

After hints that the supermodel Miranda Kerr would marry Snap CEO Evan Spiegel in May, the New York Post's Page Six reports the two could wed this weekend in a small ceremony with about 30 people at their LA home.

The Australian supermodel started dating the 26-year-old CEO nearly two years ago, and a whirlwind romance followed, which lead to their engagement last year.

Here's how the two powerful stars fell so quickly for each other:

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Raw steaks usually have a natural, blood-like liquid in their packaging. Although its red coloring looks a lot like blood, that liquid is not what it seems. 

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Apple is working on chips to power artificial-intelligence capabilities in its gadgets, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reported Friday.

The chips would handle more advanced AI tasks, such as facial recognition, and help better manage battery life and power, the report says. The chips could also be used in future products, like self-driving cars or digital glasses, in addition to iPhones and iPads.

The news comes as Apple's competitors like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have made significant advancements in AI. At its developers conference last week, Google showed how it was adding AI to a variety of products, including phones, connected speakers, and cars. Apple is seen largely as behind the competition when it comes to AI, which could power the next wave of connected gadgets.

Last year, Apple made some improvements to its Siri AI assistant, giving access to third-party developers in limited categories like messaging and payments. Apple's developers conference starts June 5, and many will be paying attention to more advancements in Apple's AI.

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Google employeesGetting rejected isn't the end of the road — it wasn't for this engineer.Facebook/Life at GoogleIntense competition and notoriously challenging interview questions prove it's no easy feat landing your dream job in tech.

Each year Lea Coligado was in school at Stanford, she applied to more than 20 software engineering or web development internships, including at Snapchat, Facebook, Apple, Pinterest, Microsoft, Palantir, Yelp, WhatsApp, and her dream company, Google.

"Since I was a freshman, the thought of working at Google was always a dream," Coligado, 23, tells Business Insider. "It symbolized all the greatness that can come out of a Stanford education, and it seemed like everyone around me was either trying to work at Google or start the next one."

But Google rejected Coligado's internship applications two years in a row. Instead, she went on rack up tons of interviewing experience with dozens of other tech companies and complete internships at Facebook and Apple.

By the time she was a senior, Google reached out to Coligado for an interview, this time for a full-time software engineer position. She was hired and began working there in the fall of 2016.

Coligado says that finally getting her foot in the door at Google "implied a certain understanding that No. 1, interviews are not a fault-proof system for discerning a candidate's ability — and sometimes even Google weeds out false negatives — and No. 2, that a candidate can learn and grow a lot from year to year."

Below, check out Coligado's four best tips for finally landing that dream tech job or internship:


1. Practice the interview

This is always sound advice no matter what industry you're in. But for engineering jobs in particular, the technical interview, where you'll be asked to show off your coding skills, can be especially difficult.

"Ask a peer to play 'interviewer' for an hour so you can practice whiteboarding algorithms in front of another person. Research projects at the company you're applying for and be prepared to talk about them with an interviewer," Coligado says.

2. Ask for help

Don't glean all your information about a position from the job posting — use your resources.

"Even if you don't know anyone at the company you're applying to, find a recruiter's email online and ask for application tips or a tour of campus," Coligado says. In other words: network.

"As a candidate you are entitled to have your questions answered, and you'd be surprised how many people are willing to help you," she says. "I once asked an engineer I didn't know to give me a tour of Twitter, and they did it. I didn't even have a Twitter account."

3. Don't obsess over things out of your control

"Externalize the things that are out of your control," says Coligado. Specifically, how you may be treated in the interview process based on your race, gender, or ethnicity. 

"While I was at Stanford, I heard everything from friends being referred to by the wrong pronoun after correcting their interviewer multiple times to having interviewers pay inordinate amounts of attention to their clothing (usually dresses)," Coligado says.

"So if you feel like you're being evaluated for anything besides your ability to code and work with a team, the problem probably isn't yours. Remember that," she says.

4. Celebrate the small successes — and learn from the failures

On the other hand, Coligado says, "do internalize your successes and little victories, which you are in control of."

If you had a good interview, celebrate it. If you didn't, then evaluate your shortcomings and fix them for the next time.

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Ford FusionFord fully autonomous Fusion Hybrid research vehicle on streets of Dearborn, MI.Ford

Ford could roll out an Uber-like ride-hailing service even before the company's self-driving cars are ready to hit the streets. 

"I would never rule that out," Raj Nair, the company’s executive vice president and president of North America, told Business Insider when asked if the company would launch an on-demand mobility service with a human driver.

"I think we are evaluating a lot of things in Ford mobility and I think a lot of it will depend on the pilots we are running right now. We'll have to see if those business models are going to work or see if those business models need further modification, whether it be autonomy or advances in connectivity," Nair said.

Business Insider spoke with Nair last week, just a few days before Mark Fields stepped down as CEO. Nair previously was Ford’s chief technology officer.

Now that Fields is out, the new CEO Jim Hackett, who previously headed up Ford’s Smart Mobility division, is tasked with bringing the company into a new era of transportation. Given Hackett’s background and his mission, it’s likely the company will aggressively push ahead with new services. And as Nair said, that could even entail a service similar to Uber and Lyft.

Ford has hinted at getting into this business before. The automaker previously said it plans to launch its self-driving cars in a commercial setting by 2021 and that one of the use cases could include an on-demand, ride-hailing service.

So while Nair didn't completely dismiss the possibility of Ford launching its own network of taxis with human drivers, it's still likely the company would wait until its autonomous vehicles are ready before launching such a business. Nair said this is because the economics just make more sense once the car can drive itself. 

"Labor is such a big part of the model right now, you could almost argue that this entire business isn’t going to make sense unless you can change the cost structure and a big way would be to automate the driver," Nair said.

Nair also said that the company is open to partnerships, so perhaps instead of building out its own network, Ford could someday partner with Uber, Lyft, or another ride-hailing company to manage their fleet of self-driving cars. 

"Going forward with autonomous vehicles, it’s likely to be an owned fleet, which makes that vehicle management as a service so key," Nair said. "I think all of us have some thoughts about what value we could add into vehicle management as a system."

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NASA's Juno spacecraft has been orbiting Jupiter since July, 2016. But only just recently have scientists had a chance to analyze all of its data — and the results are painting a different picture of Jupiter than what anyone expected.

Juno is also returning images unlike any we've ever seen, including of Jupiter's ring system. Jupiter's rings may not be as pronounced as Saturn's, but its ring system still extends to an impressive 140,000 miles away from the giant gas planet. This video shows the first inside peak of Jupiter's rings — Juno snapped it when it was between the planet and the ring system.

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blade flightA Blade helicopter lands at East Hampton Airport.Madeline Stone / Business InsiderGetting to the Hamptons can be a real drag, especially over big holiday weekends like Memorial Day.

Blade, an aviation startup cofounded by former Sony and Warner Music Group exec Rob Wiesenthal and GroupMe cofounder Steve Martocci, aims to make it a little easier on you. 

Blade uses an app to crowdsource flights on helicopters and seaplanes that you can book seats on in an instant. Rather than have you spend hours on a slow train or in a cramped car, Blade's flights promise to get you out to the Hamptons in under 40 minutes. 

Though Blade started out with flights to the Hamptons, which remains its most popular destination, the startup has expanded to offer flights in many weekend getaway spots, including Nantucket, the Jersey Shore, and around different parts of Los Angeles. You can even snag a seat on a helicopter going to one of the New York area airports, a five-minute ride the company calls Blade Bounce.

Tickets range from $494 to $695 for a trip from Manhattan to the Hamptons, Blade's most popular destination. For a few hundred dollars more, you can do a custom charter flight to a destination of your choice, and you can even choose to fly on a faster aircraft if you'd like. A one-way ticket on Blade One, the company's private jet service from New York to Miami, costs about $2,200.

Socialites, celebrities, and elite businesspeople are catching on — Laura Prepon, Jon Hamm, and Olivia Palermo are just a few of the big names that have been spotted in one of Blade's luxury lounges in Manhattan. The company's investors include Kenneth Lerer, Discovery Communications' David Zaslav, Google's Eric Schmidt, IAC's Barry Diller, and iHeart Media's Bob Pittman.

Blade treated us to a trip to the Hamptons on a late summer evening in 2015. Here's how lots of wealthy New Yorkers will be getting out to the Hamptons this summer. 

As we waited at the East Hampton Airport, more and more Blade-branded flights continued to touch down on the tarmac. Since I took my flight, Blade has added services to a whole slew of destinations: Nantucket, the Jersey Shore, Los Angeles, Millbrook, Newport, Atlantic City, and Litchfield County, Connecticut.

As we waited at the East Hampton Airport, more and more Blade-branded flights continued to touch down on the tarmac. Since I took my flight, Blade has added services to a whole slew of destinations: Nantucket, the Jersey Shore, Los Angeles, Millbrook, Newport, Atlantic City, and Litchfield County, Connecticut.
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The company has also introduced a weekend service that can take customers between Sag Harbor and Shelter Island by Riva-style boat, which costs $95 a seat, as well as partnerships for various events like Coachella. 

In April, it announced a partnership with Delta Air Lines to streamline the transfer process for passengers flying in and out of New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Delta passengers arriving to JFK, including from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London, can arrange to be met on the jet bridge by Delta's Elite Services team, who will gather their checked luggage and bring them to an awaiting Blade car on the tarmac. That car then brings them to a Blade helicopter, which will get them to Manhattan in less than 10 minutes.

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The Phantom Express is the latest spaceplane concept. DARPA and Boeing joined up to design an unmanned space craft that can carry 3,000 lb payloads on daily flights. 

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Over the past fifteen years, Phil Weiser and I have worked together to make Colorado a stronger, more collaborative, and more innovative entrepreneurial community. Together, we co-chaired Governor Bill Ritter’s Innovation Council, worked to launch the Startup America Partnership (when Phil worked for Obama in the White House), started Startup Colorado, brought the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network to Colorado, and helped CU become a first-class entrepreneurial university (which I discussed in a chapter in my book Startup Communities). Phil is a rare entrepreneur who can bring innovation to the government, which is just the sort of leadership we need now. I strongly encourage everyone to do what they can to help elect him as Colorado’s next Attorney General, including donating your time and money to his campaign.

Phil and I both share a background as Jews whose families came from Eastern Europe. That background, which involved a history of religious persecution, imprinted in each of us a deep appreciation for the constitutional rights and civil liberties that many Americans take for granted—the freedom of religion, the freedom of press, and a commitment to the due process of law (that is, people cannot just arbitrarily be rounded up). In Phil’s case, his mom was born in a concentration camp and came to the US when she was six. So protecting those freedoms at a time when we cannot take them for granted is a job that Phil will take seriously as Colorado’s next Attorney General, just like other State Attorneys General, who are already standing up to the Trump Administration to protect our constitutional rights.

Through hard work, his parents set up Phil for amazing opportunities, including the chance to serve as a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and work for President Obama in the White House. In the spirit of paying it forward, Phil’s concern and caring for others is powerful and plain to see for all of those who worked with Phil during his time as the Dean of the CU Law School. During his time as Dean, he set up a range of innovative partnerships around the State, including a program that placed recent law grads as assistant district attorneys in rural areas. As our Attorney General, I know that he will be a leader for all Coloradans. I am personally excited to work with him in how to support entrepreneurial opportunities across our State, including in more rural parts of Colorado. While that might not sound like a traditional role of a state Attorney General, when it comes to fighting for access to broadband Internet technology and building partnerships that support economic success, Phil is unique. Consider, for example, his leadership as the founding Board Secretary of the CareerWise Colorado Initiative that supports apprenticeship-based learning across the State to create opportunities for skilled jobs for those without a college degree.

To have an Attorney General with an innovative mindset will mean that the Colorado AG’s office will become an engine of policy development and new thinking on a range of issues. Take, for example, criminal justice policy where some states around the country—often with leadership from the AG’s office—are taking a hard look at whether they are getting a good return on the social investment in our criminal justice system. Today, we put more people in jail than any nation in the world. Nonetheless, we are not aggressively enough addressing alternatives to incarceration that cut down on prison sentences. We are not investing enough yet in programs that make it less likely that inmates end up back in prison after they are released, such as Defy Ventures. We continue to make bail decisions in a way that keeps people in jail who are not flight risks just because they cannot afford to pay a bail bond. To ensure Colorado a leader in moving towards a criminal justice system that keeps us safe and is smarter, we need an AG like Phil.

Finally, when Phil talks about protecting our quality of life and our environment, he is someone we can count on. The whiplash from President Obama’s commitment to fighting climate change issues to today’s situation where we have Scott Pruitt, a climate change denier as the head of the EPA, is hard to take. Closer to home, our current Attorney General joined Scott Pruitt in challenging President Obama’s leadership in this area. As our next Attorney General, Phil will be a leader on environmental protection—like Governor Hickenlooper, who created a national model for rules restricting methane emissions by working collaboratively with the oil and gas industry and environmentalists. If we fail to elect officials like Phil who will stand up for our environment, future generations will ask us how we stood by and failed to act.

A core lesson I took from Trump’s election last fall is that we must be active in supporting candidates who we believe in. It’s not often that I have an opportunity to support a leader like Phil. So when I do have that opportunity, I feel the need to make the most of it. As a consequence of a SEC rule under Dodd-Frank, I am not allowed to donate to Phil’s campaign, but I am free to use my voice to encourage others to do so.

From my long relationship working with Phil, I can assure you that it will be a great investment in Colorado’s future and will help Colorado continue to be a model for the nation. So I strongly encourage you to donate your time and money to his campaign.

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