Day: June 10, 2020

Techstars doubles down on space with a new Starburst cohort and European space program – TechCrunch

Techstars has got the stars in its eyes, and space on the brain as it doubles down on investment programs that aim to enable the commercial space industry to boldly go where it has never gone before.

On the heels of SpaceX’s historic mission last weekend taking astronauts to the International Space Station, the space industry feels newly invigorated and its prospects loom large in the minds of early stage investors.

“I believe strongly that the commercial market is emerging,” said Matt Kozlov, the Managing Director of the Techstars Starburst Space program. “The flight last weekend was a very important milestone. We’ve had commercial flights for putting satellites into orbit for years. and I’ve got several startups launching satellites in the next year or two.”

For Kozlov and others, the combination of American government dollars funneling into commercial programs creates an incredible opportunity that investors can tap. “The

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How to make online events less terrible

Commentary: With few planning to attend in-person events in the next year, conference organizers are starting to get creative. Here are ways to make online events successful.

Image: VectorMine, Getty Images/iStockphoto

It’s not clear when we’ll get back to meeting together. You know, in real life, not those stifling video calls. I’m not talking about heading back to the office. No, I mean congregating for conferences, like the Consumer Electronics Show. After all, ask infectious care experts what’s the least likely thing they’ll be doing within the next year and they’ll say…going to large gatherings like concerts or conferences. Some, like O’Reilly Media, have already shuttered their in-person events businesses forever. I can’t imagine attending an event within the next year.

SEE: Top 100+ tips for telecommuters and managers (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

But I’m also not finding it interesting to attend virtual events. All the conferences I’d planned

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Tips on choosing a realistic Zoom virtual background for your business meetings

Hide your messy kitchen or spare bedroom from your colleagues with the perfect virtual background that looks real.

We’ve all done dozens – or hundreds – of Zoom video calls by now. And learned how easy it is to swap out our real background with a virtual one.

But it’s not that simple to choose one that looks like it’s a real office or living room. Because sometimes you really don’t want to make a business call
from the Batcave
. Although sometimes, admittedly, sitting at Leslie Knope’s desk in Pawnee, Indiana is just the ticket. Even if you end up craving waffles all day, just like her character on Parks and Recreation.

SEE: How to use Zoom: 15 tips and tricks (free TechRepublic PDF)

And while, ideally, it might be easiest to just use your own real background, it still looks nicer to have something a bit neater

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