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Who’s Firing? (Oracle, Space X) Who’s Hiring? (Sony, Glassdoor) And Who’s Paying in Bitcoin?

Taking the temperature of engineering employment after the first few months of 2019

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Were more engineering jobs created or lost in the first months of 2019? The biggest news came in March, when Oraclestarted clearcutting engineers around the world. The layoff news came via employee reports, not an official announcement, and overall numbers are still unclear. Worldwide numbers were initially pegged from 500 to several thousand, and estimates suggested around 100 positions would be eliminated in the San Francisco Bay Area. That number, at least, turned out to be low. Oracle in late March alerted the California Employment Development Department (EDD) that its cuts included 255 positions in its Redwood City offices and 97 in Santa Clara.

In other news, Square announced that it plans to hire three or four engineers and one designer to work on cryptocurrencies.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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