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Filings show Qualcomm’s layoffs will happen on or around June 19, will impact ~1,231 employees at its San Diego HQ, 269 in its San Jose and Santa…

Becky Peterson / Business Insider : Filings show Qualcomm's layoffs will happen on or around June 19, will impact ~1,231 employees at its San Diego HQ, 269 in its San Jose and Santa Clara offices   —  - Qualcomm will layoff a total of 1,500 employees across its San Diego and Bay Area locations, according to WARN filings with the state of California.

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The making of a hardware founder

Working in tech, it’s hard to avoid the many stories and congratulatory tweets about the latest company to close a funding round, and little wonder. It’s a milestone worth celebrating before getting back to work. Yet what’s happening in the trenches before those funding announcements roll out is often more instructive. How does one decide to make the leap in the first place? How do you mold a product or service into something that you can present to outsiders? How can you enlist people to help you when everyone you want to meet has more pressing demands on their time? These are questions that many new founders wrestle with, including Sarah McDevitt, a college basketball star turned hardware founder whose product she hopes to have in consumers’ hands by this holiday season — even while she’s acutely aware that a lot has to go right first. McDevitt didn’t anticipate being in this position five years ago when she was making a generous salary as a product manager at Microsoft, working a stone’s throw from where she’d grown up in Seattle. But like a lot of founders, McDevitt eventually felt compelled to start her now two-year-old company, Core Wellness , which aims to sell meditation experiences. We checked in with her this week about how far along she has gotten, the obstacles she wasn’t expecting and where she goes from here. TC: You played college basketball at NYU, where you also studied math and computer science. Which was more fun? SM: Laughs. In high school, I used to walk to a gym that was open at all hours of the night and play until my parents were like, ‘You have to come home.’ But I’ve always loved math and education, too. TC: When you graduated, you went home to Seattle to work for Microsoft for five years.

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