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SynapseFI, the startup once billed as the ‘AWS of banking,’ has cut ‘a number of employees’ and plans to move part of its workforce to Texas

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  • San Francisco-based fintech startup SynapseFI cut down its workforce this week and plans to grow its presence in Texas as a move to weather the coronavirus outbreak, according to an email sent by Synapse CEO Sankaet Pathak to the startup’s customers. Pathak later made the email available to Business Insider. 
  • The company, which provides businesses with a suite of back-office financial products, will be broadening its stack of offerings in an effort to grow its customer base beyond small startups, and also cater to larger enterprise companies, the email said. 
  • One screenshot from an employee message reviewed by Business Insider placed the layoffs at 63 — more than half the startup’s workforce. Synapse did not specifically confirm or deny that estimate. 
  • The pandemic is the latest in a series of hurdles for Synapse, which is already dealing with a gender bias lawsuit brought against the company and an employee exodus, according to an April report by Forbes.  
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Fintech startup SynapseFI cut a significant number of employees from its workforce this week, Business Insider has learned. 

The San Francisco-based company made the staff cuts as it restructures its business and and shifts more of its operations to Texas, in a move to weather the coronavirus outbreak. 

After the layoffs, Synapse CEO Sankaet Pathak sent out an email to the startup’s customers to inform them that “a number of employees” had been let go from the company, as a part of the broader changes that he was making to strengthen the company and expand its customer base as the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the economy. Pathak later made that email available to Business Insider.

Cutting the staff was “a difficult decision to make on a personal level, but on a business level I am confident that this was the right step to ensure that we are set up to emerge even more competitive than before,” Pathak wrote in the email.

The layoffs could shrink Synapse’s current workforce of roughly 120 significantly. One text message reviewed by Business Insider said that 63 employees —  more than half of the company — were affected. Another screenshot of a Slack message indicated that the layoffs were announced at an all-hands meeting.

Although Synapse confirmed the news of the layoffs, neither Pathak nor a company spokesperson confirmed or denied that layoff count of 63 in response to Business Insider’s inquiries. 

Pathak’s email also outlined plans to change the San Francisco-based startup’s geographic footprint. Synapse will grow its nascent Texas presence  by recruiting employees for its customer-facing teams, Pathak said. Meanwhile, the company’s product and design teams will remain in California. 

Layoffs slam Silicon Valley 

Over the past few months, the coronavirus pandemic has forced Silicon Valley’s startup ecosystem to reckon with tightening sources of revenue and funding. Layoffs began at startups directly affected by shelter-in-place orders, and soon spread to the enterprise, data analytics, and fintech sectors. 

In recent weeks, fintech startups like Credit Sesame and Brex have made cuts to their workforces, attributing the reasons to the pandemic. In certain cases, the fintech startup layoffs were either preceded or accompanied by rounds of fresh funding. 

For Synapse, which secured $33 million in funding from investors in the summer of 2019, and was once hailed by Andreessen Horowitz as the “AWS of banking,” the coronavirus-driven downturn has placed many of its customers on shaky footing. Any pains felt by fintech startups would ripple across and hit the company itself.

The layoffs are the first of a series of steps undertaken by Synapse to restructure its teams in an effort to grow its product stack to better serve large enterprises in addition to the small banks and fintech startups that now rely on the company’s suite of back-office products. 

While Pathak’s email said it had already begun dedicating resources to those efforts for the past two years, it noted that the economic downturn had prompted the company to speed up the process to diversify its customer base. 

Company-specific problems preceding the pandemic

But Synapse was also reportedly going through internal troubles in the months leading up to the coronavirus. 

Three former employees filed a gender bias lawsuit against both the company and Pathak back in December. In the complaint, they alleged that Pathak “undermined, intimidated, and toyed with the female employees.” At the time, a Synapse spokesperson denied the allegations. Neither Synapse nor attorneys for the plaintiffs immediately responded to Business Insider’s inquiries about the current status of that case.

In April, a lengthy piece by Forbes reporter Jeff Kauflin detailed an exodus of both employees and customers from the company. Synapse did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on the piece. 

Employee dissatisfaction continues to follow the company. Although Synapse attempted to sue the former employees who posted stinging reviews of their experiences on Glassdoor, according to Forbes’ Kauflin, the still-pending case hasn’t stopped others from following suit. Still more employees have posted negative reviews about the company on Glassdoor between January and March, despite a notice on Synapse’s Glassdoor page now warning reviewers to be cautious about posting a review. 

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Genesis Celebrates Official Launch In China, Unveiling Its All-new Vision Of Automotive Luxury To Chinese Consumers

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  • Genesis announced its arrival in China with an extraordinary event, introducing the brand to a new generation of Chinese consumers seeking true distinction in luxury
  • Athletic Elegance, the distinctive Genesis design philosophy was showcased with an unveiling of the Genesis G80 and Genesis GV80
  • To deliver the unique Genesis Experience, a new business model will be introduced in China aiming to design authentic relationships with Chinese consumers

SHANGHAI, April 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Global luxury automotive brand Genesis marked its official entry into China with a spectacular Brand Night held on April 2 at Shanghai’s International Cruise Terminal, where Genesis showcased its unique Genesis brand identity, design and experience philosophy. With a stunning drone show titled the “Genesis of Genesis” sweeping over the Bund, Genesis signified its exceptional beginning in the Chinese market.

Genesis performing dazzling drone show, titled with “Genesis of You”

Jaehoon (Jay) Chang, Global Head of Genesis, said, “Today marks the beginning of another audacious chapter for Genesis. The Chinese market serves a critical role in the development of our global business, and we are very excited to present the next generation luxury for China.”

“We are excited to showcase our globally recognized products, Genesis G80 and Genesis GV80, known for the highest quality and distinctive design. We are driven by a purpose to design authentic relationships with Chinese consumers. This is our promise and our differentiator in China to deliver meaningful and stress-free experiences,” said Markus Henne, Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Motor China. “To do that, we will be implementing an all-new business model that will bring our commitments to life.”

New Luxury Defined by A Unique Brand Identity and Design Philosophy

Genesis is a brand that aspires to make true positive impact in our customers’ lives. With a fresh perspective, Genesis audaciously challenges expectations and brings a progressive attitude in order to build emotional bonds with customers based on new ideas in design and innovation. Genesis also desires to provide customers with a sense of thoughtful hospitality throughout the entire journey. More than an automotive brand, Genesis represents a lifestyle and an experience.

Every Genesis presents an intimate opportunity to explore the extraordinary Genesis vision. The distinctive design of Genesis was showcased through a special Brand Night unveiling of the Genesis G80, its mid-sized luxury sedan, and Genesis GV80, the first SUV in the lineup. Defined by their symbolic Two Lines architecture, both models are the expression of Athletic Elegance, Genesis’ design philosophy that achieves the perfect balance between two opposing characteristics: Athleticism and Elegance. Inside the cabin, the Beauty of White Space philosophy is expressed through a harmony of personal space and state-of-the-art technology.

China-tailored Strategy to Provide An All-New Experience

Genesis intends to inspire its customers of what new luxury can be. It addresses what the brand calls Generation Genesis, a generation with bold new perspectives in style and everyday life, whose refined taste in aesthetics and appreciation for distinctive design cultivates resonance with the brand spirit of Genesis. To underline this, Genesis unveiled its brand manifesto at the heart of which sits the  “Genesis of You” message-Every touchpoint with Genesis is designed to fuel the confidence of these consumers, as they embark on new beginnings, break boundaries and progress in their every endeavor. 

Genesis is establishing an all-new business model for the Chinese market, aiming to design authentic relationships with Generation Genesis and deliver meaningful, stress-free experiences centered on human-touch, convenience, trust and transparency. Genesis will gradually develop its presence in China through an omnichannel approach based on direct sales, supported by trusted agents and online sales. 

Furthermore, Genesis will ensure that every person interested in the brand receives the best one-to-one experience from a dedicated companion with the introduction of the Genesis Partner Concept. 

A transparent pricing model under the Genesis One Price Promise will be implemented to ensure a unified price across all sales channels. This unique and uncompromising brand experience will be enabled by the Genesis Digital Ecosystem.

Focus on Brand Building and Designing Genesis Experience

An essential part of the Genesis is lifestyle. Aesthetic ambition with the love for beautiful things are at the core of the brand. That’s the reason Genesis is never compromising anything on design and open to collaborate on a variety of canvases, where the Generation Genesis can be naturally met.

One of these forthcoming brand experiences, for instance, will be held in collaboration with the Shanghai Fashion Week, to create an elevated and in-depth exploration of progressive luxury style through world-class fashion concepts. Comprehensive and touchable Genesis Experience will come to life at Genesis Studios, a luxury lifestyle oasis where people can experience our cars, the arts and culture combined with Genesis hospitality. The first of Genesis Studio will soon launch in downtown Shanghai.

Markus Henne, Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Motor China, added, “Launching the brand in China represents a significant, perhaps the most important, new chapter in our brand’s history. Genesis will focus on brand building in the early stage. We will continue to reveal more highlights of how we plan to appeal to our Chinese audience. I am confident to deliver this promise and invite everyone to be a part of this journey.”

About Genesis

Genesis is a global luxury automotive brand that delivers the highest standards of performance, design, safety, and innovation. The Genesis brand is one of the highest-ranked brands in the automotive industry by respected, third-party experts including North American Car of the Year, Consumer Reports and J.D. Power and more. For more information on Genesis and its new definition of luxury, please visit https://www.genesis.com.cn

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SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Monteverde & Associates PC Announces an Investigation of Qell Acquisition Corp. – QELL

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NEW YORK, April 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Juan Monteverde, founder and managing partner at Monteverde & Associates PC, a national securities firm rated Top 50 in the 2018 and 2019 ISS Securities Class Action Services Report and headquartered at the Empire State Building in New York City, is investigating Qell Acquisition Corp. (“QELL” or the “Company”) (QELL) relating to its proposed merger with by Lilium GmbH. Under the terms of the agreement, QELL will acquire Lilium through a reverse merger, with Lilium emerging as a publicly traded company.

The investigation focuses on whether Qell Acquisition Corp. and its Board of Directors violated securities laws and/or breached their fiduciary duties to the Company by 1) failing to conduct a fair process, and 2) whether the transaction is properly valued.

Click here for more information: https://monteverdelaw.com/case/qell-acquisition-corp. It is free and there is no cost or obligation to you.

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We are a national class action securities litigation law firm that has recovered millions of dollars and is committed to protecting shareholders from corporate wrongdoing. We were listed in the Top 50 in the 2018 and 2019 ISS Securities Class Action Services Report. Our lawyers have significant experience litigating Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Class Actions. Mr. Monteverde is recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Securities Litigation in 2013, 2017-2019, an award given to less than 2.5% of attorneys in a particular field. He has also been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a 2017-2019 Top Rated Lawyer. Our firm’s recent successes include changing the law in a significant victory that lowered the standard of liability under Section 14(e) of the Exchange Act in the Ninth Circuit. Thereafter, our firm successfully preserved this victory by obtaining dismissal of a writ of certiorari as improvidently granted at the United States Supreme Court. Emulex Corp. v. Varjabedian, 139 S. Ct. 1407 (2019). Also, in 2019 we recovered or secured six cash common funds for shareholders in mergers & acquisitions class action cases.

If you own common stock in Qell Acquisition Corp. and wish to obtain additional information and protect your investments free of charge, please visit our website or contact Juan E. Monteverde, Esq. either via e-mail at jmonteverde@monteverdelaw.com or by telephone at (212) 971-1341.

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SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Monteverde & Associates PC Announces an Investigation of BowX Acquisition Corp. – BOWX

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NEW YORK, April 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Juan Monteverde, founder and managing partner at Monteverde & Associates PC, a national securities firm rated Top 50 in the 2018 and 2019 ISS Securities Class Action Services Report and headquartered at the Empire State Building in New York City, is investigating BowX Acquisition Corp. (“BOWX” or the “Company”) (BOWX) relating to its proposed merger with WeWork. Under the terms of the agreement, BOWX will acquire WeWork through a reverse merger, with WeWork emerging as a publicly traded company.

The investigation focuses on whether BowX Acquisition Corp. and its Board of Directors violated securities laws and/or breached their fiduciary duties to the Company by 1) failing to conduct a fair process, and 2) whether the transaction is properly valued.

Click here for more information: https://monteverdelaw.com/case/bowx-acquisition-corp. It is free and there is no cost or obligation to you.

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We are a national class action securities litigation law firm that has recovered millions of dollars and is committed to protecting shareholders from corporate wrongdoing. We were listed in the Top 50 in the 2018 and 2019 ISS Securities Class Action Services Report. Our lawyers have significant experience litigating Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Class Actions. Mr. Monteverde is recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Securities Litigation in 2013, 2017-2019, an award given to less than 2.5% of attorneys in a particular field. He has also been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a 2017-2019 Top Rated Lawyer. Our firm’s recent successes include changing the law in a significant victory that lowered the standard of liability under Section 14(e) of the Exchange Act in the Ninth Circuit. Thereafter, our firm successfully preserved this victory by obtaining dismissal of a writ of certiorari as improvidently granted at the United States Supreme Court. Emulex Corp. v. Varjabedian, 139 S. Ct. 1407 (2019). Also, in 2019 we recovered or secured six cash common funds for shareholders in mergers & acquisitions class action cases.

If you own common stock in BowX Acquisition Corp. and wish to obtain additional information and protect your investments free of charge, please visit our website or contact Juan E. Monteverde, Esq. either via e-mail at jmonteverde@monteverdelaw.com or by telephone at (212) 971-1341.

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SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Monteverde & Associates PC Announces an Investigation of Millendo Therapeutics, Inc. – MLND

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NEW YORK, April 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Juan Monteverde, founder and managing partner at Monteverde & Associates PC, a national securities firm rated Top 50 in the 2018 and 2019 ISS Securities Class Action Services Report and headquartered at the Empire State Building in New York City, is investigating Millendo Therapeutics, Inc. (“MLND” or the “Company”) (MLND) relating to its proposed merger with Tempest Therapeutics, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, MLND shareholders are expected to own 18.5% of the combined company.

The investigation focuses on whether Millendo Therapeutics, Inc. and its Board of Directors violated securities laws and/or breached their fiduciary duties to the Company by 1) failing to conduct a fair process, and 2) whether the transaction is properly valued.

Click here for more information: https://monteverdelaw.com/case/millendo-therapeutics-inc. It is free and there is no cost or obligation to you.

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We are a national class action securities litigation law firm that has recovered millions of dollars and is committed to protecting shareholders from corporate wrongdoing. We were listed in the Top 50 in the 2018 and 2019 ISS Securities Class Action Services Report. Our lawyers have significant experience litigating Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Class Actions. Mr. Monteverde is recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Securities Litigation in 2013, 2017-2019, an award given to less than 2.5% of attorneys in a particular field. He has also been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a 2017-2019 Top Rated Lawyer. Our firm’s recent successes include changing the law in a significant victory that lowered the standard of liability under Section 14(e) of the Exchange Act in the Ninth Circuit. Thereafter, our firm successfully preserved this victory by obtaining dismissal of a writ of certiorari as improvidently granted at the United States Supreme Court. Emulex Corp. v. Varjabedian, 139 S. Ct. 1407 (2019). Also, in 2019 we recovered or secured six cash common funds for shareholders in mergers & acquisitions class action cases.

If you own common stock in Millendo Therapeutics, Inc. and wish to obtain additional information and protect your investments free of charge, please visit our website or contact Juan E. Monteverde, Esq. either via e-mail at jmonteverde@monteverdelaw.com or by telephone at (212) 971-1341.

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