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Swimwear Trends for Men From Macy’s With Lawrence Zarian

L.A. Metro Unveils Tunnel ‘Boring’ Machines Named After Harriet Tubman, RBG

Metro officials unveiled two new Tunnel Boring Machines for the Purple Line extension project in Century City. The agency also revealed the winning entry in a contest to name the new machines: Harriet and Ruth. Megan Telles reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on June 17, 2019.

Your Summer Sleep Guide With Sleep Doctor Dr. Michael Breus

The Sleep Doctor Dr. Michael Breus joined us live with your summer sleep survival guide. For more info on Dr. Michael Breus, you can go to his website.

CVS Investing $10 Million in Effort to Fight E-Cigarette Use Among Teens

E-cigarette use among teens is up. CVS is about to invest $10 million to try to reverse the trend. CVS Health, which merged with health insurer Aetna last year in the largest health care deal in history, said it will award the funds to support programs focused on youth smoking and e-cigarette prevention. “The spread of e-cigarette use among youth jeopardizes the progress made in reducing smoking over the last two decades,” Troyen Brennan, CVS Health’s chief medical officer, said in a statement. “By […]

Trial for Navy SEAL Accused of Killing Islamic State Prisoner to Begin Monday

The trial of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing an Islamic State prisoner in his care is set to begin Monday following months of turmoil in one of the Navy’s most prominent war crimes cases. The court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, which begins with jury selection, has included the removal of the lead prosecutor for tracking the defense team’s emails and suggestions by President Donald Trump that he may pardon the defendant. Gallagher has pleaded not guilty […]

3rd Child Dies After Alleged Drunken Driver Crashed Into Family’s Modesto Home: CHP

Authorities in central California say a 10-year-old girl who lost her mother and two younger sisters when an alleged drunk driver crashed into their home has died. KOVR-TV reports the California Highway Patrol in Modesto confirmed the girl died Saturday in a hospital. Police say the girl’s was critically injured June 9 after 46-year-old Felix Ferdin allegedly crashed his SUV against their small home just outside Modesto. The girl’s mother, 38-year-old Mari Luz Jacinto-Hernandez, and two of her daughters, ages 5 […]

Corona Costco Shooting: LAPD Officer Placed on Admin Duty as Investigation of Deadly Incident Continues

The Los Angeles police officer who fatally shot a man inside a Costco store in Corona while off-duty has been placed on administrative duty as the department investigates the incident, LAPD said Monday. Chief Michel Moore would have to sign off on his return, Detective Meghan Aguilar told KTLA. Authorities are poring through video to figure out how the confrontation between the officer and a man described by family as mentally disabled ended in a shooting that killed the man […]

At Least 2 People Bitten by Sharks in Last 2 Weeks Off North Carolina Coast

Two people have been bitten by sharks off the coast of North Carolina in the past 14 days, and a third person was bitten by an unknown animal during that time period, officials said. On Sunday, an 8-year-old boy was bitten by an animal “believed to be a shark,” according to Village Manager of Bald Head Island Chris McCall. McCall says the child suffered non-life threatening injuries in the incident off Bald Head Island’s South Beach. The boy had puncture […]

YouTube Rapper Charged With Pimping and Pandering O.C. Woman; Other Victims Sought; DA

Charges have been filed in Orange County against a YouTube rapper believed to have used his social media following to lure young women into a human trafficking circuit, and investigators said Monday they are seeking possible additional victims. Angel Ortiz Diamond, 31, of Los Angeles, has been charged with one felony count each of pimping and pandering, according to a news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. Authorities arrested Diamond last […]

Poway Synagogue Shooter Inspired by Hitler, New Zealand Gunman: Search Warrant

The sole gunman in a Southern California synagogue shooting in which a woman was killed told an investigator he adopted his hatred of Judaism 18 months before the fatal attack, according to a federal search warrant. John T. Earnest, 19, also told a San Diego Sheriff’s detective that he was inspired by Adolf Hitler and the suspected gunman in the New Zealand mosque shooting last March. The search warrant, which as unsealed in a hate crimes case against Earnest, offered […]

Overcrowding, Abuse Seen at Mexico Migrant Detention Center

The 36-year-old Cuban mechanic’s eyes glazed over as he recalled his time at the Siglo XXI holding facility: 50 people sleeping in 9-by-12-foot pens, feces overflowing the latrines, food and water always scarce. Women slept in hallways or in the dining hall among rats, cockroaches and pigeon droppings, as children wailed, mothers reused diapers and guards treated everyone with contempt. “They threw us in there like little animals,” a Honduran woman said. Many migrants who cross into southern Mexico end […]

Man Shot, Killed by Police After Opening Fire at Federal Courthouse in Dallas: Authorities

A man opened fire at a federal courthouse in Dallas on Monday before he was shot and killed by federal officers, authorities said. No officers or other citizens were injured at the shooting near the Earle Cabell Federal Building, police said. The gunman, identified as 22-year-old Brian Isaack Clyde, was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead, according to FBI special agent in charge Matthew J. DeSarno. DMN staff photographer @TomFoxPhoto captured this image shortly before a gunman […]

Monday Forecast: Patchy Fog and Morning Drizzle

Look for areas of patchy fog and morning drizzle as we head into a new week. Henry DiCarlo has KTLA’s forecast on June 17, 2019.

Woman Found Dead in Bakersfield Costco Parking Lot May Have Been Attacked by Dogs: Police

Police investigating the death of a woman in a Costco parking lot in Bakersfield on Sunday believe she may have died after being attacked by one or more dogs, according to local television station KERO. Officers from the Bakersfield Police Department were called out the Costco parking lot off of Rosedale Highway around 6 a.m. after a woman’s body was found with what officers say were obvious signs of trauma, the station reported. The exact cause of death is still […]

Cosmetic Products Send 4,300 Children to ERs Every Year, Study Shows

Cosmetic products such as perfume, nail polish and shampoo help us feel and look good. But in the wrong hands — especially those of the very young — these products can be harmful, or even deadly. More than 64,000 kids in the United States younger than 5 years old had a cosmetic-related injury between 2002 and 2016, according to estimates in a study published Monday in the journal Clinical Pediatrics. Researchers looked at the type of product, route of exposure, […]

‘Lil P’, Fastest 8-Year-Old in the World

Ousted Egyptian Pres. Mohammed Morsi Dies After Collapsing in Court, State TV Reports

Egypt’s former president, Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who rose to office in the country’s first free elections in 2012 and was ousted a year later by the military, collapsed in court during a trial and died Monday, state TV and his family said. The 67-year-old Morsi had just addressed the court, speaking from the glass cage he is kept in during sessions and warning that he had “many secrets” he could reveal, a judicial official said. A few […]

New Hampshire Woman Arrested After Shoving 11-Year-Old Dog Into Lake, Watching It Drown: Police

A New Hampshire woman faces an animal cruelty charge after pushing her 11-year-old dog into a lake and watching it drown. Nancy Bucciarelli was arrested Friday. She is accused of taking her golden Labrador Retriever to Wasserman Park in Merrimack, about 29 miles south of Concord, on June 8 and then pushing it from a dock where it struggled to swim and eventually drowned, police said in a news release. An investigation by the department’s animal control officer found the […]

Part of Bourbon Warehouse Collapses in Kentucky, Affecting 4,000 Barrels

Part of a bourbon warehouse in western Kentucky collapsed during a thunderstorm. News outlets report the partial collapse of the O.Z. Tyler Distillery rickhouse was reported early Monday. Master Distiller Jacob Call says around 20,000 barrels are stored at the location and it appears that about 4,000 were affected. He says it appears most barrels remain intact. Call says engineers will be out later Monday to try to determine what caused the collapse. It’s unclear if weather played a role. […]

Study Predicts Future Summers Will ‘Smash’ Temperature Records Every Year

If you think it’s hot now, you haven’t seen anything yet. A new study predicts that parts of the world will “smash” temperature records every year in the coming century due to climate change, “pushing ecosystems and communities beyond their ability to cope.” The scientists who authored the study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change on Monday, used 22 climate models to game out exactly how hot these summer temperatures would be. They determined that by the end of […]

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Tala -

Posted a month ago
Engineering Mission: Our mission is to build a scalable, resilient, and secure platform to serve our global customers, to grow our tech teams through treating engineering as a craft, seeking individuals with unique and diverse skill sets, and to encourage each other to grow with a deep sense of humility.
CTO Mission: Attract, develop and lead Tala's Technology & Data organizations to realize the vision of providing financial access, choice, and control for people everywhere via technical innovation and building scalable, intelligent decisioning systems.
Responsibilities (In this role you will):

  • Lead Engineering and Data teams and execute on company initiatives

  • Identify organizational gaps within tech team to achieve company objectives. Plan, recruit, retain, and build capacity accordingly

  • Facilitate the evolution of a healthy and high performing engineering culture practiced consistently across all offices

  • Establish effective, sustainable development hubs across Santa Monica, Nairobi, and Bangalore, staffed with the necessary technical talent in alignment with product roadmap.

  • Build exceptional recruiting and retention capabilities

  • Coach, mentor and develop Tala's technical managers on their journey of learning and growth as inspiring and effective people managers.

  • Lead the development of scalable technical platforms to support business growth, new country launches, feature development, and economies of scale, in both production and offline environments

  • Build technical platforms to meet engineering Production metric goals while supporting business growth

  • Optimize the data infrastructure to support model research, development, and deployment (reduce current cycle time by 50%)

  • Build infrastructure and deployment systems to achieve continuous integration / continuous delivery

  • Ensure superior security and data compliance

  • Expand company-wide culture of data-driven thinking

  • Ensure data collection and availability across all dimensions of Tala's products, internal tools, and business metrics

  • Provide effective tooling and training to company to leverage data day to day thinking and decisioning

  • Enable experimenters to ship safe, informative experiments across the entire Tala product flow in a self-service platform


Requirements (For this role you must have/be):

  • Ability to lead and coordinate distinct functions within a global and/or distributed technology org both onshore and offshore (Managerial experience: 150 people, 5+ years)

  • Organizational design, capacity planning, recruiting, and ability to execute on those in context of 2-3x a team size to 200+

  • Strategic planning (building roadmaps, difficult tradeoffs, decision frameworks) to achieve business goals aligned to Tala's mission and current growth stage

  • An effective communicator who motivates and drives strong cross-functional leadership (technical and non-technical audiences)

  • Technical knowledge in scalable distributed systems, data infrastructure, machine learning; proven track record of implementing new systems and products in industry setting

  • Experience with cloud technologies including AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and/or Microsoft Azure

  • Familiarity with modern programming languages such as Java, GoLang, Scala or Python

  • Agile driven product development experience

  • A technical evangelist to advance Tala's reputation as innovative leader in fintech


We strongly believe that inclusion fosters innovation and we're proud to have a diverse team with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We focus on hiring talented people regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
About Tala:
Tala ( http://tala.co/ ) is the leading mobile technology and data science company committed to financial inclusion globally. Millions of people have borrowed through Tala's smartphone app, which provides instant, personalized credit to underserved customers in East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Tala is backed by leading venture and impact investors including PayPal, Revolution Growth, IVP, and Lowercase Capital. Tala is headquartered in Santa Monica with additional offices in Nairobi, Manila, Dar Es Salaam, Mexico City, and Bangalore.
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