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3 predictions for the future of freelancing

June 18th, 2018 at 10:48 am » Comments Off

Enterprises everywhere are looking for talent. And those with talents and skills that are in high demand can pretty much control their work life: where they work, how they work, compensation packages, and a host of other specifications about their work life. This is a huge opportunity for freelancers, if they keep current with demand […]



Electric scooter startup Bird is the fastest company to reach a valuation of $1 billion.

June 18th, 2018 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

Bird, one of many scooter startups currently sweeping the US, was last valued at $400 million after closing $100 million in series B funding in early March. In late May, Bird was reported to be raising $150 million in series C funding led by Sequoia Capital, at a $1 billion valuation. People familiar with the […]



Employee burnout is a huge problem in the tech industry. This survey shows which companies have it the worst

June 7th, 2018 at 7:39 am » Comments Off

Employee burnout and stress is a big problem in the average American workplace, but it’s especially true among some of the country’s biggest tech companies, many of which have famously rigorous workplace cultures that often encourage long hours, favor young people, and sometimes require unreasonably high levels of productivity. Blind, a message board app created […]



Virgin Voyages hope to appeal to virgin cruisers with its new line

June 4th, 2018 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

Race you to the “catamaran net.” The designers behind the world’s newest cruise ship have never been on a cruise. But if this approach seems crazy, well, it’s all strategy. The group, dubbed the “Creative Collective” and led by the likes of Roman and Williams (The Boom Boom Room, Le Coucou, Ace Hotels), Concrete Amsterdam […]



Prime delivery, straight from the moon? Bezos dreams of heavy industry in space

May 31st, 2018 at 9:12 am » Comments Off

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is convinced that one day “we are going to have to leave this planet.” And he believes that his Blue Origin space company can help make it happen. Outlining his ambitious vision at the Space Development Conference in Los Angeles during a recent on-stage chat with GeekWire‘s Alan Boyle, Bezos said […]



The coming jobs apocalypse

May 27th, 2018 at 8:35 am » Comments Off

Congress and the Trump administration have yet to create a coherent policy response to a widely forecast social and economic tsunami resulting from automation, including the potential for decades of flat wages and joblessness. But cities and regions are starting to act on their own. What’s happening: In Indianapolis, about 338,000 people are at high […]



How Amazon is using Whole Foods in a bid for total retail domination

May 26th, 2018 at 8:18 am » Comments Off

The Seattle giant believes selling you groceries is the key to selling you everything else. At 9 a.m. on June 16, 2017, Whole Foods employees packed into the main level of the company’s Austin headquarters. Only an hour earlier Amazon had announced that it was acquiring the high-end natural grocer, and the corporate staffers were […]



Alibaba’s futuristic supermarket in China is way ahead of the US, with 30-minute deliveries and facial-recognition payment — and it shows where Amazon is likely to take Whole Foods

May 24th, 2018 at 12:30 am » Comments Off

The Chinese tech giant Alibaba is expanding aggressively into physical retail through investments in a variety of product categories to push its “New Retail” strategy of combining online and offline shopping. Its most critical New Retail venture has been Hema Xiansheng, a futuristic supermarket launched in 2015 that offers free 30-minute delivery and payment using […]



Will tech and AI take your job, or help you do it better?

May 21st, 2018 at 10:34 am » Comments Off

We all know what happens when industrial revolutions come to town, right? Higher productivity as machines take over, coupled with job losses for the people whose jobs are now being done faster, more efficiently, and cheaper by machines. At least, that’s one way of looking at it. But, as the following video from the WSJ […]



Welcome to the automated warehouse of the future

May 15th, 2018 at 7:34 am » Comments Off

They call it “the hive,” or “the grid.” Or sometimes just: “the machine.” It’s a huge structure that fills a warehouse on the outskirts of Andover, a small and quiet town in southeast England. It’s impossible to take in at a single glance, but standing on a maintenance walkway near the building’s rafters, you look […]



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