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More start-ups have an unfamiliar message for Venture Capitalists: Get lost

January 20th, 2019 at 1:43 pm » Comments Off

From left, Mara Zepeda, Aniyia Williams, Astrid Scholz and Jennifer Brandel of Zebras Unite. The group encourages a more ethical industry with greater gender and racial diversity. On a sunny Saturday morning in New York a few months ago, a group of 50 start-up founders gathered in the dank basement of a Lower East Side […]

The crazy unfortunate rise of ‘Vacation Shaming’

January 20th, 2019 at 1:24 pm » Comments Off

Hope this nice couple isn’t feeling too guilty about taking their vacation. About a month ago I got a call from a journalist named Leslie Stevens-Huffman wanting to interview me about vacations and management. She’d noticed I’d written on the subject before (“Why America Has Become ‘The No-Vacation Nation’”) and that I’d been critical that […]

The ‘Right to Repair ‘ movement is gaining ground and could hit manufacturers hard

January 19th, 2019 at 9:33 am » Comments Off

The EU and at least 18 U.S. states are considering proposals that address the impact of planned obsolescence by making household goods sturdier and easier to mend. European Union member states are this week voting on dishwasher efficiency and repair. If that sounds as dull as, well, dishwater, then you need to consider the last […]

Only two US states are making enough babies to maintain their populations

January 15th, 2019 at 11:56 am » Comments Off

  But some demographers think it’s a good thing. Populations of humans around the world are generally on the rise, but the United States is an exception. The US birth rate is at a historic low, and on Thursday, the CDC reported that the fertility rate has plunged in tandem with it. As it stands, […]

Rise of foreign stars in Chinese social media marks the beginning of a new trend

January 6th, 2019 at 1:44 am » Comments Off

China’s internet celebrity economy has expanded exponentially in recent years. According to a report released by iResearch, the number of online celebrities in China with more than 100,000 followers has increased by 57.3 percent since 2016. With a single embedded ad in a WeChat post worth up to $145,000 USD for influencers with dedicated followings, […]

19 trends we’ll be obsessing over in 2019

December 28th, 2018 at 6:46 am » Comments Off

Last year was dizzying, with exciting moments that were both good (the Central Park duck! Lena Dunham’s comeuppance!) and bad (tiny sunglasses! market volatility!). But if the experts who track social change are to be believed, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Next year promises even bigger surprises both in real life and online…

The challenge of rural depopulation: Facing the scenario of demographic deserts in the EU

December 28th, 2018 at 6:20 am » Comments Off

The rural exodus has been triggered in Europe since the early decades of the second half of the twentieth century. Many people, especially the younger members of society, continue to migrate to the cities looking for job opportunities, better felicities, and higher wages than in the countryside. Over the years, the exodus to the vibrant […]

The 5 years that changed dating

December 26th, 2018 at 11:37 am » Comments Off

When Tinder became available to all smartphone users in 2013, it ushered in a new era in the history of romance. On the 20th anniversary of The New York Times’ popular Vows column, a weekly feature on notable weddings and engagements launched in 1992, its longtime editor wrote that Vows was meant to be more […]

10 remote work trends that will dominate 2019

December 24th, 2018 at 12:44 pm » Comments Off

  Remote work is no longer a privilege. It’s become the standard operating mode for at least 50% of the U.S. population. Virtual retreats are no longer attributed solely to progressive startups. Traditional employers are finally on-board and ready to propose a flexible work arrangement higher up the pipeline. 2019 will further reinforce the current […]

How fast is artificial intelligence growing? Look at the key bellwethers

December 23rd, 2018 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

AI & Big Data One can intuitively surmise artificial intelligence (AI) is today’s hot commodity, gaining traction in businesses, academia and government in recent years. Now, there is data — all in one place — that documents growth across many indicators, including startups, venture capital, job openings and academic programs. These bellwethers were captured in […]

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