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September 24th, 2014 at 9:38 am

Udemy survey finds workers don’t have the skills they need – and they know it

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There have been few studies, until now, that examined how workers feel about the adequacy of their skills. A survey of employees was released last week that provides strong confirmation of the notion that employees need better skills to do their jobs well, especially skills related to technology.

 

 

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September 22nd, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Crowdfunding will provide $65B to boost the 2014 global economy

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A new law will allow entrepreneurs to equity crowdfund from anyone with the cash and the interest.

Crowdfunding is really big and it’s only going to get a whole lot bigger.  If you’ve been skeptical of all the crowdfunding buzz, consider this: By the end of 2014, crowdfunding is estimated to add at least 270,000 jobs and inject more than $65 billion into the global economy, according to estimates from crowdfunding platform Fundable. (Infographic)

 

 

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September 22nd, 2014 at 9:39 am

Should Robots Have Their Own Bank Accounts?

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Typical house-bot shopping on a budget

Futurist Thomas Frey: The year is 2027 and Winston, a newly born house-bot charged with doing a number of domestic chores including cleaning, meal prep, laundry, and building maintenance, has been programmed to not only perform the work, but also restock supplies once they reach a certain level.

 

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September 16th, 2014 at 11:58 am

The ‘sharing economy’ – sharing isn’t free and price gouging isn’t mean

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Uber implements “dynamic pricing,” which some customers see as price gouging.

There is plenty of press these days on the pros and cons of the so-called “sharing economy.”  Consider the diverse takes last week from MIT Technology Review, the New York Times, and the Kansas City Star.

 

 

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September 15th, 2014 at 11:10 am

How digital technologies are changing the physical world

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Our physical world is now technology-enabled by the digitization of everything.

Ted Hall, CEO of ShopBot Tools, which designs and manufactures digital fabrication tools priced for individuals and smaller manufacturing shops, says “complexity is cheap now, and quality is almost free.”

 

 

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September 15th, 2014 at 8:03 am

Angel Investing: Rise of women investors fuels businesses run by women

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Amy Norman and Stella Ma started pitching investors on their San Francisco-based startup, Little Passports, in 2009. Both women had young children and Norman was pregnant. The overwhelming majority of the investors they met with were men who wanted to know “if we were running this as a ‘lifestyle company,’” Ma recalls. Investors passed and word got around Silicon Valley that “there’s no way women like this could grow a company fast enough” to satisfy venture capitalists, Norman says.

 

 

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September 10th, 2014 at 8:58 am

Millennials represent the largest group of smartphone owners in the U.S.

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The millennials are very heavy mobile users.

In the U.S., Millennials are one of the largest generational groups and they are also the largest group of smartphone owners, according to a new report by Nielsen. And their adoption of the devices is still growing: by the second quarter of this year, 85% of those aged 18 to 24 owned a smartphone, and 86% of those aged 25 to 34 did.

 

 

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September 10th, 2014 at 8:02 am

Top 5 trends that will shape the future of work

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The world of work is changing. In the coming years we won’t be working the same way as we have been over the past few years. Perhaps one of the most important underlying factors driving this change is the coming shift around who drives how work gets done.

 

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September 9th, 2014 at 11:06 am

Is it time for a Guaranteed Basic Income?

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Poverty and homelessness on the rise.

Is it time for Basic Income? The idea of Basic Income has been endorsed by economists from a variety of political camps, but has always seemed more of a distant dream than a reality.  Productivity and standard of living increases made Basic Income practical and logical.

 

 

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September 8th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Eight facts that explain what’s wrong with health care in America

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Obamacare is not universal health care.

If the American health care system were to break off from the United States and become its own economy, it would be the fifth-largest in the world. “It would be bigger than the United Kingdom or France and only behind the United States, China, Japan and Germany,” says David Blumenthal, executive director of the non-profit Commonwealth Fund. Here are eight facts that support reality.

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