This is California’s reopening plan for stores, offices, schools, sports, concerts, theaters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California businesses seen as presenting less risk of spreading the coronavirus could open in the near future under a plan Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled Tuesday, the first of what he suggested were several slow steps toward easing the statewide shutdown order. “We believe we are weeks, not months, away from making meaningful modifications” in the current restrictions, Newsom said. But Newsom’s announcement of a four-phase plan did not come with a guaranteed timetable. He said while current public health...

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The Video-First Future of Ecommerce

https://a16z.com/2019/12/05/video-first-ecommerce/ In the future, we’re all going to be shopping on video apps like TikTok. Whether you’re buying instant noodles or high-end sweaters, it has become increasingly clear that short video clips are the future of ecommerce. Think of them as compulsively watchable commercials—with a direct link to buy. In the US, the usual monetization system for video is limiting. On YouTube, the biggest online video platform, compensation is still largely driven through through ads. But for most creators, that amounts to...

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How to create connections at work in the age of isolation

Modern virtual workplace challenge HUB Consulting If you are feeling isolated at work, even in the midst of a busy office, you are not alone. A recent survey of more than 2,000 managers and employees found that employees depend on technology to communicate with their colleagues. The methods are led by e-mail (45 percent) and followed by text messaging (15 percent) and instant messaging (12 percent). Of those who cited e-mail, more than...

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US Startups Optimistic Business Conditions will Improve

Silicon Valley Bank Startup Report HUB Consulting In its recently released Startup Outlook Report, Silicon Valley Bank shared the results of its survey of 1,400 founders and executives of global startups. The survey found these entrepreneurs upbeat about their business prospects. "The 2019 report series finds that despite economic and political uncertainty across the globe, startups are generally optimistic about their business opportunities, and they plan to raise capital...

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Nike Opens Nike NYC House of Innovation

Hub Consulting Nike NYC store opens NIKE, Inc. opened its new Nike House of Innovation on November 15. Nike NYC, as it is called, is a 68,000 sq. ft., six-level, cross-category premium Nike store, with a 650 Fifth Ave. address. Nike NYC is "the pinnacle expression of modern retail, representing the best of Nike global product, experiences and sport innovation," according to their press release. Powered by digital commerce data and inspired by...

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Artificial Intelligence: The Robots Are Now Hiring

Artificial Intelligence Hiring Tools HUB Consulting Nearly all Fortune 500 companies now use some form of automation in their hiring process, as noted in this Wall Street Journal article. From robot avatars interviewing job candidates to computers weeding out potential employees by scanning keywords in resumes, these companies are looking at AI tools to help. And more and more companies are using artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to assess possible employees. This...

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Generation X — not millennials — is changing the nature of work

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The generation that is quickly occupying the majority of business leadership roles is one that's grown up playing video games, spends the most time shopping online, and uses social media more habitually than any other generation. If you were thinking it's millennials, that's probably because they've dominated the media's focus for the past decade. But it's actually Generation X, which covers those born between 1965 and 1981 by our...

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