While California's new labor bill aims to protect "gig" workers' rights, new ride-hailing technologies such as Uber and Lyft are fighting the substantial changes. This new bill defines a 3 part outlined test that creates diversity among independent contractors who are not entitled to minimum wage and benefits. In contrast, the ride-hailing technologies argue that this model contradicts the ability to create a flexible employee-work relationship. Despite the opposition, multiple key...
Posted: 10/16/19 [ Read More... ]
The demand for a convenience-based lifestyle is quickly emerging, and luxury exercise companies- such as a competitors Pelaton and Equinox- are rising to the occasion. An article recently published by FastCompany debriefs Equinox's plans to diverge into the world of at-home equipment and streaming classes. In the $14B market of on-demand home fitness, top competitors in the industry are looking to introduce their presence through expanding portfolios and products...
Posted: 08/10/19 [ Read More... ]
Most of us work within a shared business culture where we understand the language cues. Those of us who work across cultures, however, experience the minefield of communicating with people in other countries using our own cultural shorthand. Surprisingly, this applies even to the simple act of signing off an e-mail.
A recent article in BBC News
discussed the perils of signing an e-mail...
Posted: 05/14/19 [ Read More... ]
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...
Posted: 04/28/19 [ Read More... ]
San Francisco could be home to "thousands of new millionaires by the end of 2019, and it's sparking a 'housing madness' in the already wildly expensive city," reports Business Insider
in a recent article.
Pending ICOs May Spark High-End Housing Rush in San Francisco Bay Area
You wouldn't know it by looking at the compact and aging housing inventory in San Francisco, but the...
Posted: 03/27/19 [ Read More... ]
The explosion of Amazon.com
's private-label products has prompted concern that Amazon could use its clout to promote these house brands at the expense of merchants selling similar products on the web store. But the fears may be overblown, according to a new study released by Marketplace Pulse
. In the study, the research firm examined 23,000 products and the consumer behavior associated with those...
Posted: 03/20/19 [ Read More... ]
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...
Posted: 02/28/19 [ Read More... ]
Daimler AG and BMW AG have forged an agreement
into which they will pour more than 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) into a car-sharing and ride-hailing businesses. They plan to take on established players like Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc.
Is Ride-Sharing the Future for the Auto Industry?
The new venture was first announced almost one year ago. It will combine Daimler’s Car2go and BMW’s DriveNow...
Posted: 02/23/19 [ Read More... ]
Bloomberg has released its seventh annual Innovation Index
. It ranks 200 countries by analyzing a range of criteria using metrics like research and development spending, education scores, manufacturing capability and concentration of high-tech public companies.
"South Korea retained the global crown in the 2019 Bloomberg Innovation Index, though improvements by Germany in research and education brought Europe’s largest economy to near-parity in the annual ranking," Bloomberg...
Posted: 01/31/19 [ Read More... ]