Former Staffer Calls Out Facebooks Black People Problem

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag Reporter Racial discrimination at Facebook is real,’ wrote Mark Luckie, a former company strategic partner manager, who published a post on Tuesday calling out the discrimination issues occurring at the social network. Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Facebook is failing to stop discrimination against black employees and black users, an ex-staffer claims.”Facebook has a black people problem,” says Mark Luckie, a former Facebook strategic partner manager, who resigned earlier this month.On Tuesday, Luckie, who is black, went public with his criticisms by posting the internal memo he sent to Facebook staffers before he left. His memo calls out the social network for mistakenly taking down posts by black users speaking out against racism and offering little recourse. He also claims that “racial discrimination at Facebook is real.””I’ve heard far too many stories from black employees of a colleague or manager calling them ‘hostile’ or ‘aggressive’ for simply sharing their thoughts in a manner not dissimilar from their non-black team members,” Luckie added.Luckie was employed at Facebook for over year, and said that a few black staffers were even dissuaded by their managers from doing “Black stuff.” Meanwhile, many other black employees can recount stories of “being aggressively accosted” by Facebook’s own campus security, he said.Nearly every week while I was at Facebook, I had one or more black employees lamenting to me the issues I discussed, seeking advice for how to counter it. The discriminatory experience was not limited to me as anyone who has been #blackatwork can tell you.— Mark S. Luckie (@marksluckie) November 27, 2018Another problem at Facebook is the lack of diversity, he said. Luckie pointed to the company’s population of black employees, which stands at almost 4 percent and has been growing, but isn’t large enough to fully reflect Facebook’s black user base.”There is often more diversity in Keynote presentations than the teams who present them,” Luckie wrote. “In some buildings, there are more ‘Black Lives Matter’ posters than there are actual black people. Facebook can’t claim that it is connecting communities if those communities aren’t represented proportionately in its staffing.”In response to Luckie’s memo, Facebook spokesman Anthony Harrison said, “We’ve been working diligently to increase the range of perspectives among those who build our products and serve the people who use them throughout the world.””We want to fully support all employees when there are issues reported,” Harrison added. “We are going to keep doing all we can to be a truly inclusive company.”Luckie is speaking out about his former employer as the tech industry has been trying to address diversity in the workplace. The biggest companies in Silicon Valley are largely staffed by white and Asian employees. And many staffers tend to lean liberal. In August, a separate Facebook employee called out the company for its “intolerant” culture against conservative ideas, and later resigned.Meanwhile, Facebook’s struggles to moderate content have faced criticism from across the globe. For instance, civil society groups in Myanmar have accused Facebook of failing to hire enough Burmese-language speaking content moderaters to stop hate speech from flooding the platform and igniting ethnic violence in the country.Luckie’s memo, however, said the “disenfranchisement of underrepresented voices” at Facebook wasn’t necessarily intentional. “Certainly, these aren’t the experiences of all black employees,” he added. “But these issues are so widespread that they should be an ongoing cause for concern.” Guest Writer 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: via PC Mag Facebook November 28, 2018 3 min read –shares Michael Kan Add to Queue Former Staffer Calls Out Facebook’s ‘Black People Problem’ Next Article last_img read more

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Pledges 3 Billion to Curing and Managing Disease

first_img 1 min read Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Pledges $3 Billion to Curing and Managing Disease Image credit: Reuters | Stephen Lam Next Article 81shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan on Wednesday pledged more than $3 billion toward a plan to “cure, prevent or manage all disease within our children’s lifetime.”Investments will include a bioscience research center, and plans for a chip to diagnose diseases, continuous blood stream monitoring and a map of cell types in body.(Reporting by Deborah M. Todd; Editing by Alan Crosby) Mark Zuckerberg (R), founder and CEO of Facebook, and wife Priscilla Chan. Mark Zuckerbergcenter_img Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Reuters September 21, 2016 Reuters Investments will include a bioscience research center, and plans for a chip to diagnose diseases, continuous blood stream monitoring and a map of cell types in body. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Apply Now »last_img read more

Facebook Aims for More Transparency With Video Ad Data

first_imgFacebook –shares 3 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Facebook Aims for More Transparency With Video Ad Data Two months after Facebook Inc. admitted it had inflated the average time it told advertisers that users were watching their video ads, the company is promising better data to give ad buyers a clearer picture of how they are spending their money.The world’s biggest online social network on Wednesday launched a new blog on its website called Metrics FYI, where it will share updates and corrections for its data.“We want to ensure our clients trust and believe in the metrics that we are providing,” Carolyn Everson, Facebook’s vice president of global market solutions told Reuters.  Getting advertisers to buy more video ads is key to Facebook’s continued revenue growth, as they fetch higher rates from advertisers than text or photo-based ads.Facebook, along with Alphabet Inc.’s Google and other large digital companies, has been criticized for a lack of transparency in how it measures the performance of videos.Particularly, the lack of a universally agreed method of calculating how much time people are watching online video has been a sore spot for advertisers.Shares of Facebook were down 2.5 percent at $114.30 in premarket trading on the New York Stock Exchange.In September, Facebook told advertisers that the average time users spent viewing online ads was artificially inflated, because it was only counting videos that were watched for at least three seconds, its benchmark for a “view.”Facebook left out those who watched for less than three seconds, or who did not watch the video at all, which gave advertisers the impression their videos were performing better than they really were.Since the admission and ensuing criticism from advertisers, Everson said Facebook has been in contact with clients and ad community trade groups, including the Interactive Advertising Bureau and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA).Facebook also said on Wednesday it is in the process of forming what it called a “Measurement Council,” which will include measurement experts from clients and ad agencies.One of Facebook’s prominent advertisers, Swiss food and drink company Nestle SA, is already on board, Everson said, and the council should be up and running by early 2017.The ANA, which represents Procter & Gable Co., AT&T Inc. and other major advertisers, has called on Facebook to get its metrics accredited by the Media Rating Council (MRC), an independent media measurement audit group.While Facebook’s internal metrics are not accredited by that group, it does use MRC-accredited third-party vendors, such as Nielsen and comScore, to help advertisers verify certain data.(Reporting by Tim Baysinger; Editing by Bill Rigby and Bill Trott) The world’s biggest online social network on Wednesday launched a new blog on its website called Metrics FYI, where it will share updates and corrections for its data. November 16, 2016 Image credit: endermasali | | Enhanced by Entrepreneur Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Reuters Next Article Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Add to Queue Register Now »last_img read more

Youre Probably Biased at Work Heres How to Stop It

first_img New research looked at hard data to find solutions. Image credit: PeopleImages | Getty Images You’re Probably Biased at Work. Here’s How to Stop It. Add to Queue –shares Entrepreneur Staff Apply Now » 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.center_img Next Article October 25, 2017 3 min read Everyone suffers from bias, despite their best intentions. And that bias can manifest itself in ways we don’t always intend — including how opportunities are and aren’t doled out in the workplace.Recently, a trio of researchers used sensors to see if they could distinguish any differences in day-to-day behavior between male and female employees. Their goal was to eliminate the type of bias that can occur in self-reported polls about behavior.To study this, the researchers looked at a company where women made up just under 40 percent of entry-level employees and 20 percent of employees at the second-highest level of seniority. For four months, 500 male and female employees at this company wore badges with sensors in them that recorded their movement, speech patterns and proximity to one another. The researchers then monitored who the subjects communicated with and who led conversations. Though the data was anonymous, the research team collected information about a given person’s gender, role and how long they had worked for the company.Related: New Data Illuminates VC Bias Against WomenAlthough they approached the investigation with the hypotheses that perhaps the female employees had less access to mentors or did not advocate for themselves with management as much as their male counterparts, the researchers found that this was not the case.“We found almost no perceptible differences in the behavior of men and women. Women had the same number of contacts as men, they spent as much time with senior leadership and they allocated their time similarly to men in the same role,” the researchers wrote in a summary of their findings in Harvard Business Review. “We found that men and women had indistinguishable work patterns in the amount of time they spent online, in concentrated work, and in face-to-face conversation. And in performance evaluations men and women received statistically identical scores. This held true for women at each level of seniority. Yet women weren’t advancing and men were.”Related: Simply Hiring More Women Isn’t Enough to Fix Tech’s Gender IssueThey concluded that differences in men and women’s behavior aren’t what leads to gender inequality in the workplace — entrenched bias is the culprit.So what can you do in your own company to make sure that bias doesn’t impact your hiring and promoting decisions? The researchers recommend instituting training programs to reduce bias among management and people in the position to bring on new team members. You also might want to consider making a policy that, for all new open jobs, you interview and recruit people from a variety of backgrounds.Related: Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In 2.0 and Corporate Gender BiasAlso, look at the responsibilities your employees have outside the office. Think about ways to make it easier for both women and men to have flexible schedules, especially given that women often have social pressures to take on more family and household obligations.  Finally, determine where the pipeline to managerial and executive positions begins to trend more towards men. Collect data on exactly when these shifts happen in order to identify their specific causes (e.g. higher-ranking positions and their responsibilities require more late nights), then come up with pointed solutions (e.g. flexible morning schedules to accommodate childcare). From there, measure the effectiveness any solution you implement. (“Since we implemented this policy, have those who have taken advantage of it advanced?”) This way, mitigating inequality is a science, not a guessing game. Nina Zipkin The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Gender Biaslast_img read more

5 Business Trends That Will Continue to Rise in 2019

first_img –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Guest Writer Next Article On one hand, year-on-year improvements are what makes companies great; on the other, firms can’t control many of the factors that dictate whether, say, revenue rises or not. The efforts of one person (or even one company) can’t counter 2019’s industry trends or the broader overall economic picture.Related: 4 Offline Revenue Opportunities to Pursue in the New YearAt present, however, it seems safe to make those resolutions: According to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s latest forecast, the national gross domestic product will grow by 2.5 percent in 2019, with inflation decreasing a tenth of a point to an even 2 percent. The only obvious challenge for growing firms is the dropping unemployment rate, which may hit a record 3.5 percent in 2019.Resolution-worthy trends.Still afraid your company might choose the wrong resolution? If so, wrap it around one of the following trends:1. Consumers will demand more control over their data.This past May, the European Union’s General Data Privacy Regulation went into effect, reflecting broad consumer interest in businesses better protecting their data. Shortly afterward, a slew of U.S. states passed laws ranging from tightened breach notification statutes to regulations governing how businesses can use and sell student data.In the coming year, avoid purchasing data or otherwise acquiring it without consumers’ consent. Not only is regulatory pressure increasing on companies that do so, but Deloitte reports that 71 percent of purchased data is inaccurate.Where should consumer data come from, then? Why not consumers themselves? Declared data firm Jebbit recommends leveraging the seasons with a holiday gift guide, themed poll, or holiday travel quiz. Interactive content is all the rage among consumers, as is the one-to-one personalization that’s made possible by data tied to specific customers.  Related: 30 Highly Successful People Share Their New Year’s Resolutions for 20182. Alternative lending will continue to grow.Non-bank lending has been growing for years, but 2018 turned out to be a boom year for the industry. Given that around 80 percent of small business loan applications are rejected, startup founders are increasingly looking to nontraditional financiers for capital.But alternative lenders don’t just have triple the acceptance rate of their institutional peers; to compete, they also simplify the entire lending process. Kabbage, an Atlanta-based online lending company established in 2008, says small businesses now access more than $10 million every day via its platform. The firm also launched the GreenHouse, which supplies businesses with expert advice from the likes of Bob Vila, Tabatha Coffey, and other business owners about how to build, scale, and grow a company.One of the fastest-growing varieties of alternative finance schemes is peer-to-peer lending. Since 2006, P2P lending has skyrocketed by 110 percent per year. Financial advice hub NerdWallet gives the edge to Funding Circle, Lending Club, and StreetShares, but dozens of options exist. With some P2P lenders offering APRs as low as 9 percent and axing annual revenue requirements, up-and-coming startups shouldn’t struggle to find financing.3. Everything that can be personalized will be personalized.Epsilon made waves in 2018 by proving something that many companies had long suspected: A supermajority of consumers prefer to work with brands that offer personalized experiences. Personalization can take many forms, but the Epsilon survey found that the most popular varieties are coupons based on the customer’s locations, communications on the customer’s preferred channel, and recommendations based on past purchases or service history.Next year, take a page from Dunkin’ Donuts. The breakfast brand recently reported a 3.6 percent redemption rate for a mobile coupon campaign aimed at a competitor’s customers in Rhode Island. What’s more, ten times the number of redeemers took a secondary action, such as mentioning it on social media.Another type of personalization that’s sure to pay off is a “channel of choice” communication strategy. Consumers are turning away from live conversations in favor of services that don’t require talking, such as SMS and social media. Automated channels are also growing in popularity, with 49 percent using chatbots or automated assistants at least once per week. With that said, 45 percent of consumers are open to any channel, as long as the service is effective.Related: 5 Common Mistakes That Cause New Habits to Fail4. Subscription services will continue to skyrocket.Although subscription growth has slowed from earlier years, the industry is still growing by an impressive one percent per month. Food, beauty, apparel, and lifestyle subscription boxes remain the most popular, in that order.With that said, the market seems to have plenty of space for niche subscriptions. Nicely Noted, a subscription stationary service, has held its own since 2012, despite charging $20 per month for three letterpress cards and stamps. With its own $21-per-month boxes, BarkBox has delighted more than 2 million dogs.Whether they sell chew toys or software, companies with revenue-related resolutions should capitalize on this trend. Subscription-based businesses grow revenues 5.5 times quicker than their S&P 500 counterparts, in no small part because subscribers place three times more orders than do customers of non-subscription companies.5. Socially irresponsible firms will struggle.Corporate social responsibility has been gaining steam for years, but 2018 saw a star-studded vindication of the movement. Early in the year, Blackrock CEO Larry Fink told executives that his firm would take social responsibility into account when allocating funds. That same month, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook would tweak its algorithms to prioritize posts from friends and family — even though, he warned, doing so would result in users spending less time on the platform.In 2019 and into the future, expect social responsibility to be the table stakes of business. Firms that aren’t sure how to contribute should consider Patagonia’s CSR efforts. The outdoor brand takes an “all of the above” approach that includes employee volunteerism, selection of socially responsible suppliers, grants for environmental initiatives, and more.Part of what makes New Year’s resolutions fun is their challenge. There’s no reason to make a year-long commitment to something that’s sure to come true anyway.But businesses need more certainty than casual resolution-makers. There’s a difference between sinking one’s own time and money in something, and sinking employees’ time and investors’ money into it. In the latter case, it’s important that the payoff is at least likely.So go ahead, entrepreneurs: Make those resolutions — but be sure next year’s trends signal a smart investment. Add to Queue Image credit: Westend61 | Getty Images Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. December 26, 2018 As 2019 approaches, entrepreneurs are wondering: Do New Year’s resolutions have a role in business? 5 Business Trends That Will Continue to Rise in 2019 6 min read Entrepreneurs Co-founder of Techincon and Senior Business Consultant for Microsoft Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Rashan Dixon Register Now »last_img read more

2018 in review The biggest news stories of the year

first_img2018 in review: The biggest news stories of the yearPosted By: Harriet Jachecon: December 27, 2018In: Beverage, Confectionery, Food, Industries, Interesting Lists, Special & featuredPrintEmailWe take a look at the most influential news stories published on in 2018, including those on sustainability and innovative moves within the industry such as the legalisation of cannabis in Canada.Investments: Cargill invests $235m to expand its operations in the Philippines, Coca-Cola announces a $1.2bn investment plan in ArgentinaTwo significant investments happened in 2018.Cargill put forward plans to invest $235 million in the Philippines to grow its business in the country in the next two years, the company said. The investment will drive the expansion of the company’s animal feed and nutrition unit and agricultural supply chain businesses.The announcement came the same week as Cargill revealed a $70 million spend in Thailand over the next two years to address the increase in global demand for seafood and poultry.Cargill will expand its cooked poultry facility in Nakornratchasima and upgrade and refurbish an aqua feed production plant located in Petchaburi.In addition, Coca-Cola announced that it will invest $1.2 billion in Argentina over the next three years to expand the production of soft drinks in the country.A statement from the company claimed that the investment was necessary to achieve “truly sustainable growth with a positive socioeconomic impact, compatible with environmental protection.”Meat alternatives: Beyond Meat plans to go public with $100m public offeringThe rise in popularity of meat alternatives became clear when US meat alternative company Beyond Meat planned to go public with an IPO worth $100 million to accelerate breakneck growth.The company filed the IPO with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in mid-November. It claimed its success so far, based on the likeness of its products to real meat, has allowed it “to compete directly in the $1.4 trillion global meat industry” and wanted the public offering to accelerate that.Keurig Dr Pepper: Net sales of $2.73bn during third quarterKeurig Dr Pepper (KDP) recorded net sales of $2.73 billion in its third-quarter results, its first figures to combine the performances of both Keurig Green Mountain and Dr Pepper Snapple.During the quarter, the company successfully completed the merger between the companies on 9 July. Net sales more than doubled, primarily reflecting the impact of the merger.On an adjusted pro forma basis – which are non-GAAP financial measures and assume the merger occurred in December 2016 – the company’s net sales grew 2.9%.Brexit: Unilever chooses Rotterdam over London for its headquartersTalks of Brexit had several impacts on the industry, including Unilever choosing Rotterdam over the UK for its global headquarters. The transition will see Unilever’s two legal entities – a UK PLC and a Dutch NV – become one unit incorporated in the Netherlands. The company said this reflects the fact that shares in NV account for around 55% of the group’s combined ordinary share capital.Crackdown on single-use plastics: UK government to introduce tax on single-use plastics, EU lawmakers vote to ban range of single-use plastics from 2021.This year, recycling has been one of the most discussed topics in the food and beverage industry. Legislative action against the use of single-use plastics came in the form of a tax being introduced in the UK, and a ban on single-use from the EU from 2021.These actions came in conjunction with many packaging companies contending how PET can be the solution to waste and recycling issues, alongside sufficient education for consumers on recyclability and reusability of packaging. Cannabis: Opportunities for food and drink as Canada legalises cannabis, Coca-Cola eyes cannabis-infused drinks market in Canada.Cannabis was a much-discussed trend for the food and beverage industry, bringing novel products such as cannabis chewing gum and cannabis-infused gin.The legalisation of cannabis in Canada this year opened up more opportunities for companies wishing to utilise this trend in their products. Meat and dairy alternatives: Study on meat-free alternative salt content, FDA to ‘fast track’ on dairy labelling issue.Catering to changes in consumer diets, new meat and dairy alternatives regularly appeared on in 2018. With this brought demands for provenance in labelling, as bodies such as the FDA still seek to make it clear that alternate ‘milk’ products do not contain dairy.In France, for example, MPs responded to labelling and trading concerns by voting to ban terms such as ‘bacon’ and ‘sausage’ for meat-free alternatives.In addition, consumer concerns about the amount of salt in meat alternative products were raised. This has surfaced over the last year as meat-free products are becoming ever-popular choices.Pressure on Nestlé and Campbell’s: Nestlé responds to Third Point’s pressure to boost profitability, Activist investor Third Point ups stake in ‘dismal’ Campbell Soup.Activist investor Third Point put pressure on Nestlé and Campbell’s this year.Daniel Loeb, the leader of Third Point, launched a scathing attack on Nestlé in July, concerned that it “does not fully appreciate the rapidly occurring shifts in consumer behaviour that threaten its future”.Nestlé responded by pointing out the repositioning of its brand portfolio.In terms of Campbell’s, Third Point said its analysis on Campbell Soup “shows that years of abysmal oversight by the… board of directors permitted management missteps, dismal operating performance, and a series of ill-advised acquisitions to take an irreversible toll”.Share with your network: Tags: Campbell’scannabismeat free alternativesNestlésustainabilityThird Pointlast_img read more

This Wearable Gadget Alerts You If Youre Getting Too Much Sun

first_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business John Kell Next Article 4 min read Image credit: L’Oreal Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazinecenter_img –shares Personal Health Spending time in the sun is a double-edged sword: It is the best source of vitamin D but too much sun worshipping can burn you.That’s a problem French cosmetics and beauty giant L’Oreal is trying to solve.L’Oreal has developed a stretchable skin sensor designed to monitor ultraviolet light exposure via a wearable it is calling My UV Patch. The technology, currently in beta form, will roll out more widely later in 2016 under L’Oreal’s dermatological skincare brand, La Roche-Posay.Here’s how it works: the patch is a transparent adhesive that measures just one square inch in area and half the thickness of an average strand of hair. It contains photosensitive dyes that can detect changing skin tone colors when exposed to UV rays. Users can take a picture of the patch and upload it to a mobile app that will analyze the dye squares to determine how much UV exposure the wearer has received.At this point, L’Oreal says the app will offer recommendations as to when to reapply sunscreen. For the most accurate readings, the patch should be worn on the back of the hand for up to five days.The design and development of a patch was a purposeful decision by L’Oreal’s tech research team. Tech lovers’ wrists are already overwhelmed with smartwatches and gadgets that promise to track steps and monitor sleep. L’Oreal wanted to look at other real estate of the body. Other rivals have tinkered with this type of technology, though competitor offerings have focused on bracelets.Will consumers be willing to wear a patch — no matter how small — on their hands? That could be a hard sell. But L’Oreal says they should.La-Roche Posay points to a study that found that while 92 percent of the worldwide population is aware of the risks of unprotected sun exposure, roughly half of those surveyed admitted they had never visited a dermatologist to check their moles. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and the American Academy of Dermatology points to several troublesome stats involving the nation’s teens: 43 percent of that group say they lie out in the sun but only three in 10 say they always use sun block.Guive Balooch, global vice president of L’Oreal’s Technology Incubator, tells Fortune that the device can be a helpful tool because many consumers today don’t have reliable information about their UV exposure.“It is a new way to educate consumers about their personal exposure to UV,” Balooch says.He adds the team spent a lot of time developing the patch with a sensor that would be as thin and virtually weightless as possible. L’Oreal doesn’t want those wearing the patches to find it a distraction to their daily activities.The device is the latest technology innovation from a 22-person research team led by Balooch. L’Oreal’s Technology Incubator was first founded in 2012 as a way to bring technology to the world of beauty. The team’s most notable consumer-facing product release thus far is a mobile app called Makeup Genius, an augmented reality beauty app that allows consumers to “try” on makeup before buying it. That app has already notched more than 15 million downloads.The team — conceived as a tech startup within a bigger conglomerate — focuses on beauty industry projects. L’Oreal also isn’t shy about working with outside experts as it develops these technologies. For My UV Patch, L’Oreal worked with stretchable electronics maker MC10 and PCH, which engineered the product for mass production.“Technology is a new way for consumers to experience beauty,” Balooch says. “Just developing a wearable or an app is not enough. You need to understand how the technology will invent a new way for the consumer to experience the beauty industry.” January 6, 2016 Add to Queue This Wearable Gadget Alerts You If You’re Getting Too Much Sunlast_img read more

11 Rebellious and Fun Songs For When You Hate Your Job

first_img Crappy jobs. We’ve all had them. Soul-suck as they may, they’re a means to an end — a paycheck.Like most working stiffs not born into money, I paid my dues at junk jobs in high school and college. I’ve scrubbed toilets, sliced bagels and made sandwich art, er, I mean subs, thankfully not all at the same time. I’ve also felt strangers up and down for weapons and drugs at concerts. Hey, at least I got to watch the shows for free while on security duty. The only drawback: Not being allowed to rage in the mosh pit while on the clock.After all, rage and crud jobs go together like jerk bosses and, well, crud jobs. If you work for a soul-crushing boss at a dead-end job, you’re not alone. Until you land your dream job, all you can do is shake it off at the end of a bad day. These cathartic songs will help you do just that. Or maybe they’ll motivate you to become your own boss, an entrepreneur.Related: 7 Motivational Songs for Badass Entrepreneurs Who Hustle HardDo you have a favorite track you think we should include? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook.Put your weary feet up, crack open a cold one and prepare to relate. Hard. Here we go.Muse — “Uprising”“Flick the switch and open up your third eye,” people. “Rise up and take the power back. It’s time that the fat cats had a heart attack.” Uh, metaphorically only, of course. If Muse’s powerful lyrics strike a burning chord deep within about your work situation, it’s probably also time to get your resume in order.Remember, if you have another job to jump to (or a tidy oh-shit fund), you don’t have to suck it up and stay where you punch a clock now. You’re in control. No one can force, degrade or control you — unless you let them — and you WILL be victorious. Rise up and rock on.Johnny Paycheck — “Take This Job and Shove It”Why the crusty throwback? Because a list like this wouldn’t be complete without good ole curmudgeonly Johnny Paycheck. Besides, who hasn’t wished, hoped and dreamed for the guts to say “I ain’t workin’ here no more!”? Don’t forget the sweet Southern twang when you finally do. It’ll add a lil’ somethin’ extra special to your exit.Related: 10 Reasons You Have to Quit Your JobCanibus — “Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee”Remember the hilarious movie “Office Space”? We do, and, don’t worry, we promise no Michael Bolton here. Hold that middle finger and save this doozy for your earbuds. And for those oh-so productive “in-between” moments, when you’re spacing out at your desk, zombie-staring at your computer screen, like you’re in deep thought or something.Wiz Khalifa — “Work Hard, Play Hard”When you “got so much money you should start a bank,” so much paper right in front of you it’s hard to think, then you’ve got 99 problems and keeping your job ain’t one. Until you’re at that point, baller, you better work. And if you’re going to work hard, you might as well play hard, too. Speaking of, is it Friday yet? Cheers to the freakin’ weekend. We’ll drink to that.  Heads-up: This song is loaded with so many swears, it’s not even close to SFW. Don’t blast it in the office, not unless you like the color pink, as in pink slip.Related: The 6 Most Familiar ‘Bad Boss’ Types and What to Do About ThemThundamentals — “Quit Your Job”This is your jam if you want to quit your job but can’t afford to. Afraid if you complain you’ll “get the boot”? Know anyone like that? Yeah, that’d be pretty much everyone in this bunk economy. Do what the Thundamentals did. Vent about your B.O. double S in a fun song, so when he or she hears it, “the whole world will know” they’re a “fool.” Beats quitting in anger and collecting unemployment scraps. The video’s worth the watch, too. (Those poor kids. The boss-men took their candy.)Queen — “I Want to Break Free”God knows you want to break free, worker bee. You’ve done fallen out of love with your 9-to-5 and you can’t get over the way your boss treats you like he (or she) does. Break free, just don’t break down in the break room in front of everyone, OK? Oh, and don’t break away without being a professional champ and giving the customary two weeks’ notice. You want a good recommendation, dontcha’?  Hot tip: Don’t miss the official video for this song. There’s perhaps nothing more freeing than eyeballing contortionists as they twist themselves into pretzels in Spandex…or seeing Freddie Mercury vacuum floors in a teased-up wig, high heels and a leather skirt.Related: 7 Signs You Need to Start Looking for Another Job After Your Employer Is AcquiredBeck — “Soul Suckin’ Jerk”Sorry to be a buzzkill here, but yes, you are gonna work for some soul-sucking jerk. Everyone does at one point or another. At least Beck is there for you, singing your pain in a sorta drunk kind of way, reminding you that there’s hope. One day you too will rock “the town like a moldy crouton.” Like when you gather up the gumption to quit, find another job or, better yet, win the lottery.Fifth Harmony — “Work From Home”If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the office. Work from home. Bonus: You can wear “‘bout nothin’,” except for during video meetings. So what if Fifth Harmony is really singing about putting in a different type of work? If you telecommute (like this homebody writer), “You don’t gotta go to work, but you gotta put in work.” You might as well work to cheesy tunes like this, because you can. On full blast, if your heart so desires. Your boss will never know.  Related: 12 Ways Successful People Handle Toxic PeopleU2 — “Bad”“Let it go. Surrender. Dislocate.” This is Bono’s big, bad battle cry for the oppressed workers of the world. At least we’d like to think it is. Once you’re wide awake, not sleeping on the job, and you realize that, damnit, you deserve better and your talents will be better recognized and utilized elsewhere, let it go. Let it fade away. That is, after you brush up your resume and alert your references, you know, just to be prepared.  Black Flag — “I’ve Had It”Hold onto this classic punk screamfest for when you’ve absolutely had it and might explode. Again, not in the office, please. Head-banging and air guitar are best done in private and off the clock, not unlike snooping Glassdoor for what your co-workers are saying about your company or trolling LinkedIn for job leads. You wouldn’t want to get busted for those big no-no’s on the cube farm either.     Related: 11 Strong Signs You’re About to Be CannedThe Smiths — “Frankly, Mr. Shankly”Yeah, sometimes we feel it, too, Morrissey. Like that frigid recycled office air, “the 21st century” is “breathing down” our necks. If you feel like “a sickening wreck,” that the work that pays your way “corrodes [your] soul,” this one’s for you, pal. No one does melodrama like The Pope of Mope. Dig deep and feel all the Mozza feels. 11 Rebellious and Fun Songs For When You Hate Your Job Add to Queue Enroll Now for $5 Former West Coast Editor Image credit: Getty Images | Glowimages Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Kim Lachance Shandrowcenter_img August 17, 2016 8 min read Music Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand 99shareslast_img read more

With No Partner in Sight Twitter Faces Tough Choices

first_imgTwitter Next Article This story originally appeared on Reuters 4 min read –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue Image credit: Reuters | Brendan McDermid Apply Now » Technology and media companies including Salesforce, Disney and Google looked at the company but ultimately passed on buying it. With No Partner in Sight, Twitter Faces Tough Choices October 21, 2016 The apparent lack of interest in Twitter Inc. by potential suitors may force the social media company to consider a route anathema to aspiring tech startups: a major restructuring and cutting some its nearly 4,000 employees.The popular but money-losing micro-blogging service spent aggressively on product development and marketing in recent years, betting that it could afford to post losses as long as it attracted new users.But that growth stalled this year after it exceeded 300 million active monthly users, less than a fifth of Facebook Inc.’s users and below Facebook’s Instagram.Earlier this month, Twitter hired bankers to explore selling itself. Technology and media companies including Inc., Walt Disney Co. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google looked at the company but ultimately passed on buying it.The aborted sales process — and the company’s strategy as an independent company — will be back in the spotlight when Twitter reports earnings on Oct. 27. The company declined to comment.”It’s going to take some bold moves here,” said David Hsu, a management professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, suggesting job cuts may be an option. “It takes a very lean staff to maintain the core Twitter as an advertising and messaging platform,” Hsu said.According to SunTrust analyst Robert Peck, Twitter could cut 10 percent of its workforce and save about $100 million a year.Major layoffs, though, could hurt the company’s image in San Francisco, where the competition for engineering talent is fierce.Image credit: Reuters | Brendan McDermidBig spenderThe company may look first at cutting sales and marketing, an area in which it is spends more than twice as much as its rivals to earn each dollar of revenue.”Twitter’s cost structure was originally built to grow into a much larger user base,” said Peck. “But with user growth stagnating, the company likely needs to reduce excess costs.”In the first six months of this year, Twitter’s sales and marketing spending totaled $473 million, or about 40 percent of its revenue. By comparison, spending in that area accounted for 19 percent of revenue at Yahoo, 15 percent at Facebook and 12 percent at Google-parent Alphabet, according to a Reuters analysis of quarterly financial reports.Twitter also spends more, proportionately, than its peers on research and development. First-half spending on R&D accounted for $334 million, or 28 percent of revenue, compared to 24 percent at Facebook, 23 percent at Yahoo and 16 percent at Alphabet, according to a Reuters analysis.Twitter could also reduce expenses by cutting products and moving some engineering positions to lower-cost overseas locations, analysts said.It may also need to reform its stock-based compensation plans when it hires new employees. Twitter doled out $682 million in stock-based compensation last year, a large portion of its roughly $2 billion in annual revenue, which weighs on its profitability.Private equity firms that examined a buyout of Twitter last year were turned off by the amount of equity-based compensation that would have to be paid out to employees in a deal, according to sources at the time.Activist in the wings?If Twitter does not slash its costs, activist investors — who have aggressively pushed U.S. companies in recent years for better cash management, leadership changes and new strategies — may see Twitter as an appealing target.”Carl Icahn — Twitter needs you,” Bronte Capital’s John Hempton, an investor known for short-selling, or betting against stocks, wrote in a blog post earlier this month, referring to the well-known activist investor. Twitter “should be fixed with extreme prejudice by a disinterested outsider before it is sold again to a strategic buyer,” he added.Companies often resist activist campaigns, and sometimes a proxy fight takes place, where the investor tries to replace board members with its own nominees.On rare occasions, companies invite friendly activists to get involved before they become hostile. Last month, hard-drive maker Seagate Technology Plc. invited ValueAct Capital in as an investor, selling a roughly 4 percent stake to the activist hedge fund. ValueAct received an observer board seat as part of the deal, but no voting power.Twitter could also explore ways to bring in an outside strategic investor to assist in a turnaround. But finding the right company to invest in Twitter without it looking like a desperate move could be tricky, private equity executives said.Whatever Twitter does, it needs to act fast. Former high-fliers Zynga Inc and Groupon Inc, which now trade at a fraction of their initial public offering prices, stand as startling evidence of how quickly an internet star can fade.(Reporting by Liana B. Baker in San Francisco and Jim Finkle in Boston; Additional reporting by Greg Roumeliotis in New York; Editing by Eric Effron and Bill Rigby) Reuters last_img read more

Teslas Giant Battery Farm Is Now Live in South Australia

first_img 2 min read Tesla’s Giant Battery Farm Is Now Live in South Australia The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Tesla –shares Elon Musk’s company smashed its 100-day delivery target. Apply Now » Add to Queue Associate Editor, Engadget UKcenter_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Nick Summers December 1, 2017 With a lot of help from Tesla, Australia is now home to the world’s largest lithium-ion battery.Back in March, Elon Musk promised Atlassian CEO and billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes that he could create a 100MWh battery storage farm within 100 days — otherwise, his company would do the job for free. The Twitter pledge was in response to ongoing power shortages in South Australia, which were causing blackouts and political uncertainty about the country’s push toward renewable energy sources. The batteries were delivered in the summer — well ahead of the deadline — and installed last week. Today, the site is operational for the first time.Tesla’s Powerpacks are connected to a wind farm in Hornsdale, owned by French renewable energy company Neoen. Jaw Weatherill, a politician and current Premier of South Australia, says it’s the first time the state has been able to reliably dispatch wind energy to the grid 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It was possible, of course, to capture this energy resource before — the problem has been controlling when, and how much of the resulting electricity is fed back into the grid. With a 100MWV battery farm, the state can now power more than 30,000 homes, regardless of the weather.”The completion of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in record time shows that a sustainable, effective energy solution is possible,” a Tesla spokesperson said. “We are proud to be part of South Australia’s renewable energy future, and hope this project provides a model for future deployments around the world.”Tesla has built similar battery farms before — a year ago, the company completed a 20 MW system in Ontario, Calif., that can store up to 80 MWh of electricity. It took just 90 days for the company — that hopes to commoditize electric cars, trucks and home energy storage — to install the necessary 396 Powerpacks. This story originally appeared on Engadget Image credit: David Gray/Reuters via engadget Next Article last_img read more

Teen Marijuana Use Is Dropping In States With Legal Recreational Marijuana

first_img Guest Writer Teen Marijuana Use Is Dropping In States With Legal Recreational Marijuana Letting parents purchase legal week just for fun is somehow accomplishing what the DARE program never managed to do. Next Article Free Green Entrepreneur App Add to Queue Image credit: jacoblund | Getty Images July 11, 2019 3 min read Once again, researchers have found that when a state legalizes marijuana, the number of teens using cannabis doesn’t increase. Instead, it drops.That’s the findings of a new study from researchers at four western universities. Their findings echoed similar results from a study conducted in Washington and released earlier this year.The new study found an 8 percent drop in the number of students who used marijuana in the previous 30 days in states where recreational marijuana is legal. It also found a 9 percent drop in the number of high school students who said they had used marijuana at least 10 times in the previous 30 days in those same states.The findings of both studies are even more interesting given the fact that a survey by the University of Michigan in late 2017 found use of marijuana among teens had increased across the entire country when non-legal states are included. That study found that use among teenagers in the 8th, 10th and 12th grade had increased by 24 percent from the previous year.Related: USA! Americans Spent $400M on Cannabis for Fourth of JulyReasons and MethodsThe latest study was conducted by researchers from Montana State University, University of Oregon, University of Colorado-Denver and San Diego State University. The researchers note that one reason for conducting the study is that “policy makers are particularly concerned that legalization for either medicinal or recreational purposes will encourage marijuana use among youth.”They used information from Youth Risk Behavior Surveys administered every year by the government to track the behavior of teenagers in areas such as unhealthy eating, sexual activity and substance use. They used both national and state surveys from between 1993 and 2017. The surveys included 1.4 million students.Related: Why the Weed Vaporizer Is the Future of Cannabis ConsumptionThe New Study FindingsInterestingly, the study found teen marijuana use neither increases nor decreases when a state legalized medical marijuana but drop only when a state legalized recreational marijuana.So far, 11 states have done that: Alaska, California. Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.Mark Anderson, the University of Montana professor who is listed first among the researchers on the study, told CNN that because so many of those states have recently made recreational marijuana legal, it will make sense to go back and look at the numbers again in a few years.For now, the study states that “there was no evidence that the legalization of medical marijuana encourages marijuana use among youth” and that “marijuana use among youth may actually decline after legalization for recreational purposes.”The report also argued that one of the reasons for the decline in use could be that legalized marijuana makes it more difficult for teenagers to buy illegal weed as “drug dealers are replaced by licensed dispensaries that require proof of age.”To stay up to date on the latest marijuana-related news make sure to like on Facebook Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Legal Marijuana Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares Download Our Free Android Applast_img read more

Pernod Ricard buys into mezcal with major stake in Del Maguey

first_imgDel Maguey makes distinctive mezcals that can be traced back to the village where they were produced.Pernod Ricard buys into mezcal with major stake in Del MagueyPosted By: News Deskon: June 08, 2017In: Alcohol, Beverage, Business, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailPernod Ricard has bought into the spirit mezcal for the first time, acquiring a majority stake in Mexican producer Del Maguey.Oaxaca-based Del Maguey makes artisan, handcrafted mezcal from a single origin – or ‘Single Village’ mezcal as it’s described on the bottle, referring to the fact that each drop can be sourced back to the community that made it.The acquisition is timely; the agave spirit, popular in Mexico, has enjoyed a surge in demand north of the border in recent years. Global sales of the drink rose to a record $80 million in 2015, with US volumes jumping 279% over ten years.Del Maguey founder Ron Cooper said: “We partnered with Pernod Ricard because they understand and appreciate our mission of preserving the culture of the Zapotec people and protecting the traditional process of making mezcal. Through this partnership, our management team will gain increased opportunities to distribute our products to mezcal lovers around the world while also ensuring that the palenqueros – or families we work with – are able to continue crafting their liquid art for generations to come.”Cooper, along with management team Michael Gardner and Steve Olson, will remain in place at Del Maguey.The deal – expected to close within 90 days – will be completed through Pernod Ricard USA’s New Brand Ventures division.Jeff Agdern, senior vice-president of the ventures division, said: “Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal is highly respected by consumers and the industry for its brand authenticity and relationships with local farmer producers.”And Pernod Ricard chairman and CEO Alexandre Ricard added: “We are very impressed by Del Maguey’s successful track record and the high quality of their mezcals. This partnership illustrates our continued strategy of partnering with dynamic entrepreneurs who share our passion for authentic, high-quality crafted premium products and further extends our fantastic portfolio of genuine brands.”Share with your network: Tags: acquisitionsDel MagueyMexicomezcalPernod RicardspiritsUSlast_img read more

Diageo breaks ground on £64m centre of excellence in Scotland

first_imgDiageo breaks ground on £6.4m centre of excellence in ScotlandPosted By: Jules Scullyon: July 03, 2018In: Alcohol, Beverage, IndustriesPrintEmailDiageo has started work on a new £6.4 million centre of excellence in Scotland that will upgrade the company’s facilities for whisky blending.The unit is being built on an area of unused land adjacent to the company’s existing technical centre in Clackmannanshire, which will continue to operate as normal while the new facility is built.Diageo said the centre will offer “world standard” facilities for the company’s scientists. It will also be a hub for innovation, not just in the spirits industry, but in environmental sustainability in manufacturing.The technical centre is home to teams who work across Diageo’s leading global brands, including Johnnie Walker, Bell’s, J&B, Smirnoff and Ciroc vodka, Tanqueray and Gordon’s gin, and Captain Morgan rum.Diageo international supply chain director Ewan Andrew said: “Our technical centre in Menstrie is a crucial part of our business globally, delivering excellence in science and innovation.“This investment will create new state-of-the-art facilities for our talented team of whisky specialists and scientists to enhance the industry-leading work they do on growing and protecting our business around the world.”Keith Brown, Member of Scottish Parliament for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, said: “This announcement from Diageo of a £6.4 million investment in their site at Menstrie is fantastic news for Clackmannanshire and will be a boost to both the local and Scottish economy. As the MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, I welcome this further evidence of Diageo’s commitment to the local area.”Luke Graham, Member of Parliament for Ochil and South Perthshire, added: “It’s great to see more investment coming to the county. I was lucky enough to visit the Menstrie site earlier this year and see first-hand the jobs and apprenticeships created by Diageo.“Following HM Government’s freeze on whisky and spirit duty, it is good to see businesses with the confidence to invest in our area. I look forward to continuing to work with Diageo to continue to attract further investment in the future.”The news follows Diageo’s announcement earlier in the year that it would invest £150 million as part of a programme to promote Scotch whisky to global consumers.This investment will pay for the construction of a new Johnnie Walker facility in Edinburgh – which will act as the hub for Diageo’s operations in Scotland – and the upgrade of the company’s Scottish distillery network.Share with your network: Tags: DiageoUKwhiskylast_img read more

Case of alleged rape by New York officers calls police loophole into

first_imgShare on Facebook Mon 19 Feb 2018 12.01 EST The 18-year-old woman was driving with two friends near Coney Island in September when the two plainclothes detectives pulled her over and found marijuana. The officers released the two male passengers, handcuffed the woman and told her she was under arrest, prosecutors say.Then, investigators say, detectives Eddie Martins and Richard Hall repeatedly sexually assaulted her before releasing her. The woman went to the hospital, where prosecutors say DNA was obtained that matched both men.But the officers have pleaded not guilty to rape and other charges, and the case has highlighted an apparent loophole in the laws of New York and many other states that may allow police to escape sexual assault charges by claiming sex acts were consensual. While New York law already bars sexual contact between corrections workers and inmates, it doesn’t apply explicitly to police. ‘It should be clear that when someone is in custody they do not have the ability to consent to sexual activity,’ a state senator said.Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo New York law may allow officers to escape charges by claiming sex was consensual, an apparent oversight described as ‘shocking’ New York Topics Associated Press Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Case of alleged rape by New York officers calls police loophole into question New York City police solve 1994 rape case that newspaper called a hoax Rape and sexual assault Share via Email “I was shocked,” the Democratic state senator Diane Savino said of when she learned of the loophole. “It should be clear across the state for officers from every department, that when someone is in custody they do not have the ability to consent to sexual activity.”Governor Andrew Cuomo is part of a bipartisan push to close what the Democrat calls “an egregious loophole” with legislation that would make it clear that people in police custody cannot give consent. A bill has already passed the state assembly and was pending in the senate.The case underscores a chronic problem that was documented in an Associated Press investigation in 2015 that found about 1,000 officers across the country had lost their badges in a six-year period for rape, sodomy and other sexual assault. That total didn’t even include New York or California because those states didn’t track the number of officers fired for such offenses.Philip Stinson, a criminal justice professor at Bowling Green State University, says such loopholes exist in many state laws.But he cautioned that the legislation in New York might create new loopholes. Citing cases in which officers requested sexual favors in exchange for dropping a ticket or the threat of arrest, Stinson said motorists or pedestrians stopped by police are still under the power of the officer even though they haven’t been formally arrested or detained.But laws are needed, he said, as are internal department policies and programs that make it easy and safe for victims to file complaints. A study released two years ago reviewed policies of 35 policy departments and found that only about half had rules relating to sexual misconduct by officers.In New York City, for example, a police watchdog group announced just this past week that it will begin investigating allegations of sexual misconduct by officers. Previously, such allegations were handled internally by the department. Stinson said his research shows that the small minority of officers who engage in sexual misconduct often target drug addicts, sex workers, children, young women or others that they believe will be too frightened to come forward. “It’s the most vulnerable girls and women – and sometimes teenage boys and men – that I worry about,” he said. “The ones who are perceived by officers as being throwaways.” In New York, the two detectives resigned from the department before they were to face an administrative proceeding that could have resulted in their firing. Their criminal trial has yet to begin. Martins’ attorney Mark Bederow would not talk about the defense, but stopped short of saying his client denied all contact with the woman. “The allegation that there was any non-consensual sexual activity is patently false,” he said. John Arlia, who represents Hall, didn’t respond to calls. This article is more than 1 year old Share on Twitter Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. US policing New York Share on Facebook Reuse this content Last modified on Tue 20 Feb 2018 09.42 EST Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Shares8686 This article is more than 1 year old Read more newslast_img read more

Colin Kaepernick becomes the face of Nikes Just Do It campaign

first_imgShares4,2174217 Mon 3 Sep 2018 17.38 EDT Race Support The Guardian Colin Kaepernick “We believe Colin is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward,” the Nike executive Gino Fisanotti told ESPN. “We wanted to energize its meaning and introduce ‘Just Do It’ to a new generation of athletes.”The protests during the national anthem, soon embraced by other players, raised the ire of some NFL fans, Republican politicians and President Donald Trump.Trump said the players disrespected the American flag and the military, and has said he would love to see NFL owners fire such players.Kaepernick and another former 49ers player, Eric Reid, have not been signed by any of the NFL’s 32 teams since their protests spread. Both have filed collusion grievances against NFL owners.On Thursday, arbitrator Stephen Burbank denied the league’s request to dismiss the case, which means he found sufficient evidence for the case to continue and perhaps go to trial.News of Nike’s ad campaign broke just days before the first game of the NFL season on Thursday, when the controversy over pre-game protests could flare anew.Serena Williams was among those who praised the ad, and earlier lauded Kaepernick and Reid. “I think every athlete, every human, and definitely every African-American should be completely grateful and honored how Colin and Eric are doing so much more for the greater good,” she said at the weekend.However, it also drew criticism from some quarters, including the former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. This article is more than 10 months old Share on WhatsApp Guardian sport and agencies Share on Twitter NFL Quarterback was one of first players to kneel during anthemTrump has condemned protests and no team has signed QB Republican official resigns after calling kneeling NFL players ‘baboons’ … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Nike has endorsed Kaepernick since 2011 but has not featured him in campaigns since his departure from the NFL. Share via Email Share via Email Since you’re here… This article is more than 10 months old Colin Kaepernick: from kneeling quarterback to Nike poster boy – video Share on Twitter Colin Kaepernick becomes the face of Nike’s Just Do It campaigncenter_img Colin Kaepernick Others on social media posted videos of Nike shoes burning and Nike socks with the “swoosh” symbol cut out.Kaepernick received an enthusiastic welcome from fans at the US Open’s showcase match between Serena and Venus Williams in New York on Friday night, when he was shown raising his fist on the big screen. “Especially proud to be a part of the Nike family today,” tweeted the former after news of Kaepernick’s deal emerged.• This article was amended on 4 September 2018 to remove a tweet. Share on Messenger Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7)Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt 3, 2018 Last modified on Fri 7 Sep 2018 08.38 EDT Share on Facebook Activism US sports Topics Protest Read more Share on Facebook news Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who sparked controversy by kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, will be the face of a Nike advertising campaign for the 30th anniversary of its “Just Do It” motto.Kaepernick was a quarterback in the NFL for six years. He stirred national debate by taking a knee while the anthem was played before games during the 2016 season, to draw attention to police killings of African Americans and other issues.Kaepernick tweeted a black-and-white photo of himself on Monday featuring the Nike logo and “just do it” slogan as well as a quote: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” 1:01 Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Play Video Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee)I’ll be on w/ @MariaBartiromo on @FoxBusiness at 8am ET Tues, but I will not be wearing any @Nike products. I guess @Nike will now focus on making knee pads for NFL.September 4, 2018 Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Talk it Up with Speech Recognition Assistive Technology

first_imgDragon Naturally SpeakingSpeech recognition programs convert spoken words into text.  They can also use voice commands to control computer applications.  This technology provides accessibility to anyone who may not be able to easily utilize a keyboard or a mouse.As you might imagine, speech recognition is not always completely accurate.  It is important to remember when using such a program to be patient and consider all of the factors that could lead to mistakes.  For example, investing in a microphone that filters out background noise will help your speech recognition program identify your voice.Realize that speaking to your computer is not the same as holding a conversation with another person.  It is imperative that you annunciate clearly and avoid mumbling or slurring your words.  In normal conversations, we take for granted our understanding of context, and will often leave out words and expect the other person to fill in the gaps.  Because softwares don’t share our common sense, they cannot interpret what you are leaving out.  AbilityHub suggests listening to newscasters to get a good feel for speaking clearly and naturally.Dragon Naturally Speaking by Nuance is a popular speech recognition software used today.  With it, you can surf the web, write and send e-mail, and edit documents without ever having to touch a mouse or keyboard.  Interested in trying it out?  The INDATA Loan Library would gladly loan you a copy!  For more information, contact Carol Girt at this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU317 – Voiceitt with Sara Smolley & Katie EhlersJune 23, 2017In “Assistive Technology Update”Dragon speech software adds apps to the mixSeptember 29, 2011In “Easter Seals Crossroads”Speaking with a New VoiceMarch 23, 2016In “Apps”last_img read more

Assistive Technology Podcasts Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

first_imgToday marks INDATA’s 52nd assistive technology podcast! We cannot believe how time flies, because we ARE having so much fun. Our very first podcast aired on June 2, 2011. On this day, we announced we would be releasing two Assitive Technology podcasts weekly that are free and can be downloaded in iTunes.  One being the Assistive Technology Update, which is a fast-paced, weekly program for assistive technology users, professionals and enthusiasts.  Hosted by Wade Wingler, it features news, questions & answers, and interviews with thought leaders in the field of assistive technology.  The other weekly podcast is Accessibility Minute. Accessibility Minute features simple assistive technology tips and tricks for everyone.In our kickoff episode of Assistive Technology Update, we discussed using your ipad as an iphone, google wallets and the looktell money reader. In the very first Accessibility Minute , we informed listeners about tools already built into most computers to help people with vision impairments. On our podcast release date, we were so excited to add one more media form to our arsenal of tools in spreading the word about assistive technology to the public. Today, we are very proud to be celebrating a year’s worth of podcasts that have reached so many and shared such important information about assistive technology.We would like to take a moment to recognize and congratulate Wade Wingler, Director of Assistive Technology, for the amazing work he has done as host and producer of these podcasts over this past year. His dedication and passion for helping people find the technology that improves their lives comes through in each and every podcast. Thank you, Wade, for all of your hard work and dedication to these podcasts and in everything you do as the Director of Assistive Technology. All of our lives are enriched by your compassion and devotion to your work!Although we are very proud of the content that we are putting out through our blogs, tech tip videos, podcasts and social media, we are always looking for ways to improve the content we provide to our audience. To celebrate this anniversary and to assist us in improving the next 52 episodes, we would appreciate if you would take a few minutes to take our content survey. And, if you have not had the opportunity to listen to one of the podcasts yet, don’t fear! We have them all archived and you can download them here and listen to them at your convenience.So, without further ado here are this week’s Assistive Technology podcasts:ATU052 – First Anniversary Episode, AT Hardcore, Helping, Hands, Gmail+ Trick, RESNA’s Developer Forum, ATIA Registration Open, Dragon Contest, Loc8tor, 7 Resources for used ATAM052 – Project ActionWe thank all of our podcast listeners for supporting our efforts and welcome new listeners to join and learn about the ways that Assistive Technology can improve people’s lives.Happy First Anniversary Assistive Technology Podcasts!….and many more! Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAM100 – 100th Episode of Accessibility MinuteApril 26, 2013In “Accessibility Minute”Popular Blog Posts of 2012January 3, 2013In “Easter Seals Crossroads”Top 10 INDATA Tech Tips of 2012January 2, 2013In “Videos”last_img read more

Monday Tech Tip Microsoft Edge

first_imgAnna Leung, Assistive Technology Specialist shows us Microsoft Edge browser for Windows 10.Check it out here:Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATFAQ034 – Q1. CCTVs vs mobile devices Q2. Windows 10 vs previous versions Q3. VoiceOver and Live TV apps Q4. Windows magnifier vs commercial versions Q5. Windows 10 high contrast settings Q6. Pokemon Go and people with disabilitiesJuly 25, 2016In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”Monday Tech Tip: Using JAWS with Windows 10 to use Internet ExplorerOctober 12, 2015In “Tech Tips”ATU138 – GW Micro announces that WindowEyes is now FREE for Microsoft Office users. Press conference, interviews with Dan Hubbell, Dan Weirich, and Jeremy CurryJanuary 17, 2014In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

CorelDRAW Technical Suite 2019 Offers Precision and Control for Technical Illustration

first_imgCorelDRAW Technical Suite 2019 Offers Precision and Control for Technical Illustration Globe NewswireJune 12, 2019, 8:58 pmJune 12, 2019 CADCorelDRAWNewsTechnical Illustration Previous ArticleBlueJeans On the Go: Mobile Meetings Without CompromiseNext ArticleTriton Digital Announces Acquisition of Podcast Powerhouse Omny Studio Enhanced isometric drawing, greater document control, improved Styles workflow, and boosted performance accelerate productivityCorelDRAW® Technical Suite 2019 is the latest edition of Corel’s comprehensive graphics suite designed to maximize technical illustration and drafting workflows. Produce precise illustrations, including assembly instructions and complex schematics from original designs or existing 3D CAD renderings. A streamlined interface and boosted performance accelerate technical communication authoring, while new tools make design creation even more precise with enhancements to callouts, dimensioning, axonometric drawing, and more.“Knowing that productivity is paramount, CorelDRAW Technical Suite 2019 is focused on accelerating your entire technical illustration workflow,” said Klaus Vossen, Sr. Product Manager, CorelDRAW. “From opening 2D and 3D source files, photos, and documents, to publishing technical communications of virtually any kind, this complete suite enables you to work faster with precision and control.”Marketing Technology News: SRAX and The ALS Association Give BIGtoken Users a New Way to Donate Real Money with Their Data EarningsIdeal for users in engineering, architecture, and manufacturing, CorelDRAW Technical Suite 2019 drives technical documentation creation with accuracy and confidence.Benefit from enhanced isometric drawing toolsProduce complex illustrations efficiently with pinpoint accuracy. Draw on projected planes and redefine drawing planes easily with enhanced projected drawing tools. Add context with enhanced projected arrows in dimensions and leader lines, and enjoy updates to the Projected Axes docker that make projected drawing workflows more intuitive.Have more precision and control in your documentsUnderstand every project element at a glance. The new Objects docker provides more control over the management of objects, layers, and pages. When creating UI dashboards and icons, or working with odd pixel-sized drawings, improved pixel workflow tools ensure images have crisp edges when exporting for the web or other digital output. Enjoy an enhanced Styles workflowEnsure a consistent visual style across technical publications in less time with new Styles workflow enhancements. Take advantage of the ability to apply existing Style Sets as well as new preloaded Style Sets that follow S1000D technical illustration standards.Work more efficiently with enhanced UI, performance updates, and new CorelDRAW.appTake advantage of an interface that’s easier to navigate with the new Find and Replace docker, and new shortcuts for commonly used tools. The updated Technical Illustration Workspace groups common features and the Project tab of the Transform docker is more intuitive. Performance improvements boost startup time, document loading times, graphics rendering, text handling, and more. Plus, sign into the new through your browser to access your .CDR and .DES files from virtually any device and create new vector designs and illustrations on the go.Enjoy enhanced 3D repurposing with XVL Studio Corel EditionTechnical illustrators who leverage 3D designs from existing sources will benefit from a number of updates made to the integrated XVL Studio Corel Edition. Quickly find similar parts with the same attributes and highlight parts by selecting them; plus, set color separately for profile lines and fill faces of cross-sections. Find additional enhancements to notes, illustration output, and more.Marketing Technology News: Merkle Named 2019 Pegasystems’ Partner Excellence in Digital Transformation RecipientMain Applications in CorelDRAW Technical Suite 2019:Corel DESIGNER® 2019: Precision illustration and technical designCorelDRAW® 2019: Vector illustration and page layoutCorel PHOTO-PAINT® 2019: Professional image editingXVL Studio Corel Edition: 3D visualization and™: File access, collaboration, and on-the-go illustration via web browserThe suite also offers valuable content and supporting applications, including PowerTRACE® (available in CorelDRAW and Corel DESIGNER), CAPTURE™, CONNECT™ Content (available in CorelDRAW and Corel DESIGNER), Corel Font Manager™, AfterShot™ 3 HDR.Extend the power with the optional XVL Studio 3D CAD Corel Edition 2019 add-onUse the add-on to transform complex 3D CAD parts and assemblies into comprehensible visualizations. Embed high-resolution raster images in illustrations when outputting to Corel DESIGNER, and specify a markup by its line type. Enjoy improved support for 3D CAD file formats, plus a number of other enhancements for a more intuitive 3D CAD to illustration workflow. XVL Studio 3D CAD Corel Edition 2019 add-on is available as a separate purchase.Offering choice and flexibility, CorelDRAW Technical Suite 2019 is available as a subscription and perpetual license.Subscription license: Pay a low annual fee with the flexibility to cancel if your software needs change. Get access to the latest version as long as your subscription is active.Perpetual license: One-time payment for permanent license ownership with no extra monthly or annual cost.Marketing Technology News: Esri Software Powers Location Intelligence in Microsoft’s Defense System Demonstrationlast_img read more

The Measurement Advantage Marketing Leaders Are Four Times As Likely As Laggards

first_imgThe Measurement Advantage: Marketing Leaders Are Four Times As Likely As Laggards To Exceed Business Goals, Grow Revenue, And Gain Market Share PRNewswireMay 10, 2019, 5:15 pmMay 10, 2019 Bain & CompanygoogleKaren SauderMarketing TechnologyNewsThe Measurement Advantage Previous ArticleOutdated Technology Preventing Banks from Investing in Disruptive Technologies, According to Fenergo SurveyNext ArticleOnly 30% of Midsized Call Centers Are Confident in Ability to Meet Customer Needs Based on Bain & Company Estimates, Marketers Could Realize on Average 25-30 Percent Higher Revenue in the First Year for Each Dollar Spent on Advanced Measurement CapabilitiesPlenty of companies measure marketing activities. Yet, all too often, their measurement does not lead to useful actions, get shared broadly among teams, or inform strategic business decisions. Leading organizations have raised their game in the discipline of measurement to build a complete picture of the customer and tailor messages and campaigns that are welcomed rather than intrusive.Bain & Company, in collaboration with Google, recently surveyed more than 600 marketing executives in the US, UK, and Canada.  The research, captured in a new report, The Measurement Advantage, found that the 100 companies at the highest level of maturity have outgrown competitors and are four times as likely as the 100 least mature companies to exceed their business goals, grow revenue, and gain market share.“Exciting new measurement technologies hold the promise of lifting marketing effectiveness to new heights but, in the real world, no marketer can thrive on technology alone.  Marketers constantly battle rising expectations from the C-suite, new regulations around privacy, and fast-changing rules of engagement,” said John Grudnowski, digital marketing expert at Bain & Company.  “The savviest marketers realize that making progress on the measurement journey involves mobilizing both their teams and their technologies, which leads to better business outcomes, whether that’s revenue, profitability or customer churn.”According to the Bain & Company survey, measurement capabilities are the fastest-growing priority for respondents’ goals and budgets among companies at all levels of maturity.  However, measurement leaders are creating new digital divides between themselves and their competition.Marketing Technology News: Voicify, LLC Receives Second Round of Funding from Multiple InvestorsOrganizations that have attained a measurement advantage devote substantial time and effort to excelling in three areas:1. Measurement. Between disparate internal data sources, agency partners, and external ad platforms, marketers have a sea of data to work with. The challenge is how to connect different data analyses so that they generate insights that advance business goals. Measurement works best when it paints a complete picture of the entire customer journey rather than a collection of single touchpoints. For instance, the leaders among our respondents are nearly two times as likely as laggards to connect measurement platforms and ad platforms together to get a full view of the customer journey.Leaders also take care to link marketing activities to business outcomes.“Measurement is the biggest strategic challenge for marketers.  At Google, we have seen some of our partners flourish because of their commitment to measurement,” said Karen Sauder, vice president of sales at Google.  “They treat measurement as a key driver for business outcomes; remember measurement and reporting are not the same thing.  They have a culture built around it, and they also make smarter decisions faster by embracing automation.”2. Activation. After enough experience unlocking insights through measurement, companies can move to the next level and convert their deep customer understanding and segmentation into strategies for new customer acquisition, expanded share of wallet, and sales growth. This is where automation and machine learning are starting to prove their worth.Still, many companies struggle to get automation right. Some leave money on the table because they automate only one channel, or they do not invest enough to attract the best customers, or they simply set rules based on short-term return on advertising spending (ROAS) gains rather than the longer-term business. Bain estimates, based on more than 2,250 completed tests, that marketers on average could realize 25 percent to 30 percent higher revenue over the first year for each dollar spent on advanced measurement capabilities that inform bidding and automation strategies. In fact, the marketing leaders in the analysis are 2.3 times as likely as laggards to use automation to manage bids and budgeting across more than one channel in real time.3. Ways of working.  Marketing leaders find that shifting from channel-centered to customer-centered teams serves to advance broader business goals. Once they organize around customer priorities, teams that have the autonomy to test and learn, unconstrained by channel- or budget-based silos or operational metrics, will be able to deliver superior customer experiences.Marketing Technology News: Shop Direct Enhances Customer Engagement, Revenues with Revionics AI-Based Price OptimizationThose that use Agile techniques to structure their work often can respond more quickly to new information and regulation in today’s privacy-first environment, and avoid having to execute outdated marketing plans. Bain’s survey, for instance, finds that marketing leaders are 1.6 times as likely as laggards to organize Agile teams centered on customer segments or campaigns. And they are 1.6 times as likely to integrate and share measurement metrics with other teams.Measurement thus plays a key role in creating a customer-centered culture that embraces the test-and-learn approach. By assembling, consolidating, and harnessing often basic, readily available data, marketing teams can deliver personalized, in-the-moment messages. That transforms the experience from one of feeling bombarded to one of feeling valued and informed.“Expectations of CMOs are rising.  They’re held accountable for demonstrating a return on marketing investment that directly affects business outcomes,” said Wendy Grad, expert vice president, Bain & Company’s Advanced Digital and Product Team (ADAPT).  “Leading CMOs make measurement the centerpiece of their growth strategy, ultimately changing the way they understand and connect with customers.”Marketing Technology News: Atif Rafiq of MGM Resorts International Named US Chief Digital Officer of the Year 2019 by CDO Clublast_img read more