The look, feel and functionality of the modern American office can be traced back to the work of one woman. Florence Knoll Bassett, whom Architectural Record called the “single most powerful figure in modern design,” died at 101 on January 25. In the early 20th century, offices consisted of rows of dark, heavy desks and chairs, with the executive desk angled toward an office door. Knoll, who believed that a building’s interior was as important as its exterior, introduced an office aesthetic based on function. She interviewed people about how they did their job so they could do it efficiently and comfortably. She then went on to design products like the Model 1500 series, a desk that allowed drawers and cabinets to be added to the frame based on need. The press coined a term for her “humanist interpretation of European modernism”: the “Knoll Look.” Her clients included CBS, Connecticut General, Alcoa, and the University of Michigan, and … [Read more...] about How Florence Knoll helped America sell the world on capitalism
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 17, 2018--Macquarie Capital, the corporate advisory, capital markets and principal investment arm of Macquarie Group, today announced the appointment of Robert “Bo” Crowell as a Managing Director to lead healthcare services coverage in the Americas.Mr. Crowell joins Macquarie Capital from UBS, where he was a Managing Director and advised and executed on more than $25 billion of merger and acquisition and capital raising transactions for healthcare services companies. He has over 17 years of strategic advisory experience. Before UBS, he held senior roles in healthcare investment banking at Citigroup Global Markets and Credit Suisse.Transaction activity in healthcare services has increased dramatically due to several sector tailwinds including technology disruption, innovative new business models, vertical integration, regulatory and reimbursement changes, consumerism in healthcare and favorable demographics. Mr. Crowell will work to capitalize … [Read more...] about Macquarie Capital Launches Coverage of Healthcare Services Sector in the Americas
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 10, 2018--Drift, the world’s leading conversational marketing and sales platform, has been named SaaS/Software Company of the year at the 2018 NEVY Awards hosted by the New England Venture Capital Association. Held annually since 2013, the “NEVYs” recognize the top innovators, investors, and companies in the region.Drift was also recently named a finalist for the Boston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work 2018 award, which honors the companies creating the most enjoyable, meaningful, and motivating work environments in the Boston area based on anonymous feedback provided by employees.“These awards are all about the people here at Drift,” said Drift CEO David Cancel. “We are fortunate to have attracted a group of smart, motivated, and passionate people who want to get better every day. They love their work, have fun doing it, and focus on delivering value for our customers daily -- but this is just the beginning. … [Read more...] about Drift Named SaaS Company of the Year by New England Venture Capital Association and Nominated For Best Places to Work in Boston
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Wonkblog Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Heather Long by Heather Long Email the author May 10 at 12:31 PM Email the author Brian Potaczek recently bought his first box of Girl Scout cookies, a small act full of meaning for the 31-year-old from just outside Phoenix. A few years ago, he was addicted to opioids and in jail. Today Potaczek is an electrician with a steady job, earning enough money to do what many middle-class Americans do: Buy Girl Scout cookies and take his mom out for coffee. … [Read more...] about He went from jail to a $22-an-hour job. How can America get more stories like this?
On a Saturday morning in late August 2013, 10-year-old Daniel Chacon awoke early. It was hot, as mornings often are in Bordos de Agua Azul, his neighbourhood in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. His family was poor, barely scraping together a living by selling pickled vegetables on the roadside. Daniel and his 14-year-old brother insisted on contributing as best they could. They’d managed to talk their parents into renting a horse and buggy, which they used to collect discarded boxes, selling the cardboard to recycling collectors for pennies a pound. It may have seemed like a tedious job, but there was an element of risk to the task because of an unfortunate characteristic of the area: Since 2011, San Pedro Sula has been the world’s most murderous city. (Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, holds the No. 4 spot.) Children fleeing these horrors have recently become a political issue in the US, where they are increasingly turning up in search of asylum and safety. But Daniel and his … [Read more...] about DISPATCH FROM HONDURAS: What Life Is Like In The Murder Capital Of The World