Innovation from diversity: Silicon Valley has long been obsessed with disrupting existing but inefficient industries with new software-based tools. The future opportunities will come from creating solutions for the mass market and particularly for the underserved. This change will not just be philosophical. It will also require greater diversity in both hiring and capital distribution. Companies need to continue to bring more people in from all walks of life for all types of positions. They need to capture the talent and perspective of those that understand problems intimately and from a unique angle. Venture capitalists too will need to look outside of their typical bubble of hopeful technology stars in the Valley, usually led by white American men. … [Read more...] about Here’s how Silicon Valley can avoid Detroit’s fate
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In that case, frequency and cost could be even more crucial to make sure the people that need to take public transit actually can, but those changes could be at odds. “Some of the ways people talk about reducing touch points is fare-free transit. . . . There’s been movement around that, but that entails costs as well. That’s a lot of revenue that you give up,” Taylor says. And with ridership down, transit systems are already under huge financial strain. “If you lost $400 million a year in fair revenues, you have to cut service or get additional revenues to cover the shortfall,” he adds. “The question is, would fare-free transit benefit people more, or more frequent service?” … [Read more...] about Post-pandemic public transit may not end up looking all that different—but its goals may have to change
Israel, on the other hand, is gearing up for large scale serology tests in order to gauge the proportion of population which has developed antibodies against the novel coronavirus. Israel, whose aggressive response to the coronavirus has held its fatality rate to a fraction of those of the United States and other hard-hit nations, is readying a nationwide serological test of 100,000 citizens. Moshe Bar-Siman-Tov, director-general of Israel’s Health Ministry, said that if antibody tests show a sizable portion of the population has developed antibodies, that could mean Israel is on its way to “herd immunity” and would be well equipped to withstand further outbreaks. Meanwhile, studies have estimated the percentage of Israelis with antibodies range widely, from less than 1% to upward of 10%. … [Read more...] about In-Depth: Is Herd Immunity our best bet in the fight against coronavirus?
On June 1, premium processing will begin for all eligible employment-based green card petitions. From June 8, H-1B petitions that are pending adjudication and those that are cap-exempt, which are jobs exempt from the annual cap on foreign workers holding H-1B visa. … [Read more...] about USCIS to begin premium processing of H-1B visas, green cards in phases from June 1, 2020
Devidayal, who opened Iktara before COVID caused a lockdown, had to shut it down three weeks into operations. “Five days after the shutdown was declared, we resumed the bakery operations first and then Iktara, using the team we still had in Mumbai. Ensuring that we picked the right people and convincing their families that we will take every safety precaution was a difficult task. We have hired private vehicles to pick and drop the team members.” … [Read more...] about Riding COVID-19 storm: Restaurants rewrite home delivery rules with special menus, DIY kits