Beyond Autonomy The innovations on display won’t be limited to cars that drive on their own. Ancillary smart car technology will have a presence at CES, too. Ola, India’s largest ride-hailing platform, plans to preview connected car technology built in collaboration with Microsoft, for example. Rather than a self-driving car, Ola and Microsoft are developing software to keep passengers productive during a ride. In another area of the CES, Autoliv, which makes safety systems for cars including driver assist, will be hosting a conversation about human-machine interaction and trust. … [Read more...] about Self-Driving Car Companies Are Going To Shake Up This Year’s CES
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Culture-focused professionals The past year also brought renewed attention to the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) roles within organizations. Chamberlain says there is an increasing demand for those professionals, especially chief diversity officers. “DEI has grown pretty dramatically in the last few years. Partly it’s because of social-political trends. But partly, it’s because there’s a growing awareness among executives, about the research about the business case for diversity and inclusion,” he says. “Today, there’s pretty clear academic work, showing companies make better decisions and enjoy better financial performance when they have more diverse voices.” … [Read more...] about These are some of the new jobs emerging in 2021 and beyond
Girl Scout cookie sales date back to 1917, when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies themselves and then sold them in the local high school cafeteria, according to the organization’s website. Commercially baked cookies started in 1935 with the Girl Scout Federation of Greater New York. … [Read more...] about Now you can order Girl Scout cookies with Grubhub. Here’s how
Most years, Jeff would spend a week offline, devoted to deep thought on the business. These annual “brain-benders” gave him time to rethink first principles and write down these ideas, usually resulting in a series of one-page documents with new ideas he brings back to his leadership team. Rick recounts how in 2001, Jeff went on his retreat with the slowing pace of innovation on his mind. So he came back with a simple idea: if teams were organized into startup-like sizes, if they owned their road maps and they owned their code so they could move quickly, they could act like startups again, just like they had in the early days of Amazon, when Jeff remembered they could feed the whole team with two pizzas. But in order to work together, they’d need to build a bunch of APIs so they could interface with each other. This would enable them to move independently, with the relationship between teams formalized in technology. With this one pager, the “two-pizza … [Read more...] about The “dozen-bagel” secret to preserving startup spirit as your company grows
Appealing to different needs As more consumers hop on the resale bandwagon, Chandra believes that different platforms can cater to different kinds of shoppers. Sites already offer wildly different ways to shop. ThredUp, Depop, and Poshmark tend to offer lower priced items, while Rebag and TheRealReal focus on luxury products. “Each seller on [Poshmark] is effectively building their brand,” Chandra says. “The ambient chatter on the site is the kind of conversation you might have in a store, when you’re asking questions about a product.” … [Read more...] about Poshmark’s explosive IPO bodes well for the resale industry, but how sustainable is secondhand?