Baby food isn’t as simple as mashed bananas. advertisement advertisement That’s what private equity firm director Angela Sutherland discovered while pregnant with her first child in 2013. When she wasn’t working 10-hour days, she was researching what a baby should consume during the first 1,000 days. Proper nutrition at the start of a child’s life, she had read, is fundamental to health and development. Sutherland recalls how the baby nutrition category seemed, to her, inefficient and overwhelming. If she tried to learn everything about baby nutrition to feed her child, where would she find the time for all that peeling, cutting, steaming, and puréeing? Her options were either spending hours each week in the kitchen or grabbing a jar off the supermarket shelf that, as she describes, “was sometimes older than my baby.” Or, in some cases, loaded with sugar, additives, and preservatives. Roughly 90% of … [Read more...] about Can Pricey Baby-Food Delivery Startups Crawl Their Way To Mainstream Success?
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The great basketball writer Jackie MacMullan recently stood at the front of a hotel ballroom in Tampa taking questions after collecting a career achievement award from the Association for Women in Sports Media. advertisement advertisement I was in the audience that day. Initially, the questions focused on her early days in basketball as a reporter. But then someone brought up a series of stories MacMullan had written for ESPN last summer on NBA players’ mental health problems. MacMullan called it “probably the most important thing I’ve ever done,” and a nearly 10-minute discussion followed. The package featured All-Stars Kevin Love and Paul Pierce, among others, discussing their struggles with depression and anxiety. Other big names backed out at the last minute, concerned about the stigma of mental illness and whether it might hurt their ability to land a good contract in free agency, a point MacMullan emphasized when we spoke after the session ended. … [Read more...] about Athletes are opening up about their mental health journeys. Here’s why that’s important
The rise of the mindfulness industry has resulted in plenty of criticism, especially as a replacement for larger structural change within organizations or a blanket solution to all business challenges. But there’s also evidence that mindfulness and meditation can help reduce stress or even improve your memory. advertisement advertisement These results not only serve you in life, they can help you at work, which is why companies like Google, Aetna, and General Mills offer mindfulness training as part of their employee wellness benefits. Often thought as an individual “sport,” getting the whole team to practice mindfulness has added benefits. Research from the UBC Sauder School of Business found that it can reduce conflict and help colleagues to interact with one another without judgment. “We found that when teams are more mindful, this reduces interpersonal conflicts and helps teams better focus on the task at hand,” writes Lingtao Yu, … [Read more...] about How to get skeptical employees to try group meditation
On April 1, state-run lenders, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank, merged with Bank of Baroda and became the country’s third largest bank after the SBI and HDFC Bank. The consolidated bank was named Bank of Baroda and has over 9,500 branches, 13,000 ATMs, 85,000 employees and 12 crore customers.Moneycontrol’s Hiral Thanawala spoke to Virendra Sethi, Head of Retail Banking and Mortgage at Bank of Baroda, talks about the way the bank is gaining by cross-selling to new customers of the merged entity and changes made in products portfolio. He also elaborates on switching from MCLR to repo rate-linked home loans, and using credit scores of borrowers to price the loans on offer.Q: How do you plan to gain from this mega-merger and what are the products/schemes that you plan to cross-sell to customers of the merged entity?Close A: After amalgamation, at the back-end we ran an algorithm to identify potential customers from Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank with a good track record of savings and … [Read more...] about ‘This is the best time to switch from MCLR to repo-rate-linked home loans:’ Bank of Baroda
I know what you’re thinking: “I want to live out my talk show host roleplaying fantasies in the privacy of my own home. And I also want to support good causes like helping military veterans and public schools.” But who has time for both? Well, this may be your big chance. On last night’s episode of his soon-to-be-finished show, Stephen Colbert announced that he’s auctioning off iconic pieces of the set for charity. Specifically, the giant C-shaped desk from which he’s delivered his satirical takes on the news for years, as well as his famous fireplace, complete with mantle, a Colbert portrait, and a TV monitor with a fake fire on loop. Colbert, who is moving over CBS to take over David Letterman’s job next year, is donating the proceeds from the raffle to two charities: the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which helps military veterans with health care, and Donors Choose, which has raised more than $225 million for public school classes on a … [Read more...] about You Can Now Own Stephen Colbert’s Desk