In my home, we use both air cleaners and our heating system to filter the air. If you have central heating, make sure your furnace filter has a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) of at least 11. This value describes how effective a filter is at removing airborne particles and contaminants from the recirculated air. The standard on most furnaces is a MERV 8 filter, and many furnaces are not capable of running with a more efficient filter, so make sure to check your filter and ask a technician before replacing it. But a MERV 8 filter is better than no filtration at all. … [Read more...] about If you have to be indoors with others, here’s how to make the air cleaner
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Amazon Amazon’s core competence is vision and storytelling. Bezos had the vision of selling everything online when that was unthinkable. An even bigger feat, Bezos and his team accomplished something unprecedented—they convinced investors not to expect short- or medium-term profits. While most firms’ profits are reevaluated every three months on their quarterly earnings call, Bezos has retrained investors’ Pavlovian mechanisms, replacing profits with vision and growth. Key to this decision was CFO Joy Covey, who recognized the best way to predict the future is to make it. And the best way to make the future is to gain access to cheap capital to pull the future forward with extraordinary investments others won’t make, resulting in moats, which give you access to cheaper capital . . . and so on and so on. While most firms look for competitive advantage via lowest cost, Amazon looks for sustainable advantage that requires gargantuan investment. … [Read more...] about Big Tech was already dominant. Has coronavirus made it unstoppable?
According to the Alibaba Group's official website, the Alibaba digital economy generated RMB7,053 billion (US$1 trillion) in gross merchandise value (GMV) in the 12 months ended March 31, 2020. This mainly included GMV of RMB6,589 billion (US$945 billion) transacted through China retail marketplaces, as well as GMV transacted through international retail marketplaces and local consumer services. … [Read more...] about Ban on mobile apps: A brief look at firms behind the 43 apps that are banned
Someone is already telling your story. The question is whether you will Third-party groups understand modern communications better than many corporate communications teams, and a company’s detractors can easily and widely circulate information—and cause reputational damage—at an accelerated pace through social media. A company can’t make its story the dominant one simply by yelling it louder. It needs a better story to tell, the one that is simplest to understand, the most compelling, the most credible, the one that people can latch onto. Corporate leaders must learn from their more nimble critics and create parallel infrastructures that are better able to counter third-party detractor groups. … [Read more...] about 10 lessons from CEOs on how to manage corporate reputation in a new era of activism
Get creative with a murder mystery game, a lipreading challenge, or a space-travel improv game. There’s a host of experimental games perfect for a virtual Thanksgiving over at #ZoomJam, an online game development event that challenged participants to build innovative games that could be played over Zoom (and similar platforms). And there’s a host of options beyond murder mysteries and improv—check out the list of inventive activities on the event’s site. … [Read more...] about 11 games and other fun things to do during virtual Thanksgiving