dipped into the helicopter business in June with a $200 New York City airport shuttle service. That’s just the first step in Uber’s grand plan, called Elevate, to one day fill urban skies with morphing electric planes that transform to helicopter mode for pinpoint vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). Aerospace giants including Boeing and Embraer are developing these futuristic VTOL craft for Uber’s network—which it plans to launch in three cities, including L.A., starting in 2023. (Separate from Uber, Airbus is also working on autonomous electric VTOL craft.) … [Read more...] about This startup wants to make urban flying as accessible as riding the bus
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Players such as HR software and services giant Automatic Data Processing (ADP) and Paylocity are betting that employees want such flexibility and are looking at this and other ways to deliver your money faster. They see such flexible benefits as a means of attracting top talent. In fact, a May 2019 report from ADP found that more than half of employees would actually pay for early access to their pay at least once per year. … [Read more...] about Should you be able to pick when you get paid?
The clock was somberly adjusted to its closest-ever positioning to doom. CEO Rachel Bronson called the state of world affairs “a true emergency” and “absolutely unacceptable” which has “eliminated any margin for error or further delay.” For the first time, the clock’s setting is expressed in seconds (rather than 1.666 minutes) to “underscore the need for action.” … [Read more...] about Doomsday Clock scientists are so freaked out, they adjusted the countdown to seconds rather than minutes
In October, Wojcicki was bullish on the company’s ability to sell more tests. “Diseases are never going away,” she told a room of reporters at a breakfast press conference. But even then she was looking less at tests and more at ways in which the company could expand into services that augment it’s signature spit-in-a-tube test. In September, it announced a clinical trial business in partnership with Trialspark. “What are the additional types of products we might want to have that help people benefit from actually taking all the genetic information they have and what are those life style and how can they change that behavior to prevent any of those conditions?,” she asked the crowd. She didn’t yet have the answers. … [Read more...] about 23andMe lays off 100, with CEO “surprised” at market turn
3. Nix the “always available” attitude. One of my biggest reservations about a five-hour workday was reducing our customer service department’s hours. I worried that if we cut our open hours in half, we’d lose half our business. But we weren’t running a convenience store, after all; our customers bought new paddle boards maybe once every five years. It didn’t matter when we were open as long as our customers knew our hours. And the same proved true with our phones. We still get roughly the same number of calls each day, just at a faster clip. And many of those would-be callers now “self-serve” themselves through our website. … [Read more...] about What Happened When I Moved My Company To A 5-Hour Workday