Whether it’s the war in Ukraine, natural disasters or a narrow shot at the American dream, this year’s honorees found ways to flip adversity into opportunities to change the business world. By Kenrick Cai I n a nutshell—or perhaps more aptly, a coconut shell— Kesava Kirupa Dinakaran , 22, was born with minimal opportunity to alter his life path. Generations of his family had subsisted in rural India by toiling away on a coconut farm. After grade school, he was expected to do the same. But by chance one day in middle school, Dinakaran saw a friend toying with a Rubik’s cube and asked how to solve it. He was soon dominating cube-solving competitions and by age 16 had broken two Guinness World Records, earning him a scholarship to a prestigious high school. On a school trip to the U.S., he decided he’d relocate permanently, despite having no college education, no job and no visa. Dinakaran lands on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Enterprise Tech for 2023 … [Read more...] about Disruption Through Conflict, Catastrophe And Chance: Meet The 30 Under 30 In Enterprise Tech
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin It’s that time of year again where Apple reveals its pick of the best apps carried on its app store over the past 12 months. Selected by Apple’s “Global App Store editorial team”, the 16 winning apps were selected for “delivering exceptional experiences and making a profound cultural impact”. Apple further explains this rather grandiose-sounding judging criteria as looking for apps that “inspire users to engage with more deeply with the world, expand their imaginations, and stay connected to friends and loved ones”, with this year’s winners representing “a diverse community of developers from around the world”. Worthy though all this background sounds, you’re probably just here for the results. So without further ado, here they are: iPhone App of the Year: BeReal Social media app (inevitably) BeReal is designed to give users an authentic look into the lives of their family and friends. Its unique trick is that … [Read more...] about Apple Announces Best Apps Of 2022 Awards
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin For years now, economists have debated whether the Bank of Japan’s ultraloose policies were a loser, figuratively speaking. Now we have proof of the literal losses from Governor Haruhiko Kuroda’s team. As of the end of September, the BOJ was at least $6.3 billion in the red on its massive stockpile of Japanese government bonds. This is the first time in the Kuroda era that began in March 2013 that the BOJ announced a loss on assets it’s been hoarding. That, not surprisingly, has investors wondering the extent to which the BOJ’s stock purchases, via exchange-traded funds, might be under water, too. Yet this is a logical moment to take stock of where Kuroda succeeded and failed in his charge to end deflation and revive Japan’s animal spirits. The grade isn’t great. It’s complicated, of course. And it’s worth noting that Kuroda, whose term ends in April, was true to his word that he’s doing what he could to put the … [Read more...] about Bank Of Japan’s $5 Trillion Bet Is Going Awry In A Hurry
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin A survey of startups and scale-ups suggests transparency on remuneration reduces gender pay gaps. Is this merely a nice to know, or something entrepreneurs should be addressing as they grow their businesses? There was a time - back in some deep and distant past - when everyone within an organisation knew what their peers were earning. OK, perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But if you go back twenty or thirty years and looked at the practices of big employers in particular, jobs were classified in terms of skills required, their position within the corporate hierarchy and seniority. Within each band, everyone got paid more or less the same, give-or-take incremental payments reflecting length of service. This was particularly true in unionized workplaces and the public sector. But the workplace has changed, pay structures are less rigid and employees - some of them at least - may be paid significantly different … [Read more...] about Out In The Open: Should Startups And Scaleups Embrace Pay Transparency?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Disruption happened. Not just this year, obviously, but throughout the last three years in particular with the triumvirate forces of infection, invasion and inflation all impacting global supply chains, organizations, communities, families and individuals. As we continue to try and work out where technology should best be applied to elevate us up and away from the forces of disruption that still circle, there is perhaps a natural temptation to look for macro-level trends, changes impacting whole nation states’ behavior patterns and higher-level truths that (in technology vendor terms) manifest themselves at the platform-level for the widest possible impact. But sometimes, small is beautiful. One way we may uncover some new insights is to focus our attention on a smaller surface area. This is the suggestion made by Louisville, Colorado-based JumpCloud, a company which specializes in unified device and identity access … [Read more...] about Identity Parade, JumpCloud Points To SME Barometer