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Foreign-owned firms up to three times more productive than UK-backed rivals
The ONS said it cannot tell from this data whether the companies are more productive because they have foreign owners, or whether it is simply that foreign investors buy into businesses that are already highly productive.
The gap is smaller - but still substantial - in agricultural, construction, manufacturing and production businesses. Small firms with foreign owners are just over twice as productive as those with British shareholders, while mid-sized firms create 85.7pc more output per hour worked if they have foreign investors.
The study of 2016 data showed a strong link in most industries, although the correlation was less marked in construction.
Brexit  productivity  output  gap  management  UK  economics  ownership  globalisation  globalization  recovery  GFC  underinvestment  Competition  competitive  competitiveness  skills 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Review of the Year: Transition and transformation for the NHS - PharmaTimes Magazine December 2017
Accountable Care System (ACS) (also known as ACO) removing NHS decisions (CCG CEP STP rationing, denying care, not offering IVF etc etc) further away from Westminister NHS England Jeremy Hunt. &! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/07/vital-nhs-account-acos-legal-challenge
NHS  STP  CEP  ACS  ACO  A&E  GP  rationing  sickcare  demand  ageing  chronic  sick  population  Cancer  CVD  NICE  diabetes  obesity  public  health  prevention  overweight  budget2017  Jeremy  Hunt  Austerity  Simon  Stevens  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Privatisation  management  CCG  Council  bedblocking  bed  blocking  mental  Disabled 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Telephone consultations - no cost savings, but increased GP workload by BMJ talk medicine
Independent evaluation result (v private company claims) = no savings, increased workload. OVERALL outcome slightly increases 8% in workload. But screening (triage) is a disincentive for some. Big variation in attitude. And one size fits not all. eg teachers can't receive a phone call during day, another issue could might be (time will tell) detecting sepsis, angina and other stuff that needs to see doc urgently till its too late. easier diagnostic seeing patient eg how ill they look. 'it is no magic wand to eradicate gap between healthcare demand and available resources' - http://www.bmj.com/content/358/bmj.j4197
NHS  Privatisation  GP  Austerity  CCG  STP  CEP  rationing  A&E  referral  waiting  time  health  care  demand  ageing  chronic  sick  population  telemedicine  demographic  bubble  complex  diseases  CVD  diabetes  Cancer  obesity  overweight  treatment  delay  management  premature  burnout  staff  locum  hiring  recruitment  morale  shortage  patient  safety  healthcare  sickcare 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
(1487) Blaming Russia Goes Deeper Than Hillary Clinton & the Democrats - YouTube
keeping in a permanent state of alarmingness/ "permanent war footing" / readiness preparedness: China South Sea (China) w Japan as Allie. // vs Russia. // Middle East. // Kovalik's new book is "The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Russia." --- MANUFACTURING CONSENT - PERCEPTION MANAGEMENT HYPERNORMALISATION
USA  War  Military–industrial  complex  Russia  China  Japan  Middle  East  ISIS  Saudi  Arabia  Yemen  Iraq  Afghanistan  Putin  Syria  Ukraine  Libya  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  BarackObama  book  conflict  humanity  Chomsky  Manufacturing  Consent  Hypernormalisation  NATO  Crimea  Perception  Management  foreignaffairs  foreign  affairs  North  Korea  policy  cyberwar  Cold  2.0  ColdWar  history  west  UN  cyberattack  Nuclear  Arms 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Major disruption to public services as council IT workers vote to strike (From Herald Scotland)
The controversial move was given the go-ahead last week after the city council voted to take forward its £400million ‘externalisation’ plan.
perception  management  Privatisation  outsourcing  Austerity  UK  Council 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Philippines rice shortage sparks violence
South East Asia Drought (heat wave), water shortage, and forest fires. / One of the strongest El Nino weather events ever recorded has caused heatwaves, water shortages and forest fires around the world.
Now deaths linked to protests over food shortages have been reported in Cotabato province in the southern Philippines, where thousands of drought-hit farmers have clashed with police over demands for rice. //&! http://www.irinnews.org/report/77478/philippines-rice-shortage-hits-poor-government-grapples-solution &! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_global_rice_crisis &! http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-31/thai-water-crisis-may-ease-over-next-two-months-government-says &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-35499487
El  Nino  Thailand  Asia  drought  Philippines  Wildfire  forest  fire  water  shortage  heat  wave  extreme  weather  National  Security  food  weather  extreme  food  poverty  Ethiopia  drinking  water  water  management  global  warming  climate  change 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Plastic bottle litter on beaches up 43%, conservationists say
Conservationists say they found 160 plastic bottles for every mile of UK coastline cleaned last year.
The Marine Conservation Society said more than 8,000 bottles were picked up during its Great British Beach Clean Up in September, up 43% on 2014.
It wants deposit return schemes, which give money back to people who return empty bottles, to encourage recycling.
More than 6,000 volunteers collected and recorded litter along 340 beaches across the UK.
The MCS said putting a charge on the bottles of up to 20p, which gets refunded when they are returned, would change behaviour, and called for the UK government to explore the potential of such a scheme.
recycling  waste  management  plastic  nation  plastic  bag  Petroleum  Industry  Wegwerfgesellschaft  ecological  damage  environmental  damage  microbeads  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  deforestation 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Worst Mediterranean drought in 900 years has human fingerprints all over it
A new study shows that the current Mediterranean drought is likely the worst in 900 years, probably due to human-caused intensification [...] To be clear, this study doesn’t prove that droughts are getting worse, and it doesn’t prove that human emissions of greenhouse gases are making droughts more severe. In fact, proving such statements would be nearly impossible. What this study does is put recent extreme weather into historical context.
California  Mediterranean  drought  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  climate  change  global  warming  COP21  National  Security  food  water  scarcity  water  Wars  water  management  water  rights  water  shortage  water  supply  livestock  farming  sustainability  sustainable 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
What’s so bad about mandatory workplace socializing? - Quartz
For working parents and people with limited disposable income, the cost of mandatory socializing can be prohibitive. There’s ample evidence that companies with strong cultures are more productive. But when hiring managers appraise job candidates for cultural fit, they don’t actually look for people who align with organizational values. Instead, they select the people who are most like them, as Northwestern University professor of management Lauren Rivera writes in The New York Times. Evaluating someone based on a shared affinity for kayaking, homebrew, and polo is a great way to choose a roommate or a fraternity member. But putting cultural fit first at work often means ignoring the role that class, race and gender play in shaping our hobbies, college backgrounds, and tastes.
HR  human  resources  people  management  corporate  culture  team  management 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Front-line police being 'tucked away' from communities - BBC News
A report has warned that neighbourhood policing in parts of England and Wales is at risk because officers are having to carry out other duties away from their local communities. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary says in some cases, front-line teams are spending as little as half their time on the beat.
Police  austerity  Public  Services  Social  Services  ASBO  NEET  community  community  management  sentiment  perception  awareness  Theresa  May  George  Osborne  Big  Society  David  Cameron  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Westminster  Whitehall  Met  Police  Council 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Vickers warns over weaker bank safety buffers - BBC News
[ no skin in the game ] The man charged with leading an inquiry into the future safety of Britain's banks has said Bank of England plans are not strong enough. Sir John Vickers, who led the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB) said: "The Bank of England proposal is less strong than what the ICB recommended." In a BBC interview, he added "I don't think the ICB overdid it." The Bank of England declined to comment. Specifically, it is the plans to make sure that banks have enough capital that Sir John has questioned. Capital is considered vital to a bank's safety, as it serves to protect it from sudden losses. It comes in many forms, but the most common is funding from shareholders, who expect a hefty return on the risk they are taking. The backdrop to this news is the current slump in bank share prices across Europe. Since the start of the year, European banking stocks have lost a quarter of their value. //&! bit.ly/1Xs0Bac
zombie  banks  retail  banking  investment  banking  toobigtofail  too  big  to  jail  TBTF  too  big  to  bail  economic  history  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  GFC  speculation  CDS  CDO  derivatives  Interestrateswap  financial  product  VAR  risk-management  risk  management  Greed  bonuses  bonus  financial  crisis  blackswan  Black  Swan  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  democracy  Super  Rich  1%  plutocracy  oligarchy  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  short-termism  self-regulation  regulation  deregulation  regulators  Glass-Steagall  BOE  ECB  Bundesbank  sovereign  debt  crisis  Fed 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Government has no idea about Cancer Drugs Fund's impact, MPs say | Society | The Guardian
Department of Health and NHS England have insufficient data on patient outcomes or value for money, and little control over its spiralling budget, committee says [...] “The Department of Health and NHS England do not have the data needed to assess the impact of the fund on patient outcomes, such as extending patients’ lives, or to demonstrate whether this is a good use of taxpayers’ money.” The fund was set up in 2010 by the Conservative government because of the regular outcry from patient organisations and the media when cancer drugs, which typically offer potential weeks or months of extra life to those with a terminal diagnosis, were turned down by Nice, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
cancer  NHS  chronic  diseases  diet-related  disease  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  Jeremy  Hunt  Standard  American  Diet  Western  pattern  lifestyle  tobacco  smoking  alcohol  abuse  self-medication  coping  mechanism  food  abuse  substance  abuse  chronic  low-grade  inflammation  Leaky  gut  autoimmune  disease  sick  population  health  crisis  prevention  intervention  GP  community  community  management  public  health  policy  public  health  WHO  carcinogen  carcinogenic  NHS  England  NHS  Scotland  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  nanny  state  Sugar  Tax  Politics  food  industry  No  Representation  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  big  pharma  ethics  heart  disease  stroke  obesity  diabetes  high  blood  pressure 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Women in Tech
[ via pando - bit.ly/1KotzjQ ] They surveyed some 200 senior women in the tech world about discrimination. The details from the survey are, in a word, disgusting...
Ellen  Pao  gender-based  discrimination  gender-based  harassment  gender  policing  gender  politics  gender  pay  gap  gender  bias  confirmation  bias  selection  bias  bias  snap  judgement  HR  human  resources  people  management  team  management  everyday  sexism  sexism  sexismus  gender  gap  gender  inequality  gender  equality  gender  conforming  gender  role  Patriarchy  boys  club  straight  white  male  male  privilege  white  male  privilege  Women  in  Tech  discrimination  ethnic  discrimination  social  discrimination  racial  discrimination  gender  discrimination  minority  Silicon  Valley 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Cameron: Labour doesn’t believe in home ownership – video | Society | The Guardian
home ownership is the only wealth item in privates balance sheet. but as we know from history, dont base ur wealth on one asset. particular houses. houses/flats are there to be lived in. & maybe move out & into a new one, moving city for new or better job. property should not be prioritised as singular wealth storage // USA promoted home ownership // Tories policy is helping people save, and buy, keeping the house prices going up an up and up. // &! Complete Privatisation of housing market; Ministers want to get rid of social housing, former civil service chief to say. Lord Kerslake to say housing bill will force councils to sell off more than 100,000 homes to subsidise right-to-buy discounts - bit.ly/1Qr1FKr - The former head of the civil service will accuse government ministers this week of trying to phase out social housing altogether in favour of a new generation of “starter” homes that will be unaffordable for people on low incomes. //&! bit.ly/20lvGOp Privatisation a disaster
nasty  party  policy  folly  policy  error  Makers  generation  rent  Tories  Conservative  mortgage  market  property  bubble  Housing  Crisis  household  debt  consumer  debt  credit  card  debt  zombie  consumer  subprime  cost  of  living  standard  of  living  Help  to  Buy  Scheme  Right  to  Buy  Buy-to-Let  Help-to-Save  macroprudential  policy  wealth  distribution  wealth  management  austerity  neoliberalism  neoliberal  social  affordable  Privatisation  budget  deficit  Council  Public  Services  Services  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  budget2015 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Bolivia's second-largest lake dries up and may be gone forever, lost to climate change | World news | The Guardian
Lake Poopó was officially declared evaporated in December. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have lost their livelihoods and gone. High on Bolivia’s semi-arid Andean plains at 3,700 metres (more than 12,000 feet) and long subject to climatic whims, the shallow saline lake has essentially dried up before only to rebound to twice the area of Los Angeles. But recovery may no longer be possible, scientists say. “This is a picture of the future of climate change,” says Dirk Hoffman, a German glaciologist who studies how rising temperatures from the burning of fossil fuels has accelerated glacial melting in Bolivia. As Andean glaciers disappear, so do the sources of Poopó’s water. [... + water management - agriculture and mining ... + thus the water pollution! ] [...] “inhospitable arid climates” [ Bolivia's capital La Paz ]
climate  change  global  warming  drought  water  security  water  scarcity  drinking  water  water  rights  water  supply  food  security  National  economic  damage  livestock  farming  agriculture  industry  agriculture  policy  water  management  El  Nino  Bolivia  environmental  disaster  ecological  disaster  mass  extinction  migration  water  pollution 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Health without wealth - YouTube
manage chronic diseases remotely. home or GP. but no hospital visit. + health coaches visits! [ bi weekly visists. weekly seminars ] << community measure. reducing 1/3 of visits. [ diet-related chronic diseases account for 3/4ths of NHS budget ]
health  inequality  diabetes  diet-related  disease  chronic  diseases  public  health  policy  public  health  sick  population  health  care  health  care  budget  prevention  intervention  mental  health  A&E  mental  illness  health  policy  health  care  spending  health  crisis  health  science  heart  disease  obesity  epidemic  obesity  childhood  obesity  NHS  community  community  management 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Scans prove there's no such thing as a 'male' or 'female' brain | New Scientist
Despite persisting stereotypes, girls are no worse than boys at science and maths subjects, either. “People get wedded to the idea that being male or female is highly predictive of having different aptitudes or career choices,” “This study fights against the idea that these outcomes are based on biological differences, as opposed to cultural expectations.” Other body systems are also often wrongly considered to be either male or female, [...] “There are differences between men and women when you look in large groups, and these are important for diagnosis and treatment,” she says. “But there are always more differences within genders. We always need to look at culture, environment, education and a person’s role in society,” [...] “It’s a shame that people’s experience alone isn’t enough for us to recognise as a society that non-binary gender is legitimate.”
gender  bias  gender  policing  gender  politics  snap  judgement  prejudice  bias  labels  label  boxes  gender  studies  gender  role  society  culture  parenting  parenthood  childhood  gender  sociology  psychology  Wertegesellschaft  social  discrimination  discrimination  gender  discrimination  education  policy  STEM  diversity  HR  human  resources  people  management  non-binary 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Prof. Gary L. Francione on the Problem with Welfare Reforms and Single-Issue Campaigns - YouTube
Free Range and Co. - still promoting animal exploitation. Same with don't eat veal (eat the mom) or Foie gras (just eat the bird, don't force-feed the bird to eat the liver). << Single Issue Campaigns still promote animal exploitation. More morally better because you don't eat that kind of cruel meat? // Greenpeace doesn't promote Vegan. Just sustainability. Whole Foods "happy exploitation." << betrayal of animal rights! PETA gave Whole Foods an award for "best animal-friendly." [...] "lessen the suffering." // when its about human rights we take an absolute position. but animal rights public takes no absolute position but talks about meatless Monday's. If it's wrong its wrong. If it violates fundamental human rights, it violates human rights. There are not baby steps. No journey. // Educate people about Veganism. And animal rights will take care of itself. But current Vegan movement is just about "humane" or "compassionate" animal exploitation. Vegan has to be a moral imperative!
Free  Range  ethical  killing  humane  slaughter  Positioning  food  industry  PR  spin  doctor  Meat  Egg  Milk  Dairy  Fish  Livestock  farming  industrial  agriculture  agriculture  industry  agriculture  policy  Poultry  Carnism  omnivore  Speciesism  sustainability  sustainable  deforestation  soil  erosion  world  hunger  GMO  crop  GMO  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  animal  rights  animal  cruelty  animal  testing  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  crony  capitalism  ecological  disaster  pollution  carbon  tax  carbonfootprint  carbonemission  environmental  disaster  global  warming  climate  change  water  scarcity  water  supply  water  security  water  pollution  Aquifer  water  rights  drinking  water  water  morality  Liberation  Peter  Singer  book  reframing  framing  PETA  Greenpeace  Vegan  Whole-Food  Plant-Based  Diet  human  rights  moral  beliefs  ethics  ethical  machine  ethical  beliefs  philosophy  psychology  community  community  management  paradgim  paradgimshift  bottom  up  grassroots  movement  consumer  choice  zombie  consumer 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Plastikmüll erreicht Arktis: 2,7 Millionen Tonnen im Meer vermutet - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Eigentlich wollten die Polarforscher Meeressäuger und Seevögel beobachten - doch dann zählten sie auch Müll. Selbst im Hohen Norden treibt Kunststoffschrott im Wasser und wird zur Gefahr für die dort lebenden Arten.
mass  extinction  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  plastic  nation  plastic  bag  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  pollution  recycling  waste  waste  management  public  awareness  public  perception  public  discourse  public  debate  visibility  Policy  Makers  Nudge  theory  public  interest  public  image  sustainability  sustainable 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Part II: Is the Government fulfilling its role in the fight against cancer?
The scale of the challenge is apparent. I think we should be as bold and ambitious as possible: scientists, clinicians, patients, the general public and politicians all working together for a single goal: to eliminate cancer within a generation, and Britain at the forefront of this. [...] Patient experience has to be prioritised and this is difficult when NHS cancer services are under unprecedented pressure and the Government far too often provides contradictory messages. The Department of Health must provide the NHS with the resources and the long-term, holistic stability to allow Trusts to invest in state-of-the-art equipment. The NHS needs to emphasise prevention and early detection too, but the risk is that under greater financial and workforce pressure, cancer services will be forced to firefight.
cancer  prevention  nanny  state  Standard  American  Diet  Western  pattern  Whole-Food  Plant-Based  Diet  Carnism  omnivore  Vegan  public  health  policy  public  health  health  care  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  health  crisis  NHS  Big  Sugar  food  industry  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  pharma  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  vested  interest  interest  groups  sick  population  chronic  diseases  chronic  low-grade  inflammation  autoimmune  disease  immune  system  chronic  stress  health  policy  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  Wall  Street  crony  capitalism  morality  world  Makers  Super  Rich  1%  lifestyle  society  lifestyle  sedentary  lifestyle  lifestyle  medicine  active  lifestyle  tobacco  Meat  Dairy  Egg  atherosclerosis  Milk  Poultry  Fish  breast  cancer  prostate  cancer  bowel  cancer  estrogen  receptor  negative  breast  cancer  community  community  management 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
VW crisis won't put brakes on global goals - BBC News
Whatever motoring analogy you pick, the assumption so far has been that Volkswagen would deal with the biggest crisis in its history by taking its ambitions down a notch. But contrary to expectations, VW's new leadership says the company is instead putting its foot down. One analysis of the root cause of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal is that the company just got too big, too ambitious and too greedy. VW was so determined to beat Toyota at all costs, goes the theory, that it was willing to cut corners. In a bid to crack the US market, pressure was reportedly piled on employees to achieve the holy grail of a diesel car which was low on both toxic emissions and fuel consumption - all the while staying unfeasibly powerful.
VW  Volkswagen  conglomerate  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  growth  Toyota  corporate  culture  corporate  change  change  management  corporate  values  corporate  governance 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Volkswagen: Konzernchef Müller erklärt Kurs aus der Abgasaffäre - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der neue VW-Chef Matthias Müller will die Krise nutzen, um den Autokonzern umzubauen. In Leipzig schwört er seine Top-Manager auf den neuen Kurs ein und stichelt gegen seinen Vorgänger.
Abgas-Affäre  VW  Volkswagen  corporate  scandal  change  management  corporate  restructuring 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: It’s Jack Dorsey’s ego, not Moments, that will sink or save Twitter
And Tuesday’s launch of Moments also gave us a hint at how the story is going to develop next. The launch was timed to make Dorsey appear the fast moving architect of a product that had actually been in development for nearly a year. Dorsey was to get the credit for Moments, for good or ill. And it worked. Publication after publication hailed Dorsey as fast moving, and positioned Moments as “his” bet on transforming the company. As if we’re all to believe the entire thing was imagined and coded within 24 hours of Dorsey arriving at his new desk. All of the above can be summed up in one word: Ego...
Ego  Twitter  Jack  Dorsey  jackdorsey  product  management  Dick  Costolo  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  utility  Platform  Silo 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Firm 'hides' university when recruits apply - BBC News
There will be a "university-blind" approach to selection, so that the name of the university attended will not be known. The aim is to find students with "potential" and to prevent the recruitment process producing an intake from a narrow range of universities and social backgrounds. "Improving social mobility is one of the UK's biggest challenges," said David Sproul, senior partner and chief executive of Deloitte UK. But Mr Sproul said there was also a "business imperative", as firms needed "to hire people who think and innovate differently, come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a range of perspectives". The move by Deloitte is the latest in a wave of changes by graduate recruiters wanting to look beyond academic results.
social  mobility  Gini  coefficient  corporate  culture  corporate  values  HR  human  resources  hiring  recruiting  recruitment  bias  snap  judgement  prejudice  label  people  management  diversity  gender  inequality  gender  pay  gap  gender  policing  gender  politics  straight  white  male  white  male  privilege  male  privilege  Leadership 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Worker confronts M&S chief over 'poverty wages' | Society | The Guardian
Gewinnbeteiligung & workers rep on board of directors!? Like in Germany. Especially in customer facing ops! It's not just about price, its also customer service! customer experience. acquisition (word of mouth, net promoter score - vs - getting foot-fall up through sales and deals) customer engagement. customer retention and empowerment - to make the better choice to shop where people are treated well, paid well, and shared economic interest (environment, ecology, sustainability, local economy and jobs (multiplier effects)). Compelling people to make a mindful and conscious choice, day to day and for the long-term! Differentiate, don't fight with Amazon and big grocery retailers for price, sales, deals. That war you lost already because you can't win that way (bc of them having deeper pockets, shareholders which look away since ever in case of Amazon, and it is their identity; why ppl shop there), new business, away from Amazon, Tesco & ASDA. And especially Lidl and Aldi.
CEO  pay  living  wage  minimum  wage  Service  Sector  Jobs  Niedriglohnsektor  Zero  Hour  Contract  Contractor  Workers  Union  Trade  Union  John  Lewis  Gewinnbeteiligung  Soziale  Marktwirtschaft  HR  human  resources  recruiting  recruitment  people  management  team  management  neoliberalism  neoliberal  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  customer  experience  customer  empowerment  customer  retention  Retail  brick  and  mortar  business  e-commerce  Amazon  Branding  brand  awareness  customer  acquisition  Blue  Ocean  differentiate  differentiation  PR  spin  doctor  reframing  framing  marketing  Positioning  Proposition  Core  Product  Proposition  ecommerce  pure  play 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Snapchat: Neue Bezahlfunktion erlaubt Zurückspulen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ true north of Leaders of Snapchat and Tinder ??? creating a two class app, paying for convenience and privilege?! ] Snapchat lebt von Flüchtigkeit: Fotos und Videos verschwinden nach dem Ansehen. Jetzt kassiert die Chat-App diese Funktion. Für 99 Cent gibt es drei Wiederholungen. Auch die Flirt-App Tinder nimmt Geld fürs Zurückspulen. //&! youtu.be/1CbP0gxvWWw - Consumer products need to stay fresh (in consumers mind, word of mouth, discussion, hello we still exist). Snapcash, pay for replay, ... ... Twitter lacked staying fresh (new product release cycle slowed down bc of internal stuff ...), Tinder, Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp (utility (less is sometimes better) vs entertainment (differentiation)), WeChat, Line, Kik, ... Tumblr (slow ... bc of internal and tech was slow w Android/iOS app), Reddit (ouch).
Snapchat  Tinder  business  model  pageviews  native  advertising  advertisement  advertising  friction  frictionless  constraint  artificial  constraint  authentic  authenticity  Leadership  vision  mission  True  North  CEO  Product  Design  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  creation  intangible  Value  Proposition  added  community  community  management  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  Gary  Vaynerchuk  consumer  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  Facebook  Messenger  WhatsApp  WeChat 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
The more you pursue happiness, the faster it runs from you | Zach Stafford | Comment is free | The Guardian
Psychologist Iris Mauss at the University of California, Berkley found that the pursuit of happiness might just leave you worse off. “Wanting to be happy can make you less happy,” said Mauss in an interview with livescience.com. “If you explicitly and purposely focus on happiness, that appears to have a self-defeating quality.” [...] In her studies, participants who were not happy would begin blaming themselves for feeling sad. They thought it was an immediate flag for their failure, making these negative feelings even more counter-productive. The people who accepted these negative feelings as normal, however, were much happier in the long run. So, accepting your sadness could actually make you feel good. [...] For Darwin, emotions were very much tied to surviving, which requires more than just happiness. [...] Be open about how you’re feeling, don’t try to hide behind it or conceal it. // &! keeping a diary talking to and about yourself compassionately.
happiness  index  well  being  Purpose  intrinsic  motivation  work  environment  Autonomy  vision  mission  Start-up  of  You  lesson  advice  HR  human  resources  4-day  work  week  people  management  team  management  chronic  stress  burnout  workplace  beyond  workplace  drama  Mastery  impact  social  entrepreneurship  volunteering  volunteer  Descape  honesty  radical  honesty  Failure  communication  Alain  de  Botton  compassion  empathy  society  culture  zombie  consumer  sociology  selfish  gene  Selbstdarstellung  Selbstfürsorge  perfectionism  Psychology  philosophy  life  hacker  life  lesson  emotion  evolution  community  character  personal  values  long-term  view  long-term  thinking  consumerist  Dopamine  consumerism  materialism 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
What is Angela Ahrendts doing at Apple? - Fortune
“She motivates people. She inspires people. And she is the sort of person who wants to see things succeed as a team. It’s a rare quality.” [...] Ahrendts believes the key to the company’s future is not just marvelous products, but also engaging and energizing its nearly 100,000 employees, 60% of whom now work in retail division. “If you’re going to employ people anyway,” she says, “why not make them the differentiator? They’re not a commodity.” Now that there are 459 Apple stores in 15 countries, many people have their first Apple experience inside a store—a first impression that could forever tarnish the brand if it’s not good. “Burberry was about building a relationship,” she says. “But it was always about selling an amazing product that you would have forever. Apple is just a deeper relationship with a much broader constituency. Because it’s everybody.” // apple positioned itself just above everyone else it competes w [having a margin!], but not too far up to be douchy, off-setting
Angela  Ahrendts  Retail  brick  and  mortar  business  Apple  aspirational  product  marketing  user  experience  pure  play  e-commerce  Tim  Cook  user  engagement  customer  experience  UI  UX  CEO  Leadership  people  management  team  management  customer  service  customer  acquisition  customer  user  acquisition  user  churn  communication  Positioning  Value  Proposition  added  creation  emotion  advertisement  advertising  status  anxiety  community  community  management  R&D  STEM  Research  IP  intellectual  property  differentiate  differentiation 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Ellen Pao: ‘I Have Decided to End My Lawsuit Against Kleiner Perkins’ | Re/code
Still, Pao underscored that the deck was stacked against her in terms of resources. “I think it is wrong that employees have to pay in this situation, but I simply cannot afford the risks of more costs to fight a firm with massive PR and legal resources,” she said. “The court system is not set up to create an even playing field.” [...] To be clear, Kleiner and I have not reached any agreement to settle this matter. Settlement might have provided me with financial benefits, but only at the great cost of silence." [...] She said she would continue to speak out on issues of gender disparity, but she was spending time with her family and also returning to investing and working with entrepreneurs. &! on.recode.net/1OfLRII
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Flüchtlingskrise: "Die Verteddybärisierung der Flüchtlinge" - Kolumne - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Auf Gefühlen kann man nichts bauen, mit Gefühlen kann man keine Zivilgesellschaft neu denken, durch Gefühle ändert sich nichts. // retweet and facebook like/share does not correlate with personal action! // long-lasting change comes from intrinsic motivation (self education leads to taking action one self). Grows only slowly and Vegan trend is example. Slowly but steadily. One by one. Tribe is growing. // Can't be done entirely w nanny state nor corporate PR. Modern life is about conformity. Easy. Bc life is already hard enough. Thus effort seems unsurmountable obstacle (obstacles put in your way of change, ie going vegan). Turnaround. Admitting one was wrong the whole time and being deceived. Comfortable w status quo, uncomfortable standing out. // &! youtu.be/eEDCC5dHw_Y - ask the right question (framing). // Book: Groundswell.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Five years, building a culture, and handing it off. - Laughing Meme
Nothing we know [ about X ] should be assumed to be true. // Technology is the product of the culture that builds it. // If you want to build for the long term, the only guarantee is change. Invest in your people and your ability to ask questions, not your current answers. Your current answers are wrong, or they will be soon. // Software development should be thought of as a cycle of continual learning and improvement rather a progression from start to finish, or a search for correctness. If you aren’t shipping, you aren’t learning. If it slows down shipping, it probably isn’t worth it. Maturity is knowing when to make the trade off and when not to. // You build a culture of learning by optimizing globally not locally. Your improvement, over time, as a team, with shared tools, practices and beliefs is more important than individual pockets of brilliance. And more satisfying. [ anti-Rock Star dev philosophy ] [ book by Red Hat CEO Open Organization ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Re-Thinking the Way We Work with Basecamp CEO Jason Fried by The Growth Show
https://knowyourcompany.com/ // Transparency internally, via wiki ala Google. Everything in it. People can catch up, get to speed much faster when joining. And Transparency externally ala Buffer. // Book: Open Organisation (Red Hat CEO's book) // // ~~ Slack (group chat) has downsides, is too fast for non-important stuff that creates non-important discussions. ~~ creeps on your efficiency and productivity. interrupts. // "Work Ends." // recovery, time away, wasting time (Felix Salmon) == eureka effect. Creative solution not through the problem but around the problem.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Wellness in the workplace: how health initiatives can boost staff productivity | Guardian Small Business Network | The Guardian
Encouraging colleagues to exercise can help remedy strains and stresses – but there’s a fine line between wellbeing and piling on more pressure to achieve [...] “It offers the team opportunities to mix outside the workplace, so the engineering team gets to hang out with the care team, for example, and this contributes significantly to morale. I would definitely recommend other businesses consider a similar initiative.” [ investment in your company and people! ] [...] [its] about balance and tailoring activities to the interests of your staff. Provided you get this right, you can improve productivity levels and staff attitudes towards your business – in a 2013 survey by Mind, 60% of workers said they’d feel more motivated if their employer took action to support their mental wellbeing. [ gov should give tax incentive (partial write off) 4 health & well being programs! as it saves on sick days & NHS! ] &! bit.ly/1fDTyuf
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Ambition | The Best VC Blogs for SaaS Sales
If SaaS Products Sell Themselves, Why Do We Need Sales? - bit.ly/1iEDXFR - The true purpose of sales is to create new value for customers. Especially for a startup or growth company that’s addressing a new market or trying to solve a complex problem. That’s why enterprise/SaaS sales requires a well-developed process and guidelines. [ << blog, communication, evangelists, referral codes, feedback, content marketing, building a Tribe/1000 True Fans one by one >> ] Our job was to go out there and show customers a different but better way of doing business. // The Price Is Right: And for Early-Stage SaaS Companies, It Needs to Be. - bit.ly/1N55FgU - //Understanding Your Customer's Desired Outcome.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Modern Storytellers: Gary Vaynerchuk and Casey Neistat - YouTube
>> always on record. thus being consistent, you, authentic, key to sustainability. everyone is the PR agent for themselves. // bullshit detectors have become hyper-refined. // - have to open yourself up to it, as requirement, to be radically honest, vulnerable, see Brene Brown. // also, have to leave money on the table! << going for the marathon! not the sprint. not profit maximisation. go for legacy. willingness to say no, knowing when to say no because it would be short-term optimisation. // keeping values/guiding principles/mission/vision with growing team - is about success of your leadership team/exec team (Eventbrite gal talked about this in yc talk, surprised about internal champions/leaders). // [AD PRODUCT FOR CLOSETPHILE AND OH HI THERE WORLD!] attention graph/span: what brings value to ppl?! ads should bring, have to bring value! its not about reach/pageviews. its about attention. being part. creating value!!! also not add friction - ie pre-roll ad. normal ads steal time!
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Episode 647: Hard Work Is Irrelevant by NPR's Planet Money
Patty McCord helped create a workplace at Netflix that runs more like a professional sports team than a family. If you're not up to scratch, you're off the team. Is this the future of work? [ its not long-hours, its about output, ... can you do it in 4-day vs 5-day week? ] [ essential employees only ] [ output (results) more valued than input (hours in the office) ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Vergecast 168: Really good codeine - YouTube
min 46 // Instagram increased res for square format, now allowing all photo formats (vertical and landscape, after user hacked the square format - putting in landscape or portrait photos with borders - to make it square) vs what it was and was not and what it only offered on release day. "the great equaliser." all had the same tool, limitations, options, ways to express, make photos more interesting. thus it showed off some specific creative you (how to use your phone camera), not your skill and experience with Photoshop, lighting, photo school rules - that can set you apart. Instagram was a small, limited, enhanced window you your world, to that moment - captured. And now like Social Media. It is being gamed. Exploited. Abused. For specific commercial and or personal purpose. // Instagram was sort of, lucked out, with not being something for everyone. No it has become that thing that can be used by everyone - for their purpose. Follows it being primed for advertisers ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
What to Make of Amazon's Work Practices? | Bothsides of the Table
It’s best encapsulated in a famous Jeff Bezos quote, “You can work long, hard or smart, but at Amazon.com you can’t choose two out of three,” [...] Try working at Goldman Sachs, [...] You think it’s different at any of the top consulting firms? [...] You see organizations like these thrive on large pools of some of the country’s best and brightest graduates that trade off 2-5 years of work experience under extreme pressure in exchange for skills, experiences & relationships that will last a lifetime. [Accelerated Learning] [...] Think its a cake walk working @ any of the countries top law firms? [...] Should we do an article on what it’s like to be a medical resident? How abt working in the US military? Chief of Staff for a major political figure? What abt a top athlete in the NFL or NBA or even part of the coaching staff. Think they dont have work/life balance challenges in a field theyve chosen to work in? [#Top 100 of X vs avg white- or blue-collar worker ] [what u optimize for?]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Amazon's Culture: Toxic or Just Tough? by The Jay & Farhad Show
Hello! This week, Farhad Manjoo (New York Times) and Jay Yarow (Business Insider) are joined by special guest Jodi Kantor (New York Times) to discuss her polarizing article about Amazon's culture. // // how technology functions in the workplace - efficiency, quantified self << the feedback tool you can always use, what ever your state of emotion, gripe, stick, bias, prejudice, ... feudal Darwinism creeps into knowledge worker, white-collar and blue-collar workers, MBA's and PhD's. [...] contributes to gender inequality (women with the back on their wall, leave or get started and forget about family & kids, life.) [...] brutal years are NOT Tour of Duty - Reid Hoffman The Alliance. // PS: Reed Hastings (Netflix) Culture document transpires that it is expected to contribute, even if it doesn't spell it out. Netflix also had to fight and overcome as much as Amazon! Proves again that internal & external environment a company finds itself affects its values & culture inevitable [Thesis].
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Peer Review Feedback: The Good, The Bad, The Really Ugly : NPR
A lens to find the fuller picture of an employee's performance, or just an open call for petty grievances? Well, that depends on whom you ask.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
[ AMAZON's culture ] by USA TODAY Tech (podcast)
Amazon, Silicon Valley, Unicorns and Decacorns - go go go even for broke. making things happen. winning the category. // vs Google and Facebook are those that won sort of automatically and had not that much internal and external pressure growing up. had not to fight surviving dot.com crash. Facebook sort of became a self-runner despite of its many missteps. Amazon had to fight all the way, and still has to fight because now it faces antitrust on both sides of the Atlantic. That creates, inadvertently, a specific culture that has been cited by personal examples in the NYT piece.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
SOCIOLOGY - Alexis De Tocqueville - YouTube
// money is not way to judge a life and value of a life and person. status is no reference point for you in society at large. and no way to submit to any person. // expectations and being let down - election campaign promises. // true freedom of mind, critical thinking, // certain pains need to be expected. stoic way of life. ... democracy can be awful and messy. because you give ultimate authority to everyone. << Open Source too.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The New Tech CEO Archetype – AVC
I believe that product is the heart and soul of tech companies, it is where it all comes together. You can’t build a great company without great products (or great people). So it’s heartening to me to see that the next generation of technology leaders is coming from product management. I think that bodes well for those companies and the tech industry in general. // learned from past mistakes, putting COO, finance guys, pure MBA managers, or else in the CEO role of Tech Companies *Yahoo! anybody? after all in a new world that is being build, its about the product and thus the user (experience) [UI UX product strategy, and thus companies strategy alignment]. And not about purely sales and marketing (stuffing products down the throat of companies that the end users hate (and the manage hates as well because staff are complaining and lost productivity), but the procurement manager (or CIO) got a great deal on and got a raise). << that was so 90's and the first decade of the 2000's.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The office after Amazon: is the workplace becoming a jungle? | Technology | The Guardian
Certain companies operating in certain fields with certain competition, can and inadvertently develop certain cultures. That some describe as ruthless competitive externally and internally. You could even say that Reed Hastings culture document transpires that this is a workplace where it is expected of you, to contribute and solve problems for our customers (competitive and toppling the established players). PayPal too. And Jeff talks about being obsessive about the customer and inventing in the name of the customer (build a monopsony/monopoly). Gates made MSFT internally competitive (build a monopoly), working long hours, and as they were externally. Very different to FB and Google and their business & product position. // The recent claims about Amazon’s aggressive corporate culture were a cause of consternation to many – but plenty of others couldn't see what the problem was. So is a gentler, more relaxed office culture any better for employees? And is it even what they want?
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Vlogger guidelines published by advertising committee - BBC News
New guidelines for video bloggers who enter marketing relationships with brands have been published. The rules encourage "vloggers" to label advertising content and explain when they have been asked to feature products sent to them by companies. The Committee of Advertising Practice (Cap) has issued its first guidance since a landmark Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruling last year. The ASA said several vlogs praising Oreo biscuits were not clearly marked.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: Disruption or human lives? Amazon story shows we'll soon have to pick a side
Several VCs and insiders clicked on a story link and found themselves appalled the Times would take down a company where human stress and fatigue were merely the exhaust fumes of a splendid machine. Amazon is a success, dammit! It's winning and innovating! // // &! Nothing new about corporate values and treatment and conditions of its workers at it EU warehouses - https://youtu.be/xdrkY_NpgrY - Ausgeliefert! Leiharbeiter bei Amazon | Reportage & Dokumentation | ARD
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The tragedy behind Amazon’s toxic management fad | Andre Spicer | Comment is free | The Guardian
The ‘rank and yank’ philosophy Amazon uses to manage its own people has failed hundreds of companies, and tarnished hundreds of thousands of lives [...] Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder and chief executive, has repudiated its claims. “The article doesn’t describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day,” he said in an email to staff. “But if you know of any stories like those reported, I want you to escalate to HR … our tolerance for any such lack of empathy needs to be zero.” [...] It works by measuring employees on a wide range of metrics, ranking them on the basis of their performance, then splitting them into three groups: a small number of high performers who are lavishly rewarded; a large group of average performers who hold on to their jobs; and a third group of under-performers who are “managed out” of the organisation. This has created a system where, in the words of one ex-employee, “you learn how to diplomatically throw people under the bus”.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Financial Advisor Nick Murray: Masters in Business (Audio) by Bloomberg View | Free Listening on SoundCloud
don't chase alpha. focus on the outcome, it's investor behaviour - that reflects on performance. leave portfolio alone ... 10 year. change less. turnover correlates negatively with return. just sit there. // volatility is NOT risk. risk is the total loss of investment. -10% is a risk, if you sell it at -10%. // >> u can never get truth from media, u can only get news. << example, they never talk about the way inflation is not factored in into retirement planning. they talk about principle and return %. but what inflation takes away from that (purchasing power). // annuities (fixed or variable). fixed income (annuities) is cancer. for retirement planning. it is the planned liquidation on ur purchasing power. because u have 2 subtract inflation. // he prefers all equities for long-term retirement planning. more than 5 year horizon. not emergency fund. // may err on safety; have emergency fund u can withdraw fund for expenses. // &! bv.ms/1NXQcOq &! bit.ly/1NEX1r1 &! bit.ly/1LB93yz
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Google CFO Ruth Porat Brings Fiscal Discipline - Bloomberg Business
- hire of Porat makes doubly sense in light of restructuring for the future to Alphabet Inc. holdings // w competition left and right, change in landscape, Europe antitrust, failed Google X project, and other failed acquisitions and internal (new) product launches ... making people able to move in a new landscape. Google is now and has been now for some time, the target for everyone.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Google Creates New Company Called Alphabet, Restructures Stock - Bloomberg Business
[ Cracking under Wall Streets pressure ] The new structure [ holding company ] will give greater clarity into how Google invests in various ventures, including driverless cars, high-speed Internet service and health-related technologies. It also makes it easier to make any future acquisitions or potential divestments. [...] Sundar Pichai, Page’s deputy, will be promoted to become CEO of Google Inc., which generates the bulk of the company’s $60 billion in annual revenue. Omid Kordestani will transition from his role as chief business officer to become an adviser to Alphabet and Google. “Sergey and Larry will be able to allocate their time differently between the core and non-core businesses,” “You have Sundar focusing on the core business, and you will have Larry and Sergey kind of looking at the future growth businesses.” [...] [Larry Page] “Our company is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable.” [ Google Inc. = Search worlds information. ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Trouble With Reddit’s Content Policy Update | Re/code
It makes sense that hosting what the Southern Poverty Law Center described as the nexus of white supremacism on the Internet makes it difficult to “maintain a healthy and successful platform.” It’s obvious that Reddit doesn’t want to play host to racism and harassment. But the company doesn’t want to compromise too much on the “free speech” principles that hardcore Redditors, who are integral to the day-to-day functions of the site, obsess over. And Reddit also wants to cut ties with well-known hate centers like r/coontown that offend both advertisers and common decency. Reddit’s problem is that it wants to have it both ways. [ tl;dr Reddit wants to be more family friendly to be more attractive to advertisers, after all it has the pageviews to have advertising, what ever form, make it a sizeable revenue pillar. That should have long ago been communicated, still hasn't. ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Annual Planning is Killing Your Growth – Try This Plan Instead - First Round Review
use quarterly OKR for people, team wide, department wide, business/company wide // no SWAT analysis. gain advantage and move from a higher level awareness and perspective // [ SAAS ] Especially if you work in the enterprise space where sales cycles can sometimes be very long, it’s tempting to make decisions that make sense within the span of one year but not in the broader context of your business. [...] “If you're wrong about anything in your annual plan, you're probably already too late to fix it.” [...] “Everyone wants to know about the year. It's become the basic unit of comparison across companies. But it shouldn't be.” [...] [ CONTEXT, aspiration, Big Picture for Company and Product (in 3-5 years), a sketch, but also have to be flexible in your approach and the way. stubbornly flexible (balance) ] “It's vital to know what great looks like for your company in the context of your field.”
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Atari founder Nolan Bushnell on why life is 'a game' - BBC News
After his breakout success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mr Bushnell made several missteps that eventually led to some entrepreneurial failures and financial ruin. "When I was 35, I was insufferable. I thought I could do no wrong and I got really sloppy," [...] He chalks the creation of Atari up to a bit of good luck: "I was probably the only electrical engineer that understood television, and understood the coin-operated game business [from the amusement park] in 1969," he says. [...] Mr Bushnell also emphasises that the popularity of Atari's games was primarily due to his ability to find and hire talented, creative workers, including one you may have heard of - Steve Jobs. "I've always valued passionate employees over anything else, [...] But Mr Jobs, like a lot of his earlier employees, had passion and as a result, "was an extremely hard worker". // talks about internal leadership - youtu.be/fxIN9J3Vcv4
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Accountancy firm scraps education 'barrier' - BBC News
[ + education path bias ] In a bid to boost workplace diversity, Ernst and Young (EY) will choose which applicants to interview based on their performance in online tests. School-leavers have until now needed the equivalent of three Bs at A-level and graduate applicants a 2:1 degree. Qualifications "will no longer act as a barrier to getting a foot in the door," said Maggie Stilwell of EY. In May another major accountancy firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, announced it would no longer use A-level grades as a way of selecting graduate recruits. EY has gone one step further by removing the requirement for a minimum degree classification for graduates and hiding all details of schools and universities from the recruiters until the very end of the process so that interviews are carried out "blind". [...] "screening students based on academic performance alone was too blunt an approach to recruitment". [...] no evidence of correlation between academic success and future [professional] success
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Twitter Loses Two Employees Focused On Growth And Discovery | TechCrunch
30% gone already Only 9 of the 13 @Twitter execs that presented at their Nov 2014 analyst day are left $TWTR
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Go tell the boss: let me work less and I’ll produce more | Life and style | The Guardian
The five-day work week is an artificial and outmoded idea. A shorter working week can boost efficiency and an employee’s happiness [...] The latest trend might have more going for it, though: more tech businesses are experimenting with four-day weeks. As Ryan Carson, co-founder of the education startup Treehouse, put it: “You get all day Friday off, instead of pretending like you’re working when you’re not.” [...] The most important reason to work fewer days, of course, is that it’s good for families, friendship, hobbies and the human spirit. But the most interesting implication of the current experiments, backed by some academic research, is that it appears to be good for productivity and work quality, too. Partly that’s because desk-based “knowledge work” relies on plenty of brain rest as well as exertion.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Russian debtors despair as boom turns to bust - BBC News
Millions of Russians took out loans during the economic boom years, but now they face crippling debts and the law is not on their side, the BBC's Oleg Boldyrev reports. [...] The Russian Central Bank says those chronic debts now total 1tn roubles (£10.7bn; $16.7bn). And that is at least 10% of the total personal debt - 10% which cannot be recovered by the banks. [...] "We were a bit stupid," Elena says. "They told us the minimum payment was 5,000 roubles a month and we paid that every month. But that was just the interest, not the loan itself." [...] [ moral of banks - make new loans (performance) vs prudence (and being a bit more conservative) to deny one person a loan just to see them off at another bank where they will get the loan and that rep getting his bonus, and you not. ] [...] After the good years many Russians are now getting a harsh lesson in capitalism - and inadequate regulations mean there is nothing to soften the blow.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
What Do Programmers Care About - Joel Spolsky, Stack Overflow
&! A Conversation with Joel Spolsky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF8ZVB-v3IM - to understand jquery, javascript have an understanding, feet wet in java - learning curve high, unkown of an optimal path (like double-blind cross-over study) to learn a handful technologies to be efficient, save and dangerous, within a team. - fogcreek software; teams of 8! not bigger, communication paths and relationships become in-efficient. incl team lead/manager - http://www.joelonsoftware.com/ - http://blog.codinghorror.com/ //&! Joel Spolsky - CEO of Stack Exchange & Co-Founder at Fog Creek - youtu.be/6h5cY7d6nPU // &! Stack Overflow Careers - Coding & Caffeine Keynote - youtu.be/WgMQ0IZjspM - min 44 diversity across many spectrums! and remote working works best if in about same timezone. min 53 - Agile movement //&!
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Harvard i-lab | Startup Secrets: Hiring and Team Building - YouTube
How to Start a Startup - bit.ly/1C74URf // Lecture 11 - Hiring and Culture, Part 2 (Patrick and John Collison, Ben Silbermann) &! Lecture 10 - Culture (Brian Chesky, Alfred Lin)
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Ross Mayfield and Mark Suster on maintaining focus as a SaaS startup
early on resource constraint - focuses on product, and saying no. // feature creep - can't be all things to all people! anti-bloat. KISS. user friendly, no tour needed for on boarding. << making an product intuitive. // Aaron Levie said he said no to many clients.
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