BPC plum ‘validation’ of hard work, says Slaughter

first_imgLATEST STORIES But for the 6-foot-11 slotman, he’s just glad to see Cebuanos like the two of them making their mark in the league as he looks forward to facing off anew with the San Miguel center.“I know June Mar has five (BPC awards) now, but we’re still young in our careers. We got long ways to go in terms of our stay in the league and I think we can still win more of this in the years to come. But I know between the two of us, I got a lot of catching up to do.” he said.Still, Slaughter isn’t losing sight of his ultimate goal, which is to help Ginebra defend its title.“Of course, the goal will always be a championship and I’m motivated to help us win back-to-back,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Coming off a devastating ACL injury that sidelined him for the better half of last year, all Greg Slaughter wanted was to return to form and help Ginebra get back to title contention.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse chargescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Little did he know that all of his efforts will eventually bear fruit as he came back in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup stronger than ever, enough for him to win the Best Player of the Conference in the season-ending tourney.“It’s indeed a validation for all the hard work I put in,” he told the INQUIRER. “Coming back from the injury I’ve been in, I feel thankful to be in this position again and to receive awards like this is just indescribable. It’s always great to win your first.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSlaughter was stellar all conference long, leading the Gin Kings to a return trip to the Finals with his averages of 14.69 points, 8.75 rebounds, 1.69 assists, and 1.63 blocks.Bagging his first BPC trophy also brings back the talks of his rivalry with five-time BPC winner and three-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo to life. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Slaughter wins 1st BPC; Durham is back-to-back Best Importlast_img read more

French Open: 5 things to watch out for in semifinals!

first_imgRafael Nadal has been sensational with 65 wins against a single defeat in ParisIn what promises to be a blockbuster Friday, three of the biggest stars in tennis will be in action to secure their finals berth for the coveted French Open final.On one hand, world number 2 Novak Djokovic will lock horns with No. 18 Ernests Gulbis – the only man from Latvia to enter a Grand Slam tournament, while the other semifinal promises a cracker of a game with world number 1 and king of clay Rafael Nadal taking on Britain’s best bet Andy Murray.Nadal has been sensational with 64 wins against a single defeat at Roland Garros. His only loss at the tournament came against Robin Soderling in the 4th round in 2009.Murray will be playing in the French Open semifinals for the second time; he lost to Nadal in 2011. In all, Nadal owns a 14-5 edge in their head-to-head matches.Five things to look for in the men’s semifinals Friday at the French Open:NADAL’S STREAKHeading into his semifinal against Andy Murray, No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal’s French Open record is a hard-to-believe 64-1, a run that includes eight titles – more than any man has won at any of the Grand Slam tournaments – and a 33-match winning streak. The lone loss came to Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009. Nadal is trying to become the first man to win five consecutive French Opens.NADAL vs MURRAYNadal or Murray has participated in each of the last 17 Grand Slam finals, a stretch that dates to the 2010 Australian Open. That will become 18 major finals in a row at this French Open, of course. But in none of those instances did Nadal and Murray face each other for the title. Eight of their 19 previous career matchups came at majors, with Nadal holding a 6-2 edge – once in the fourth round, once in a quarterfinal, and six in semifinals. Overall, Nadal leads 14-5. This meeting makes them the only two men in the Open era, which began in 1968, to have met at least twice at each Grand Slam.advertisementMURRAY ON CLAYEveryone knows just how good Nadal is on red clay. But Murray, whose major titles came on grass at Wimbledon and on hard courts at the U.S. Open, is proving rather adept at handling the slow surface, too. This is his second French Open semifinal – he made it that far in 2011, before losing to Nadal, naturally – and he made clear after his five-set victory over Gael Monfils in the quarterfinals that he is not satisfied. “It’s definitely a big achievement, but that’s not what I came here to do. Yeah, my goals are different and my expectations are different to a lot of people,” Murray said. “I expect a lot of myself. I put a lot of pressure on myself to perform well at these events, and thankfully I have done OK so far. Still hopefully a long way to go in the tournament.”DJOKOVIC vs GULBISNo. 2 Novak Djokovic meets No. 18 Ernests Gulbis, the only man from Latvia to enter a Grand Slam tournament, in Friday’s opening semifinal. Djokovic holds a 4-1 lead in head-to-head matches, including a straight-set win in the 2008 French Open quarterfinals, the only other time Gulbis made it that far at a major. They go way back: Both attended a tennis academy in Munich in their early teens.GLUTEN-FREEDjokovic, a six-time major champion, needs a French Open title to complete a career Grand Slam. He’s talked often – and even written a book – about how changes to his eating habits, including dispensing with gluten, helped him overcome problems with fitness and allergies early in his career. And Gulbis? He was asked this week why he needed a half-dozen years to get back to the latter stages of a major after doing so initially as a teenager. “What took me so long? I think I was eating wrong. I had the wrong diet,” he said with a laugh. “Everybody was talking about this gluten-free diet. My diet is full-on gluten. I like a lot of ketchup, a lot of unhealthy stuff, so there is a balance which I found in the last couple of years.”(With AP inputs)last_img read more

The 10 Worst Questions to Ask During An Interview

first_imgYou’re sitting in an interview, and the hiring manager is about to wrap everything up.Just when you think you’re free to leave, the hiring manager asks, “Do you have any questions for me?”You’re speechless.In an effort to think on your feet, you blurt out, “How much does this position pay?” Immediately you realize this probably wasn’t the best question to ask once you see the expression on the hiring manager’s face.There are two mistakes job seekers make during the interview process: They don’t have questions prepared for the interviewer, and they ask the wrong questions.As you prepare for your next job interview, here are 10 of the worst questions you should avoid asking a hiring manager:1. “Can you tell me more about your company?”Before any interview, the first thing you must do is research the company. If you ask this question, the hiring manager will think you didn’t do your homework before the interview.2. “How much vacation time would I receive?”Never ask about additional perks or benefits during a job interview, especially not the first one. This question should only be asked if the the hiring manager brings up the discussion first.3. “How quickly could I earn a raise?”Again, this question is a big no-no. Questions regarding compensation should not be asked unless the hiring manager brings up the topic.4. “Do you perform background checks?”When you apply for a job, it should be a given that the employer will perform a background check. In fact, 69 percent of employers perform background checks on all job candidates.5. “Who is your company’s competition?”If you’ve done your research prior to the interview, you shouldn’t have to ask this question. Hiring managers expect you to have a good idea of how their company is positioned before you enter the interview.6. “How important is attendance?”Asking about attendance during an interview can send a red flag to the interviewer. You should automatically assume you should arrive to work on time and avoid taking off unnecessary vacation days.7. “Can I work from home?”If a company allows employees to work from home or telecommute part of the week, it’s typically stated in the job description. There’s no need for you to ask this question during a job interview.8. “Do you have casual Fridays?”Casual Fridays and other perks like company parties and entertainment are things you can learn about once you’re hired. Save this question for your manager or coworkers once you’re hired.9. “What is your review process like?”Although you might be genuinely concerned about your performance or how managers give feedback, avoid asking questions about the review process. This can make hiring managers worry about how well you’ll perform on the job once hired.10. “I don’t have any questions for you.”Whatever you do during an interview, don’t tell the interviewer you don’t have any questions. Every hiring manager expects candidates to have at least one question to ask at the end of the interview.Asking the wrong question during an interview can definitely cost you a job offer. By avoiding these questions and doing your research, you’ll be better prepared with thoughtful questions to ask at the conclusion of a job interview.What questions do you think candidates should avoid during the interview process?last_img read more

6 Ways to Make Your Individuality Shine In A Job Application

first_img“Whitening the Resume.” That is what the headline of a 2009 New York Times article read. A gripping, three-word phrase that described the tactic of candidates altering elements of their resumes to appear less ethnically diverse: changing a name from “Tahani Tompkins” to “T. S. Tompkins”, scrubbing mentions of HBCUs or historically black colleges and universities, deleting professional organizations or racially-specific clubs from the bottom of a resume.However, this strategy was nothing new.In 1963, sociologist Erving Goffman coined the term “covering” to describe how individuals with known stigmatized identities made a “great effort” to alter those identities to be accepted by the mainstream. Fifty years later a Deloitte University study revealed eighty-three percent of LGBTQ individuals, 79 percent of Blacks, 67 percent of women of color, 66 percent of women, and 63 percent of Hispanics admitted to covering. Surprisingly the study exposed that 45 percent of straight White men — who have not been the focus of most inclusion efforts — reported covering.As the NYTimes article had explored, “whitening” or “covering” had become commonplace among a new generation in the workplace. Some would argue that it is still a must-do for ethnic job seekers. Various studies have confirmed that Black candidates have a harder time than whites. A study published in The American Economic Review titled “Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal?” found that applicants with Black-sounding names received 50 percent fewer callbacks than those with white-sounding names. Another study looking just at academic science jobs found that application materials from female candidates received lower rankings and lower starting salaries than male candidates, even when a job application reviewer was female.However, despite this implicit bias, industry experts contend that employers want job seekers to bring their entire selves to the job. From Glassdoor to GitHub, Pinterest to Proctor & Gamble, creating a diverse company culture has become a top priority. And for Salesforce, it’s not just about diversity—the goal is true equality.“The word equality really sends a bigger message. We define equality in terms of four pillars: equal pay, equal opportunity, equal advancement and equal rights,” says Cindy Robbins, Executive Vice President of Global Employee Success at Salesforce. “Every leader in the company, every employee, is accountable for diversity and equality at Salesforce.”The bottom line: As employers seek to find new ways of recruiting and engaging employees, the focus has turned to women and Millennials. With women at half the U.S. population and millennials about one-quarter, addressing the needs of a more diverse workforce is essential for all employers.With that, how do you best represent your full self in a job application? Here are some things to consider:1. Don’t Shy Away From Your Diversity“If you have a foreign-sounding name, don’t assume that this is going to work against you,” advises Elizabeth Garone, contributor to the Wall Street Journal. “Employers are keen to hire minorities in order to satisfy federal requirements and employ a diverse workforce. Business Mentors’ Al Stewart says he encourages his clients to ‘play up’ foreign surnames or maiden names in order to attract more employers. He recently worked with a Latin American client with a very American-sounding married name. Her résumé reflected that name, and she was seeing very little activity in the job market. Stewart encouraged her to include her maiden name. Once she did, her interview activity increased substantially, he says.”2. Culture Fit Is Not Exclusive“Don’t get so caught up in tailoring your resume to fit a job posting that you forget to communicate what makes you special,” says Anish Majumdar, CEO of ResumeOrbit.com. “Yes, you should probably have most of the ‘must have’ qualifications mentioned in a job posting to be competitive. But once that’s established, it’s all about winning people over through your unique perspective and value-added skills. If you’re an amazing coach/mentor, or write an influential industry blog, or regularly volunteer your time to help out in the community, highlight them within the resume! It’s this x-factor that can mean the difference between ‘Thanks for coming in’ and ‘When can you start?’”3. Lying Doesn’t Pay OffImmigration status and the job search are stressful enough, but lying on an application or resume can spell trouble in the long run. According to the Center for International Education at Loyola University New Orleans, a job seeker should never lie on a resume or application. “Your visa status should not be included on your resume. Your educational background and work history will display that you are an international student. Hiring managers will ask the appropriate questions during the recruitment process.” However, they point out one caveat. “If your name ‘sounds’ international and you are a green card holder or U.S. citizen, you may want to include your visa status on your resume to indicate that you are already legally authorized to work in the U.S.”4. Include Professional Affiliations and Cultural OrganizationsWhile explicitly listing age, sexual orientation or race on an application may be tricky, you should recognize that companies are excited and encouraged by applications from diverse candidates. Are you a member of a civil rights organization or a volunteer group? “Don’t be shy! Let employers know where your leadership and passions lie,” advises career counselor Shira Concool. “Do you volunteer at your Korean Church or translate Spanish to English at a health clinic? Put that into your Leadership Experience section. Perhaps as a first generation American, you travel back to visit your grandparents in Nigeria every year. You can add that as international travel experience.”5. Social Media Posts & Photos MatterWith more recruiters and hiring managers browsing Facebook or the social media accounts of applicants, there is a temptation to scrub or sanitize photos that show your identity, sexuality, religion or race. However, there’s a difference between taking down a party pic and hiding who you are. Wardah Khalid, a foreign policy analyst regularly consulted on Middle East issues told Fast Company, “Putting myself out there as a result of wearing the hijab has definitely made me more confident in who I am. Like it or not, when I put it on, I represent a lot of different things. The best thing to do is to own that.” That goes for when you land the job as well. “Walking into the halls of Congress, it’s very white-male dominated. I definitely felt that I stood out,” she said. But over time those feelings of unease were replaced with confidence. “Once I open my mouth, show that I’m competent, and know what I’m talking about,” she explained, “any issues I might have go away.”6. Highlight The Skills Only You PossessWhile protected by law, people with disabilities can face a lot of barriers to employment. However, they can also have skills that able-bodied candidates do not. “Rather than focusing on what you cannot do, focus on what you can do. You learn so many valuable skills from being disabled such as communication, logistics, and adaptability to setbacks,” says visually-impaired Newton Nguyen, Climate Modeling Research Assistant at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “Use these unique skills to your advantage, and do not let your disability be your defining characteristic. Rather, you are a multidimensional person with diverse abilities. You are unique, you have experienced things many people are deathly afraid of and you came out on top. Remember that.”last_img read more

13 Phenomenal Office Spaces of Companies Hiring Now

first_img Also on Glassdoor: The 50 Best Jobs In America For 2019 Impressive Skills to Include on Your Resumecenter_img Coming to work should be a treat, not torture. And while we can’t quite fix your nagging coworker or your micromanaging boss, we can show you inside some of the coolest office spaces across the country. And we’re not just talking about tech companies. Car manufacturers, travel companies, CPGs and even publishers are stepping up their game when it comes to corporate culture and interior design. You won’t see any drab cubicles or windowless dungeons here.If you’re on the hunt for a new gig, take a second to browse through the company photos on Glassdoor to get a sense of where you could work. There’s nothing worse than landing a great new job only to see that you’ll be confined to what was once a storage closet. Check out these awesome companies that are hiring and offer the kind of work environment that you’ve always dreamt of.1. Cadillac (Owned by General Motors)Cool Office Perks: Cadillac’s Soho NYC global headquarters radiate a modern, contemporary Cadillac. With sleek, streamlined furnishings and an open floorplan, GM makes it clear that Cadillac isn’t just your grandfather’s favorite, it’s yours too.What Employees Say: “Generous time off (Holidays) nice benefit package. High performers are rewarded and promoted and put on good projects. GM will sponsor permanent residency for motivated employees. I only spend 40 hrs a week and not expected to be answering emails at all hours of the day. Very good work/life balance. Don’t forget that GM employee discount on cars.”—Current CAE EngineerSee Open Jobs2. Pixar Animation StudiosCool Office Perks: Much like the movies they create, there is plenty to play with at Pixar’s Emeryville, CA offices. Each employee cubicle is customized and conference rooms are packed with life-size movie characters, space hoppers, scooters and seemingly endless amounts of cereal.What Employees Say: “Amazing culture, wonderful people, and exciting projects that create impact and tug on your heart strings.” —Current AnimatorSee Open Jobs3. GenslerCool Office Perks: Gensler Denver features stadium seating in the lobby with a café area and coffee bar, encouraging interaction and providing casual work zones, while also accommodating large events. The office design pays close attention to ergonomics, acoustics, air quality, craftsmanship, and the incorporation of nature.What Employees Say: “I love the people I work with, as well as the culture we have at Gensler. I have great supervisors who push me to do better and be better. They are patient when I make mistakes and have been so encouraging as I grow in my position here. I have been at Gensler less than a year and I can already say that it is one of my favorite companies I’ve worked for because of this. No employee is perfect and having that kind of support is invaluable. We have great benefits and it is truly amazing when your hard work and the time you take to go the extra mile is acknowledged. It actually pays off!” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs4. EtsyCool Office Perks: Etsy’s nine-floor, 200,000-square-foot headquarters in Brooklyn is filled with toxin-free paint, salvaged wood, and furnishings purchased from Etsy seller. Outdoor gardens, rooftop collaboration spaces and even a few “breathing rooms” for meditation and yoga make this an enviable office space.What Employees Say: “Etsy truly does take care of their employees. Wonderful, supportive environment. Etsy really does care about their core missions and beliefs. They are very flexible and understanding with needing to work from home, or when things come up in life. Etsy has a very social culture. They work hard to listen to employee feedback, adjust, and adapt to things happening in society.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs5. Heineken USACool Office Perks: It’s no surprise that beer and beer bottles are on full display at the Heineken USA headquarters in White Plains, New York. From bottles artistically inlaid into the walls, to bold wall graphics and a huge bar for the company’s weekly happy hours, Heineken is the epitome of a cool, collaborative office environment.What Employees Say: “The people are great. The fact that it’s a family run organization really helps in building positive relationships and passion for our products. Everyone “bleeds green.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs6. HomeAwayCool Office Perks: If you like to feel like you’re not stuck in the typical cubicle-filled office, HomeAway’s Austin office has the blend of old school and new school that you’re looking for. From Moroccan-style living rooms to Lego-filled phone rooms and even a conference room that’ll remind you of a ’50s diner, employees can transport themselves to far-flung places just by walking down the halls.What Employees Say: “The employees are fantastic. Everyone at HA is there because they love travel and technology. They are smart, collaborative, and motivated. HA changes rapidly to adjust to an increasingly competitive landscape so for people who enjoy a challenge and thrive in the midst of change, HomeAway is a fantastic place to be.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs7. CommvaultCool Office Perks: Commvault’s New Jersey office was built for employees to have fun. It comes with a basketball court, softball diamond, and cricket field, not to mention an indoor slide. Why take the elevator from the fourth floor to the third, when you can just take the slide? The dozens of windows and natural light pouring in are a major upgrade from Commvault’s previous office space which was not very affectionately called “the dungeon.”What Employees Say: “Work hard play hard; unlimited PTO with managers approval, work from home flexibility, day 1 benefits, growth opportunities, outstanding Senior Leadership!” —Current Executive AssistantSee Open Jobs8. Lake Trust Credit UnionCool Office Perks: Seeking to redefine what a bank looks like, Lake Trust features an open-air, three-floor design that screams of transparency and modernity. Employees enjoy the two-story front porch, second-floor balcony, outdoor dining and conferencing terrace with wetland views.What Employees Say: “Great environment. As of 06/2016 the company is in a growth pattern which means opportunity. The benefits package is fantastic. They will pay you what you are worth and reward excellence. How do you not like a getting better or at least striving for it. Good work, life balance due to hours, even if Saturdays are a constant reality.” —Current Members Experience AssociateSee Open Jobs9. Condé NastCool Office Perks: With 16 print titles and 20 websites, Conde Nast sits perched in the One World Trade Center building in NYC and features a very fashion-forward, minimalist-chic palette with high-end finishes. If there was a The Devil Wears Prada sequel, this is definitely where it would be filmed.What Employees Say: “Top brands that look amazing on your résumé. Pay is decent. Little oversight: your weird idea can make it to production within a day. Designers and editors care deeply about their work and how it’s presented.” —Former Front End EngineerSee Open Jobs10. AutodeskCool Office Perks: As the world leader in 3D design software, it’s no surprise that Autodesk would tap Gensler to design their new SF office space that spans three floors (all certified LEED Platinum) surrounding an atrium. Intricate woodwork and pops of yellow and blue make the environment collaborative and energetic.What Employees Say: “Supportive, collaborative team. Innovative, high impact products. Strong focus on skills training and development. Positive, happy team environment. Great office location in San Francisco.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs11. Urban OutfittersCool Office Perks: The bohemian hipster retailer is all about the earthy materials and colorful tones inside it’s Pennsylvania headquarters as well. Employees are sparked with creativity thanks to the revamped industrial building that is filled natural light from the huge windows around the perimeter of the building.What Employees Say: “The people there were the best part about working for Urban Outfitters. It was a cool and relaxed environment, but everyone was passionate about the company and getting our work done.” —Former Sales AssociateSee Open Jobs12. DropboxCool Office Perks: Like many tech companies, Dropbox is heavy on the perks: a karaoke bar, a deep focus room, Dr. Strangelove-inspired war rooms for handling crises, massive mirrors that make the bustling outside seem like it’s come flooded in and hanging topiaries that offer more than enough to stare at during meetings.What Employees Say: “After having been a fan of the product itself and a long-time user, I was hopeful when I joined that they would live up to my very high expectations. So far I’ve been very pleasantly surprised to learn that the culture and environment is even better than I had expected. After having worked at several large tech companies in the area, I have realistic expectations when it comes to culture and work environment and often after seeing behind the curtains am disappointed with the results, however here I haven’t seen anything that is popping that bubble. Even though we work in a satellite office (the HQ is in San Francisco) they are very careful to ensure that we maintain that environment that makes Dropbox special, as well as including everyone and being very transparent so that we don’t end up feeling like a lonely island.” —Current Technical RecruiterSee Open Jobs13. Alcatel-Lucent (Acquired by Nokia)Cool Office Perks: You may just be unable to get work done for staring at Alcatel-Lucent’s wave-like walls of glass and clusters of uber modern lounge seating.What Employees Say: “The people were team focused and high quality oriented. Enthusiastic with goals and customer satisfaction. The workforce in the field and in management were above average and truly dedicated. I loved working with all the people involved. We moved mountains in the name of quality and customer satisfaction.” —Former Quality Assurance SpecialistSee Open JobsEditor’s Note: The companies and jobs highlighted in this article are curated by the editorial staff, listed in no particular order, and do not necessarily reflect the official methodology of Glassdoor’s official awards or honors. For more details about how companies and specific roles are considered for editorial coverage, please visit Glassdoor for Employers.Photo Credit for Etsy, Cadillac and Conde Nast © Garrett Rowland, courtesy of Genslerlast_img read more

Highest Paying Work From Home Jobs

first_imgA growing number of professions are becoming increasingly flexible to remote workers. Medicine, for example, a field that traditionally required long visits to the doctor’s office and in-person checkups, is being revolutionized by the advent of telemedicine, which allows doctors and patients to communicate remotely. The global market for telemedicine is projected to climb 19 percent from 2018 to 2025, making for massive job openings for healthcare professionals to work remotely.While it’s great news that remote work opportunities are growing across a variety of sectors, the even better news is that remote positions don’t require you to take a pay cut. In fact, work from home positions can help you save money by reducing transportation costs, or cutting the cost of having to live close to your workplace. Some positions even pay more for remote workers — one study on web developers, for example, found that developers who work remotely earn an average of 40 percent more than their counterparts who work in offices.What kind of work from home job is right for you? Work from home positions are available across a variety of industries, from tech to finance. While positions like software engineering have traditionally been more remote-friendly, companies are realizing that positions from client services to project management can also be opened up to remote workers. Use the Glassdoor job search tool with the location filter “Remote (Work From Home)” to see if the type of positions you’re interested in are currently available for remote work.Which work from home jobs pay the most money? Senior Software EngineerGlassdoor Salary Range: $94,000 – $166,000Software engineers work to develop, implement and refine applications software and computer systems software. Software engineers must have substantial knowledge of a number of programming languages, in addition to knowledge about software development and computer operating systems. While some software engineers are self-taught, many gain bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees or even Ph.D.s in computer science.Project ManagerGlassdoor Salary Range: $51,000 – $111,000Project managers coordinate the team of people working on specific projects within a company or organization. This involves ensuring the timely completion of projects, helping solve roadblocks specific team members are facing, correctly budgeting for a project, documenting the steps of a project and overseeing the timeline of a project.PhysicianGlassdoor Salary Range: $119,000 – $303,000With the advent of telemedicine, the options for physicians to work from home are now wider than ever. Becoming a physician is one of the most education-intensive career paths, requiring a bachelor’s degree, at least four years of medical school and between three and seven years of residency training.Client Services DirectorGlassdoor Salary Range: $76,000 – $160,000The role of a client services director is very similar to an account manager, although sometimes less sales-focused. Client services directors are employed across businesses and organizations to maintain long-term relationships with clients and find solutions to client issues if they arise.Business Development ManagerGlassdoor Salary Range: $49,000 – $118,000A business development manager finds new opportunities for a company to sell its products or services. This includes identifying and fostering strategic partners, tracking new markets and emerging trends, creating sales opportunities with existing and new clients, and developing new business strategies for a company to increase sales.AccountantGlassdoor Salary Range: $40,000 – $77,000Accountants collect, analyze, organize and make use of the financial records of their clients. They help file taxes, create budgets, analyze past and future financial performance of an organization, and keep accounting records. Becoming an accountant typically requires a bachelor’s degree, and sometimes a master’s degree, in accounting, as well as gaining licensure as a certified public accountant (CPA). Accountants work with the paper and digital records of their clients, so it is easy for them to work for the computer and conduct phone meetings with clients when needed.Account ManagerGlassdoor Salary Range: $39,000 – $90,000Account managers handle the relationships and sales with clients of a particular company. Wherever a company is making a sale or providing a service to a client, you’ll often find that account managers have a role there. Account managers are employed across many industries, from aerospace to beauty. The responsibilities of an account manager may vary across the industry they are employed in, but typically their responsibilities include managing and solving client issues, reaching company sales targets with clients and maintaining a smooth relationship between the client and the company.UX DesignerGlassdoor Salary Range: $62,000 – $130,000A UX designer, short for “user experience designer,” guides the design process of both digital and physical products in a way that ensures an ideal experience and interface for users. This includes designing and testing user friendliness, branding of products and ensuring an enjoyable and useful experience for users of a product.Full Stack Web DeveloperGlassdoor Salary Range: $50,000 – $117,000A full stack web developer is a jack of all trades in the area of web development — they can develop the front end and back end portions of a mobile application, website or native application. Full stack developers must be proficient in multiple computer languages, as well as being able to work with databases, servers and systems engineering.Graphic Designer  Glassdoor Salary Range: $34,000 – $69,000Graphic designers imagine and create digital images and art for all types of clients, ranging from a business that needs updated graphics on their website to a band that wants posters for their upcoming tour. Since many clients require designs on a temporary basis, a high proportion of graphic designers work freelance and work from home.Work From Home Career Paths Work from home positions can be found across many industries at many different skill and education levels. If you are currently in a job that is not remote, but has the potential to be, consider speaking to your boss about working from home once or twice a week to try out the arrangement. If you are looking for a new job, consider tailoring your search to work-from-home options. You can easily filter for remote-only results using Glassdoor’s job search tool, and setting the location filter to “Remote (Work From Home)”. Hot New Jobs For You View More Jobs 2.8★ 23 hours ago 23h N/A Remote Solar Panel Ambassador Remote Reps LLC Pinedale, WY Internship- Information Technology CR England – Remote Office Salt Lake City, UT Utilization Review /Case Manager – RN UHS Corporate Office – Remote King of Prussia, PA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h N/A N/A 23 hours ago 23h Lead Parts Technician CR England – Remote Office Colton, CA Tractor Technician – Smithfield, VA – $5,000 signing bonus! CR England – Remote Office Smithfield, VA N/A 23 hours ago 23h Trailer Technician – Casa Grande, AZ – $5,000 signing bonus! CR England – Remote Office Casa Grande, AZ Trailer Technician – Salt Lake City, UT – $5,000 signing bonus! 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Arsenal striker Lucas Perez: Who wouldn’t like Sevilla move?

first_imgArsenal striker Lucas Perez has opened the door to a move to Sevilla.The Spaniard endured a miserable first year at the Gunners following his £17m arrival last summer.He told Estadio Deportivo: “Who wouldn’t like to join Sevilla?“I’m on holiday, disconnected, and I have no idea. I don’t intend to have another season like this one.“Both Arsenal and the manager have treated me very well, but I want to play.“Wenger has been very sincere with me and, with it being a World Cup year, what I want is to play and if I can in Spain then all the better.”Asked about Sevilla manager Eduardo Berizzo, Perez added: “He’s a good manager, he’s showed it with the work he did at Celta Vigo, but no-one from Sevilla has called me.”last_img

​Swansea set to rebuke Besiktas pursuit of Llorente

first_imgSwansea will reject the advances of Besiktas, as the Turkish club attempt to lure Fernando Llorente away from the Liberty.Paul Clement is hoping to pair the Spaniard with incoming Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham. Abraham is expected to sign a loan deal with the Swans when he returns from the U21 European Championships.Besiktas view Llorente as a direct replacement for Vincent Aboubakar, who has been linked with a move to Newcastle.last_img

And Now

first_imgPosted on June 27, 2011June 19, 2017By: Carolina Damásio, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Carolina Damásio, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. This is her final post about her experience as a Young Champion, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.While I pack and organize, I think about what my life will be like from now on. I remember the day I received the email saying I was one of the Young Champions of Maternal Health. I had no idea of all the transformations that would occur and continue to happen to me.The world has become big, and unfortunately so have the problems! I tried to change the reality of maternal health in public hospitals in Brazil, but the reality in other countries around the world has caused me pain. It makes me want to change the situation more and more.I have met people who believe in change, who make a difference and fight for the same ideals as me. They have given me hope, inspiration, and ideas. I realize that throughout this journey I was never alone. The people I’ve met on this nine-month journey have the same beliefs as me, even though we lead completely different lives and are from completely different cultures!Working with women in Mali in a culture so different from mine I realized that we all have the same hopes and dreams. I also discovered there are problems in these women’s lives that are unimaginable to me, such as female genital mutilation.It is so hard to understand why so many women die just because they want to be mothers — something which, I believe in my heart, is so simple and natural! I remember the day I decided to work in the maternal health field. It was when I attended a live birth during my training in medical school. It was a beautiful and important experience. And that made me start my journey that took me, a few years later, to Mali and to the “big world.”I dedicate all my efforts to the hope that some day, pregnancy is no longer a risk in any country in the world. Thank you Ashoka, Maternal Task Force, and every woman I met during these past nine months!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

An MMR Estimate for Rural Mali

first_imgPosted on August 8, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Even though 350,000 women die due to pregnancy related causes each year, maternal deaths are still a relatively rare event. While this doesn’t mean we should not concern ourselves with maternal mortality, it does mean that measuring it and its causes is difficult. In countries without robust vital registration (most of the developing world), even national estimates are difficult to generate and much more difficult to generate are regional estimates. Given what we know about differences between countries’ maternal mortality ratios (MMR), it stands to reason that there are differences within countries.A paper published last week by BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth develops a subnational maternal mortality rate for a rural district in Mali using the indirect sisterhood method. One of the main advantages of this method, especially in high fertility settings, is that each respondent likely has more than one sister, which significantly increases the sample size. For example, in this study, the researchers interviewed 2,039 people, but were able to report on 4,628 women.The authors find an MMR for 1999 of approximately 3,131 deaths per 100,000 live births in Kita, Mali, nearly twice as high as the highest country estimate for the year 2000 from the UN MMR estimates from last year:Our study provides a quick reference point for MMR in a rural poorly developed area with a particularly low literacy rate and poor access to health services. Some villages had particularly high maternal mortality, and these villages also had a higher overall mortality rate. Villages with high mortality rates were all remotely located and this underscores the importance of access to health services for the prevention of maternal deaths.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

New Study Examines the Cost of Maternal Disease Associated With Suboptimal Breastfeeding

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 8, 2013February 16, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Manager of the MHTF Knowledge Management System, Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology recently published a paper, Cost Analysis of Maternal Disease Associated With Suboptimal Breastfeeding, that takes a closer look at the impact of suboptimal breastfeeding levels in the United States on maternal disease and the associated costs.According to the authors:If observed associations between breastfeeding duration and maternal health are causal, we estimate that current breastfeeding rates result in 4,981 excess cases of breast cancer, 53,847 cases of hypertension, and 13,946 cases of myocardial infarction compared with a cohort of 1.88 million U.S. women who optimally breastfed.They also found:Using a 3% discount rate, suboptimal breastfeeding incurs a total of $17.4 billion in cost to society resulting from premature death (95% confidence interval [CI] $4.38–24.68 billion), $733.7 million in direct costs (95% CI $612.9–859.7 million), and $126.1 million indirect morbidity costs (95% CI $99.00–153.22 million).Access the paper abstract here.Share this:last_img read more

New ads are on the subways now

first_imgThis fall, in conjunction with the launch of dental coverage nationwide, our ad campaigns in New York City are focusing on your teeth. Keep an eye out for the new ads on subway cars and platforms, and on Metro-North trains. And, for the first time ever, next month we’ll be launching ad campaigns in four new cities!last_img

New Mortgage Rules for 2014

first_imgHow much do you pay for heating? Depending on where you live, it’s a good chunk of money during the wintertime. Even though we live in the South (in lovely Raleigh!), we’re not immune to getting some cold weather.   With winter coming… Full Story,Tips to help turn those homebuying dreams into reality. From outstanding credit card debt to massive student loans, financial difficulties are barring more and more millennials from becoming homeowners. While the vision of buying a first home may seem hopelessly… Full Story,When most people imagine buying a house, they think about how many bedrooms they need or what kind of porch they want. When they think about homebuying costs, they decide how much to put down and what their maximum home… Full Story,One of my favorite shows is Sex and the City. Those women lived glamorous lives I could only dream about. And, Carrie, a writer, was living my dream life as a famous writer in Manhattan. One of the storylines that… Full Story,Last year, my husband and I were packing up our Denver apartment to prepare for our move back to his home state of Indiana. We’d put an offer in on a house and had only given ourselves a couple of… Full Story,A few years ago Dave Munson and his family decided to move from their 5,600-square-feet, 8-bedroom house in the city of San Antonio, Texas, to a smaller, unique living situation: tents. Well, fancy, upscale tents that total 2,000 square feet… Full Story,It’s a well-known fact that your personal environment affects your mental health. If you live in a beautifully decorated home with plenty of plants and green space nearby, your risk for anxiety and depression is lower. If you spend your… Full Story,My husband and I were so excited to buy our house. We’d been renting since college and were eager to have our own place. Finally, no one could tell us how many dogs we could have or how many posters… Full Story,Last summer, I was forced to relocate out of my cozy, bungalow-style apartment in West L.A. Living in one of the most unaffordable rental markets in the U.S., I was resigned to the fact that, to enjoy my ideal setup… Full Story,When you buy a home, you’re making an investment in yourself and your future. You’re building  financial stability, equity, and experience. You have a place to call your own and you can customize the space just how you want. As… Full Storylast_img read more

How to Make Financial Decisions Like a Minimalist

first_imgHey there! My name is Anthony Ongaro and I’m the guy behind Break the Twitch, a website and YouTube channel about living an intentionally connected life through minimalism, habits, and creativity. I’m pumped to be sharing my tips on minimalism and intentional living on the Mint blog over the next year.The benefits of making better financial decisions is undeniable: you can pay off more debt, add to your savings, and create more freedom and flexibility for yourself in the future. The problem is that sometimes, these decisions happen without even realizing it–without a framework in place, it’s hard to even be sure what the right decision might be. That’s where minimalism comes in.What is minimalism, anyway?“Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.” —Joshua Becker, Becoming MinimalistMost often, minimalism is associated with owning fewer physical possessions and having less clutter in our lives. This typically manifests in having less stuff to pay for, organize and maintain, thus giving us more time, freedom, and less anxiety from worrying about all that stuff.At the heart of it, minimalism is about creating a framework for regularly making better decisions in your daily life. It helps you establish rules for what you want and don’t want and gives you clarity about what actions are most likely to give you those things.The same thinking can be applied to each financial decision made throughout daily life. Making financial decisions like a minimalist would mean allocating funds for things that you most value, and removing the unnecessary expenditures that distract you from them.It’s all about aligning your spending with your values and letting the benefits of that compound–and not just monetarily.So, What Do You Actually Want?The first step in making financial decisions like a minimalist is figuring out what you actually want more of and less of in your life. While it might seem as though I’ve just asked you to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, there’s an exercise you can do to help establish a baseline to start out with.When we go out and buy things, we’re not really buying that thing–we’re buying how we expect that thing to make us feel. There’s a ton of technical budgeting tips out there, so let’s focus on the feelings instead.Do The Light / Heavy ExerciseDivide a piece of paper down the middle and put light on one side and heavy on the other. While you may have a sense of these things in your head, physically writing them down (yes, on a piece of actual paper) really helps visualize these things and affirm your feelings about them. Post navigation You might put things on the list like: donating money, volunteering, playing guitar, enjoying dinners out, cutting costs this summer, paying rent on time, saving for a house, reading good books, having coffee with friends, or perhaps buying pints of ice cream at two in the morning.For you, any of those above things might go into the light side, or the heavy side–really spend some time digging in and writing everything you can think of on each side.Which list each thing goes on is up to you, but you might be surprised at what you find–there are likely things that you’re doing quite frequently that don’t add value to your life in ways you thought they did.Keep in mind, it’s best to focus on the feeling you have after the activity is done–do you feel lighter than you did before it or heavier?Design A Lifestyle Experiment Around Your Top Six ItemsThe beautiful thing about minimalism is that very few things about it are permanent–it really is about finding a balance that fits your own personal priorities. It’s time to implement some changes that reflect your lists and see how it affects your life over a period of time.If you have coffee with friends on your light list because it leaves you buzzing and happy, and buying candy bars on your heavy list because they’re delicious but you feel like crap after eating them, schedule a coffee meet up to start off your week for an entire month and don’t buy any candy bars for the same period of time.While that is a small example of what this could look like, you might be surprised at how much better your week goes by intentionally choosing how you spend your resources. Those little changes could even add up to a first class flight at some point.Lastly, you never know when something that you truly enjoy will also open up a new opportunity in your life whether it’s earning more money or simply working on something exciting and different. When we’re spending more of our money on things that keep us feeling light, it’s hard to not be optimistic about finding opportunities that we didn’t know were there.Whatever items end up on your list, experiment with them to see how you can positively change your life by making some related financial decisions like a minimalist.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Relatedlast_img read more

Study Suggests Cutting Calories May Help You Live Longer

first_imgA recent study published in the journal Cell Metabolism found lowering calorie intake by just 15 percent—or 300 calories from the recommended daily guideline of 2,000—can slow aging and metabolism, leading to an overall healthier life and more positive mood.The trial, called CALERIE (Comprehensive Assessment of the Long-Term Effect of Reducing Intake of Energy), examined people at a healthy weight and how restricting calories could affect their metabolism.For two years, 53 men and women between the ages of 21 and 50 cut calories by 15 percent without following any particular diet. Calories were calculated specifically per individual with the goal to maintain weight. Though the study’s main purpose wasn’t weight loss, participants lost around 20 pounds on average.Weight loss wasn’t the only side effect participants experienced—cutting calories also slowed down their metabolism and signs of aging. These changes were measured through regularly tracking participants’ insulin and thyroid hormone levels.Lead author Leanne M. Redman, associate professor of clinical sciences at Pennington Biomedical Research in Baton Rouge told Science Daily, “Restricting calories can slow your basal metabolism, and if byproducts of metabolism accelerate aging processes, calorie restriction sustained over several years may help to decrease risk for chronic disease and prolong life.”Another good sign? Cutting calories decreased subjects’ systemic oxidative stress, which is tied to age-related neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.Unpleasant side effects such as anemia, bone loss, or menstrual disorders typically associated with lower calorie intake were not found in this study. Though this is the first human study, previous studies that examined lower calorie diets were conducted on animals, and had found lower calories could lead to a longer life free of age-related disease, Wired reported.The trial proves two major theories of human aging—the rate of living theory and the oxidative damage theory of aging. The rate of living theory suggests those who are most efficient at using energy will live the longest. The oxidative damage theory of aging indicates that damage to DNA, lipids, and proteins ultimately speeds up aging, according to the study.The bottom line: This study is certainly compelling—but it was tested on a pretty small group of people for a short period of time, so more information and research is still needed. Until then, if you’re interested in cutting calories or trying a new diet, speak to your doctor first.Sourcelast_img read more

Forests and Wetlands Are Water Infrastructure. New Green Bond Helps Finance Their Protection

first_imgEast Africa’s Kariba Dam is almost empty due to diminishing rains. In Brazil, Sao Paulo’s reservoirs were reduced to dried mud three years ago, and experts say the city is heading toward another dry spell. Catastrophic floods recently wreaked havoc in southern England, Texas and Bangkok.These are not simply one-off events; they represent systemic failures in water infrastructure development—failures that are increasing in frequency and severity as Earth’s climate shifts.A new financial mechanism—“green bonds” that pay for using ecosystems as “natural infrastructure” for clean, ample water—can help.Green Bonds for Natural InfrastructureMost people think of water infrastructure as dams, pipes and water treatment plants. Natural infrastructure like healthy forests, farms, rivers and wetlands can also address supply and quality challenges by filtering water, buffering against floods and regulating flow. Combining built and natural forms of infrastructure – for example, by restoring a forest that surrounds a water treatment plant—combines the benefits of both systems. These hybrid approaches often save money, increase the lifespan of built infrastructure, improve resiliency to climate change and produce co-benefits like reduced carbon emissions, recreation, rural jobs and habitat protection.Water infrastructure projects are often funded by bonds, which allow cities or utilities to pay back investors over time. Bonds have historically ignored natural infrastructure in favor of traditional built infrastructure. Even “green bonds,” which specifically direct financing to environmental projects, have largely overlooked the potential of natural infrastructure. Only a tiny percent of what the world spends on water investments overall goes to certified green projects. We are investing in concrete, stone and steel when ecosystems could be providing more resilience and flexibility for the future.The Climate Bonds Initiative’s (CBI) new Water Infrastructure Standard enables water projects—including projects that utilize natural infrastructure—to be certified as green bonds. This provides an avenue for hybrid and natural infrastructure projects to attract the financing they need to address growing water challenges. The standard also allows cities to communicate with corporations and investors interested in green growth.Increasing Water’s Share of the Green Bonds MarketThe standard for natural infrastructure builds on phase one of CBI’s Water Infrastructure Standard, launched in 2016 and focused on climate-friendly built, or “grey infrastructure,” for water. Phase one has already directed more than $1.8 billion to climate-smart water infrastructure. For example, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission issued four green bonds in 2016-17 to finance sustainable storm water and wastewater projects. Cape Town, South Africa issued a green bond in 2017 to upgrade reservoirs, treat dirty water to drinking level quality, and replace and upgrade sewers and pumps. While focusing on traditional grey systems, these projects also take emissions and climate resilience into consideration.Phase two seeks to issue bonds for nature-based and hybrid water infrastructure projects, such as wetlands and watersheds, forests, ranches and agricultural systems that support water collection, storage and treatment; protect against floods; and boost drought resilience. These bonds will allow a project that uses a forest as a key water filtration tool—rather than, or in combination with a new treatment plant—to attract investors.Importantly, CBI’s green bonds are certified, meaning they meet specific criteria on reducing the rate of climate change and the severity of its impacts, and pass a third party’s evaluation. This gives investors assurance that they’re funding truly green projects—not projects masquerading as green—and rewarding groups developing resilient, pro-ecosystem water projects. Investors want to know their funds are credible investments in sustainability.The world’s mounting water crises make the need for infrastructure investment clear. Investments should go towards the water infrastructure of the future, rather than repeating yesterday’s mistakes. Projects involving natural infrastructure last longer, adapt to an ever-changing climate and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.last_img read more

11 Must-Subscribe Marketing News Blogs and Websites

first_imgThe savviest marketers are constantly staying on top of the latest trends and news in marketing. Are you one of them? Keeping up-to-date with marketing news can help you stay ahead of the curve in your own marketing and keep ahead of competitors in your industry. So where can you go to make sure you’re in the know?Subscribe to these blogs and websites via email or add them to your favorite RSS reader to stay on the cutting edge of all things marketing!11 Must-Read Marketing News Blogs/Sites 1. Marketing Pilgrim ( Subscribe via RSS | Subscribe via Email ): Launched by internet marketing consultant Andy Beal, this blog brings you the latest news, rumors, and reviews of all things related to internet marketing and online advertising. 2. eMarketer ( Subscribe via RSS | Subscribe via Email ): eMarketer offers data, statistics and analysis on digital marketing, media and commerce by weighing and analyzing information from various sources . 3. The Forrester Blog – Market Insights ( Subscribe via RSS ): Geared toward market research, this Forrester blog features a roll-up of posts from analysts serving market insights professionals. 4. TechCrunch ( Subscribe via RSS | Subscribe via Email ): Follow TechCrunch to stay on top of new technology developments and the latest tech news. 5. Search Engine Land ( Subscribe via RSS | Subscribe via Email ): Covering topics related to search engine optimization and search engine marketing, this blog will keep you in the know about search news. 6. Mashable ( Subscribe via RSS | Subscribe via Email ): Mashable is your go-to website for social media news and tips. 7. Official YouTube Blog ( Subscribe via RSS ): Get a heads up on any new features or updates about YouTube. 8. The Official Google Blog ( Subscribe via RSS | Subscribe via Email ): Be notified of the latest Google news from the powerful search engine giant. 9. LinkedIn Blog ( Subscribe via RSS | Subscribe via Email ): Stay abreast of new features on LinkedIn and learn tips and tricks for effectively using the social network. 10. Official Facebook Blog ( Subscribe via RSS ): Be the first to know about the latest and greatest from the world’s top social network. 11. Twitter Blog ( Subscribe via RSS ): Get all the breaking news about features, updates, and tips for Twitter. What other blogs or websites do you use to stay on top of marketing news? Blog Examples Originally published Jul 20, 2011 9:27:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics:last_img read more

17 Do’s and Don’ts for Designing Inbox-Optimized Email Templates

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Sep 12, 2012 4:30:00 PM, updated August 26 2017 Creating email templates for your company’s email marketing sends can make your life a whole lot easier. Think about it: Every time you send an email, all you need to do is input some copy, an image or two, and a call-to-action. Then BAM, you’ve got yourself an email ready and raring to go.Some companies opt to use their ESP’s templates — we certainly have a bevy to offer in HubSpot’s email marketing tool that are inbox- and reader-friendly and optimized. But some email marketers are looking for something a little more aligned with their particular brand, and we get that, too. The only trouble that comes with creating your own email marketing templates is that you run the risk of ending up with something you think looks great in your email tool, but actually looks like a hot mess in certain recipients’ inboxes. Whoops.To help mitigate that consistency issue, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help ward off much of that danger. Of course, you should also run your emails through testing software like Litmus to get a second set of “eyes” on just how well-optimized your design is. But if you reference this list during the design process, you should find you have little (or nothing!) to fix after your first email template design attempt.17 Tips & Tricks to Reference When Creating Email Marketing Templates1) K.I.S.SFirst and foremost, the design of your email templates should be simple. Design should enhance your message, not distract from it! And frankly, emails with a lot of design hoopla bring the reader’s attention away from your actual message, and as a result may harm conversions. Plus, the fewer elements you have bouncing around in your email, the less likely it is to render improperly or trigger a SPAM filter.2) Use the Right Coding SoftwareThat is to say, don’t use Microsoft Word to write your email template code. WYSIWYG editors typically add “bonus” code that makes your emails display unexpectedly wonky. If you’re using Dreamweaver, Notepad (free on your PC!), or HubSpot’s email template creator — just to name a few options — you’ll be a-okay.3) Keep the Width of Emails Under 650 PixelsThis ensures that they always display in Outlook’s vertical preview pane — can’t forget about your Outlook readers! If you’re a HubSpot customer, you can duplicate our email templates to get started if you like; all of our templates are fewer than 650 pixels in width.4) Tables Are Your Best FriendIf you’ve been coding for a while, you may think that sounds insane, but it’s actually important to use tables in email template design to ensure your email renders the same way across every email client.5) Avoid Body AttributesYou may encounter email clients that don’t pay attention to body attributes, which means all your hard work is for naught. So if you wanted to, say, create a light gray email background, you should simply use a 100% width light gray table, and then nest the content of your email within that table.6) Don’t Use HTML Bullet PointsThose pretty HTML bullets you’re used to don’t work too well when rendered in email. Use a plain text alternative, like dashes (-) or asterisks (*) to ensure readers don’t see broken or missing bullets in their email message.7) Tread Lightly With VideoVideo in email is still in its infancy; as such, it doesn’t render well in most email clients. In fact, most email clients don’t let you view rich media by default, which means your video might not get seen. Instead, take a screen capture of your video and put in that little white “Play” triangle we’re used to seeing at the beginning of a video. You can then include that image in your email, and link it to a web page with the video embedded8) Inline CSS Is Your Best FriendGmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail … what do they all have in common? They’re browser-based email! What else? They (and other browser-based email clients) will strip out things like BODY, DOCTYPE, and HEAD tags. You won’t encounter this problem if you use inline CSS.9) Write Out Your Inline CSSIt’s tempting to use shorthand, but you should write out your CSS in full. That means, for example, that your font isn’t just:font: italic 12px ArialYou give it the whole shebang, like this:font-style: italic; font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial10) Use Absolute Image PathsThat means any images in your email templates should be hosted on your website. Then, make the image path point to the URL of the page on which the image is hosted. You can always find the image URL by right-clicking on an image and selecting “View Image Info.” It should end with a file extension like .jpg or .gif, not .com.11) Steer Clear of PNGsSpeaking of that image URL, I used “.jpeg” and “.gif” as examples for a reason. PNGs should be avoided in email templates, because they’re not supported in Lotus Notes.12) Input an Image Width and HeightThis may seem minor, but declaring the image width and height helps ensure your email template maintains its structural integrity across all email clients in the instance that images are turned off when recipients view your email.13) Use the Right Number of Images at the Right SizeThe smaller you can make your image files, the better. You certainly don’t want to make the images grainy, but large image files increase email load time, and that impacts the success of your campaigns. You should also take care not to include too many images throughout your email, and maintain an even balance of images and text. This will help you stay out of SPAM folders and increase reader engagement.14) Don’t Forget About Image Alt TextNope, alt text isn’t just to help search engines read images on your website. Alt text in emails helps readers determine what images were supposed to be had they rendered in the inbox. Including clear, descriptive Alt text helps fill in the blanks for recipients if images are blocked, turned off, or rendering improperly.15) Create an Accompanying Plain-Text Email TemplateWe all know not everyone renders their emails in HTM. Some people, in fact, can’t do it at all depending on their email client or the device they’re reading it on. That’s where plain text comes in handy. Plus, not having a plain-text option sometimes signals SPAM filters. Make sure the copy in your plain-text email stays mostly the same as the copy in your HTML email. If you’re using HubSpot, you can make your plain-text email template version with just the click of a button.16) Use a Link Shortener for URLsThis may not seem like a big deal in your beautiful HTML email where URLs are hidden behind anchor text, but think of your plain-text version for a minute. In plain-text emails, the URL appears in parentheses … and if your URL is long, that can start to look pretty unwieldy, particularly if you’re including a ton of URLs in your email. Use a link shortening service — there are plenty of free ones like bit.ly and ow.ly — to shorten up those links.17) Include an Unsubscribe Link, Physical Address, and Company Name.Including these three elements in your email template will help ensure you’re always CAN-SPAM compliant. Because including these three components is … well, the law. And it’s way easier to just build it into your template than add it to every single email you send out! If you’re using HubSpot to build out your templates, don’t worry — this is included for you.I’m sure there are plenty of other email design best practices and tips you can share for those creating their first email templates — share your advice in the comments!Image credit: samnasim Email Design Topics:last_img read more

Apple, Microsoft Join Forces to Impede Progress

first_img Originally published Nov 4, 2013 2:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 A version of this post originally appeared on Up & to the Right, a new section of Inbound Hub. To read more content like this, subscribe to Up & to the Right.If you write about or work in tech as I do, you hear a lot about progress. It’s kind of our mantra. We’re making the world a better place. We’re making progress.But there are also forces opposed to progress. You could call this the anti-progress movement. Ironically, some of the biggest contributors to this movement are tech companies.One example: Comcast has been donating money to defeat the mayor of Seattle, because he’s been a proponent of installing high-speed fiber at lower costs than what incumbent providers charge. That’s anti-progress. Comcast is actually spending money (that it got from customers) to hurt customers.But a better and far bigger example of anti-progress comes from Apple and Microsoft, which have joined forces and invested billions of dollars to create a shell company. The sole purpose of this venture is to sue Google and derail its Android operating system.Sneaky? Yes. Not to mention selfish, ignoble, disgusting, cowardly, craven, and anti-competitive. But worst of all, it’s anti-progress.Patents as WeaponsFirst, the backstory. In 2011, Apple and Microsoft (and a few others) created a shell company called Rockstar Bidco, which spent $4.5 billion to buy 6,000 patents from Nortel, which was going out of business.Now, Rockstar is using those patents to sue Google and other companies that make smartphones that run Google’s Android operating system. This is a massive assault on the entire Android platform.On the surface, the aim is to extract fines and license fees from Google and its handset partners for infringing on patents. Below the surface, the real goal is to force Android out the market.The idea is that, faced with the prospect of paying huge fines, Google’s handset partners might drop Android and use something else, like Microsoft’s Windows Phone.At the very least, Google and its partners are looking at a big, expensive headache for the next few years. In other words, this is a campaign of harassment.It’s the Money, Not the PrincipleApple has been suing Google’s partners for years. For the most part, Apple has lost. Nevertheless, it has been scoring points by forcing companies like HTC and Samsung to spend a lot of money on legal fees and getting lots of press that portrays those companies as cloners and copycats.Basically, these lawsuits have been an expensive marketing campaign.Apple has defended its actions, talking about values and innovation and principles. Apple said it had no choice but to sue because Samsung had copied ideas that were created by Apple. That won’t fly this time.Rockstar is a flat-out patent troll. Apple didn’t invent any of the ideas protected by these patents. Neither did Microsoft. The ideas came from Nortel. Apple and Microsoft just bought a bunch of grenades to lob at Google.Wired visited Rockstar last year and produced a profile of the company. It has 32 employees who spend all day reverse-engineering products looking for patent violations. That’s all they do.Apple and Microsoft will play coy and say they have nothing to do with Rockstar, which is a standalone entity. That’s not just smart PR — it’s also a clever legal tactic.In most patent litigation, the parties can settle by doing some horse-trading — “I give you a license to infringe on my patents, and in return you let me infringe on yours.”But Rockstar doesn’t make any products, so it doesn’t need to license any patents from Google or anyone else. “Because [Rockstar] doesn’t actually make anything, it can’t be countersued in patent cases,” Wired pointed out last year.By creating a shell company that acts as a front, Apple and Microsoft protect themselves from being countersued by Google.This may be effective, but there is simply no way to dress this up as anything other than scuzzy. As Silicon Valley investor Paul Graham put it after Rockstar launched its attack: “The world changed today. Apple definitively crossed over into evil. (Microsoft is merely pathetic.)”The Odd CoupleWhat makes this even more strange is that Apple and Microsoft were vicious enemies during the PC era. Back then, Apple sued Microsoft, claiming Microsoft had stolen its ideas. Nothing came of it.To be sure, Apple and Microsoft have also worked together on certain things. Microsoft even bailed out Apple when the company nearly went bust in 1997. But in the smartphone and tablet market, these two have been fierce competitors, often lobbing potshots at one another. So, why are these two enemies suddenly holding hands and creating a mutual patent troll? Because they’re scared … and they should be.Over the past few years, Android has grabbed 80% market share in smartphones, according to IDC. Meanwhile, Apple has seen its share slip to only 13%, and Microsoft’s is now at 4%.How do they fight back? They can’t win in the marketplace, so now they’re turning to the courts. This is anti-progress at its finest.Who Gets Hurt? Us!The real victim here is not Google or HTC or Samsung — it’s all of us.Say what you will about Android. Maybe you don’t like it. Maybe you think Apple’s iOS or Microsoft’s Windows Phone is better. It’s a matter of personal preference. As my nana used to say: “De gustibus non disputandum est” (“To each his own”).But that is beside the point. The real issue is that Android is a free, open-source mobile operating system, available to anyone. It’s enabling the creation of thousands of different devices, some at a very low cost. Android has the potential to put computing into the hands of billions of people who otherwise could not afford it.Even if you don’t use Android, or don’t like it, I don’t see how you can view the platform as anything other than a force for good in the world.And this is what Apple and Microsoft want to stop. That’s rotten. Yes, it’s business. Apple and Microsoft answer to shareholders, all’s fair in love and war, blah blah blah. But it’s still rotten — not just to those people around the world who might be deprived of an affordable smartphone or tablet, but also to Apple fans.Why, you ask? Because even if you love Apple and would never use anything other than Apple products, you should be grateful for Android. Android keeps Apple on its toes. Android forces Apple to keep getting better.What Apple is saying with its lawsuits is that it would rather have no competition. In Apple’s dream world, customers would have no choice, and Apple could do whatever it wanted, on whatever schedule.Apple would have virtually 100% market share in mobile devices and could charge whatever price it wanted. That world, to Apple, would be just fine. Would it be just fine with you?Wasted MoneyThink about how much money this whole legal battle will cost, and then think what else could be done with that money.First, there’s the $4.5 billion that Apple and Microsoft spent to buy the Nortel patents. Just think how many engineers Apple and Microsoft could hire with $4.5 billion. But no, they’d rather file lawsuits.Adding injury to insult is that the only reason Apple and Microsoft can afford this crazy stratagem is that they have so much money on their balance sheets — money they got from customers, whose interests they are not hurting. The mind reels. But that $4.5 billion was only the beginning. How much will be spent on litigation, among all the parties? Maybe another $1 billion? Then there may be fines and licensing fees.Finally, there will be the hard-to-measure-but-nonetheless-real toll on productivity inside every company that has to hire legal teams and go through discovery and give depositions. New products will get delayed. Old ones will get held up at customs.The impact ripples all the way down the supply chain at every manufacturer and out to all the retailers and carriers as well. Maybe the total impact of this entire campaign rolls up to $10 billion. What else could you do with $10 billion?Well, you could create thousands of new companies. That’s what. Heck, you could feed starving kids, or cure malaria, or build a Hyperloop. You could give the money to charity: water and everyone in the world would have clean water, forever and ever, amen. You could use that $10 billion for progress.Instead, it’s being devoted to anti-progress.A bunch of lawyers will line their pockets. And a free operating system that could bring computing to billions of people will get slowed down.Desperate MeasuresApple and Microsoft might pick up a few points of market share in smartphones, but even that’s questionable. Historically, the tech companies that file patent and copyright lawsuits have not accomplished much.In the 1980s, Lotus sued Borland over the “look and feel” of a spreadsheet — and failed. Apple sued Microsoft over Windows — and failed. Microsoft funded a proxy fight against Linux (the actual case was SCO v. IBM). What did they get? Nothing.In fact, once you’ve seen enough of these lawsuits, you start to recognize a pattern: The companies that file them always do so out of desperation because they know they’re in trouble and are turning to litigation as a last resort.Apple and Microsoft won’t win this. But now, they will be on record as caring more about themselves than they do about their customers.As for Google? Google won’t suffer. Google has $56 billion in cash. It is inventing self-driving cars, Google Glass, and God knows what else. Google will be just fine.In fact, it may be that Google should take these lawsuits as a compliment. Because do you know what it means when your two biggest rivals, who hate each other, team up and spend $4.5 billion to file a bunch of lawsuits against you, just to be a nuisance? It means you’re winning. Topics: Marketing Trends Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

What Does a Future With No Jobs Look Like?

first_imgIn 1931, at the height of the Great Depression, British economist John Maynard Keynes published the essay, “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren.”Keynes concluded that the Depression was only temporary and predicted that by 2030, people would work no more than 15 hours a week, devoting the rest of their time to leisure and culture.Keynes was right about economic growth recovering, but most of us work far more than 15 hours a week. We’re still living in a time of over-rapid changes. Technological innovation has fundamentally changed the way we work, but are we really moving toward a society where humans are free to pursue culture and leisure while enjoying an age of abundance?Learn More About Preparing Your Company for the FutureWe Are Living in An Unprecedented Age of Change & ProgressFor the majority of human existence, we’ve made progress at an unremarkable pace, but in the last 80 years, as this chart shows, progress has exploded.Human progress can be marked by five significant revolutions, the most transformative of which occurred 50 years ago, as Yuval Noah Harari wrote in Sapiens. First was the Cognitive Revolution; about 70,000 years ago, we invented language and started to preserve knowledge. Then came the Agricultural Revolution; about 11,000 years ago, we transformed from nomadic tribes to town and city dwellers after we learned how to harness the power of nature to farm instead of forage for food. The Scientific Revolution brought Europe into the age of imperialism and rapid expansion about 500 years ago. This in turn kickstarted the Industrial Revolution, about 250 years ago and Information Revolution, about 50 years ago.Each time human history jumps forward, we’ve replaced countless jobs by inventing ways to do them better: The farmer replaced the hunter, steam engines replaced human workers. At every single point, such inventions have coincided with rapid economic growth, making the lives of humans better off as a whole.Even though we’ve demonstrably been good at replacing ourselves with machines, we still pride ourselves on being the best thinkers and decision makers on earth. Because while machines could help a farmer increase his crop yield, the ultimate decision on what to sow and when to harvest still lies on him.We believed we were the best thinkers and fastest learners on earth. But it’s no longer true.In 2016, history was made when AlphaGo became the first computer program to beat the highest ranked professional Go player, Lee Sedol, without handicaps. One reason this was so impressive is that Go is considered much more difficult than other strategy-based board games, with over 250 possible opening moves compared to chess’ 20.Machines are rapidly replicating (and improving upon) our previously unique ability to learn quickly and make decisions in reaction to changes in our environment. Eventually, machines could replace most types of jobs  —  including roles where the worker has to make decisions based on limited amounts of information, not just routine and predictable human labor.It’s Hard for Humans to Predict Technological ChangeIf someone invented a time machine and transported an ordinary person from the 16th century to the 18th century, she would not, for all intents and purposes, have a hard time understanding the world. The same would not be true if someone was transported from the 18th century to the 20th century  —  technology has changed so quickly that she’d probably think she’d been brought to a different universe!The changes in outputs of key industries created a drastically different worldThe changes in outputs of key industries created a drastically different world.In the same vein, if you asked a factory worker from the 1970s if he believed that machines would eventually put him out of a job, he would find the question hard to understand, let alone answer. That’s why we must constantly question our understanding of the rate of technological progress and acknowledge that the vast majority of us are ill-equipped to make sense of it all.It’s estimated that as much as half the world’s labor could be automated over the next 20 years. There are two potential outcomes of this massive disruption of the labor market:(1) an era of mass unemployment and social instability, or(2) an age of abundance where we are free to pursue creative workScenario 1: An Era of Social InstabilityIn 1990, the real inflation-adjusted income of the median American household reached $54,932, but then started falling. By 2011, it had fallen nearly 10%, even as overall GDP hit a record high, according to The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee.Source: The Second Machine AgeIn contrast, productivity grew at an average of 1.56% per year during this period, and most of this growth directly translated into comparable increases in average income. Brynjolffson and McAfee argue that median income shrank because of increases in inequality.Source: The Second Machine AgeRay Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates , came to the same conclusion. In October 2016, Dalio evaluated the US economy by separating it into two cohorts, the top 40% and the bottom 60%.He found that the average household in the top 40% earns four times more than the average household in the bottom 60%. While the bottom 60% has experienced some recent income growth, real incomes have been flat to slightly down since 1980 (in the same time period, income has increased for the top 40%). Those in the top 40% now have on average 10 times as much wealth as those in the bottom 60%.Brynjolfsson and McAfee argue that the main driver of this inequality in income is the rapid downward pressure on wages for jobs that are being fully or partially replaced with automation.For example, if one hour’s worth of human labor can be done by a machine for one dollar, then under a free-market system, profit-focused employers won’t offer a wage of more than one dollar. That worker will need to settle for lower wages, and could be laid off entirely.Because digital technologies can replicate innovative ideas at low cost, a person who finds a way to leverage them will earn exponentially more than has been possible  –what Brynjolfsson and McAfee call a “winner-take-all” market. For example, a relatively small number of designers and engineers could create fact-checking software. Once the software works, it can be delivered to millions of users at almost zero cost. If this software gains widespread adoption, tens of thousands of fact checkers will be put out of work while a small group of individuals capture the wealth their software created.A second important characteristic of winner-take-all markets is that individuals who create disruptive technologies don’t just get relative advantages — they win the whole market. In a traditional market, someone who was 90% as good would make 90% as much money. But in today’s market, there’s no reason to use the second-best fact-checking software when you can access the best.In this type of economy, innovators gain disproportionate wealth while reducing demand for previously important types of labor.This wealth gap will likely intensify if we fail to implement preemptive measures. In a hyperbolic scenario where technology causes mass unemployment, consumers will have less money to spend on products and services. Businesses will have to chase a shrinking pool of customers by cutting prices, sending the whole economy into a deflationary spiral. Scenario 2: An Age of AbundanceThe economic inequality that’s resulted from technological progress doesn’t show any signs of slowing, and the gap has implications beyond just differences in net worth. Another data point from Dalio’s study suggests that as differences in wealth get wider, premature deaths among the bottom 60% will also increase. We’ve already been seeing this trend from an increase in deaths associated with drug and alcohol use (up 100% since 2000) and an increase in suicides (up over 50% since 2000).Unless action is taken to reduce this inequality, it is very likely that it will only continue to rapidly worsen. It won’t be an easy path  —  potential solutions require major changes in social policy that can only occur through a political process and require a dramatic shift in how we distribute wealth.If policies aimed at solving this issue are successful, there’s a chance technological advancement could create an age of abundance, where we find viable solutions to mitigate the effects of a widening income gap caused by a consolidation of wealth.One possible solution to provide people with basic security is a Universal Basic Income (UBI). A country using this system would pay citizens a basic wage that is conditional on their participation in the economy. By providing people with a safety net given their participation in the economy, people are incentivized to be productive and given the means to participate in the market.Some proponents of UBI argue that we’ll be able to eliminate all social welfare programs once UBI is instituted, since those programs are just alternate ways of giving people money. One income system eliminates the need to run multiple programs side by side, reducing cost and complexity.Another potential solution is the negative income tax. Under the present tax law, we operate a positive income tax, where a household is progressively taxed after income reaches a certain cutoff point. Under a negative income tax system, a person earning less than that cutoff point has a negative taxable income of the difference between their earnings and a cutoff point. Think of the cutoff point as a mirror of progressive tax brackets — the higher a person’s total earnings are before they hit the cutoff, the less taxable income they have and the less they’ll receive from the government.This system provides a minimum income while incentivizing people to work. Research by Brynjolfsson and McAfee shows that people still stay productive if a negative income tax is in use. For example, if a cutoff point was $3,000 in annual income, someone who earned nothing could receive something like $1,500 in negative income tax and have $1,500 in total earnings for the year, but someone who earned $2,000 might receive $500 and would still end up with higher total income.This system incentivizes people to find work, even if the income for that work is low, because they still get an uplift from every dollar they make.A universal basic income or negative income tax could:Allow people to pursue work that has traditionally not been compensated well in a capitalist economy, such as community-building and social work.Create a more progressive entrepreneurial environment by enabling people to take bigger risks in pursuing valuable work.Help reorder social expectations. At the moment, we treat employment as a choice — but UBI and NIT treat unemployment as a market failure, not an individual one. As more and more people face being phased out of their jobs by automation, reframing how we think about work is essential to maintaining social stability.On top of UBI, another option is what Nobel Prize–winning conservative economist Milton Friedman termed as Negative Income Tax. Under the present tax law, we operate a Positive Income Tax, where a household is taxed on a Progressive Income Tax system above a certain cutoff point. Under a Negative Income Tax system, a person earning below the cutoff point will get a certain percentage of that difference from the government.A future without jobs does not equal a future without work.For either of these systems to work, we still have to focus on productivity, the driver of economic growth. Distributing money to be used just for consumption as a basic income rather than for improving production will diminish the value of money and stagnate the economy.Unconditional grants of money can cause demand-pull inflation to occur because the aggregate demand for goods and services in an economy will increase more rapidly than an economy’s production.So the key to an effective tax program would be:A cutoff point or grant amount low enough that people will still strive for moreGrants that are only released to eligible consumers Topics: Artificial Intelligence Originally published May 1, 2018 7:00:00 AM, updated May 07 2018 Don’t forget to share this post! Technology like blockchain creates an unprecedented opportunity to test out decentralized decision making on resource allocation. Using a distributed ledger system to ensure money is distributed only to people who’ve done productive work, as determined by an ever-changing set of conditions or priorities monitored by an artificial intelligence engine.While we are still far away from developing general-purpose artificial intelligence, the computational tools we have at hand are already helping us make decisions on the factors that motivate different people. For example, Eitan Hersh, a political science professor at Yale University and the author of Hacking the Electorate: How Campaigns Perceive Voters studied how campaigns use big data and machine learning to mobilize voters. The algorithms developed to analyze voter behavior might be a precursor to developing more sophisticated models that predict how best to encourage participation in the economy.Ultimately, the question of whether to adopt a tax system that could help solve for growing inequality is more of a political than an economic question. It’ll be difficult to suggest the concept of ‘free money’ to a country built on the idea of free markets and fiscal conservatism. Any solution will have to blend new and existing policy, and allocate spending to training programs that can help workers be better equipped to work in a post-job economy, rather than just offering a universal payment for consumption.The fact remains that no one has all the answers, and navigating the political landscape to arrive at a solution will be an uphill battle.The policies advocated in this piece will not be easy to implement, and even if they are successfully adopted, rising inflation and decreasing wages will not be curbed immediately.The Way ForwardAs technology continues to progress, more traditional jobs will be threatened by automation. Any solution will involve government intervention to regulate the free-market conditions that create inequality in the first place.One potential outcome of is the call for technology to be regulated or restricted in a way so fewer jobs will be threatened. That would be a huge mistake that can happen because progress in technology is the reason why we are better off today than even just a decade ago. Research done by the team at Human Progress shows that the cost of light has fallen by a factor of 500,000, where the amount of labor that once bought 54 minutes of light now buys 52 years of light.However, the belief that the American government agreeing to tax reformers’ idea on handing out monthly checks to support a working class is a huge leap of faith.My hope is that we have to actively tap on technology to help make our lives better and if not, change the way we utilize it with small course corrections instead of halting advancements through regulation or denying UBI and negative income tax based on pre-conceived notions of what a free capital market is.The policies that are currently evaluated include:Support sectoral training, apprenticeships, and earn-while-you-learn programs.Implement universal pre-K, with subsidies that phase out as incomes rise.Raise the minimum wage and index it to inflation while raising the overtime salary threshold.It is likely no single solution is perfect and we have to discuss and explore a multitude of policies to create a better future. While there’s a lot of work to be done, I’m just hopeful and optimistic that the future is bright.Interested in taking a first hand look on how Artificial Intelligence can help you do your job better instead of replacing it? Check out HubSpot’s chatbot builder tool that allows you to build complex logic with a visual interface.last_img read more