Category Archives: Tools and Information

Filled With Blood And Drugs, These Delivery Drones Are Saving Lives In Africa | Fast Company

Inside a drone delivery center in Rwanda–the first in the world to make medical deliveries at a national scale–staff answered an emergency call in July. A hospital needed blood for a 24-year-old woman who had just given birth by caesarian section. The hospital had transfused her with two units of blood. But she bled out of those units in 10 minutes.

“In that case, that mom is likely to lose her life–not just in the developing world, but even in the U.S. that mom is in a really difficult, dangerous position,” says Keller Rinaudo, CEO of Zipline, the startup that developed and runs the drone network for the Rwandan government, which supplies it with blood and other medical necessities to deliver to its far-flung clinics. “But in this case, the doctors called Zipline, started placing emergency orders, and Zipline basically instantly did delivery after delivery.”

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Tax the Rich and the Robots? California’s Thinking About It | WIRED

DEPENDING ON WHOM you ask, robots and artificial intelligence are either coming to take your job, or you’re perfectly safe, at least for the near future. Truth is, automation always has and always will put people out of work. It’s just that this time around, even highly skilled jobs may be imperiled. And that has some folks dreading a time in which robots and AI upend the human workforce.

Included among those folks is San Francisco supervisor Jane Kim, who Wednesday launched a campaign called the Jobs of the Future Fund to study a statewide “payroll” tax on job-stealing machines. Proceeds from the tax would bankroll things like job retraining, free community college, or perhaps a universal basic income―countermeasures Kim thinks might make a robotic future more bearable for humans.

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Outdated Tech Is Costing You More Than You Think | Forbes

I’ve been on a tear of work travel for the last month and I really enjoy the opportunity to break up long stretches of flying with a movie to help pass the time. Trouble is, I’m terrible about finding the time to download said movie prior to my trip.

Thankfully, technology has advanced significantly in recent years, making it far easier (and faster) for me to download my movie prior to boarding. Yet, I still seem to find myself in an entertainment pinch because I have become accustomed to technology on-demand and access to high-speed internet wherever I happen to be. I inevitably end up scrambling to find an internet connection at the gate and hoping it’s fast enough for my movie to download before I have to board the plane.

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Men Weren’t Doing Pilates. So This Company Changed Its Color Scheme (and Made $27 Million) | Inc.com

You could call Anthony Geisler a fitness maven, but turnaround expert would be even more appropriate.

When Geisler acquired the Club Pilates Franchise in March 2015 (the terms of the deal were not disclosed), it was doing $2.9 million in sales and maintained 30 locations. According to its founder, Allison Beardsley, once the business grew to that level, she recognized that managing it was not her skill set. “I’m totally a visionary birther of new ideas. I’m not a manager of growth,” said Beardsley, who owns three studios in Nevada and is not involved in the business aspects of Club Pilates. “It was no longer lifting up my spirits as a business owner.”

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Finding a Factory to Manufacture Your Product | Business News Daily

Getting a product from an idea to production is a complex process. It involves significant research, time, planning and patience. But with the right information, the right resources and the right product, it’s possible.

One of the biggest challenges of product manufacturing is finding a factory to create it. You’ll need to find one that fits your needs and budgets, and still turns out a quality product. This article will guide you through the process of finding and working with a factory as a small business.

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Why Automation Matters to Entrepreneurs and Small Business | Getentrepreneurial.com

You may think that a small business is fundamentally different than a large one, but this isn’t entirely true. Small businesses have to do many of the same things that larger businesses do, only with fewer employees. Obviously, this means an entrepreneur has a number of problems to overcome that a larger business might handle with ease because of its much bigger staff. This is particularly the case when it comes to scheduling, achieving scalability and having the necessary skill sets to do all of similar processes. One solution many businesses turn to is automation.

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Go ahead and include smiley emoji in your work emails if you want to look incompetent | Mashable

Emoji have invaded our texts, Slacks, and even our business emails. But, a new study suggests that including emoji in your work emails may be making you look incompetent. Not ideal, TBH.

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel found that professional emails which feature “smiley” emoji  actually “decrease perceptions of competence” and don’t convey genuine “warmth.”

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The Favorite Word of Average People: “Okay” | Life Hack

I remember learning the word, “okay,” as a child and marveling at its versatility. It has such a broad meaning that you can use it in many contexts, and as a kid working to communicate with a limited vocabulary, being able to say “okay” carried me through all sorts of scenarios.

As I’ve gotten older, my feelings about the word have changed. Where saying “okay” used to give me freedom, now it holds me back. I’ve learned that in most cases, it’s not okay to say, “OK.”

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You Have 3 Goals the First Time You Meet a Potential Client. Popularity Is Not One of Them | Entrepreneur

Have you ever tried to make someone like you? Turns out, relationships evolve over time. Seller attempts to accelerate the process can be awkward because sales is a profession buyers generally don’t hold in high esteem. When calling at executive levels, sellers may feel a buyer’s time is worth more than theirs. Taking Al Franken’s approach can be deadly — “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.”

Given the long-standing stereotype of buyer-seller relationships, many salespeople hope buyers will like them. This contributes to sellers failing to view themselves as equals because buyers aren’t making any efforts to get sellers to like them.

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Secrets of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Company | PROFITguide.com

Picking out a new car can be a lot of fun. There’s the sheer kid-in-a-candy-store pleasure of selecting the make, model and colour; testing out cool technology; and luxuriating in that new car smell. But the process of actually paying for that sweet ride? Well, that’s a whole other story—and it’s a particularly unpleasant experience for those who have ever missed a payment, forgotten about a credit card or just never had the chance to build a credit history in the first place. For them, the act of securing financing is akin to an unscheduled colonoscopy, an experience that involves plenty of unpleasant poking and prodding, and almost never ends with a truly happy result.

Cody Green didn’t deliberately set out to change that when he took a sales job at a Hyundai dealership in West Edmonton. Fresh out of university, he intended to make a few bucks to support his musical aspirations, not to change how people purchased automobiles. But after a couple of years in the business (during which he relocated to Saskatoon), he realized there was a flaw in the prevailing sales paradigm, one that, as a natural problem solver, he couldn’t let go. Would-be car owners were too often choosing their dream vehicle only to find themselves ineligible for the financing needed to pay for it, an outcome that left everyone—dealer, consumer, financial institution—frustrated and inconvenienced. “For the customers who didn’t have perfect credit, that process was backwards and broken,” says Green.

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