Tech Trends

Are Unicorns Good for Business?

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Unicorns are all around us.  No longer just mythical creatures from fairy tales, these companies which have been valued at at least $1B at some point in their history and are a sizable number of the apps you use on a daily basis, like Uber, Airbnb, or Snapchat, just to name a few.  The United […]

Tools and Technology

The Alexa Skills Race: Early Results

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The speed of innovation on the internet seems to be keeping pace with Moore’s Law.  But unlike Moore’s Law, which only explains how our microchips get smaller and better, the innovation occurring on the internet is happening with the help of hard-won lessons of previous market game-changers.  Websites were challenged by apps, and now apps […]

Tools and Technology

Two Great SaaS Tools for Your Toolbox

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Many people use a number of great SaaS products to power their work.  Be it Dropbox or Google Drive for storage and backup, G Suite for email, Slack for messaging and communications, or Freshbooks for accounting, SaaS is here to stay.  But for every big name tool out there, there’s a smaller one that is […]

Tech Trends

Chatbots Rising

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Chatbots have actually been around in various forms for a long time.  For those of a certain age (those who remember dying of dysentery while playing Oregon Trail, for example) there was Clippy, the cute and annoying assistant that would pop up in versions of Microsoft Word.  Clippy was trying to be helpful, but he […]

Talent Strategy

Does Unlimited Vacation Actually Work?

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From “too good to be true” perk for Silicon Valley firms to trendy benefit for companies looking for the best talent, unlimited vacation has gained more and more prominence in recent years.  But headlines aside, does the policy actually work, not just for employees, but for employers as well?  In this article, we’ll examine that […]

Talent Strategy

Why Social Media Should Be Part of Your Recruiting Strategy

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When asked why they do not use social media to recruit, many firms cite a lack of time or legal/privacy issues.  That’s fair.  Social media recruiting does take time and there are legal and privacy questions to deal with.  But those aren’t real obstacles.  They are excuses dressed as obstacles, and the sooner you address […]

Technology

Three of NYC’s Tech Thought Leaders worth following

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Thought leadership, as Dorie Clark defines it, is something better than being a celebrity (famous for something in particular) or an expert (famous for what you know).  A thought leader is known for what he/she thinks, and more than ever, thanks to technology, we can have access to these people who challenge the way we […]

Talent Strategy

The GDPR: the Obstacle is the Way

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In a wash of emails that reminded many Americans that even the most forward-thinking of companies can be subject to procrastination, the GDPR finally went into effect some weeks ago, after a two-year grace period which the companies could have used (but most didn’t) to update their privacy policies and notify their customers.  Ironically, that […]