In most corporate structures the decision of who stays and goes comes from the Big Wigs who may not even know their ground work employees ny name. In establishing your own company; you may have hired each person yourself. Imagine if you were forced to fire the same people that helped you put your company together. Could you do it?
A trend is developing where founders are being shown the door. The latest is Marc Barros who helped found Contour, a hands-free camera company, in 2004. Just last year he was tasked with taking $2 million and a pink slip or fire staff and presumably fail.
Being an owner doesn’t leave you immune just because you made the company. Usually it means you’re the one who has the hard calls to make.
Microsoft Office is a name tinged with enterprise, effort, availability, access, work, excess, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and the smell of cold hard sweat as you travail with the spell checker beneath the office’s fluorescent tubes of doom. Or, well, something like that. A part of its recent campaign, Microsoft’s Office 365 tells people to "get things done anywhere, sunrise to sunset." The campaign does all but recommend you work in your sleep. “No need to record your favorite show when you can work on the couch,” it says.
In response, 37Signals, the people behind the popular productivity chatroom Campfire, are appealing to the overworked with its own #WorkCanWait campaign that tells you to step away from the computer. “We don’t think it has to be this way. True work-life balance doesn’t have to be a myth. So here’s our Life 365 idea compared to Office 365.”
Things to consider for the holidays. Take time for non-work activities.
Amazon to the Rescue
It’s no secret that the United States Postal Service has been struggling to stay afloat. Between layoffs, budget cutting, and having to pass off extra charges to their consumers, USPS was in desperate need of assistance. That’s where the mega online retailer Amazon comes into play. Historically, customers ordering from Amazon that wanted packages delivered on Sundays incurred an additional fee. Fortunately for them, a partnership with USPS would eliminate that fee.
The new partnership will immediately launch in the Los Angeles and New York City metropolitan areas and matriculate to the rest of the country in 2014.
In this world we live in, it’s important to remember that as much as differentiation is important to your survival, it just may be sharing your talents with another that surges your business. Keep an open mind to partnership.
If you’ve ever owned a Blackberry, you know how important BBM was to your phone usage. Connect with any and everyone without need of sharing your phone number, just a simple QR code and you’re done.
That same connectivity joy can be relived as Blackberry has made their prized jewel accessible to iPhone and Android. The company touted how it garnered 20 million users after its first week (based on downloads), yet what does that figure truly mean for the company so hard it by its competitors?
Once upon a time, there was a little symbol named….Hash. Hashtag to be precise.
Hash has become one of the most popular if not the most popular component in social media. It bonds you to conversations, allows you to be unique, and gives your social media some pizzazz by saying “Hey look at me! I’m relatable!” But life wasn’t always so peachy for Hash. Hash was once just another symbol.
Here is one illustrator’s interpretation of what kind of life Hash lived before he became a cultural icon.
Instagram is the hub of photo sharing as of late with daily trends that most users participate and enjoy as they come each week. One of the major hits is Throwback Thursdays, #TBT. The day is marked by flashback photographs of nostalgia in the users life that they wish to share with their followers. As it has been heavily saturated on the platform, there are still some shining stars that melt your heart.
As a bonus, check out this list of the 25 most followed users on Instagram. Some of you may notice that not all are musicians with some being Youtube phenomenons (JennaMarbles) and businesses (Starbucks)