Paid time off is a publicity stunt. Most companies know that their best employees aren't going to take advantage of it. And by leaving the policy open and "up to the employee" managers are now creating a different kind of competitive environment, one that encourages taking less time off, rather than more.
Aside from the exciting, albeit still long over-due step major tech innovators are taking to foster family leave policy change, what particularly interests me about this story is the sheer timing of it all. Despite it being a well-timed PR move, that isn't to say the change itself isn't a good thing.
U.S. Amazon Prime membership has grown significantly since we first started measuring it in 2013. It has almost tripled in two years, with 46 percent of all Amazon customers in the quarter using some form of Prime membership.
When most people think of data, highly structured Excel spreadsheets come to mind. Many folks are shocked to learn that the vast majority of data today is actually "messier" and unstructured.
The NBA season is upon us, and what better way to welcome basketball back than to take a look at some of the world's greatest athletes through a cynic...
Although tropical rainforest soils are relatively infertile and degrade rapidly once the forest cover is stripped away, vast areas of the Amazon are being converted to cattle ranching and to large plantations growing soy and other crops for export, much of it bound for China.
Building a billion dollar company takes a combination of ambition, hard work, talent, great timing and, yes, luck. It also takes time. You can't expect to build an empire over the course of a few months.
When I first heard the phrase 'self-publishing,' I envisioned myself at a printing press: paperbacks flying across the garage while my ink-stained fingers desperately tried to stuff the little rascals into boxes.
Comparisons between Netflix and Hulu have heated up over the past several months, especially with the addition of a new player, Amazon Video, to the streaming game. With new features, new devices hosting them and a number of grievances in this near cable-less TV era of ours, we can't think of a better time for a streaming service showdown between the three rivals. Our breakdown of the three heavy hitters -- Netflix, Hulu and Amazon -- will focus on categories such as user friendliness, binge worthiness, originality and prices in terms of subscription and content.
We're now entering what I like to call "phase II" of the on-demand economy. Phase I was defined by the movement's poster child, Uber; and the replication of its model into everything from dog-walking to weed delivery.
MILAN -- The truth is that the Internet-led process of exploiting under-utilized resources - be they physical and financial capital or human capital and talent - is both unstoppable and accelerating. The long-term benefits consist not just in efficiency and productivity gains (large enough to show up in macro data), but also in much-needed new jobs requiring a broad range of skills. Indeed, those who fear the job-destroying and job-shifting power of automation should look upon the sharing economy and breathe a bit of a sigh of relief.
Now China has lowered their lending rates - again! That's right, first thing this morning, the PBOC announced another 0.25% rate cut ...
We started our adventure following what we thought were two wild boars through the dense vegetation of the Amazon jungle. We were following closely and hoping they had tusks which would make a more interesting photograph.
Now What is a series I've wanted to do for a while now, mostly because I found myself asking that question at the end of a bunch of stories I've covered over the years. I honestly wanted to know what, if anything, could be done about a lot of these big, ongoing struggles -- with climate change, with homelessness, with food production, etc.
To begin unraveling what you could gain and what you could lose by selling on Amazon Handmade, you have to first look at the risks of building your business on a platform that you don't own.
In the summer of 2013, I found myself headed deep into the Peruvian Amazon for a 33-day transformation retreat called Embodying Your True Nature. Each...