Sharing details about their personal lives can help people who are in the minority at their workplaces -- including racial minorities, women and people with political views different from the majority -- advance their careers. Connecting like this helps break down barriers and fosters deep relationships that can boost career trajectory, researchers say.
Fitness brands are using wellness apps and other kinds of technology as a way to help consumers reach their goals. Planet Fitness is one such brand, as its PF 30-Minute Express Circuit allows users to time their workout with a red light/green light system that signals when to change machines.
The $1.3 trillion spending bill makes necessary increases to military spending but makes costly concessions in other areas, according to this Wall Street Journal editorial. The approach taken during the budgeting process "scuttled GOP priorities like fixing the 'joint-employer' labor standard that threatens franchising as a business model," the editorial notes.
Congress voted to pass a $1.3 trillion budget bill to prevent a government shutdown. President Donald Trump indicated he might veto the bill earlier on Friday but later said that he had signed the legislation.
Women held just 25% of IT positions in 2014, but MotherCoders is changing that with a nine-week, part-time training program with on-site childcare. "When I first started, parents weren't even considered in the diversity inclusion conversation," founder Tina Lee said, adding that race, sexual orientation and gender aren't the only aspects of the diversity conversation.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has introduced a new three-year, $3 million grant in partnership with the Detroit Public Schools Foundation and, as part of its focus, will form a new program to empower parents. The grant is part of the $25 million Hope Starts Here initiative Kellogg launched with the Kresge Foundation and the partners ultimately plan to invest $50 million in Detroit youths.
Roxanne Black-Weisheit founded Friends' Health Connection more than 25 years ago after being diagnosed with lupus and finding herself in need of a support system. The organization, which focused on connecting people who had the same health issues, closed for awhile but recently reopened with an expanded focus that includes building an online community in which experts and patients can connect and support each other.
Founders need to have a clear way to define their business model and develop answers to critical questions before setting out to raise funds, said Jenny Lefcourt, general partner at Freestyle Capital. However, during the meeting, founders must "not go into the weeds of all the details because what you're trying to do is give them enough information that they want more information," Lefcourt said.
Prominent venture capital firms are eager to raise money, possibly to compete with SoftBank and its $100 billion Vision Fund. The massive amounts of capital concentrated in these firms -- and eventually doled out to companies -- could create a class of startups that's "almost untouchable in a way because they're in a whole different stratosphere from a competitive perspective," said Patricia Nakache, a general partner at Trinity Ventures.
Self-funding your company may leave you with a limited budget, but it will also encourage you to make wise financial choices, writes Kerry Benjamin, founder of StackedSkincare. Make bootstrapping work by starting small, moving slowly and focusing on innovation, she notes.