SoftBank pays big, SurveyMonkey goes public and JUUL’s next step

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week on Equity, the gang was back together. We had the ever-excellent Connie Loizos on hand, along with TechCrunch’s Danny Crichton, and myself, on loan from Crunchbase News. Even better we had …

Insight Promotion: Make wellbeing and ergonomics your New Year Resolution

2019 has arrived and a new year means an excuse to make a change. It’s therefore the best time of the year to make the necessary adjustments that are needed to make your office work has efficiently as possible. However, in order to achieve this, you must always remember one …

Are you ready for the world of agile working we will experience in the 2020s?

Some organisations believe they have ‘done’ Agile Working. They have increased the ratio of people to desks and achieved a saving in accommodation costs. They have provided flexible working arrangements across the organisation and have enabled their people to work at home for part of their working week. Staff surveys …

These Are the 15 Fastest Growing Jobs Over the Next 5 Years. Is Yours on the List?

No matter what kind of skills you have, now is a good time to be looking for a job. Still, some workers have it better than others. The unemployment rate is the lowest its been in decades and wages are slowly beginning to climb, making it no surprise that an …

Google gobbling DeepMind’s health app might be the trust shock we need

DeepMind’s health app being gobbled by parent Google is both unsurprising and deeply shocking. First thoughts should not be allowed to gloss over what is really a gut punch. It’s unsurprising because the AI galaxy brains at DeepMind always looked like unlikely candidates for the quotidian, margins-focused business of selling and …

Pressing self-destruct, a final solution to workplace noise, a broken psychological contract and some other stuff

I’ve never really wanted to go to MIPIM. I’m suspicious of it all for a number of reasons I won’t go into although you might reasonably guess what they are. So, I enjoyed this piece from Polly Plunket-Checkemian about her own misgivings. I understand that the testosterone level has been …

Greatest motivator for employees is more recognition, whether monetary or not

The biggest motivator for staff at work is more recognition, whether monetary or not, according to a new survey on rewards at work by XpertHR. When asked which rewards are most important to employees, more than half (53 percent) said higher basic pay, followed by a wider range of benefits …

UK ranks third globally for innovation, disruption and technology

The UK has risen one place, to third, in a global ranking of most promising countries in the world for technology breakthroughs that have a global impact. KPMG’s 2019 Technology Innovation Hubs report sees the UK trailing slightly behind the US and China, in a ranking of countries expected to …

Last Chance to get a table in Startup Alley at Disrupt Berlin

Going once, going twice for tables in Startup Alley! Disrupt Berlin is less than two weeks away, and registration is about to close for startups looking to showcase their product or company to thousands of people on the Disrupt floor. According to Crunchbase, startups that exhibited in Startup Alley at …

UK workers demand better remote working options, claims Airbnb report

UK employers need to provide more flexible and remote working options in order to attract the best talent, according to new research released by Airbnb for Work. Airbnb’s Future of Work report, the first of its kind from the platform, has revealed that the modern trend of remote and flexible …

Ezra Miller's 'Fantastic Beasts 2' red carpet outfit turned a whole lot of heads

If ever there’s a time to bust out your most memorable outfit, it’s the red carpet. A nice, big world premiere, preferably. On Thursday, on the red carpet for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Ezra Miller did exactly that. SEE ALSO: Eddie Redmayne, actual wizard, performs a magic trick …

Get The Most Out Of Social Media Groups For Your Personal Brand

For years groups on social media have been a hub of activity, especially for brands. These are a great a place for your personal brand to share helpful information and for networking. Groups can help build your community and create more meaningful social interactions. Many brands and businesses focus on …

After This Toys ‘R’ Us Manager Was Laid Off, He Found His Dream Job as a Toy Store Owner

Glendon Warner always wanted to run his own business. So, when he and 33,000 other Toys ‘R’ Us employees lost their jobs this year as the company closed its U.S. locations, he saw the behemoth retailer’s absence as the perfect opportunity. He opened his own toy shop. “Sometimes,” Warner tells …

12 key lessons about tech mergers and acquisitions from Cisco’s John Chambers

Cyril Ebersweiler Contributor Cyril Ebersweiler is co-founder and managing partner of HAX, and a general partner at SOSV. More posts by this contributor What every startup founder should know about exits 70 years of VC innovation Benjamin Joffe Contributor Benjamin Joffe is a partner at HAX. More posts by this …

Caavo returns with a $100 HDR-capable universal remote system

Universal remote system Caavo is addressing some of the complaints with its first-generation hardware with today’s release of a new, more affordable system. Unlike the original, $400 home theater product, this second device arrives at consumer-friendly price point of $99.95 and adds support for 4K HDR, as well as other …