VICIS completes $28.5M Series B and launches its first youth helmet

VICIS has closed its Series B on $28.5 million, with participation from NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers via Rx3 Ventures. Rodgers joins a list of other pro footballers to back the helmet startup, including Roger Staubach, Jerry Rice, Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin. VICIS is known for its $950 Zero1 football helmet designed for …

Over half of workers admit to arguments about the office temperature

Almost two thirds (59 percent) of UK employees say that the office temperature is a controversial topic amongst colleagues, with over half (52 percent) admitting that it causes regular arguments. Now new research conducted by Boiler Plan highlights the extreme lengths that some office workers are willing to go to in the …

Should you consider outsourcing customer service for your eCommerce business?

Exceptional customer service plays an essential role in the success of any eCommerce business. This is even more true now that the voices of consumers are becoming more and more powerful, thanks to social media. They are aware of it and are interested in wielding their power. That’s one reason …

Rakuten’s Viber chat app plans to charge to operate chatbots in controversial move

Viber, the messaging app down by Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten, is poised to implement a controversial new strategy that will see it charge companies that run chatbots on its platform. The conventional wisdom is to work with content companies to help bring users to messaging platforms and keep them engaged …

Meet America’s Richest Self-Made Woman, a 71-Year-Old Roofing Titan Worth Over $6 Billion Who Moonlights as a Film Producer

As America’s richest self-made woman, Diane Hendricks followed an unconventional path from growing up on a dairy farm to chairing a billion-dollar company. The Wisconsin-based entrepreneur founded ABC Supply with her late husband, Ken Hendricks, in 1982. Since its founding, the modest shingle supply company ballooned to become the largest …

Send Holiday Cheer with these Christmas Code Snippets

Everyone who collects subscribers and regularly runs email campaigns can benefit from sending out festive greetings. It is customary to congratulate your devoted users by presenting them with bonuses, discounts, special offers or other unique material. On the one hand, it is a marketing trick that lures users in and …

Working long and hard? It may do more harm than good for your productivity and wellbeing

  Nearly half of people in the EU work in their free time to meet work demands, and a third often or always work at high speed, according to recent estimates. If you are one of them, have you ever wondered whether all the effort is really worth it? Employees who …

This app solves the most annoying thing about Mojave's Dark Mode

So you’ve installed Apple’s macOS Mojave, you’re fired up Dark Mode, you’re admiring its sombre beauty. The next day, morning comes and that pretty desert photo you’ve put on as wallpaper has turned to day, but the UI (user interface) is still dark.  What gives? Well, Dark Mode does not …

A quarter of a century ago, the newborn Internet set office design on a different path

Because we are now so immersed in technology, we can sometimes forget just how young the Internet is. It was only in 1995 that the final barriers to its full commercial development were removed. In 1994, the number of people using it worldwide was estimated at around 20 million, there …

The flat white economy is now the most important sector in the UK

According to a new study from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) think tank, the so-called ‘flat white sector’ is now the most important driver of the UK economy. Consisting of the digital and creative businesses that cluster around areas like Silicon Roundabout in north-east London, the term …