Matchpoint Technology Will Replace Your Remote Control
It’s only been a generation that we’ve been able to change our TV channels without getting up from our recliners. Wireless remote-control devices have changed our entertainment habits, but new Matchpoint technology is set to shift those habits again.
MasterCard to Suspend All Cryptocurrency Cards Outside of EEA
Following Visa, MasterCard has announced guidelines which would suspend all cryptocurrency debit cards which fall outside of the European Economic Area (EEA).
Antitrust Investigations Underway in Poland and the Netherlands
According to reports by Reuters and the Financial Times, banks in both Poland and the Netherlands are currently under investigation by the EU for potential antitrust violations. On the morning of October 3rd, officials from the Brussels office conducted unannounced checks of the banking association headquarters in both countries. These checks come as preliminary notices of the commission’s intent to enforce the newest EU regulations on the retail banking sector, due to come into full effect in 2018.
Agile HR: Creating Customer Interactions
Agile HR is all about developing a dynamic workforce that can be deployed and redeployed to meet the changing demands of industry and commerce. It’s about speed, precision, collaboration, and excellence. Agile HR impacts everything from an organization’s team structure to its feedback loop, and every aspect of agile HR is intended to improve employee performance and customer satisfaction.
The Rise and Rise of InsurTech
In another sign that InsurTech is one of the fastest growing and exciting FinTech sectors, the first InsurTech firm went public recently. ZhongAn Online Property and Casualty Insurance, floated on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange at HK$59.70, raising US$1.5bn, valuing the firm at US$10bn.
According to the Financial Times, Zhongan is backed with venture capital and equity finance by some of China’s largest finance groups and the public floatation has helped bring in prominent investors including the Japanese firm, SoftBank. Additionally, the big Chinese online firm, Ant Financial (an affiliate of Alibaba), is also a large shareholder in the online insurance firm.
Agile HR: How to Manage Small Teams
Organizations, both big and small, need direction and development. The Human Resources department is the conduit by which organizations are shaped and propelled forward. This designation has come to be known as agile HR whereas the Harvard Business Review describes, “HR needs to provide the same services it’s always provided – hiring, professional development, performance management – but in ways that are responsive to the ongoing change in the culture and work style of the organization.”
Agile HR: Systems of Transparency and Engagement
Technology is driving much of the innovation in the business world, and it’s the impetus behind the principles of agile HR. With this innovation comes new demands for organizations to develop a more agile approach to doing business, and this is made possible by, of all places, the human resources department.
Agile HR: P2P Rewards and Recognition
The unemployment rate in the U.S. currently sits at 4.3%, which is great for the economy in general and workers in particular. As a result, companies are having to reconsider the agile ways that they develop and mature the workforce that they already have, and that conversation often starts with compensation.
James Damore and Diversity in the Tech Industry
It has now been nearly six weeks since the James Damore memo blew the lid off the conversation surrounding diversity in the tech industry. Damore was fired shortly after publishing the 10-page diatribe where he quoted Wikipedia, debunked studies, and individual anecdotes to argue against gender diversity at Google. His memo drew outrage for suggesting, among other things, that women possess “higher anxiety, lower stress tolerance” and that for women, leadership positions “may not be worth it if [they] want a balanced and fulfilling life”. Men, he argued, want leadership roles and should have them, and so the industry should focus on endorsing part-time, low-stress work for women to keep them in the industry as well.