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5 Ways To Be The Company Everyone Wants To Work For

If you are looking for ways by which you can steer your company in the direction such that everyone wants to become a part of it, here are some of the different ways which you can use. 

Transparency

One of the key virtues of a workplace that tend to make it stand out from the others has to be the transparency level. Employees should be given the sense of feeling that no matter whether they are doing good or bad, things are always in the open. This factor in itself is known to foster the right sense of trust and thereby cements a better working relationship.

Incentives and Benefits

When employees put in their heart and soul to ensure their firm does well, it becomes your earnest duty to give something back to them. This is why as a firm; one should have the best reward sales goals in place and a good incentive program. Make sure to reward the employees for their good work and chip in with bonuses and gifts as and when applicable. This is also a great way to motivate them to walk the extra mile and do a little extra to ensure that your firm stays at the pedestal.

Equality 

All employees deserve to be treated equally. It is vital that a workplace steers clear of biasness, be it economic, gender, or any other type. The bottom-line remains the fact that when an employee doesn’t feel haunted by any sort of inferiority complex; they would be willing to give in their 100 percent and stick to the firm as well. 

For any company to prosper, it is important to offer the employees adequate training to treat everyone the same; regardless of their gender, religion, age, marital status, finances, or anything else. It should just be the work that should be the talking point of discussion. 

Inspiring Leadership 

A leader speaks volumes about the team they command. If your company has some of the most exemplary leaders who know how to keep the team inspired, the morale of the employees is sure to see a massive lift. 

This is why whether you work on the hiring process to seek the best of leaders or you offer training to help your employees hone the best of leadership skills, the idea is to ensure that your workplace reeks of the best of leaders who can inspire their team to stay motivated and put in their best foot forward. 

Healthy Camaraderie 

While we do understand that things tend to get competitive at the workplace, the focus should always be on engaging the right spirit of friendliness and camaraderie in a firm. When the employees look to have each other’s back rather than find ways to pull them down all the time, things are much more likely to take a turn for the good.

You can host events or have some sessions which would boost the kind of mutual respect and admiration which employees have for each other. Have things like free team lunches, group outings, camps, picnics, and more. Each of these activities is sure to have some bearing on improving the relations between the employees.

Conclusion

These are the best ways by which you can make your company one of the top-rated places wherein everyone wishes to work. It is the right dedication and the best of efforts that set one company apart from the rest. 

A company is known by the employees it has. No firm can prosper if the employees are not dedicated and willing to be a part of it. A strong and well-motivated workforce remains the key ingredient to success. So, keep these important points in mind and implement as much as you can. The changes should be there for you to see. 

Remember, success comes to those who are willing to toil hard for it.

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TOYOTA – WOVEN CITY

At CES, Toyota revealed plans to build a prototype “city” of the future on a 175-acre site at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan.

Called the Woven City, it will be a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

Envisioned as a “living laboratory,” the Woven City will serve as a home to full- time residents and researchers who will be able to test and develop technologies such as autonomy, robotics, personal mobility, smart homes and artificial intelligence in a real-world environment.

“Building a complete city from the ground up, even on a small scale like this, is a unique opportunity to develop future technologies, including a digital operating system for the city’s infrastructure. With people, buildings and vehicles all connected and communicating with each other through data and sensors, we will be able to test connected AI technology… in both the virtual and the physical realms … maximizing its potential,” said Akio Toyoda, president, Toyota Motor Corporation.

Toyota will extend an open invitation to collaborate with other commercial and academic partners and invite interested scientists and researchers from around the world to come work on their own projects in this one-of-a-kind, real-world incubator.

“We welcome all those inspired to improve the way we live in the future, to take advantage of this unique research ecosystem and join us in our quest to create an ever-better way of life and mobility for all,” said Akio Toyoda, president, Toyota Motor Corporation.

For the design of Woven City, Toyota has commissioned Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels, CEO, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). His team at BIG have designed many high-profile projects: from 2 World Trade Center in New York and Lego House in Denmark, to Google’s Mountain View and London headquarters.

“A swarm of different technologies are beginning to radically change how we inhabit and navigate our cities. Connected, autonomous, emission-free and shared mobility solutions are bound to unleash a world of opportunities for new forms of urban life. With the breadth of technologies and industries that we have been able to access and collaborate with from the Toyota ecosystem of companies, we believe we have a unique opportunity to explore new forms of urbanity with the Woven City that could pave new paths for other cities to explore.” Bjarke Ingels, Founder and Creative Director, BIG.

Design of the City

The masterplan of the city includes the designations for street usage into three types: for faster vehicles only, for a mix of lower speed, personal mobility and pedestrians, and for a park-like promenade for pedestrians only.  These three street types weave together to form an organic grid pattern to help accelerate the testing of autonomy.

The city is planned to be fully sustainable, with buildings made mostly of wood to minimize the carbon footprint, using traditional Japanese wood joinery, combined with robotic production methods. The rooftops will be covered in photo-voltaic panels to generate solar power in addition to power generated by hydrogen fuel cells.   Toyota plans to weave in the outdoors throughout the city, with native vegetation and hydroponics.

Residences will be equipped with the latest in human support technologies, such as in-home robotics to assist with daily living. The homes will use sensor-based AI to check occupants’ health, take care of basic needs and enhance daily life, creating an opportunity to deploy connected technology with integrity and trust, securely and positively.

To move residents through the city, only fully-autonomous, zero-emission vehicles will be allowed on the main thoroughfares. In and throughout Woven City, autonomous Toyota e-Palettes will be used for transportation and deliveries, as well as for changeable mobile retail.

Both neighborhood parks and a large central park for recreation, as well as a central plaza for social gatherings, are designed to bring the community together. Toyota believes that encouraging human connection will be an equally important aspect of this experience.

Toyota plans to populate Woven City with Toyota Motor Corporation employees and their families, retired couples, retailers, visiting scientists, and industry partners. The plan is for 2000 people to start, adding more as the project evolves.

The groundbreaking for the site is planned for early 2021.

Interested in partnering with Toyota on the development of Woven City? Visit: Woven-city.global

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Funai further expands range of Android TV devices in North America with 2K, 75-inch and Hands-free voice control later in the year

Funai Corporation, Inc. today announced the expansion of their 2019 Android TVTM device line-up with the Google Assistant. The range will be extended with small screen 2K 5505-Series and large screen UHD 5704-Series, and in the second half of 2020 with the Hands-free voice controller 6705 Series (43- to 75-inch). All products will be available in the United States and Canada. The 5-Series features seven display sizes ranging from 32-inch to 75-inches, and the 6-Series offers five displays ranging from 43-inch to 75-inch — and all will be unveiled at CES 2020, January 7-10, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Philips Android TV televisions deliver the most technologically-advanced viewing experience, providing access to apps, games, and more, right from the TV. Users can access over 500,000 movies and shows and over 5,000 apps and games from the Google Play Store (Subscriptions may be required for certain content providers.) Easy-to-use voice search and personalized recommendations mean users spend more time being entertained and less time hunting for something good. With Chromecast built-in, users can easily cast movies, shows, and photos from their Android or iOS device to the TV.

The new Android TV 5-Series televisions all include the Google Assistant, with a Google Assistant voice button on the remote control, allowing customers to do more with their TV. The Google Assistant allows users to quickly access favorite movies, shows, or music with their voice. Easily find and enjoy vacation photos on the big screen. Control devices around the home like dimming the lights from the comfort of the couch, or asking your personal Google Assistant questions and get answers, including the weather report or sport scores. Users can even manage tasks like viewing their schedule and adding appointments without picking up another device. Just press the Assistant button on the remote to get started.

The 6-Series televisions include an integrated far-field, echo-cancelling microphone array giving users hands-free voice-activated access to the Google Assistant, so there’s no need to touch the remote control to control your TV. Dual noise-cancelling microphones are embodied at the bottom bezel of the television, capturing voice commands while eliminating background noise – including the TV’s own audio.

The integrated Auto Echo Cancellation has been fully integrated with the quad core TV IC to optimize the response time and accuracy of the Google Assistant. In the center of the microphones are four LED to inform users of the status of Google Assistant, even if the main display is powered off. In addition, users can ensure privacy with a mute button that when engaged cuts off the power to the microphones and illuminates in orange providing you with full privacy control.

Users simply say, “Hey Google,” to activate their personal Google Assistant to quickly search and access entertainment, ask questions, control other smart home devices, such as the Philips Hue Play, Nest thermostat as well as other Google Assistant compatible products. And even add products to their Google Express cart from anywhere in the room. With Chromecast built-in, users can wirelessly cast photos, movies, apps and more directly from their smartphone. The built-in Google Assistant is ready to control all smart home devices.

“These new Philips TVs deliver an unmatched level of convergence between television, entertainment and multi-zone connected home control,” said Peter Swinkels, Director Product Planning, Funai Corporation, Inc. “This new series gives users instant access to their favorite entertainment programs in 4K, while also offering convenient, centralized voice control smart lights, thermostats, cameras, and more.”

The Philips 4K UHD Android TV series also features HDR 10 and is equipped with Bright Pro, a backlight boost that brightens the image by up to ten percent compared to standard LED displays, delivering exceptional brightness and contrast even in brightly lit rooms.

Connectivity options include HDMI, antenna RF, Wireless 802.11ac dual-band MIMO, Ethernet and USB multimedia, and audio options include digital optical and Bluetooth 5.0 for optional headphone, keyboard or other accessory connectivity.

To learn more about Funai’s latest smart home entertainment technology, and to see the full range of new and award-winning lifestyle technology products, visit www.funai.us.

For more information, please visit https://www.usa.philips.com/.

About Funai Corporation, Inc.

Funai Corporation, Inc., located in Torrance, Calif., is a subsidiary of Funai Electric Co., Ltd. and is the exclusive licensee for Philips consumer televisions and home video products, with marketing and distribution rights in North America. Funai Electric Co., LTD. established in 1961, and headquartered in Osaka, Japan, is listed in the Tokyo Securities Exchange First Section (Ticker 6839), as a designer and manufacturer of innovative consumer electronics and OEM products. The diverse product and technology portfolio is composed of televisions, Blu-ray players, thermal inkjet modules, microfluidics dispensers, and electric vehicle modules.

Google and Android TV and Chromecast are trademarks of Google LLC.
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Hightimes Announces New President

Hightimes Holding Corp. names former Overstock.com President as new CEO as it readies itself for Commerce

In Preparation For Advancing Cannabis Distribution Model, Company names Stormy Simon Chief Executive Officer

Hightimes Holding Corp., the owner of the most well-known brand in Cannabis, today announced the naming of Stormy Simon, former President of Overstock.com, Inc., as its new Chief Executive Officer. The move comes as the company prepares to develop its physical and virtual distribution businesses. Having spent the last year acquiring Cannabis media publications and websites, High Times now looks to monetize its audience of millions of users across the globe.

“I’m honored to take on this role at such a pivotal time for this iconic brand. The cost of customer acquisition has plagued the cannabis industry thus far, but utilizing the High Times brand’s global audience, we should be able to monetize our traffic by connecting consumers to cannabis products at an unprecedented scale.” Stormy Simon stated.

“Like millions of other people, I have trusted High Times for years and I can’t wait to use my experience to help develop the next iteration of our business: delivering the best products into consumers’ hands.”

Adam E. Levin, Executive Chairman of Hightimes Holding Corp., added, “Stormy Simon, who rose through the ranks at Overstock.com during her 15-year tenure with the company, has extensive international business relations and marketing experience, and is highly skilled at breaking down and rebuilding departments. Stormy revolutionized Overstock.com’s marketing department, and then its customer service department, during an uncharted time in e-commerce history, eventually leading Overstock.com to increase its revenues from $20 million to over $2 Billion. For the past two years, Stormy has served on the Hightimes Board of Directors; in addition to her new role as Chief Executive Officer, she will continue to serve as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors.”

Former President and CEO Kraig Fox has resigned as President and CEO of Hightimes. Executive Chairman Adam Levin will remain in his current role.

About High Times

For more than 45 years, High Times has been the world’s most well-known cannabis brand-championing the lifestyle and educating the masses on the benefits of this natural flower. From humble beginnings as a counterculture lifestyle publication, High Times has evolved into hosting industry-leading events like the Cannabis Cup and the High Times Business Summit, while providing digital TV and social networks, globally distributed merchandise, international licensing deals and providing content for its millions of fans and supporters across the globe. In the world of Cannabis, High Times is the arbiter of quality. For more information on High Times visit http://www.hightimes.com.

More About Stormy Simon:

Stormy D. Simon held a number of senior roles at Overstock.com during her fifteen-year tenure with that company. She headed Overstock.com’s Books Music & Video category and was responsible for all offline marketing including television, radio and print, among other roles. She was also a Director of Overstock.com Inc. from 2011 to 2016. Seen as a pioneer in the marketing industry, Ms. Simon was an instrumental player during the formative years of e-commerce. During her 15 years at Overstock.com, Ms. Simon went from being one of 100 employees to overseeing some 1,600 employees while growing the company’s revenue from $20 million to $2 billion. During her tenure at Overstock.com, Ms. Simon was recognized by numerous associations including four consecutive years for Mobile Web Awards and others for customer care including ranking in the top four AMEX/NRF Customer choice awards for the final six years the honor was given. In addition, Ms. Simon was personally recognized as a Customer Champion by Gartner 1 to1 Media. In 2014, Overstock.com was named to Forbes’ list of “Americas 100 Most Trustworthy Companies,” and Ms. Simon was personally named a Power Player by the NRF for 2016 The List, People Shaping Retail’s Future and awarded Top Innovator by Utah Women in Tech awards 2015.

In 2016, after her unprecedented success at Overstock.com, and having solidified herself as a trusted businesswoman and innovator in the tech and E-commerce industries, Ms. Simon stepped down as President at Overstock.com to explore the emerging cannabis industry, lend support and advisory services to female owned start-ups, and to serve as an Advisory Board Member for CannaKids, a parent-friendly cannabis oil company that helps cancer patients and those with a variety of diseases. A long-time green supporter, Ms. Simon is passionate about the medicinal benefits and scientific value in marijuana and advocates for user rights.

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CES: THE GLOBAL STAGE FOR INNOVATION

CES is the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.

Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers.

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6 Ways to Use Technology Mindfully 

A smartphone is a tool, not a person–we all know that. And yet, we’re only spending 34 minutes a day with our families. This adds up to just 8.6 days a year spent with our loved ones–compared to 50 days a year on our phones.

There is often a big gap between knowing we want to use technology more mindfully, and knowing how to do just that. Here are some ways to break the cycle of addition to our devices and bring back intention and thoughtfulness into your technology use.

Here are 6 Ways to Use Technology Mindfully:

  1. Turn off all notifications that aren’t from a human being in real time.

This is a vital step for stopping the cycle. Text messages and phone calls are okay, but all app and news notifications are out. App notifications, after all, are simply advertisements trying to get you to open up an app–which might be in the business’ best interest, but it is rarely in yours.

2. Put your phone into greyscale mode.

While it will still function just the same, putting your phone into greyscale mode makes many of the things we do on our phone much less interesting–and thus much less tempting. If you don’t want to leave your phone in greyscale mode all the time, you can do it occasionally. I have a keyboard shortcut set up so that I can easily put my screen into this mode if I’m having trouble putting my phone down.

3. Don’t do anything on your phone that you can do on your computer instead (especially social media.)

This is a wonderful way to cut back on things like social media usage without forcing it: when we limit things like reading news and scrolling our social feeds to our computers, we will naturally spend less time doing them–and will also limit this behavior to just one spot, rather than, well, everywhere. 

4. Get your phone out of the bedroom.

Get an alarm clock, if you don’t already have one, and charge your phone in another room at night. If you truly feel like you need to have it in the bedroom with you when you sleep, put it into “Do Not Disturb” mode (this way your important contacts can get through in an emergency) and plug it in across the room and away from your bed. It’s key to have it out of “reaching” distance, so that there is effort between you and the temptation. (And in case it has to be said: your phone doesn’t belong in your bathroom, either.)

5. Commit to screen-free time once a week. 

For many of us, our brains have become so used to having our phones as constant companions (more than 2/3 or us are sleeping with them, after all) that we can’t imagine even taking a walk without them. Commit to spending some time once a week–even an hour once a week is a great idea–with no technology at all. No TV, no e-book reader, no computer, and no phone (seriously, no phone; turn it off and put it in a drawer.) This time helps our brains remember that we can be okay without our devices, which begins to take some of the power away from the addictive cycle. 

6. Clear out your home screen. 

Use “out of sight, out of mind” to your advantage, and clear out your home screen. Hide apps that tend to tempt you in folders and several pages over, and limit what’s on your home screen to only things that serve you (such as, perhaps, calculators, meditation apps, or timers.) 

There is no need to do all of these things at once; cold turkey rarely works. But by beginning to bring intentionality and thoughtfulness into your interactions with technology, you can become an increasingly more mindful user of technology–and bring human connection to the forefront of your life once again.

About Liza Kindred 

Liza Kindred is the author of EFF THIS! Meditation: 108 Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for When You’re Feeling Anxious, Stressed Out, or Overwhelmed.

She is the creator of the EFF THIS! Meditation community, where the sacred meets the profane. She is also the founder of Mindful Technology™ where she teaches companies how to build tech that values humans more than machines. Liza is a licensed minister, a level two reiki practitioner, and a terrible but passionate surfer. 

Liza Kindred has studied meditation and Buddhism with some of the best teachers in the world for over a decade… but she still swears a lot. (After all, the path to enlightenment runs right through the messy realities of everyday life.) 

If there is one thing that Liza wants you to know, it’s that there is nothing wrong with you. While the wellness industrial complex might use self care as a way to keep us striving for constant improvement, she believes that unconditional self love in the here and now is the only way to ever be truly happy. You are complete, just not finished. 

Stay in touch! Subscribe to Liza’s newsletter at lizakindred.com/subscribe and connect on Twitter at @LizaK and on Instagram at @Liza_K … and the ever-hilarious @EFFTHISmeditation.

It Is Time to Rethink the Services You Use

People everywhere are rethinking how they consume entertainment and utilities in their homes. With the variety of services now available to homeowners, it is important to know what the options are. Many companies are producing new products that provide solutions beyond traditional services. Today you can find more personalized and cost-effective solutions as a consumer than ever before.

Utilities

The renewable energy options available for residences are changing the way people think about their energy consumption. Traditional means of providing energy to a home by gas or electricity companies are no longer the only cost-effective energy solutions. Renewable energy resources such as solar panels are readily available for residences. These can help support or sustain a home’s energy usage. Residential internet options are now more varied than they have ever been. Companies like Starry are providing next-gen home internet services in Los Angeles and other major cities. Consumers using these newer services are finding that high quality does not require high cost.

Entertainment

In-home entertainment is much more than the typical cable or satellite television. There are a variety of streaming services that offer many entertainment options. Today’s consumers are mixing and matching services to get exactly what they want while still saving money. Television isn’t the only form of entertainment with a variety of ways to consume. There are services to rent and stream movies, video games, and even local TV. With so many options on the market, you can customize what you have available in your home and ensure you always get to see and do what you want.

Security

A professional home security system and monitoring may be the best way to protect your home, but the options available for homeowners are more varied than ever. Smart home products such as doorbells with cameras, smart door locks and garage door openers are changing the home security game. These can often be monitored by the homeowner or combined with professional monitoring services for a more comprehensive solution. Assess your security needs and find the most cost-effective solution to keep your home protected.

Advances in technology and services that are readily available are helping homeowners make better choices about how they spend their money and what they choose to consume. People are finding personalized solutions for their homes that are benefiting their wallets as well as the environment. Take the time to look into the variety of services available and find your new favorite.

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HELLOMD LAUNCHES FIRST CANNABIS GAMING APP WITH $420 JACKPOT PER GAME

Daily Bonfire app invites legal age players nationwide to donate winnings to fight the war on drugs or cash out at local, regulated dispensaries 

HelloMD, the world’s largest online community of cannabis consumers, lifestyle experts, best-in-class CBD products and medical professionals, today announces the launch of Daily Bonfire, the first cannabis gaming app. Hosted by cannabis comedians, including the star of Netflix’s “Cooking on High,” Ngaio Bealum, Daily Bonfire not only offers iPhone and Android users the chance to win $420 per live game but also the opportunity to help fight the war on drugs and support regulated retailers throughout the country.

“Technology always sets out to solve a problem, and that’s what inspired Daily Bonfire,” explains canna-tech entrepreneur and HelloMD co-founder Mark Hadfield. “In an effort to ‘normalize’ cannabis, the trend has been to downplay the recreational benefits of cannabis and showcase its medicinal properties. Now that we’ve achieved mainstreamification, Daily Bonfire is here to bring cannabis back to its playful roots by celebrating the plant’s monumental contributions to pop culture, science and history. We’ve also designed the app to incentivize users to play an active role in combating today’s illicit retail marketplace while giving back to organizations that are tirelessly working to right the wrongs of prohibition,” says Hadfield.

Available for download on iPhones at the Apple App store for (Android will soon follow in 2020), each Daily Bonfire game begins with a collective vote to donate 5% or 50% of the winnings to one of three non-profits:  ACLU, NORML, or MAPS.  The comedic host then challenges players to test their cannabis IQ by answering a round of 12 multiple choice questions with each successful response moving players to the next question. The final winner(s) can decide to immediately cash out or visit a local partner dispensary where their Daily Bonfire dollars unlock exclusive discounts. 

“I hella look forward to hosting Daily Bonfire each week,” says local Bay Area host Ngaio Bealum, who also regularly hosts High Times events and has appeared on “The Sarah Silverman Program.” “I get to encourage consumers to get lit and profit and learn compelling facts about cannabis.  Who knew that it was the first product ever sold over the internet in 1971… between MIT and Stanford computer science students? Weed makes you smarter. It’s science.”

Daily Bonfire was recently named one of the “Top 5 cannabis brands to dominate 2020” by Merry Jane. 

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ABOUT HELLOMD

HelloMD is the world’s largest online community of cannabis patients, lifestyle experts, medical professionals, and trusted CBD brands, offering today’s consumer a one-stop-shop experience in the palm of their hands. Named “the Quora of cannabis” by TechCrunch, HelloMD is available in the U.S., Canada and South Africa.  

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China’s Drive to be a Leader in Tech is Going to Accelerate

China has stated that they desire to be the world leader in AI technology by the year 2030. A decoupling between Chinese and American economies looks to have pushed everything towards self-sufficiency. China’s economy is fighting with a slowdown and they are also in the midst of a trade war with the US. China’s ambition is remarkable, and they are looking at blockchain, 5G and artificial intelligence right now. This could be more urgent now more than ever. This is particularly the case when you look at the fact that it is in a tariff war with the United States.

Trade Tensions

There are several industries who not only rely on tech, but also flourish on it. Look at NetBet casinos, the finance industry or even the gaming sector. Of course, it’s important to recognize that this creates a lot of competition. This is one of the many reasons why China wants to get ahead, so that they can solidify their presence and hence that they can also surpass everyone else before they even get a chance. The Chinese are trying to drive to be a self-sufficient country and a great deal of this comes down to decoupling. The topic was very prevalent throughout the conference and China are very ambitious about everything.

5G

When you look at the tech rivalry that is occurring between China and the US, you will soon see that a lot of it comes down to the development of 5G. Huawei is under a bunch of focus right now, but things could change. Huawei is a key developer when it adds up to 5G tech and they have been blacklisted by the government. Washington have also cited various security concerns regarding their equipment. They have expressed that they could actually open up a backdoor which would enable them to spy on the US. China have continually tried to deny these claims.

Blockchain

Blockchain is a technology that essentially underpins cryptocurrency. Take Bitcoin for example, a few years ago, it absolutely blew up and everyone began investing. The blockchain that powers this is now being used by everyone, from finance to food. If someone was able to take control of this then this would place them in an incredibly strong position. Blockchain really does hold the potential to change the way that companies conduct business. A number of areas are ready to improve because of the blockchain infrastructure. China have thrown their weight behind this. President Xi Jinping has stated that China is being urged to capture the opportunity and they are also being called upon to advance the development in the field too. This would be incredible for the country if they were able to pull it off. A great deal of this comes down to the trade war, but right now it looks like China could be in a very strong position. Could things be looking up for blockchain?

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Tech Companies To Watch Out For In The Next Year

By now we should all be familiar with the pace of technology, one of the last great frontiers for the entrepreneur. Even though it doesn’t occur to us in the moment, new innovations continue to shape our world from year to year.

Compare the year 2020 to the turn of the century. In the first two decades of the 21st century, we’ve gotten used to social media, 3D printing, blockchains, eBooks, CRISPR gene editing, online streaming video and the wide-scale adoption of mobile phones. Likewise, we started the new millennium not knowing the names of Facebook, Spotify, YouTube, Uber, AirBnB or Twitter.

What do the coming years bring? Our best economic and technological forecasters have picked a few rising stars in tech innovation who just might sculpt the next horizon in industry.

StartApp

We’ve all heard of marketing companies collecting data on mobile users to use as research on user behavior, but StartApp simply has more data than anybody else. Tapping a billion active mobile users every month across 350K apps, StartApp anonymously logs this user data and then packages it for sale to companies to help them make better decisions about development, user interface design, and marketing. Having grown from $200K to $37 million in revenue, StartApp is poised to be the Amazon of customer service information.

Nauto

While we were all anticipating the advent of driverless cars, still a hazy future promise, it occurred to our AI scientists that the experience of driving just isn’t documented enough to teach it to a robot. Nauto is one company helping to fix that, by building an autonomous driving data platform. Using cameras both exterior and interior, Nauto systems track both the road conditions and obstacles and the driver’s reactions, showing us what we respond to and how fast. It’s also aimed at reducing driver distraction and fatigue. With over $1 million in investor funding raised so far, the company aims first to enable better driver-assistance technology, before aiming at removing the need for a driver completely.

Evisort

Evisort is simple to explain: It’s “Google for contracts.” Except, rather than just automating text search, it’s an expert system trained for the legal profession, allowing it to parse out key dates, names, provisions, limitations, dollar amounts and legal clauses. This turns out to be a huge part of the day for anybody working in the legal profession, where the average lawyer might handle dozens of contracts numbering 30 pages or more per week. Human contract review is costly, time-consuming, and prone to errors, so an automated AI for contract management is something every legal worker wants. Evisort has raised over $5 million in investor funding and been praised in both Forbes and Harvard Law Review.

CloudBeds

The hospitality industry has been late to the party of industries changed by technology, but its turn has come. CloudBeds is a smart business management software for hotels, with an end-to-end platform that handles the unique challenges of property management and booking together with business management. The result is that hotels run better and make more money. Hotels, being a future-proof industry that online commerce can’t replace, are going to be around for a long time, and CloudBeds raising $20 million in investor funding shows that they’re going to be offering something every hotel wants.

SnapChat

The most senior member on this list, SnapChat has been in business for most of the 2010s, but it’s the social network platform with the brightest future. Just as Facebook took the crown from MySpace, everyone’s been counting the days until Facebook finds itself left behind by the next generation of web users. But which social network will it be? With a user base approaching 210 million people across 22 languages, SnapChat is a social network geared for the mobile platform and more favored by younger generations.

Conclusions…

Much of the technology in recent years is driven by the advent of large data and deep learning methods in artificial intelligence. There are many more industries that can be innovated to the same degree that the above list has been – aspiring entrepreneurs take note!