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How the other half deals with the pandemic

how the other half deals with the pandemic

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While the policeman was patrolling the street outside, the abuser waited with a whip at home. The lockdown has been this living nightmare for many women globally with the Covid-19 pandemic hitting us hard.

With courtrooms reducing operations and civil-society organizations responsible for frontline support to victims going missing, women have been left alone to negotiate with their unreasonable abusers. For many women, the extended lockdown has been like a never-ending wait for parole.

A UN Women Report on the gendered impact of Covid-19 captures some crucial insights from Palestine. A young female survivor of abuse in Gaza described her life as being in a “perpetual quarantine that others have only recently witnessed.”  

In 2019, 243 million women and girls across the world were subjected to sexual or physical violence by an intimate partner, according to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). If this number was the population of a country, it would be bigger than Brazil.

Three months of the pandemic has ballooned this number with countries such as Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, India, the US, the UK, Singapore and Spain seeing a rise in domestic-violence cases. Respect, a national domestic-violence charity in …

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Technology Trends Impacting the Future of Business – JAXenter

technology trends impacting the future of business – jaxenter

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COVID-19’s Impact on Life and Work
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted life and work in ways that were unimaginable and will have long-term effects that lead to a new “normal.” With many countries and states beginning to re-open and create plans for the future, it’s becoming clear that going back to the way things were overnight (or at all) is not possible. While global lockdowns have and will continue to impact hobbies and passions, the way the world works may forever change as well.
According to a survey from Gartner, “74% [of CFO’s] will move at least 5% of their previously on-site workforce to permanently remote positions post-COVID 19.” While this decision could save organizations significant sums by reducing costs associated with renting a physical workspace, this move to more permanent remote work will have downstream impacts. Commercial real estate, for example, will take a big hit. Per the survey findings, “13% of respondents noted they had already made cost reductions in real estate expenses, with another 9% planning to take actions in this area in the coming months.”
SEE ALSO: How to keep staff motivated while working from home
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Rainmaking Pioneers ‘RISE’ – World’s First Virtual Startup Accelerator for Departing Employees

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Mission to enable one million out-of-work people to launch their own startup in the next two yearsLONDON, July 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Rainmaking, a corporate innovation and venture development firm, and parent company of Startupbootcamp, one of the world’s largest accelerators, today launches ‘RISE,’ a 20 week virtual accelerator focused on helping corporates empower their departing talent to build their own startups. Rainmaking’s mission for the programme is to enable one million out-of-work people to launch their own startup within the next two years. Startupbootcamp Logo (PRNewsfoto/Startupbootcamp)MoreThe International Labour Organization has warned that 430 million enterprises are at risk of “serious disruption” and nearly half of the global workforce are at risk of job losses.RISE has been developed to enable corporates to offer an alternative path to mass redundancies, by enabling its people to take charge of their future by building it themselves. It will be launched globally, with view to securing partnerships with leading corporates and governments. Rainmaking’s mission for the programme is to enable one million out-of-work people to launch their own startup within the next two years. Corporates participating will be able to actively support their departing talent to help them build their future and in the …

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Can’t rely on foreign investors. India must become aatmanirbhar in startup financing

can’t rely on foreign investors. india must become aatmanirbhar in startup financing

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As India stares down China in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley and retaliates with boycotts of Chinese companies, it is vitally important that our economic growth be driven by innovation-driven startups. These are the companies that rapidly increase overall productivity, jobs, wealth, and thereby tax revenues.
India now has the world’s third largest startup ecosystem with more than $5 billion being invested in 2019 across 1,500 or so startups. India also has some 30 unicorns, which are startups valued at more than $1 billion. However, more than 80 per cent of the money invested in these startups comes from outside of India. Over the past few years, the Chinese have invested more than $4 billion in Indian startups and are investors in 18 of 30 Indian unicorns. We urgently need to become aatmanirbhar (self-reliant) in startup financing.

Also read: Can’t keep making money by buying cheap Chinese raw materials: JSW Group CMD Sajjan Jindal

Supporting startups
To that end, we must be able to attract substantial domestic capital to finance our startups. Three major sets of reforms may be considered to unleash domestic capital. First, unlisted investments in startups must be placed on par with investments in listed …

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Palantir, One of Silicon Valley’s Oldest Startups, Files to Go Public

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Palantir Technologies Inc. said it has confidentially filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to go public, ending an extended wait that made the data analytics company one of Silicon Valley’s oldest private startups. Palantir had teased the market with plans to list shares for at least half a decade. Co-founded in 2004 by famed investor Peter Thiel, it sells software to aggregate big data for governments and corporations world-wide. The Palo Alto, Calif. company’s analytics were credited with helping the…

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Victress Capital, a fund founded by women to back women founders, just closed its second fund

victress capital, a fund founded by women to back women founders, just closed its second fund

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Women start 40 percent of the businesses in the U.S., but they receive just 3% of venture funding. It doesn’t take a math whiz to recognize that such an extreme funding gap could spell opportunity, but it might help if you are math minded, a longtime investor, and happen to be woman and so conceivably understand certain products and pitches better than some men.
That was certainly the thinking of both Lori Cashman and Suzanne Norris, who came together in 2016 to form Boston-based Victress Capital, a consumer-focused, seed- and early-stage firm that just closed its second fund with nearly $22 million in funding to back gender diverse teams, meaning there is at least one woman on the founding team.
Cashman is a Duke grad who has spent her career as an investor, including previously cofounding a private equity firm, Linear Capital, to invest exclusively in owner-managed businesses. Norris, meanwhile, with two degrees Harvard, has been an investment banking analyst, a management consultant, and spent nearly four years as a VP focused on e-commerce with the company Kate Spade.
The two friendly acquaintances originally joined forces to enhance their “cognitive diversity,” says Cashman, scraping together a total of $2 million from friends and …

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TM Forum Moves Digital Transformation World to a Six Week Online ‘Festival of Collaboration’

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Digital Transformation World Series will offer unique and highly interactive content, connections and conversations, hosted on a feature-rich platform fit for an audience of over 6,000 attendees and 100+ industry-leading speakers.London, UK — July 6, 2020 — TM Forum, the industry association driving digital transformation through collaboration, today announced that it is moving its Digital Transformation conferences to a digital event series for 2020, bringing together a truly global audience to accelerate industry collaboration and transformation. “After careful consultation with our Board and key stakeholders, and continuing to prioritize the safety of our people, members and partners, we have decided to move our remaining 2020 events to a digital-only format,” said Nik Willetts, CEO, TM Forum. “Our goal for this Digital Transformation World Series is to deliver an experience that changes the game for our industry. As such, we are creating a bite-size program that fits in with our attendees’professional and personal lives. Digital Transformation World Series will offer a varied and engaging content program that will enable our global membership to connect, learn and collaborate, supporting all time zones.”Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, TM Forum has been breaking new ground for digital collaboration. In fact, members from around the world have already embraced online workshops, …

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Car-Sharing Startups Take U.S. Loans After Covid-19 Disruptions

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(Bloomberg) — Getaround Inc. and Turo Inc., car-sharing companies that have been valued at more than $1 billion by private investors, said Monday that each took at least $5 million through the U.S. Paycheck Protection Program, a government program intended to help small businesses ride out the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The San Francisco-based startups are among the most valuable technology companies to say they applied for and kept financial aid from the loan program after Covid-19 levied a severe toll on the transportation business. Several large companies, including Shake Shack Inc., gave back the money under public pressure.According to federal data released Monday, each company received between $5 million and $10 million in federal loans approved in late April. Some companies included on the list of loan recipients have said they did not actually apply for or accept the money, casting some doubt on the official data, but Getaround and Turo both confirmed they’d taken the loans, though they didn’t respond to questions about their exact values. “On a global basis, our business was drastically impacted by the lockdowns and restrictions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic,” Getaround said in an emailed statement. “The PPP program helped reduce …

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She’s One of the Highest-Ranking Black Women in Tech. Police Still Terrify Her.

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“I remember telling the officers when I was walking out that I was afraid they were going to shoot me, and they just sort of looked away. I told my children and then I just stopped thinking about it.”

— Marian Croak

Read the whole story Google’s Marian Croak Aimed for the Top. She Couldn’t Escape Racism.By Rob Copeland

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Why an Effective Master Data Strategy Is Key to Digital Transformation in Oil and Gas

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Find out why deploying an effective master data strategy across an enterprise is an important foundation to begin building a digital transformation journey.
Digital transformation is the buzzword du jour in every industry, but nowhere is it more prevalent than in the oil and gas industry. Long an asset-heavy manual process industry, oil and gas is ready for a change – a big shift to digital. But what happened to that promise of “the digital oilfield” in the 2000s? Shouldn’t that have been our digital transformation story? It likely should have, but it fell far short in large part to one key element – data. Data is key to any digital transformation, but the foundation of all data is master data. The information about materials and products, customers and vendors are the bedrock of a digital framework. However, oil and gas companies need a strategy to manage that master data before they begin building their digital transformation dreams upon it.
What Is Master Data?
Master data is the core data that gives meaning or context to transactions and analytics. It can certainly include data that’s defined outside an organization, either by industry organizations or other centralized entities (such as governments, …

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