Sat. Jan 23rd, 2021

IDEAS

(Tien Tzuo CEO Zuora speaks at Subscribed 2019 – image via Zuora)

Lower third quarter losses and higher revenues brought some year-end cheer to Zuora as CEO Tien Tzuo argues that the shift to subscription models renders traditional notions of front and back office as “a little bit dated”:

That division made a lot of sense when you were shipping product. The front office sold the product; the back office fulfilled it, accounted for it, collected for it. It’s a very product-centric view of the world.

If you look at the companies that [have] always been subscription businesses – for example, the telecom companies – they don’t look at it like that. They start with the customer and they build great subscriber experiences for those customers. And those subscribers experiences have to span the front office and they have to span the back office, whether it’s calling the call center

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A coalition of more than 55 San Jose businesses is pushing local and state policy recommendations to help the once-thriving downtown core survive the pandemic.

Lawmakers at the city’s Rules and Open Government Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to bring 15 new policy recommendations to the San Jose City Council for discussion and approval.

“As we consider solutions for economic recovery, it is vital that we leverage the expertise of our local business community and elevate their voices — these recommendations do exactly that,” said Councilmember Raul Peralez, who spearheaded the group known as the Greater Downtown San Jose Economic Recovery Task Force.

Businesses ranging from small restaurants to art organizations and tech giants such as Adobe, called for city-backed grants and tax relief programs for businesses that were forced to spend extra on safety and outdoor equipment due to COVID-19. They are also championing an ordinance at the city level

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Saturday was “Small Business Saturday,” but small businesses should always be front-of-mind these days. Now more than ever, local shops and entrepreneurs deserve our support. But that’s pretty easy when what they’re making is this cool.

Compiled by Adele Chapin, Anying Guo, Fritz Hahn, Angela Haupt, Michael O’Sullivan and Stephanie Williams.

Appointed

Packages of stationery from Appointed arrive fastened with tape inscribed with the words “Beautiful Tools to Inspire Beautiful Work.” That’s graphic designer Suann Song’s mantra. After having a hard time finding “minimalist, super-functional, well-designed American-made paper products,” she decided to make them herself, launching Appointed in 2015. All the materials are purposefully selected (such as the U.S.-manufactured, water-resistant book cloth covers), and then almost everything is assembled in Appointed’s Ivy City warehouse. The signature product is Appointed’s monogrammable spiral-bound notebook ($24). But lately, Song’s having trouble keeping up with demand for planners, which went up more than fivefold

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Are you looking for business ideas that are thriving in the age of COVID-19? You have come to the right place.

It’s now more than ever important to ideate business ideas that are recession-proof, COVID-19 has astounded the world for all the wrong reasons. People who are planning their businesses now need a model that is sustainable and can withstand inevitable discrepancies like the COVID.

Businesses that were reliant on uncontrollable forces were always in danger. Uncontrollable forces like overheads on real estate and more.

In this article, you find a collection of business ideas that generating loads of profit right now despite the pandemic.

1. Answering services

Answering services for small business occupies 1st position in my list. During COVID-19 lots of people lost their jobs. An increasing number of people who lost their jobs were the ones whose jobs were bound to get outsourced.

And that is pretty

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CHANDLER, Ariz., Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Chandler Innovations, the city’s business incubation and entrepreneurial development program, is offering its Track One course that walks entrepreneurs through the proof of concept process and creating a minimum viable product.

The program focuses on helping entrepreneurs with ideas for products and services in technology and innovation. 

“2020 has been an extremely challenging year for founders,” said Diana White, CEO of Chandler Innovations. “Chandler Innovations is happy to help entrepreneurs start or reignite efforts to bring their product or service to market.”

Jasmine Holmes, Program Instructor for Chandler Innovations, is the facilitator of the program. With over 15 years of graphic design and marketing experience, Holmes brings creative and analytical skills to help entrepreneurs work through the formation of their idea.

“Starting a new business can be challenging, and most fail within the first few years,” said Holmes. “Our

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Communication and collaboration will be crucial in the push for a greener growth agenda. David Lee reports on The Scotsman’s Leadership for a Sustainable Future webinar



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© The webinar panel held forth on the development of a virtuous circle, whereby organisations and empl…


Leaders must be brave, communicate clearly and work effectively with others to help create a thriving future, a webinar hosted by The Scotsman in association with law firm CMS heard.

The 25th November panel discussion, Leadership for a Sustainable Future, also discussed the emerging “virtuous circle” as organisations, their clients, employees and supply chains all push each other towards a more sustainable approach.

Zoë Arden, a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, laid out very clearly why business leaders were grasping this agenda with increasing enthusiasm.

“We cannot live on a dying planet, let alone do business on it,” she said. “A thriving future

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ESG investing considers a firm’s environmental, social and governance factors in its investment philosophy. Despite the challenges posed by the novel coronavirus, 2020 has also seen many consumers as well as investors put values-based living and investing at the center of their actions. Today, we will introduce seven ESG stocks good for your wallet and your soul.

In its most recent review of ESG investing, the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) reported that “Globally, sustainable investing assets in the five major markets stood at $30.7 trillion at the start of 2018, a 34% increase in two years.”

“From 2016 to 2018, the fastest growing region has been Japan, followed by Australia/New Zealand and Canada … The largest three regions — based on the value of their sustainable investing assets — were Europe, the United States and Japan.”

Put another way,

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Today is Cyber Monday, which doesn’t mean as much this year because the related sales have been going on for much of November as retailers try to milk every available dollar they can. However, like you, I’m doing a lot of shopping, both for others (yes, I’m going to cheat and mostly give Amazon gift cards but some gifts) and myself.

Since this entire column is about products, I’ll skip the product of the week and focus on what I think are some of the best deals or products that stand out as game changers in their segment — and aren’t too expensive.

I was tempted to have a car section focused on electrics. Still, after watching this Audi E-Tron review, I’m reminded that all but the Tesla are Generation 1 cars, and the Tesla’s fit and finish are so bad I suggest waiting until the Gen-2 cars come out,

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I’ve never been one to shop early for the holidays, but this year is different for all of us in so many ways.

My daughter will stay in her new home in Los Angeles for the holidays, which is heart-wrenching but the smart and safe thing to do.

No Turkey Trot race together. No Thanksgiving dinner. No excursion to Bob’s Trees in Galway. It also means we have to shop much earlier to be sure everything arrives in plenty of time to celebrate a Zoom Christmas.

So with that on my mind and Giving Tuesday approaching,  here’s a list of gifts and donations that help support women and girls in athletics plus charities and foundations that support youth programs.

Albany PAL
During my now-adult son’s years at CBA, his hockey team would volunteer at Lights in the Park, supporting Albany Police Athletic League’s programs. The child care and activities they

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – In exploring the pitfalls of gift cards for the most recent That’s Rich! personal finance column – they can be lost or a business can go out of business before being redeemed – one expert offered excellent advice to reduce the chances of such cards going unused.

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Buy gift cards that will get used sooner than later, says Susan Grant, director of Director of Consumer Protection and Privacy for the Consumer Federation of America. Some of her ideas:

* The regular grocery store where your friend or family member shops.

* A card or a gift certificate from the person’s regular barber or hair stylist.

* Or, maybe better yet for a person is struggling financially, pay a month’s rent directly with their landlord.

For more tips on gift cards, including details about the laws that mandate they not expire for at least five years,

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