Don’t be billions-wise, trillions-foolish.SourceThis is NOT the Olympics. This isn’t about taxation. This isn’t even about subsidies.How do you think great startups are founded??Great Startups are started by people who leave successful companies to start their own successful companies.Where Amazon Reigns SupremeThe public doesn’t understand what Amazon really does.Amazon cloud revenue jumps 49 percentHeck, they don’t even understand where Amazon makes most of their money!Amazon.com Inc. is fast becoming a force to reckon with in the world of patents. With 1,662 patents granted in 2016, Amazon was ranked fourteenth in the list of companies with most patents.Patent Development is the lifeblood of an economy. That’s only going to become more and more prevalent as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (...)

    #startup #toronto #new-york #amazon-web-services

  • 6 Tips for Startups Working with a Creative Agency

    6 Tips for Startups Managing Creative AgenciesHiring a big name #design agency is one of the perks of running a VC-funded #startup. It’s like a makeover montage from a romantic comedy — all the beauty inside your ugly duckling startup is finally revealed! But it’s also a risky investment.If someone on the founding team has a strong aesthetic sense and a good ear for brand voice, agencies are like steroids — an undisputed performance enhancer. However, it’s easy for more analytical teams to be bewitched by the honeyed words of account execs.One thing many founders fail to appreciate is that the best agencies are highly selective of their clients. The firm’s most famous work is often for flush with cash corporations that have a mature #marketing infrastructure to actually build the brand.The equally (...)

    #venture-capital #entrepreneurship

  • Lean #design For A Better MVP

    You don’t need to sacrifice design for speed.Tyler O’Briant and I are building Kowalla, a platform for creating, collaborating, and sharing projects in real-time. We’re both engineers, and every instinct we had told us to put our heads down and code our faces off. We just had one problem…Our first features were engineered, not designed; and it showed.https://medium.com/media/e25dc5597b84b177a8c4808e06cc9ccc/hrefWe took a step back and scratched our heads. We had a UI design only a mother could love.Traditional wisdom told us to get out the initial MVP as fast as possible, get features in front of users, and iterate. But were we sacrificing our design for speed?We decided our process would be design first, and building second. Taking an engineer’s approach to design, we focused on (...)

    #lean-mvp-design #startup #lean-startup #lean-design

  • Explaining p-values with puppies

    You’ll find p-values lurking all over data science (and all the rest of science, for that matter). If you took STAT101, the explanation you probably heard runs something like this: A #p-value is the probability of observing a statistic at least as extreme as ours, conditional on the null hypothesis. No wonder that didn’t stick! Let’s try it with puppies instead…Is p-value short for puppy-value?Setting the (crime) sceneImagine coming home and discovering this in your kitchen:Let’s assume this is your dog and your kitchen, otherwise the example just became much stranger. Also, as far as their owners are concerned, dogs are always puppies even when they’re too big to carry around.Let’s put this suspect on trial for the crime of sticking his head in the garbage bin!We’ll work with a default action of (...)

    #hackernoon-top-story #technology #data-science #statistics

  • Opening the floodgates ? European migration under restrictive and liberal border regimes 1950-2010

    The effect of ‘open borders’ on migration has been the subject of substantial controversy. Political rhetoric and media images help stoke fear of uncontrolled mass migration that in turn fuels arguments in favour of tighter immigration regulations and border controls to ‘bring migration back under control’. In public debates, removing migration barriers is frequently portrayed as tantamount to ‘opening the floodgates’. However, immigration liberalisation may increase also circulation and return, rendering the effect on net migration theoretically ambiguous. Drawing on bilateral flow data over the 1959-2010 period contained in the DEMIG C2C database, this paper uses European Union (EU) enlargement as a case study to assess how liberalising border regimes affected migration flows. The analysis suggests that, with some exceptions, liberalisation boosted circulation rather than led to a structural increase in intra-EU migration. While removing migration barriers can lead to migration surges—particularly when economic gaps between origin and destination countries are large—these tend to be temporary, after which migration becomes more circular and tends to consolidate at lower levels. And while intra-regional circulation in the EU has grown, closing external EU borders has increasingly pushed non-EU migrants into permanent settlement along with significant family migration. These factors help to explain the structural rise in non-EU immigration, defying policy expectations that opening internal borders would decrease non-EU immigration.

    #flux_migratoires #ouverture_des_frontières #histoire #statistiques #migration_circulaire #chiffres #préjugés

    merci @isskein
    Le texte apporte probablement des éléments, notamment statistiques, intéressants, mais, en le parcourant rapidement, c’est quand même un peu indigeste...
    c’est ce type de graphiques qui est proposé :

    Je me dis qu’il serait super important d’en tirer des visualisations plus facilement compréhensibles...
    Un travail qui pourrait être confié à l’équipe @visionscarto, si seulement elle avait le temps (et un peu d’argent, hein ?) pour le faire...
    @reka @simplicissimus @fil

  • How #blockchain is Helping #africa to Develop

    How Blockchain Can Help Africa to DevelopWhile Europe and Asia have already experienced several successive waves of cryptomania and are still struggling unsuccessfully with conservative elements inherent to state structures and national financial regulators to develop this market, Africa, in contrast, is showing interest in blockchain and digital money.SourceUnconditional leaders in this area include South Africa, Morocco and Nigeria. These states have shown an increased interest in crypto-money, on a par with average European and Asian countries.Africa’s #gdp is growing 3–4% per year and could grow even faster. However, a serious obstacle to continued economic progress is an underdeveloped financial infrastructure and the relative weakness of the continent’s national currencies. All of (...)

    #startup #development

  • Tech Tools for the Modern Family

    How both B2B and B2C tech innovations are empowering today’s parents and childcare providersToday’s parenting landscape has evolved at a rapid pace. Compared to just a few decades ago, the makeup of the workforce is changing rapidly; the work participation rate for women with children under age 6 has grown significantly in the past 40 years, as has the percentage of families with children in which both parents work. Further, today’s parents, educators, employers, and children are living in a world that is increasingly tech-first.Parents — especially modern millennial parents — expect tech-forward, simple, and elegant solutions across all spheres of their lives, but particularly as they seek to raise the next generation.Though the parenting landscape and their accompanying expectations have (...)

    #education #software #venture-capital #startup #technology

  • #Shamima_Begum: Isis Briton faces move to revoke citizenship

    The Guardian understands the home secretary thinks section 40(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981 gives him the power to strip Begum of her UK citizenship.

    He wrote to her family informing them he had made such an order, believing the fact her parents are of Bangladeshi heritage means she can apply for citizenship of that country – though Begum says she has never visited it.

    This is crucial because, while the law bars him from making a person stateless, it allows him to remove citizenship if he can show Begum has behaved “in a manner which is seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the UK” and he has “reasonable grounds for believing that the person is able, under the law of a country or territory outside the UK, to become a national of such a country or territory”.

    #citoyenneté #UK #Angleterre #apatridie #révocation #terrorisme #ISIS #EI #Etat_islamique #nationalité #déchéance_de_nationalité

    • What do we know about citizenship stripping?

      The Bureau began investigating the Government’s powers to deprive individuals of their British citizenship two years ago.

      The project has involved countless hours spent in court, deep and detailed use of the freedom of information act and the input of respected academics, lawyers and politicians.

      The Counter-Terrorism Bill was presented to Parliament two weeks ago. New powers to remove passports from terror suspects and temporarily exclude suspected jihadists from the UK have focused attention on the Government’s citizenship stripping powers, which have been part of the government’s counter-terrorism tools for nearly a decade.

      A deprivation order can be made where the home secretary believes that it is ‘not conducive’ to the public good for the individual to remain in the country, or where citizenship is believed to have been obtained fraudulently. The Bureau focuses on cases based on ‘not conducive’ grounds, which are related to national security and suspected terrorist activity.

      Until earlier this year, the Government was only able to remove the citizenship of British nationals where doing so wouldn’t leave them stateless. However, in July an amendment to the British Nationality Act (BNA) came into force and powers to deprive a person of their citizenship were expanded. Foreign-born, naturalised individuals can now be stripped of their UK citizenship on national security grounds even if it renders them stateless, a practice described by a former director of public prosecutions as being “beloved of the world’s worst regimes during the 20th century”.

      So what do we know about how these powers are used?
      The numbers

      53 people have been stripped of their British citizenship since 2002 – this includes both people who were considered to have gained their citizenship fraudulently, as well as those who have lost it for national security reasons.
      48 of these were under the Coalition government.
      Since 2006, 27 people have lost their citizenship on national security grounds; 24 of these were under the current Coalition government.
      In 2013, home secretary Theresa May stripped 20 individuals of their British citizenship – more than in all the preceding years of the Coalition put together.
      The Bureau has identified 18 of the 53 cases, 17 of which were deprived of their citizenship on national security grounds.
      15 of the individuals identified by the Bureau who lost their citizenship on national security grounds were abroad at the time of the deprivation order.
      At least five of those who have lost their nationality were born in the UK.
      The previous Labour government used deprivation orders just five times in four years.
      Hilal Al-Jedda was the first individual whose deprivation of citizenship case made it to the Supreme Court. The home secretary lost her appeal as the Supreme Court justices unanimously ruled her deprivation order against Al-Jedda had made him illegally stateless. Instead of returning his passport, just three weeks later the home secretary issued a second deprivation order against him.
      This was one of two deprivation of citizenship cases to have made it to the Supreme Court, Britain’s uppermost court, to date.
      In November 2014 deprivation of citizenship case number two reached the Supreme Court, with the appellant, Minh Pham, also arguing that the deprivation order against him made him unlawfully stateless.
      Two of those stripped of their British citizenship by Theresa May in 2010, London-born Mohamed Sakr and his childhood friend Bilal al Berjawi, were later killed by US drone strikes in Somalia.
      One of the individuals identified by the Bureau, Mahdi Hashi, was the subject of rendition to the US, where he was held in secret for over a month and now faces terror charges.
      Only one individual, Iraqi-born Hilal al-Jedda, is currently known to have been stripped of his British citizenship twice.
      Number of Bureau Q&As on deprivation of citizenship: one.

      #statistiques #chiffres

    • ‘My British citizenship was everything to me. Now I am nobody’ – A former British citizen speaks out

      When a British man took a holiday to visit relatives in Pakistan in January 2012 he had every reason to look forward to returning home. He worked full time at the mobile phone shop beneath his flat in southeast London, he had a busy social life and preparations for his family’s visit to the UK were in full flow.

      Two years later, the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is stranded in Pakistan, and claims he is under threat from the Taliban and unable to find work to support his wife and three children.

      He is one of 27 British nationals since 2006 who have had their citizenship removed under secretive government orders on the grounds that their presence in the UK is ‘not conducive to the public good’. He is the first to speak publicly about his ordeal.

      ‘My British citizenship was everything to me. I could travel around the world freely,’ he told the Bureau. ‘That was my identity but now I am nobody.’

      Under current legislation, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, has the power to strip dual nationals of their British citizenship if she deems their presence in the UK ‘not conducive to the public good’, or if their nationality was gained on fraudulent grounds. May recently won a Commons vote paving the way to allow her to strip the citizenship of foreign-born or naturalised UK nationals even if it rendered them stateless. Amendments to the Immigration Bill – including the controversial Article 60 concerning statelessness – are being tabled this week in the House of Lords.

      A Bureau investigation in December 2013 revealed 20 British nationals were stripped of their citizenship last year – more than in all previous years under the Coalition combined. Twelve of these were later revealed to have been cases where an individual had gained citizenship by fraud; the remaining eight are on ‘conducive’ grounds.

      Since 2006 when the current laws entered force, 27 orders have been made on ‘conducive’ grounds, issued in practice against individuals suspected of involvement in extremist activities. The Home Secretary often makes her decision when the individual concerned is outside the UK, and, in at least one case, deliberately waited for a British national to go on holiday before revoking his citizenship.

      The only legal recourse to these decisions, which are taken without judicial approval, is for the individual affected to submit a formal appeal to the Special Immigration and Asylum Committee (Siac), where evidence can be heard in secret, within 28 days of the order being given. These appeals can take years to conclude, leaving individuals – the vast majority of whom have never been charged with an offence – stranded abroad.

      The process has been compared to ‘medieval exile’ by leading human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce.

      The man, who is referred to in court documents as E2, was born in Afghanistan and still holds Afghan citizenship. He claimed asylum in Britain in 1999 after fleeing the Taliban regime in Kabul, and was granted indefinite leave to remain. In 2009 he became a British citizen.

      While his immediate family remained in Pakistan, E2 came to London, where he worked and integrated in the local community. Although this interview was conducted in his native Pashto, E2 can speak some English.

      ‘I worked and I learned English,’ he says. ‘Even now I see myself as a British. If anyone asks me, I tell them that I am British.’

      But, as of March 28 2012, E2 is no longer a British citizen. After E2 boarded a flight to Kabul in January 2012 to visit relatives in Afghanistan and his wife and children in Pakistan, a letter containing May’s signature was sent to his southeast London address from the UK Border Agency, stating he had been deprived of his British nationality. In evidence that remains secret even from him, E2 was accused of involvement in ‘Islamist extremism’ and deemed a national security threat. He denies the allegation and says he has never participated in extremist activity.

      In the letter the Home Secretary wrote: ‘My decision has been taken in part reliance on information which, in my opinion should not be made public in the interest of national security and because disclosure would be contrary to the public interest.’

      E2 says he had no way of knowing his citizenship had been removed and that the first he heard of the decision was when he was met by a British embassy official at Dubai airport on May 25 2012, when he was on his way back to the UK and well after his appeal window shut.

      E2’s lawyer appealed anyway, and submitted to Siac that: ‘Save for written correspondence to the Appellant’s last known address in the UK expressly stating that he has 28 days to appeal, i.e. acknowledging that he was not in the UK, no steps were taken to contact the Appellant by email, telephone or in person until an official from the British Embassy met him at Dubai airport and took his passport from him.’

      The submission noted that ‘it is clear from this [decision] that the [Home Secretary] knew that the Appellant [E2] is out of the country as the deadline referred to is 28 days.’

      The Home Office disputed that E2 was unaware of the order against him, and a judge ruled that he was satisfied ‘on the balance of probabilities’ that E2 did know about the removal of his citizenship. ‘[W]e do not believe his statement,’ the judge added.

      His British passport was confiscated and, after spending 18 hours in an airport cell, E2 was made to board a flight back to Kabul. He has remained in Afghanistan and Pakistan ever since. It is from Pakistan that he agreed to speak to the Bureau last month.

      Daniel Carey, who is representing E2 in a fresh appeal to Siac, says: ‘The practice of waiting until a citizen leaves the UK before depriving them of citizenship, and then opposing them when they appeal out of time, is an intentional attack on citizens’ due process rights.

      ‘By bending an unfair system to its will the government is getting worryingly close to a system of citizenship by executive fiat.’

      While rules governing hearings at Siac mean some evidence against E2 cannot be disclosed on grounds of national security, the Bureau has been able to corroborate key aspects of E2’s version of events, including his best guess as to why his citizenship was stripped. His story revolves around an incident that occurred thousands of miles away from his London home and several years before he saw it for the last time.

      In November 2008, Afghan national Zia ul-Haq Ahadi was kidnapped as he left the home of his infirmed mother in Peshawar, Pakistan. The event might have gone unnoticed were he not the brother of Afghanistan’s then finance minister and former presidential hopeful Anwar ul-Haq Ahadi. Anwar intervened, and after 13 months of tortuous negotiations with the kidnappers, a ransom was paid and Zia was released. E2 claims to have been the man who drove a key negotiator to Zia’s kidnappers.

      While the Bureau has not yet been able to confirm whether E2 had played the role he claimed in the release, a source with detailed knowledge of the kidnapping told the Bureau he was ‘willing to give [E2] some benefit of the doubt because there are elements of truth [in his version of events].’

      The source confirmed a man matching E2’s description was involved in the negotiations.

      ‘We didn’t know officially who the group was, but they were the kidnappers. I didn’t know whether they were with the Pakistani or Afghan Taliban,’ E2 says. ‘After releasing the abducted person I came back to London.’

      E2 guesses – since not even his lawyers have seen specific evidence against him – that it was this activity that brought him to the attention of British intelligence services. After this point, he was repeatedly stopped as he travelled to and from London and Afghanistan and Pakistan to visit relatives four times between the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2012.

      ‘MI5 questioned me for three or four hours each time I came to London at Heathrow airport,’ he says. ‘They said people like me [Pashtun Afghans] go to Waziristan and from there you start fighting with British and US soldiers.

      ‘The very last time [I was questioned] was years after the [kidnapping]. I was asked to a Metropolitan Police station in London. They showed me pictures of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar [former Afghan prime minister and militant with links to the Pakistani Taliban (TTP)] along with other leaders and Taliban commanders. They said: ‘You know these guys.’

      He claims he was shown a photo of his wife – a highly intrusive action in conservative Pashtun culture – as well as one of someone he was told was Sirajuddin Haqqani, commander of the Haqqani Network, one of the most lethal TTP-allied groups.

      ‘They said I met him, that I was talking to him and I have connections with him. I said that’s wrong. I told [my interrogator] that you can call [Anwar al-Ahady] and he will explain that he sent me to Waziristan and that I found and released his brother,’ E2 says.

      ‘I don’t know Sirajuddin Haqqani and I didn’t meet him.’

      The Haqqani Network, which operates in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas and across the border in Afghanistan, was designated as a terrorist organisation by the United States in September 2012. It has claimed responsibility for a score of attacks against Afghan, Pakistani and NATO security forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The UN accuses Sirajuddin Haqqani of being ‘actively involved in the planning and execution of attacks targeting International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), Afghan officials and civilians.’

      E2 says he has no idea whether Haqqani was involved in Zia’s kidnapping, but he believes the security services may have started investigating him when he met the imam of a mosque he visited in North Waziristan.

      ‘The imam had lunch with us and he was with me while I was waiting for my father-in-law. I didn’t take his number but I gave him mine. That imam often called me on my shop’s BT telephone line [in London]. These calls put me in trouble,’ he says.

      If E2’s version of events is accurate, it would mean he gained his British citizenship while he was negotiating Zia’s release. He lost it less than three years later.

      The Home Office offered a boilerplate response to the Bureau’s questions: ‘The Home Secretary will remove British citizenship from individuals where she feels it is conducive to the public good to do so.’

      When challenged specifically on allegations made by E2, the spokesman said the Home Office does not comment on individual cases.

      E2 says he now lives in fear for his safety in Pakistan. Since word has spread that he lost his UK nationality, locals assume he is guilty, which he says puts him at risk of attack from the Pakistani security forces. In addition, he says his family has received threats from the Taliban for his interaction with MI5.

      ‘People back in Afghanistan know that my British passport was revoked because I was accused of working with the Taliban. I can’t visit my relatives and I am an easy target to others,’ he said. ‘Without the British passport here, whether [by] the government or Taliban, we can be executed easily.’

      E2 is not alone in fearing for his life after being exiled from Britain. Two British nationals stripped of their citizenship in 2010 were killed a year later by a US drone strike in Somalia. A third Briton, Mahdi Hashi, disappeared from east Africa after having his citizenship revoked in June 2012 only to appear in a US court after being rendered from Djibouti.

      E2 says if the government was so certain of his involvement in extremism they should allow him to stand trial in a criminal court.

      ‘When somebody’s citizenship is revoked if he is criminal he should be put in jail, otherwise he should be free and should have his passport returned,’ he says.

      ‘My message [to Theresa May] is that my citizenship was revoked illegally. It’s wrong that only by sending a letter that your citizenship is revoked. What kind of democracy is it that?’


  • The State of #chatbots in 2019

    Chatbots are conversational interfaces meant to assist individuals in interacting with larger organizations.If you’re looking for help while browsing a website, you might end up texting with a chatbot. They’re a bit more dynamic a problem-solver than a simple FAQ webpage. If you’re looking to speak with a customer service representative, a chatbot might try to help you out on its own, or it could help direct you to the proper department within an organization, where a human operator can provide assistance.As this technology becomes more and more integrated into daily commerce, it’s worth asking: what barriers does the technology face today, what improvements are being made, and what can we expect of human-robot discourse in the future?LimitationsIt won’t take you all too long, under a (...)

    #nlp #state-of-chatbots #artificial-intelligence #machine-learning

  • A Brief Numerical Overview of the #texas #startup Ecosystem

    © AltalogyAt Altalogy, we deliver software development services for two Houston-based clients. A few weeks ago, I was discussing the pros and cons of Houston startup ecosystem with Dommonic Nelson, Clever Box Company Founder.The following point was made“When it comes to startups and tech in Texas, Austin outperforms Houston by order of magnitude”.I was a bit surprised by that fact and decided to see how other cities in Texas compare. As a source of information, I selected Angel List. I’m fully aware of the bias that some companies may not be present there though.The comparison includes 4 Largest Cities — Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin.Disclaimer: I live in Central Europe 7 hours time zone away from Texas, and the only time I’ve seen the Lone Star State myself was from an aircraft (...)

    #texas-startup-ecosystem #texas-startup #startup-life

  • Four #startup Engineering Killers

    Beware these engineering mistakes for your early stage software startupIn 2016, I gave technical advice to a first-time entrepreneur building a seed-funded food delivery marketplace. In my view, every tech choice the company had made was wrong.The CEO believed in “empowering the engineer.” They then let their first engineer choose the framework (Scala/Play) because it was what the engineer wanted to use, not because it made sense for the company, their use case, or the recruiting pool. Much of the early technical work had been outsourced. Their product roadmap was widely optimistic (web and mobile concurrently) despite the fact that most of the business was still unvalidated. It was a recipe for disaster.Startup engineering is different from any other type of software engineering. It (...)

    #programming #software-development #hackernoon-top-story

  • Advice On How To Grow Your #saas To $130K #mrr And Further

    Hello everyone,In this article, I’m going to share (and ask others to contribute) to my experience of growing a SaaS company. To make it even more useful, I’d like to split bits of advice based on a certain stage of the company #growth. My opinion, the tips are usually differ depending on it.If you read this article and have something to share, please, leave a comment in a similar manner below. Let me start with myself, as an example.Author: Mike KulakovRole: Co-founder, product ownerProduct: Everhour (Time and expenses tracking software)Stage: $1.5M+ ARRTeam: 15 peopleFunding: BootstrappedPre-launch phaseFind early adopters to your project-to-be soIt’s very important that the day you launch, you get some traction, some real feedback. Among other things, it will be very demotivating for you (...)

    #saas-mrr #startup

  • France : plus de 250 000 micro-travailleurs en France payés « quelques centimes » par clic sur internet

    1 ... Comme j’ai dit, la loi Travail va favoriser le travail à la journée/tâche/mission, vers des contrats zéro heure

    2 ... La preuve en Belgique : ... 1 indépendant sur 6 est déjà sous le seuil de pauvreté

    3 ... La jeunesse paiera un lourd tribu et ira se réfugier dans la Révolution

    Contributeur anonyme

    Une étude se penche sur le nombre de personnes en France qui réalisent des micro-tâches numériques rémunérées à la pièce. Un phénomène comparable voire supérieur aux effectifs des plateformes VTC et de livraison-express.

    Une « nouvelle forme de mise au travail des populations [qui] pousse à l’extrême les logiques de précarité et d’exclusion déjà constatées autour du statut des travailleurs ubérisés. Il nous paraît donc urgent de nous pencher sur ce phénomène émergent ». Voici le constat que viennent de (...)

    #En_vedette #Actualités_françaises

    • Merito Ce ne sont pas des micro-tâches numériques, mais c’est pas mieux


      Merito, sur un sujet souvent casse-tête pour les magasins, la gestion du personnel.

      Merito a deux activités. L’une est assez classique, baptisée “Staff” : une plateforme de recrutement digitalisée qui met en relation ceux qui cherchent (du boulot) et ceux qui en proposent (du boulot).

      Y’a certes un brin d’intelligence artificielle derrière pour rendre le process plus efficient mais ce qui me fait réclamer votre attention dominicale, c’est le second volet de la solution, bigrement malin : “Share”.

      Là, l’idée, c’est que les collaborateurs (volontaires) d’une enseigne proposent leurs services sur la plateforme et que les magasins environnants (de la même enseigne) y puisent la ressource lorsqu’ils en besoin.

      Bien sûr, l’entreprise pourrait organiser elle-même ces échanges. On appelle ça le service RH 

      Mais la plateforme apporte une solution plus fluide et assure en outre le volontariat de ceux (en temps partiel par exemple) qui veulent “travailler plus pour gagner plus”. Pour le magasin qui utilise la plateforme, lorsqu’il est confronté à des situations d’absentéisme, il évite l’intérim (coûteux) et y gagne une main d’œuvre habituée à l’enseigne, à ses process, donc plus efficace.

      En région parisienne (où l’absentéisme et le turnover sont plus importants qu’ailleurs), Auchan utilise déjà Mérito et le revendique => VIDEO . J’imagine d’ici que Franprix (ou d’autres) pourrait suivre, tellement il y a une forme d’évidence dans la solution. Ca méritait bien un coup de pub ! Désintéressé comme toujours. 


      #esclavage #intérim #start_up #grande_distribution #merito

  • Why An Ugly #website Could OutPerform Yours

    Why An Ugly Website Could Outperform YoursHow your business could benefit from an ‘ugly’ websiteIs Your Website ‘Ugly’?“Just don’t make it ugly,” someone said to me once.It’s funny that good #design is usually perceived to be something that is beautiful, which — sure — in some cases may be true, or needed.But design is usually about so much more than that.There are some great examples of less than appealing websites that come to mind when someone mentions the word ‘ugly’. Below are some screenshots of a few examples of websites that may be deemed this way. I’ve tried to include more than the simple text ones, looking to e-commerce sites as well.A collection of ‘ugly’ websites. From Top to bottom left: Berkshire Hathaway, Don Quijote, Craigslist and Chemist WarehouseWithout knowing these brands, at first (...)

    #technology-and-design #startup #web-design

  • In India, clean water is out of reach for many

    Northern India embraces a sprawling network of waters, from the muddy tributaries of the Indus in the west to the banks of the sacred Ganges coiling along its central plains and the miles-wide currents of the Brahmaputra in the east. Creeks, canals, wetlands, dams, and swollen torrents help irrigate the most populous democracy on Earth. Yet this river-etched heartland is the scene of one of the most dire water crises today.

    Last year, a government study revealed that nearly half India’s population—some 600 million people—ekes by on scarce or polluted supplies of water. As many as 200,000 Indians die annually from the effects of water contamination. And it’s been projected that more than 20 major cities—Delhi, Bangalore, and Hyderabad among them—will zero out their groundwater stores in less than two years.

    #Inde #eau

  • “Proof-of-Nuclear-Bombs”: a most reliable design for stablecoin utility (Part I)

    David Landes’s The Unbound Prometheus (1969) was published just as the Nixon Administration was establishing the new fiat currency regime. Perhaps nuclear power was Prometheus’s “gift of fire” to the US dollar and United States… or was it?This is a 3-part analysis on a more sociological take on the history of world reserve currencies to preface the purely financial or technical discussions of stablecoin and digital currency mechanics. By no means am I providing the end-all-be-all guide on stablecoin design, but merely providing some anthropological equipment on how to approach the stablecoin discourse and what other thoughts came about from this mode of analysis and way of thinking. Part II aims to explain a theory on the origination of the velocity (or vortex) of money created by this (...)

    #stablecoin-utility #proof-of-nuclear-bombs #bitcoin #stable-coin #cryptocurrency

  • How to become a better Product Manager

    Scrum, backlog management, refinement, you probably already know all about these methods, but what makes someone a really good Product Manager?On a side note: the #scrum manual originally uses the term Product Owner, but many companies use the term Product Manager as they fill this position with a broader role that includes stakeholder management.There are many type of Product Managers. In my years as product manager and coach I’ve met many different and wonderful people in this role, with various backgrounds ranging from UX design to HR. As the market matures, scrum and in-house #development have become the standard, and most companies have started to look more critically at the skill set required for Product Management positions. The perfect time to reflect on what makes a good product  (...)

    #teamwork #product-management #startup

  • My 4-year journey from bootcamp attendee to senior software engineer

    Image from hereA retrospective on lessons learnedI recently got promoted to senior software engineer at Apollo.io. However, a title is just a title. How have I actually grown?I left my pre-med path at the start of 2015, and I started my first job in tech soon after. Like so many others, I have often questioned my place in this industry.Am I learning fast enough? Am I growing in my career? Will I get replaced by someone fresh out of college?These thoughts creep up every once in awhile, and a few weeks ago, I thought to myself I hadn’t grown much in the last year or so. I felt uneasy until I talked to a colleague about my experience in this industry thus far.“Tell me about each of the places you have worked at. Why did you join? Why did you leave?”Our conversation revolved around this  (...)

    #startup #hackernoon-top-story #startup-lessons #women-in-tech #software-development

  • Réfugiés afghans en France, #taux_de_protection

    En étudiant les statistiques d’Eurostat je constate quelque chose d’étonnant : le pourcentage d’accord de protection baisse étrangement sur les 2e et 3e trimestre 2018, en France.
    Le taux de reconnaissance en France est stable depuis plusieurs années, entre 80 et 85%, mais au 2e trimestre 2018 il baisse à 79%, et descend jusqu’à 59% au 3e trimestre. Pas de statistiques encore dispo pour le 4e trimestre.
    Je joins le graphique réalisé à partir des données Eurostat, avez-vous une idée pour expliquer ça ?

    J’ai vérifié, à l’échelle européenne je ne constate pas de baisse similaire, au 3e trimestre 2018 il y a même plutôt une augmentation (54%, alors qu’on est plutôt dans les 46% de taux moyens sur les 10 précédents trimestres.

    En Allemagne, le taux d’obtention est lui aussi assez stable (dans les 45%), malgré une baisse énorme des demandes pour les afghans (46 745 demandes au premier trimestre 2017, et 2890 demandes au 4e trimestre 2018).

    #taux_de_reconnaissance #asile #migrations #réfugiés #statistiques #2017 #2018 #2016 #réfugiés_afghans #Afghanistan

    –-> Email de David Torondel, reçu via la mailing-list Migreurp

  • Income inequality is likely worse than before the Great Depression

    U.S. wealth concentration, or income inequality, has returned to levels not seen since the 1920s, and it could actually be significantly worse.

    Driving the news: New research from Gabriel Zucman, an economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley, for the National Bureau of Economic Research was unearthed recently by MarketWatch and finds that the top 1% owns about 40% of total household wealth. It reaches 40.8% when including the Forbes 400.

    Further, the top 1% richest U.S. families own 40 times the average family’s wealth.

    “No country (apart from Russia) for which estimates of wealth inequality are available has similarly high recorded levels of wealth inequality,” Zucman writes.

    Between the lines: Perhaps the most interesting part of Zucman’s research may be his point that the top 1% of American households likely hold much more of the nation’s and the world’s wealth than anyone realizes.

    “It is not enough to study wealth concentration using self-reported survey data or tax return data,” Zucman says in the report, estimating that 8% of the world’s household financial wealth is held offshore.

    “Because the wealthy have access to many opportunities for tax avoidance and tax evasion—and because the available evidence suggests that the tax planning industry has grown since the 1980s as it became globalized—traditional data sources are likely to under-estimate the level and rise of wealth concentration.”

    Zucman also notes that data shows the share of total wealth owned by the top 1% has increased by 9 points since 1989 and by 10 points when including the Forbes 400. In capitalized income estimates, it has increased by 11 points.

    “The share of wealth owned by the bottom 90% has collapsed in similar proportions.”