Tag: Changing

Hinge CEO on how online dating is changing during coronavirus

  • Since the start of the pandemic, dating apps have seen a spike in usage.
  • But users also have new concerns that these apps have to address. 
  • Business Insider spoke with the founder and CEO of Hinge, Justin McLeod, on how coronavirus has changed the face of dating for good and what the company is doing about it. 
  • Hinge is taking steps like launching a partnership with mental health space Headspace and pushing for more video-based dates – which could stay popular even after it’s safe to meet in person. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The way people meet and date has changed dramatically since the onset of the pandemic, and dating apps like Hinge are trying to keep up with the shift. 

People are going on more dates than ever before, but they’re not meeting up as frequently, Justin McLeod, founder and CEO of the dating app Hinge,

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Why Kanye West’s fight for his masters marks a changing music industry

In September, Kanye West took to Twitter to declare the music industry (and NBA) “modern day slave ships”, as he sought to regain the rights to his master recordings. He explained: “When you sign a music deal you sign away your rights. Without the masters you can’t do anything with your own music. Someone else controls where it’s played and when it’s played. Artists have nothing accept [sic] the fame, touring and merch.”

Kanye West holding his hand up: Photograph: Michael Wyke/AP

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For West, owning his masters, some of which are held by label Universal Music and publisher Sony/ATV, is personal. “My children will own my own masters, not your children, my children,” he followed up. Since then, West has pledged that all artists signed to his own GOOD Music label will get back the 50% share he holds in their masters. He’s also proposed an eight-point plan for

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3 Strategies to Compete and Win in Today’s Rapidly Changing Business Environment

Given today’s volatile global business landscape, a growing number of CEOs are realizing that their organizations need transformational change. Yet research shows that companies are struggling with how to approach it, as roughly 70 percent of corporate transformation initiatives fail to deliver. Leaders know they need a new playbook, but aren’t sure what exactly it should include.

A common reason for this failure, says Boston Consulting Group’s Jim Hemerling, is that leaders have approached transformation as a one-and-done proposition. “They mobilized people around change,” he says. “But when it was accomplished, everyone resumed business as usual.”

To compete and win in a rapidly evolving business environment, that approach won’t suffice. “Companies must become adept at pursuing multiple transformations–on an ongoing basis.” In other words, “always-on” transformation must become an integral part of their operating models.  

How can companies possibly pursue overlapping change initiatives on an ongoing basis?

It takes ‘head,

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Nike’s running business is changing amid scandal and the pandemic

But the company’s relationship with track has reached an inflection point. Scandals involving high-profile running coach Alberto Salazar, accused of both doping and mistreating athletes, cast a dark cloud over Nike’s distance-running efforts. Top executives who were also its major track boosters have recently stepped aside, stirring uncertainty throughout the track world about Nike’s future support.

“There’s speculation that the last of the true track men at Nike are gone,” Hart said. “And that leads to speculation about how much this all actually benefits them. They pour quite a bit of money into track and field.”

Even before the coronavirus pandemic forced Nike to temporarily close its retail stores, the company was trying to emerge from a tumultuous period that saw employees protest on its campus, former female executives file a discrimination lawsuit and athletes draw attention to complaints about company policies that penalized women for getting pregnant.

Amid that

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Cryptic Studios interview: Surviving Atari, working with Wizards, and a changing business model

Cryptic Studios is entering its third decade in the massively multiplayer online game market, where it started (like everyone else) in paid subscriptions before moving on to the free-to-play model.

In that time, CEO Stephen D’Angelo has seen the company grow from working on one game (City of Heroes) to now maintaining three MMORPGS: Champions Online (Cryptic also owns the pen-and-paper IP after the deal it had with Marvel fell apart and the studio pivoted to another brand), Star Trek Online, and Neverwinter.

And for the first time since the early 2010s, Cryptic is getting ready to release a new game: Magic Legends, which is a more action-RPG take on its MMO model.

I spoke with D’Angelo over the summer about the studio’s history and how Cryptic approaches the business. We talked about how it’s thrived since partnering with Perfect World after the Atari meltdown, how it came to work

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Culture is changing for unbeaten Cass

Gates has taken a non-traditional route to become a head coach. He graduated from McEachern and played college ball at the University of Georgia. After graduating, he entered the business world and crafted a successful career while raising a family. When his children got old enough to play, Gates got involved as a youth league coach – although he avoided coaching his children – and began to show his skills on the sideline. He took a Kennesaw Mountain youth program that had gone 1-6 in back-to-back seasons and went 3-7, 7-3, 9-1 and 12-0. The success caused a friend to encourage Gates to try to coach on the high school level.

So, he stepped away from the real world, took a 50 percent pay cut and became a high school assistant. He worked for five years at North Cobb and has been at Kell since 2016. Over the last few

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Mapping The Changing Face Of Dissent In Central Asia

From people demanding better welfare protections to demonstrators calling for lockdown measures, the COVID-19 pandemic has been the main source of recent protest in Central Asia, according to a new study.

The new report by the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs, a recently founded Washington-based research organization, mapped protests in the five former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, cataloguing 981 incidents over a 2 1/2-year span to August 2020.

In addition to showing the effects that the pandemic has already had on the region in terms of fueling dissent, the data set included in the September 28 report also shows the evolving and diversifying nature of protest in Central Asia.

Whether it is succession and calls for reform in Kazakhstan or concerns over food shortages in Turkmenistan, the region is being pulled by an array of economic and political forces that look set to define

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Enter Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards

Fast Company is looking for the best products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that pursue innovation for good for its World Changing Ideas Awards, now in their fifth year. We want to honor clean technology, innovative corporate initiatives, brave new designs for cities and buildings, creative works that help drive change, the ways companies are responding to the pandemic, and so much more.

The winners will be featured in the May 2021 issue of Fast Company and online on Fastcompany.com. Among the honorees for 2020 were a new kind of thread made out of trees, glasses that talk to the visually impaired, a solar-powered fridge to keep things cold in communities without an electrical grid, and many more. We’ll also be naming an all-around general excellence winner and a world-changing company of the year for anyone who submits multiple entries that show a record of innovation. To get a sense

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Changing for the Better in 2020

There are silver linings to almost any bad situation. Here in the year 2020 (for which “bad situation” is an apt overall descriptor) this certainly applies. 

While many changes are being thrust upon us, and the disruption is often far from welcomed or ideal, there will be long-term benefits in the adjustments and adaptations being implemented by the B2B sales community in response. 

Embracing these silver linings can help your team fend off frustration and fully lean into the positive impacts ultimately yielded by their efforts. Let’s take a look at some of the developing trends that will make life better — for both sales teams and customers — when we come out on the other end of this challenging ordeal.

4 Positive Long-Term Changes for B2B Sales Surfacing in 2020

Focusing on Current Customers

When times are good, it’s not uncommon for sales teams to become narrowly focused on

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Tempe’s Changing Hands Is Part Bookstore, Part Retail Theater

Inc. is celebrating Small Business Week 2020 with a look at local merchants beloved by customers whose devotion goes beyond loyalty and well into passion.

Nevaeh McKenzie reliably attracts crowds to his monthly story hours at Changing Hands Books. Glossy-tressed and thick-lashed, McKenzie–Miss Gay Arizona 2015–reads from books about feelings and inclusion to between 40 and 100 parents and children, sprawled on the floor or perched on folding chairs. Later McKenzie and the other storytellers–Sophia Sinclair (former Empress to the Imperial Court of Arizona) and Gray Matter (the reigning Mister Phoenix Pride)–lead the children in a craft related to compassion and self-confidence.

“It is incredible to see a 10-year-old boy sitting there–laughing, crying–and then afterward saying this is the only place I feel safe in the entire world,” says Gayle Shanks, the store’s co-owner.

Drag Queen Story Hour, which Changing Hands introduced in 2019, joins an eclectic lineup of programs

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