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How offices are prepping for the return of workers

One person who does not want to go back to the office. (Souce: NBC/Getty Images) Don’t get too comfortable with those hokey Zoom backgrounds. According to the New York Times, 80%+ of companies are planning on a hybrid work arrangement with employees back at the office 3 days per week. How will things look when workers return, though? Here are a number of changes to expect, per the NYT: Expanded gathering spaces: Face-to-face...

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H&M, Adidas, and Nike are facing boycotts in China. Why?

Shockingly, it’s not pronounced “ham” (Source: Sean Gallup / Getty Images) The allure of China’s market — which boasts 400m+ middle-class citizens — is nearly impossible for any global corporation to ignore. But selling in China isn’t always an easy affair, particularly when geopolitics gets in the way. On March 22, the EU, US, UK, and Canada announced coordinated sanctions for individuals involved with forced labor camps...

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Visa is the latest legacy finance player to embrace crypto

In October 2018, Visa Inc. CEO Aflred Kelly told CNBC’s Jim Cramer that cryptocurrencies are not a big threat but “if we have to go there, we will go there.” At the time, Visa was a $300B+ company and the combined market cap of all cryptocurrencies was $200B+. Today, things are looking different: Visa = $450B+ Crypto (primarily Bitcoin/Ethereum) = $1.8T+ Well, earlier this week… Visa went there. Per Reuters, the payments...

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Airtable and the unbundling of Microsoft Office

You probably used a Microsoft Office product this morning. Whether that be Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, or… gasp… Teams. Unsurprisingly, this part of Microsoft’s business — dubbed Business & Productivity — is a complete cash cow, bringing in $10B+ a quarter. Where there’s money… … there are companies sniffing around. No one has sniffed harder than Google, which jacked recreated Office with Google Workspace (e.g.,...