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Jacinda Ardern’s Resignation Is Not a Teaching Moment in Gender Politics

Jacinda Ardern’s Resignation Is Not a Teaching Moment in Gender Politics

On January 19, 2023, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced her resignation in a surprise move, citing that she just “no longer had enough in the tank” to carry on. This news followed a slew of gender-related headlines—expectedly. Media houses seemed to enjoy their “I told you so” moment, with the BBC posting an archaic and sexist headline: “Jacinda Ardern resigns: Can women really have it all?”

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Top 3 Craziest CEOs Ever

After a massive round of firings and failed changes to Twitter’s core functioning, Elon Musk has announced that he will step down from his position as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). His only condition for doing so? Finding someone foolish enough to take over. Since he started working as the company’s CEO, it has lost 60% of its share value and is clearly on a downward spiral.

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3 CEOs That Were Re-Hired by Their Former Companies

The Case of Boomerang CEOs: 3 CEOs That Were Re-Hired by Their Former Companies

On November 20, 2022, just two years after serving as Disney’s chief executive officer (CEO), Bob Chapek was fired from his position and the former CEO, Bob Iger, was re-hired to take his place. The company saw a 6.3% hike in stock prices soon after the announcement, which makes it pretty clear that investors were happy with Disney’s choice to re-hire Iger.

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Top 4 Women-Founded Proptech Startups

Top 4 Women-Founded Proptech Startups

It is well-known that tech is a male-dominated industry, and PropTech (property tech) is not exempt. According to an article by Forbes, only 10% of startup founders in the PropTech space are women. Multiple factors could be attributed to this, including an unconscious bias against women during the hiring process and a lack of investment in women-founded companies, to name a few.

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How Charming Men Get Away with Fraud

Bernie Madoff vs. FTX: How Charming Men Get Away with Fraud

The recent FTX scandal has all the trappings of a Netflix drama series where the business tycoon—once lauded for his power moves—is brought down by greed, selfishness and the judiciary system (The Wolf of Wall Street, much?). The CEO of crypto exchange FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried, has come into the spotlight for bringing about the downfall of FTX and his other company Alameda Research. In November 2022, he filed for bankruptcy for both companies after a devastating collapse in the public eye.

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Reynold Poernomo on KOI, His Inspirations and Life after Masterchef

Reynold Poernomo on KOI, His Inspirations and Life after Masterchef

28-year-old Reynold Poernomo may have moved on from his MasterChef Australia days, but the world certainly will never forget the contestant who urged even the infamously austere Gordon Ramsay to soften and dub his dessert—White Noise—“breathtaking”. Watching Reynold on screen was akin to viewing a sporting event, where you are constantly rooting for him with foam fingers and pom poms because you marvel at his skill and aspire to have his courage and creativity.

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How Much Should a Startup Pay Its Employees?

How Much Should a Startup Pay Its Employees?

Employees of a startup are essential to its success. They keep the company running to ensure that the vision gets carried out and that the day-to-day operations continue seamlessly. High turnovers can be harmful to a company, especially for startups with less established internal structures, organizations and systems to mitigate handover disruption. This makes retaining employees a particularly important goal for startups.

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An Interview with the Founders of YPSN Hong Kong

Champions for Change: An Interview with the Founders of YPSN Hong Kong

As of 2021, the global maritime industry is worth US$1.6 billion and is expected to reach US$2.9 billion by 2027. For our readers who may not be familiar with this space, maritime refers to the movement of people and goods across the world over water. This industry is the backbone of the shipping sector, handling over 80% of international trade.

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5 Lessons from ex-British PM Liz Truss’s Chaotic Leadership

5 Lessons from ex-British PM Liz Truss’s Chaotic Leadership

If you haven’t been living under a metaphorical rock, you must have heard all about Britain’s political drama and British media’s unhinged demolition of the people involved (watch: BBC’s hilarious Instagram reel about Liz Truss’s leadership). Many recent British leaders have become infamous for their rather ungraceful exits. In September, Boris Johnson stepped down in a similar fashion, facing pressure from the people after his many scandals got him undone.

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Iconic Female Entrepreneurs in History

Iconic Female Entrepreneurs in History

While a lot of people are still under the impression that female entrepreneurship is a fairly recent and still emerging phenomenon, women have been entrepreneurial since ancient times, if not always. Unfortunately, they were not recognized in history as much as their male counterparts due to social notions and norms of propriety during their times. Many accounts of female entrepreneurs have been lost to history, but of those that survive, we are here to present you with the stories of four iconic women in history that carved a niche for themselves.

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How AI Can Be a Game Changer in Mental Health Support for Young People

Interview with Kai.ai’s Founder Alex Frenkel: How AI Can Be a Game Changer in Mental Health Support for Young People

We often have to deal with stress in our everyday life, such as academic studies, work, family or even our romantic relationships. Amid the devastating COVID pandemic, there has been a 25% increase in depression worldwide, especially among young people. In light of this, platforms aiming to improve the mental well-being of adolescents have been emerging, and one of them is Kai.ai.

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How Picsart Uses AI to Empower Creators

Artificial intelligence (AI) is being incorporated into various jobs today to reduce human workload and increase productivity. One of the fields that AI is being used in today is creating art. We have already discussed how you can use the AI art generator DALL-E to make some memes. But, if you are looking for AI tools to help create content for your business, apps like Picsart might be a better choice.

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NFTICALLY’s New ECommerce Metaverse

NFTICALLY’s New ECommerce Metaverse

NFTICALLY is an up-and-coming startup company specializing in the non-fungible token (NFT) ecommerce metaverse. Upon entering the NFTICALLY metaverse, you get a 360-degree view of a chosen brand’s storefront and can navigate through the store to look more closely at its different features. Users can also opt to join sessions with friends, and they can call on channels only accessible to their own specified group of people.

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Your Personal AI to Pick up the Slack

Personal.ai: Your Personal AI to Pick up the Slack

Conversing with Sharon Zhang, the co-Founder and CTO of Personal.ai, is an all-embracing experience. She makes you think, she inspires you, and she gets you to believe that anything you can imagine is possible. Most importantly, she understands human nature and innovates to make people’s lives—including her own—easier.

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Retelling Hong Kong’s Story with Movies and NFT

Retelling Hong Kong’s Story with Movies and NFTs: Interview with James Li of Beam+ Lab

Classic movies made in the 80s—the “Golden Age” of Cantonese movies—like “Nomad” or “My Heart Is That Eternal Rose” greatly reflected Hong Kong’s culture. After all, Hong Kong, despite being a small city, is cultivated with cultures of the East and the West. However, while Hollywood movies are on the rise, the Hong Kong movie industry has been lagging behind. In light of that, BEAM+ LAB is attempting to bring the “Golden Age” back.

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