Department stores were the original retail startups. Now they’re headed for the grave

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Department stores were already on shaky ground. Then the COVID-19 crisis hit. After a century and a half, the American department store appears to be headed toward the grave. These glittering emporia that once drew crowds with fashion shows, concerts, and lavish holiday windows are going out with whimper, not a bang—an apparent victim of the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Read Full Story

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New Zealand masterfully contained the coronavirus . Here’s what the U.S. can learn from the country’s response

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A native of the island nation, this software CEO describes how New Zealand efficiently executed its pandemic response. He argues this same efficiency makes the country an equally desirable place to do business. I was born and raised in New Zealand. In 2018, I launched a New Zealand-based tech startup that provides ​software to photographers ​ around the world. We’ve grown to employ talent from companies like Uber and Google, and recently launched a new AI product, which has continued to take root, even amid the emergence of COVID-19 and resultant global health and economic crisis. None of this is a coincidence. Read Full Story

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“We literally couldn’t fundraise”: Why wealthy VCs won’t save struggling startups

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Amid the coronavirus crisis, startups have gotten flack for applying for Paycheck Protection Program loans. But many have no choice but to ask for a government bailout when their VC funders are unable to help prevent layoffs. Criticism of venture-backed tech startups for taking part in the government’s coronavirus bailout loan program has steadily grown since the first $349 million tranche of funding was exhausted on April 17. With millions of Main Street small businesses laying off employees, some have asked why tech startups with rich VC backers should be among the first to receive the forgivable Small Business Administration loans. After all, can’t VC-backed startups just ask for more funding from wealthy investors? Read Full Story

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Do Headings Really Impact Rankings?

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They say in SEO you need to use headings. Those can be H1, H2, or even H3 tags. But do they really impact your rankings? Sure, a lot of CMS systems put headings on each of your web pages by default. They do this with the title of the page (or blog post) and sometimes to sections within a page. But again, the real question is, do they help with rankings? I decided to run a fun experiment to find out if they really help. How the experiment worked Similar to past experiments I ran, I reached out to a portion of my email list to ask if they would like to participate. Just like how I did with the one on blog comment links and this one on link building . 4,104 of you responded wanting to participate. But unlike previous experiments, we only ran this one on websites …

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