Can Biden save public transit from the pandemic?

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Ridership—and revenue—are cratering. Will there be anything left once we’re vaccinated? The Biden administration and new Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will have to act fast to give federal help so states and cities can turn things around. Even before the pandemic, mass transit in the U.S. had been struggling: 2018 marked the fourth straight year of ridership decline across the country, and though 2019 offered some hope with two full quarters of ridership growth, the pandemic crushed that progress. For public transit systems, fewer riders means less revenue, compounding longstanding funding issues. But with the Biden administration now in place, transit experts see hope for their industry’s future—one that is inextricably tied to climate goals and social equity—as long as the administration can get them the funding and federal policies they need. Read Full Story

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This startup turns food waste into new brands

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By offering developing farmers simple technology to preserve their crops and a distribution supply chain, Agricycle creates new markets for farmers. For female farmers growing mangos or pineapples in Kenya or Uganda , one of the main businesses challenges is simply getting food to customers: Without access to refrigerated storage or efficient transportation, food often spoils before it gets to a market. Overproduction is another problem, many tiny farms grow the same crops as neighbors flooding the market at harvest time. A startup called Agricycle is working to build new brands that can save food that would otherwise be lost—and help boost the incomes of rural families living in extreme poverty. Read Full Story

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What is Equity Crowdfunding and How Can You Use it For Your Business?

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Creating a successful startup is hard; it’s even harder without access to startup funds. However, if you’ve got a great business plan and the ability to create a buzz around your brand, equity crowdfunding could be the perfect option for your business. New legislation is opening up this crowdfunding option and making it a more viable method of raising capital for thousands of businesses. An Overview of Equity Crowdfunding Equity crowdfunding enables members of the public to invest in a privately-owned company. An entrepreneur or a business, generally a startup, will use an equity crowdfunding platform to offer securities in return for an investment from members of the public. Most commonly, that security will be in the form of shares, and as the company grows and prospers, the value of those shares increases, offering the investor a return on their investment. Why is this important for businesses? If you’ve ever …

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The coronavirus crisis will speed the end of shareholder primacy

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This moment in time has realigned the values of society and business, paving the way for stakeholder capitalism, writes Nasdaq’s global head of board engagement. We will not know the lasting effects of COVID-19 on the global business community for some time, but the immediate impact has taught us many lessons about globalism, innovation, and the value of stakeholder interests. Businesses have played a crucial role in addressing the full scope of this crisis—from maintaining important channels of communication through innovative technology, ensuring access to capital through open markets, and supporting supply chains with transportation and logistics teams deemed essential workers. Read Full Story

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We’ll never solve the wage gap without better, transparent data

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The CEO of organizational management startup ChartHop says it’s only with insight into earnings and trends across demographics that we can start dealing with inconsistent compensation policies. If your company released a document with everyone’s compensation, would you be shocked by what you saw? The prospect of compensation transparency can be a powerful litmus test for equal pay in the workplace. When comp planning is fair and unbiased, employees across the board should feel good about how salary and equity is allocated and how that ties in to their experience, roles, level, and function. Read Full Story

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13 influential marketing technology leaders

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30-second summary: Following a survey and some editorial research, we have highlighted 13 people we think are either respected industry guardians, or are making some noteworthy contributions to the marketing technology space. Scott Brinker, Tamara McCleary, Ann Lewnes, Des Cahill, Stephanie Buscemi, Tony Ralph and David Encizo, amongst those named in the list. Katrina Lake, Werner Vogels, Max Wessel, Jay Richman, Melanie Deziel and Erin Rowles also honored in the list. With February widely regarded as awards season in the realm of pop culture, we thought we’d get on the act as well and recognize some of the leading personalities in the marketing technology sector. We asked you, our valued readers, to send us your picks and combined that with hours of relentless editorial research, to narrow down our list to 13 deserving people. So without further ado here are our list of 13 (in no particular order) who we …

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Accelerators are making the funding gap worse for female founders

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New research from IFC and the World Bank Gender Innovation Lab in partnership with Village Capital and the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) shows that acceleration exacerbates the equity financing gap in emerging markets. What if we told you that a widely used intervention to help startups raise financing–accelerators–is actually making the gender financing gap worse? Read Full Story

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Amazon will invest $2 billion in climate tech

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Its new fund, called the Climate Pledge Fund, will invest in companies working on transportation and logistics, energy generation and storage, the circular economy, and agriculture. Nine months after Amazon announced that it planned to become carbon neutral by 2040 , the company is now launching a $2 billion internal venture capital fund to invest in technology to help it reach that goal. Read Full Story

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