These are the most innovative education companies of 2020

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Why Teachable, ImmSchools, Duolingo, and Everfi are among our top education companies of 2020. This year’s most innovative education companies are doing their part to level the playing field, from SV Academy’s tuition-free technology training for job seekers, to Saga Education’s free tutors in underserved public schools, to EdNavigator’s educational counseling and planning. At a time when student debt has passed $1.6 trillion (and solutions still feel far off), these companies are offering low- or no-cost assistance to teachers, students, and parents, in the form of planning, resources, and advice. Read Full Story

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‘Contact tracer’ is the hot well-paying job of our era, and you can train to be one for free

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Coursera is offering a free five-hour course by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. American states are scrambling to staff up on contact tracers, hiring 100,000-300,000 employees to keep tabs on COVID-19 patients and their contacts. The job is often (though not always) well paid, up to $65,000 per year, and ideal for furloughed workers with strong social skills. Read Full Story

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Seattle’s new NHL team will give fans free public transit to get to games

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Why fight traffic and risk missing all the good fights? In 2021, Seattle will have a new hockey team. And when hockey fans head to a game at the new arena where the team will play, they could choose to sit in some traffic on the freeway and pay for parking downtown, or they could hop on a bus or light rail—completely free of charge. NHL Seattle (the team doesn’t have a name yet) will be the third sports franchise in the country to offer free public transit to those going to games, as a way to ease traffic congestion in the city, increase access for fans, and do something good for the environment. Read Full Story

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Key insights: Day one post COVID-19, the mobile app economy takes centre stage, the martech-scape and more

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30-second summary: Chiefmartec released the much anticipated martech supergraphic 2020, 615 Martech businesses faded away in 2019 and didn’t make it to the 2020 martech-scape graphic. People won’t be very comfortable eating out in the post COVID-19 world but they showed an inclination towards wanting to support local restaurants and engage in more virtual get-togethers with family and friends. Algolia’s search trend report showed that education-related sites grew over 10X and grocery sites grew over 6X. But there’s more of a surprise in the findings, read on to discover. Consumers want ads to mention pricing, empathy, availability, and a few more. Video ads are the hero of advertising as TV and social media advertising soar. The pandemic sunk its teeth into the world economy but the mobile app economy has set its foot for success. Adjust’s App Trends 2020 report reveals the types of apps that are succeeding and their …

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I was the CEO of a $20 billion company. Here’s why I just left

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Match Group CEO Mandy Ginsberg opens up about how serious health concerns and the destruction of her home led her to give up the hard-won top job at a public company. On March 1, I stepped down as CEO of the company that I’ve worked at for the past 14 years. It was an emotional and complex decision. I was asked, “Why would you give up the hard-fought top job at a $20+ billion public company for personal reasons?” and, “You are at the top of your career and you are choosing to walk away?” I knew the biased assumptions my decision could prompt among the troglodytes who still question women leaders. I also know how important it is to change this antiquated notion that there is no place for personal priorities in the C-suite. Read Full Story

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Operating During COVID-19: Helpful Tips for Local Businesses

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Posted by MiriamEllis Local businesses know better than any other model what it means to fully participate in community life. You are the good neighbors who are there to serve, inspire, and sustain the people and traditions that make your town a unique and enjoyable place to call home. As we explore this topic of what local businesses can do during the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to honor all that you have always done to take care of your community as a local business owner or marketer. Thank you. In this article, you will find local SEO tips that could make a difference for your business in the coming weeks, innovative resources for support, advice from my own tight-knit community of some of the world’s best local SEOs, and some serious thinking about building a better local future. Adhere to all regulations First and foremost, start each day with a …

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Remote learning exacerbates inequality. Here’s how we must support the most vulnerable kids

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Without a radical reimagining, this school year is set to multiply already gaping disparities. My son finished elementary school at our local, Title 1 public school this spring. Distance learning under emergency conditions was a challenge. For some it was especially tough. Some kids never made it to class meetings. Other students shared one device among three or more siblings. The experience highlighted the significant challenge in making remote learning equitable in a country with deep economic stratification. Read Full Story

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