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How Privacy and User Experience Improve at the Same Time.

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The past year has only emphasized how critical technology is in keeping the world connected, informed, healthy and safe. Anne Toth, director of Alexa Trust at Amazon Alexa, spoke at a CES® 2021 session about the fact that many technology products that we had previously viewed as fun or convenient to have became integral and essential in the past year. And subsequently, consumer expectations have changed.

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Rethinking your strategic planning for 2021

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strategic-planning-2021How to change your approach to strategic planning in this fast-moving business environment.

Somebody asked me the other day if I planned to take a trip this year. I used to travel regularly for both work and pleasure, but I spent 2020 on the ground. I answered, “I don’t even know what’s going to happen tomorrow, let alone in six months.”

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A creative’s guide to starting a new business

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Guide to starting a new business for artists and designers

This guide was originally published in The Creative Independent, a resource of interviewswisdom, and how-to guides for creative people. Illustrations by Jeremy Nguyen. 

Thinking about crafting a new business with concern for the larger systems at play–all while considering your personal bandwidth and well-being–can feel pretty daunting. For this reason, I work with individuals and teams in their early days to explore what forming a business can and will look like for them. For people who go to biz school, the steps to getting a business off the ground are laid out. For the rest, it can feel completely overwhelming, or worse, it can feel a little bit like selling out. The good news is that formalizing a business can actually be a highly creative–and even energizing–undertaking.

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Business Owners: What 2021 will require of us.

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If you are a business owner, and especially if you are a small business owner, 2020 was a very challenging year. Even more so if you were in an industry directly affected by the pandemic. There is hope, though.

In fact, there is always hope if you are willing to “find it, face it, fix it,” which is one of our rules around here.

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