Entrepreneurship Programs Are Preparing Students to Become Pioneers

Given the right STEM education and opportunities, future founders can accomplish global good. March 29, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. “I walk on untrodden ground,” George Washington wrote 230 years ago. One of America’s greatest Founding Fathers was blazing a trail in which his actions (and their consequences) had no precedent. Today, innovators and designers solve challenges that require new paradigms, processes and/or inventions for which there are no blueprints. As pioneers, they bear the risk of ruin from failure, while pursuing the lofty goal of changing the world.  Our STEM Dilemma Pioneers make progress possible, but in America, STEM education (science, tech, engineering and math) needs plenty of improvement. In 2015, 15-year-olds across the country ranked 38th in math and 24th in science out of 71 developed countries, according to Pew Research. China, India, Russia and other developing countries are winning the race […]

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8 Trustworthy Tips on How to Stay Physically and Mentally Healthy Right Now

Tune out all the conflicting coronavirus information and key in on this selection of advice from credible medical experts. March 25, 2020 7 min read To slow the spread of COVID-19, doctors and pandemic experts have been clear about what needs to be done: Stay inside if you can, wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water, keep a distance of at least six feet from people when you’re out of your home and avoid large groups and unnecessary travel.  It sounds simple, but panicked people are doing everything from bulk buying enough food to feed their family for months on end, to buying dangerous supplements claiming to “protect” them from the virus, to spreading text and Facebook messages with fake advice on how to prevent themselves from getting infected.  Instead of buying into the hype, read on for eight reasonable tips from credible medical experts on what you […]

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VPNs Are a Valuable Tool in COVID-19 Times

Whether for working remotely or circumventing censors, VPN usage has seen tremendous growth these past two weeks. March 25, 2020 1 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag VPNs are a major piece of internet infrastructure holding together the work-from-home workforce right now and providing a way for people to get vital news in countries with censorship. VPNs encrypt web traffic, keeping data safe and protecting privacy. You may have a corporate VPN that you connect to for work, or you can elect to use one for yourself. Related: 4 Ways to Boost Your Immune System During the Coronavirus Outbreak During the last two weeks of the COVID-19 crisis, VPN usage in the United States has gone up 124 percent. In that same period in Italy, it has gone up 160 percent, according to Atlas VPN.  In these countries where social distancing is a necessity, VPNs provide a way to make online behavior […]

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Stocks Climb After Lawmakers Agree on $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus

Stocks climbed on Wednesday after U.S. lawmakers agreed on a $2 trillion stimulus bill to buttress the economy against the novel coronavirus. March 25, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Global stocks rose on Wednesday after U.S. lawmakers reached terms on a $2 trillion stimulus package intended to shore up the U.S. economy against the novel coronavirus pandemic. The gains followed a historic rally on Tuesday, which saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average surge more than 11% — its biggest percentage gain since 1933. The Senate is set to vote on a bill that would provide around $500 billion in loans and other assistance to companies and state and local governments, grant north of $350 billion in aid to small businesses, and earmark $150 billion for hospitals and other healthcare providers, according to Bloomberg. The proposed legislation would also deliver $1,200 checks to lower- and middle-income American adults and $500 […]

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Tech Billionaires Including Tim Cook, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg Promised 18 Million Masks to Fight COVID-19

This weekend saw a flurry in Silicon Valley CEOs promising their companies would donate masks to healthcare workers. March 23, 2020 5 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Tech billionaires are jostling to donate protective masks. Over the weekend a flurry of tech CEOs including Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Tesla’s Elon Musk promised to deliver millions of masks to healthcare workers working on the front line to fight against the coronavirus. Panic buying means masks are in short supply even for hospital staff, so much so tha the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said last week that as a last resort healthcare workers should use a bandana or scarf. The World Health Organization cautions that members of the public do not need to wear masks unless they are caring for someone who has contracted COVID-19, and warns that they are ony effective if put on […]

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CDC Creates Coronavirus Chatbot Called Clara to Check Your Symptoms

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s chatbot will assess symptoms and risk factors, suggest what actions people should take, and provide information on how to safely manage at home. March 23, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a chatbot that will talk to you about the symptoms of coronavirus, and whether or not you should seek medical assistance. Called “Clara,” the chatbot was built on Microsoft’s “Healthcare Bot” and powered by the technology giant’s Azure cloud architecture. Clara will assess symptoms and risk factors for people who are concerned they might get infected, suggest what action they should take, and provide information for how to safely manage at home, Microsoft explained in a blog post. Why does the CDC need a chatbot? Microsoft says that using artificial intelligence in this way helps to “[free] […]

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Google Launches Coronavirus Website, Nothing Like Trump Promised

It serves as an online resource to understand the coronavirus outbreak, but Google’s website isn’t what the Trump administration described. March 23, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Google’s website to guide Americans through the coronavirus outbreak has gone live. It dishes out information and data updated regularly. Google reveals top searches related to the coronavirus, but it also put forth several items that focus on education and prevention. When visiting Google’s website, you’ll see a standard information card explaining COVID-19 and how it spreads. Google then directs users to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, as they’re trusted experts on the matter. Further, the website includes several clips highlighting important information and state-specific links to understand measures being put in place at the local level. There’s also an entire section dedicated to tips on working remotely, coping with stressful days, working out, and cooking. Google didn’t […]

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8 Ways for Your Business to Stay Ahead During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Generating new leads and upgrading your tech are just two of the solutions to surviving this pandemic. March 23, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Setting direct health concerns aside, it has now become clear that coronavirus will not pass without leaving some long-term business and economic consequences in its wake. While it might be tempting to focus on just staying afloat in the moment, putting out the fires as and when they threaten to appear, it’s crucial to plan for the future of your business and be fully prepared for what will come next. Here’s a helpful eight-step guide to getting started. 1. Find leads and customers ahead of time As many businesses are going to be focusing on the here and now, struggling to maintain normal running operation, this could be your chance to build a new network of prospective customers. Putting time […]

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What Tom Brady’s Patriots Exit Teaches Us About the Value of Teamwork

As New England’s iconic ex-QB heads elsewhere, it focuses attention on the valuable role players that are the backbone of all organizations. March 21, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s no secret the most talked-about figure in sports this week has been former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The first-ballot Hall of Famer announced via social media he would be leaving the franchise he helped rejuvenate and lead to six Super Bowl wins over the course of two decades.  Getting less buzz, however, are two relative journeymen QBs who’ve not only managed to stay in the league (a feat in itself, considering the average NFL career is just over three years), but are also cashing in by being good teammates — and teachers. Case Keenum, previously with the Washington Redskins, signed a three-year, $18 million deal with the Cleveland Browns to back up Baker Mayfield. Chase Daniel, […]

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Shows to Binge During the Pandemic That Aren’t ‘Breaking Bad’ or ‘Fleabag’

If you feel like you’ve already seen everything, here are some under-the-radar TV options to tide you over as we weather coronavirus together. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Being informed about the spread of COVID-19 and its devastating effects on the global community is critical. But we can all acknowledge that staying attuned to the news every waking hour has only heightened our collective anxiety and sense of foreboding. One of the few salves for those fortunate enough to have reliable WiFi and access to cable and streaming services has been the chance to catch up with TV shows that had previously passed us by and might offer momentary respite from the coronavirus and its attendant confinement.  But before one more website or well-meaning friend reads you the riot act for having never seen Breaking Bad or The Wire, or parrots the popular thinking that Fleabag is comedy manna (not that it […]

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How the Humble Chickpea Stormed Snack and Dessert Markets

Hummus has taken America by storm, and it isn’t stopping anytime soon. March 21, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s funny how the simplest, most traditional products can seem to spontaneously spike in popularity. One prime example: hummus. That traditional Middle Eastern dish made of just chickpeas, lemon, tahini, olive oil and garlic has been eaten in Egypt and the Levant since at least the 13th century, where the earliest known recipe for a pureed, spiced chickpea dish was found in Cairo. But over the last 10 years, it’s become a downright craze, earning prime real estate in grocery stores and refrigerators and even inspiring meme fandoms. This is probably due, at least in part, to PepsiCo taking over as Sabra’s parent company in the early aughts. Between 2008 and 2010, Pepsi flooded the U.S. with samples of Sabra hummus, thus introducing the traditional Middle Eastern food […]

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How Coronavirus Could Wreak Havoc on Your Supply Chain

Procurement might be one of the last things on your mind, but it should be one of the first. March 20, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Over the past few weeks, COVID-19 has transformed American life in ways many never thought possible. As schools close, stores shutter early and business goes digital, procurement might be one of the last things on your mind — but it should be one of the first. Every business leader knows she needs a steady supply of key products to continue operating. The spread of COVID-19 promises plenty of unknowns well into the future, but one thing is certain: Your supply chain is at risk of major disruption. The coronavirus has already impacted the supply chains of 75 percent of American businesses. While that number is bound to go up, so is the severity of those disruptions. Here are a few ways COVID-19 might […]

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4 Strategies to Help Your Business Recover From Coronavirus

COVID-19 is upending companies large and small, but here’s how you can limit the damage. March 20, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc on the global economy. Air travel is being hit hard, sports leagues and big events are being canceled, countries are putting up travel restrictions to try to keep the virus outside their borders, and public health officials and hospitals are bracing for the worst. In times of crisis, it can be hard to stay calm and be optimistic. Fortunately, for entrepreneurs and business leaders, staying calm under pressure is part of the job description. By taking proactive steps now, you can put your business in a more secure position to stay strong and recover faster once the crisis subsides. In fact, China, the country where the virus first emerged, is already showing signs of economic recovery. Here […]

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Health ‘Benefits’ Are Accelerating Coronavirus’s Spread

The current crisis stresses our need for value-based physician care. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Americans are worried, and the financial markets are terrified. The number of detected individuals with coronavirus (COVID-19) is ticking upward, schools are closing, lawmakers are considering price-gouging legislation and waiving fees to encourage the poor and uninsured to get tested, and more and more people have converted from, “This coronavirus thing is overblown” to, “This is a grave concern.” Coronavirus is, indeed, a very significant concern. The speed with which it spreads is alarming, especially when you consider how an underlying, often overlooked element of society is accelerating it. The element I’m alluding to is the status quo, employer-provided health benefits that insure nearly 160 million Americans. These “benefits,” usually unbeknownst to business leaders, are pointing a large proportion of American people to unsatisfactory care centers built on a fee-for-service system that […]

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Elon Musk Says on Twitter That His Factories Will Make Ventilators if Coronavirus Causes a Shortage

Musk said the tech components produced at his Tesla and SpaceX factories were “sophisticated” and ventilators were “not difficult” in comparison. March 19, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, said on Twitter that his factories would be repurposed to produce ventilators if there were a shortage brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.  Musk made the pledge in response to a tweet Wednesday evening. “Please repurpose your factory to make ventilators which are needed ASAP,” the user Raja Abbas wrote. “I am a Tesla owner and love the company. You have to stop being an idiot about this. This is a massive disaster. Ask the doctors in the field.” “We will make ventilators if there is a shortage,” Musk responded. FiveThirtyEight’s editor-in-chief, Nate Silver, challenged Musk on his claim in another tweet, saying: “There’s a shortage now, how many ventilators you making […]

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Are APIs the Gateway to Latin America?

The Application Programming Interfaces wave is moving beyond Silicon Valley. March 19, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I recently read an article by Daniel Levine, a Partner at Accel, about how the Application Programming Interfaces (API) wave is sweeping Silicon Valley. I would argue that Latin America is next. APIs are the building blocks that make it possible for both consumer and B2B startups to function. These APIs are increasingly essential to the infrastructure layer that supports technology businesses, especially in fintech and insurance tech.  In the U.S., startups like Checkr, Plaid and Stripe have become invaluable not only to technology startups, but also to traditional businesses that now realize the advantage of being able to automatically integrate background checks, financial tools or payments systems without having to develop proprietary software. This year, Stripe became one of the world’s most valuable API-focused startups, worth $35 billion and backed by […]

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Amazon Closes Queens Delivery Station After Worker Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The closure is only thought to be temporary while ‘additional sanitation’ is carried out, but it’s unclear when the station will reopen. March 19, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Amazon may be facing a massive surge in demand, but it isn’t immune to the impact of coronavirus. Overnight, an employee in New York tested positive for the virus and Amazon has taken the decision to close the warehouse where they worked. As Recode reports, the employee in question worked out of Amazon’s Queens delivery station, which is roughly 80,000 square feet in size and employs up to 200 workers. The station is run to sort packages and load them on to trucks for delivery. An Amazon spokesperson has confirmed that the employee is in quarantine and being supported by the company. The closure of the Queens facility is temporary and specifically to carry out “additional […]

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TikTok Censored ‘Ugly, Poor or Disabled’ People to Attract More Users

Documents reveal how the popular app also censorsed content that would harm China’s reputation or ‘defames’ civil servants, politicians, or religious leaders. March 19, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag In order to try and attract new users to its platform, TikTok moderators have censored content from people deemed too ugly, poor or disabled, according to leaked documents. As The Intercept reports, TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, moderators looked for users that had an “abnormal body shape,” “ugly facial looks,” had an “obvious beer belly” and many other aesthetic qualities, in order to stop them reaching the “For You” section of the app — the landing page users come to when they open the app which algorithmically promotes content. The internal documents state that “the only focus of the video [is] if the character’s appearance or the shooting environment is not good, the video […]

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First 45 U.S. Volunteers Get Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine

The investigational vaccine doesn’t contain any part of the actual coronavirus and cannot cause infection, but instead includes a short segment of lab-grown messenger RNA. March 17, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Scientists on Monday gave the first-ever injection of an experimental coronavirus vaccine to volunteers in the US. Doses of mRNA-1273 into the arms of healthy participants at Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute (KPWHRI) this week began the first-stage study of a potential COVID-19 immunization. The initial trial involves 45 people aged 18 to 55, including tech company operations manager Jennifer Haller—the study’s first participant. “We all feel so helpless. This is an amazing opportunity for me to do something,” the 43-year-old Seattelite told the Associated Press before getting jabbed. She reportedly left the exam room with a smile, “feeling great.” The investigational vaccine, made by biotech company Moderna, does not contain any part of the […]

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Tesla Starts Delivering the Model Y

March 17, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Tesla’s Model Y is reaching buyers roughly a year after its debut. The company has followed up numerous buyer reports by confirming that deliveries of its electric crossover are officially underway in spring (really, late winter) as promised. It’s not clear just how many vehicles are enroute at this stage, but it’s notable that initial orders revolve around pricier Long Range and Performance configurations — standard range models won’t show until 2021. The Model Y shares a lot in common with the Model 3 sedan, but it’s arguably a more reasonably priced alternative to the Model X. You don’t get the X’s performance, more elaborate in-cabin tech or those signature falcon wing doors, but you do get considerably more room than the 3 with an option for seven seats. The deliveries are good news for Tesla, which hoped to keep its momentum going through 2020. With […]

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