Doubling down on upcycling

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One person’s trash is another’s treasure. At Miniwiz, a startup based in Taipei, Taiwan, the focus is on both. Cofounded in 2005 by Arthur Huang when he was 27 years old, the company has become a pioneer in the practice of upcycling — the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, and unusable or unwanted products into building materials, furniture, and other design objects.

Huang, who holds a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard University, started his career as a professor, teaching material engineering and architecture design courses. But he decided that he could make a bigger impact on the world by changing the recycling industry from within. Miniwiz, which first entered the market with a portable energy charger, has

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10 Products to Get You Through Working From Home

Everybody’s working from home. But how efficiently are they doing it?


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A large portion of the American workforce is working from home these days. For some, that’s no problem and it’s business as usual. For others, it’s tough to be as productive as you once were. Given that we may be working from home for quite some time, it’s a good idea to start thinking about how you’re going to get the most out of every day. Not sure where to start? Here’s a primer on how to optimize every ounce of time you spend in your home office:

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Leading through the duration of the COVID-19 emergency

The coronavirus crisis is unlike any we have seen in recent memory. Its impact on our collective physical, mental, and economic health has elements in common with the 1918 influenza pandemic, the wave of terror bombings in the early 2000s, and the economic crash of 2008. It’s an inflection point, beyond which our personal and professional lives will be changed in ways we can’t yet fully understand.

Nevertheless, we must persevere. Our organizations need to survive both as vital components of the global economic engine and integral threads in the fabric of social coherence. Many people derive not just financial reward but some of the meaning in their lives from the work they do. They consider their coworkers to be part of their extended family. The workday is a metronome in the rhythm of their lives. Forging a new normal falls largely on the shoulders of those who lead. Regardless

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Leading through the duration of the COVID-19 emergency

The coronavirus crisis is unlike any we have seen in recent memory. Its impact on our collective physical, mental, and economic health has elements in common with the 1918 influenza pandemic, the wave of terror bombings in the early 2000s, and the economic crash of 2008. It’s an inflection point, beyond which our personal and professional lives will be changed in ways we can’t yet fully understand.

Nevertheless, we must persevere. Our organizations need to survive both as vital components of the global economic engine and integral threads in the fabric of social coherence. Many people derive not just financial reward but some of the meaning in their lives from the work they do. They consider their coworkers to be part of their extended family. The workday is a metronome in the rhythm of their lives. Forging a new normal falls largely on the shoulders of those who lead. Regardless

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6 Steps to Taking Your Startup Accelerator 100 Percent Virtual

Follow this simple checklist to go above and beyond your physical program presence.


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So you have your next startup accelerator program going on right now or coming up fast. You may be asking yourself, how do I provide as much value without face-to-face relationships? Can I have as big of an impact virtually, or should I delay our timeline? Can I even do it at all?

Short answer: Yes, you can.

Now is the time to step up as innovators in the startup ecosystem. It’s time to evolve. Just like the startups they fund, accelerators are always ripe for an upgrade.

The great thing is that there are already some virtual models out there today. Look at Propel, for example, which supports Canadian founders in the east coast region without a physical program for up to

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Business lessons from Albert Camus

Who would have imagined that a 73-year-old novel called The Plague would have more than metaphorical significance in our own time? Yet here we are, beset by the coronavirus and still in possession of Albert Camus’s gorgeous and profound meditation on life in the shadow of death.

First published in French in 1947 and set in what was then the colonial Algerian city of Oran, the novel is often read as allegory, perhaps for occupied France under Nazi rule. Camus had lived through the occupation in Paris, risking his life to run the resistance newspaper Combat. It’s our dubious distinction that we can treat his novel of pestilence a good deal more literally than critics often have done.

Shutting yourself in for awhile? I can’t think of a better book to recommend to anyone just now. But business readers in particular will find it compelling on several fronts. It’s

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