Innovation + Growth

12 Nov 2019

How Startups Can Apply Lean Methodology to Their Finances

New companies don't necessarily have millions of dollars in the bank or the backing of a large investor to ensure that it has the money needed to operate at a loss. In many cases, startups are funded with little more than what their owners have in the bank. Therefore, it is important that you understand what lean methodology is and how it can help your business survive long enough to eventually turn a profit. Identify Waste There are many different ways in which a company could be wasting money such as paying employees too much or hiring employees instead of freelancers. Chamberland Business Accounting says it may also be a bad idea for startups to lease an office building or otherwise pay for space that they don't need at the moment. Consolidating or otherwise refinancing corporate debt could save an organization hundreds of dollars per month or more. Eliminating waste…

20 Jun 2019

3 Ways To Invest In Local Tech Talent and Why It Matters

The shortage of technical talent is all around us. According to recent research by Korn Ferry, the labor-skills shortage in the tech sector is expected to reach 4.3 million workers by 2030. Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported the IT unemployment rate at a 20-year low. Demand is soaring for jobs in data analytics, AI, and other advanced skills. If you find these statistics compelling and agree the future of work is upon us, here are three steps you can take to empower the workforce we rely on for innovation. Engage in the local tech scene Gone are the days where there was merit to the idea that top technology talent only wants to live in Silicon Valley. While many cities all over the world are re-positioning themselves as “tech hubs,” here in Orange County, California, we are engaged in a number of initiatives to retain the talent we…

07 Mar 2019

When Giving is Easy, Everyone Wins

When you hear the term “social good,” what does that mean to you? If you’re thinking about something that benefits a large number of people in a meaningful way, you’re right. The concept of social good can be traced back to philosophers in Ancient Greece and provides the basis for charity or philanthropic work. One of the greatest examples of social good is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, whose mission is to help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems leveraging Bill and Melinda’s wealth to do this important work. While I personally find what they are doing to better our world inspiring, important and innovative, there are countless others committed to giving back that are not in the global public eye. Motivated by the desire to give back, Kelly O’Connell, Founder and CEO of the non-profit organization, Start Giving Local, created a model that empowers everyone to…

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