Remember when this was supposed to last two weeks?

It’s now been nearly nine months since many of us have stepped foot in the office. In that time, remote work has gone from being a novelty to being the norm. …


Climbing walls. Arcades. Weight Rooms. Beer Fridays. Not long ago, on-the-job perks like these were commonplace among the Googles and Facebooks of the world, not to mention countless startups aspiring to join their ranks.

Now, more than six months into the work-from-home era, they seem, well … kinda dumb.

And…


Recently, Apple became the first U.S. company to be valued at $2 trillion. This is all the more striking considering just two years ago Apple became the first U.S. company to be valued at $1 trillion.

Nor is Apple alone. Across the board, tech — especially big tech — has…


Virtual hiring is an opportunity for businesses to consciously de-emphasize the role of culture

I was recently involved in a high-level job search at my company — to replace myself.

After 12 years as founder and CEO, I had decided to move to chairman of the board and hand the operational reins over to a successor. Then, COVID-19 happened. The prospect of finding and…


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Cramped and chaotic working quarters. Remote bosses breathing down your neck. Isolation from friends and colleagues. Some serious cabin fever.

We’ve probably all faced these issues adjusting to working from home during the COVID-19 crisis. …


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The first time someone actually “punched in” to work was 1888. Invented by a jeweler named William Bundy, the mechanical time clock enabled factories to monitor — with machine-like precision — how long people worked and how much they were owed.

In many ways, the time clock was the consummate…


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Let’s be honest. At the best of times, business conferences can be a little … dull. But now that conferences have gone virtual, the risk of boring people to tears is very real.

But the reality is virtual conferences and events are going to be a big part of our…


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First came the crisis. Then the conspiracies. On Facebook, YouTube and other platforms, posts began popping up and going viral: 5G causes COVID-19; drinking bleach can cure it; Bill Gates is behind it.

For me, this felt like a bad case of deja vu: another global news event, another flurry…


This stat surprised me. According to recent figures from the Education Department, during the 2018–2019 academic year only 35% of postsecondary students in the U.S. took at least one course online.

Stop and think about that. Despite the ubiquity of high speed internet, the sophistication of video conferencing technology and…


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The COVID-19 crisis has brought with it a new reality of remote working. Over the past weeks, millions of people have adapted to working from home, repurposing dining room tables, bedrooms and even ironing boards as temporary offices.

Finding the right technology has been a big part of this adjustment…

Ryan Holmes

Entrepreneur, investor, future enthusiast, inventor, hacker. Lover of dogs, owls and outdoor pursuits. Best-known as the founder and CEO of Hootsuite.

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