Each week we feature our stories we thought were interesting, notable, or culturally significant. This week we are showcasing stories on WorkVivo, Microsoft, Working From Home, Program Management, Sonos, and Sole Bikes.
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Story-01:: Workvivo employee communication platform
Overview: Employee communication platform to excite, engage and connect your entire company. We combine the power of a social network, intranet, and employee app into one familiar digital experience that employees love.
Why It Matters: Workvivo, a Cork, Ireland-based employee experience startup that is backed by Zoom founder Eric Yuan and Tiger Global that has steadily grown over 200% over the past year.
“We’re sitting alongside Slack and Zoom in the ecosystem,” Goulding said. “There’s Zoom, Slack, and us.”
Story-2:: Microsoft wants its new Group Transcribe app to replace meeting notes | AppleInsider
Overview: Microsoft Garage, the experimental research division of Microsoft, has released a free iOS-only app called Group Transcribe. Each person in a meeting runs the app on their iPhone, and it provides what Microsoft describes as "real-time, high-quality transcription" of the conversation.
Why It Matters: Recording meeting details takes effort, and I find that often time, people are too busy capturing vs. listening and processing.
Link: Apple Insider
Story-3:: Covid's Impacts on Employees
Overview: One year into Covid, Employers, particularly tech companies are increasingly adopting extended work-from-home policies.
Why It Matters: Working from home has been excellent for many in that they don’t have to commute and get that time back. This is often just a theory for many; it has resulted in longer working days, more time in front of screens, and a massive shift to social isolation. It will be interesting to see the data on the number of vacation days taken over the next few years, and if you see a trend, individuals are taking their maximum vacation because they need a mental break. Other trends to be on the lookout are employee satisfaction and or employee internal Net Promotor Scores and how those scores are impacted.
Link: CNBC Article
Story-4:: The Complete Guide To Project Management
Overview: Welcome to what is one of the more complete guides to project management, where they highlight all information you need to formulate, organize, and execute a project management strategy to achieve your desired goal.
Why It Matters: As we continue to operate in a distributed working environment, it is as important as ever to have a solid program/project management framework and get everyone on the same page. This article and the associated toolkits act as a good primer for anyone just getting started with project management.
Story-5:: Sonos Roam, The portable smart speaker for all your listening adventures.
Overview: Take incredible sound everywhere with Roam. Enjoy music, voice control, and multiroom listening at home on WiFi, plus Bluetooth® streaming, all-day battery life, and waterproof durability on the go.
Why It Matters: Sonos finally launched a portable speaker, people can actually bring with them and it cost $169.
- Using automatic Trueplay™ tuning, Roam smartly adapts to your surroundings and whatever you're listening to for sound that's astonishingly detailed and perfectly balanced.
- All our speakers work together on WiFi so you can create the system you want over time. Listen all around your home when you group speakers to play in sync, and pair matching speakers together in the same room for more detailed stereo sound.
- Enjoy the unmatched Sonos experience on Wifi, and stream directly from your smartphone, tablet, or computer using Bluetooth.
- Roam automatically connects to your home network and pairs with your phone when you're away. So all you have to think about is what to play.
Link: Sonos Roam
Story-6:: Summer is here, bring on the bikes
Overview: A few years back, I learned about Sole Bicycles and have been obsessed with their bikes, the brand and of course their music.
Why It Matters: The moment it reached over 40-degrees here in sunny Chicago, shorts were on, bikes tired were pumped, and I was ready for summer. And while I love my mountain bike, I have been in the market for something bumping around town and going to and from the pool. Long been a fan of the team, their products, and above all their fixtapes. In fact, when I get a couple of days off, I am gong to start to look at customizing a bike for this website via their custom program Custom-Corporate. In the meantime, check out a few of my favorites from the Sole Team and don’t forget to subscribe to to their newsletter for updates on bike specials.
Based on title, I assume, Peter Hon their Art Director does all the mixtape artwork, if you don’t need a bike, at a minimum head to the site to check out all the incredible artwork created for the site and the Fixtape series.
Link: solebicycles.com | #fixtapes