Each week via our ‘Weekly Rundown’ segment, we highlight stories we thought were interesting, notable across business and technology. This week, we showcase stories on Google Tables, Facebook, Air Jordan, Rothy’s, Larry’s in Chicago, and Dorie Clark.
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Story-1:: Google Tables, the answer to stuff..
Overview: allows for tracking projects more efficiently using automation. Today, Google says Tables will officially “graduate” from Area 120 to become an official Google product by joining Google Cloud, which it expects to complete in the next year.
Why It Matters: Tables, with other teams at Google, are investing in automation. For Tables, this means Bots. With Bots, teams can easily schedule recurring email reminders when tasks are overdue, message a chat room when new form submissions are received, or move a task to someone else’s work queue when the status is changed.
Tables help teams track work, no matter the task at hand.
Prior to Tables, you'd have to do a lot of manual work: check multiple different sources of data, collate it all together and then copy and paste it into another doc to hand it off. Tables make automating these actions quick and easy, saving teams time and making collaboration seamless.
One tool, many uses
Easily manage support tickets and bug backlogs to enhance the services your IT team delivers.
- Project & task management
- IT Operations
- Customer tracker & sales CRM
- Employees, teams & recruiting
- Product launch & development
Story-2:: New Ways for Creators to Make a Living
Overview: Creators have always used Instagram to share products they love, and people trust their favorite accounts for inspiration and new products. Today, select creators can tag products from the brands they work with or use Shops if they have their own product line. We want to give more creators access to our shopping tools and allow them to get rewarded for the purchases they drive.
Why It Matters: Every platform is trying to be everything to everyone. That means they need commerce. This is just another way that FB/IG is trying to find ways to expand their platform and black the likes of TikTok and Snapchat from taking any more market share.
Story-3:: Air Jordan 1 Gets Protective Trademark
Overview: After more than 35 years after the introduction of the shoes, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (also known as the USPTO) has officially registered a protective trademark for the design of the Air Jordan 1
Why It Matters: After 35 years in the marking and a couple of millions of pairs later. Jordan brand finally gets their trademark. This is long been coming, and if you remember there was a big win for the Jordan brand with some counterfeiters overseas. Does this really matter to you average consumer, probably not. Is it still kind of cool to a sneakerhead. You best believe.
Story-5:: Rothy's Now for Men, Trust Me
Overview: Men’s has arrived, and it’s been years in the making. In preparing for this launch, we relentlessly focused on R&D, pushing our sustainable techniques to the next level. The result? An industry first: Men’s shoes featuring intentional design, exceptional comfort, and unparalleled style—all produced with nearly no waste.
Why It Matters: Over the last few years I have bought my wife, daughter, and mother all Rothy's. I love the brand story, the look, the quality. They have long not made a men's line and I have emailed and tweeted their team, please make a men's line. Well, a few weeks ago I got a DM from Rothy's account letting me know that a men's line was dropping, and provided me with a discount code. I have since bought my first pair, 'Urban Camo Grey' or whatever they call them. Needless to say, more of my disposable income will be going to a brand that is trying to make great products and do it in a responsible manner.
Story-6:: Larry's at The Lawrence House
Overview: Larry's is a cozy neighborhood drinking den located in the lobby of The Lawrence House in Chicago's historic Uptown neighborhood.
Why It Matters: A few years back, I had the privilege of going to this bar, loved it an emailed the team there. Then had the chance to meet the team and instantly understood why they were so successful. As we all know, the world sort of closed down to bars and stores. Well, these guys figured out how to can their own cocktails onsite and I just thought, that is the CAN DO attitude that we all need. Now that the world is finally back open in most places, I can't wait to go and have a cocktail in person.
Story-7:: Personal Branding for Creative Professionals
Overview: Dorie Clark Over the past few years, she has taught in the U.S., England, Thailand, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and the list goes on. She loves doing it, and the experience - working closely with a small group of students - is great. But not everyone can afford to take time off work, or the pricey tuition. I started looking around for ways to share my knowledge (besides blogging) that were more affordable and accessible.
So I filmed Personal Branding for Creative Professionals - 12 hours of live instruction covering everything from discovering your personal narrative to building your online presence, and from networking to dealing with the media.
Why It Matters: I came across Dorie on some online learning course and really enjoyed her material. She has a great way about her and if you are interested in Personal Branding, have a listen and you might learn a thing or two.