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Tech Insights for the New Year

Tech Insights for the New Year

The arrival of 2021 offers a moment for active and thoughtful reflection. In practically every industry and avenue, the new year is one that promises hope and renewal, optimism and opportunity. In the tech world, the next 12 months are not likely to highlight flashy new developments and gadgets. It is more likely that the unseen heroes of our devices will have their moment; the software and services that offer practical and efficient solutions in our everyday lives have proven their value.

Mobile wallet apps have been on the market for years, but credit cards and cash were still the preferred method of payment for most consumers. In less than 10 months, COVID-19 concerns brought many more people to try contact-free payments; now it seems it is here to stay.

Augmented reality has also emerged as a previously untapped resource. Bringing virtual objects into our everyday lives was the stuff the Jetsons was made of. But as shopping excursions and try-on options are limited, using a digital rendering service to select a dress, pick-out eyeglasses, or buy a sofa has more appeal. EMarketer says that companies anticipate spending $2.4 billion on augmented reality in 2021, a 71% increase from 2020.

Similarly, more retail options are offering conversational technologies to interact with consumers. For many customers, the ability to chat with a representative and ask questions is an important part of the retail experience.

Also critical to our overall experience in 2021 will be the stability and reliability of our internet connections. That’s why the advancements in Wi-Fi technology are definitely good news. New networking standards, Wi-Fi 6, will be more efficient and spread bandwidth across devices. This means that all our contraptions and tools that connect to the internet, will work better for everyone in the household.

2020 New York Business Journal’s Women of Influence Announced

2020 New York Business Journal’s Women of Influence Announced

Dorit Ungar Black, a founding partner at New York’s Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP was named as one of ten  Women of Influence in 2020 by the New York Business Journal. The women recognized this year are all pioneers in the legal, finance, engineering, and real estate industries. They have all demonstrated professional and communal… Continue Reading

Crisis as Opportunity for Female Leadership

Crisis as Opportunity for Female Leadership

The coronavirus pandemic is generating thousands of opportunities for women to showcase their strengths and step into leadership positions. The economies disrupted by COVID-19 will eventually need to be realigned. Businesses around the world will be redefining their operational models and reassessing their business strategies. European Central Bank President, Christine Lagarde, argues that the male… Continue Reading

How to Support Women-Led Businesses During Crisis

How to Support Women-Led Businesses During Crisis

Since the very outset of the pandemic, COVID-19 has had a crippling ripple effect across world economies and international supply chains. In every country, businesses are navigating devastating obstacles: detrimental drops in revenue, debt, and job loss. For small and medium outfits, also known as SMEs, the financial turmoil is particularly devastating. And women-owned SMEs are feeling… Continue Reading

Finding the Balance in Tech and Business

Finding the Balance in Tech and Business

Distinction and nuance are not common these days. Everyone is eager to either be “all in” or “totally against” the newest and coolest fads, fashions, and even phones. Current economic, social, political, and personal realities have yielded a climate of cynicism about the dangers of social media, the disturbing possibilities of digital surveillance on smartphones, and the power stronghold… Continue Reading

New York Offers Grants for Business to Corona Comply

New York Offers Grants for Business to Corona Comply

Corona has forced changes in every part of life. Stores are not the same place we were used to just a few months ago. There are less people walking around, plastic partitions at checkout, customers and clerks wearing face masks, and many more disinfecting stations. These modifications are costly and many businesses, already strapped after… Continue Reading

How Fintech is Helping Small Businesses

How Fintech is Helping Small Businesses

The current ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to some remarkable business discoveries, including the revelation that fintechs, primarily online financial service companies, are effective liaisons for small business owners as well. The agility and flexibility that most fintech companies have allows them to be responsive in real-time; they experienced fewer policy and bureaucratic hurdles than… Continue Reading

Budgeting in a Crisis: Dos and Don’ts

Budgeting in a Crisis: Dos and Don’ts

It may seem strange to suggest a budget overhaul at a time of so much uncertainty. But that is exactly when these kinds of changes can be most beneficial and impactful. In general, many regular expenses have ceased to be a concern during the corona pandemic. There are virtually no restaurant meals, mani-pedis, or gym… Continue Reading

What to Expect When You Meet With Your Financial Adviser

Not all investment firms work in the same way, but it’s helpful to have some ideas about what you’ll experience when you meet with your financial adviser. The first step, of course, is to find an adviser with whom you’d like to work. Amongst other resources, sites like CrunchBase compile publicly available information about investing… Continue Reading