Securian Financial and Allianz Life Ventures have teamed up to "fintech" startups in a new three-month accelerator program. The two local firms are collaborating with Gener8tor, a national startup accelerator that invests in high-growth companies, to fund OnRamp Insurance Accelerator. The three partners are expecting to run the accelerator program in the Twin Cities for the next three years. Accelerators match participants with mentors and introduce them to investors and other entrepreneurs who can help them develop their technologies. The OnRamp program each year will accept five startups in the financial services and insurance technology fields. "We are very excited to bring some of the brightest minds in [insurance technology] to the Twin Cities through this new collaboration," said Chris Hilger, president and CEO of St. Paul-based Securian, said in a statement. "We are in the midst of a complete digital and technical transformation at Securian Financial, and our investment in the … [Read more...] about Securian, Allianz fund accelerator program for insurance technology startups
As humans develop more powerful machines that increase productivity and improve life, modern technologies have also taken over some occupations previously performed by humans. A 2017 study by the McKinsey Global Institute predicts that by 2030 as many as 800 million jobs could be lost to automation. The drastic effect automation could have on the everyday workforce could be as big as the transition from out of an agriculture-heavy economy in the early 20th century, the report said. … [Read more...] about Modern technologies: Will they one day take our jobs?
An epidemic of loneliness is sweeping the workplace, and it could be hurting job performance and loyalty. Employees today spend half their day using technology to communicate, rather than relying on face-to-face or phone conversations, finds a new study from human resource advisory firm Future Workplace and Virgin Pulse, a company that works with businesses to improve employees' health. Slightly more than half of workers said they always or very often feel lonely as a result, according to the study, which is published in a new book called "Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation" by Future Workplace Research Director Dan Schawbel. The study interviewed over 2,000 managers and employees in 10 countries. The ubiquity of technology in the workplace has helped millions of workers turn to telecommuting, a benefit that many employees crave because it cuts out travel time and provides more flexibility. But remote workers appear to be more … [Read more...] about How technology can lead to loneliness in the workplace
News / UK and world by Press Association November 12, 2018, 12:03 am Updated: November 12, 2018, 12:05 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Health Secretary Matt Hancock is heading to Paris to meet world leaders to discuss ways to fast-track new healthcare technologies for use in the NHS. He is due to attend the GovTech summit alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron and other EU ministers on Monday. The summit will look at how emerging technologies can be used to revolutionise healthcare. He is due to sit on a panel at Paris City Hall titled “From Lab to Gov: Harnessing the power of innovation” to discuss the importance of embracing the latest advances in tech and artificial intelligence (AI) for health and social care. Mr Hancock said: “I’ve said I’ll scour the world to find technology to improve the NHS. “So as we build the most dynamic HealthTech … [Read more...] about Hancock attends Paris summit in search for technology to improve NHS
Viet Nam News By Thu Ngân HCM CITY – “If you have never lost your deposit while renting a house, you have not grown up yet.” When a young woman entrepreneur said this in jest on Shark Tank, the reality TV show for start-ups, audiences laughed but recognised she was telling it as it was: it is risky and not easy to rent a house in Việt Nam. For a long time the demand for rented houses and condos in cities has kept increasing, mostly from students who leave their hometown and move to cities for study. Renting a house in cities has never been easy for students and other renters because of the high risk of losing one’s deposit or getting ripped off in the form of high rents. Such problems could now become a thing of the past thanks to modern technologies as young entrepreneurs apply big data and use social media to create phone applications for house leasing services. The young lady on Shark Tank is one such. Cathy Thảo Trần was … [Read more...] about Technology simplifies house renting in Viet Nam