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Models walked down the runway at Diane von Furstenberg’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection show wearing Glass, the upcoming headset/eyewear device that Google is developing. The augmented reality-enhanced glasses have many smartphone-like functions; users can take pictures, record video, receive messages and check calendars, among other things.
The bands of each pair were modified to complement the collection’s palette of corals, blues, whites and grays. It was the first time Glass had ever appeared on a runway.
At least one model turned on Glass’s video-recording function to capture her view of the runway (see above). Furstenberg and other members of DVF’s team also donned glasses during show preparations. That footage will be released in a short film, “DVF through Glass,” on DVF’s Google+ page Thursday, a DVF spokesperson said.
At the show’s conclusion, a Glass-clad Fustenberg and Yvan Mispelaere, creative director of DVF, took a celebratory lap down the runway. Halfway down the left aisle, Furstenberg reached over to Sergey Brin, who was sitting front row. He joined Furstenberg and Mispelaere for the rest of the walk amid wide applause.
With all the new technologies sprouting up before our very eyes, you would think that the banking industry would be making some advances of their own. While online banking and other products and services have moved the industry into the future, banking as a whole seems to have flat-lined in terms of recent innovation. Learn more about the current state of retail banking.
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The “can-do” attitude that makes small business owners successful, could also be their Achilles’ heel, according to a Hiscox survey.
Our research found that despite 64% saying that legal issues should be handled by professionals, only 26% of small businesses actually employ full or part-time legal and/or accounting help.
Passion drives entrepreneurs, pressure is part of the package
36% of the surveyed entrepreneurs reported that their passion gets them through tough times, while 40% believe pressure is what they signed up for. However, passion could be clouding entrepreneurs’ perceptions of when they need to employ outside help for specific tasks. A full 76% of small business owners surveyed said that either their skills gap is not a threat or that they are able to plug the gap with professional expertise when needed.
Knowledge gaps pose problems
Small business owners admit that they lack knowledge in key areas, including legal (56%), taxes (36%), IT (34%) and insurance (31%). Despite the potential hazards of legal and financial errors, more business owners employ a full-time communications officer than an accountant or in-house legal counsel (8% and 5%, respectively). Only 7% of small business owners would opt for an accountant or lawyer if they could make another full-time hire.
Starting your own business can be seem daunting. Many people shy away from starting their own business because of fear of the unknown and not wanting to take the risk. But those that have taken the entrepreneurial path can attest that being your own boss can be very rewarding. This month at LTAW we will focus on entrepreneurship, from the basics on how to get started to personal testimonials from people who are currently in business for themselves.
It is often said that small businesses are the backbone of America. In a financial downturn, like what we are experiencing, small businesses can be the vehicle to turn things around. Small businesses create between 60% – 80% of all new jobs in the United States and starting a small business in the United States is relatively easy. Our infographic below illustrates the characteristics of small businesses in the United States based on the 2007 Survey of Business Owners conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and the latest American Express State of Women-Owned Businesses Report.
If you’re hesitant about starting your own business hopefully these numbers will give you a bit of optimism. Over 27 million businesses have been successful, and yours could be too! So what are you waiting for, get out there and go for it!
Source: let’s talk about work