Doctors and nurses want more data before championing vaccines to end the pandemic

Doctors and nurses, coping with the daily risk of coronavirus exposure, are expected to get top priority to receive vaccines that could become available as soon as next month. But it’s an open question how many will seize their place at the front of the line.

What’s inside an Operation Warp Speed vaccine distribution box

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Large health systems, medical societies and the federal government are launching an effort to persuade front-line health-care providers to take novel vaccines that were developed, and are likely to be granted emergency approval, in record time.

In Boston, major teaching hospitals are rolling out educational videos aimed at assuring medical staff the process of developing coronavirus vaccines will result in safe and effective shots. At New York’s Mount Sinai Health System, a leading infectious-disease doctor said he probably will distribute photos of himself getting a shot in a

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7 pandemic networking techniques that get you noticed

The pandemic has been challenging for many businesses and employees, with networking being especially hard hit. In the past, most successful networking opportunities occurred in person with lunch meetings and morning coffee. With many employees now working from home, the ability to network has been significantly impacted.

However, if you want to come out ahead after this pandemic, this is the perfect opportunity to start building an impressive network you can tap into. Much of your future success will depend on the relationships you make today. 

When the pandemic is over, what will you wish you had done during your isolation?

Why networking is vitally important

Experts agree that your network is essentially your career net worth. While many of us like to work alone, the truth is we need people to help us accelerate our careers and open new opportunities. Human connections are extremely powerful, and when people work

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NJ digital divide is shrinking, but challenges remain amid pandemic

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The New Jersey Community Development Corp. distributed over 200 Chromebooks and grocery gift cards in Paterson to help students during the pandemic.

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Parents lined up at schools in Dover, Haledon and Camden this week to pick up computer devices for their children, as New Jersey makes strides to close a digital divide that has strained families and schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 35,000 students across the state still lack computer devices or internet connections at home, a big improvement from the 231,000 tallied in August, according to a New Jersey Department of Education survey earlier this month.

But while the number is narrowing, it doesn’t give a full picture of remote-learning challenges, say advocates and school leaders.

“We’re in a good place when it comes to devices,” said Norma Fernandez, deputy superintendent of Jersey City’s schools. “But the digital divide does go beyond access to WiFi and

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Pandemic spotlights enterprise tech startups

Enterprise software companies have long dominated the Seattle and Pacific Northwest tech scene. They range from stalwarts such as Microsoft and F5 Networks, to a bevy of smaller startups developing cutting-edge software in cloud computing, cybersecurity, and other industries.



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As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates adoption of digital technology, the spotlight is shining brighter on the robust business-to-business technology ecosystem in Seattle and across the region amid the ongoing economic and health crisis.

Startups that sell to other businesses make up more than half of the GeekWire 200 list, our ranking of top privately-held Pacific Northwest technology companies, and 70% of the top 20.



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A report from OpenView Venture Partners predicts that enterprise cloud software firms are largely “recession-proof” in part due to the increased reliance on cloud services amid the pandemic.

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Why Airbnb is going public amid the coronavirus pandemic

  • Airbnb has filed to go public, even though the pandemic caused some major financial troubles at the company, leading it to take out two high-interest rate loans and lay off a quarter of the staff.
  • By going public now, the company can raise money to pay off the loans without having to pay an additional $1 billion in interest over five years.
  • Employees will also be able to sell off some of their equity, raising employee morale during a tough year with unprecedented layoffs. 
  • The company also outperformed hotel-centric competitors like Bookings.com and Expedia, differentiating itself during a tough year for travel.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Airbnb finally filed for its much-anticipated IPO on Monday, the most concrete move it has taken towards going public in a tumultuous year for the home-sharing and hospitality giant.

Airbnb’s September 2019 announcement of its intention to go public was made

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5 Must-Do Steps To Win After The Pandemic

Last week, news broke that a Covid-19 vaccine co-developed by Pfizer was more than 90 percent effective — way higher than the 50% to 60% that scientists consider acceptable.

Many unanswered questions remain — will the vaccine work on people who are most likely to be hospitalized? Can it be stored at 70 degrees below zero Celsius until patients are injected? Can enough doses be manufactured and injected to control the pandemic?

Assuming these and other key problems are solved in 2021, in 2022 things may return closer to the pre-pandemic normal. No one knows what will return to the way it was before and which pandemic-induced changes will survive the end of the pandemic.

Business leaders should prepare now for this partial snapback. Here are five steps you should take.

1. Listen to how your customers’ top priorities will change post-pandemic.

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Airbnb’s IPO filing reveals an uncertain future amid COVID-19 pandemic

  • Airbnb made its initial-public-offering filing available to the public on Monday, revealing exactly how the pandemic had devastated its business.
  • The company reported nearly $700 million in losses in the first nine months of 2020, more than double its losses for the same period in 2019.
  • While Airbnb made some key strategic decisions that helped it fare better than competitors, it also disclosed a long list of risk factors that could impair its recovery — and, possibly, its path to profitability.
  • Some of its biggest headwinds — such as the pandemic, regulations, Google, and a potential billion-dollar tax bill — are forces Airbnb can’t heavily influence and highlight the uncertainty it’s facing.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Airbnb made its initial-public-offering documents available to the public Monday, revealing $696.6 million in losses during the first three quarters of what has been a tumultuous year for the company.

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Airbnb says sharing model proved ‘resilient’ amid pandemic

Airbnb said in its stock market filing Monday that its home-sharing model proved resilient during the global pandemic, as it posted a profit for the just-ended quarter.

The San Francisco-based startup delivered a $219 million profit in the three months ending in September, but nonetheless lost $697 million in the first nine months of the year amid a 32 percent revenue drop as the Covid-19 outbreak crushed the travel sector.

In its first public release of its financial data, Airbnb said its home-sharing model has been “resilient” compared with others in the sector during the crisis.

“People wanted to get out of their homes and yearned to travel, but they did not want to go far or to be in crowded hotel lobbies,” the document said. “Our platform has proven adaptable to serve these new ways of traveling.”

Airbnb revenue slipped to $2.5 billion in the first nine months of

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The Pandemic Has Created an Army of Wannabe Digital Nomads



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New Report: The Pandemic Has Created an Army of Wannabe Digital Nomads

A new report finds tens of millions of us are daydreaming of becoming digital nomads.

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Thanks to a host of pandemic-related travel restrictions and infection fears, few of us are traveling very far at the moment. But while we might be sticking close to home physically, a recent report by MBO Partners found our daydreams are growing more adventurous.

A shocking number of Americans told the consultancy they’re planning on becoming digital nomads once the pandemic is over. Will they follow through on their plans, and what does this growing trend mean for entrepreneurs?

A growing army of “digital nomad wannabes”

Previous research by MBO has shown that digital nomads — defined for the purposes of the research as professionals

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Xbox Series X is the first video game console born in a pandemic

The debut of a video game console is a carefully choreographed event. It matches state-of-the-art electronics with complex software and big-budget games. It takes years of development and billions of dollars in collective investments, all building to a single deadline. The Xbox Series X was the fourth go-round for Microsoft, and the Redmond company had a plan to improve upon the lackluster performance of its last console.

Then on Jan. 20, the first confirmed U.S. case of the coronavirus was reported in nearby Snohomish County. Over the next six weeks, the area surrounding Microsoft’s headquarters became the country’s first hotspot. After the virus claimed some of the first lives in a nearby nursing home, Microsoft closed its doors to most employees on March 4. “Everyone has a plan until a global pandemic punches you in the face,” said Jerret West, the marketing chief for Microsoft’s Xbox.

At first, Microsoft worried

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