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  • How Startups Can Become The Unexpected Parental Leave Champs Crunch Network

    How Startups Can Become The Unexpected Parental Leave Champs

    Work hard, write code, get rich. The technology business is rarely regarded as anything other than fast-paced and family-phobic. But the last few months have felt like a summer of change, as companies’ parental leave policies came under the spotlight, with businesses large and small falling over themselves to offer staff greater and greater benefits. Read More

  • The Other Ag Sector Problem That Big Data Can Solve Crunch Network

    The Other Ag Sector Problem That Big Data Can Solve

    The average city-poke thinks about farm labor as the last of a dying breed of worker — replaced by $700,000 combines and all sorts of fancy technology that enables a farmer to do more than granddad imagined, and with little dust or manure involved. Things have changed. What has not changed is the need for farm worker management and safety. Read More

  • This Labor Day, Reflect On Diversity And The Future

    This Labor Day, Reflect On Diversity And The Future

    2014 is the year that work became a central point of discussion in Silicon Valley. For the engineers and knowledge workers in the region, issues of diversity and inclusion finally got their turn in the limelight, forcing us to question our deeply-held views about the meritocracy of Silicon Valley. We also had to confront news that several of our most iconic technology companies conspired to… Read More

  • Apple’s 2013 Supplier Responsibility Report Includes 72% Bump In Audits For 2012, 97% Increase In Training

    Apple’s 2013 Supplier Responsibility Report Includes 72% Bump In Audits For 2012, 97% Increase In Training

    Apple has released its 2013 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report, and it features a number of updates from last year, including Apple’s decision to join the Fair Labor Association (a notable first), and conduct audits of its suppliers in tandem with that outside watchdog organization. The results seem to be a tightening of Apple’s code of conduct for suppliers all around, in… Read More

  • Backed By Andreessen, Virtual Workforce MobileWorks Completes 1M Tasks For Startups In 1st Year

    Backed By Andreessen, Virtual Workforce MobileWorks Completes 1M Tasks For Startups In 1st Year

    MobileWorks launched last summer with a simple, yet big mission: Build a viable alternative for Amazon Mechanical Turk and in so doing create a motivated, happy and accurate virtual workforce. To be the anti-Turk, the startup set out with a novel approach (and a social mission) — to pay workers fair wages and create a collaborative online work environment in which microwork would become… Read More

  • Foxconn Chief Equates Employees To Animals

    Foxconn Chief Equates Employees To Animals

    While I suspect there’s a lot lost in translation here,Foxconn chairman Terry Gou made a wildly distasteful joke this week at the Taipei Zoo, saying (according to WantChinaTimes): “Hon Hai (Foxconn) has a workforce of over one million worldwide and as human beings are also animals, to manage one million animals gives me a headache.” The comments came during a presentation at… Read More