Monthly Archives: August 2013

Navigating Learning Curve of the Birth Year and Beyond

Today’s parents face challenges unlike any generation before.

They’re greeted by an avalanche of conflicting information. There’s much to learn about your body, transitioning friendships and relationship, not to mention education on parenting and care methods, gadgets, and more.jennbabyinside

Experts and businesses vie for one’s attention and dollars, and it is difficult to know which advice to trust. This has given rise to the “Birth” and “Mommy” Wars – a natural response to conflicting information in a climate where one must keep up with the Joneses while always seeking that “one right answer” they learned through years of schooling must magically exist. The result? Serious stress!

Parents bump into a lot of dogma in terms of birth options, be it allopathic (“The epidural is the answer!”) or Natural Childbirth (“All doctors, hospitals, and especially that epidural, are evil!”). Most know there must be more to it, yet when experts weigh in on both sides with equally compelling information, neither quite resounds with most parents. Parenting choices are similarly complex.

So, they turn to friends and family for advice, only to find more turmoil and disagreement there!

Reality hits: Every choice they are about to make carries political and personal statements. The pressure is on. No matter which path they choose, which options they embrace, they will be judged by others.

The only sane recourse is to choose what ‘‘best fits” one’s family and needs, regardless of what anyone else thinks. How though, to best determine that?

It isn’t easy. Plus it feels important to get this right, a baby is depending on you.

They key is to remember to stay true to yourself. What’s right for another family may not be right for you. There’s no cookie-cutter solution. Just like there is no ‘perfect’ labor. We all arrive at our journey from a different starting point, and from different circumstances. It should be a red flag when someone insists their way is the only way. The only best way is that which best serves your family.

Many are turning to birth support personnel to guide them while providing hands-on comfort and support during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period.press_kit_3

You must be selective when choosing a support person. The key is to retain someone who won’t foist their agenda on you, but rather support you in finding your own custom solutions and path. A Momdoulary Certified Professional is educated as birth, postpartum, and antepartum doulas, as well as in areas of childbirth education, parent preparation coaching, and family lifestyle organizing – all from a space that is free of judgment. They will never tell you what you should choose, but rather help you understand and assess the options,then support you on implementation. Again, having support in your corner, designed to support you in assessing your needs from an objective place, is a gift most parents need.

Regardless of whether you on-board help or not, you must determine how you plan to navigate what will become the biggest learning curve of your life. Doing so early in your pregnancy will help you more calmly ride through the information storm coming your way. Act early and well, to create the smoothest transition into a wonderful new phase of life for you and your growing family.

Startup Advice: When to Monetize

eXprtViews had the opportunity to sit down with Jake Dunlap, CEO of Skaled consulting.  He shares his top-tips for startups on when to begin to monetize your site – for B2C and B2B. Skaled helps startups scale their sales, marketing and business development by providing strategic and operational support.

Dunlap works with many startups to help guide them to making money. He suggests that each situation is different, but there are some general guidelines for both B2C and B2B startup businesses – including building great content and defining key target markets.

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Mark Zuckerberg Shares Thoughts at Startup School

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, at Y Combinator Startup School sharing his perspective on creating a company.

This piece was presented in Stanford Memorial Auditorium by Y Combinator and the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.

AOL Chief Apologizes Over Firing of Worker


Tim Armstrong
Tim Armstrong (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tim Armstrong, the chief executive of AOL, issued an unusual apology on Tuesday to his entire staff for the public manner in which he fired an employee during an internal conference call last Friday.

A recording of the firing was leaked to news outlets and caused a firestorm around Mr. Armstrong, who has been trying to turn AOL from a struggling Internet portal into a successful media company.

The four-paragraph statement, sent to AOL employees at 4:30 p.m. and obtained by The New York Times, said, “I am writing you to acknowledge the mistake I made last Friday during the Patch all-hands meeting when I publicly fired Abel Lenz. It was an emotional response at the start of a difficult discussion dealing with many people’s careers and livelihoods. I am the C.E.O. and leader of the organization, and I take that responsibility seriously.”

The firing took place during a conference call with more than 1,000 employees of Patch, the local news service AOL runs for hundreds of towns. Mr. Armstrong had convened the meeting to emphasize the direness of Patch’s circumstances and prepare the staff for coming layoffs and management changes.

“If you think what is going on right now is a joke, and you want to joke around about it, you should pick your stuff up and leave Patch today,” Mr. Armstrong told the employees.

But right after that statement he can be heard reprimanding Mr. Lenz, Patch’s creative director, who was videotaping the meeting, then firing him.

“Abel, put that camera down right now! Abel, you’re fired. Out!” Five seconds later, to stunned silence, he proceeded with his message.

In his letter to the staff, Mr. Armstrong further explained the reason for the firing, saying confidential meetings should not be recorded and that Mr. Lenz had been warned previously not to make recordings. AOL said that Mr. Lenz would not be hired back but that Mr. Armstrong had contacted him to apologize.

AOL has spent hundreds of millions on the Patch service, but has acknowledged being disappointed with its financial performance. During a call with analysts last week Mr. Armstrong said he would sell off or seek partners for as many as 400 of Patch’s 900 local sites, a move that could result in hundreds of layoffs.

The extent of the layoffs are expected to be announced internally on Thursday or Friday.

This article originally appeared here.

White People Are the Most Likely to Bank Online and the Least Likely to Bank On Mobile, New Pew Survey Finds



White people are likelier than blacks and Hispanics to bank online, but far less likely to bank on their mobile devices than other ethnicities, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.

Why? We have no idea.

Overall, the report found that 51% of US adults bank online and 32% bank on their mobile devices.

The variances between ethnicities in online banking are less pronounced: 63% of whites bank online versus 48% of blacks and 62% of Hispanics.

Aside from white people, online banking is led by representatives from the following groups: those who are young (18-29), male, college graduates, have higher income ($75,000+), or live in suburban areas.

Mobile presents a more complex picture. Whites are less likely (32%) than blacks (39%) and Hispanics (41%) to be mobile banking users, according to Pew.

In other ways, mobile banking tends to follow conventional wisdom. Mobile bankers tend to be younger, have attended at least some college, and to have a mid-level income ($50,000 – $74,000). Men and women are equally likely to have banked on a mobile device (35%).

The report does not make any guesses as to why blacks and Hispanics are so much more likely to be mobile bankers than whites. And neither can we.

The full findings from the report are here.


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