Zurich-based Bota Systems nabs around €150K so robots can better interact and work with humans

Swiss startup Bota Systems, which is aiming to help robotic systems safely work in a dynamic environment and close to humans, has landed around €150K from Venture Kick. Founded in the middle of the pandemic lockdown in March 2020, Bota Systems equips robotic systems with ’force sensing’ to feel and shape interactions within their environment….

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[D-ID in Israel21c] Israeli face-recognition tech lets actors work off set

Startup specializing in privacy solutions uses its tech to change and enliven actors’ expressions without them ever needing to leave the house.

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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Tech Purchases Skyrocket Setting up Work from Home Business Opportunities (Episode 127)

Since the pandemic, sales for laptop computers, printers, and other similar tech items have skyrocketed.

For example, through August of this year, keyboard sales are up 66 percent over the same period last year; monitors up 82 percent; printers up 59 percent; and laptop computers up 45 percent.

So, why is this relevant if I’m an aspiring entrepreneur? Now that you’ve made these big-ticket purchases to set yourself up to work from home so efficiently, leverage your new work from home infrastructure to establish the world headquarters of your new business, whether part-time or full-time, right from your home.

Tune in to this morning’s WJR Business Beat for more tips from Jeff:


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Good morning, Paul.

It’s fascinating to monitor the changing ways Americans are living in the face of this horrible crisis we’ve been dealing with and continue to face with COVID-19. And as reported previously on the Business Beat, we see consumer purchasing patterns changing in abrupt ways, never before seen. Some sectors decimated while others literally booming. And one such category is seeing a huge lift from the changes carved in the bedrock of the way we live our lives and do our work by COVID-19 is the tech sector, specifically tech purchases on items designed to set people up for work from home, or for kids schooling remotely from home.

Since the pandemic, sales for laptop computers, printers, and other similar items have skyrocketed.

For example, through August of this year, keyboard sales are up 66 percent over the same period last year; monitors up 82 percent; printers, 59 percent; laptop computers up 45 percent.

So, why is this relevant if I’m an aspiring entrepreneur? Well, here it is: now that you’ve made these big-ticket purchases to set yourself up to work from home so efficiently, leverage your new work from home infrastructure to establish the world headquarters of your new business, whether part-time or full-time, right from your home.

Start a fun side business to make some extra cash. You don’t have to create a revolution. You can set up a Shopify site or one on eBay or Etsy.

It’s fun, it’s exhilarating, and you can now reach a worldwide audience and conduct every aspect of your business right from home.

Hey, the time is now. If you need help getting started, check us out at StartupNation.com, or feel free to reach out to me directly at jeff@startupnation.com. I’ll answer every email, I’ll give you my best guidance on how to get started now, and maybe even make a key connection or two for you to help you get started now.

I’m Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of StartupNation.com, and that’s today’s Business Beat, brought to you today by Dell Technologies, on the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, WJR.

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The future of work: rethinking university diplomas, tech education, and work-life balance

What’s changing in 2020? 2020 is undoubtedly a defining moment in terms of how we perceive work and life. In the past months, millions of people have experienced remote working or seen their working hours reduced as companies and industries shut down due to the pandemic. People are increasingly giving more attention to a work-life balance….

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London-based Qatalog raises around €12.7 million for its work hub for distributed teams

UK startup Qatalog announced today it has raised around €12.7 million Series A investment to expand its London team and bring to market a new infrastructure for work. The latest investment round was led by Atomico, with participation from Salesforce Ventures, and angel investors Jacob de Geer (CEO/co-founder of iZettle), Chris Hitchen (Partner at Inventures,…

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Malaysian on-demand work platform GoGet lands $2 million Series A

GoGet, a Malaysian on-demand work platform, announced today that it has raised a $ 2 million Series A led by Monk’s Hill Ventures. The platform currently has 20,000 gig workers, who are called “GoGetters,” and has onboarded 5,000 businesses, including Lazada Malaysia, IKEA Malaysia, Foodpanda and flower delivery service BloomThis.

While Malaysia has other on-demand work platforms, including Supahands and Kaodim, each has its own niche. SupaHands focuses on online tasks, while Kaodim offers professional services like home repairs, catering and fitness training. GoGet is more similar to TaskRabbit, with GoGetters performing errands or temp work like deliveries, moving large items, catering at events, data entry and office administration.

Chief executive officer and co-founder Francesca Chia founded GoGet in 2014. The startup decided to focus on gig workers because there is a labor gap in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries, she told TechCrunch.

“Today, the majority of ASEAN’s labor market are low- to middle-skilled, and the majority are not protected with job security, future career paths and financial services such as insurance and savings,” she said. “At the other end of the spectrum, over 70% of employment in ASEAN are from SMEs, who seek to scale without scaling full-time costs, and find it difficult to train and maintain a reliable pool of staff.”

GoGet wants to bridge the gap by connecting businesses with verified flexible workers, she added. GoGetters are able to switch between different categories of work, which Chia said gives the ability to learn new skills. Companies are provided with management features that include the ability to create a list of GoGetters they want to work with again and tools for recruiting, training and payment.

The Series A will be used to expand GoGet in Malaysia. One of the things many companies whose business models revolve around the gig economy need to grapple with as they scale include workers who are frustrated by uneven work, low pay and the lack of benefits they would receive as full-time employees. In California, for example, this has resulted in a political battle as companies like Uber, DoorDash and Lyft try to roll back legislation that would force them to classify more gig workers are full-time employees.

Chia said GoGet’s “vision is to bring flexible work to the world in a sustainable manner.” Part of this entails giving GoGet’s gig workers access to benefits like on-demand savings and insurance plans that are similar to what full-time employees receive. GoGet’s platform also has career-building features, including online trainings and networking tools, so workers can prepare for jobs that require different skill sets.

While GoGet’s short-term plan is to focus on growth in Malaysia, it eventually plans to enter other ASEAN countries, too.

In a press statement about the investment, Monk’s Hill Ventures co-founder and managing partner Kuo-Yi Lim said, “The nature of work is being redefined as companies and workers seek both flexibility and fit. This trend has been accelerated by the pandemic, as businesses are transforming in response and require more elastic workforce. GoGet provides a community of motivated and well-trained workers, but more importantly, its platform extends the corporate people management systems to ensure quality, compliance and seamless workflow.”

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Buying Time to Work

Long story short, I was having trouble finding local manufacturers to produce custom boxes and packing, so as a side project I created a B2B market place with just about every single corrugated and packing manufacturer in the US the entire focus is providing custom quote quickly and easily. It’s been fun and I’ve had some minor success and would really like to devote more time to driving traffic to my site and improving the interface.

All that being said I’ve got a stable well paying 9-5 and a small family to support. I also currently have around $ 1500 a month in rental income. My current plan is to spend some money doubling the rental income in the next few months and going to a 4 day work week at my 9-5 using the extra day to focus on my B2B website. I’d love to jump into doing things full time but I’m not seeing any great way to do this.

Does my current plan sound like a step in the right direction? What are you experiences with transitioning from a 9-5? Thank you for any and all feedback!

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How Does This Legality Stuff Work

Howdy, I’m fairly new to reddit but here it goes. I’m a teen, under 18, and i’ve been recently thinking about starting a business. Money is of absolute no concern, I have a side job which I work part time so making money is not as important as labeling my brand.

I come here because I was thinking about clothing, in particular street wear. I am an ambitious person and enjoy the competitive nature of business so I thought I could put it to use on my own terms. Unfortunately my artistic abilities are poor but my business abilities are better.

I understand the basics, where it’s better I establish an LLC and do things under the name of the company etc, but I just had some questions since this is nothing more than an idea.

I was wondering the legalities of taking a clip art design, let’s say off of google, and putting it on my own shirts (assuming I read the website, it says I can use it). If not that, can I commission a friend who’s good at drawing to make something for me, I pay him in cash, and leave it at that? Because I am aware I cannot go into a legal contract as I am still under 18.

Thanks.

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