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August 14, 2020

After a brief hiatus, let’s start off with a subject I find fascinating: remote work. How can cities simultaneously protect their job base in the face of remote work that their local employers may allow and also capitalize on the potential of attracting high-skill and high-income remote workers as new residents. The local economic development goal of attracting a high skill workforce is now based on quality of life and resident attraction.

While not all industries are made for remote working, the Bay area may be the model to watch when it comes to employee behavior. The Wall Street Journal presents this subject today.

While headline U.S. retail sales figures missed forecasts, coming in with a month-on-month increase of 1.2%, compared with the 2% economists surveyed by FactSet expected, the underlying numbers strengthened by more than anticipated.

Building the right partnerships can increase growth velocity for early stage businesses. One brand we work with at Anvyl has experienced exponential growth during the pandemic, due in part by heavy collaboration with it’s partnership base. To learn more, I met with Matt Mullenax, co-founder and CEO of Huron, a men’s DTC personal care brand, and his co-founder Matt Teri, who is Huron’s Chief Development Officer. We discussed how Huron’s success with partnerships has helped them achieve scale and how other small and medium-sized businesses can use partnerships to add long-term brand value.

Is efficiency or productivity more important?

Unsure as to whether now is the right time to get started on your new business idea? Join us for our live webinar with Jonathan Greechan, co-founder of Founder Institute, the world’s largest pre-seed accelerator program, as he outlines the advantages and disadvantages of launching during an economic downturn, and explains why he believes that now is the perfect time to start a new business.