Energy costs throughout New York and New England must come down in order to ensure inexpensive electricity for homes and businesses throughout the region, writes Bernard Weinstein. If the high costs continue, "New York and New England run the risk of losing even more people and industry to sections of the country where the cost of living and the cost of doing business are lower, thanks in large part to cheaper energy," Weinstein writes.
Sweden has been moving away from cash and toward digital or mobile payments for some time, but the pace of the change is causing problems. Elderly people and others without access to digital payments have been negatively affected by banks, shops, restaurants and other businesses that refuse to accept cash.
Half of women who work in science, technology, engineering and math say they have experienced discrimination, including being paid less than men and being treated as if they are inept, according to a Pew Research Center study. Women who face the most discrimination include those with postgraduate degrees and those working in male-majority settings, the study finds.
Pay attention to the things you spend most of your time on rather than what you're passionate about, says investor Mark Cuban. You'll be good at the things you put the most effort into, he says.
An ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that the majority of Americans say that President Donald Trump and Congress are not doing enough to keep mass shootings from happening. Of those surveyed, 77% think improved mental health monitoring would have prevented the Florida school shooting, and 58% think stricter gun laws would have helped.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has issued an annual letter answering 10 "tough questions" about their strategy and responsibility as philanthropic leaders. The letter indicates that the foundation listens to the public and is aware of trends such as growing distrust for nonprofits and concerns about income inequality, writes Jena McGregor.
The most effective startup logos are flexible, distinct and appropriate, says Tom Geismar, who has helped to design corporate marks for Xerox and other companies. Logos without words may work for massive brands, but smaller companies or those with unusual names may want to keep using text in their logos.
Recognizing that career paths are not linear and developing the confidence necessary to take risks are key steps for success, said Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert. Engelbert made headlines for earning her CEO post, but said "we need to move these elevations of women into key roles from novelty to norm."
US lawmakers from both parties are discussing a need to bolster oversight of cryptocurrencies, high-ranking congressional members say. A House Financial Services subcommittee will conduct hearings in coming weeks.