The five states with the harshest expected job losses are Nevada, Florida, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Michigan as the tourism industry has shut down, alongside large manufacturers who have shut down to avoid spreading the virus. South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Alaska and West Virginia employment are projected to decline the least.
Fitness booking platform LubbDubb quickly shifted most of its independent instructors to online classes when coronavirus restrictions shut down in-person gatherings. Co-founder Mandi Bateman wanted to maintain instructors' revenue, which has increased for some through larger and more frequent classes.
Cyberattacks by recreational and professional hackers have risen 37% in the last month during the coronavirus outbreak, Cloudflare reports, and phishing has grown 600%, reports Barracuda Networks. Most people trying to register domains linked to COVID-19 are being denied because registrars assume they are linked to phishing or the sale of counterfeit goods.
Innovation doesn't have to come to a halt during an economic downturn, and it might be the right time to pursue new ideas, writes Scott Lenet. "Startups that over-react and trim the majority of their staff may find themselves unable to recover or resume momentum when the downturn eventually passes, becoming 'living dead' businesses with no prospect for success," he writes.
Offering information and being a thought leader can prevent startups from appearing out of touch to customers during the coronavirus crisis, while also helping generate leads for later, writes Charlie O'Donnell of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. Start by considering what customers want in this difficult time, he writes.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act provides some support to foundations amid the coronavirus pandemic, but those foundations should increase their level of giving and flexibility immediately, wrote a group of nine organizations -- including BoardSource -- in a joint statement. "The strength of a funder's grantees at the end of this crisis will be a much better measure of the significance of a foundation than the size of its endowment," they wrote.
Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon and actor Kerry Washington, stars and producers of the Hulu drama "Little Fires Everywhere," discuss the mutual respect they have for one another and how liberated they feel at this point in their careers. Washington credits the Time's Up Movement with creating an inclusive environment for the industry, while Witherspoon reflects on how limited choices inspired her to launch her own production company, Hello Sunshine.
Marketing agency Fuse's new whitepaper underscores the importance of visible gender inclusivity to Gen Z in ads -- an initiative that has been adopted by several brand campaigns, including Harry's Shave Company and Calvin Klein. A recent study by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Google detailed how gender parity in brand videos bolsters viewing on digital platforms like YouTube by 30%.
Challenges in the children's content market, specifically a decline in ratings, as well as issues with digital platforms, like YouTube turning off ads in kid channels, have prompted producers and distributors to begin tapping over-the-top channels as a way to expand their reach. OTT platforms may give creators freedom to create and brand their own channels, writes Alexandra Whyte, but another objective should be to bolster exposure into every possible outlet, as Future Today's Vikrant Mathur points out.
Why it matters: No matter how crazy things get, make sure you find a way to continue the rituals that have made you who you are. Whether it's exercising, reading a book, rocking out to your favorite music or just taking a few minutes each day to "find your Zen," do whatever it takes to stay you. You'll always be a better you if you do.
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