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$1 and a Starbucks Dream + Top 10 Companies to Work for in 2018

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Last month, two men (who are black) went to a Starbucks in Philly for a business meeting. While waiting for another person, one of them asked to use the bathroom. The manager  (who’s white) said it was for paying customers only and asked them to leave. They didn’t so she called the police, and the two men were arrested. This sparked backlash against both Starbucks and the police. Now we have learned that the two men have settled with the company for an undisclosed amount and with the city for $1. They’ve also worked in an offer from Starbucks to pay for a college degree program, and the city will create a $200,000 fund to help young entrepreneurs. The men came up with the idea as a way to create “true change over time.” When the video went viral, this was a big deal in the headlines, but the way Starbucks has handled it is commendable. They set a good example for how you should handle crisis or mistakes within your company. They have even implemented a diversity training program for its employees.

Companies that take swift action when things go wrong are companies that make it easy to work for. If you’re fresh out of college or just looking to transition professionally, you might want to know about the Top 10 companies to work for in 2018. According to GlassDoor, the following are places you may find fun and financially gratifying. See who they are and what they say about themselves below.

  1. Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.

 

  1. Bain & Company. Bain & Company is one of the world’s leading management consulting firms. We work with top executives to help them make better decisions, convert those decisions into actions and deliver the sustainable success they desire. For more than 40 years, we’ve been passionate about achieving better results for our clients—results that go beyond financial and are uniquely tailored, pragmatic, holistic and enduring.

 

  1. Boston Consulting Group. Our mission is clear. We go deep to unlock insight and have the courage to act. We bring the right people together to challenge established thinking and drive transformation. We work with our clients to build the capabilities that enable organizations to achieve sustainable advantage. We are shaping the future. Together.

 

  1. In-N-Out Burger. In 1948, the first In-N-Out Burger was founded by Harry and Esther Snyder in Baldwin Park. In that era, it was common to see carhops serving customers in their Harry had the unique idea of a drive-thru hamburger stand where customers could order through a two-way speaker box. His idea caught on, and California’s first drive-thru hamburger stand was born. In-N-Out Burger has been serving the highest quality burgers, fries and shakes ever since.

 

  1. “Organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Since the beginning, our goal has been to develop services that significantly improve the lives of as many people as possible. Not just for some. For everyone.

 

  1. We were born from a love of daily sweat, the desire to innovate technical athletic gear and the appetite to build a community where we can live our best life. Get the low-down on our ever-evolving journey. Our manifesto is one way we share our culture with the community. It’s an evolving collection of bold thoughts that allow for some real conversations to take place. Our love for yoga runs deep; it rejuvenates our body, calms our mind, and it’s at the very core of who we are. Learn about the different types of yoga, what to wear and find complimentary classes in a store near you.

 

  1. In 2004, we met as graduate students at MIT. While Brian was helping venture-backed startups with their go-to-market strategy, we started to notice something curious: Customers had gotten really good at blocking out interruptive marketing and sales tactics. The tried and true tactics of old (direct mail, email blasts, cold calls) simply weren’t effective anymore. So, after many meetings, even more coffee, and the occasional Belgian beer (a shared favorite of ours) we came to the simple observation: People don’t want to be interrupted by marketers or harassed by salespeople. They want to be helped. It was time to make the marketing and sales process human. Time to treat buyers like people, not numbers on a spreadsheet. Time to build an inbound community and help people achieve their business goals in a more personable, empathetic way.

We called it, HubSpot.

  1. World Wide Technology. Technology can do more than keep your everyday business running smoothly. It can drive your success. At World Wide Technology (WWT), we use a proven and innovative approach to help large public and private organizations discover, evaluate, architect and implement advanced technology. Founded in 1990, WWT has grown from a small product reseller into a technology solution provider with $10.4 billion in annual revenue and more than 4,600 employees. We serve the technology needs of large public and private organizations around the globe, including many of the world’s best-known brands.

 

  1. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

 

  1. Ultimate Software. At Ultimate Software, we have always put our people first. This idea permeates our culture to its core. For over 25 years, it has driven us to create the innovative products and services we offer today. As a result, we enable our customers to put their people first—helping them build the people-centric environments they need to grow and meet their business goals. We believe software should work for people. Not the other way around. Customers choose us for our sophisticated people management technology delivered in the cloud. But we know that it’s the results—how well we improve the personal work experience for you and your employees—that matter most.

Ash Exantus aka Ash Cash is a speaker, bestselling author, personal finance expert, and business consultant. Ash has established himself as a thought leader and trusted voice with Corporate America, Colleges, Churches, and Community based organizations. He is the Head of Financial Education at BankMobile and Editor-in-Chief at Paradigm Money.

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Congress Votes to Repeal Some of Dodd-Frank + Why You Are Too Big To Fail

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Congress has officially agreed to ease Dodd-Frank financial regulations, approving a bill that cuts regulations for small and medium-sized lenders. Just as a refresher, The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Pub.L. 111–203, H.R. 4173, commonly referred to as Dodd-Frank) was signed into United States federal law by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2010. The legislation created financial regulatory processes to limit risk by enforcing transparency and accountability in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008.

This new bill raises the threshold of banks “deemed too important … to fail” from $50 billion to $250 billion, allowing smaller institutions to operate more smoothly. The bill passed the Senate this year, and will now go to President Trump, who is expected to sign it before Memorial Day. But why are banks deemed too important or too big to fail? Why aren’t we as important? We are! And if we are truly to0 important and too big to fail we need to focus on our money.

Bartering became was a system of economics for centuries. A fisherman would exchange his catch with the carpenter for a table. Cattle, clothes and other necessities were traded without cash tender. The introduction of money changed that system making it of greater influence in our lives. So, why is money so darn important?

Global Exchange. Money is important mainly because it’s a tool of global exchange. Simply put, it’s important because we have made it important. Giving up other systems to heavily depend on cash and its many forms. You may not provide a product or service needed by a person who creates a need of yours. You’d use money as a medium of exchange used to obtain wants and needs.

Time. Money in some ways buys time. The key is making money work for you by creating passive income – monies earned which a person is not actively involved. Examples of passive income are royalties from intellectual properties, rental properties, or a business you don’t have to physically operate to earn a profit. Passive income equals more time to other things you love such as traveling with family, volunteering, or working for fun (not out of necessity).

Allows You to Make a Larger Difference. More money can multiply you. Volunteering at the local Girls and Boys Club requires your presence. Being able to donate financially to multiple local Boys & Girls Clubs makes an even bigger difference. Your reach increases with the amount of money you possess.

While money isn’t the most important thing in the world, it does effect the things that are. Using your money strategically will afford you more time, expand your reach, and pay for some pretty cool experiences.  And ultimately managing our money responsibly will assure that we don’t fail. Face it we are too important!

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Net Worth + The World’s Wealthiest Millennials

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This past weekend we had the honor of witnessing the star-studded royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghn Markle. After the royal wedding on May 19, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will merge their finances and forego a prenuptial agreement. This merging of finances will equal to a combined net worth of $30 million; Prince Harry’s net worth is at least $25 million, which is made up of inheritance from Princess Diana and an annual allowance from Prince Charles while Meghan Markle, a former TV actress, has a net worth around $5 million.

Maybe I had my sights raised too high, but $30 million seems low for the new royal couple (Disclaimer: I wish I had 10% of what they have) But still in all if the new royals aren’t the richest millennials in the world, who are?  From changing your social life to making you feel at home anywhere, and a lot in between here is a list of the world’s wealthiest millennials:

1. Mark Zuckerberg

Chairman, Facebook
Year born: 1984
Net worth: $71.2 billion

2. Huiyan Yang

Vice Chairman, Country Garden Holdings
Year born: 1981
Net worth: $22.9 billion

3. Dustin Aaron Moskovitz

CEO, Asana
Year born: 1984
Net worth: $14 billion

4. Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor

Head, Grosvenor Estate
Year born: 1991
Net worth: $13.2 billion

5. Eduardo Luiz Saverin

Co-Founder, B Capital Group
Year born: 1982
Net worth: $10.2 billion

6. Scott Daniel Duncan

Shareholder, Enterprise Products Partners
Year born: 1982
Net worth: $5.3 billion

7. Jong Un Kim

Leader, North Korea
Year born: 1983
Net worth: $5 billion

8. Hao Yan

Chairman and CEO, China Pacific Construction Group
Year born: 1986
Net worth: $4 billion

9. Brian Joseph Chesky

CEO, Airbnb
Year born: 1981
Net worth: $3.8 billion

10. Tao Wang

CEO, SZ DJI Technology
Year born: 1980
Net worth: $3.2 billion

 

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Interest Rates on Student Loans Are Rising + The Cost of Procrastination

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Interest rates on student loans are rising for the second year in a row according to the Business Insider. The current rate of 4.45% will increase to 5% for undergraduates which is bad news for those who are already trying to figure out how they will pay back their loans. Congress has set limits on student loan interest rates — 8.25% for undergraduate borrowers and 9.5% for graduate borrowers which is some relief but can still be pretty costly. Given the fact that student loan debt accounts for the most consumer debt in the U.S. after mortgages, with about 43 million Americans currently owing almost $1.4 trillion, it is important that we get a hold on student loan debt as soon as we can. Not doing so really allows borrowers to pay more in interest rates and giving away money that can be used for other more important things. That’s the monetary cost of procrastination. This cost doesn’t only apply to our student loans, but procrastination can cost us in our lives as well.

Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing something. And while you may be enjoying your timeline or the latest installment of that ratchet reality show, your pockets are growing leaner by doing so. Here are a few ways to beat procrastination and make more money.

Make a Commitment to Productivity. Everything starts with a decision. You have to decide to use your time wisely. It’s amazing how much we will do for ourselves and not for ourselves. You are most likely good at getting to work and class on time or completing a task for your boss, parent, or significant other. Have the same commitment to getting things done for yourself.

Have a Plan. Even if it’s a simple checklist on a sticky note. Writing your goals down is magical and motivating. Cross off each item as you complete each task. Having a why is beneficial as well. When you think of a reason big enough to keep you going, it will be hard to sit around doing nothing.

Take Breaks. Wasting time is bad. Resting is good. Don’t burn yourself out to the point you can’t go on or have no desire to do so. The definition of grind is to whittle down to the bone. It is not wise to subscribe to this method of working. Resting your mind and body refreshes you for the next lab of winning. This is the best time to take a nap, grab a drink with friends, or catch up on your favorite shows.

Reward Yourself. Celebrate with each milestone a celebration is in order. As long as that celebration doesn’t include going broke or a hangover reflect on how far you have come and share that moment with those you like and love. You just may inspire them to do great things in the process.

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