How to make £45,000 as a PA planning parties and answering emails from anywhere in the world
- Emma Hatto, co-founder of "invisible PA" company ibLE and a former PA herself, told Business Insider that there are countless benefits of using a remote PA.
- With ibLE, online signup involves a one-off fee of £250, then the use of a PA is £35 an hour, billed in five-minute increments so no time is wasted.
- IbLE also works with private individuals "that have a busy life," and the remote PA can provide support without them needing to hire someone full-time.
- Last year, Business Insider spoke to You Need a PA, a company providing the rich and famous — from Suki Waterhouse to Nick Grimshaw — with personal assistants in London for £45 an hour or £350 a day.
- According to Hatto, a PA working fulltime hours — six or seven a day — is earning around £45,000.
A Tale Of Two WordPress Hosts
- Austin-based WP Engine made headlines earlier this year for its massive $250 million private equity investment from Menlo Park’s Silver Lake Partners.
- But prior to that, dedicated WordPress hosting startups had raised just over $300 million across 30 deals between 2005 and 2017 according to Crunchbase News research.
- While WP Engine won’t disclose revenue growth over time, Eric Jones, the company’s VP of global communications, told Crunchbase News that the startup recently achieved more than $100 million in annual recurring revenue with more than 75,000 customers.
- Dedicated WordPress hosts may not be plentiful or raising tons of money, but that doesn’t take away from the importance of the space.
- As WordPress continues to grow as the platform of choice for web creation, the early dedicated WordPress hosting companies will be in a position to take an even bigger share of the market.
Twitter stock is up on a bunch of news we already knew about
- In fact, there were three separate stories about Twitter products published in the last 24 hours, which is a lot for a company that isn’t known for launching new products with that kind of cadence.
- A second CNBC story, published Wednesday, carried the headline “Twitter is working on a camera-first feature that could threaten Snap.” We knew in January that Twitter was building a new in-app “Snapchat-style” camera to encourage more photos and videos — the news was first reported by Bloomberg.
- The CNBC story did have some new details about Twitter’s content plans — it sounds as though the company will take user photos and videos taken through this camera to help create Moments around live events, similar to what Snapchat does with its Stories product.
'Star Wars' director says Kylo Ren and Rey touching hands in 'The Last Jedi' is the closet thing to a sex scene that 'Star Wars' will ever have
- In one of the movie's most memorable scenes, Rey and Kylo Ren are able to communicate with one another from across the galaxy through the Force.
- They're able to see each other and their surroundings.
- Rey then reaches out to hold Kylo Ren's hand.
- He removes his glove and feels her touch through the Force.
- The crowd erupted in laughter.
- Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, made a special appearance during Johnson's talk at SXSW.
- He lamented that even Luke didn't get to hold hands with a romantic partner.
Crypto author Paul Vigna talks about the future of token sales
- Paul Vigna, along with his writing partner Michael Casey, are crypto gurus.
- A crypto critic and Wall Street Journal reporter, Vigna sees through the hype and looks for the value inherent in the crypto system.
- Vigna and I spoke during this, the 100th episode of Technotopia.
- Vigna has a lot to say about the market and feels that his new book, the Truth Machine, picks up where his and Casey’s first book, The Age of Cryptocurrency left off.
- Now that some of the bloom has gone off the crypto rose, Vigna says things are getting more serious and far more interesting.
- Technotopia is a podcast by John Biggs about a better future.
- You can subscribe in Stitcher, RSS, or iTunes and listen the MP3 here.
LearnLux wins PerfectPitch competition, gets $400,000 from Sound Ventures and Marc Benioff
- Today, Sound Ventures held its PerfectPitch startup competition at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
- Five early-stage founders pitched in front of a star-studded jury panel, which included Sound Ventures founding partner Ashton Kutcher, actor Matthew McConaughey, and Salesforce chairman and CEO Marc Benioff.
- Sound Ventures doubled its investment to $200,000 (the initial prize was $100,000), and Benioff pitched in another $200,000, bringing the grand total to $400,000.
- Sound Ventures says it received almost 200 submissions for its PerfectPitch competition, which it launched at SXSW.
- Sound Ventures, which was founded in early 2015 by Kutcher and Guy Oseary, invests across several sectors and stages.
- As it’s growing its portfolio, Sound Ventures brought on a third partner last year, Effie Epstein, to manage day-to-day operations at the firm.
- Kutcher and Oseary are also investors in Uber, Airbnb, and Spotify through their first firm A-Grade Investments.
Do you really know how your partner feels?
- Well, a new study led by the Department of Psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, has investigated whether long-term romantic partners are good at telling each other's feelings throughout the day.
- Lead study author Chrystyna Kouros, a psychologist, suggests that we might not be as good as we think we are at understanding when our partner is feeling down and may need us to show them some moral support.
- The findings revealed that, on the whole, the participants were not very good at understanding when their partner was feeling sad, lonely, or down — although some were more apt at picking up on emotional cues than others.
- This, the study authors suggest, might be due to the fact that we tend to assume that our partners feel the same way we do most of the time.
GV partner Lo Toney wants to raise $50 million to fund diverse investors
- GV partner Lo Toney is looking to raise up to $50 million for his new fund, Plexo Capital, Axios first reported.
- The idea with Plexo Capital, which is backed by Alphabet, is to invest as a limited partner in seed funds led by people of color and/or female general partners, Toney said in an interview back in 2017 with Family Office Insights.
- There are very few black and Latinx investors, with only 2 percent of investment team members at VC firms identifying as black and just 1 percent identifying as Latinx, according to the National Venture Capital Association.
- Their own inherent diversity makes their outlook broader and more open –– they tend to cast their net wide and have a wider lens to spot underserved opportunities that other VCs may particularly miss at the seed stage.
Hold my hand: Touching may ease pain by syncing brainwaves
- Last year, a study led by Pavel Goldstein — a postdoctoral researcher in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at the University of Colorado, Boulder — focused on how this physiological synchronicity is affected when one partner is in pain and the other tries to comfort them.
- The study showed that holding your partner's hand can ease their pain, raise your empathy, and even cause you and your partner's heart and respiration rates to synchronize.
- Conversely, if the partners didn't hold hands while the woman was in pain, their brain waves stopped coupling.
- They add, "Interpersonal touch may blur the borders between self and other." And while the study did not look at same-sex couples or other relationships apart from heterosexual, romantic ones, Goldstein emphasizes how powerful the human touch can be in easing pain.
- Goldstein also adds that further studies are needed to understand the precise mechanisms that may explain exactly how hand holding can kill pain in the brain.
EY partner Don Manifold leaves the firm over code of conduct breach
- The senior Ernst & Young partner in South Australia will leave after an investigation found that he had breached aspects of the firm's code of conduct, but a sexual harassment allegation against him was not substantiated.
- Don Manifold had been the Adelaide office managing partner at the big four accounting and consulting firm since 2015 in its transaction advisory services practice.
- Just hours later, the Financial Review broke the news that a KPMG partner from South Australia, Adrian Lanzilli, had left the firm when allegations of sexual harassment were made, and before the investigation was carried out.
- In a breakthrough act of transparency with staff, EY chief executive Tony Johnson sent an email out on Monday afternoon outlining the findings of the investigation.
- Senior auditor Mark Phelps will now become the new Adelaide office managing partner.