Making New Mom Friends, FCC’s Free Pass & More Reading List Highlights

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1. Should I Call My Employee an Associate or Representative?

By Jeanne Grunert – CorpNet

Digest: Small Business

Curators: Marc Prosser, Michael Heiligenstein

According to Fast Company, 80% of companies they surveyed use job titles to demonstrate an employee’s position in the company hierarchy. And 92% use job titles to define an employee’s role within the company.

Perhaps even more importantly, job titles can be used as recruitment tools. Since small businesses often struggle to recruit and retain employees, using job titles to find and attract potential applicants is a great tactic. The same Fast Company survey found that only 37% of companies think of using job titles as a recruitment tool, so using this tactic can give small businesses a competitive edge. Read More

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2. WeChat users in China can now gift friends a Starbucks coffee via chat

By Jon Russell – TechCrunch

Digest: China Tech

Curators: Xu Tao, Edith Yeung

Beyond the benefit for Starbucks, which has bucked the trend of U.S. businesses failing in China and has plans to double its presence over the next five years, the partnership is a major coup for WeChat which keeps it competitive with key rival Alibaba. Read More

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3. AT&T and Verizon Just Got a Free Pass from the FCC to Divide up the Internet

By Colin Lecher, Verge

Digest: Mobile

Curator: Edith Yeung

FCC will not focus on denying Americans free data. AT&T and Verizon got a free pass. Read More

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4. Peanut is a Tinder-Like App for Making New Mom Friends

By Sarah Perez – TechCrunch

Digest: Angel Investor

Curator: Berg Moe

Being a new parent can become an isolating experience, where you’re thrust into a world of playdates over happy hours – a change that can lead to dwindling time spent with friends who share a different schedule and set of priorities. Read More

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5. Snapchat Growth Slowed 82% After Instagram Stories Launched

By Josh Constine – TechCrunch

Digest: Product

Curators: SC Moatti, Reza Ladchartabi

Snapchat was flying high in early 2016, but the launch of direct competitor Instagram Stories coincided with a massive drop in how fast Snapchat was growing, judging by new stats in its IPO filing. Read More

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