Day: March 24, 2020

Former Slack exec April Underwood has joined Obvious Ventures as a venture partner – TechCrunch

April Underwood, who until early last year was Slack’s chief product officer, has joined Obvious Ventures as a venture partner, she announced on Twitter today.

Underwood said that as part of the firm’s team, she will “invest in great companies seeking to solve the big problems facing humanity: our climate, human health and wellness, and how we work.” Of Obvious’s focus on “backing company with world positive impact,” she said its mission “couldn’t possibly feel more needed than it does in this particular moment.”

For Underwood, the role is one of several that she is currently juggling. She founded a startup advisory outfit called Wise Owl last year. She is also a cofounder of #Angels, an organization that focuses on investing in female founders and to which Underwood remains very committed, she said today, tweeting that her focus on “getting more women on the cap tables of successful startups will

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Telecommuting 101: How to support and manage a global remote workforce

TechRepublic and ZDNet leaders discuss the challenges associated with managing a team of people working from home.

Telecommuting 101: How to support and manage a global remote workforce
TechRepublic and ZDNet leaders discuss the challenges associated with managing a team of people working from home.

TechRepublic’s Karen Roby spoke with TechRepublic Editor-in-Chief Bill Detwiler, TechRepublic and ZDNet Editor-in-Chief Steve Ranger, and TechRepublic and ZDNet Editorial Director Larry Dignan about the challenges companies face now that much of the workforce is working remotely due to the coronavirus. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

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Karen Roby: We are adjusting to a new norm now with most everyone around the world truly working from home. There are a lot of challenges involved in this. Companies are trying to work out the kinks, and managers are trying to

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