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Micro-Franchises Offer Global Entrepreneurs a Proven Business-in-a-Box

Developing-world entrepreneurs are creating their own jobs without having to start their own companies. Instead, they are adopting proven models in education, health care and renewable energy and building badly needed distribution channels as franchisees. Micro-franchising is emerging as a resilient and more reality-based alternative to standalone startups as a way to create jobs and

Digital freelancing sites bring global youth into the gig economy

In Kenya, 40,000 youths have secured work through freelancing sites like Amazon’s MTurk and Kenyan startup KuHustle. The Kenyan government wants to boost that to a million young people by dispatching mentors and providing free wi-fi and online registration. Globally, 75 million youth ages 15 to 24 are without work; 20 million more enter the

Baby boxes nudge new parents toward best childcare practices

Women Rising New mothers in New Jersey will get a box full of diapers, onesies, baby wipes, breast pads, and nipple cream for breast feeding, in exchange for completing childcare training. Baby boxes were popularized in Finland, where infant mortality rates are among the world’s lowest. They are now distributed in parts of the U.K.,

Larry Fink tells companies to invest in their workers for the long-term — or else

The chief executive of Blackrock last year called on executives to look past their quarterly earnings toward long-term value creation. In this year’s letter to business executives, he told them how: invest in their employees’ skills and financial well-being in a changing world. In case anybody’s in doubt, that means dialing back buybacks that boost short-term

Larry Fink tells companies to invest in their workers for the long-term – or else

The chief executive of Blackrock last year called on executives to look past their quarterly earnings toward long-term value creation. In this year’s letter to business executives, he told them how: invest in their employees’ skills and financial well-being in a changing world. In case anybody’s in doubt, that means dialing back buybacks that boost short-term

San Francisco gets its own basic income test

Speaking of Finland, San Francisco announced last week plans to pilot its own $5 million program to compare how kids develop in families that receive direct cash transfers with those that receive traditional social services (or none at all). Finland announced a plan to test such “universal basic income” last year. Cash transfers as a poverty

Femtech funding tops $1 billion as women’s health takes center stage

Women Rising Startups targeting women’s healthcare have raised $1.1 billion in venture financing since 2014, CB Insights reports. Prelude, a fertility solutions startup, has raised $200 million and Progyny, backed by Kleiner Perkins, has raised $49 million for its egg-freezing and fertility services. Reproductive therapeutics company ObsEva, based in Geneva, filed for an IPO. The global femtech