Author Archives: Darren Marchal

How to Build Trust When Managing Remote Teams

Managing remote teams comes with a unique set of challenges. One of the biggest challenges is building trust among team members. Check out this article to find out how we tackle the issue. I remember what it is like to work in an office. The sound of fingers typing on keyboards, idle chit-chit around the…

Santa and the search engine

Spoiler alert: This article contains suggestions that Santa is not as real as many would like, but that he may be more real than he’s ever been. One of the occupational hazards of being an omnipresent corporation with a “Don’t Be Evil” motto and the goal of organizing the world’s information is that sometimes the…

Is There Greater Potential For Your Entry-Level Product?

Many businesses give their entry-level products less effort than more advanced products. I certainly understand why some might think this way – revenue per customer is lower, support needs are greater and many are ‘tests’ or ‘proof-of-concepts’ of which only a small percentage may become viable products and long term customers. In my 30-year career,…

Review: ‘Tru’ offers wit, insight

Not every irascible, sharp-tongued gent striding the live stage this holiday season is a Victorian killjoy with an insomnia problem. In fact, you can just about imagine Truman Capote recoiling in horror at Ebenezer Scrooge’s frumpy evening wear. (Definitely not Tiffany’s material.) But the one-man show “Tru,” which just opened in an absorbing production at…

At $40 Billion, Uber Would Eclipse Twitter and Hertz

Uber Technologies Inc. investors are betting the five-year-old car-booking app is more valuable than Twitter Inc. and Hertz Global Holdings Inc. The startup is close to raising a round of financing that would value it between $35 billion and $40 billion, according to people familiar with the situation, who asked not to be identified because the…

Face to Face With the Fed, Workers Ask for More Help

WASHINGTON — Jean Andre traveled from Queens to the Federal Reserve Board’s stately headquarters here on Friday to tell the people who make monetary policy that he needs their help. He cannot find regular work on film and photo shoots. The jobs he does find pay less. The Fed’s chairwoman, Janet L. Yellen, agreed to…

IBM’s Rometty Under Pressure to Revive Tech Giant After Plu

The pressure is building for IBM’s Ginni Rometty to revive the company or risk confronting calls for more radical steps — like a major breakup. International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) surprised investors yesterday by scrapping its 2015 forecast and projecting that earnings will decline this year, the first drop since 2002. The shares plunged to a…