The No-Code Movement Means Anyone Can Be a Tech Founder

Entrepreneurs of the future may seem a lot more tech savvy…while also being a lot less technically savvy. It’s thanks to a movement called No Code, and it could change how business is built.



a woman smiling for the camera: Brianne Kimmel, Worklife


© Courtesy of Brianne Kimmel
Brianne Kimmel, Worklife

With a spate of new tools that don’t require writing code, anyone can build a website, launch a mobile app, customize an e-commerce shopping experience, or even create a logo. “You don’t need to have a computer science degree to start a tech company. You just need an idea,” says Brianne Kimmel (pictured), whose VC fund, Worklife, has invested in these platforms. “The first No Code conference was just a year ago, so it’s very new. But it’s been fascinating to see, during COVID, the number of family members sitting down at the dinner table and starting a mini tech company.”

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What An Inclusive Administration Means For Inclusive Technology

It started with President-elect Biden selecting Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as his running mate. The effort to build a diverse, representative administration thankfully didn’t stop there.

Janet Yellen is poised to be the first woman to run the Treasury Department. Cecilia Rouse is set to be nominated as the head of the Council of Economic Advisers, and Neera Tanden as budget director. And, the economics and communications teams enlist mostly women and several women of color; the communications team is all women.

Putting politics aside to recognize the power of these pending appointments is seemingly impossible, yet absolutely necessary. Amid the economic crisis and global pandemic, this is the first time in American history when there is such heightened public awareness surrounding the nomination of administration officials. And yet, one

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What It Means In The Oil Fields

Bill Gilmer, Director of Institute for Regional Forecasting, C.T. Bauer College of Business


Today COVID-19 is the center of attention for American oil as prices hover in the mid-$40s and a vaccine for the virus remains on the horizon. But the U.S. fracking industry has been under continuous financial pressure since the oil bust of 2014 when OPEC and the Saudis withdrew as swing producers in world markets and allowed oil prices to collapse. A moderate oil price recovery in 2017-18 brought a partial return of activity in the oil fields, but it was quickly followed by an industrywide credit crunch in 2019, and the rig count and oil-related employment were in decline again well before the

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iPhone ‘Weak Security’ Wi-Fi Warning: Here’s What It Means

Have you received a “weak Wi-Fi security” warning on your iPhone since upgrading to iOS 14? You are not alone, here’s what it means and how to fix it.

Since upgrading to iOS 14, many users are reporting seeing a warning on their iPhone that says their Wi-Fi has “weak security.” 

The message, which appears under the Wi-Fi network name on your iPhone, states that WPA/WPA2 TKIP is “not considered secure” and you need to reconfigure your router. Confusing, huh. So what should you do?

Firstly, there is no need to panic. Yes, Apple is telling you that the Wi-Fi network you’re using to connect your iPhone isn’t secure. But specifically it means that your

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California passed Prop. 24. Here’s what that means for your privacy.

On its surface, the premise of Proposition 24 is simple: to protect California’s existing consumer privacy laws by preventing companies from being able to collect and share your personal data without prior consent or knowledge.

It also guarantees the implementation of a state agency costing $10 million a year that will enforce privacy protection laws, and creates new classifications of sensitive information such as race and sexual orientation, explicitly barring companies from accessing such data.

Voters passed the measure in this year’s general election with a 56.2% majority vote. However, critics aren’t so sure it will fulfill its promise.


Prop. 24 began as the California Consumer Privacy Act, a ballot initiative introduced by Alastair Mactaggart, who is a real estate developer based in San Francisco. He was inspired to write the initiative in 2017 after a conversation he had with a Google engineer at a cocktail party in the Oakland

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Airbnb IPO Prospectus Says Future Success Means Adapting to Cryptocurrencies

The giant online rental marketplace based in San Francisco, Airbnb is considering supporting cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. The news stems from the company’s initial public offering (IPO) prospectus with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Airbnb’s filing notes that future success will be dependent on adapting to new technologies such as tokenization and cryptocurrencies.

  • The travel industry has been one of the hardest-hit sectors in the economy after the coronavirus outbreak shook the world. In a recent filing with the SEC, Airbnb has filed a prospectus on November 16 seeking a $1 billion initial public offering (IPO) in the United States.
  • Within the pages of the Airbnb prospectus, the company mentions considering technologies like blockchain, cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence (AI), and the “ability to integrate new or emerging payment methods.”
  • In 2014, Airbnb representative Brian Chesky asked his followers on Twitter if Airbnb should accept bitcoin. A great number of
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Big Tech Backlash Means Get Ready for Less Free Stuff

(Bloomberg Opinion) — Governments around the world are taking major steps to clamp down on the anticompetitive practices of large technology companies. But the quest to rein in the power of these giants may have an unfortunate side effect for consumers: less free stuff.

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One of the common themes among global antitrust regulators is that Big Tech has been able to use its vast financial resources and platforms to stifle smaller competitors. Last month’s U.S. House antitrust report contended that big American technology companies such as Apple Inc. and Google parent Alphabet Inc. have abused their market power to hurt upstarts and extend their dominance into different markets. This month, China’s antitrust watchdog issued a set of draft regulations that included rules against internet platforms such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. selling goods and services below cost, while the European Union  said Amazon may have broken antitrust laws

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Zoom spikes as latest New York City school closure means more remote learning


  • Zoom Video Communications reversed earlier losses and surged as much as 5.5% on Wednesday afternoon following the announced closure of New York City public schools, which will start Thursday.
  • NYC public schools will transition to remote learning because a surge in COVID-19 cases pushed the 7-day positivity rate above the 3% threshold.
  • Zoom has been a prime beneficiary of the COVID-19 related lockdowns that swept across the country throughout 2020. 
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Zoom Video Communications reversed its 3% loss on Wednesday and surged as much as 5.5% after the New York City public school system said it will close and transition to remote learning.

The move by ame after a surge in daily COVID-19 cases pushed the seven-day positivity rate above the 3% threshold set by NYC mayor Bill DeBlasio.

DeBlasio tweeted on Wednesday: “New

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What Amazon’s push into pharmacy means for pharmacies, health plans, and startups

Companies like Hims or Ro that prescribe and ship medications to your door could see a slight benefit as getting drugs online goes mainstream, but ultimately could have to compete directly with Amazon.

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Analysts and experts credit Amazon with ushering in the widespread adoption of e-commerce shopping and selling habits with its Prime two-day shipping. Amazon Pharmacy could create the same seismic shifts in mail-order prescriptions that initially benefit the existing companies in the space, but ultimately leave those companies competing directly with the behemoth.

Direct-to-consumer pharmacies, for example, could benefit as new consumers learn to order prescriptions online for the first time through Amazon. In a way, it proves their business model is a good one, and that widespread adoption is possible, making the private companies more enticing to potential investors. However, customers could have a more established purchasing relationship with Amazon, given the ubiquity of Prime memberships

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Digital omotenashi means truly human-centric technology

At Nissan, we believe that vehicles are not just for transportation. They inspire emotions and connect drivers to their world. Your vehicle should know you, respond to you, and unlock a new level of freedom and potential. 

Under our Nissan NEXT transformation plan, we are driving a new wave of mobility that is 100% designed around our customers. This includes bold, modern designs, strong overall value, and intelligent technologies that help make driving smarter, safer and more fun.

 Our commitment to human-centric technology starts with our focus on digital omotenashi. Omotenashi means “hospitality,” and at Nissan digital omotenashi is the way we redefine hospitality with technology that puts our customers first.

 It means making advanced technology simple and enjoyable. It means understanding where our customers feel stress while driving and giving them added confidence and safety behind the wheel.

 How do we create human-centric technology? We do it by designing

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