TechCrunch: Humble lets engineers swipe right to their dream job
As we continue to progress into an era ruled by digital technology, the need for software engineers is at an all-time high. The demand for developers has grown to be so large that the extent of recruitment faced by these engineers has gotten out of hand. Steven Renwick and the rest of his team tackled this issue just days ago at the Disrupt Berlin hackathon through their creation of Humble. Humble is essentially Tinder for engineers; only, instead of meeting a cute date, developers are matched with their ideal jobs. The app allows you to swipe right for jobs that peak your interest and swipe left for career opportunities that do not suit your preferences. Humble actually becomes more efficient the more active a user is; pairing you with more jobs that are similar to other gigs you swiped in favor of. The newfound idea for a job-matching application aimed at engineers has great potential, having the power to help both businesses and engineers find the most suitable matches.
TechCrunch: There are now 25M active business profiles on Instagram
There are currently 25 million active business profiles on Instagram, which is an impressive statistic for a platform that launched business accounts only a year and a half ago. With over 10 million new business profiles created within the last 6 months, Instagram has distinguished itself as a key component for a business to reach and connect with customers. The growth in business accounts on Instagram will inevitably increase the competition for user’s attention, forcing businesses to produce quality posts in order to maximize their campaigns. As Instagram’s business features made an instant splash in the social-media marketing field, they show no sign of slowing down the possibilities of what’s to come. Vishal Shah, director of product for Instagram, announced that he aspires to enhance their business product through the access to more data regarding users interactions with a business’s profile. Instagram has surely made itself an iconic social-media platform for businesses; however, time will tell if it can remain a dominant player.
TechCrunch: There will be a plug-in Hybrid Jeep Wrangler in 2020
As announced this past week at the LA Auto Show, the classic Jeep Wrangler will now have a plug-in Hybrid variant in 2020. It is predicted the PHEV model of the Wrangler will shadow the hybrid version of the Chrysler Pacifica, offering a fully electric range of 33 miles and an overall efficiency rating of 32 miles per gallon. Jeep’s initiative should allow riders to utilize electric-drive for their daily commutes and should only have to break into their gas reserves for off-road excursions. Jeep’s decision to make a hybrid Wrangler is a distant leap for their glorified model; however, it is exciting to see another dominant brand enter the growing market of electric automobiles.
TechCrunch: Gym-As-You-Go wants to let you pay per exercise
We all know the infamous business model for a gym: sell as many memberships as possible and have as little customers actually take advantage of their membership. Gym-As-You-Go breaks away from the stereotypical gym strategy, allowing customers to pay for each workout individually. The project that originated at the Disrupt Berlin hackathon, allows users to check in at a machine and pay for their use of the equipment based off of the duration of their workout. The unorthodox workout program seems to have a hopeful future as they forget dreadful gym contracts, with the potential to save users money on membership fees, as well as a method for gyms to attract a new style of customers.
Gizmodo: Spooked by Amazon, CVS decides to buy massive health insurer Aetna
As Amazon transitions towards the pharmaceutical market, competitor’s have rushed to keep up with the lucrative tech-giant. For example, CVS quickly decided to purchase the health insurance company Aetna for $69 billion. The Washington Post wrote that CVS intends to turn their “ 9,700 pharmacy storefronts into community medical hubs for primary care and basic procedures,” as well as in efforts to widen their range of offerings, releasing pressure on their retail sector. The acquisition has potential to lower healthcare costs, allowing customers to conduct their follow-up appointments at a lower priced location than at a hospital. Despite the fears that come with consolidation, the deal may ultimately lead to lower drug prices for consumers who pick up their prescriptions at a CVS pharmacy. If the deal goes through, it should be interesting to witness how the pharmaceutical battle plays out between the two majors companies, CVS and Amazon.