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One Degree Wednesday July 29 2020

Microbusinesses could be the key to surviving the COVID-19 recession

People’s online microbusinesses and side hustles might be helping their hometowns’ resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study by the web-hosting company GoDaddy suggests. That includes people such as Nashville-based Chef Zach Sass, who was laid off as a result of virus-related restaurant closures. As a stopgap, he started a coronavirus-era business as a “virtual personal chef,” offering video chat guidance to home cooks via a website hosted by GoDaddy.


Waterloo-based North says Focals will stop working on July 31

Google confirmed it acquired North near the end of June. After the acquisition, North announced it planned to deprecate Focals 1.0 and wouldn’t ship Focals 2.0. North has now confirmed the timeline for winding down Focals.

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Tech Unfamiliarity, Client Defection and Lead Generation Top List of Financial Advisor Concerns in 2020: AdvisorStream Research

Financial advisors who are not fully embracing digital marketing in 2020 are at risk of losing clients and unable to take advantage of the surge in investors looking for advice during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and massive market volatility, according to new findings of the “AdvisorStream: State of Advisor Communications” research. The research explores the challenges of nearly 1,000 financial advisors in the U.S. and Canada.


Apple’s new services off to a slow start in first year

Apple Inc.’s newest services have yet to generate meaningful revenue, making it harder for the largest technology company to expand beyond the iPhone and other hardware.


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