Some of the most innovative products for the custom industry come from the minds of custom integrators not coincidentally. They do, after all, have first-hand experience knowing their own and presumably others’ needs and pain points.
Also, unsurprisingly, many of these companies sprout up in the business operations/management sector, because there are always going to be opportunities to help owners run their businesses smarter and more efficiently.
Such is the case with Doug Greenwald, who created management software ProjX360 but also is CEO of Creative Sound & Integration in Scottsdale, Ariz. – a winner in this year’s CE Pro Home of the Year Awards program in the Best New Technologies project category.
Greenwald chatted with CE Pro about ProjX360’s CEDIA Expo Virtual booth (still accessible at projx360.cediaexpovirtual.com) in September and the importance of business management software in general.
What were some of your takeaways from the CEDIA Expo Virtual platform experience?
It was nice to interact with new dealers [for the first time on a large scale] since the start of COVID. One thing I can say is that it doesn’t replace meeting in person and can’t wait until next year when CEDIA [Expo] returns.
How did ProjX360 conduct interactions with attendees?
So we did two live demonstrations each day and my on-boarding and training director was meeting with existing customers to answer questions and go through best workflow practices of the software. We also had our live chat going and we allowed dealers to request personal one-on-one meetings with us
What was ProjX360 focused on sharing with attendees in terms of new features to the software platform?
We spoke about our new updated App for iOS and Android that will be coming out in the next few weeks with offline time tracking, push notifications, and easy access to
Over the last seven pandemic-ridden months, meditation app Headspace has seen its downloads double. The company made its offerings free for first responders and the unemployed, and the number of people using a specific “stressed meditation” series is up sixfold. And as CEOs have become increasingly more mindful of their employees’ mental health, corporations such as Tesco, Hewlett Packard Enterprises and Publicis have signed on for Headspace for Work, while Microsoft is even integrating the meditation service into its Teams platform.
Behind the scenes of much of this recent growth has been CeCe Morken, the woman who is currently serving as Headspace’s president and COO. She assumed the position in April after spending 13 years leading different business units at Intuit—but six months into the job, she’s getting a promotion. Headspace announced Monday that effective January 1, 2021, Morken will become the company’s CEO, while current CEO and cofounder Rich Pierson alongside cofounder Andy Puddicombe will transition to new roles as co-executive chairmen of the board.
“The founders have looked at what we’ve done in six months and said ‘we’re super comfortable with where you’re taking things, and so we want to we want to offer this role to you,’” Morken told Forbes in an exclusive phone interview, noting that the CEO role was not part of the initial conversations she had with Headspace when she joined in the spring.
“When we founded Headspace in 2010, we never imagined it would become the meditation and mindfulness leader it is today,” Pierson said in a statement Monday. He went on to note that for him and Puddicombe, this period of growth marked the right time to step away from
- Since the start of the pandemic, dating apps have seen a spike in usage.
- But users also have new concerns that these apps have to address.
- Business Insider spoke with the founder and CEO of Hinge, Justin McLeod, on how coronavirus has changed the face of dating for good and what the company is doing about it.
- Hinge is taking steps like launching a partnership with mental health space Headspace and pushing for more video-based dates – which could stay popular even after it’s safe to meet in person.
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The way people meet and date has changed dramatically since the onset of the pandemic, and dating apps like Hinge are trying to keep up with the shift.
People are going on more dates than ever before, but they’re not meeting up as frequently, Justin McLeod, founder and CEO of the dating app Hinge, told Business Insider. Hinge has adjusted its app to account for these changes. The company launched a video chat and voice call option in June. It also added an in-app link to the World Health Organization’s coronavirus safety guide.
“Everyone has very shifting senses of what the right type of dating for them to experience is,” he said. “Managing that amount of complexity, and helping our product team manage how the world is changing so quickly, has definitely been a huge challenge.”
Across the board dating apps are seeing more traction from users. Match Group, the online dating company that owns apps like Tinder, OkCupid, and Hinge, all saw a spike in premium subscriptions and downloads since the start of the pandemic. Hinge saw a 30% increase in messages among users this past March, according to the company’s research team, Hinge Labs.
While this increased usage is good, online dating