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Address not applicable: What happens to the HQ in the remote-work age?

first_img Email Address* Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong (Getty/Illustration by Kevin Rebong)When a company prepares to go public, it submits to the SEC a document known as the S1, which details its business, financials, risks and opportunities. On the first page is a field for the location of its headquarters. Some of these addresses have become legendary: 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway (Google); 1601 Willow Road (Facebook); 345 Park Avenue (Blackstone).Last week, Coinbase, the biggest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, filed its S1. In that noteworthy field, the company wrote “Address not Applicable.”“In May 2020, we became a remote-first company,” Coinbase wrote in a footnote. “Accordingly, we do not maintain a headquarters.”One could dismiss the move as a marketing stunt. But even so, it’s telling. One sign of a company’s status has historically been an address — Park Avenue, West 57th Street, Wall Street — that signified that a company was going places. Here, however, a company that traffics in digital assets is betting that being HQ-free is good branding. Listing no address, Coinbase thinks, is a power move.ADVERTISEMENTThe debate about permanent remote work is bound to be long, ugly and ultimately unsatisfying. Each week, we hear more about the benefits of remote work; Robert J. Gordon, author of the seminal “The Rise and Fall of American Growth,” told UCLA that remote work “has got to improve productivity because we’re getting the same amount of output without commuting, without office buildings.” But we also hear about the downsides, such as Zoom fatigue, loneliness, lack of connection, zero separation between work and life.Those arguments will go on, and they will evolve. But it is clear that there are no neat lines to be drawn. It’s not as if all the tech companies are rah-rah on remote work and all the suited-and-booted financial firms are begging for a return to the office.Salesforce declared last month that it would let employees work remotely indefinitely, while Google still maintains that employees will need to start coming in after the virus is dealt with. In banking, an interesting contrast popped up last week, with HSBC saying that 85 percent of its workers would be eligible for long-term remote work and that the bank would reduce its footprint by 40 percent, while Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon described remote work as “an aberration” and promised to “correct it as quickly as possible.”But even with the jury out on remote work, it’s worth questioning the viability of a central business district headquarters — the giant, show-stopping office in Grand Central, Hudson Yards, South of Market or Avenue of the Stars. While many companies remain committed to the HQ, and some, like Blackstone, are even doubling down on the concept, many companies might opt for a network of smaller offices closer to where their talent pool wants to live.Purely residential neighborhoods in alpha cities, if zoning officials see reason, might see offices bloom, and smaller cities — no, not everyone is moving to Miami — will also benefit as knowledge workers exercise their ability to live where they wish. Real estate markets will adjust; tenants’ demand for greater flexibility has already shortened lease terms, JLL data show. And one fascinating trend within commercial brokerage hints at bigger changes ahead.CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm, paid $200 million last month for a 35 percent stake in co-working startup Industrious, following in the footsteps of a key rival, Newmark, which gobbled up the bankrupt Knotel.The brokerages, whose bread-and-butter has long been securing dedicated office space for large tenants, have the pulse of the office market, and their bets say a lot about where they see things going. Companies such as Quora are already experimenting with keeping an office but reducing its prestige: CEO Adam D’Angelo pledged to be in the office no more than once a month, to ensure that it no longer serves as the company’s power base.So maybe we should stop asking if the office is dead. A workspace distinct from where you live will remain essential, at least for quite a while. The better question might be: “Will ‘address not applicable’ become a movement?” If it does, commercial landlords will have to adapt.Contact the author Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Full Name*center_img Share via Shortlink Tags Central Business DistrictNews AnalysisRemote Worklast_img read more

Evaluating highly branched isoprenoid (HBI) biomarkers as a novel Antarctic sea-ice proxy in deep ocean glacial age sediments

first_imgAntarctic sea-ice plays a primary role in the climate system, potentially modulating interhemispheric millennial-scale climate change and deglacial warming. Recently, microfossil proxy data have provided important insights into this potential forcing. However, additional proxies for glacial sea-ice reconstructions are required, to support the microfossil data and to control for potential preservation issues. We considered highly branched isoprenoids (HBIs) as a sea-ice proxy, building on earlier studies in the Arctic and Antarctic. This study focused on measuring HBIs in glacial deposits in Southern Ocean deep ocean sediment cores. These deep ocean sites provided a study location away from the local sea-ice complexities associated with coastal and shallow water sites and allowed the comparison of HBIs during several phases of glacial sea-ice variability inferred from microfossils. Down-core profiles of di- and tri-unsaturated HBI isomers diene II and triene III were compared with diatom-based reconstructions of Antarctic sea-ice derived in three high resolution sediment cores recovered from a transect across the Scotia Sea, Southwest Atlantic. High quality chronological control was achieved through a combination of abundance stratigraphy, relative geomagnetic palaeointensity data, and down-core magnetic susceptibility/ice core dust correlation. Significant positive correlations, observed between HBI diene II and sea-ice presence, and between HBI triene III and open waters in the Marginal Ice Zone indicated that the two HBIs are both closely related to sea-ice and sea-ice edge dynamics, respectively. Highly significant down-core correlations between the HBIs indicate coeval sedimentation related to the summer breakdown of sea-ice melt-induced stratification. Combined, the two HBIs and diatoms demonstrated their potential as proxies for permanent sea-ice cover and sea-ice seasonality, two parameters poorly resolved in current climate models. The sea-ice reconstructions presented have developed our knowledge regarding HBIs and their relationship with the surface ocean environment and further highlight their potential as an important proxy for glacial Antarctic sea-ice and sea-ice dynamics back to at least ∼60 ka.last_img read more

Press release: PM call with President-elect of Ukraine: 23 April 2019

first_img She assured President-elect Zelenskiy of the UK’s support for his upcoming Presidency and Ukraine’s democratic future, and our willingness to continue and increase our already deep partnership across a range of areas. A Downing Street spokesperson said: The Prime Minister invited President-elect Zelenskiy to visit the UK at the earliest opportunity and they agreed to remain in close touch. The Prime Minister reiterated support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and our desire to expand our already significant defence and security cooperation. The Prime Minister stressed the importance of our two countries working together alongside the international community to deter Russian aggression. The Prime Minister spoke to the President-elect of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, today to congratulate him on his success in the Presidential elections.last_img read more

Morrisons relaunches Food To Go

first_imgMorrisons’ new Food To Go range has launched in stores this week, as the retailer looks to give its customers greater choice.The range features 90 new and improved lines, including 15 freshly-made sandwiches, six new cake bars, and seven sushi lines.The retailer has revamped the range in a bid to improve quality, as well as offering a wider choice of products across its sandwich, sushi and snack express lines.Morrisons said its freshly made sandwiches will be made in-store, with its in-store bakery French sticks being used to make its beef and onion and tuna and cucumber baguettes, for example.The launch will also include a £2.00 meal deal, offering £1.40 sandwich, a 20-32.5g packet of Walkers Crisps, and a 375ml bottle of Coke, Diet Coke, Oasis or a 750ml bottle of Abbey Wells water.Individual sandwiches will be priced between £1 and £2.50, and will be priced the same across the country.Ken Clow, sandwich buyer, said: “We want to offer our customers the best-value Food To Go range on the market and believe this re-launch, with fantastic new products across the entire range, will achieve that.”last_img read more

Science & Cooking lecture series returns Sept. 8

first_imgHarvard’s popular Science & Cooking lecture series will return on Sept. 8, bringing world-class chefs and eminent food experts to campus for weekly talks and demonstrations that are open to the public.Most of the guests and topics this year will be entirely new, as the series welcomes for the first time the internationally renowned chefs Dominique Crenn and Daniel Humm, among many others.Hosted by the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the public lecture series runs through the end of the fall semester. A full schedule, including the lecture topics, is available online: http://www.seas.harvard.edu/cooking. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Parkland students: The violence must stop here

first_img Florida high schoolers show passion and sophistication. What they need next is a blueprint, analyst says Following a nationwide March 14 walkout from classes to honor the Parkland victims and to protest both gun violence in schools and inaction by lawmakers on the issue, the Florida students and their supporters plan to convene in Washington, D.C., on Saturday for the “March For Our Lives,” aimed at urging Congress and the president to adopt tighter gun regulations. Several hundred student-led marches, which will also emphasize voter registration, are planned for cities and towns across the United States and abroad.Asked by moderator Meighan Stone, senior fellow in the Council on Foreign Relations’ Women and Foreign Policy Program, how a few Florida high school students came to start an outward-reaching movement instead of simply retreating into the safety of their homes after the attack, Kasky said he was riding home that fateful day with his father and brother, listening to the news, when something hit him. “I started to realize: I’ve seen this before, I’ve seen this happen countless times. What happens is we get two weeks in the news, we get a bundle of thoughts and prayers, everybody sends flowers, and then it’s over and people forget.”,Wanting to force change, Kasky knew that time was critical. “We spoke out. We said, ‘No, you’re not controlling our narrative, you are not telling our story. We see past the façade that this is inevitable and this is the price of our freedom. We know that we can fix this, but we have to jump now. We have to start now.’ So I instantly started writing, David instantly started writing and speaking, and soon enough Emma gave her speech. Alex was speaking. We all got together. We assembled on my living room floor.”,It was a limited victory, but the student activists persuaded Florida lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott to change state gun laws for the first time in 20 years. The legislation raised the minimum purchase age for guns from 18 to 21, instituted a three-day waiting period for gun purchases while background checks are conducted, and banned the sale of bump stocks. Still, the students say their work is far from done.They acknowledge they’re still processing their grief, but say that the best way to channel their energy and pay respect — not only to the 17 friends, teachers, and coaches they lost, but to those killed by gun violence in other communities — is to press forward with the fight. Related Turning protest into policycenter_img You know something special is brewing when the most talked about public event at Harvard in some time is a discussion featuring high school students.But the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., are no ordinary juniors and seniors. Perhaps not since the days of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee has a small group of students been able to light a flame under America on an issue that many thought was hopelessly intractable, in this case gun violence.In the five weeks since the Feb. 14 killing of 17 at their high school by a young gunman, students Matt and Ryan Deitsch, Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, and Alex Wind have become among the most recognizable faces and passionate voices for #NeverAgain, a movement that has pushed the debate over gun safety and violence past the usual political barriers.During a visit to the Harvard Kennedy School hosted by the Institute of Politics Tuesday evening, the students shared how they have tried to transform the pain and tragedy they experienced in the attack into a powerful national movement for student activism and social change.,Though it’s important to remember those killed with moments of silence, Hogg said, what is most essential is that students make their voices heard and hold elected officials accountable so that mass killings will stop.“We’ve been silent for too long as a nation. We’ve allowed these things to continue for too long,” he said. “What’s important is that we speak up to legislators and let them know that this is what their constituents want. And if they choose not to vote on the side of human lives that are innocently taken ever year, that’s OK, because we’ll vote you out. It’s as simple as that.” “We spoke out. We said, ‘No, you’re not controlling our narrative, you are not telling our story.’” — Cameron Kasky “Never quiet down, never stop asking them questions, even if it’s your favorite elected official. Every time they do something, look into it,” Kasky advised students.The Florida students began their day with breakfast at Annenberg Hall. They visited with IOP fellows and students, met with high school students from Boston and Cambridge, stopped by Kirkland House, and talked with Harvard President Drew Faust at Massachusetts Hall.Despite the hot-button nature of the debate and the preponderance of Republican politicians who support sweeping gun rights and accept campaign donations from the National Rifle Association, the students say they want to keep partisanship out of the movement to the extent they can. “Bullets don’t discriminate, so why should we?” said Gonzalez.They are urging high school and college-age students to register to vote and to turn out on the issue in the fall elections. Their goal is to press every member of Congress to take a public stance on gun-safety legislation before the midterm elections in November.,“I don’t think this movement would be possible if we weren’t teenagers… because we are the only ones able to reach out to the youth and connect with the 18- to-25-year-olds and show them it’s our time to make change in this country,” said Wind.The Florida students are allied in their goals, but they have developed their own public personas in recent weeks:An aspiring journalist, Ryan Deitsch recorded the massacre on his phone as it unfolded while he and others hid inside a closet as the gunman roamed the halls. Matt Deitsch is Ryan’s older brother.Gonzalez called “BS” on adults, especially lawmakers, who offered gestures of concern on social media after the incident but refused to buck the NRA or do anything to reduce access to guns.Hogg rose to national attention early on for sharp criticism of President Trump and the NRA in a series of TV interviews. He was accused by NRA supporters, including Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, of being a “crisis actor,” in part because Hogg’s father is a former FBI agent.Kasky received death threats after, during a contentious Feb. 21 town hall event organized by CNN, he sharply questioned U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio about his track record of accepting campaign donations from the NRA. Kasky and his best friend, Alex Wind, were two of the three students who founded the #NeverAgain movement as a vehicle to change U.S. gun laws.The student panelists said they oppose efforts proposed in Florida to arm teachers, and said they credited several of their teachers for helping them to learn how the NRA lobbies, how politics and government operate, and how to write speeches with clear points of view. Asked by one teacher what educators can do for the #NeverAgain movement, they suggested that instructors inspire students to vote, keep their own political views out of the classrooms, and help students to understand the real-world implications of policy rather than party affiliation.Asked about the whirlwind changes the group has experienced since taking the national stage, Ryan Deitsch recounted a recent meeting on Capitol Hill with U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who served as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s and became an important Civil Rights leader while still in his early 20s. Lewis has encouraged the student-led movement to keep pushing toward its goals. Knowing what Lewis endured, what he achieved, and what he is still fighting for, Deitsch said, has inspired him and made him hopeful for his burgeoning movement’s future.“We’re always taught that the Civil Rights movement is something that happened in the past, and that change doesn’t really happen in today’s society. But that’s not true. We can see change every day if we just put our minds to it,” he said.last_img read more

King-Tighe-Hogan-Case to forfeit votes following Judicial Council sanction

first_imgThe King-Tighe-Hogan-Case ticket, running for sophomore class council, will be required to forfeit 33 votes in Thursday’s elections, Judicial Council announced in a press release Thursday morning.According to the release, the ticket violated election regulations outlined in Section 17.1(f) of the student body constitution.Section 17.1(f) states “E-mail as a source of campaigning may be used; however, the use of Listservs is prohibited. A listserv email is any email that ends in “@listserv.nd.edu” or any variations in terms of capitalization thereon. Google Groups created for use by a Residence Hall, Student Union Organization, or University department, office or official may not be used in campaigning,” according to the release.The ticket had not responded to a request for comment by time of publication.Tags: class council elections, Judicial Council, sanctionslast_img read more

Avian Adventures

first_imgRising high school juniors and seniors, who happen to also be bird-lovers, can get a personal introduction to the world of avian science through a three-day camp at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.Set for June 23-25, the camp will introduce students to bird reproduction, bird watching and avian surgery. The event will begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. and conclude Friday at 6:30 p.m. with a tour of the UGA Poultry Research Center. Avian Adventures students will stay overnight in UGA dormitories. The cost of the camp is $50 and the registration deadline is May 15. For more information, see the Web site www.caes.uga.edu/departments/poultry/schprogram or contact Evonne Jones at (706) 542-9153.last_img read more

Mountain Mama: Why bother warming-up? Here’s why

first_imgWarming up does more than prevent torn tendons and tweaked muscles. Revving up your body can help win the battle of the running doldrums.Dear Mountain Mama,I’m a time-crunched runner training for the Charleston Marathon. My goal is to finish – I’m not looking to break any records of set a PR. My training plan involves logging the miles at a moderate to slow pace.I keep hearing how important warming-up is, but does that apply to a runner like me? When time is at a premium, why bother with a warm-up?Yours,Time-CrunchedDear Time-Crunched,I get the time-is-so-scarce-I-barely-manage-to-squeeze-in-a-run mind frame, an apt description of my own head space most of the time. But skipping a warm-up does more than ensure you won’t hit your peak performance. Running first thing in the morning or after being sedentary for long stretches increases the risk of pulling a muscle or tweaking a tendon or joint. “A proper warmup increases heart rate, breathing rate, and blood flow to the muscles,” says Ann Alyanak, a University of Dayton coach who placed seventh at the 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials. “It prepares the body for increasingly vigorous activity, allows it to work more efficiently, and reduces injury risk by loosening you up.”Warming up also helps runners err on the side of starting out more like a tortoise than a hare. Beginning a run at an unsustainable pace results in an inevitable slow-down, leaving runners feeling discouraged and daunted at the thought of their next run.Even for everyday runs, at a minimum warm-up by walking for 3 – 5 minutes to loosen up joints and muscles. Then begin running at a deliberately slow pace for the first half mile or more, starting easy and gradually adding speed.Oh but there will be days. Day when real life conspires against you. Last week I’d calendared every hour of my work days, lunch presentations that required preparing after my toddler went to sleep. By Thursday, I dreaded my training run, even thought it was an easy 3-miler. It started raining thirty minutes before my babysitter was scheduled to arrive.Rain was just the excuse I needed to bail on my run, only my babysitter wouldn’t let me. When I texted her I wanted to cancel, she replied, “You positive? You can always run in a rain jacket! Or just get soaked!”So reluctantly I replied that I’d run, mostly out of guilt. But when I got home washing the dishes and folding the heap of laundry on my couch seemed more appealing. I spent close to an hour putting away dishes and clothes and sweeping. After a day behind my desk, even that activity revved up my energy level so when my babysitter set a time limit that I must leave the house to actually run, since that’s why I’d asked her to babysit. By then running, while still not completely exciting, at least seemed doable.Warming up, even if it’s cleaning your house, helps on those days when you just don’t feel in the mood to lace up your shoes. Telling yourself that you’ll start slowly will help to get into the right mindset before tackling long distances. Warming up ensures you’ll be mentally pumped up for your next workout.Happy Trails!Mountain Mamalast_img read more

YLD conference highlights local bar projects

first_imgYLD conference highlights local bar projects YLD conference highlights local bar projects December 1, 2001 Regular Newscenter_img A Dade young lawyers project that provides assistance to at-risk teenage girls took the top honors at the Young Lawyers Division’s recent Affiliate Outreach Conference. True to YLD President Liz Rice’s efforts at inclusiveness, this year’s YLD AOC featured the most diverse group ever to convene at the annual event, according to Scott Atwood, conference co-chair, of Atlanta In addition to representatives from local bar associations for counties and cities such as Orange, Dade, Volusia and St. Petersburg, representatives from affiliates such as the Broward County Women’s Lawyers Association and the Florida Justice Unit chapter of B’Nai B’rith were among nearly 30 in attendance at the recent conference held on Long Boat Key. The conference featured a presentation from ABA representative Jennifer Ator of Miami on ways the ABA can help affiliates and focused on an ABA program designed to increase diversity awareness and tolerance of others. “The heart of the conference, however, focused on the exchange of ideas between the various affiliates,” said Atwood. “Some 16 affiliates presented projects to the YLD and their other affiliates.” YLD Networking Chair Kathy Bishop of Perry organized a President’s Roundtable discussion that was attended by nearly two dozen presidents and former presidents of the local bar groups. The YLD also sponsored a dinner for the conference attendees at which every affiliate which had presented a project at the conference received a minimum of $500 from the YLD as seed money for their projects. Six affiliate projects were selected for additional funding. Dade County YLD’s Horizons Project was selected as the Best Project and received a grant of $2,000 to help find its efforts to provide assistance to teenage girls in at-risk environments enter a program that will help them achieve success in life. Palm Beach’s YLD and the combined Third/Eighth Circuits each received $1,500 as runners-up for Best Project. Palm Beach’s Adopt-a-School Program involves the YLD adopting an elementary school with a high at-risk population and providing it with monetary and mentoring assistance. The Third/Eight Circuit Program, titled “Finding Your Way to the Courthouse,” is designed to help pro se litigants in family court understand the legal process. Lee County, Hillsborough County, and the B’Nai B’rith Justice Unit each received $1,000 to help fund their respective projects. These projects were: Rooms to Grow (Lee County), wherein the YLD provides funds to assist in a local children’s home’s efforts to provide clothes and equipment for these children to play sports; Pro Bono Adoption (Hillsborough), which helps individuals who want to adopt children get through the process; and the Happy Campers Program (B’Nai B’rith), which helps underprivileged children go to summer camp. Receiving honorable mentions for their projects were: Volusia County YLD (Lawyers for Literacy); Jacksonville YLD (Habijax Project); St. Petersburg YLD (Scholarship Program); Clearwater YLD (The Great Debate Project); Osceola County YLD (Holiday Gifts for Seniors Program); Orange County YLD (Great Oaks Village Project); Sarasota YLD (Community Legal Education Seminar); Broward County Women’s Lawyers YLD (Take Our Daughters to Work Day); the Broward County YLD (Mentor Program); and Martin County (Afternoon in the Courthouse).last_img read more