United CEO re-accommodated from chairman seat on company board


United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz is being re-accommodated from a seat he was led to believe would be his.

The beleaguered boss, whose fumbled apologies following the David Dao controversy made everything so much worse for United, will not chair the company board in 2018.

United announced the news in a regulatory filing Friday, Reuters reported. The official line is that Munoz opted to leave “future determinations related to the chairman position to the discretion of the board.”

Munoz is currently a board member and was scheduled to take on the chairman role in 2018. Read more…

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Nigel Barker breaks down the benefits of inclusive marketing in business


Inclusive marketing is a technique that consumers may not be able to pinpoint, but for many businesses, it’s the secret ingredient behind creating ads that set out to empower people and create confidence amongst consumers.

Inclusive marketing is marketing that doesn’t specifically target one demographic nor does it rely on the traditional stereotypes we set up amongst ourselves and with other people

On the other side of the coin, not all brands utilize inclusive marketing correctly. There have been a handful of brands over the past several months who have tried to take a stab at inclusive marketing, but to their dismay, their message was not received by the masses in the way they had hoped (looking at you, Pepsi). However, when executed correctly, inclusive marketing has the potential to make serious impacts for any business of any size.  Read more…

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Justice Department reportedly prepares charges for Julian Assange’s arrest


Julian Assange’s future just got a little less certain.

On Thursday, CNN reported — citing “officials familiar with the matter” — that U.S. authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of the WikiLeaks founder.

The charges, and the full status of the case, are currently unclear, but the news doesn’t sound promising for Assange.

A Justice Department investigation into Assange and WikiLeaks dates back several years, to at least 2010, when the site published diplomatic cables and military documents obtained by Chelsea Manning.  Read more…

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Celebs sent ‘reminders’ by FTC to disclose when they’re paid to shill products on Instagram


Federal regulators are putting dozens of celebrities on notice over their sponsored Instagram posts.

The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that it sent more than 90 letters to stars, athletes and brand marketers whom it claims were not clearly labelling paid social media endorsements.   

You’ve probably seen these kind of posts on Instagram before: athletes posing with protein shakes and models writing about how much they love their new acai skin cream. Often, stars get paid for them—and the FTC isn’t a fan of not making that clear.   Read more…

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‘We’re close’ —BBG Ventures President Susan Lyne on the future of women-led startups


We’re halfway through the week, and it’s time for a boost of inspiration to keep us going. Our #WednesdayWisdom blog series taps into the minds of industry leaders and disruptive visionaries who are working to build the future of entrepreneurship.

We sat down with Susan Lyne to discuss the evolution of the tech industry, a woman’s buying power, and the challenges women face when pitching male investors. Susan is the President of BBG Ventures, an early stage fund focused on consumer internet and mobile startups with at least one female founder.

What originally sparked your interest in female consumers? Read more…

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Facebook gives employees the thumbs up to protest on International Workers’ Day


International Workers’ Day is right around the corner and this year Facebook is giving its employees full permission to protest President Trump.

According to Bloomberg, the company announced via an internal forum on April 14 that employees would be free to take time off to participate in the many protests challenging Trump’s immigration policies being held on May 1.

“At Facebook, we’re committed to fostering an inclusive workplace where employees feel comfortable expressing their opinions and speaking up,” a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable. “We support our people in recognizing International Workers’ Day and other efforts to raise awareness for safe and equitable employment conditions.” Read more…

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United Airlines will hate the results of this new poll


Are people actually going to #BoycottUnited?

A new poll says yes—more bad news for the airline after it was slammed on social media for dragging a doctor off a flight and botching the apologies.  

More than 40 percent of people who heard about the scandal say they would pay more and endure a longer trip just to avoid flying United, according to a recent survey of nearly 2,000 Americans from Morning Consult

Nearly four in five said they would shun the airline if given the choice between two otherwise identical flights through different carriers. (American Airlines was the other choice for the purposes of the poll.) Read more…

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