Blogs

Peer-to-peer boat rental partnerships show potential for growth

Big news for the peer-to-peer boat rental market coming out of IBEX this week, with two major partnerships announced on Tuesday's opening day. First, we've got Boatsetter and Cruzin announcing a merger that will operate under the Boatsetter name. The other announcement was a partnership between boat club SailTime and with peer-to-peer company Boatbound. While not a merger, the companies ...

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Snapchat users view four billion videos a day

As with any new social media trend, it’s important to tread lightly and not completely alter your marketing plan when considering its use in your business. That being said, it is worth taking note when a platform begins to gain significant traffic. Take Snapchat, for example. According to recent data from the social network, viewers are watching 4 billion videos ...

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Don’t burn bridges you want to cross again

Once an employee gives notice they are leaving a job, the process of erasing said employee from our brain space begins. We start working on bringing in a new person and writing off the former employee. Good riddance, right? Wrong, at least if job trends are any indication. In recent years, the rise of “boomerang employees” has become more pronounced. ...

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So long, Mr. Bohage

We all have people who shape who we are today: our parents, teachers, professional mentors. I hope you'll forgive me if I digress from boating today to tell you a little about someone who had a profound impact on my life. Over the weekend, we lost a great educator. He's nobody you would know unless you were from DeForest, Wis., ...

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Take a walk, buddy

We are always looking for more ways to be efficient in our businesses: develop new processes, track better time, offer deeper incentives. But what if the secret to achieving better productivity is simply taking a couple walks? This was the experiment an online invoice and time tracking company decided to undertake with its employees. For 30 days, employees were asked ...

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Prioritize your company’s cybersecurity

In an age when more and more companies have fallen victim to cybersecurity attacks, one company is calling in the professionals. Parsons Corp., a construction and engineering firm, chose to fill its open position on the board of directors with a retired Air Force major general who helped create the Department of Defense’s U.S. Cyber Command and led the Air ...

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Settlement clears the way for isobutanol development

Great news on the ethanol-alternative front this week as a multi-year legal battle has been settled. Gevo and Butamax agreed Monday to cross-license their technologies for producing isobutanol (also known as biobutanol). Isobutanol is a corn-based fuel that has been championed by the marine industry and others as a better alternative to ethanol. In June, the National Marine Manufacturers Association ...

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Why overworking your employees almost always backfires

It's a narrative most people have become all too familiar with during the last several years: more work for fewer people that are getting paid less. Some business owners considered this a godsend -- "Hey, we can get more done for less money!" The smart ones realized that's not sustainable in the long term, as unhappy employees did poorer quality ...

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Shop closed: On vacation

As summer is winding down, many families are planning last-minute vacations or counting down days to a planned getaway. The working members of those families are likely wrapping up projects and tasks at their jobs, and I imagine the weeks leading up to their vacations are haunted by a barrage of “out of office” messages from their co-workers, whose responses ...

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