Top 50 Start-ups

Great Linkedin article on top 50.

Why this list of companies is better than other lists of upcoming companies? Because the data Linkedin has available makes for a more clear sense of reality. At least, that’s what they say.

I’m building the office back-room for a Start-up on my current project and I’ve done Start-ups before. It’s fun to see what’s possible.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/linkedin-top-companies-startups-50-industry-disruptors-daniel-roth

My favorite companies and their industry disruption:
– Aryaka Networks, your Verizon and Comcast bills will go down.
– Pinterest, gone hightech is tackling machine learning and AI. I didn’t see that coming.
– GRAIL, Bio-technology with $1 Billion of Bill Gates’ money, that has to be on the list.
– CourseRA, providing education to get underemployed back in the game. Nice.
– Uptake, using sensor data to make decisions, this is coming age of internet connectivity, everything and everyone will be connected.
– Wish, direct access to product manufacturers (many in China), if Americans are the low cost consumers they’ve proven to be this will do well.

There were no healthcare disrupters, hmmmmm.

What companies are your favorite?

Hallowed Eve, Be A Saint and Take Off Your Mask

Nice meditation on Halloween, thank you, father, for your thoughts. Read the quote below and watch video.

I like especially that we all wear our masks.

“Today, to live the true self that God has created us to be with all the potential that each one of us has. To take off our masks and to let the glory of God shine forth in us. That’s what this day is about and it’s
Halloween All Hallows Eve the day before All Saints Day.

So, let’s take off our masks so that we can let God’s light shine through us so that tomorrow we can celebrate the Feast were called to be the feast of All Saints.”

The video starts at 1:28, you can rewind to get the entire message.

What do you think?

Don’t you think our homes, workplaces, and communities could use Saints? Are you working on being a Saint? Are you teaching your children to be Saints?

I follow the daily readings of the Church here: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/103117.cfm This is where the readings and meditation come from.

Huffington Post Article – Healthcare Buyers Advocate

A previous article for the Huffington Post is still very relevant today.

Here is the introduction and link to the remainder of the article.

The Top Four Reasons Owners Need A Healthcare Buyer’s Advocate

Compensation, healthcare & employee benefits are often significant sources of frustration for business owners. By the end of this article, you’ll see that finding your own buyer’s advocate is not only a good idea; but, a necessity.

Having a knowledgeable and experienced team who advocates for you and not for the insurance company will reduce your stress level, save you money and time.
Don Watza, Huffington Post Article 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/don-watza/the-top-four-reasons-owne_b_8039958.html

There is a new service called independent evaluators that focuses on helping business owners and their employees. This new service changes the purchase paradigm by offering a business owner their own buyer’s advocate. A good advocate puts control in the owner’s hands, giving them back control they may have inadvertently given away.

Here are the top four reasons to consider a healthcare buyer’s advocate:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/don-watza/the-top-four-reasons-owne_b_8039958.html

Purchasing Stop-loss Insurance for your Self-funded Plan Requires An Expert

Consider the following questions:

Do you have an employee benefit plan that you self-fund?

Are you responsible for purchasing stop-loss coverage to protect your employer interests?

Is your broker experienced with hundreds of cases that provide you comfort they know what they’re doing?

Are you a broker who is trusted by a client but need an expert to help you keep that trust?

Is the person purchasing stop-loss for your business relying upon an inexperienced agent, broker, or consultant to make the right recommendation? Continue reading “Purchasing Stop-loss Insurance for your Self-funded Plan Requires An Expert”

Intellect Is A Gift

Your life is a gift.

When’s the last time you asked yourself why am I here? When you ask why am I here what is the conversation you have with yourself, how do you answer back? Do you hear the voices of parents, grandparents,  friends who have helped shape your thinking? Maybe you think of books you’ve read or teachers or Youtube or TV. How do you think about this? Does your intellect process this question?

If I write this post correctly I hope there’s a laugh at the end, maybe not LOL, but a quiet, introspective laugh at God’s humor. Continue reading “Intellect Is A Gift”

Work, Money (economics) and Mission

Try to separate your work, money, and mission?

They all weave together in your everyday. In fact, they work toward the same end all day. The question is do you see each in your day, all day?

Struggle and conflict occur often because we think work, money, and mission don’t belong together. I’m curious what you think? Have you ever been at work and asked yourself “what am I doing here?”

Have you been at Church and found yourself distracted thinking about work?

As different as we all are, we are very much the same.

What do you do when you have time on your hands but no job? Do you worry about getting a better job? Do you worry about bills? We all have that conversation with ourselves that influences us. How often does your conversation include money, work, and mission? How much time do you spend thinking about these things and having that conversation? Why do you occupy yourself with these topics?

Of course, there are many other topics; family, sex, chores, kids, homework, school, and many others. But, on the whole, the conversation between your ears, I’m guessing, includes the three; work, money and mission. Is that true for you? Maybe I’ve got it wrong so share your thoughts below in the comments.

It occurred to me recently to pray for all three at once; work, money, and mission.

Quickly, my reason for my prayer: employee handbooks don’t say you can’t talk about God at work. Right? But, there’s a cultural taboo, “don’t talk about God at work,” right? But people are soulful, your fellow employee is seeking the joy God offers just as much as you. They are having the conversation you have with yourself; if I get more money, better work and fulfill my mission then I’ll be happy, joyful. Right?

Chasing money doesn’t make you happy, doing more work doesn’t make you happy, being focused on your mission but unable to pay your bills doesn’t make you happy. So, I decided I would pray for a job where I could have the full life God promises me (you too).

So, first, of the year I asked God for a job that; utilized my skills and experience (work), was at a place where I could be in a community that accepted my faith (mission) and paid enough to meet my bills (money).

Today, I read the quote from the Gospel of John (today’s reading) and realized my prayer that offered to God the best version of myself and organized my work to him was a prayer he answered.

whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. John 16:23-28

This new role is helping the owners of a small business. It uses my prior experience owner, economics, LEAN, HR, benefits (work), is set for 30 hours of work per week (money), and directs my efforts toward God (mission). Quite an answer to a prayer to do his will. LOL.

God’s sense of humor is not giving this gift when I was young, of course, I didn’t pray for this gift when I was young because I followed cultural norms (no God in the workplace). LOL.

mission: listening and validating employees through lean/six sigma.

Work grinds down employees who, as a result, feel disengaged, ignored, overlooked and unappreciated. In the LEAN role, I am connecting employees to the customer value in a way that’s meaningful to each employee in their own way.

Simply put, I validate each employee by listening to them. This work makes me think of the virtue of subsidiarity. That is putting decisions closest to the worker who is doing the work; this is totally LEAN and totally Catholic social teaching. Pretty cool, I am helping employees and the employer and doing mission work.

God should not be absent from the workplace; where people are there God is too. With eyes of faith we can see Jesus in each person. How often do we give others their due in this regard? As a business owner, I know all too well how the economic realities will push aside the value of the people. If HR is doing its job they should find the “human” in the resource.

I’ve always thought of work, money, and mission as together but never have I had the opportunity I have today.

I love economics because, like gravity, forces that affect economics are immovable. People have to work to pay bills. Companies need employees to be more productive than their competitor to survive. I like the reality economics imposes and I like helping employees and companies be more competitive.

So, this new role I prayed for has me in the middle of making people, productive and happier and improves customer value and profitability. Pretty cool, and an answer to a prayer. Thank you Lord.

Do you think it makes sense to merge mission, work and economics together for you? What’s your workplace like?

I’d love to hear what you think? Comment or share below.

Wondering Why Trump Was Elected?

I’ve been silent since the Donald Trump election because I’ve been shocked at how many people haven’t a clue about why Donald Trump was elected by people like me. My apologies to anyone who might be upset, please provide your comments here so I can learn about you. My hope is to offer, in This Linkedin repost, one explanation long before election day why I voted for Trump.

I’d love to stir up a discussion so I might learn if my post is new information if I’m miss informed or if this is not relevant and why. Continue reading “Wondering Why Trump Was Elected?”