It’s difficult to overstate how damaging the Coronavirus pandemic has been to a whole host of different businesses. Previously solid companies, both large and small, have started laying off and furloughing staff en masse. This presents a particular challenge for those unfortunate enough to be caught in this particular storm. How can you find a new job when so many companies are laying off staff rather than hiring?
Barry Diller was one of the first businessmen who had a vision that digital commerce would revolutionise the world. The company he founded- InterActiveCorp or IAC would be both a pioneering investor and builder of early internet businesses as well as creating a host of well known businesses and brands that endure today. IAC brands have included Expedia, Hotels.com, Match.com, Ticketmaster, Citysearch, Lending Tree, Evite, Tinder, PlentyOfFish, Vimeo, Shoebuy.com, ServiceMagic and more.
Linus Torvalds might not be a household name, but his impact on the modern world is undeniable. During his time at the University of Helsinki, between 1988 and 1996, Linus would invent what is now Linux, and spearhead the development of open source software as a popular and viable alternative to proprietary software.
Nicola Tesla is one of the most influential technologists of all time, who was a true visionary and far ahead of many of his contemporaries in the field of scientific development.
Some of Tesla’s major contributions to science include:
- Alternating Current – his inventions made AC applicable for widespread use, helping to electrify the world, making the energy grid possible. Without energy grids, the modern world would be unrecognisable compared to its current form.
- Radio technology – in 1898, Tesla showed an invention called “teleautomaton“, which was a boat controlled by radio waves. He controlled the battery-operated boat, whilst operating the propeller and lights through the radio waves. This invention was big in three different areas: advancements in radio technology that would later be used for everything from mobile phones through to TV remote controls. Secondly, the boat was one of the earliest robots, as it was a mechanical object that could be controlled without a human physically touching it. Thirdly, the combination of robotics and radio control technology makes Tesla’s boat the great-grandfather of drones. Tesla was one of the key scientists behind the advances in wireless communications, and he would become first to transmit radio signals over long distances.
- The Induction Motor – which is still used today in everyday products like vacuums, blow dryers, and power tools.
- Hydroelectric power – The Niagara Falls Commission was looking for a company to build a hydroelectric plant that would harness the mighty power of the falls for years, and with Tesla’s help, built one of the very first hydroelectric power plants.
- Neon Lamps – Tesla advanced both fluorescent and neon lighting. He saw an opportunity and experimented with running electrical particles through gases, developing four different types of lighting. At Chicago World’s Fair, Tesla had neon signs that were unique designs and written words. The idea gained popularity and now, neon lights and signs, light up major cities around the world.
- The Tesla Coil – was a key invention that enabled Tesla to experiment with, and better understand, the nature of electricity and wireless communications.
If recruiting is about finding the right people for a particular role, it’s the human elements that make recruitment processes difficult, and sometimes take much longer than is wanted or anticipated. Why is that? What can you do to avoid these issues?