HQ Trivia co-founder found dead in New York, police say


Colin Kroll, the co-founder and chief executive officer of the HQ Trivia quiz app, has been found dead in New York. He was 34.

A representative for the New York City Police Department said Kroll was found unconscious and unresponsive early Sunday morning. Emergency medical services responded to 56 Spring Street following a wellness check and soon after pronounced him dead, Detective Ahmed Nasser of the NYPD said.

Drugs were found on the premises, the NYPD said. Police are waiting for a medical examiner to determine the cause of death, Nasser said.

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Leadership is about coaching. Here’s how to do it well.

You can start with one simple behavior change that will bring a massive impact.

If you’re a leader or a manager, you probably wear a lot of hats. You’re a project manager, delegator, spokesperson, and most importantly, a coach. But the problem is that no one ever tells you how to be an effective coach, or even what that means. Are you supposed to act like a sports coach? A therapist? Perform some bizarre (and arcane) HR ritual?

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Leadership is about coaching. Here’s how to do it well.

You can start with one simple behavior change that will bring a massive impact.

If you’re a leader or a manager, you probably wear a lot of hats. You’re a project manager, delegator, spokesperson, and most importantly, a coach. But the problem is that no one ever tells you how to be an effective coach, or even what that means. Are you supposed to act like a sports coach? A therapist? Perform some bizarre (and arcane) HR ritual?

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Missed Obamacare open enrollment? You still have a few insurance options

The deadline to apply for the ACA was December 15.

Despite a federal judge striking down the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) as unconstitutional on Friday, the healthcare law remains in effect during the appeals process. The case may very well head to the U.S. Supreme Court, but for now, the estimated 4.1 million people who signed up for plans on Healthcare.gov will be insured for 2019.

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Amazon and Walmart add more robots, but insist they won’t terminate jobs

Companies like Amazon and Walmart say their automation efforts will lead to new jobs, but critics worry about the humans who could be phased out.

Since Amazon bought warehouse robotics company Kiva Systems in 2012, its efforts in automation have been well known. The retail and tech powerhouse has introduced its cashierless Amazon Go stores, flirted with plans for drone deliveries, and rolled out tens of thousands of robots to shuffle goods around its fulfillment centers.

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Amazon and Walmart add more robots, but insist they won’t terminate jobs

Companies like Amazon and Walmart say their automation efforts will lead to new jobs, but critics worry about the humans who could be phased out.

Since Amazon bought warehouse robotics company Kiva Systems in 2012, its efforts in automation have been well known. The retail and tech powerhouse has introduced its cashierless Amazon Go stores, flirted with plans for drone deliveries, and rolled out tens of thousands of robots to shuffle goods around its fulfillment centers.

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MDC will pay six-figure incentive to five execs to stay on until it closes a deal


The board of MDC Partners has approved a one-time “retention incentive” award for five senior executives of the company that is conditional on continued employment through the successful closing of a significant transaction in 2019, according to an SEC filing Friday evening.

MDC Partners said in September that it was exploring potential strategic alternatives that could include the sale of the agency holding company, whose portfolio includes 72andSunny, Anomaly, Assembly and Doner.

The filing said that on Dec. 11, the Human Resources and Compensation Committee of MDC’s board of directors approved the awards for executives with the exception of outgoing CEO Scott Kauffman. Exec VP and chief financial officer David Doft and Exec VP and general counsel Mitchell Gendel will receive awards of $650,000. David Ross, Exec VP of strategy and corporate development, will receive an award of $500,000. The amounts are equal to the “applicable executive’s respective target annual bonus award for 2018.”

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Prada will stop selling monkey keychains decried as racist


After coming under fire this week for creating a monkey figurine with overly large red lips in a style reminiscent of racist caricatures of black people, Prada apologized and announced Friday that it will stop selling the offending products. .

The high-end brand had been using the image on items such as keychains and corresponding marketing as part of its Pradamagalia collection. The imagery was also prevalent in the brand’s SoHo flagship, according to consumers who complained on social media.

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