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1- I am the son of an immigrant. My mother came to the US from Bolivia when she was 18. She put herself through college, …

2- … she learned a new language, and she created a better life for herself. That’s entrepreneurship, a foundational part of what makes America great.

3- Topics like immigration are not binary. The world is not binary. It’s nuanced. Using a hammer to fix it only creates unnecessary pain.

4- I am shocked & appalled by the sweeping actions being taken regarding immigration. We are creating more problems than solving them.

5- Complex issues need to be tackled with a long term mindset, otherwise we get caught in impulse driven short term actions.

6- There is instant gratification (for some) but it doesn’t solve the underlying issue. Leadership is having the courage to think long term.

7- America is a nation of immigrants. We can (and must) be able to have security while staying true to our core values of freedom and equal rights.

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When Tomer, Edward, and I founded Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll) in 2011, one of our inspirations was seeing how transactional the existing “back-office” systems were. There are terms like “human capital management” and “Human Resources”. People are NOT capital. They are not resources, and they are not just ID numbers. They are human beings and they deserve to be treated as such. The idea that people are the foundation of every business wasn’t a debate we had. It made sense to us and we started building Gusto in order to bring that philosophy to an industry that is more focused on Automated Data Processing.

We’ve made a tremendous amount of progress over the past few years, but we have much more work to do. This includes adding to the service we offer today, but also engaging in these discussions around the meaning of work, and how people can find purpose and fulfillment in how they spend a huge part of their day.

These topics are at the very core of how a capitalist society operates where work, jobs, companies, compensation, currency, are key building blocks.

We don’t agree with how this industry functions today. We don’t believe it puts the employer or the employee first, and we’re working hard to change it.

‪#‎ItsAMarathonNotASprint‬ ‪#‎OnAMission‬

Business Insider posted a presentation with great data on the rise of mobile. A paradigm shift is underway.

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Smartphones don’t just mean touch and smaller screens — there’s a paradigm shift in user behavior happening as well. Mobile devices are with you at all times, they can actively or passively be a part of whatever you’re doing, and they’re always connected.

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See the full presentation on Business Insider

ZenPayroll is Delightful, Modern Payroll. Sign up today at www.zenpayroll.com. We’re accepting new customers daily.

Our mission is to make payroll as simple and intuitive as possible using the principles and tools of modern software. The payroll market today is filled with unnecessary layers of complexity, manual tasks and numerous fees. Businesses deserve better and we built ZenPayroll to provide simple, paperless, secure and easy to use payroll for businesses everywhere.

I’m incredibly proud of the team we’ve assembled and if you’re interested in joining us, we’re hiring! www.zenpayroll.com/careers.

Recent Press: www.zenpayroll.com/press

 

This is a great article on “creating one’s own luck”. I couldn’t agree more with the main takeaway and message. How we interpret/perceive the world around us has an enormous impact on our state of mind. Actions can happen that are out of our control but the way we perceive them and let them affect our life is something we can control, or at least have a strong influence on. I liked how this concept was evaluated analytically in this article.

Be lucky – it’s an easy skill to learn by Richard Wiseman from The Telegraph

The four principles:
My research revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.

Additional quotes I liked:

The findings have revealed that although unlucky people have almost no insight into the real causes of their good and bad luck, their thoughts and behaviour are responsible for much of their fortune.
Personality tests revealed that unlucky people are generally much more tense than lucky people, and research has shown that anxiety disrupts people’s ability to notice the unexpected. In one experiment, people were asked to watch a moving dot in the centre of a computer screen. Without warning, large dots would occasionally be flashed at the edges of the screen. Nearly all participants noticed these large dots. … The harder they looked, the less they saw.
And so it is with luck – unlucky people miss chance opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. They go to parties intent on finding their perfect partner and so miss opportunities to make good friends. They look through newspapers determined to find certain types of job advertisements and as a result miss other types of jobs. Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there rather than just what they are looking for.

One of my favorite poems of all time.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

BY ROBERT FROST

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.   

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.   

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.   

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Steve Jobs gave the commencement speech at my graduation from Stanford in 2005 and I’ve strived to embody those words he spoke he spoke on that sunny day in my life since then. He was an inspiring and amazing person. Someone who knew what he stood for, what he cared about, what his passion was and didn’t let anything else distract him. The words below from Apple’s Think Different campaign have been an inspiration to me since the first time I read them. They’re just as impactful reading them now.

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.