A few week ago, Microsoft announced that users of Skype Preview on the Windows 10 Anniversary Update can now use Skype Translator when calling mobiles and landlines.* This opens up a whole lot of new communication opportunities across the globe and across cultures. Let’s say you’ve booked a trip to Italy, or Brazil or any country that speaks one of the nine languages currently supported by Skype Translator: English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Arabic, and Russian.
“A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what is? A billion dollars.” This now infamous line, delivered by Justin Timberlake while playing Sean Parker in the movie The Social Network about the founding of Facebook, has become something of a joking catchphrase in startup circles.And they are right, a billion dollars is pretty cool. But you know what is even cooler? A trillion dollars.To put it in perspective, here’s what a trillion looks like written out: 1,000,000,000,000.That is a big, big number. But apart from ancient net worth predictions of kings and emperors, there has never been a trillionaire in this world.Some have gotten close, like John D. Rockefeller, who was reported to be worth over $500 billion adjusted for present day inflation. The world’s richest man, Bill Gates, is worth only $78 billion. I say the word ‘only’, half-joking of course, because it is still such a small fraction of a trillion dollars.To reach a trillion dollars, we would need to combine the net worth of the top 37 richest people in the world. That makes the trillion dollar mark not so much of a glass ceiling as a distant asteroid many light years outside of our galaxy.
Ruth Schwartz: Recently, I was irritated and surprised to find myself in a meeting where I was asked to join a health product multi-level marketing company. As I sternly refused to participate, I said, “While this may be your passion, this is not my passion.” I was then asked, “What is your passion?”
“Good question,” I replied. “I am a devotee of the work revolution. I believe passionately in changing the way people work, and the way they survive. That is my passion.
”I’m a member of the 99%. These are the millions of us who don’t have the means to capital. The sinking majority who are making headlines are doing so because our wages don’t keep up with our needs. Compare us to the 1% who own the majority of the world’s wealth.I am also an entrepreneur. I believe that I can have more challenge, control, creativity, and cash in my own business than I can in someone else’s. I’ve done that for my entire adult life. However, for most people, this is not the case. Most of the 99% work for someone else and most of those people hate their jobs.