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Bitcoin: Has The Cryptocurrency bubble Burst?

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When bitcoins hit the market, cryptocurrencies were just hitting the headlines. With the prices surging since November last year, the sudden drop in the cryptocurrency market (primarily bitcoin) one question comes to mind: has the cryptocurrency bubble finally burst?

Since the sudden rise, bitcoin prices have been on a steady decline since the end of the last year. Plummeting more than 40 percent, leading some investors to believe reality has finally caught up with the bitcoin bubble. The dip in the price started a couple of months ago when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)  announced crypto exchanges will have to obey the same rules as everyone else.

To make matters worse, Coinrail, South Korean cryptocurrency, said it was hacked over the weekend. This hack prompted an extended sale off to Bitcoin at an all time low valuation. Clearly, other cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are suffering. People are still reeling from the fact that Tether (another cryptocurrency,) may have manipulated the market in its favour.

Bitfinex was hit by the subpoena a month ago although the news did not reach investors until this week, which could have prompted the mass sell off. Tether is fixed to the US dollar, so $ 1 buys one Tether token.  Investors now fear that Tether Limited does not have the reserves of USD needed to support its $2.17billion market cap and that Tether has flooded the market without being propped up by the dollar at all.

Mati Greenspan, a market analyst with eToro told Business Insider: “The claim is — and the claim has been growing lately — that they’re not holding those reserves. Combined, all cryptocurrencies are having a tough time surviving in the market. “Our take on this is that the new investors in the space don’t have enough time to analyze what’s happening,” London Block Exchange analysts said in a report.

The top 10 coins are down anywhere from 10% (Litecoin) to 20% (Moneoro.) Trading at around $8,800, Bitcoin is down more than 12% for the day.

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Elon Musk Works 120 Hours a Week, Stays In Factory For 4 Days

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In an interview with The New York Times, Elon Musk said he has been working 120 hours a week. It is more than three times the national average work week, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As the CEO of two major companies, Tesla and SpaceX, Musk seems to be having a hard time delegating his work. This is making him overworked.

“The classic problem as an entrepreneur is that they have a hard time delegating,” Robert Pozen senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management. “But that’s really crazy. Recruiting other executives is critical, so is dealing with customers and dealing with regulators. Those are functions that only the top founders can do.”

Silicon Valley has been criticized for glorifying overworking. “A culture of overwork is damaging because it turns brief binges of hard work into a long-term strategy, and, worse still, an expectation. When managers start measuring the worth of their employees according to how quickly they return emails at 3 a.m., that particular work culture is broken,” said Adam Alter, a professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Musk realised that this behaviour is harmful and has been affecting his life drastically.

“There were times when I didn’t leave the factory for three or four days – days when I didn’t go outside,” Musk said. “This has really come at the expense of seeing my kids. And seeing friends.”

Elon Musk also revealed that he has not been on vacation since 2001, he has spent his most recent birthday at work. Musk added, he has trouble sleeping “it is often a choice of no sleep or Ambien.”

It has been reported that the Tesla executives are looking for a number two, to take on some of Musk’s daily responsibilities. Musk said that he is not aware of this search and has no plans to step away from his many roles at Tesla.

As the CEO of two major companies, Musk is known to keep an intense daily routine. Inc. previously reported that the CEO ignores most phone calls, abstains from getting stuck dealing with emails, and breaks his entire day into a series of five-minute slots. But apparently, he’s still there for 120 hours a week.

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Google Parent invests $ 375 Million In Oscar Health

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Google’s parent company, Alphabet has invested $ 375 million in an insurance startup company, Oscar Health.

Post the investment, Alphabet will own 10% of the stake in the startup. Alphabet through its venture firm CapitalG and the life sciences division Verily participated in a $ 165 million funding round for Oscar Health.

Founded in 2012, Oscar Health is a technology-focused health insurance company that is headquartered in New York City.

Oscar Health co-founder and CEO Mario Schlosser said, “it’s fantastic for us because it will really allow us to focus fully on the core model we’ve been building for the past 6 years, which is: use technology, use data, use design, use a human approach to build a very different health care experience,”

The startup offers health coverage through ObamaCare in six states. Oscar Health is planning to introduce new innovation like providing a “concierge” team, which includes a nurse. The nurse will help the people enrolled to find suitable doctors.

Schlosser announced the news in an interview,  “We can hire more engineers, we can hire more data scientists, more product designers, more smart clinicians who can think about health care a different way. It’s the acceleration of that product roadmap that fascinates us the most. The second, more tangible piece, is that we’re launching new product lines.”

The co founder of Oscar Health, is Josh Kushner, the brother of Jared Kushner. Jared Kushner is Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser. This relationship is quite intriguing looking at Oscar Health’s participation in ObamaCare.

Schlosser in an interview said Josh Kushner’s connection to Trump “does not affect what we do.” He added, “Whatever happened in the press, whatever happens on the regulatory side, I have personally always thought, and I think the company shares in this, that if we have something that leads to lower costs and happier members in some shape or form we’ll be able to turn this into a successful company.”

 

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Amit Agrawal, CEO of Amazon India said “No business decision should be made between 6 PM – 8 AM”  in an email to the senior team members of Amazon. Agrawal asked members of the Amazon India team to maintain a healthy “work-life harmony.” This would encourage the employees to be more productive during work hours.

This announcement comes after Amazon was criticised at an international level for over working their employees. Amazon India is making changes for the better and is building a wholesome relationship with their employees with this recent announcement.

This decision might bring about a change in the Indian work culture as Indian’s on an average work 8.1 hours more than any employee from Europe and North America. Due to this destructive relationship of Indians with their work, it is appreciated Amazon India took this step to recognise the problem and address it head on.

It is not clear if this decision was made by Agrawal solely or was ordered by the company’s global leadership. Amazon recently listed 237 new “work from home” positions in and outside of the US, 235 of which are full time. By the looks of it, Amazon is actively tackling its toxic work culture and might succeed in so doing.

According to a study from Switzerland’s University of Zurich and the U. S., University of South Florida, people who do not separate work life and personal life, tend to be more exhausted. This hinders their productivity and creativity. “Organizational policy and culture should be adjusted to help employees manage their work-non-work boundaries in a way that does not impair their well-being,” lead study author Ariane Wepfer said.“ After all, impaired well-being goes hand in hand with reduced productivity and reduced creativity” Wepfer added.

What do you think about this announcement by Amazon India? Do you agree with it? Let us know in the comment section below!

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