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Galaxy Unite is like Vitamin D for freelancing community

Galaxy Unite connects freelancers with work, spaces, events, based on the Founder’s idea that talent and opportunities can be better organized and connected through technology.

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Galaxy Unite connects freelancers with work, spaces, events

The ability to freelance is a blessing to many people, but connecting with fellow freelancers, finding reasonably priced office space or coworking, locating relevant events, and finding work can be a curse, particularly because these functions (which are all important to an independent contractor) were previously scattered across the web and not connected. Enter Galaxy Unite, a site designed to bring these core functions into one location with an easy to browse format.

Below, Galaxy Unite Founder, Ashley Johnson tells AGBeat how did this massive national project come together and where is it going:

Q: What inspired you to launch Galaxy Unite?

I’ve been a freelancer for 10 years doing branding, user interface design and film video production work. I saw there was a hole in the market for contract based work websites. Through my experience of working from coffee shop to coffee shop, I also wanted to start a coworking space years ago in San Francisco.

Instead of starting a coworking space, I ended up working in one when I moved to Denver – Green Spaces. My experience over the years has led me to create a network surrounded around connecting freelancers to job opportunities and coworking spaces. I decided to call it Galaxy Unite because I’m a space geek and love the intersection between tech, design and that which is unknown in space!

What is the company’s mission?

Galaxy Unite is the innovative freelance community giving local professionals the platform to showcase their skills and connect to jobs, workspaces, and events. Our mission is to provide professionals with the resources to excel in an ever changing transient work environment.

What were the challenges of launching Galaxy Unite?

The challenge I have now is focusing my time between running Galaxy Unite, managing my own freelance clients, and raising money for the business. If I could, I would just do the creative product development and leave the revenue generating to someone else. Like many freelancer entrepreneurs, my revenue fluctuates and this is hard when I am largely self funding the project.

I have so many ideas for ways of improving our network but haven’t been able to do them YET either because I don’t have the funding on hand or the time to dedicate fully to my business as I get side tracked with taking on work that will pay the bills. I believe I would be more effective with some good funding and a business minded partner that can continually focus on revenue making initiatives.

What have been some unexpected rewards for you?

Regarding the rewards… they are immense! I’ve met so many innovative talented people through this process. I am always excited to see new talent on our site and connect them with opportunities. I am doing what I love and what I want to do for our community and ultimately that is the greatest reward!

What is the long term vision?

I ultimately want to have a strong network that is more interconnected between our different sectors: professionals, jobs, events, and spaces. I plan to build out our coworking spaces section of the site so that all freelancers can associate themselves with a space. The coworking spaces section would showcase their associated professionals, jobs, and events.

All of the sections on our site would be more strongly interconnected and unified – hence Galaxy Unite! I also want to do some fun creative space based marketing including hand drawn animated videos and interactive games! Basically, I want Galaxy Unite to be an innovative creative hub!

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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New company beats Amazon with next morning delivery?

(BUSINESS NEWS) Amazon has to watch it’s back in South Korea, Coupang has a better offer than 1-2 day shipping, what a bout next morning shipping?

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What if I told you Amazon Prime’s, 1-3 day guaranteed delivery time isn’t the fastest e-commerce service the world has to offer? You would think I’m lying right?

Coupang, one of the world’s fastest delivery services located in South Korea, allows you to order any item, anytime before midnight, promising that it will be at your doorstep by 7am! (I wasn’t lying!) With 70% of its employees living within a 10 minute radius of a Coupang center, 80% of residents residing in populated cities and 95% of it’s population owning a smartphone, South Korea has become the perfect e-commerce epicenter. Coupang employees over 10,000 people who together deliver 99.3% of all orders within 24 hours. Imagine it’s Tuesday night, you’re falling asleep and suddenly remember you forgot to get your wife a present for her 50th birthday tomorrow. You have two options: accept your fate of being put in the dog house for three long weeks, or quickly order a few great items off Coupang’s website that’ll be delivered BEFORE she even wakes up!

Like Amazon, Coupang allows its customers to create a profile, store desired products in a list, and check out using your saved payment method. Half of South Korea’s total population of 51.6 million has installed Coupang’s app with a surge of people trying Coupang for the first time during stay at home orders due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The company struggled to meet fulfillment demands, especially those including PPE, household cleaning products, and children’s necessities. While many companies are struggling to stay afloat, Coupang is quickly adapting to meet consumer demands. In March, the company opened a new logistics center to expand its overnight/same day delivery services and is currently working to reach an even broader population.

Believe it or not, right before Coupang received a $2 Billion investment from SoftBanks, its founder, Kim Bom debated walking away from it all. Bom founded the company in 2010, receiving the investment in 2018 and is expected to pursue an IPO by the end of 2020. So for all of you entrepreneurs wondering if you should give up on that decade long dream…DON’T. Coupang went from selling a few hundred items each day to 3.3 million. Now that’s what you call entrepreneurism!

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Google plans to pay publishers for content (a little too late)?

(BUSINESS NEWS) Google will finally pay publishers for news, but only a few, and they have to meet Google standards.

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I mean…could you get any greedier Google? (Chandler Bings voice).

After years and years of pressure and complaints from publishers that Google’s search feed doesn’t properly recognize them or the news they work so hard to report, Google has finally announced that they will begin to pay publishers for content. But only some.

WHAT A LOAD OF BS.

According to the News Media Alliance, Google profited 4.7 BILLION in 2019 as a search engine for the news industry. So now, not only is Google fleecing its content providers and the writers who are working to create material for them, but it’s quite likely that Google’s algorithm is pushing paid news to the top of its search feed. What does this mean for users? It means that for one, you will see what they want you to see, but most importantly, it means that Google HAS the money to pay its publishers but chooses not too!

Google’s announcement to start paying publishers excludes all publishers outside Brazil, Germany, and Australia. Even within the countries that Google closed a deal with, there are many that do not meet its “high quality content” requirement for a paid position. The problem with all this nonsense is that we stopped letting the news come from others like us, and instead, according to the U.S News Media Alliance, the news is entirely owned by a handful of companies. You may have 635 channels on your TV, but if you google…or maybe you should duck duck go it, you’ll find that all those channels lead back to one huge organization.

SO WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?

Google has definitely been pressured to make some big changes, and while paying publishers is a good first step in the right direction, is it enough to make up for years of damage?

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International start up turns LinkedIn profiles into resumes

(BUSINESS NEWS) Rezi is an AI driven app that can turn LinkedIn profiles into resumes within minutes. Save time and optimize your chances of getting noticed.

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If you have already put work into creating your LinkedIn profile, you can parlay that into a resume with a plug-in download and a few clicks thanks to the AI-powered resume builder, Rezi. The company started as a weekend project in 2015 by CEO and Founder, Jacob Jacquet, to address the challenges his recently-graduated friends were having with writing hirable resumes.

According to the Rezi website, the company began by studying resumes and how they interacted with Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), which companies use to manage online applications. Rezi wanted to educate job seekers on ATS while developing resources to create optimized resumes. This effort began as a resume template offered on a WordPress site. Once it hit Reddit with an explanation of the success of the resume, it quickly gained traction. Rezi then decided to focus on the South Korean job seeker market and became the most recognizable global startup in Seoul, according to the Rezi website.

The company’s next step was to go the direction of software as a service (SaaS) and support job seekers who wanted to make a resume in minutes. Rezi now offers a free plug-in version where users can transform their LinkedIn profile into a resume.

They also offer AI keyword targeting which helps users write resumes tailored to the job description for which they are applying by giving you keywords to include from a pasted job description that would best accommodate ATS filters. In addition to resume keywords, Rezi can also identify formatting errors such as missing bullet points, buzzwords, and useful content. Flexible formatting tools allow users to customize resume aesthetics such as font size, line height, and zoom level right within the app. The Rezi Score tool will then give instant feedback to guide resume formatting.

They also offer professional resume writers to edit resumes and provide suggestions and tips to improve content. One of the most unique features of this offering is that Rezi offers a private, updated, and sharable link to your resume. Users can get started for free but monthly plans range from $3-$9 and quarterly plans from $8-$89.

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