PARIS: Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey joins a long list of tech gurus who’ve quit the companies they founded. But what makes them step aside – and is it good for business? From Microsoft’s Bill Gates to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, most of the people who created the Silicon Valley giants that dominate our lives have since handed the reins to someone else. “There’s a lot of talk about the importance of a company being ‘founder-led’. Ultimately I believe that’s severely limiting,” Dorsey said in his resignation letter, posted Monday on the social network he helped set up in 2006. Previous tech founders have stepped down for a variety of reasons, from their health to a desire to pursue other interests. Steve Jobs was suffering from pancreatic cancer when he resigned as Apple chief in 2011, dying just six weeks later. Gates meanwhile quit as Microsoft CEO in 2000 to concentrate on his philanthropic work, while Bezos has focused on his Blue Origin space company since July. “It’s not ... » Learn More about Lead ‘em then leave ‘em: tech founders who quit
Boundaries are broken down, people often experience isolation and loneliness and their physical health, in some cases, can suffer during prolonged remote work, California health experts said. Many Americans are nearing their second year of working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. And while this allows for more convenience and fewer commutes, teleworking has impacted the mental and physical health of many people, experts told The Bee . According to a poll in 2021 by the American Psychiatric Association, a majority of the 1,000 people surveyed said they experienced mental health impacts from working from home, including isolation and loneliness. With many workers directing all their attention to a computer screen for many hours each day, they may feel drained emotionally and cognitively, said Dr Shacunda Rodgers, a clinical psychologist in Sacramento. “When we were working in the office, there was a big boundary between work life and home life,” said Rodgers. “And now ... » Learn More about People on ‘autopilot’ as remote work continues, US doctors say. What’s at risk?
Two operators including Chinese internet search giant Baidu have been given the green light to start charging passengers to use their autonomous taxis in Beijing. Baidu and Pony AI became the first companies to be granted licences by mainland Chinese authorities to launch their driverless cab services commercially following successful trial periods . On Thursday, the Beijing High-level Automated Driving Demonstration Area gave permission for Baidu and Pony AI to charge fees for their so-called robotaxis in a designated area of the capital covering 60 square kilometres. Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge , our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. The plan, according to an announcement from Baidu, is to expand the service rapidly. “With the successful trial operation of Baidu’s Apollo Go commercial ... » Learn More about Baidu, Pony AI granted China’s first licences to charge passengers for self-driving taxis in Beijing