the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly of 2020

2020: The Good, The Bad, The Beautiful, and The Ugly

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The good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly

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2020 has been one heck of a year! But it’s ending finally. In this episode of the ALAT podcast, we talk through the fun and not-so-fun happenings of 2020 and how we lived life all through them. Listen here.

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Last week, Paystack announced her latest and most powerful commerce tool yet – Paystack storefront, a free and complete seller toolkit for selling multiple products online.

In the last few months, Paystack has spoken to numerous African creators and their insights influenced the design and development of Storefront. The result is lots of tiny moves that come together to help you sell more to even more customers.

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The best (and worst) business moves during the pandemic 

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The pandemic has accelerated some trends, killed others, and created some weird situations for businesses as they’ve had to adapt.

Cheesecake Factory, for example, started the ‘we’re not paying rent’ trend. Though the first business to refuse to pay rent was Cheesecake Factory, many others followed – including Staples and Petco. Though some of these businesses are still locked in lawsuits, it was fairly unprecedented and there weren’t many landlords that could immediately do it.

Twitter let its employees work from home, forever. During the pandemic, sentiment towards working from home has generally turned – and many businesses have acknowledged their employees can continue when things are back to normal.

There are more examples in the 101 most momentous business moves of the pandemic full post if you’re interested in seeing more momentous pandemic business moves.

Life lessons from other fields

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It’s been an interesting 11 months, and before you get lost in the flurry of other activities this weekend, take a moment to think of how many life lessons this year has taught you.

David Perrell has listed 43 different lessons you can learn from 43 different fields. Here are some of the most interesting ones:

  • Coding: Don’t underestimate the power of a computer with internet access.
  • Cooking: Your outputs are only as good as your inputs. Damn true!
  • Airplanes: Humans are quick to adjust to their new reality. An activity can go from impossible, to marvellous, to mundane faster than you think.

Remember, sharing is caring and rewarding. Be kind this weekend. You can start by spreading the news. Share this with a friend. Friends don’t let friends miss out on stuff like this. We’ll see you next week.

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