De empleada doméstica a multimillonaria, la historia de la heredera de Johnson & Johnson – thnxz @iprofesional


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Una historia de “Cenicienta”: de la Polonia comunista a un imperio capitalista
Aunque Barbara Piasecka falleció “nadando en dólares”, su origen fue mucho más humilde. Nació en 1937 en Staniewicze, una localidad en el este de Polonia, que ahora pertenece a Bielorrusia. Fue hija de un agricultor que después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial decidió relocalizar a su familia en Breslavia, en el sudoeste del país.

Allí vivió hasta 1968, cuando la joven Barbara decidió que era hora de dejar la Polonia comunista y decidió emigrar primero hacia Roma y luego hacia los Estados Unidos.

Su deseo de irse era tan fuerte que ni siquiera pensó cómo iba a sobrevivir en aquella tierra lejana, a la que llegó casi sin dinero (se dice que tenía apenas u$s100 en la bolsa). Además, tenía otro escollo en su camino: ella no hablaba inglés.

De todos modos, se las arregló para adaptarse a su nuevo contexto y, gracias al consejo de un conserje polaco, decidió buscar empelo como mucama, en lugar de intentar entrar a trabajar en un museo o diario, como originalmente ella había pensado. La idea era sencilla: si atendía una casa, iba a tener alojamiento y comida “gratis” mientras mejoraba su inglés y así podría conseguir un mejor puesto luego.

Es así que, al poco tiempo, consiguió entrar como sirvienta en una vivienda en Oldwick, Nueva Jersey, que era propiedad de J. Seward Johnson y de quien en ese momento era su esposa, Esther Underwood, con quien había estado casado 32 años.

Las historias sobre lo que sucedió luego son varias. Pero todas coinciden en que J. Seward se enamoró de Piasecka de inmediato, sin importar la diferencia de edad de 42 años: él tenía 76 y ella apenas 34.

Lo cierto es que Barbara apenas mantuvo su empleo por un año, y luego decidió partir hacia Nueva York para estudiar cursos de arte (ya había tenido una formación en esta materia en la Jagiellonian University de Cracovia).

Un detalle que no es de sorprender es que su “ex empleador” haya sido quien le alquiló un departamento en Manhattan.

Sólo tres años después de que Barbara abandonara Polonia y llegara a EE.UU., el heredero de Johnson & Johnson decidió dejar a su segunda esposa y madre de sus dos hijos (tenía otros cuatro hijos con su primera esposa Diana Dill).

Así, ese 1971 resultó ser un año de grandes cambios para J. Seward. Y es que apenas ocho días después de obtener el divorcio se casó con Piasecka en una ceremonia a la cual ninguno de los hijos asistió.

El matrimonio duró 12 años, hasta que el poderoso empresario murió de cáncer a los 87 años, no sin antes firmar un nuevo testamento en el que legaba toda su fortuna de más de u$s500 millones a Piasecka, excluyendo de su testamento tanto a sus seis hijos como a un instituto de investigación oceanográfica que Johnson había fundado en Florida.

Avaricia “escandalosa” y una larga batalla legal

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Hologramas para asistir a viajeros en aeropuertos


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En el aeropuerto JFK de Nueva York, concretamente en la terminal 5, se va a probar un nuevo sistema para resolver las dudas de los viajeros. Éste consiste en la implantación de hologramas, avatares de personas, que ayudarán a quienes les pregunten. Estas figuras virtuales estarán teóricamente capacitadas para enfrentarse a cualquier reto que se les plantee sobre vuelos, instalaciones y demás temas relacionados con su entorno.

Desde la Port Authority of Nueva York y Nueva Jersey se ha anunciado que en este verano – está previsto para principios de julio – se pone en marcha una iniciativa destinada a implantar la asistencia virtual en el aeropuerto.

El proyecto sumará a la asistencia habitual hologramas, que resolverán lo que quieran saber los viajeros. Cada uno de los sistemas que proyectan una figura virtual cuesta 250.000 dólares, aunque las autoridades de momento han alquilado por seis meses el servicio, pagando 180.000 dólares. Leer más “Hologramas para asistir a viajeros en aeropuertos”

Helping Journalists Become Hackers and Entrepreneurs

Journalism schools are useful for many things, including research into ethical standards, traditional skill development, and so on — but increasingly, some journalism schools are focusing just on building their students’ digital chops and entrepreneurial spirit alongside interview etiquette and the correct use of the off-the-record comments. One of the most recent projects in that vein is called Local East Village, a joint venture between the New York University’s journalism school and the New York Times that launched on Monday.

The website describes the venture as an attempt to “help foster a journalistic collaboration with a third partner, our neighbors in the East Village,” and to “give voice to its people in a wide-reaching online public forum and create a space for our neighbors to tell stories about themselves.” As NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen — who helped create the project — notes in his blog post about the launch, the area of the city that the site aims to cover is already well-covered by local blogs, but the LEV site states that it hopes to bring the “academic and intellectual resources of NYU [and] the vast journalistic experience and high professional standards of The Times.” It also adds that:

We hope, too, to provide innovation: For years now the lines between those who produce news and those who consume it have become increasingly blurred. And so we hope to bring our readers even more into the process of producing news in ways that few other sites have tried before.


Journalism schools are useful for many things, including research into ethical standards, traditional skill development, and so on — but increasingly, some journalism schools are focusing just on building their students’ digital chops and entrepreneurial spirit alongside interview etiquette and the correct use of the off-the-record comments. One of the most recent projects in that vein is called Local East Village, a joint venture between the New York University’s journalism school and the New York Times that launched on Monday.

The website describes the venture as an attempt to “help foster a journalistic collaboration with a third partner, our neighbors in the East Village,” and to “give voice to its people in a wide-reaching online public forum and create a space for our neighbors to tell stories about themselves.” As NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen — who helped create the project — notes in his blog post about the launch, the area of the city that the site aims to cover is already well-covered by local blogs, but the LEV site states that it hopes to bring the “academic and intellectual resources of NYU [and] the vast journalistic experience and high professional standards of The Times.” It also adds that:

We hope, too, to provide innovation: For years now the lines between those who produce news and those who consume it have become increasingly blurred. And so we hope to bring our readers even more into the process of producing news in ways that few other sites have tried before.

One of the most interesting features of the project is what it calls the “Virtual Assignment Desk,” which is an application — essentially a plugin for the WordPress blog-hosting platform, which the site uses to publish its content — developed by a team led by Daniel Bachhuber, who is the digital media manager for the City University of New York graduate journalism school. The plugin makes it easy for anyone who wants to contribute to the site to see what stories or events need to be covered, so that they can volunteer. Readers can vote on the topics or news stories they want to see covered as well. Leer más “Helping Journalists Become Hackers and Entrepreneurs”

Sept. 11, 2010: The Right Way to Remember


Editorial

Nine years after terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center, a memorial and a transportation hub are taking recognizable shape and skyscrapers are finally starting to rise from the ashes of ground zero.

That physical rebirth is cause for celebration on this anniversary. It is a far more fitting way to defy the hate-filled extremists who attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, and to honor their victims, than to wallow in the intolerance and fear that have mushroomed across the nation. They are fed by the kind of bigotry exhibited by the would-be book burner in Florida, and, sadly, nurtured by people in positions of real power, including prominent members of the Republican Party.

The most important sight at ground zero now is Michael Arad’s emerging memorial. The shells of two giant pools are 30 feet deep and are set almost exactly in the places where the towers once were. Leer más “Sept. 11, 2010: The Right Way to Remember”

9/11 Reconstruction


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After years of sluggishness, the pace of building the new World Trade Center has quickened considerably. About 2,000 construction workers are on the job — weekends included — and that number will just keep rising.

In 2008, it was difficult to imagine how the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site of the trade center and is building most of it, could ever finish the eight-acre memorial in time for the 10th anniversary of the attack, on Sept. 11, 2011. Today, it is difficult to imagine what would stop them (though, given the site’s tortured history, the possibility shouldn’t be completely dismissed).

So many conflicting demands were imposed on the site — it was to be a solemn memorial, a soaring commercial complex, a vital transportation hub, a vibrant retail destination and the keystone in Lower Manhattan’s revival — that none could advance. And the many competing players seemed unable to break the logjam for long. They addressed one another as “stakeholders” in public, but the stakes they wielded usually seemed destined for someone else’s back. Leer más “9/11 Reconstruction”

8 Tips for Using Virtual Assistants and Personal Outsourcing

Personal outsourcing isn’t quite the hot topic that it was two years ago. With virtual assistant firms available left and right, could-be assistants have become less of a unique work accessory and much more of a sustainable, ubiquitous business addition.

What was once a quirky but useful tool for the digital age has become standard — nowadays it’s rare to find a small design firm without a personal outsourcing strategy.

But while personal outsourcing has become popular, it’s certainly not a process that’s loaded with security and simplicity. Virtual assistants are notorious for packing up at random and leaving employers with projects in a state of limbo.


by Mathew Carpenter

8 Tips for Using Virtual Assistants and Personal Outsourcing

Personal outsourcing isn’t quite the hot topic that it was two years ago. With virtual assistant firms available left and right, could-be assistants have become less of a unique work accessory and much more of a sustainable, ubiquitous business addition.

What was once a quirky but useful tool for the digital age has become standard — nowadays it’s rare to find a small design firm without a personal outsourcing strategy.

But while personal outsourcing has become popular, it’s certainly not a process that’s loaded with security and simplicity. Virtual assistants are notorious for packing up at random and leaving employers with projects in a state of limbo. Leer más “8 Tips for Using Virtual Assistants and Personal Outsourcing”

Vidyo: Videoconferencing’s Best Hope?

Without HP’s support, Vidyo is just another promising startup. As the world’s biggest PC maker and a prime supplier of corporate tech, HP could bring Vidyo and videoconferencing to the corporate mainstream. Analysts expect HP to use Vidyo to distinguish HP’s computers and mobile devices from products made by rivals such as Dell (DELL) and Apple. It could also help HP build up its $35 billion-a-year a consulting business by advising companies on how to use videoconferencing to lift productivity.

It’s unclear, however, whether HP will aggressively pursue this video calling market. Although it introduced its Halo system a year before Cisco unveiled its own telepresence product, HP has just 3 percent of the videoconferencing market, compared with 45 percent for Cisco, estimates Davis. “Vidyo could be an important weapon for HP, but it all depends on what they do with it,” says Chuck House, a retired HP executive who now advises Vidyo’s board. He points out that Cisco CEO John T. Chambers promotes videoconferencing every chance he gets, “but you never hear HP say anything about it. It’s an afterthought.”


A New Jersey startup gets pricey and basic systems communicating—and could be videoconferencing’s ticket to the mainstream

By Peter Burrows

At most companies, videoconferencing has yet to evolve from a technological parlor trick into an everyday utility like e-mail. One reason is there’s no cheap and easy way to make it available on all the devices people use. Even companies that opt for top-of-the-line equipment from Cisco Systems (CSCO) or Hewlett-Packard (HPQ)often pay nearly $1 million to upgrade the underlying corporate network, says IDC analyst Jonathan Edwards.

That’s why tech industry veterans are keeping a close eye on Vidyo, whose technology will soon be sold by HP. The 120-person startup, based in Hackensack, N.J., makes software it says can run on almost any device that connects to the Net—and adjusts whether that’s a high-speed link in the boardroom or a cell connection from the 18th hole. While most companies buy a few high-end videoconferencing systems for executives, “We want to connect millions of people,” says Vidyo Chief Executive Ofer Shapiro.

The aim is to bridge the gap between traditional systems costing up to $300,000 for a just-like-being-there telepresence room and cheap but low-quality PC-based services such as Skype—and in a way that lets people using all of these options participate in calls together. Leer más “Vidyo: Videoconferencing’s Best Hope?”