Which Companies Make The Most Revenue Per Employee?

ON AVERAGE, COMPANIES IN THE ENERGY SECTOR MAKE AT LEAST 2X PER EMPLOYEE THAN OTHERS The world’s largest companies have many similarities, but the size of their respective org charts is not necessarily one of them. At the one extreme, companies such as Walmart require a massive workforce in the millions to run retail operations around the globe. But at the other extreme, an energy giant like Valero is able to generate $76 billion of annual revenue with just 0.4% of the employees of Walmart. It raises the question: which types of companies make the most revenue per employee, and why? REVENUE PER HEAD Today’s chart uses data on companies in the S&P 500 Index courtesy of analytics platform Craft.co. Instead of plotting the information for all 500 companies, we focused on two groups of firms: (1) energy companies, which tended to skew towards the upper end of revenue per employee ratio, and (2) brands that you will be familiar with, like Netflix, Walmart, Goldman Sachs, Ford, or IBM. The end result is an astonishing range, with companies making anywhere between <$100,000 per employee (Accenture, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Marriott) all the way to >$7 million per employee (Valero Energy).   Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist Interestingly, there is even a wide variance between sectors. Oil and gas companies make at least twice as much revenue per employee than the companies in all other sectors, while healthcare and utilities companies also have high ratios as well. There is a plausible explanation for this large discrepancy, and it has to do with the cost of doing business. Oil and gas companies have to...

A Timeline of Elon Musk’s Long List of Failures

At first glance, it’s easy to be blown away by Elon Musk’s impressive resume. He’s shooting for the stars with SpaceX, changing the future of transportation with Tesla, Hyperloop, and The Boring Company, and he’s already had a profound impact on the e-commerce and payments sectors through Paypal. It’s no coincidence that most of these are $1 billion+ companies. But, focusing only on his successes provides a superficial view of the man. To get the full perspective on his career, it is much more interesting to look at the failures and lows he has experienced. These are the moments when most people would have likely given up. FAILING OFTEN As every entrepreneur knows, any business venture can be upended by failures at any moment – and it is how one bounces back from those failures that counts. Today’s infographic from Kickresume shows Musk’s struggles and failures throughout his career, and how he persevered to become a modern business icon. WHAT WE CAN LEARN Entrepreneurs hold people like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Richard Branson in high reverence. Sometimes, we even put them on a pedestal, thinking we could only dream of making such a profound impact on the world. However, this is obviously a one dimensional view. These figures are not superhuman, and the reality is that they’ve all experienced tragic failures throughout the course of their careers. They’ve been disheartened, but they bounced back. We have to recognize that success in business isn’t what it appears to be on magazine covers and headlines. Failure is an everyday part of doing business, and it plagues almost every entrepreneur in...

The Evolution of Instant Messaging

The concept of instant messaging crossed into the mainstream in the 1990s, allowing friends, acquaintances, colleagues, and like-minded thinkers from all over the world to connect in real-time. Since then, instant messaging has revolutionized how we communicate, and today over 2.5 billion people are signed up for at least one messaging app. The present IM experience is seamless, and it intuitively integrates features like video, photos, voice, e-commerce, and gaming with plain-old messaging. However, despite the impressive features of dominant apps like Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, and Whatsapp, today’s technology would simply not be possible without the earlier breakthroughs of their more rudimentary predecessors. INSTANT MESSAGING: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE The following infographic from Hello Pal, a messaging app allowing for instant translation, shows the evolution of instant messaging. It pays homage to the advancements made in the early days by apps such as ICQ or AIM, while also looking at the trends in IM that will surface in the coming years. Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist While messaging is commonplace today, it was only two decades ago that chatting with friends and strangers online was a revolutionary concept. THE HISTORY OF INSTANT MESSAGING 1961 – MIT’s Compatible Time-Sharing System (CTSS), along with other multi-user operating systems, helps to pioneer instant messaging by allowing up to 30 users to chat in real-time. 1988 – Internet Relay Chat (IRC) allows users to connect to networks with client software to chat with groups in real-time. IRC peaked in popularity in the 1990s, but still has hundreds of thousands of users today. The late 1990s sees the first major competing IM platforms arrive: ICQ,...

Does Vehicle Density have any impact on Air pollution ?

Does Vehicle Density have any impact on Air pollution: Thought That led to Odd-Even Campaign in Delhi earlier. Vehicle density (measured as vehicles/km of road) does not have any impact on the air pollution. New Delhi has the least vehicle density amongst the three cities we have considered for the study, but the PM 2.5 levels are significantly higher in New Delhi as compared to Bangalore and Chennai. Though Chennai has the highest density of vehicles, has a lower pollution levels for (PM 2.5) The results probably indicates factors other than vehicular pollution are also contributing to the overall air pollution in the three cities in equal measure if not more. New Delhi has vast stretch of roads, so the vehicle density tends to get averaged out to a lower number. But there is a high probability that the vehicle density in many of the observatory locations are high and contributing to higher air pollution levels    Jatinder Bedi Data Scientist Leader : Empowering Decisions with the Help of Data| Mentor| Trainer| Start up...

Technology Was A Key To Sachin Tendulkar’s Success: Javagal Srinath

Srinath highlighted the importance of data analytics in cricket. At an event held by Mircosoft on Machine Learning former Indian cricketer, Javagal Srinath said that data and analysis of the game helped the maestro Sachin Tendulkar a lot in his career. At the event, the company unveiled a new platform that enables developers to incorporate multiple parameters like playing conditions, weather, the form of the teams playing, and the nature of cricket ground to estimate these target scores. Srinath was on of the panelists who highlighted the importance of technology in Cricket. “Sachin Tendulkar had once said his career was extended due to the use of technology. It made him find a solution based on quick feedback which helped him correct his mistakes, mostly batting mistakes,” Srinath said.     The existing system prioritizes the strength of the batsmen from top position, hence if you reverse the order, you can confuse the system to some extent. This could be ideally fixed when every batsman has a ranking and that ranking is accommodated into the system, thereby providing the true strength of the team’s batting strength which is possible done with this system,” he said. He also highlighted that no matter how much technology will take over the notion that coach’s role is going to be shrunk is a myth. He said that the coaches have to leverage the technology the most to help the team out and prepare them for difficult situations.   “We believe the possibilities for machine learning in sports are vast – from monitoring player condition on the field to predicting injuries and taking early preventive...

Village of 1,000 twins seeks veil of privacy

Kodinhi is the village of twins and this is what makes this place unique. The village otherwise is like any other normal village in Kerala. It is quite and simple backwater on the western ghats of India. But the presence of so many twins in this village is a mystery that no one can solve. Many a time people do not believe their eyes and think that they are seeing double images of the same person. It is not only the visitors who face the problem of recognizing kids and the adults. Baffled doctors are trying to unravel the mystery of an Indian village boasting more than 220 sets of twins born to just 2,000 families. Experts who have visited the remote tropical village of Kodinhi, in Kerala, have been left scratching their heads over the phenomenon that has seen almost six times as many twins born than the global average. In 2008 alone 15 pairs of twins were born in the village out of 300 healthy deliveries and this year is expected to top that number. The village entered international spotlight after a survey recorded the presence of unusually large number of twins in Kodinhi. The village with an area of 4 square km has around 500 pairs of twins among a population of 20,000. In the global perspective twining happens in 6 births out of 1000 births but in this village the average is of 42 twins out of 1,000 births. This is all the more shocking because India is among the world’s population that has the lowest twining rates. The rate of twins being born in this village...

Olympic Gold Medals Have Almost Zero Gold in Them

The 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games are already 51% over budget, with the total cost expected to be in the $4.6 billion range. With that in mind, the organizers have tried their best to cut costs. One area of compromise? The Olympic gold medals, which weigh 500g (1.1 lbs) and are 85mm (3.3 in) in diameter, are gold in name only. OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS HAVE ALMOST ZERO GOLD IN THEM Infographic  from JM Bullion and it shows the real amount of metal in gold, silver, and bronze medals, along with the hypothetical cost of awarding solid gold to winning athletes. Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist and JMBullion ALL THAT GLITTERS IS…SILVER That’s right, gold medals are actually 98.8% silver, with just a thin 1.2% coat of gold paint. The thin layer of gold meets the minimum requirement set by IOC says for the amount of gold actually in the gold medal – just six grams. The material cost of a gold medal right now based on this composition is $548. Almost half of that comes from the six grams of gold, while the rest comes from the 494 grams of sterling silver. The silver and bronze medals have material costs of $292 and $2.16 respectively. WHY DOESN’T THE OLYMPICS USE SOLID GOLD MEDALS? Solid gold medals haven’t been awarded to Olympic athletes since the 1912 Stockholm Games. Back then, medals were a mere 33mm in diameter and made of silver gilded with gold. It’s easy to see why organizers have gone this route when you take into account the difference in material costs. Each gold medal at the Rio Games...

USAIN ST.LEO BOLT

The Jamaican global icon recovered from a sluggish start to run down his US rival Justin Gatlin in the final 30 metres to stop the clock in 9.81 and clinch gold by a clear margin of 0.08. It was the slowest time of his three Olympic successes but nobody in near-capacity Olympic stadium seemed to care. Usain Bolt’s gold medal sprint in 2012 came in at 9.63 seconds, beating his own time to make him faster than every Olympic medallist since 1896. The difference between winners from 1896 to 2016 Olympics is 2.37 seconds. If every Olympic medalist raced each other across 100 metres, the London version of Usain Bolt would win. The Beijing version of Bolt would take silver. This includes runners from Jim Hines, the first man to break ten seconds in the 1968 Olympics, to Jesse Owens, who won four golds in Berlin in 1936, and Thomas Burke, the first 100m winner with a time of 12 seconds. In some sports standing 6’5″ would be an advantage, not in track & field sprint events, and not before Usain Bolt. In the past, track and field coaches sought shorter athletes for sprint events: Tyson Gay is 5’11”, Justin Gatlin 6’1′, Donovan Bailey 6’1″, and Andre De Grasse is 5’9″. The belief was that taller athletes wouldn’t be able to match the acceleration of a shorter athlete, rendering whatever top end speed and endurance they could achieve useless as the belief was that the race would be over before these factors could come into play. Not so. Usain Bolt has proved this belief to be wrong, all wrong. Usain Bolt is indeed slower out of the...

The Internet of Things and Our Mobile Future

  Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist By the time you finish reading this infographic, there will be 3,810 new devices connected to the Internet of Things. That’s because there are 328 million devices being connected to the internet each month. It’s also why researchers estimate that there are going to be 50 billion devices connected by 2020. In fact, the future looks very different as we adopt to these technological trends. Already, 71% of Americans using wearable technology claim that it has improved their overall health and fitness. Imagine what will happen with more immersive analytics, a preventative mindset, more metrics of useful health functions, and integration into the health system. The connected lifestyle means that there could be 500 devices in each home connected to the web by 2022. Every lightbulb, lock, thermostat, appliance, and item with an electronic circuit could be networked together, finding synergy. As strange as it may seem, by 2020 researchers even expect 100 million lightbulbs and lamps to be connected to this grid. Entertainment and convenience are driving the “smart home” concept, which is expected to be worth $56 billion in 2018. However, there is also the benefit of creating a more energy efficient world. It’s already expected that street lamps could save energy costs up to 80%, so why can’t that be the case in the home as well? Self-adjusting thermostats, lights, and appliances will increase the efficiency of homes to make a big impact on net efficiency. Original graphic by: Mobile Future...

Will TN break the trend or will history repeat itself ?

A peep into the voting history of Tamilnadu for the past three decades reveals that TN, like Kerala has invariably voted out the incumbent government. It is needless to say that politics in Tamil Nadu has revolved around the two major Dravidian parties – the DMK and the AIADMK. Both the DMK and the AIADMK have faced poll debacles in the past due to the incumbency factor and when one fell it was always the other party which came to power. So is it the time to ask the big question in TN politics: Will history of alternating ADMK and DMK governments continue to repeat itself and DMK come back to power or will we witness a break in the trend making way for a new leadership or will the AIADMK spring a surprise and win consecutive terms, again breaking the trend? Will this election witness a major shift from the ‘part- loyalty’ based voting  to an increase in ‘Good-leadership’ based voting?… One crore more people have registered to vote in Tamil Nadu since the last assembly elections. In a multicornered election, these additional voters could be game changers. Chennai district records the highest number of voter population followed by Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur. Interestingly Chennai had the lowest voter turnout in both 2011 assembly and 2014 lok sabha elections. All major districts including Chennai have more female voters than male voters and there is an increase in female polling rate (2006-68.75% & 2011-78.51%). So Will the TASMAC issue play a major role in this...