September 21, 2021

Below are the Contents of our current ABL Technology Online News & Trendletter + Mimi Grant’s Blog & Vlog



These upcoming ABL-Tech Tables will discuss “Key Issues in Planning for Next Month & Next Year”

September 23 – ABL Virtual FOCUSED WORKSHOP – “Are You Headed for an Exit?” featuring Dave Berkus, with Randy Heyler, Thomas Leffler, Bob Richardson, & Adam Miller

October 1 – ABL-Tech SGV ZOOM Table

October 7 – ABL-Tech OC ZOOM Table – featuring Satnam Gambhir, CEO of Envision Financial Systems

October 8 – ABL-Tech WLA ZOOM Table – featuring Estate and Tax Planning Guru Jim Cunningham of CunninghamLegal


>>Rachel Valentine is Head of CA Business Operations, plus oversees People Operations for all of Vincit USA. With 600+ employees globally, Vincit, a public company on the Nasdaq First North, designs and develops custom web services, mobile apps, and embedded systems. Vincit USA has been named to the 2021 Inc. 5000 list, while Vincit California was recognized by Fast Company as a Best Workplace for Innovators 2020; Inc. as a Best Workplace in 2019; and listed as a Top Workplace in Orange County by both the Orange County Business Journal and Orange County Register. Vincit clients include Yamaha, Logitech, Kelloggs, GE, KCRW, Berkeley, Urban Armor Gear, and more. Rachel’s current responsibilities include overseeing recruitment, on-boarding, employee relations for all US employees, and general business operations for the California office which produces $8.5 million in revenue. She is previous Co-Founder and Director of Coded in OC, a nonprofit collective of tech companies that make up the growing fabric of Orange County. She has worked in the OC tech scene for the last ten years in various roles supporting Marketing, Sales, Recruiting and HR. Rachel has joined the ABL-Tech OC Round Table.


Blog by Mimi Grant

Google, if you want your employees to come back to the office:   Show Them The Money!

Google Headquarters

August 25, 2021:  One of the hottest sub-topics to emerge in recent weeks in the “Return to Work” discourse is “remote worker pay cuts,” specifically those proposed by Google that vary by urban, suburban, and more rural locales.

They kind of remind me of that World War I Top 40 hit, “How Ya Gonna Keep ’em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree?)” – in reverse. Of course, the song was referring to Uncle Sam conscripting farm boys and sending them off to war in France, only to experience the Big City, “liquor, jazzing around, [and] painting the town.”

Fast forward about a 100 years, and few of today’s tech stars were raised on farms, and if they’ve been working in tech’s mega centers in Silicon Valley, Silicon Beach, the rest of the Bay Area or Orange County, chances are excellent they’ve had lots of experience in megalopolises, liquor, jazzing around, and painting the town, along with the traffic jams, high parking fees, and higher rents, that come with working in ultra-urban environments.

While it wasn’t Uncle Sam that changed their environment overnight, it was the government. When California Governor Newsom issued “shelter-in-place” orders, shuttering the State on March 19, 2020, I understand that immediately, young engineers and software developers emptied out of their cubicles and cramped City-quarters to head East: some went to Austin, others to Nashville and Charlotte, Jacksonville and Denver, even Sacramento rounded out the Top 15 areas with “net inflow of tech workers.” OK, so they’re not exactly farm-towns, but, according to RENTCafe, this month, the average monthly rent for an 865-square-foot apartment in Austin is $1539 (up 9% YOY), compared to the $2933 tab for an 825-sqft apartment in Mountain View (down 7% YOY), or $3035 for a 749-sqft apartment in San Francisco (down 11% YOY). Hmm, a bigger place for roughly half the rent?

In addition to larger quarters, and virtually zero commuting time and parking fees, many tech workers are finding they’re just as productive for their employers – plus they’re really enjoying their newfound “life-work” balance.

If Google sincerely wants to bring workers back to their campuses, rather than threatening their 135,000 employees with 5-25% pay cuts, depending on how far away from their offices they’ve moved, they might consider pay raises for those who return to live closer to the mother ship




Vlog by Mimi Grant

Is It Time for a COVID-Era Marshall Plan?

Lessons We Can Learn Today From the Last Great Epidemic

The U.S. won the post-WW2 peace largely by providing aid to countries reeling from the devastation of war, through the Marshall Plan. Today the lethal enemy is a virus. And, once again, we can help.



Round Tables

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