This blog is the second edition of a two-part series that expands on how Metis team member Mel Rubbelke is now handling the work-life balance as a new, first-time mother. The first blog post shares how she prepared for parental leave. 

Scene: Yoga class.

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The auto industry is the midst of disruption – electric cars, driverless technology and ride-hailing apps – and venture capitalists are obsessed with the possibilities. According to research firm CB Insights, venture funding for auto-tech startups topped $1 billion in 2016. Yesterday, ClearMotion,...

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As a new dog owner, fending off my puppy’s nips and calming her barks has led to me scouring Google for training tips. In turning these insights into practice with Bailey, I’m reminded of advice I’ve heard for human teams – which has reminded me that good management advice can be applied in many...

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The first driverless car hit the streets of Boston this week without an issue. Cambridge-based autonomous vehicle technology startup NuTonomy Inc. launched the pilot program, using a car guided by artificial intelligence software and supported with cameras and sensors to detect nearby objects. Karl...

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The first time I pitched a tech story, Cathy was sitting next to me. It was 1998, and I remember wanting to impress her. I also remember not easily adapting to the whole pick-up-the-phone-and-don’t-flinch-if-reporters-yell-at-you-ness of the job, but Cathy – who trained me – said I could do it. 
 
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Company culture can make or break a good team: beyond turnover rates and daily experiences at work, culture can boost team productivity or toss it right out the window. It reflects a company’s values, goals and structure, and plays a huge role in not only how work is done, but the quality of that...

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My immediate family is small, but my extended family is huge. Each year, my holiday season becomes a balancing act as I make time to celebrate with different branches of relatives, might-as-well-be relatives and friends-that-turned-into family. The process always makes me happy, as it reminds me of...

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Leonardo DiCaprio joined the advisory board of Boston-based Data Point Capital as a special advisor. Data Point Capital focuses on a combination of consumer internet and enterprise software companies and plans to tap into the star’s entertainment and social media influence and expertise. Mike...

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If you told me I would be working in PR 10 years ago, I probably would’ve laughed in your face.

It’s nothing against the industry, really. Call it a case of teenage angst, or a desire for independence, but I really didn’t want to do what my mom did for a living.

Did I understand what my mom’s job...

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When the clocks fell back last month, I was finally able to take a step back and start really processing my first summer of running two, very different businesses — Metis Communications, a Boston-based strategic marketing firm I co-founded more than 11 years ago, and Mojo’s, a Cape Cod restaurant...

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 By the end of this year, NuTonomy plans to test autonomous cars in the streets of Boston to stay ahead of competitors such as BMW, Ford and Google. NuTonomy CEO Karl Iagnemma noted that while computers can program a car to follow the rules of the road, other human drivers might intervene, so the...

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When I started working at Metis in 2013, I just missed the tail end of Kate Sena’s second co-op cycle with the company. It was immediately clear, however, how much the team missed her presence. Kate is as reliable, genuine and straightforward in client meetings and group brainstorms as she is...

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I’ve worked with Metis Communications for almost three years – and I’ve lived in a farming community in southwest Georgia for all of them. To this day, it amazes me how similar some aspects of farming are to my job in PR.

Cotton is one of our main crops in the fall, and the “south Georgia snow” is...

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With companies like KAYAK, ITA Software, Hopper, Carla and a dozen others innovating technologies to automate the calculation of travel schedules and ticket prices, share the best times to buy flights or find a rental car on demand, Boston is becoming the U.S. epicenter for travel technology....

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