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Chris Hughes Got Lucky With Facebook, Now He Wants Everyone To Have A Shot

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:00:38 GMT

Hughes made hundreds of millions from Facebook. In his new book, “Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn,” he advocates for a form of basic income to pull Americans out of poverty.

When Facebook had its IPO in 2012 and raised $104 billion, Chris Hughes walked away with $500 million. As Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard roommate, and Facebook’s second ever member, he managed to turn a few years work into a vast fortune. He didn’t even have to code. Hughes’s role in the early years was as Zuck’s “empath”–the one person in the geek team who could communicate and relate to the outside world.

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These 4 Skills Are Essential To Succeeding In The Gig Economy

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:00:51 GMT

There are skills you’ll need in order to make it in our evolving economy that you don’t learn in college.

College prepares you for your career, but the curriculum may not be enough to prepare you to work in the gig economy. While education is important, you’ll need more than your degree to succeed, says Laurie Pickard, author of Don’t Pay for Your MBA: The Faster, Cheaper, Better Way to Get the Business Education You Need.

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Emotionally Intelligent Ways To Express These 5 Feelings At Work

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 05:00:58 GMT

No matter what emotions you’re experiencing, there’s a way to channel them to project leadership.

You’ve heard by now that you need to be “transparent” and “authentic” and to “bring your whole self” to work. More often than not, these phrases are shorthand for expressing your feelings. But while it’s true that you need an emotionally intelligent approach both to build a great work culture and to advance your own career, there’s more to it than just wearing your feelings on your sleeve.

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Labor Review Board lawyer says fired Googler James Damore has no case

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:24:44 GMT

Google did not violate the law when it fired engineer James Damore for circulating a controversial memo inside the company, according to the National Labor Review Board’s general counsel, Jayme L Sophir. Last year, Damore shared a document that questioned Google’s effort to create a diverse culture while also asserting that women earned less than their …

Google did not violate the law when it fired engineer James Damore for circulating a controversial memo inside the company, according to the National Labor Review Board’s general counsel, Jayme L Sophir.

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This is how regulation affects Airbnb in San Francisco, report says

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:11:04 GMT

A wave of regulations has forced home-sharing sites to eject certain types of rentals across all platforms. Now a new report from the San Francisco Chronicle shows that when San Francisco cracked down on short-term rentals, FlipKey and Expedia-owned HomeAway took the biggest hits. Using data from HostingCompliance, the Chronicle found that Airbnb’s listings in San …

A wave of regulations has forced home-sharing sites to eject certain types of rentals across all platforms. Now a new report from the San Francisco Chronicle shows that when San Francisco cracked down on short-term rentals, FlipKey and Expedia-owned HomeAway took the biggest hits.

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Team Jamaica’s Coach Took Their Bobsled When She Quit, So Red Stripe Bought Another One

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:26:31 GMT

“Put it on [our] tab.” Smooth move, Red Stripe.

When the men’s bobsled team from Jamaica failed to qualify for the Winter Olympics, the country found renewed hope in its first-ever women’s team making it to Pyeongchang. However, those hopes were briefly dashed when team coach Sandra Kiriasis suddenly quit, claiming that her job role changed from driving coach to track analyst, which, in turn, wouldn’t give her access to the athletes.

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What Matters In The Mueller Indictment

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:48:57 GMT

The charges against 13 Russians allege they tried to discourage Americans from voting and communicated with “unwitting” people in the Trump campaign.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office brought an indictment Friday charging the alleged Russian propaganda outfit called the Internet Research Agency, two affiliated groups, and 13 Russian nationals with an elaborate plot to interfere with the 2016 election through metric-driven social media campaigns, using the same techniques as sophisticated, legitimate digital advertising efforts.

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This Kickass Ukrainian Duo Is Making It Acceptable To Wear PJs To Work

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:00:46 GMT

In the midst of the Ukrainian Revolution, two women launched a luxury pajama brand meant to be worn outside the home. It was an idea crazy enough to work.

Let’s just admit it. There are days when you get up and can’t be bothered to pick out real clothes from your closet so you pull on a sweater over your pajamas and head out for your morning coffee. For some, this is the uniform for a lazy Sunday. For someone like me, who works from home, it might be a sartorial choice for an average Tuesday.

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Here are 10 great reasons to do business in Puerto Rico right now

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:37:37 GMT

Five months after back-to-back hurricanes decimated Puerto Rico’s already-struggling infrastructure, the island’s governor, the MIT-educated Ricardo Rosselló, told a crowd at a forum in New York this week that Puerto Rico is officially “Open for Business.” There is no doubt that Puerto Rico has a long, hard slog ahead of it. It was already drowning in …

Five months after back-to-back hurricanes decimated Puerto Rico’s already-struggling infrastructure, the island’s governor, the MIT-educated Ricardo Rosselló, told a crowd at a forum in New York this week that Puerto Rico is officially “Open for Business.”

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This Old House Is Being Remade Into A Springboard For Minority Women In Tech

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:30:22 GMT

In a rapidly gentrifying, historically black Boston neighborhood, two designers purchased an old Victorian and will establish it as [G]Code House–a co-living, co-working space for young women of color.

Last summer, Carolle Nau, a designer and creative director at the tech and business incubator SkyLab Boston, spent some time volunteering at a homeless shelter in Roxbury, a historically black neighborhood in Boston. Specifically, she was there to help out with a program that taught young women staying at the shelter how to code. “I was blown away by how thirsty and bright these young women were,” Nau tells Fast Company. But many of them were in their late teens or early twenties–right at the point at which they were beginning to age out of the shelter system.

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People Are Posting Fake Stories Of Racially Driven Attacks At “Black Panther” Screenings

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:27:29 GMT

Internet trolls are in full effect, but there’s just that pesky little problem of Google Reverse Image Search–and having common sense.

Because we just can’t have nice things, there’s a gaggle of trolls claiming false attacks at Black Panther screenings.

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How To Roll Your Own Net Neutrality

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:00:11 GMT

While the feds and the states punt or fumble on keeping the internet free, you can take some steps to prevent ISPs from messing with your access.

The political fight for net neutrality should have been a model of how democracy works. Tireless advocates spent years transforming a wonky academic concept into to a pop culture phenomenon, building majorities in both political parties to embrace the idea of protecting unfettered internet access. But majorities aren’t always enough. Internet service providers persuaded elected and appointed officials to abolish regulations that prevented blocking, throttling, and selling fast lanes, as well as those rules that prohibited collecting and selling an ISP customers’ data.

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Federal judge rules that embedded tweets can infringe on copyright

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:53:18 GMT

A federal judge has ruled that a person or company can infringe copyright by including an embedded tweet in their post. This is an especially alarming decision, as it goes against over a decade of legal precedent that put the liability on the host of the content, not the person that links to it. This …

A federal judge has ruled that a person or company can infringe copyright by including an embedded tweet in their post. This is an especially alarming decision, as it goes against over a decade of legal precedent that put the liability on the host of the content, not the person that links to it.

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Grab could be the next ride-hail competitor to buy a piece of Uber

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:50:03 GMT

Rumor has it that Uber is gearing up to sell its Southeast Asia business to regional competitor Grab, according to CNBC. As a part of the purported deal, Uber would get a stake in Grab. At the Dealbook conference in November 2017, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi noted that he thought the company was “over capitalized” …

Rumor has it that Uber is gearing up to sell its Southeast Asia business to regional competitor Grab, according to CNBC. As a part of the purported deal, Uber would get a stake in Grab.

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Cash Is Queen: As Tweens Flock To “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Retailers Follow

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:47:25 GMT

The VH1 reality show is giving kids and families a vocabulary for discussing sexuality and gender identity. Now businesses want to get in on the conversation.

When I meet him at DragCon’s New York City debut last September, Edward Wang and his stock of plush toys, backpacks, and home decor were nestled in among tables hawking leather corsets and roped-off booths with paddles and poppers. “I didn’t think it would be the right crowd,” he acknowledges.

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Tea-Brewing Hasn’t Changed In 100 Years. These Tea Crystals Could Change That

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:30:38 GMT

A startup has transformed tea leaves into crystals that instantly dissolve in water, creating a quicker and more potent beverage. Tea addicts rejoice.

They say that 90% of our bodies are made of water. In my case, I’m pretty sure that I’m mostly made of tea.

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Austin is the first city in Texas to make paid sick leave mandatory

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:24:58 GMT

If you’ve ever been a waitress or worked in a video store or made lattes at a coffeeshop, you know that sick days–at least paid ones–are a luxury. The city of Austin has just made a bold move to change that. On Friday, the Austin City Council voted 9-2 to make paid sick leave a …

If you’ve ever been a waitress or worked in a video store or made lattes at a coffeeshop, you know that sick days–at least paid ones–are a luxury. The city of Austin has just made a bold move to change that. On Friday, the Austin City Council voted 9-2 to make paid sick leave a mandatory requirement for all non-government employers. Austin is now the first city in Texas to regulate sick leave.

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On Broadway, gender inequality touches every stage of the industry

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:55:37 GMT

Anyone who watches the Tony Awards every year will notice the dearth of women nominees in nonperformer categories, especially writing and directing. Last year, Rebecca Taichman became only the sixth woman to win a Tony for best direction of a play. It’s a dismal track record, even if it’s slightly better than what we see …

Anyone who watches the Tony Awards every year will notice the dearth of women nominees in nonperformer categories, especially writing and directing. Last year, Rebecca Taichman became only the sixth woman to win a Tony for best direction of a play. It’s a dismal track record, even if it’s slightly better than what we see at the Oscars, where Kathryn Bigelow remains the only woman named best director in a nine-decade history of doling out statuettes.

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Watch Drake Give Away Nearly $1 Million In His Video For “God’s Plan”

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:44:05 GMT

He could’ve used the massive budget for a flashy video. Instead, Drake gave the money to people in need around Miami.

What: The new video for “God’s Plan”

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More Governments Are Turning To Impact Bonds–But Do They Deliver?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:30:53 GMT

As the first wave of these pay-for-success contracts come to fruition, what can we learn about mixing government services and private-sector innovations?

Connecticut has a social impact bond (SIB) to help the kids of opioid-addicted parents. Massachusetts uses the same financial mechanism to help immigrants assimilate to the U.S. workforce. In Rajasthan, India, a coalition of banks and foundations is funding the world’s first “healthcare development impact bond,” hoping to reduce infant mortality.

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