For one month, I became the “micro-entrepreneur” touted by companies like TaskRabbit, Postmates, and Airbnb. Instead of the labor revolution I had been promised, all I found was hard work, low pay, and a system that puts workers at a disadvantage. Read more>
"For one month, I became the “micro-entrepreneur” touted by companies like TaskRabbit, Postmates, and Airbnb. Instead of the labor revolution I had been promised, all I found was hard work, low pay, and a system that puts workers at a disadvantage." - Fast Company’s Sarah Kessler
“Critics of strong national climate change policies often talk about how much taking action costs the economy. What they usually don’t mention is the cost of doing nothing.”
"I went to work for a startup where the job I took was never posted," John Gannon writes at the Daily Muse. "I interviewed with the CEO of one of the most successful open source software startups—for a job that didn’t technically exist yet."
How does such surreptitious serendipity happen?
Parisians also have a choice when it comes to moving around in their cities, and today’s incident certainly discourages Parisians from choosing a taxi for their next ride. Safety, reliability and choice, not violence, are what continue to draw customers towards private hire vehicles (VTCs).
Check out the new $100 bill, which starts circulating tomorrow. It’s packed full of new security features.
A new report ranks the world’s countries not on their economic indicators, but on their ability to “safeguard the needs of its future generations.” The results might surprise you… Here are the 59 countries that are most prepared to handle an uncertain future…
Detroit doesn’t simply decay with time. It wrestles with decay by putting up new skyscrapers and tearing down others. Fresh strips of sidewalk were paved in front of vacant lots. Some beautiful old mansions were renovated but never quite finished. When Detroit hosted the Super Bowl in 2006, the city even tried to string festive lights on abandoned office buildings.
“To me,” says photographer Camile Jose Vergara, “the whole story got more and more interesting as time passed, because it got more complicated.”
Rising income inequality is getting more difficult to ignore. Inequality.is, an interactive website, walks you through the problem (and helps give you ideas about the solution).
Hello Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- Greece just became the first developed nation to be downgraded to an “emerging” economy. Its local stock index has fallen 83% since 2007. Ouch.
- Meanwhile, the Greek government ordered state-run broadcast journalists to shut down, but the reporters commandeered a transmitter and refuse to be silenced.
- Want to have lunch with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer? How about a $42,000 lunch? It’s for a good cause…
- Netflix is going to allow for multiple profiles on one account. So now your Law & Order-laden ‘recently watched’ list won’t get tainted by your roommate’s addiction to Arrested Development.
- It wasn’t just early investors that made bank after Google’s buyout of Waze. Local Israeli youth and education charities will get a $1.5 million portion of the startup’s exit fees.
- Uh oh. Pimco says there’s a 60% chance of a global recession happening again within the next five years.
- In Turkey, several TV channels have reportedly been fined for live-streaming the Gezi protests.
- In honor of its 150th anniversary, London’s underground train, the Tube, has mapped its progress… using Legos.
- Hands-free, voice-controlled driving devices are the source of a ‘looming public safety crisis’ …now focus on the road!
- Heads up Washington Post readers, you now get 20 articles for free, but after that, you’ll have to start paying.
- Watch out Nokia, Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 Zoom’s super megapixel and zoom capabilities may lure in photo-fan consumers.
“It seems that interviewers like to have each day’s ratings balance out. When an interviewer sees 3 or 4 good candidates in a row, they become concerned that they are giving too many high ratings. So, if another good candidate comes walking through the door, they get a lower rating just so that the ratings for the day are not uniformly high.”
If you were born after 1976, you’re getting screwed by the economy.
There are a lot of roads just sitting there in the sun, doing nothing with all that energy. Why not use them to collect it? Introducing the Solar Roadway, a road built out of solar panels.
The road is made of three parts: a hard-wearing translucent top-layer with the solar cells, LED lights (for road markings) and a heating element (to keep off snow and ice); an electronics layer to control lighting and communications; and a base plate layer that distributes power to nearby homes and businesses (and perhaps electric vehicle charging stations). Plus, there’s a channel at the edge to collect and filter run-off water (including anti-freeze and other chemicals that normally leeches into the ground).
The economic benefits of bikes: an infographic.
Are you making money renting your apartment on Airbnb? You’re a Micro-Entrepreneur. As more and more services let people monetize their own assets and knowledge, it’s creating a new sector of the economy.