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Of course wine clubs are back—they’re the original Blue Apron

Wine clubs were once a stodgy expression of middle class taste. Subscribers were sufficiently <i>interested</i> in wine to buy and drink it on a regular basis, but not <i>confident</i> enough to make their own selections at the wine store. Now that we get meal kits, beauty supplies, wardrobe staples, and boxes of …

How to give feedback that really works, without hurting anyone more than you have to

Management moguls are obsessed with telling you to give more feedback. It will save your startup. Make you a great manager. Earn you millions. Hell, they promise, it’ll resuscitate your marriage and your sex life, too. But will it?<p>Feedback fanatics aren’t crazy. A lack of frequent, helpful feedback …

Bridgewater Associates

This Is How Sexism Works in Silicon Valley

In December 2010, Sheryl Sandberg gave a talk about women’s leadership in which she mentioned “sitting at the table.” Women, she said, have to pull …

Sexual Harassment

London’s New Subway Symbolized the Future. Then Came Brexit.

LONDON — Up an alley, beyond some hoarding, through what can feel like Harry Potter’s secret portal, the underworld of an unfinished Crossrail station sprawls beneath the traffic and commotion of Tottenham Court Road. Escalator banks descend through a sleek, silent black ticket hall where towering, …

The truth is out: money is just an IOU, and the banks are rolling in it | David Graeber

The Bank of England's dose of honesty throws the theoretical basis for austerity out the window<p>Back in the 1930s, Henry Ford is supposed to have remarked that it was a good thing that most Americans didn't know how banking really works, because if they did, "there'd be a revolution before tomorrow …

Birth of the iPhone: How Apple turned clunky prototypes into a truly magical device

The world had never seen anything like the iPhone when Apple launched the device on June 29, 2007. But the touchscreen device that blew everyone’s minds immediately didn’t come about so easily.<p>The iPhone was the result of years of arduous work by Apple’s industrial designers. They labored over a …

Product Design

Fire Travis Kalanick

2017-06-07T22:42:46.000Z<p>By: Kadhim Shubber<p>In 2014, a woman in India was raped by her Uber driver. According to Recode, Uber executive Eric Alexander …

Sexual Harassment

We got 10 CEOs to tell us their one killer interview question for new hires

Where do you see yourself in five years? Tell me about a time when you showed leadership. What is your biggest weakness?<p>These are the standard questions that job candidates face during interviews. And by now, everyone also has standard answers. (“My biggest weakness? I work too hard.”)<p>As you scale …

Employment

Platonically irrational

How much did Plato know about behavioural economics and cognitive biases? Pretty much everything, it turns out<i>By Nick Romeo</i>Read at Aeon

Silicon Valley’s $400 Juicer May Be Feeling the Squeeze

One of the most lavishly funded gadget startups in Silicon Valley last year was Juicero Inc. It makes a juice machine. The product was an unlikely …

What's on Kim Jong-un's mind? | North Korea

In recent months, North Korea has found itself at the centre of international attention. Its policies are once again described as "irrational" or "bizarre", and its hereditary leader Kim Jong-un is presented as an eccentric and irrational creature, fond of killing his relatives and threatening the …

North Korea

Here's What TfL Learned From Tracking Your Phone On the Tube

At the end of last year, between 21st November and 19th December, Transport for London carried out an intriguing trial: It was going to track your …

Queens of the Stoned Age

There are a thousand ways to buy weed in New York City, but the Green Angels devised a novel strategy for standing out: They hired models to be their dealers. In the eight years since the group was founded—by a blonde, blue-eyed Mormon ex-model—they’ve never been busted, and the business has grown …

Rocky Mountains

Russia is attacking Western liberal democracies

Extensive evidence of cyber attacks and strategic interference in domestic politics<p><b>By Roman Gerodimos, Fauve Vertegaal and Mirva Villa</b><p>In a rare …

Russia

Greece’s debt crisis is flaring up again, in case the world didn’t have enough to worry about already

Hey, remember me? Never far from a crisis, Greece and its debt troubles have recently flared up again.<p>Several years after the country succumbed to a nasty debt crisis, Greece still relies on a series of international bailouts to keep its economy afloat. As anyone who remembers the summer of 2015 …

Economy

How to kill the evercookie and supercookie, the cockroaches of tracking

Advertisers want to track us. We typically, but not exclusively, prefer not to be tracked. In the best case, we’re aware of the fact, and use opt-out …

Why America's Restaurant Industry Is in a Bubble About to Burst - Thrillist

<i>Editor's Note: This is the third and final story in Kevin Alexander's extensive and obsessive year-long investigation into the state of the American</i> …

This genius cooking system will help you plan ahead to eat well all week long

In the new year, many of us resolve to cook more often—a habit that’s healthier, cheaper, and often more enjoyable than eating out or ordering Seamless. Yet it can be hard to find the time to devote to meal preparation, much less creative menu-planning.<p>It’s little wonder, then, that meal kits like …

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Brexit: Reasons For Optimism (It May Never Happen)

Brexit is an uncertain process, and while it will impact markets in myriad ways, it is very difficult for observers to call much in advance. This …

Why time management is ruining our lives | Oliver Burkeman

All of our efforts to be more productive backfire – and only make us feel even busier and more stressed<p>The eternal human struggle to live meaningfully in the face of inevitable death entered its newest phase one Monday in the summer of 2007, when employees of Google gathered to hear a talk by a …

Time Management

macOS is becoming legacy software

Everything that Apple did, and didn’t do, with its Mac lineup this year tells me the company would rather be selling more iPads and iPhones. The departures from the 2016 MacBook Pro — MagSafe charger, USB and memory card slots, and a keyboard with more than 0.55mm of travel — are all things the …

11 Habits of Ridiculously Likeable People

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—the good …

Emotional Intelligence

Is income inequality always a bad thing?

Income inequality is on the rise. Many economists and analysts take it as given that inequality does economic harm. But for something that has become conventional wisdom, there is surprisingly little evidence to make a definitive case that income inequality is bad for the economy.<p>First, the facts: …

Income Inequality

Inside Quebec’s Great, Multi-Million-Dollar Maple-Syrup Heist

With the value of maple syrup at roughly $1,300 a barrel, it’s time everyone knew about FPAQ, the Canadian group that controls 72 percent of the world’s supply. Rich Cohen investigates how its methods may have led to one of the greatest agricultural crimes in all of history.<p>Americans are focused on …

Designers have an 8-letter word for the despised hipster aesthetic colonizing the planet

Call it the Brooklyn look.<p>The “Brooklyn of (insert any city)” has become the global nomad’s shorthand for any town’s trendiest, most visually eclectic, and often most clearly gentrifying area. Such enclaves include the suburb of Pantin of Paris, Shimokitazawa neighborhood in Tokyo, Florentin in Tel …

East London

A quiet education revolution worldwide is giving kids the skills to be 21st-century citizens

As a child, Dana Narvaiša hated school. Her teachers thought she asked too many questions and her English instructor used to gleefully skip over her when it was time to read aloud to the class.<p>Narvaiša now runs Cesis New Primary School in a town of 40,000 people, about an hour and a half from Riga, …

Education

Forever an immigrant

In 1996, my dad was assigned to go work overseas at Samsung’s new semiconductor chip manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas. Initially, he was hesitant to go. It would mean uprooting his entire life, and plus he didn’t want his children growing up losing sight of their Korean heritage. But they sent …

Comment on New MacBook Pros and the State of the Mac by Traveling Dev

I'm a tech enthusiast. And by that I mean that I started coding at 12 and by the age of 20 I was a self-employed online freelancer traveling the …

Chipotle Eats Itself

Chipotle Mexican Grill was a sizzling business with a red-hot stock until an E. coli outbreak derailed its future. Can a mission-based company make gobs of money and still save the world?<p>Chipotle’s annual shareholder meeting on May 11 was set to be a doozy. Angry activists and investors were poised …

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