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The Small Virginia Town Where Drone Deliveries Have Begun For Real

The Small Virginia Town Where Drone Deliveries Have Begun For Real

Business Innovation Tech

Wing, a subsidiary of Google, chose Christiansburg (population 22,500) as its first launching site for American commercial drone delivery operations — it’s also testing in Australia and Finland — not only because of the relatively flat terrain and low population density, but because of nearby Virginia Tech University.

How Vacation Became Just Another Thing We’re Working On

How Vacation Became Just Another Thing We’re Working On

Business Long Reads

Something’s up with retreats. Isn’t this supposed to be the age of burnout? Don’t people deny themselves vacation days and spend all their leisure time working on their side-hustles? How are retreats so popular when regular, no-frills relaxation is elusive for so many people? Maybe retreats are the future of vacations.

The Saga Of Punkin’ Donuts

The Saga Of Punkin’ Donuts

Business Long Reads

The Dunkin’ Donuts that used to be at the northwest corner of Belmont and Clark earned its nickname in the 80s and 90s. How a doughnut-shop parking lot became a confluence of Chicago youth subcultures—and what killed it off.

The 8-Hour Workday Is A Counterproductive Lie

The 8-Hour Workday Is A Counterproductive Lie

Business Life

The eight-hour workday started its life as a socialist dream. “Eight hours labor, eight hours recreation, and eight hours rest”. There’s just one problem: It’s all but impossible to actually work for eight hours a day in the jobs so many of us now have.

Virginia Mori

Inspiration
Virginia Mori
How Shenzhen Is Fueling Ethiopia’s Burgeoning Startup Scene

How Shenzhen Is Fueling Ethiopia’s Burgeoning Startup Scene

Business Tech Videos World

As Shenzhen companies look to Africa for new consumer markets, African entrepreneurs are turning to Shenzhen for manufacturing partners to turn their ideas into reality. How the movers and shakers in Ethiopia’s burgeoning tech startup scene are tapping into the open source manufacturing ecosystem of China’s most entrepreneurial city.

Why I Wanted To Finish My Father’s Life’s Work

Why I Wanted To Finish My Father’s Life’s Work

Business Health Life

My father was among the founders of ‘Decision Science’ in the 1960s and 70s…and spent the last 10 years of his life trying to write a popular book on decision-making for the masses, something that would cement his legacy. Karen Brown recalls the pain and joy of fulfilling a deathbed promise.

The Super-Rich Are Being Scammed On Their Private Jets

The Super-Rich Are Being Scammed On Their Private Jets

Business Crime

Five grand for mystery sushi. Seven for plastic cups. And more fuel than the plane could possibly hold. Such are the deceptions stinging the billionaires and mere millionaires of today’s private jet-set class. In an era of ultra-wealth, reports of shady billing related to private-jet travel are on the rise.

Living In Switzerland Ruined Me For America And Its Lousy Work Culture

Living In Switzerland Ruined Me For America And Its Lousy Work Culture

Business Life

Long commute, full-time, no benefits. No way, I thought. Who would want to do that? And then it hit me: Either I had become a completely privileged jerk or my own country was not as amazing as I had once thought it to be. This wasn’t an unusually bad offer: It was just American Reality.

How The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Attempting To Buy The Global Youth Climate Movement

How The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Attempting To Buy The Global Youth Climate Movement

Business Nature

Subjecting themselves to a cohort of skeptical students was an opportunity for oil and gas executives to boost their credibility in an era when many young activists will only engage with them with picket signs. Young activists say they’re seeing more of this “youth-washing” as the global youth climate movement gains momentum.

America Is About To Witness The Biggest Labor Movement It’s Seen In Decades

America Is About To Witness The Biggest Labor Movement It’s Seen In Decades

Business Economics

The past four decades have been perhaps labor’s weakest since the Industrial Age. For a half-century, those working for hourly wages have won almost no real gains. The real average hourly wage in 2018 dollars adjusted for inflation was $22.65 in 2018, compared with $20.27 in 1964 — just an 11.7% gain.

Matt Rota

Inspiration
Matt Rota
How A Single Mom Created A Plastic Food-Storage Empire

How A Single Mom Created A Plastic Food-Storage Empire

Business History Long Reads

The story of Tupperware is a story of innovation and reinvention: how a new kind of plastic, made from industrial waste material, ended up a symbol of female empowerment. The product ushered women into the workforce, encouraging them to make their own money, better their families, and win accolades and prizes.

Silicon Valley’s #MeToo Moment Didn’t Change Anything

Silicon Valley’s #MeToo Moment Didn’t Change Anything

Business Tech

Despite tech’s reckoning with equality over the past few years, the industry’s storied history of inequality carries on. A small sampling: Only 11% of executive positions in Silicon Valley are held by women, and women make up only 9% of partners at the top 100 venture capital firms.

The Case Against Boeing

The Case Against Boeing

Business Economics Long Reads

In the wake of the 737 MAX disasters, caused by a software feature, Boeing and regulators initially placed blame on the planes’ pilots. Since Samya Stumo’s death in a 737 MAX crash, her parents and her great-uncle, Ralph Nader, have devoted themselves to proving that the company put profit over safety.

The Invention Of Money

The Invention Of Money

Business Economics History Long Reads

When the Venetian merchant Marco Polo got to China, he saw many wonders. One of the things that astonished him most, however, was a new invention, implemented by Kublai Khan, a grandson of the great conqueror Genghis. It was paper money, introduced by Kublai in 1260.

Credit Card Companies Are Tracking Shoppers Like Never Before

Credit Card Companies Are Tracking Shoppers Like Never Before

Business Tech

Transactions have given rise to a complex data-selling ecosystem. At the heart of it are credit card processing networks, including Visa, American Express, and Mastercard, the latter of which took in $4.1 billion in 2019 for services that include marketing analytics as well as fraud detection.

How Our Home Delivery Habit Reshaped The World

How Our Home Delivery Habit Reshaped The World

Business Long Reads Tech

The great trick of online retail has been to get us to do more shopping while thinking less about it – thinking less, in particular, about how our purchases reach our homes. This divorce of a product from its voyage to us is perhaps the thing that Amazon has sold us most successfully.

Why Cruise Lines Keep Cutting Their Ships In Half

Why Cruise Lines Keep Cutting Their Ships In Half

Business Economics

In a process called “stretching,” the Star Breeze is getting pulled apart to make room for a new, 84-foot, 1,250-ton prefab midsection addition. Think of it like unsnapping (or unwelding) two Legos and putting another block in between. But with a boat.

Joseph Ford

Inspiration
Joseph Ford
Africa’s Richest Man Makes A $17 Billion Bid For Immortality

Africa’s Richest Man Makes A $17 Billion Bid For Immortality

Business World

Aliko Dangote’s plan to reduce Nigeria’s dependency on fuel imports will carve out an even bigger slice of the nation’s $376 billion economy for his empire. Dangote’s future—and, as he likes to say, that of the entire continent’s economy—lies to the south on the Nigerian coast: the construction of a vast oil refinery.

Google And Amazon Are Now In The Oil Business

Google And Amazon Are Now In The Oil Business

Business Tech Videos

Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have been very vocal about their efforts to reduce the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. But as The Wall Street Journal has reported, these same companies are currently teaming up with fossil fuel industry to help them squeeze as much oil and gas out of the ground as possible.

Beyond The Growth Gospel

Beyond The Growth Gospel

Business Economics Long Reads

The Hotel Belvédère du Rayon Vert symbolizes the very empire these adherents of “degrowth,” as the movement is known, wish to overthrow: consumption, wealth, inequality, travel, and cement, the whole modern industrial condition.

In The Race For Cheap Airfare, It’s You vs. The Machine

In The Race For Cheap Airfare, It’s You vs. The Machine

Business Tech

Travel providers now use artificial intelligence software to re-price their offerings, sometimes dozens of times a day, to maximize revenue. For business and leisure travelers, the result is a variation of the cat-and-mouse game, where travel companies are almost always the cat.

This Company Hired Anyone Who Applied. Now It’s Starting A Movement

This Company Hired Anyone Who Applied. Now It’s Starting A Movement

Business Life

Greyston Bakery uses a practice of open hiring: filling positions on a first-come, first-served basis, no questions asked. Now it wants to teach other companies how to do the same. Open hiring creates a pipeline for careers on the bakery’s manufacturing floor and throughout the rest of the company’s operations.

How Technology Is Shaping The World Of Footwear

How Technology Is Shaping The World Of Footwear

Business Innovation Tech

Over the past decade, one of the best examples of where tech has flourished is the footwear industry. From self-lacing tech to cushioning systems made from tiny foam particles, brands like Nike, Adidas and others have gone all out trying to change what footwear design means.

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