Not Exactly What You Think of When You Hear ‘Millennial Commune’

When I came across this article with the headline “The Millennial Commune,” I expected to read a story about young, broke millennials getting together in large houses or apartments to save on living costs and find like-minded individuals. Nope.

Emotional Reward Doesn’t Pay the Bills

“I just want to help people. I don’t care about the money.” Who needs a fat paycheck when the emotional reward of helping people is all you really want?

Uber’s Misclassifications and the Sharing Economy

Giving benefits to Uber drivers will not kill the sharing economy.

The Moral Conflict of Living and Working in Qatar

The place has a way of sucking you in with its material comforts and opportunities for travel. It has a way of making you forget the bad stuff or, worse, becoming inured to it.

Bad Ad

I saw this ad on the subway and it didn’t sit well with me.

Uber Aversion

My main issue with Uber can be summed up as: I can’t support a company whose business model depends on the labor of contract workers who have very little leverage in ensuring that they are being treated fairly.

How the Digital Era Has Made Us Better and Worse Tippers

I took a cab to the airport for a work trip recently and when I swiped my credit card to pay, the screen asked me if I wanted to tip 15, 20, or 25 percent. Sure, 25 percent sounds good, I thought.

Undercompensated in Academia

I grew up in an academic household, and academia was a goal of mine from an early age. Both my parents are musicians teaching in academia, and while I also loved to perform, I had decided in college that I would probably follow in my parents’ footsteps and pursue teaching on a university level.

Micro-Lodgings

Above is a rendering of micro-apartments being stacked in NYC, which Pop Up City notes will occur this spring. We’ve written about these micro-apartments before—they’re meant for singles earning less than $77K a year and mirrors the kind of small, modular housing found in dense cities like Tokyo. Only 55 micro-units will be available for rent once this project is completed.

Profit and Authenticity in a Racing Community

Late last year, Facebook-for-runners was abuzz with the announcement that the San Diego-based Competitor Group will be putting on a Rock and Roll half marathon in Brooklyn in October.

When Smartphone Insurance Isn’t Worth It

Despite being a frugal person who seeks out items that are built to last, and reads pages of reviews of products to make sure I don’t buy something shoddy, in this particular case my frugality didn’t translate to reading the fine print.

Alumni Giving Season

It’s the holiday season again, which means it’s that time of year when universities try to raise more money from their alumni. Every year around this time, I start getting a call every day from an unknown number. At first, I ignore it, thinking it’s a wrong number. But I eventually realize that it’s someone calling from one of the universities I’ve attended and that they are not going to stop until they talk to an actual person.

Forget The New Republic. What About Cat Fancy?

The outcry about The New Republic has all but drowned out the indignant squeals from lovers of Cat Fancy (RIP).

On Creative Businesses That Sometimes Lose Money, or “The Pomplamoose Thing”

Last Monday, Jack Conte published a piece on Medium titled “Pomplamoose 2014 Tour Profits (Or Lack Thereof),” and a certain section of the internet got very angry.

Experts Maybe Not So Expert-y After All