The BBC reports that an unnamed software developer working for an unnamed company had been outsourcing his job to an unnamed firm in China, paying them $50,000 a year to do a job that earned him several hundred thousand dollars a year. Despite being a GENIUS and JOB CREATOR, the man has been fired.
Silver Living is a sick new startup that provides unbiased and well-researched reviews of senior living facilities. Their team does multiple site visits, interviews employees and residents, takes pictures, and then presents it all online for free. They also include pricing, which is never advertised for these facilities. If you book a facility visit through their site and then join, that’s when they get their commission.
This is super smart. A startup that provides a MUCH NEEDED service ay yi yi. Check plus. Right now they’re covering facilities in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut with plans to expand.
The dudes and dudettes at Tomorrow Mag have published exactly how all the dollars they collected to make their magazine were spent, including how much they paid themselves. This is revolutionary! AND WONDERFUL! Look at this excellent spreadsheet that they have shared with us. My one QUIBBLE is that I wish there was a breakdown of “Snaxxx, $68.09″ (WHAT KIND OF SNAXXX) but other than that, it’s pretty great.
The Atlantic has posted about a device, that if developed, would block every kind of known ad on every device using your wi-fi network. The makers of the AdTrap are comparing it to a scalpel—it will slice out ads and leave everything else. The device will also disrupt “tracking and profiling techniques used by advertisers .” Sounds like kind of a nightmare, actually. (With very few exceptions, ads are how websites make money.) (AHEM.)
Why must technology always be improving!? What is wrong with the way things are RIGHT NOW!? WHY IS EVERYTHING ALWAYS CHANGING I JUST GOT USED TO HOW IT WAS. (The project is being Kickstarted and has to raise $150,000 before it can go into production. so I guess we have some time to figure out a new business model. Ideas? Anyone?)
Forbes has a thing about how great it is to work at Gawker now (subsidized gym memberships! ordered-in meals! great healthcare!). Basically the company is offering startup tech-company level benefits now. This quote from head Nick Denton really struck me: “I have to come to terms with the paternalism of American business. Companies are expected to take on so many social responsibilities which are the province of the state in Europe.” !! RIGHT. It’s so true. Would that we all could work for companies that took on the responsibility (or, that we lived in a country that took it upon itself to make sure they did).