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The hiring team I assembled gathered in one of TaskRabbit’s conference rooms to review the candidate we had just interviewed for a Product Management role. Everyone had submitted their feedback privately before this discussion, but now I wanted to get a little more color as a group. The consensus was that the candidate, Drew (name changed for this post) had good experience, was a competent product thinker, and seemed aligned with our values. …


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It was Monday evening and I walked out of the office around 7pm. I was taking my normal route home from Sentier to Le Marais by walking south on the crowded, café-laden Rue Montorgueil. As I turned onto the rue I saw huge clouds of yellowish smoke billowing across the sky from east to west. Strangely, no one seemed to notice it. They continued drinking their aperitifs and chatting contentedly with their friends. I hoped it was no big deal.

When I got to the open space near Châtelet and Église Saint-Eustache de Paris I could see the sky more clearly. The sun in the west was a red dot nearly blackened out by the smoke. It reminded me of the sky during the Northern California forest fires from previous years. Tourists were taking pictures of the dark sun for their Instagram accounts, but as I tried to eavesdrop on conversations no one seemed to be talking about where the smoke was coming from. …


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Rue des Rosiers is a small, narrow street in the heart of Le Marais with cobblestones underfoot, fashionable boutiques, and a few charming restaurants. This may be off topic but I have to say, it may well be the falafel capital of the universe.

Five falafel shops are within fifty steps of my door. Nearly every day unconscionably long lines of people queue to wait for a €6 falafel. …

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