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“I think the world is going to get a lot more remote and a lot more flexible.”

— Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky

Yahoo! turned a lot of heads in the tech world in 2013 when the company decided scrap its remote working policies. In an industry where flexible office hours had become common, the decision under then-CEO Marissa Mayer went beyond a casual ask for many employees, in some cases requiring that they relocate in order to keep their jobs.

The memo that announced the changes explained the reasoning thusly:

Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, …

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My fellow University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign alumnus Marc Andreessen published an impassioned call to action on Saturday under the headline “It’s Time to Build.” At a time of shared international suffering, international blame, and historic institutional failures, his message was appropriate. It contains the best of Silicon Valley ambition, indicting inaction and outlining clear needs. It crescendos on the kind of arc that hoists successful pitch decks into the hands of venture capitalists every week. But it also ends in need of a key “Yes, and ….” response. After all, builders need backers.

Andreessen is right — “We’re all necessary, and we can all contribute, to building” — building ultimately needs funding (whether that’s through venture capitalists, banks, fellowships, Congress, or elsewhere), and in order for that to happen, entities and individuals with the means to back solutions on Andreessen’s list — to inadequate medical supplies, vaccines, manufacturing capacity, and other categories — likely need to take big-picture views that extend past short-term profitability linked to earnings reports. …

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Writers at any stage in their careers live and die by their clips. The fact that many media companies vanish into thin air means that the articles people write can vaporize along with their publishers’ websites with little-to-no advance notice. So if you’re a freelance writer who relies on clips and one of your previous employers goes belly up, how do you find your clips after they’re seemingly lost?

As luck would have it, I have been dealing with this exact situation for more than a decade. MTV Multiplayer, Wizard Magazine, and a handful of other places I used to write for on a daily basis just flat out don’t exist anymore. In fact, last year after Stan Lee died, I found myself chatting with my former editor Rick Marshall about the times we talked to the guy, and Rick brought up an old interview series we put together where comic book legend Brian Michael Bendis interviewed Stan. …


Brian Warmoth

Bay Area editor with 17+ years’ experience covering tech, business, and culture trends |

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