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Zack Rosebrugh

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Up, up, and away

A jumpsuit for space tourism. Virgin Galactic and Under Armour collaborated on a one-piece suit, underwear, and boot set for those who book an Enterprise spaceflight ticket.

The first commercial spacesuits are like soft, high-tech pajamas

I love the way the spacewear looks and I love the way it feels. I also love the fact that the next time I put it on, I will be on my way to space.

One of my favorite bits from the unveiling that didn't make it into the story was when Tom Westray, creative director at Virgin Galactic, likened the space suit to a wedding dress. "We realized that this suit is created for this one day," he said—like a wedding dress. It led them to consider reusability

One of my favorite bits from the unveiling that didn't make it into the story was when Tom Westray, creative director at Virgin Galactic, likened the space suit to a wedding dress. "We realized that this suit is created for this one day," he said—like a wedding dress. It led them to consider reusability in the design. Not sure how many people will be wearing them around after, but the designers hope they will at least sometimes.

Saving WeWork

WeWork is getting a lifeline. SoftBank Group and JP Morgan both have plans to bail out the struggling office-sharing company, CNBC reports. WeWork's board will review the proposals by the end of the week and opt for one or a combination.

SoftBank, JP Morgan to submit separate WeWork bailout proposals in coming days

WeWork is a textbook example of a flawed Silicon Valley start-up. All of this talk of funding and valuation is a way of say that the business was built irrespective of the revenue they got from customers. It would seem that WeWork has (metaphorically) built an empire of solid gold toilets and now investors

WeWork is a textbook example of a flawed Silicon Valley start-up. All of this talk of funding and valuation is a way of say that the business was built irrespective of the revenue they got from customers. It would seem that WeWork has (metaphorically) built an empire of solid gold toilets and now investors are surprised that they can’t get enough customers in the door to keep the lights on.

What I never hear discussed in these talk about wavering SV companies is whether customers are buying their product. Have you looked at the price of a spot in a WeWork office? It’s astronomical for someone starting a small business and apparently the current price point isn’t even enough to cover the costs of goods (I.e. office space) much less turn a profit. Golden toilets.

The Guardian reported that WeWork is close to laying off close to 2,000 employees. But I'm not sure if cutting costs, even at that rate, is going to save the company. It also makes me wonder how a fairly simple business—renting co-working spaces—spiraled out of control. Even though SoftBank has given

The Guardian reported that WeWork is close to laying off close to 2,000 employees. But I'm not sure if cutting costs, even at that rate, is going to save the company. It also makes me wonder how a fairly simple business—renting co-working spaces—spiraled out of control. Even though SoftBank has given WeWork close to $11 billion, the company might be beyond rescue. Hard to say whether SoftBank's throwing good money after bad. Right now, all WeWork has going for it is the company's existing contracts & what's left of its brand. The next month will be intriguing to watch.

Quartz at work

There’s a new generation of networking groups for people of color. Niche social spaces providing a place to get advice, consult with others, network, and vent about work situations, are on the rise.

The impact of workspaces for people of color go beyond feeling welcome

Being the only one in a whatever dominant space is mental gymnastics and can become exhausting (it's a psychological workout!). Anyone's that's spent a significant period in a space as "the other" know this exact feeling. Culture is complex. It's nuanced and full of cues, etiquette, decorum -- unspoken

Being the only one in a whatever dominant space is mental gymnastics and can become exhausting (it's a psychological workout!). Anyone's that's spent a significant period in a space as "the other" know this exact feeling. Culture is complex. It's nuanced and full of cues, etiquette, decorum -- unspoken and explicit. Trying to learn all the rules and perform them perfectly puts one in a state of "constant translating" as one of my colleagues aptly described. Now couple this state of existence with the historical power structures that create a specific cultural dominance in the corporate and white-collar workplaces. The mere appearance of a diverse workspace isn't inclusivity. Culture manifests in the shows discussed the next day, the humor, language and colloquialisms (code-switching), ideas valued, food eaten in the office, promotions, perception of intelligence, opportunities given, salary, and in media (my industry) the stories considered worth telling. I could go on as this is a complex topic, but TDLR, a place of respite to lay my head and rub minds with folks whom I share similar culture and experience is much needed.

Look, diversity is hard work. It’s a two-way dialogue that requires indomitable humility and incessant curiosity. The world is so big. And in the workplace where foreign backgrounds and experiences clash — let them clash and create new conversations and relationships. Sometimes, you gotta ditch the bagel for some jollof rice. They’re both carbs.

I recommend several NPR’s Code Switch episodes:

1. You Are What You Eat: This week, we tackle reader questions on vegetarianism, the specter of grocery store Columbuses, and the quiet opprobrium directed at "smelly ethnic foods" in the workplace.

2. Respect Yourself - “What does "civility" look like and who gets to define it? What about "respectable" behavior? This week, we're looking at how behavior gets policed in public.”

3. Getting a Foot in the Door - Anali, a young woman from Los Angeles, wants to break into the film industry. A local program taught her the skills of the trade and the language, but will any of that that matter in an industry that runs mostly on connections?”

4. Talk American - What is the “Standard American Accent?" Where is it from? And what does it mean if you don’t have it. Code Switch goes on a trip to the Midwest of find out.

US-China tech diplomacy

Apple users in China: Beware. Privacy advocates worry about the US tech giant’s partnership with Tencent, which has close ties to Beijing, as they think it could share the IP addresses of internet users who try to visit blacklisted sites.

Apple’s data sharing with firms tied to the Chinese government may endanger dissidents

Have you visited a fraudulent site? If so, you likely got a warning from Google. But in China, users get warnings from Tencent, a co. close to the Chinese government. Thus, a service meant to protect users could threaten their freedom. Staying safe (and private) is hard.

The World in 50 Years

Apple's Indian revival

Marking 30 years of the web

The mysterious sounds that defined the early days of the internet. Before we were always online, logging on to the internet was a journey through sound. Here’s what those sounds actually meant.

A series of mysterious bleeps and bloops defined the early days of the Internet

The dial up sound was the soundtrack to a very distinct period in my life, and I never thought about that until I saw a video of the reactions of kids who had never heard it. I found this piece deeply satisfying for a question I never knew I had.

My dad worked on satellites when I was a kid, so my house was an early adopter of many things—including dial-up. I’d constantly request my dad “make the computers talk”—I was obsessed with the sounds modems made! I didn’t realize till I read this article how spot-on my childhood simplification was.

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Chick-fil-A is taking on Blue Apron in an unprecedented move for a fast-food chain

Chick-fil-A is taking on Blue Apron in an unprecedented move for a fast-food chain

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From Our Members

  • Great companies are constantly experimenting to better serve their consumers. Love Chick-fil-A not resting on their considerable success and instead trying new ways to satisfy needs.

  • Finally a way to get Chick-fil-A on a Sunday!

  • Game changing news for a QSR brand. Bravo! Interested to follow this.

  • I just don't see the value prop overlap or unique innovation in this move

    innovation - nothing innovative in this meal prep kit other than how it is purchased.

    value prop overlap - do ppl who eat at chick-fil-A really want to make their own at home? Am I missing something here?

  • To the person who think chick Fil a hates gays.. To my knowledge the CEO never discriminated against gays. Gays eat at the establishment, the work at the establishment, and will probably still continue on going even if the owner/CEO did say anything against gays. The CEO is a religious person who only

    To the person who think chick Fil a hates gays.. To my knowledge the CEO never discriminated against gays. Gays eat at the establishment, the work at the establishment, and will probably still continue on going even if the owner/CEO did say anything against gays. The CEO is a religious person who only stated that its against his religion to love and marry the same gender. Quit spreading hate and lies and just enjoy the fact that this establishment is changing the way people come together and eat.

  • Being Canadian I don’t have access to these chicken filets - but I do have access to my memory, and I vaguely remember something about this group hating gay people. But sure, maybe providing people with the power to make their own dinner will heal those wounds.

  • It’s not what I would have expected from a company that won’t open on Sundays (not judging, we’ll maybe just a tad) and resisted opening in NYC (with NYU campus being the exception) for years because the founder believes the Big Apple was too hedonistic. Maybe he decided a bit of debauchery helps the

    It’s not what I would have expected from a company that won’t open on Sundays (not judging, we’ll maybe just a tad) and resisted opening in NYC (with NYU campus being the exception) for years because the founder believes the Big Apple was too hedonistic. Maybe he decided a bit of debauchery helps the bottom line.

    This seems like a good move.

  • These meal-kit subscriptions are great. Particularly, from a practical standpoint for time-constrained individuals and families. Though as a business model in and of itself, always thought it was a tough space to enter given supply chain restrictions/ constraints. Chick-fil-A is in a unique position

    These meal-kit subscriptions are great. Particularly, from a practical standpoint for time-constrained individuals and families. Though as a business model in and of itself, always thought it was a tough space to enter given supply chain restrictions/ constraints. Chick-fil-A is in a unique position to add value given its ability to distribute kits at its stores and having an already established, FDA sanctioned food supply network.

    My political feelings about CfA aside: this seems like an appropriate move given their push to open up locations in NYC and the northeast, expand their consumer base and market appeal, and bypass controversy (https://www.businessinsider.com/chick-fil-a-reinvents-itself-liberal-conservative-2017-5 )

    From article:

    “Like more traditional meal kits, such as those from Blue Apron or Home Chef, Chick-fil-A's varieties will include fresh, pre-measured ingredients. But unlike the typical meal kit, Mealtime Kits can be bought at Chick-fil-A drive-thrus or counters, or through the company's app

    ...Competition in the meal-kit business has been heating up recently, with Costco starting to sell Blue Apron kits in stores and the grocery chain Albertsons acquiring Plated. But some meal-kit companies have struggled amid the increased competition. Chef'd shut down operations last week, following in the footsteps of shuttered startups like Sprig and Din.”

  • It seems as if Chick-fil-a will continue to dominate the fast-food market with incredible service and even better takeaways. I applaud their continued efforts to provide such unique service alongside a high quality product.

  • Good to see established enterprise step up to the bar in niche opportunities and satisfy their customer base desires.

  • I wonder if the meal kit is going to be for their burgers and fries? I mean who would have thought you can enjoy your favorite fast food at home without traveling to the store?

  • Genius! This is the kind of experiment that companies facing disruption must try. Otherwise, it’s often too late to try new things once the main flywheel business slows down...

  • This is an innovative company and it’s an incredibly successful one. Let’s applaud this move into a new market and greater choice and competition.

  • Regardless of their industry innovations and claims that they value diversity, the reality is that Chick-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby are owned/headed up by people who discriminate based on their religious beliefs. They will never get my business. Free markets at work.

  • I do not patronize a company that is not all inclusive. Plenty of chicken places by me to choose from. Doesn’t Jesus say “Let those without sin cast the first stone”?

  • Something new for ignorant or lazy people!I don’t hate anyone, but barely tolerate stupid people!

  • Ok

  • Why Chick-fil-A not open a restaurant in China? Sounds good, this company is decent.