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Simone Stolzoff

Simone Stolzoff

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  • The We Company has slowly been amassing a trove of data about how people work and live. Its measurement is not limited to within We’s owned buildings, so it’s unsurprising that it’s launching a civic tech initiative.

    As we’ve seen with Sidewalk Labs in Toronto, lots of ethical questions arise as private companies try their hand at solving urban infrastructure issues.

    The company was light on the details as I reported this out, but I’m particularly interested to see if We will share its data publically

    The We Company has slowly been amassing a trove of data about how people work and live. Its measurement is not limited to within We’s owned buildings, so it’s unsurprising that it’s launching a civic tech initiative.

    As we’ve seen with Sidewalk Labs in Toronto, lots of ethical questions arise as private companies try their hand at solving urban infrastructure issues.

    The company was light on the details as I reported this out, but I’m particularly interested to see if We will share its data publically as it begins to work with local governments.

  • Critics found it strange when Microsoft appointed a 22-year Microsoft veteran to lead the company through a huge cultural shift.

    But five years later, it seems that Nadella knew that in order to change the direction of a 130,000-person company, he had to start from within.

    Today Microsoft is virtually unrecognizable from what Nadella inherited. This was a very interesting retrospective to write.

  • More than the uncertainty, the lack of instant gratification drives the dearth of entrepreneurial millennials IMO.

    For an on-demand generation that often values freedom, meaning, and expression over income, the lifestyle of an entrepreneur seems less attractive. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more unbundled careers that string together multiple revenue streams or solopreneurs that would rather work for themselves than employ others.

  • This was a fascinating read.

    As someone who writes about automation, it’s always great to have an anchor industry for our attention, rather than let automation be a amorphous four-syllable word.

    I love the tension of piece: The rise of e-commerce has lead to an incredible DEMAND for truckers. Today, by some measures, is actually a great time to be a trucker. Whether that will hold true in 3, 5, 10 years is a different story.

  • I learned a lot doing this interview.

    I always thought culture fit was an essential part of building a team. But instead, Belsky argues that looking for culture fit can reinforce bias, favor in-groups, and ultimately be bad for fostering creativity on a team.

  • As the son of two psychologists, I’m always skeptical about professionals that advise people on issues of [physical/mental/professional] health without accredited training. But in my reporting for this piece, I came around to the idea of career coaches for everyone. They just make so much sense. Managers, friends, family will all project themselves in the advice they give. As careers become less linear, I wouldn’t be surprised if coaches become the norm, not the exception.

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