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Derek Loosvelt is Vault's senior finance editor. Derek has a BS in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in creative writing from the New School. His writing has appeared in several online and print publications. Previously, he worked in investment banking as an M&A analyst and associate.
If you’re not Slacking, you’re slacking. Which is to say if you’re not using the instant messenger service Slack, then you’re behind the times. Or so millions of Slack users and the 400 employees at Vancouver-based Slack Technologies want you to believe. The truth is Slack isn’t all that novel. And perhaps the sole genius of Slack is that it’s called Slack.
The following comes from a thorough Read More >
It's been almost 120 days since Donald Trump took office and nearly
as long since Trump's first of two (failed) executive orders on
immigration. Since then, international students have been
understandably anxious about where they stand under an "America
First" Trump administration. And so, to find out what's going on
with the H1-B visa program, what international students have to
fear or cheer under Trump, and what, if anything, these students
should be doing differently if they want to...
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Although President Trump might be a man with a mission, it’s becoming increasingly clear to people on all points of the political spectrum that he’s a man with very little management prowess. In fact, if you were to write a book about what makes a great manager, or even a passable manager, you’d be hard pressed to find a better example than Trump of what NOT to do in the C-suite. From his loose grasp of the Read More >
In my next life I hope to come back as an obituary writer. That's
no joke; I'm dead serious. After listening to this fascinating and
not the least bit morbid podcast in which two experienced New
York Times obit writers-Margalit Fox and Bruce Weber, both of whom
also appear in the new documentary
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If you live in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Chicago, Boston, Portland, Seattle, or a handful of other major cities across the country, you probably know someone making a handsome living by collecting passive income thanks to sharing economy superstar Airbnb. You probably also know someone who works for one of the major companies involved in the so-called gig economy: Read More >
Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s 35-year-old daughter, has written a book. It is about work, and it is geared toward women. It is called Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success. It was mostly written before her father won the 2016 presidential election. It was published yesterday. It is 256 pages long.
Those are the facts.
Here are the opinions (about the book).
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It has never made much sense to me that we're born with one true
calling and that we must find this one true calling and then do
only those things that our one true calling calls us to do to the
best of our innate abilities for the rest of our lives. And so, I
was pleased to come across Emilie Wapnick's new book How to Be
Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don't Know What They Want
to Be When They Grow Up, which was published today and which is
based on Wapnick's wildly
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The latest New York Times Corner Office column is one of the most
enlightening and inspiring in recent memory. In it, Leila Janah,
the founder and CEO of a skin care startup as well as an
antipoverty nonprofit, speaks openly and generously about her less
than rosy childhood (the daughter of Indian immigrants, Janah was
treated like an outcast as a kid, moved 12 ti
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Imagine, for a moment, if Instagram included, instead of a simple
Like option, an option to give each post a numerical rating on a
scale of 1 to 10, where 10 means "I love love love it! This is an
awesome post. More like this, please!" and 1 means "Are you %$^ing
kidding me? Please never post something like this ever again. It is
a Complete. Waste. Of time." As you begin to imagine this alternate
Instagram universe, also imagine that each Instagram feed has an
overall rating attached to it...
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If you think your job is stressful, you should listen to Alyssa Mastromonaco talk about hers. That is, her former job. During the Obama administration, Mastromonaco worked at the White House as assistant to the president, director of scheduling and advance, and deputy chief of staff for operations. Mastromonaco recently published a book about her time in D.C. called Read More >