The professional networking platform showcases everything gone wrong with the attention economy

A little over a year ago, as the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic began to sink in, people began losing their jobs. The losses were swift and historic, with a quarter of adults in the U.S. reporting they or someone in their household had been laid off by October 2020.


I Read It So You Don’t Have To

A recovering productivity addict wants us to think about time management through the lens of our imminent mortality

What did I read?

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman

So who is Oliver Burkeman?

Burkeman is an award winning feature writer for The Guardian, where he wrote the weekly column, “This Column Will Change Your Life.” …


A manic focus on productivity has replaced every other way of thinking about our lives.

The four-day workweek is coming. At least, so say many of our esteemed business publications. They report that companies around the world are implementing trial runs of this radical strategy with surprising success.


Why we expect Google to find equally effective answers to ‘how to fix a broken sink’ and ‘how to fix a broken marriage’

Is there anything so satisfying as the moment when you Google some bizarrely specific question — one you believe to be so esoteric only a handful of other mortals have ever needed the answer — only to see the question immediately answered on the first page of results?

I love…


I READ IT SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO

We’ve been thinking about the government’s finances all wrong

I Read It So You Don’t Have To is a series that gives you the TL;DR on a business book you want to read — but don’t have time to.

What did I read?

The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy by Stephanie Kelton

So who’s this Stephanie Kelton?

Stephanie Kelton is a…


I READ IT SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO

How Big Tech made it harder for working artists to make a living

I Read It So You Don’t Have To is a series that gives you the TL;DR on a business book you want to read — but don’t have time to.

What did I read?

The Death of the Artist: How Creators Are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech by…


Some people dread deadlines. Me? I thrive on them. Call it a hefty dose of anxiety and a morbid fascination with the inexorable march of time, but nothing gets me jazzed like a fast-approaching deadline.

And believe me when I tell you, I’ve got a big one coming up!

A…


Person standing on top of a building in the city

How to Scale a Small Business

As a budding entrepreneur, you probably feel ready to take on the world — to scale a business that goes on to become wildly overvalued while exploiting loopholes in our nation’s labor laws.

But trust me, there will be plenty of time for all that later. For now, you’ll be…


You’ll fly higher without it.

In A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the machines on the spaceship Heart of Gold are programmed with Genuine People Personalities. These personalities run the gamut from the deeply depressed—Marvin the Paranoid Android—to the manically chipper—the ship’s central computer.

Neither are particularly pleasant to be around, but it’s the boundless…


If Amy Webb is right, we should either be excited, alarmed, or terrified by the advance of artificial intelligence this century.

That uncertainty is built into the title of her latest book, The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans & Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity. …

Matthew McFarlane

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