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There’s likely one person in every subway car who can intro you to an investor, connect you to the perfect freelance gig or make a great new hire for your startup. But let’s face it: we excel at pretending our headphones are playing music and avoiding eye contact with strangers. So how do you meet the people that are going to help launch your project or further your career? Brooklynites are going wild for...
We tend to live our lives online or off, in a perpetual binary state of existence. But, it can be difficult to meld those worlds effectively, in a way that does not feel distracting, or that diminishes real life encounters. Bushwick’s POWRPLNT, however, might succeed in doing just that. It describes itself as a digital arts collaboratory, which is probably the best overview of what this art space, both physical and digital, offers to teens for free,...
“One out of three of you has poop on your phone—ask me why,” Jess Davis provokes. Davis, along with Rachel Greenstein, is co-founder of Folk Rebellion, a low-tech, slow-life advocacy organization and lifestyle brand. In addition to being provocative, Davis's statement is, let's face it, gross. But its answer is testament to the reason they founded their venture: our boredom-fearing, tech-addicted brains require phones while we’re in the bathroom so we don't lose connection to our online...
There’s a story that’s relatively famous in the tech world, but which I hadn’t heard until my friend Andrew Ritchie told it to me over beers recently. We were talking about tech’s diversity problem and its monumental state of denial thereof; its devoted insistence that tech is the world’s one true meritocracy, where there’s no way to get ahead but hard work and a quick mind. Andrew, a coder who is also black, has...

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