Category Archives: Career

Über-Average Income

Uber data reveals drivers earn less than $13.25 an hour: Uber is always droning on about how drivers are able to make money by driving their own vehicle, while having the freedom to choose their own schedules. A few years ago, Uber told The Wall Street Journal that a typical driver earns more than $100,000 […]

Your Formative Years Are Important

Dropbox founder Drew Houston on his formative years: Initially, it was about playing games, and when I was about 11, I was pretty sure I was going to make computer games for a living. Part of my interest was also just discovering what makes these games tick. I would get the source code of a […]

Apple Diversity

Apple launched a new page breaking down the diversity across the company: This kind of reporting and transparency is great, but as CEO Tim Cook admits in his message, there’s a lot more work to be done. Let’s take a look at the executive board, for instance: Not many brown people up there. Wait! There’s […]

How Much Does Apple Pay Jony Ive?

The salary of the man who has designed every Apple product from the iMac to the Apple Watch has never been disclosed to the SEC or the press. The last time he filed an SEC Form 4 — required whenever there’s a material change in an insider’s position — was July 2009. According to Apple, […]

Über-Greedy

Uber is going back to court next summer: Next summer, a federal court in California will hear arguments in a lawsuit that could change Uber forever. The lawsuit challenges the way Uber and other so-called transportation network companies classify their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. But if that case goes poorly for Uber, […]

Focusing Your Creative Energy

“‎The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”  — Bruce Lee Early in my career as a web designer I had trouble focusing. I started off projects strong, but I had trouble following through on them. Looking back at my various failed starts and poorly executed work, I think of Cyclops from the […]

Amabots

Wow, Amazon sounds like a great place to work: Company veterans often say the genius of Amazon is the way it drives them to drive themselves. “If you’re a good Amazonian, you become an Amabot,” said one employee, using a term that means you have become at one with the system. And: Some veterans interviewed […]

“Writing is rarely considered a serious occupation. Why?”

Each camp has a point, and the existence of both indicates that there’s something deeper at work here, something intrinsic to the value of writing itself. The main reason writing gets contrasted with a “real job” is that writers do very often have outside sources of income, which is not unrelated to the ubiquity of […]

Design, Don’t Develop

Jesse Weaver says we don’t need more designers who can code: Saying designers should code creates a sense that we should all be pushing commits to production environments. Or that design teams and development teams are somehow destined to merge into one team of superhuman, full-stack internet monsters. Let’s get real here. Design and development […]

Robots Will Absolutely Drink All of Our Milkshakes

NYTimes: New Research Says Robots Are Unlikely to Eat Our Jobs: The McKinsey study analyzes and forecasts the potential impact of so-called digital talent platforms. The report looks at three types of such platforms: job-finding and employee-seeking websites (such as Monster.com and LinkedIn); marketplaces for services (Uber and Upwork, for example); and data-driven talent discovery […]