Leaning Out of Tumblr Jessica Bennett, the Tumblr employee who was laid off with the shuttering of Storyboard, announced today on Twitter that she’s taken a job with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. “Turns out being fired ain’t that bad,” she tweeted, along with a link to a Facebook post by Ms. Sandberg herself announcing Ms. Bennett’s hiring:
“So excited to welcome Jessica Bennett to the Lean In team! Jessica is joining us to run Editorial – helping us connect women all over the world with their passion for leaning in! Special thanks to Nell Scovell and Rachel Sklar for introducing us to Jessica!”
How much leaning in was required to land that job?
Law and Order
There are many ways to obtain Internet access, particularly as a college student in the United States. If you don’t have a laptop, you can always go to the university library, or borrow a friend’s computer. Or, if you’re an unidentified 18-year-old University of Georgia student, you can break into a woman’s house in order to chill on her couch and browse Facebook on her laptop.
This is a guest post by Shanley Kane. It was originally published on her blog Pretty Little State Machine and is republished here with her permission. Ms. Kane works in product management and enterprise software in San Francisco and is interested in culture studies, the developer community and television for fun. You can (and should!) follow her on Twitter here.
Toxic lies about culture are afoot in Silicon Valley. They spread too fast as we take our bubble money and designer Powerpoints to drinkups, conferences and meetups all over the world, flying premium economy, ad nauseam. Well-intentioned darlings south of Market wax poetic on distributed teams, office perks, work/life balance, passion, “shipping”, “iteration,” “freedom.” A world of startup privilege hides blithely unexamined underneath an insipid, self-reinforcing banner of meritocracy and funding. An economic and class-based revolt of programmers against traditional power structures within organizations manifests itself as an (ostensively) radical re-imagining of work life. But really, you should meet the new boss. Hint: he’s the same as the old boss.
The monied, celebrated, nuevo-social, 1% poster children of startup life spread the mythology of their cushy jobs, 20% time, and self-empowerment as a thinly-veiled recruiting tactic in the war for talent against internet giants. The materialistic, viral nature of these campaigns have redefined how we think about culture, replacing meaningful critique with symbols of privilege. The word “culture” has become a signifier of superficial company assets rather than an ongoing practice of examination and self-reflection.
Brand Meets GIFs
Well, the whole Internet it tweeting about Vine (a dildo in your eye first thing in the morning will do that). And while we gather that Twitter’s newly-launched video sharing service is going to be a major time suck for everyone from casual users to Twitter itself, it may not be a waste of time for brands, which have already adopted the service into their social media marketing plans.
Quora is the site where headsdown homebodies ask other sheltered types questions like, “What are some things I’d be shocked to learn about the outside world?” But now that Quora is over three years old, it seems as if they’re finally going into the real heavy stuff.
A question posed under the topic “Murder,” asked, “What does it feel like to murder someone?” Some inmates from San Quentin State Prison opened themselves up, providing deeply personal answers that offered up something rare on Quora: a glimpse of life far, far away from the tech bubble.
While riding the school bus one sun-dappled morning, a boy named Foster Gamble—heir to the bountiful Procter and Gamble fortune—had a strange vision that would permanently alter the course of his life. In the glare of the sun, Mr. Gamble, who was then 14, claims he spotted a whirlpool pattern that he would eventually determine to be the “torus,” an energy vortex that he believes could be the key to understanding the universe.
“I just knew that the flow of energy I was seeing was the same in the atom, as in our entire solar system,” the steely-eyed Mr. Gamble declares in his feature-length documentary Thrive: What on Earth Will It Take?, which debuted online to much skepticism and some derision in late 2011. “I felt deeply that I too was somehow made of that pattern. This vision was what originally got me into science.”
It's Zuck's World We're Just Living In It
If you’re reading this on your phone, maybe you should put the phone down and spend some time with your family/girlfriend/dog. Kidding! Keep reading Betabeat, please.
However, the New York Times reports that an increasing number of Silicon Valley execs are starting to wonder whether maybe they should be telling you to step away from the Internet every once in a while. After getting us all well and truly hooked, they’re now pondering whether maybe the implications of constant connection aren’t as wholly utopian as they expected.
You don’t say.
And Then He Pinned Me
Of all the social networks that came before it, none activates the aspirational lobe of the brain quite like Pinterest–its pretty, pretty pictures triggering the impulse to collect, cultivate, and consume. This fact was not lost on New York City’s real estate professionals.
“We know that people aren’t necessarily buying New York City real estate off a social network site,” Core’s Kristina Helb tells the magazine. Nonetheless, they figure photos of fancy houses and burgers at neighboring restaurants can lure in buyers, as The Real Deal explains under the headline, “Social media craze takes real estate industry by storm.”
Turns out, real estate isn’t the only thing “taken by storm,” “revolutionized,” “mobilized,” “monetized,” or “captivated by” a scrolling sea of little red push pins.
In the booming market for question and answer services, the conversational platform created by VYou is unique. Like Formspring, it is a place for users to receive questions and post answers. But on VYou the answers come in video form.
Vyou relies less on scale and accuracy, like Quora or Stack Exchange. Instead it draws Read More
The Start-Up Rundown
THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK START-UPS…
SHAKE-UPS: Richard Blakeley leaves Gawker after five years to join Thrillist. Mr. Blakeley will act as a liaison between the editorial and advertising sides of the company, CEO Ben Lerer told Betabeat, which now operate completely independently, and in general push harder to monetize content.