The Future of Money
Can Tech Companies Solve Their Temporary Labor Problem?
Some companies are moving away from the 1099 economy, recognizing that relying on temporary contract workers is bad for businesses, employees, and clients alike.
Will the End of a Tax Loophole Kill Off Irish Business?
U.S. technology giants have constructed international offices in Dublin in order to take advantage of favorable tax policies that are now changing. But Ireland might have enough other draws to keep them there even when costs climb.
The Dangerous Rise of the Temporary Technology Worker
In the 1099 economy, we all work for commission, hoping to find enough opportunities to piece together a part-time salary on full-time work.
Why Women Earn Less as Mothers and Men More as Fathers
For women, becoming a parent means you can expect to earn even less over your lifetime—unless you’re Marissa Mayer.
What’s the Value of a Story?
As BuzzFeed puts another $50 million investment to use, some legacy media companies might be feeling left out. But BuzzFeed isn’t taking on journalism. It’s an entertainment, rather than news, company, because it knows stories are more compelling than scoops.
Coffee Shortages Won’t Change the Price of Your Frappuccino
You’re so loyal to Starbucks—and the company knows it—that your daily serving of caffeine is already marked up beyond the reach of any fluctuations in supply.
Why Do We Love the ‘Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’ Game?
It’s easy enough to turn yourself into a virtual celebrity, complete with fame and mansions—but it will likely cost you.
Why Mobile Wallets Are Failing and Will Keep Failing
Normal wallets are simply too effective, no matter that the technology is millennia old.
Fare Money: Trapped on the Beijing Subway Without a Ticket
Public transportation passes are one of the most common forms of non-bank money that we interact with on a daily basis, but it’s easy—perhaps too easy—not to think of them as such, until something goes wrong.
Time Is Money, but You Don't Need to Work Non-Stop
The aphorism is so ingrained in us that, unable to trace back its history, we consider it a part of our collective subconscious, but a new class of company is pushing industrial attitudes aside in favor of a healthier work-life balance.
When It Comes to Solar, the Market Is Making Environmentalism Easy
The price of this renewable energy source is now competitive with older, dirtier alternatives—and getting cheaper by the day.
Why Are So Many Silicon Valley Companies Valued in the Billions?
WhatsApp, Oculus, Instagram, Tumblr: These are just some of the technology companies recently valued at $1 billion or more. Whether we’re in a start-up bubble or not nobody can agree on, but one thing is certain: We have no idea what the future looks like, and an investment today could result in huge profits tomorrow.