Month: April 2019

The Rebellion Against China’s 996 Culture

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“To be able to work 996 is a huge blessing. If you want to join Alibaba, you need to be prepared to work twelve hours a day, otherwise why even bother joining.” Jack Ma 996. That terminology means 9AM to 9PM, 6 days a week. A 72 hour work week with little time for much else. Once sleeping and commuting to the office is accounted for, one might wonder how ambitious tech workers fit in […]

The Unhappy Middle of the Gig Economy

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Uber, Lyft, Postmates and Deliveroo. Words that are now part of our everyday lexicon. We can’t deny that the gig economy has changed the world. In fact, I find it hard to remember when I didn’t see hundreds of delivery scooters zipping around the city near our office. Nor do I easily recall when it was unusual to see somebody happily getting into an unmarked car driven by someone they didn’t know. From Brighton to […]

Who Pays the Price for Selling $10 Bills for $5?

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So how about this: you and me are going to have a competition to see who is the best salesperson. The winner takes home their day’s revenue in cash. Sound good? OK, you’re in. That’s great. First off, we each need to pick an item to sell. It can be anything you want. Then we are going to go out on the streets and offload as many of them as we can. Here’s the thing: […]