Hello tech lovers. If I got a dollar for every ad or promotional email that says summer is over, I’d have enough money to buy, I don’t know, like a million Starbucks pumpkin spiced lattes. (By the way, from today they are back on the menu).
I am your host, Jordan Parker Erb, and I hold on longingly to the last weeks of summer. And while cooler days are definitely around the corner, one thing is still on trend: the talk of “silently quitting.”
Let’s talk about it.
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1. So, what is “silent quitting”? The term, which gained popularity after Insider published an article in March about “cabotage culture,” describes a phenomenon in which workers refuse to go above and beyond for their companies and instead prefer to focus on work-life balance.
- Quiet smoking cessation has existed under various names for generations. Generation X might call it “relaxing” or “coasting” while millennials might say it “has boundaries” – so it’s not just “Generation Z”.
- And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, writes Ed Zitron. In his latest op-ed, Citron argues that a quiet layoff is not a nefarious revolt against well-meaning employers. These are workers who do exactly what they are paid to do, during the hours they are told to do it.
- Want to focus more on your own boundaries with work? We have identified 25 large companies with the best work-life balance, and this list includes firms such as Squarespace and Chegg.
Here, three generations of workers are talking about a quiet exit.
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2. Mark Zuckerberg gave a rare interview to Joe Rogan. In an eclectic freelance interview, they discussed the metaverse, exercise habits, and jokes about Zuckerberg being a robot. Read all the biggest revelations.
3. UC Berkeley Startup Accelerator Directors Share What They’re Looking For. SkyDeck’s founding partner and CEO reviews over 1,000 applications for each cohort but only accepts about 2% – and is looking for founders who think big, not safe. Here’s what else they want in an app.
4. Salaries at Revolut have been revealed – the best specialists earn up to $300,000. The banking unicorn is currently hiring over 200 employees at the firm. Here’s how much certain roles can earn, from management to marketing.
5. An MIT blackjack master who has been accused of unfairly treating women leaves. According to a leaked internal memo, Microsoft for Startups boss Jeffrey Ma is leaving the company. An insider previously reported that Ma’s leadership has led to an “exodus” of senior female executives from the organization. What else did we learn from the leaked memo.
6. NASA Artemis I launch was delayed for technical reasons. The launch, scheduled for Monday, was pushed back to at least Friday. When it takes off, there will be no people on board, but there will be a Snoopy plush and a Shaun the Sheep doll.
7. Why are more early-stage startups raising “super-giant” seed funding rounds? Seed funding rounds are typically around $1 million, but recently some startups have received over $10.5 million in seed funding. We explain why massive funding rounds are so popular in Silicon Valley.
8. Elon Musk wants fully autonomous Tesla cars to be on sale by Christmas. Speaking at the ONS conference, Musk said he would like the cars to be ready by the end of the year, but his hopes depend on regulatory approval. See what else he said.
Chances and endings:
9. We may have just received a hint of what a new Apple product might be called. Apple-linked corporations have filed trademark applications for “Reality One”, “Reality Pro” and “Reality Processor”, and Bloomberg reports that the filings signal what the company might call its unreleased mixed reality headset. All that is known about the new gadget.
10. You won’t recognize the very first Netflix logo from 25 years ago. As the streaming app turned 25 yesterday, we took a look at some of the changes it’s made over the last quarter of a century. View all versions of the Netflix logo.
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