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Last week I nearly saw two people die. Neither of them even noticed.
This Is My Jam sounds like a great idea for a Tumblr. After all, who doesn't want to share photos of home-made preserves?
The other day, Dan Porter was in the elevator of his New York office building, one populated by several startups. A hip kid working for one of the other startups, which Porter declined to name, asked Porter if he worked in the building.
I frequently say to people, if I could find ten more "Trevors" I'd hire them all. The prolific, unafraid, and hungry-to-learn 19-year-old was the only person with me on launch day. So far, he already has done more than 1,000 PandoTicker items, has managed to enrage all of Ireland, and has worked diligently to get better week-after-week. Just last week, he was hounding me to mail him more books about the history of Silicon Valley, so he could learn what happened out here before he was born. I love that.
Well, I’m a corporation. And it feels great! For many years, I’ve been a mere sole proprietor, a fledgling one-man band in the eyes of the IRS. But due to some financial changes in my life—a book deal, a New Year’s resolution to become more organized with my money, a realization that I could slightly lower my tax bill by changing my status—I recently decided to create an S-corporation out of which to pursue my various Internet scribblings. I suspected that becoming Farhad Manjoo, Inc., would be something of a hassle, but that going through the incorporation process would nevertheless be an interesting exercise, a way to see what it’s like to start a small business.
Living in the age of search results can be frightening. Cases of mistaken identity are common, and we're always one wrong Google result away from losing a job, or dealing with the righteous anger from a significant other. Many people are willing to be found in searches, but dealing with these mistakes can be difficult and costly.
Today in unfun news: the lack of cyber security in the world is getting really scary (see: NASA). Personal security risks are also a growing threat. If you're like me, you probably don't deal with the issue until you actually lose your phone.
Towards the end of last year, I reached out to the guys behind TestFlight to see if they were interested in talking about their funding situation. You can't blame me. It seems that nearly every popular iPhone app out there uses the platform to distribute test builds of their apps before they're App Store-ready. But the guys politely let me know that they weren't interested in talking about funding. Weird, I thought, as we usually at least get a meeting.
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