Are your company’s digital ads funding racism and hate? This new firm will check for you

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The cofounder of Sleeping Giants, Nandini Jammi, and her business partner Claire Atkin started Check My Ads for brands to know exactly where their ads are running online. Back in November 2016, Nandini Jammi cofounded the advertising watchdog Sleeping Giants with Matt Rivitz to keep brands accountable and aware of what online content their advertising was funding. It routinely called out major brands for funding racist and discriminatory content on such outlets as Breitbart, Fox News, and Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Caller . Read Full Story

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I cofounded two startups with my best friend. Here are 5 ways we made it work

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It’s a rule many agree on: Doing business with friends is a bad idea. These two entrepreneurs met in college a decade ago and are proving the old adage wrong. Has anyone ever warned you “Never go into business with a friend”? That advice might be relevant for some, but it can also prove restrictive. With the right friend and business partner, your venture can succeed—and maybe even enhance your friendship. Read Full Story

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3 ways to make your boss notice you even while working from home during coronavirus quarantine

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The cofounder and CEO of Pathlight offers a few helpful suggestions for making yourself invaluable to your supervisor in this new environment. Many industries are rapidly shifting remote work in response to public health concerns, and employees must quickly adapt to working from home and still hitting their goals. Those who are fortunate enough to work in an industry that isn’t at a standstill due to COVID-19 are undoubtedly asking lots of questions about their jobs and careers. Read Full Story

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Meet the Big Tech critic behind Hey, Basecamp’s radical new email platform

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The Basecamp cofounder David Heinemeier Hansson has become increasingly outspoken about Big Tech’s privacy violations and monopolistic tendencies. Now he’s inviting you to join the cause—by switching your email provider. Silicon Valley has plenty of critics, but not many of them are tech company founders. Fewer still regularly tweet about breaking up Google, quitting Facebook, and holding Tesla to account for its Autopilot failures. Read Full Story

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Can we talk? 6 ways to be open with your boss about depression

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A psychiatrist and telehealth cofounder says mental health’s many stigmas make it hard for employees to broach the topic in the workplace. But they should and can without oversharing. From COVID-19 and social and racial justice movements to wildfires and the most polarizing election in recent history, there’s no shortage of things keeping people from feeling their best. According to the CDC , one in three Americans is showing signs of clinical anxiety—up from one in 10 a year ago. Eleven percent of US adults seriously considered suicide in June. Read Full Story

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I run an accelerator. Here are 4 things startups can learn from rejection

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Understanding why a venture capitalist rejects your startup can help founders build better businesses. When I pitched my first startup to angel investors and VCs, I was often told they were concerned that I didn’t have a cofounder. This feedback drove me nuts, because it wasn’t for my lack of trying. I didn’t know many people who had the startup bug back then, and certainly fewer who could afford to work without pay. So I decided to forge ahead alone. Read Full Story

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Miss the camaraderie of the office? Try one of these clever remote team-building ideas

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It’s unlikely that your Thursday happy hour will return anytime soon, but these team-building activities have helped companies build stronger workplace relationships and strengthen culture. Like many service companies, East End Yovth’s (the v is for “visionary”) team is working from home. The digital marketing agency prides itself on having created a diverse and inclusive team. Cofounder Kevin Poirier says that its multicultural environment improves everything from creativity and innovation to employee engagement and decision-making. Read Full Story

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How to give yourself a better job, when quitting feels like your only option (and you can’t quit)

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Dave Evans, coauthor of the new book Designing Your Work Life , explains how he advises professionals to redesign their work lives. In 2007, Dave Evans & Bill Burnett cofounded the Stanford Life Design Lab where they teach the enormously popular course “Designing Your Life” that inspired their 2016 worldwide bestselling book of the same name. Their new book, Designing Your Work Life , is a response to the thousands of requests they’ve received for help to make life better at work. Here, Dave tells the job redesign story of a former student, now in her mid-30’s: Read Full Story

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This psychiatrist says your pandemic blues have a name: adjustment disorder

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If you think a colleague or friend is struggling, the easiest thing you can do is check in on them. Make it clear they have a safe space to talk candidly about how they are doing. The coronavirus crisis has turned life as we know it upside down. Since March, millions of people have been sheltering at home without a clear answer regarding when life will resemble something close to normal again. We’re consequently experiencing an unprecedented level of widespread anxiety. At Brightside , the telemedicine service I cofounded to provide expert care for depression and anxiety, we’ve seen a 50% surge in new members seeking mental health support. Countless people are wondering if the discomfort they’re experiencing is “normal” or if others are in the same boat. Read Full Story

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