Expensify CEO implores customers to vote for Biden over Trump in an explosive mass email

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CEO David Barrett pleaded with Expensify’s 10 million users to stand up for democracy and vote Trump out of office. “I know you don’t want to hear this from me. But we are facing an unprecedented attack on the foundations of democracy itself,” the email begins. “If you are a U.S. citizen, anything less than a vote for Biden is a vote against democracy.” Read Full Story

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This hoodie comes with a built-in mask

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You don’t need to carry your mask with you, you can just zip the hood—made of filtering material—up tight around your face. If you’re tired of wearing a DIY mask, a new hoodie offers another option: a built-in mask, made from a material that can (theoretically) filter out more germs than an N95 mask, zips up into the hood—which is itself a filter. The hoodie , which is available for preorder now, is the latest design from G95 , a company that also makes scarves that double as air filters. Read Full Story

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What Are Productized Services?

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If you try to grow your consulting or freelance revenue by merely adding more clients to your portfolio, you may hit a common obstacle: Living project to project. This kind of lifestyle isn’t sustainable for everyone, and it can be frustrating and stressful. One solution to this problem may be productized services. The productized services model allows agency owners, freelancers, and consultants to break out of billing by the hour or per project and instead invoice by sets of services rendered. What Are Productized Services For? Productized services are standardized services sold like products, with clearly defined parameters and pricing. When we outline precisely what a customer will get and at what price, we can market and sell this “product” many times. The customer is still receiving a service, now with the appealing predictability of an off-the-shelf product. Benefits of Productized Services for Freelancers and Consultants Productized services allow you …

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To save America, break up the presidency: Parag Khanna’s radical design for U.S. democracy

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Geopolitical analyst Parag Khanna has spent his career studying the nature of governance. Now living in Singapore, the expat author hops on the phone with Fast Company to talk politics, power, and how to save the presidency from the president. If the American Century is the past, geopolitical analyst Parag Khanna studies the future. A “new global order has arrived,” he declared in a hotly debated 2008 essay , “Waving Goodbye to Hegemony,” marking the rise of Europe and China as new pillars of a multipolar world. The intervening years have largely proved him correct. Read Full Story

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Best SSL Certificate Provider

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. You want people to trust your site and that requires a valid secure sockets layer (SSL) certificate. SSL certificates are issued by a certificate authority (CA) and they build trust in two important ways: The CA authenticates the identity of the organization that wants the certificate. This way, people know that they are in fact sending their information to PayPal, for example, and not someone who has set up a fake PayPal site. The SSL certificate encrypts the data travelling between your website and visitors. This way, potential attackers can’t steal the information people share on your site, such as their username, password, or credit card number. Today, all of the popular browsers like Google Chrome will warn users anytime they attempt to visit a site without an SSL …

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Fixing the cracks in America’s foundation

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Our democracy has been under attack from within. Here’s how political scientists say we can strengthen our system for the future. This story is part of Fast Company ‘s “USA: Can This Brand Be Saved?” package, approaching the question from a variety of angles and perspectives, ultimately aiming for an in-depth look at what America’s brand is, how it’s changed over the past four years, and where it needs to go from here. Click here to read the whole series . Read Full Story

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