How often do you get frustrated with social media? If it’s not the constant ads or the violation of having your data sold on and used to sell you stuff, it’s the constant feeding of news articles that are blatantly untrue but use money or sensationalism to get clicks.
I’ve done a lot of freelance work in my time, and now I regularly employ freelancers to do everything from manage ads and content to proofreading these interviews (Hi Steff). I know firsthand the struggles freelancers go through between trying to hustle for work and trying to get paid for the work you’ve already finished. Chasing unpaid invoices and writing off payments that don’t come through are unfortunately all-too-common problems.
Companies like 23andMe offer people the chance to discover more about their ancestors through genetic testing. People love the chance to explore their history and compare their charts with family and friends. Unfortunately, these tests come with a cost – as part of the agreement for this inexpensive testing, your data can be shared and sold on to other companies. Not surprisingly, this is a bit concerning.
When I was a kid, I used to visit my gran every second weekend. Like all good grans, she’d load me up with sugar, dote on me relentlessly, then send me back to my parents a wreck of screaming energy.
Real estate has been taking off in New Zealand in recent years, to the point that Auckland – the city where I live – is now one of the most expensive cities to live in the world. First home buyers are struggling to get into the market, and smart investors and developers are getting rich.
Over recent years, consumers have become more invested in their food. Not just in crafting it, but in understanding where it came from and the process that brought it from a farm or field onto a plate. With food shortages predicted and organic, GMO-free products grow in popularity, the need for a transparent supply chain increase tenfold.
When you start to get into cryptocurrencies and blockchain, one of the first things you usually look for is a trading platform. You need a way to buy and sell new decentralised currencies and trade one with another.
After a decision by the Brazilian government put hundreds of employed home help workers out of jobs, the team at Crafty saw a way for blockchain to shake up the job economy. Their app doesn’t take a profit, but instead works to connect those looking for domestic help (like cleaners) with people in their area who can provide this service. This app has a wide social and cultural impact, and this is demonstrated by their steady growth since launch.