Here’s how the media is getting the story on cities & millennials wrong

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Another day, another article about millennials supposedly flocking to cities, leaving their native suburbs bereft. Last week, the New York Times informed us that there has been a precipitous decline in the number of 25- to 44-year-olds moving into some of the Big Apple’s affluent suburbs in Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. In classic journalistic trend-story fashion, the Times notes that some wealthy suburbs of Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., are facing similar problems.


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Tom Preston-Werner Out in Wake of GitHub Investigation

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Last month, a number of allegations were made against GitHub and some of its employees, including one of its co-founders, Tom Preston-Werner. We took these claims seriously and launched a full, independent, third-party investigation.

The investigation found no evidence to support the claims against Tom and his wife of sexual or gender-based harassment or retaliation, or of a sexist or hostile work environment. However, while there may have been no legal wrongdoing, the investigator did find evidence of mistakes and errors of judgment. In light of these findings, Tom has submitted his resignation, which the company has accepted. Tom has been a huge part of this company from the very beginning and we appreciate all that he has done for GitHub. We wish him the best in his next endeavour.

As to the remaining allegations, the investigation found no evidence of gender-based discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or abuse.

We want to create a great place to work for all our employees and we can’t do that without acknowledging the challenges that exist in providing an inclusive work environment. We are implementing a number of new HR and employee-led initiatives as well as training opportunities to make sure employee concerns and conflicts are taken seriously and dealt with appropriately. We know we still have work to do.

Chris Wanstrath
CEO & Co-Founder

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Tech-Savvy Communes Could Be The Answer To SF’s Housing Issues

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The communal spirit of the 60’s has returned to SF, but with a modern twist. Software engineers, founders and tech workers alike are now flocking to giant, Victorian mansions that promise peace, love and open source API integration to help you live more collaboratively.I’m greeted with several long, loving hugs upon entering one such communal living space known as The Lair – a seven-bedroom mansion nestled just on the edge of San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood. We then gather around an old dining room table, breathing out “Yummmmmmm” (instead of “Om”) before partaking in the shared nightly meal.
John Boitnott's insight:

Will this make a dent in the Bay Area housing crisis? Not right away of course. But in the future who knows?


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5 Strategies Successful Social Media Users Follow

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There are social media strategies to employ and they’re constantly changing so you need to keep up. Have you ever noticed that some businesses thrive on social media while others shrivel up and die, like-less? You probably know instinctively if a post is “good” for business or not, but beneath those gut reactions are strategies at work. Try out these five successful tactics that every social media user needs to know.


John Boitnott's insight:

Don’t “shrivel up and die, like-less” with your social media strategy. try these tips.


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San Francisco Protesters Wasted Their Time by Targeting Kevin Rose

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The thousands of tech workers flooding into SF and the effect their money has had on the cost of living here has been an increasingly explosive issue. There have been protests from local activists and even a weird bar fight involving Google Glass. Journalists from the East Coast like to come out here now and opine about how the city itself is being changed irrevocably; that it “doesn’t know what to do with” its newfound cash. Over the weekend, Kevin Rose was the latest object of ridicule. That kind of came out of nowhere for me, and didn’t seem quite appropriate.


John Boitnott's insight:

The protesters’ tactics are setting their causes back, plain and simple.


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