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To Understand Rising Inequality, Consider the Janitors at Two Top Companies, Then and Now - The New York Times
Gail Evans and Marta Ramos have one thing in common: They have each cleaned offices for one of the most innovative, profitable and all-around successful companies in the United States.

For Ms. Evans, that meant being a janitor in Building 326 at Eastman Kodak’s campus in Rochester in the early 1980s. For Ms. Ramos, that means cleaning at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., in the present day.

In the 35 years between their jobs as janitors, corporations across America have flocked to a new management theory: Focus on core competence and outsource the rest. The approach has made companies more nimble and more productive, and delivered huge profits for shareholders. It has also fueled inequality and helps explain why many working-class Americans are struggling even in an ostensibly healthy economy.
business  economics  history  employment  inequality  nytimes 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Virtual Reality Gets Naughty - The New York Times
In early 2014 Ela Darling, 31, a pornographic actress, recorded her first virtual reality sex scene. She was in a college dorm room at the University of Maryland dressed in an R2-D2 swimsuit and high athletic socks. She sat on a twin bed, next to a wooden desk, and spoke to the camera as if it were a real person. There was no story line and no other actors.
business  culture  nytimes  virtualreality  pornography 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
For the First Family of Pleasure Products, Toys Are Us - The New York Times
What Ronald A. Braverman did was make rubber penises. He also manufactured latex vaginas and hand-shaped items devised for anal insertion and a variety of other novelties associated with masturbatory pleasures. In the evolving parlance of successive eras, those items were euphemistically known first as marital aids — as though a vibrator were a couples counselor — and then sex toys and, eventually, “pleasure products.”
business  nytimes  sextoys  ronaldabraverman  familybusiness 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Power Causes Brain Damage - The Atlantic
How leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people—that were essential to their rise
business  behavior  neurology  neuroscience  sociology  theatlantic  leadership 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Jared Kushner’s Other Real Estate Empire - The New York Times
Baltimore-area renters complain about a property owner they say is neglectful and litigious. Few know their landlord is the president’s son-in-law.
business  politics  donaldtrump  jarodkushner  realestate  legalsystem  tenantsrights  exploitation  slumlords  baltimore  maryland  nytimes  nytimesmag  propublica  alecmacgillis 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Frank and Steven’s Excellent Corporate-Raiding Adventure - The Atlantic
Two law professors tried to mimic big activist hedge funds, investing their retirement savings in a small, languishing public company and trying to shake it up. Here’s what happened.
business  economics  finance  corporations  theatlantic 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women? - The Atlantic
Tech companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to improve conditions for female employees. Here’s why not much has changed—and what might actually work.
business  technology  theatlantic  siliconvalley  gender  feminism  tech  techcompanies  work 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Modern Farmer Plows Ahead
Each issue of Modern Farmer, the stylish agrarian quarterly, has an austere portrait of an animal on the cover
business  culture  farming  urbanfarming  modernfamer  printmedia  magazines  upstatenewyork  thenewyorker  newyork  annmariegardner  alecwilkinson.  agriculture 
december 2014 by brendanmcfadden
End Game: Inside the Destruction of Curt Schilling's 38 Studios
Curt Schilling set out to build the greatest video-game company the world had ever seen, and to get rich — Bill Gates rich — doing it. Instead, the whole thing exploded in his face. Drawing on exclusive interviews with the Red Sox legend and his former employees, Jason Schwartz takes us inside the chaos, arrogance, and mistakes that led to the destruction of 38 Studios and the loss of $75 million in taxpayer money.
videogames  business  curtschilling  bostonmagazine 
july 2012 by brendanmcfadden
Clothes Make the Man | Cover Story | News and Opinion | Philadelphia Weekly
Like Jack and his magic beanstalk, Urban Outfitters President Richard Hayne turned a few hippie beans into a hip $700 million retail empire.
business  politics  urbanoutfitters  philadelphiaweekly  conservatism  ricksantorum  richardhayne 
june 2011 by brendanmcfadden

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