Counterflows: Issue #76
A nomadic writer's guide to borderless living.
The Oklahoma city of Tulsa began paying remote workers $10k to relocate there way back in 2018. When the pandemic hit, a multitude of other U.S. cities and regions followed in Tulsa’s footsteps. This piece looks at whether the investment is paying off, and what comes next for this thought-leading destination. (via Fast Company)
Bosses are still talking about bringing teams back to offices, despite the growing body of evidence that remote work has made staff drastically more productive. The latest argument used to justify this ongoing desire for an office is, “But it’s better for our culture!” This piece looks at the validity of that view, with insights from Matt Mullenweg of Wordpress, which has been fully remote for 16 years. (via Bloomberg)
Austen Allred is co-founder of Lambda School—an online school that trains people in fields like software engineering and data science, with no upfront tuition fees. Instead, they match students with well-paid jobs and then take a share of their salary. In this interview, Allred talks about the disruptive impact of remote work on the talent landscape. (via Building Remotely)
Chances are you’ll encounter a product from a Y Combinator company today. The legendary startup accelerator gave companies like Airbnb, Dropbox and Stripe their start, and the ideas they support have come to permeate much of our modern lives. As tech journalist Steve Levy puts it: “after almost 17 years and 3,200 companies, Y Combinator has evolved far beyond a boot camp for tech bros.” (via Wired)
CRIBS is an acronym for Confusing, Repeated, Interesting, Boring, and Surprising. This 5-minute read offers a tried-and-tested method for receiving meaningful and actionable feedback on writing. If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of useless comments, bookmark this post and share it whenever you request feedback on something. (via David Perell)
Prolific maker, nomad, and internet person Steph Smith looks at success, failure, and how to navigate both states with a level head. Rather than greatness being something that’s always out of our reach, she argues that it’s earned through consistency and habits, and the gentle progress and exponential returns that result. (via Steph Smith)