The gig economy is a double-edged sword for migrant workers

July Vasquez assessments her phone. She can take 10 minutes for a fast interview, she says, before her next transport. Vasquez is a bicycle courier for Rappi, the Colombian transport app that has taken the vicinity by means of hurricane. Vasquez, a 24-12 months-vintage mechanical technician, and musician who moved to Colombia two years ago, […]

How Silicon Valley’s Obsession With Narrative Changed TaskRabbit

Leah Busque was raised in a metropolis so small that it had no streetlights. When she became 18, she left domestic in Massachusetts for rural Virginia, to examine at a tiny ladies’ university wherein dairy cows roamed the campus. With her diploma in hand, Busque lower back domestic to marry her high college sweetheart. She […]

This app shall we seniors e book “grandkids on call for”

When an octogenarian in Florida uses a brand new “grandkids on-demand” app referred to as Papa, the service will ship a cautiously vetted college pupil to help with regardless of the senior desires–someone to force to the grocery keep and assist save, assist with chores, or supply them a simple schooling in how to use […]

Temping destiny: can TaskRabbit go from side gigs to actual jobs?

Not lengthy ago, Chris Mok worked within the marketing branch for Macy’s in San Francisco, reserving fashions for the branch save’s catalogs. Then, in 2009, he changed into laid off together with 1,400 people as a part of a reorganization. For a while, Mok helped his wife along with her floral enterprise, and after the […]

My Week With Alfred, A $25 Personal Butler

“I need to introduce you to your Alfred Client Manager, Giovanni. He is a formidable, targeted, and an innovative younger guy from Queens, New York with a Bachelor’s in Finance.” There’s no handshake. By “creation,” this e-mail message from Alfred Club way “hyperlink to a LinkedIn profile.” I by no means truly meet Giovanni, although […]