Category: Business

ESI Scale Interview 50

Today we continue the ESI Scale Interview series where people answer questions about their success at working the ESI Scale. In short, the series focuses on what the interviewee is doing in the areas of earning, saving, and investing. They...

/ April 6, 2019

Google Needs to Grow Its Cloud Business—Very Carefully

Google’s attempt to wrest more cloud computing dollars from market leaders Amazon and Microsoft got a new boss late last year. Next week, Thomas Kurian is expected to lay out his vision for the business at the company’s cloud computing...

/ April 5, 2019

Alexa, What’s My Blood-Sugar Level?

Amazon may be known as the “everything store,” but the company’s tendrils extend far beyond ecommerce. On Thursday, Amazon said Alexa-enabled devices can now handle customers’ sensitive medical data, and it teased the release of a new kit that would...

/ April 4, 2019

Retirement Interview 3

Here’s our latest interview with a retiree as we seek to learn from those who have actually taken the retirement plunge. If you’d like to be considered for an interview, drop me a note and we can chat about specifics....

/ April 3, 2019

Coalition rubbishes Labor’s climate change plan as just new ‘carbon tax’

The Coalition has come out swinging against Labor's plan to slash Australia's emissions, claiming the policy is just a "carbon tax" with a new name. Labor has announced more details about how it would achieve its proposed target of 45...

/ April 1, 2019

Millionaire Interview 124

Here’s our latest interview with a millionaire as we seek to learn from those who have grown their wealth to high heights. If you’d like to be considered for an interview, drop me a note and we can chat about...

/ April 1, 2019

‘World-first’ laws targeting social media firms over terror breaches set to be introduced

Australia is to become the first country in the world to introduce jail terms and multi-million-dollar fines for social media giants that do not quickly remove violent material. In what is expected to be the final week of parliament before...

/ March 29, 2019

Retirement Interview 2

Here’s our latest interview with a retiree as we seek to learn from those who have actually taken the retirement plunge. If you’d like to be considered for an interview, drop me a note and we can chat about specifics....

/ March 29, 2019

Why I Sold Rockstar Finance

I have some news for you today! After buying Rockstar Finance in December 2017, I just recently sold it. If you’re a blogger or deep into personal finance, you likely know what Rockstar Finance is. If you’re simply kinda interested...

/ March 27, 2019

Former Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste calls One Nation investigation ‘unethical’

A former Al Jazeera journalist has slammed the recent undercover investigation into One Nation as "unethical" despite a "clear public interest" in the subject matter. Australian journalist Peter Greste, who spent more than a year in an Egyptian prison alongside...

/ March 27, 2019

Memes Are in Danger, but This Chat App Is Saving Lives

Tech news you can use, in two minutes or less: The EU is a real meme killer The European Parliament passed a directive to overhaul copyright law, making companies like Google and Facebook responsible for copyright violations committed by their...

/ March 27, 2019

Inside an Effort to Use Data-Crunching to Reduce Preterm Births

Emily Pickett, a doula in Louisville, Kentucky, is used to hearing hard truths from expecting mothers. Her job is to guide women through pregnancy, acting as confidante and supporter; understanding their deepest stressors—an abusive partner, a struggle with drugs—is important...

/ March 26, 2019

How Blockchain Can Democratize AI Development

Data Access for AI: An Under-Explored Use for Blockchain There is a vast amount of computing power around the world that is not used efficiently. There are an estimated 4 billion personal computers in the world and 90% of them...

/ March 24, 2019

Retirement Interview 1

Here’s our latest (first, really) interview with a retiree as we seek to learn from those who have actually taken the retirement plunge. If you’d like to be considered for an interview, drop me a note and we can chat...

/ March 23, 2019

Top Retirement Don’ts

From the title you might expect this post to be full of “don’t do this” and “don’t do that” retirement advice. But this “don’ts” post is a bit different. It’s not focused on the things you should avoid to get...

/ March 22, 2019

How to Get to a $50k Retirement

Today I’m going to share some options for setting up a retirement requiring $50k in annual spending. I get a lot of questions like “How can I retire?”, “What can an average person do to retire?”, and so forth. This...

/ March 20, 2019

Facebook Changes Its Ad Tech to Stop Discrimination

On Tuesday, Facebook reached a historic settlement with civil rights groups that had accused the company of allowing advertisers to unlawfully discriminate against minorities, women, and older people by using the platform’s ad-targeting technology to exclude them from seeing ads...

/ March 20, 2019

The People Trying to Make Internet Recommendations Less Toxic

The internet is an ocean of algorithms trying to tell you what to do. YouTube and Netflix proffer videos they calculate you’ll watch. Facebook and Twitter filter and reorganize posts from your connections, avowedly in your interest—but also in their...

/ March 18, 2019

‘I’ll walk with you’: Christchurch mosque massacre prompts international flood of support

Kiwis have responded to the Christchurch mosque massacres with an outpouring of interfaith solidarity - crowdfunding millions of dollars, donating halal food and even offering to accompany local Muslims now scared to walk the streets. The murder of 49 people...

/ March 16, 2019

What to Do with Your Time in Early Retirement

In my Black Friday Chat last fall one reader made the following comment: One of my biggest concerns about early retirement is lack of structure/purpose. It would be nice to see more questions targeting what people do to fill their...

/ March 16, 2019

The Secret Splurges of Millionaires

Today we are looking at findings from my first 100 millionaire interviews. And we get to talk about spending! Yay! After I had completed several interviews, a reader suggested asking millionaires what they like to spend money on. After all,...

/ March 15, 2019