Meet the one girl who uses every on-demand app

7:30 AM

The sounds of the Amazon rainforest gently rouse me from my slumber. No, I didn’t take a last-minute trip to Brazil, it’s the newest live alarm pack from Rise+Shine. Instead of canned, prerecorded tracks like some other apps, Rise+Shine pays people all over the developing world to install solar-powered microphones on their roofs so that we can get a little taste of what life is like with no indoor plumbing or electricity. And with the money Rise+Shine sends the villages each month, they’ll all soon be able to buy potable water from a non-profit water supplier that Mark Zuckerberg and his wife just set up through their charitable trust. It’s a win-win-win.  Continue reading →

The Grammening

Wednesday, March 21 started out like any other day for Jeff. He woke up at 3 AM, threw on some clothes, and ran downstairs to unlock his bike. The ride to the bakery in Bushwick was quick at this hour. Jeff waved to the other denizens on the block as he unlocked the shop, and the first employees trudged in about 15 minutes later. Within no time, the place was emitting its usual hum, the machines whirring while the employees worked to bake bread, bagels, and other confectionaries.

Then came a knock at the door.   Continue reading →

The Forbes 3 Under 3

Illustration by Joseph Thomson

At Forbes, we live for lists! Who could forget “The 400 Most Disgustingly Rich Americans,” “The 666 Top-Earning Dead Celebrities,” or “The Fictional 15,” where for some reason we calculated the net worth of the richest characters in fiction?

Our latest list, “The Forbes 3 Under 3,” continues this proud and strange tradition. When we’re asked, “Why so young?” all we can say is, “Why so rich?” Enjoy! And be on the lookout for our newest list, “The Forbes 10 Under 10 Pounds” next month!  Continue reading →

Four things I learned about America by running a Facebook ad campaign


Contrary to my slate of Medium articles criticizing Mark Zuckerberg’s choice of breakfast cereals, I have to admire the way he convinced everyone in America to give Facebook all sorts of personal details about themselves for free so that Facebook could create an incredibly targeted ad platform. Genius.

Last month, I decided to get in on the action and see how many downloads of my short story $30 could get me.  Continue reading →

To the parent standing next to me at the slide not paying attention

Illustration by Cullen Johnson

Hi, I’m Jon. Those are my kids over there. Your kids are here too? Yes, that’s what I thought. See, the thing is, my kids are trying to use the slide. You’ve heard of slides, right? Classic playground feature. There are lots of variations in the materials, angles, and colors, but they all have one thing in common: you are supposed to go down the slide, not up.  Continue reading →