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Ex-Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has died at 46. Here's how the iconic entrepreneur went from selling pizzas from his Harvard dorm to leading the shoe company he sold to Amazon for $1.2 billion

FilmMagic/Getty Images Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has died at the age of 46.  Hsieh, a Harvard grad, went from selling pizza out of his dorm room to establishing himself as an eccentric and well-liked entrepreneur.  In his first year at the company, Zappos went from almost nothing in sales to $1.6 million.  Hsieh moved Zappos headquarters to Las Vegas, Nevada, and began an initiative to make the city another Silicon Valley. He announced in August he was retiring after more than 20 years at the...
Tags: Amazon, News, Microsoft, Washington Post, Careers, San Francisco, Trends, Strategy, E-commerce, Features, Getty Images, Harvard, Connecticut, Retail, Silicon Valley, Las Vegas


An Air Force veteran who taught himself to code explains how he started a nonprofit that has educated other vets on how to get jobs in tech

Jerome Hardaway, founder of Vets Who Code and Air Force veteran GitHub Air Force veteran Jerome Hardaway left the military after five years of service in 2009 and had trouble finding the job. The job market is already tough for veterans, and the recession further impacted the job market. Hardaway taught himself how to code and was able to find a job, and he launched the nonprofit Vets Who Code to help other veterans do the same. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When Air ...
Tags: Open Source, Facebook, South Korea, Enterprise, Navy, Entrepreneurship, Careers, Trends, Veterans, Veterans Day, Nashville, Air Force, Department Of Homeland Security, Amazon Web Services, Enterprise Software, General Assembly


An Air Force veteran who taught himself to code explains how he started a nonprofit that has educated 250,000 other vets on how to get jobs in tech

Jerome Hardaway, founder of Vets Who Code and Air Force veteran GitHub Air Force veteran Jerome Hardaway left the military after five years of service in 2009 and had trouble finding the job. The job market is already tough for veterans, and the recession further impacted the job market. Hardaway taught himself how to code and was able to find a job, and he launched the nonprofit Vets Who Code to help other veterans do the same. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When Air ...
Tags: Open Source, Facebook, South Korea, Enterprise, Navy, Entrepreneurship, Careers, Trends, Veterans, Veterans Day, Nashville, Air Force, Department Of Homeland Security, Amazon Web Services, Enterprise Software, General Assembly


I'm a DoorDash delivery driver who makes anywhere from $200 to $800 a week. Here's what I wish I knew before signing up to drive for the company.

Mike Hayes is a delivery driver for DoorDash in the Portland, Oregon area. Mike Hayes Mike Hayes, 35, is a DoorDash delivery driver in Oregon. A chef for 17 years, he lost his job during the coronavirus pandemic and began doing deliveries two months ago to make ends meet for his family of four.  During busier times, he can make up to $800 working about 45 hours a week; a slower week means more like $200 to $300. While he likes the flexible schedule, he wishes DoorDash would do more to supp...
Tags: Work, Facebook, Youtube, Oregon, Careers, Trends, Portland, Reddit, Retail, Food Delivery, Portland Oregon, Independent Contractors, Doordash, Nordic, Christie, Hillsboro


The wild life of billionaire Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who eats one meal a day, has faced attempted oustings, and had to defend his company in front of Congress

Jack Dorsey at the digital fair dmexco in Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2017. Rolf Vennenbernd/picture alliance via Getty Images Jack Dorsey cofounded Twitter in 2006, and the company has made him a billionaire. He is famous for his unusual life of luxury, including a daily fasting routine, regular ice baths, and a penchant for dating models. Dorsey holds two CEO jobs at Twitter and Square, and managed to avoid being ousted by activist investor Eliott Management in February 2020. On Octo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, South Korea, Twitter, New York Post, Japan, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Obama, Congress, Washington, Cbs News, Life, Senate, White House


Inside a 'haunted' 150-year-old million-dollar castle hidden away in San Francisco with underground caves and a toilet in the shape of a throne

Albion Castle in San Francisco has survived two big earthquakes in the city's history, and its underground caves could save the city in the event of an emergency. Katie Canales/Business Insider Albion Castle is a four-story castle in San Francisco that was built in 1870 as a home and brewery.The tech hub has grown up and around it over the decades, and now the castle is all but hidden.It has passed from owner to owner and has been used in a number of ways, but its current owner bought t...
Tags: Travel, Google, Life, San Francisco, Trends, Features, Silicon Valley, Norman, Castle, Albion, San Francisco Bay Area, Hunter, Atlas Obscura, Gilbert, Jennifer, Bayview


I'm a Walmart delivery driver who's made over $100,000 in the last year. I love my job, even though I work 80 hours a week and have only taken one day off.

Brenda Brown is a Walmart delivery driver and a graduate student. Brenda Brown Brenda Brown is a 57-year-old delivery driver for Walmart based in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Brown is currently a graduate student at Weber State University studying healthcare administration.  She's been delivering for Walmart since September 2019, and said the coronavirus pandemic has been a "rollercoaster of emotion" for her and her community.  In the last year she's made over $100,000 doing deliveries for Wal...
Tags: Careers, Trends, Walmart, Starbucks, New Mexico, Nissan, Kia Optima, LAS CRUCES, LAS CRUCES New Mexico, Weber State University, Brenda Brown, Tech Insider, Delivery Driver, Meira Gebel, BI-freelancer, Contributor 2019


Ousted Uber cofounder Travis Kalanick has reportedly spent $130 million on his ghost kitchen startup. Here's what it's like inside one of the secretive locations.

A delivery worker signing in on a tablet inside San Francisco's CloudKitchens location in late 2019. Katie Canales/Business Insider Travis Kalanick, the ousted Uber cofounder, opened a San Francisco location for CloudKitchens, a startup that rents commercial space and turns it into shared kitchens for restaurateurs in late 2019. Kalanick has shelled out more than $130 million on 40 such commercial properties, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. His CloudKitchens con...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Saudi Arabia, US, Careers, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Features, Retail, Travis Kalanick, Soma, Kalanick, Coca Cola, Wall Street Journal, WSJ


A hiring manager for Google and Amazon says she's wary of candidates who can't admit they're wrong — here's what she looks for instead

Amazon gets its pick of top talent, but not everyone makes the cut. AP/Mark Lennihan Nancy Wang has been a hiring manager at both Google and Amazon, two companies that get their pick of the best and brightest candidates in tech. She says the most desirable candidates — and the ones who ultimately make the cut — are naturally curious people who like solving problems and can learn as they go. Wang has also figured out how to quickly identify candidates who probably won't work out: They're...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Ap, Huang, Wang, Inc, Contributor, Tech Insider, Hiring Managers, Chieh Huang, Betsy Mikel, Nancy Wang, Contributor 2019


A Facebook exec shares Mark Zuckerberg's 4-step rule for following your dreams and succeeding in your career

Naomi Gleit, Facebook's vice president of product and social impact, remembers life advice Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a group of teens seven years ago. Rich Fury/Getty Images for Teen Vogue Naomi Gleit, Facebook's vice president of product and social impact, has been working at the tech giant for more than 15 years. Over the course of her career, she's had a lot of face time with Facebook CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg. She remembers one time, in 2013, when he shared his 4-st...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Career Development, Career Advice, Zuckerberg, Tech Insider, Career Advancement, East Palo Alto California, Naomi Gleit, Gleit, Naomi Gleit Facebook, Marguerite Ward, Sean Parker Facebook


I'm a 55-year-old Amazon driver in Oregon who walks up to 10 miles a day. Prime Day was nothing compared to the pandemic.

Jim Smith. Courtesy of Jim Smith Jim Smith is a 55-year-old Amazon delivery driver based in Northern Oregon.  Smith is a retired corporate manager, and has spent the last four years as a professional photographer for magazines and websites.  With most in-person events cancelled for the foreseeable future thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, Smith picked up a job as an Amazon delivery driver at the March for extra income. This is his story, as told to freelance writer Meira Gebel. Visit Busi...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Washington, Oregon, Careers, Trends, Godaddy, New York Times, Portland, Reddit, Smith, Pacific Northwest, DSP, Expedia, Bill Russell, Tech Insider


The Bose QC35 II wireless noise-cancelling headphones are $100 off as a Prime Day deal — their best price ever

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider The Bose QC35 II wireless noise-cancelling headphones are 33% off for Amazon Prime Day 2020 bringing the price down from $300 to $200.This is the best deal we've ever seen for the QC35 II. Previously, we've seen the price go down to around $280.The QC35 II first arrived in 2017 and cost $350, but Bose reduced the price to $300 when it released the ultra-premium ...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Deals, Speakers, Life, Sales, Trends, Tech, Tech Deals, Headphones, Sony, Bose, Tech Accessories, Tech Insider, Antonio Villas Boas, Sony WH


The Bose QC35 II wireless noise-cancelling headphones are $100 off as a Prime Day deal — the lowest price we've ever seen

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider The Bose QC35 II wireless noise-cancelling headphones are 33% off for Amazon Prime Day 2020 bringing the price down from $300 to $200.This is the best deal we've ever seen for the QC35 II. Previously, we've seen the price go down to around $280.The QC35 II first arrived in 2017 and cost $350, but Bose reduced the price to $300 when it released the ultra-premium ...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Deals, Speakers, Life, Sales, Trends, Tech, Tech Deals, Headphones, Sony, Bose, Tech Accessories, Tech Insider, Antonio Villas Boas, Sony WH


Google is planning to add new 'hub' offices to provide flexibility for employees, and experts say these networks of satellite offices are the future in Silicon Valley

Amazon's office in Boulder, Colorado. Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images The future of the tech office isn't clustered in Silicon Valley, experts told Business Insider. Instead, tech companies will likely adopt a "hub-and-spoke" model, with satellite offices peppered across the US. In a post-coronavirus era, employees may have a "remote-first" work schedule, and commute to a satellite office when they need to from wherever they live.  Amazon, Apple, and Uber have alre...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Twitter, Texas, Labor, Colorado, New York City, US, Careers, America, San Francisco, Trends, Strategy


Microsoft will reportedly allow employees to work from home permanently, the latest tech giant to do so

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella listens to a question at the annual Microsoft shareholders meeting Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Bellevue, Wash. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson Even when the coronavirus pandemic is over, Microsoft will reportedly allow employees to work from home indefinitely. According to an internal memo obtained by The Verge, employees will be allowed to work from home for less than half of their work week — and could work from home entirely if approved by their manager. Microsoft ...
Tags: Facebook, Microsoft, Washington Post, White House, Satya Nadella, Azure, Windows, Careers, Trends, Xbox, Donald Trump, Facebook Twitter, Elaine Thompson, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Verge Microsoft, Bellevue Wash


Microsoft to reportedly allow its 150,000 employees to work from home permanently, the latest tech giant to do so

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella listens to a question at the annual Microsoft shareholders meeting Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Bellevue, Wash. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson Even when the coronavirus pandemic is over, Microsoft will reportedly allow most of its employees to work from home indefinitely. According to an internal memo obtained by The Verge, employees will be allowed to work from home for less than half of their work week — and could work from home entirely if approved by their manager...
Tags: Facebook, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Azure, Windows, Careers, Trends, Xbox, Facebook Twitter, Elaine Thompson, Chris Lee, Verge Microsoft, Bellevue Wash, Ben Gilbert, Tech Insider, Coronavirus


A flaw in a 'smart' chastity sex toy could cause it to lock permanently and trap users, researchers found

Researches found a security flaw in the Qiui Cellmate smart chastity lock that could cause it to lock permanently. Qiui/Photo illustration by Business Insider Cybersecurity researchers discovered a vulnerability in an internet-connected chastity sex toy that could cause it to be taken over remotely and locked. Once the sex toy is locked by an outsider, researchers at Pen Test Partners found, there's no emergency override function — meaning the sex toy would have to be cut off using bolt cu...
Tags: Google, Security, Sex, China, Trends, Tech, Cybersecurity, Pen Test Partners, Sex & Relationships, Tech Insider, Ken Munro, Qiui, Jake Guo, Business Insider Cybersecurity, Pen Test, Aaron Holmes Grace Dean


Google workers say their contracts prevent them from reporting illegal activity, discrimination, unsafe working conditions, and wage theft

TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images Google contractors alleged in a lawsuit that they were required to sign illegal nondisclosure agreements that prevented them from whistleblowing and violated their free speech rights. According to a California court's discussion of the legal proceedings, the workers claimed Google's rules barred them from reporting "violations of state and federal law," "unsafe or discriminatory working conditions," and "wage and hour violations." The workers, some of whom...
Tags: Google, Lawsuit, California, Careers, Trends, Silicon Valley, Working Conditions, Adecco, NDA, Contract Workers, Tech Insider, Tolga Akmen, Gig workers, Getty Images Google, Tyler Sonnemaker, Nondisclosure Agreement


Free childcare, flexible schedules, and months of paid leave: How Silicon Valley is switching up lavish in-office perks to benefit parents working from home

Xavier Laine/Getty Images Silicon Valley has long been known for its lavish employee perks, like on-site fitness classes and free meals.  But as the coronavirus crisis continues to keep workers at home, many tech companies are shifting from fun perks to accommodating benefits — particularly for working parents.  Tech companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Salesforce have started offering benefits like free back-up childcare, extra paid caregiver leave, and subsidized memberships to ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Parenting, Microsoft, Careers, America, Trends, Tech, Benefits, Silicon Valley, Salesforce, Tim Allen, Stanford University, Allen, Steelcase


Children are spending more time online and in front of screens than ever before. Parents and experts reveal their best tips for managing kids' tech use.

Jessica Nelson, pictured above with her family, has set boundaries around screen time by having her kids help out with chores around the house. Jessica Nelson COVID-19 has seen an increase in children’s screen time, with many now clocking six hours per day according to one study — up 500% since before the pandemic. Business Insider spoke to parents and experts about how to best manage kids’ screen time Their advice varied from establishing offline routines to focusing more on what childr...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Science, Parenting, Life, Trends, Tech, Nelson, Parenting Tips, Screen Time, Oklahoma City, Parenting Advice, Buffalo New York, Duke University, Vancouver British Columbia, Alana


Google will start giving employees up to $2,500 a year to help pay off their student loan debt

Carsten Koall/Getty Images Google will help employees pay off their student loans beginning in 2021.  The company announced Thursday that it will match up to $2,500 per employee per year, beginning with Googlers in the US.  The student loan crisis in the US disproportionately affects Black borrowers, who are likely to be saddled with more debt than white borrowers. Employee groups for Black Googlers helped bring the new program to fruition, CNBC reports.  Visit Business Insider's homepage...
Tags: Google, US, Careers, Trends, Tech, Benefits, Student Loans, Student Loan Debt, Cnbc, Tech Insider, Avery Hartmans, Getty Images Google, Google Employees, Google perks, Carsten Koall, Roosevelt Institute John Casey Google


Under Vanessa Pappas, TikTok could go from political nightmare to a powerhouse focused on investing in creators

Martin Salgo via Tiktok TikTok is awaiting the approval of a deal with Oracle that could put an end to the months-long battle with the US government over the app's Chinese ties and US presence. Pressure on the relationship between TikTok and its Beijing-based parent company, ByteDance, has led to questions over who will have control over the resulting US-based company. This power struggle seems to have been a reason why TikTok's last CEO, Kevin Mayer, quit only three months into the job. ...
Tags: Instagram, Obama, Australia, Youtube, Washington, Disney, US, Careers, Trends, Social Media, Walmart, Analysis, Beijing, New York Times, Donald Trump, Kevin Systrom


How Elon Musk's car collection has evolved over the years, from the million-dollar McLaren F1 he destroyed to the Lotus he bought that was in a James Bond movie

Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Maurizio Pesce Tesla CEO Elon Musk has had a lot of different cars over the years.  His first vehicle was a 1978 BMW 320i — he paid only $1,400 for it.  At one point, a McLaren F1 was his daily driver, but he totaled it on Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley in 2000. More recently, he's been driving Tesla cars, like the Model S and Cybertruck. He even sent his Tesla Roadster into space.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Elon Musk has had quite the car c...
Tags: Transportation, Spacex, Elon Musk, Life, La, Cars, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Paypal, Features, South Africa, Porsche, Peter Thiel, James Bond, Silicon Valley


Bill Gates says Elon Musk couldn't be confused with Steve Jobs and that electric cars are 'far easier' than other climate change technology

Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Mike Cohen/Getty Images for The New York Times Bill Gates doesn't think it's fair to call Elon Musk "the next Steve Jobs," the billionaire philanthropist said during an interview on Bloomberg TV Thursday. When asked by Bloomberg's Erik Schatzker if Musk was indeed the next Jobs, Gates replied: "If you know people personally, that kind of gross oversimplification seems strange. Elon’s more of a hands-on engineer; Steve was a genius at design and picking people ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Microsoft, Climate Change, Steve Jobs, Life, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Billionaires, Bill Gates, Gates, Steve, Billionaire, Musk, Elon, Erik Schatzker


What your email inbox reveals about your personality

Getty Images If you don't respond to emails, your coworkers may perceive you as lazy or disinterested, argues Frost & Sullivan CEO Richard Moran.Psychologists say the way you clean (or don't clean) your inbox actually does say something about your personality. Those who delete quickly and efficiently might be control freaks, while those with 1,000 unread emails may not be as unorganized as you'd think.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.When I texted a friend to say I was th...
Tags: Psychology, Productivity, Science, Email, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Personality, Business Insider, Frost Sullivan, Friedman, Moran, Rosen, Rutledge, Richard Moran, Ron Friedman


Amazon just launched its first online 'Luxury Store' with Oscar de la Renta. It's invitation only, but Prime members can request access.

Lauren Sanchez, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Anna Wintour attends the Tom Ford AW20 Show at Milk Studios on February 07, 2020 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Amazon is partnering with Oscar de la Renta to launch "Luxury Stores," a series of high-end fashion storefronts backed by the e-commerce giant.  Only "eligible Prime members" who receive an invitation will be able to access the storefront.  The announcement is a big step for the online retailer, which has looked to ex...
Tags: Amazon, Fashion, News, New York City, Trends, E-commerce, Features, Vogue, Retail, Fifth Avenue, Jeff Bezos, Anna Wintour, Taylor, Tom Ford, Tabitha Simmons, Oscar de la Renta


Job diary: I'm an Uber driver in NYC who's been disinfecting her car after every ride since the pandemic started

Maria Gavilano. Maria Gavilano Maria Gavilano is a 53-year-old Peruvian immigrant who moved to New York City in 1993. She lives in Queens and has been a full-time Uber driver in New York City for nearly four years.  She drives passengers to and from their destinations in all five boroughs, and is an essential worker who has helped people get where they need to go throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Gavilano's shifts usually last from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., and she takes a few minutes between each...
Tags: Uber, NYC, New York City, Careers, Trends, Queens, Peru, Nordic, Clorox, Tech Insider, Lola Méndez, COVID-19, BI-freelancer, Contributor 2019, Job Diary, Maria Gavilano Maria Gavilano Maria Gavilano


A University of Washington graduate who landed a tech job at Starbucks shares his journey fighting for a computer science degree while battling cancer

Trey Tamaki graduated from the University of Washington this year. During his school years, he had to go through chemotherapy treatments. Trey Tamaki While he was studying at the University of Washington, Trey Tamaki was diagnosed with cancer and had to take time off school for chemotherapy treatments and surgeries. Tamaki meanwhile fell in love with computer science, but when he tried to declare it as a major, his advisor told him he most likely wouldn't get into the program because of hi...
Tags: Japan, Enterprise, Cancer, Careers, Trends, Starbucks, Api, Seattle, Chemotherapy, Enterprise Software, Nordic, University of Washington, GPA, Starbuck, Tamaki, Tech Insider


Peloton's surge in popularity tripled its founder's wealth, making him the latest billionaire minted amid the pandemic

Peloton CEO John Foley Kimberly White/Getty Images for TechCrunch Peloton's founder and CEO is now worth $1.3 billion as the company's stock continues to surge. Demand for the luxury bikes and online workout classes has spiked amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Other "work from home" stocks, like Zoom, have seen similar gains in their share price and founders' wealth in recent months.   Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  The pandemic has been good for sales of Peloton's luxury ...
Tags: Life, US, Trends, Bloomberg, United States, Retail, Foley, John Foley, Barnes Noble, Peloton, Tech Insider, Tech Stocks, Graham Rapier, Coronavirus, Business News Desk, Peloton stock price


Attention job-seekers: Amazon is hiring 33,000 new employees and holding a virtual job fair, complete with resume reviews and a talk by Karamo Brown

Alex Gallardo/Reuters Amazon is looking to hire 33,000 new employees in roles ranging from warehouse workers to software engineers. The company is holding a virtual career fair on September 16 aimed at helping job-seekers. Business for the e-commerce giant has been booming since the start of the pandemic, with sales up 40% in the second quarter. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Attention job seekers: Amazon is looking to hire 33,000 new employees, ranging from warehouse...
Tags: Amazon, Careers, Trends, Bloomberg, E-commerce, Job Hunting, Retail, Jeff Bezos, Staten Island, Hiring, Nashville Tennessee, Arlington, Arlington Virginia, Seattle Washington, Leland Melvin, Reuters Amazon



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