Many transactions still show up without being cleansed from the all-caps raw feed of a credit-card statement: “SLING TV – ENGLEWOOD, CO,” not “Sling TV.” It still miscategorizes too many transactions, like when Mint sees a ski area and a gas station with “Liberty” in their names and decides a lift ticket was a $58 tank of gas. Viewing and exporting records within a set date range—essential to tax prep—requires hand-editing a Mint URL. You still can’t merge Mint and TurboTax accounts, so every spring I endure a laborious import/export ordeal. It’s as if Mint, with 13 million-plus registered users, were a resource-constrained startup instead of a property of Intuit, the Microsoft of personal finance. But more than a decade after the firm behind TurboTax and QuickBooks (and, until 2016, Quicken) bought Mint for $170 million, neatly taking a competitor off the map, this once-groundbreaking app might as well be streaked … [Read more...] about What the hell happened to Mint?
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As an early-stage startup, Node is beginning with backyard homes that it can use to quickly prototype the idea, though it’s designing the pieces of the kit so that they can later also be used in three-story multifamily homes. In Seattle, where the company is headquartered, backyard houses especially make sense as a focus; the city recently adopted new policies to support backyard homes, including eliminating parking requirements and allowing two cottages per backyard. Vancouver and Portland, Oregon, are also strong markets for ADUs. “This team is capitalizing on the huge demand for backyard studios in the Pacific Northwest,” says Y Combinator partner Eric Migicovsky. … [Read more...] about These flat-pack homes can be fully assembled in less than three months
If the automated system is close to their skill level, it may entice people to climb aboard—not for the sense of adventure but for the dull reliability of an everyday commute. Groden says the goal is to make flying as routine as an elevator ride. “If I asked you the last time you were in an elevator, you probably wouldn’t remember,” says Groden. “Forgetability . . . indicates that it is such a consistent and safe and reliable service.” … [Read more...] about This startup wants to make urban flying as accessible as riding the bus
During the final burn, the structure will be surrounded by a safety team, with a buffer of several hundred yards between it and crowds to avoid accidents, or even suicides. While I’ve never been to Burning Man and cannot speak to the existential sensation of watching the central hub of a small city smolder to the ground in just 45 minutes, I’m in awe of the sheer amount of money and effort that goes into the project. It’s a case study of design within extreme constraints. … [Read more...] about Inside the insane architecture of Burning Man 2020
More ways your pay may change Politi says that employees can expect to see more methods of receiving pay in the future. Some employers may choose to pay via PayPal or other digital options in the future. ADP’s report says that employees are open to these options, as well as receiving pay in a digital wallet and even, in some cases, in cryptocurrency. ADP also offers its clients the ability to pay via a reloadable pay card, which is like a debit card but not attached to a bank account. … [Read more...] about Should you be able to pick when you get paid?