BuzzFeed’s growth in the past year–they’re up to 25 million unique visitors a month at this point–can be attributed to an environment that allows talented people to do their thing without too much hierarchical interference from more senior editors. A great example of this new breed of BuzzFeed star is breakout political reporter Andrew Kaczynski. Kaczynski achieved Internet prominence during the Republican primaries because he dug up decade-old damning videos of future Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s flip-flops and posted them to his YouTube account. BuzzFeed noticed Kaczynski’s unique talent and jumped on it–even though he was still an undergrad at St. John’s, they hired him back in December. Over the past year, Kaczynski has become a must-read, and the video clips he’s unearthed pop up all over the Internet and cable news. … [Read more...] about 19 Photos Of BuzzFeed’s Offices And 4 Things That Drive BuzzFeed’s Culture Of Win
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The planners go to the disparate event sites (62 obstacle courses in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia are planned for 2013) the week of the race and are up in the predawn hours making sure every aspect of the course is in tip-top shape. The employees in the course department are at those same event sites, months before the Tough Mudder participants line up at the starting gate, riding around in ATVs and figuring out what routes to follow. … [Read more...] about Where Getting a Mild Electrical Shock Is Part of Your Job: How Tough Mudder Rewards Achievement Outside The Office
Lodhi says this concept shouldn’t be considered a direct pandemic response, but rather a pandemic-enabled reaction that can help start the transformation of what have been parts of the city primarily occupied by offices. “It’s an opportunity to really reimagine New York City, and it’s an exciting opportunity to re-envision these specific neighborhoods,” Lodhi says. “We know it’s been done in Lower Manhattan to great success. So no one can say we’ve never done this before. We have. The question is just about the appetite to do something like this.” … [Read more...] about New York Gov. Cuomo: Empty offices should become housing
Buildings that implemented new system settings based on lower occupancy saw electricity usage drop significantly during their empty period, going down to just 60% of their typical need, according to Hatch Data. Robin says many big building owners and operators were able to make these kinds of adjustments very early on, which helped contribute to the record low electricity use back in May. If other buildings were to follow this model of more precisely tracking when and where electricity is actually needed, he says energy use in office buildings could see long-term reductions, even as they return to pre-pandemic levels of occupancy. … [Read more...] about Empty office buildings are still devouring energy. Why?
“There’s been a lot of research done on the ghost-towning of the world, as people feel like they have no choice but to move to major urban centers for the best-paying job,” Murph explains. “It hurts on two levels; the place that raised them is losing their tax dollars, and the place that receives them, there’s never really that connection of home. They may care about the place, but they’re not invested in it.” … [Read more...] about The office as we know it is over—and that’s a good thing