Economics/Class Relations

Side hustle snafu

October 1, 2023 • 4 min read
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But first: Shopify’s CEO is putting limits on staffers’ side hustles.


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Side hustle reversal
Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke isn’t so sure about all of those side hustles.


Writing on the company’s workplace page, the CEO wrote that he had recently discovered that some Shopify offer letters and internal web pages had been suggesting them to staff.


“This surprises me because it directly contradicts the countless times I’ve said Shopify is like a professional sports team that requires our unshared attention,” he wrote.


A day later, the company sent out further clarification to staff, outlining some side hustles, like opening a Shopify story, that were encouraged, while adding that certain side hustles simply aren’t going to work for the company.


The note surprised many of Shopify’s employees, given the company has said it encourages employees to pursue side projects. It also harkened back to a widely shared memo from May 2021, where he reminded managers that the company was a sports team, not a family.

Shopify’s reversal comes as many companies roll back some of their more permissive policies of recent years. It’s also cut jobs, sold off businesses, and partnered with Amazon.


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This week’s top reads
LinkedIn has gotten really weird
Divorce, trouble peeing, and stealing hotel food — these are just a few examples of “personal sharing” on LinkedIn.


Having started in 2003 as little more than an online repository for résumés, LinkedIn is now nearing a billion users. And as the number of users has exploded, the nature of posts is transforming, too. Now, you’ll often see people sharing intimate, personal life updates with their professional networks.


Read more.


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  • You can follow me on LinkedIn here. I promise I won’t overshare. 
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Point72’s talent incubator
Running money at a $30.6 billion hedge fund like Steve Cohen’s Point72 counts as hitting the big time on Wall Street.


To help aspiring portfolio managers get there, Point72 created LaunchPoint — a program that sees Cohen grill a group of senior analysts who think they’re ready. If the hunt for hedge-fund talent resembles bidding wars for star athletes, then LaunchPoint is its feeder team.


Point72’s CIO, Harry Schwefel, and Jon Weiner, the head of LaunchPoint, explained how it works.


Read the full story.


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Yaccarino’s ‘dumpster fire’ Code talk
X CEO Linda Yaccarino appeared rattled during her most high-profile appearance to date.


Yaccarino’s appearance at this year’s Code Conference was intended to be a splashy coming-out party for the newly minted executive who had been maligned as a puppet for Elon Musk.


But Yaccarino took the stage shortly after a panel discussion between Kara Swisher and Yoel Roth, Twitter’s former head of trust and safety — and outspoken Musk critic. What followed was a “dumpster fire,” as one audience member put it.


Read what happened here.

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US consumers are about to crack
Over the summer, it seemed like the US economy was finally in the clear and the country would defeat inflation without a crash thanks to a solid job market and strong consumer spending.


But high gas prices, student-loan payments restarting, and spiking insurance premiums are forcing Americans to close their wallets — and that’s not even factoring in a potential government shutdown.


All of this spells trouble for the economy.


Here are the signs we’re starting to see.


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This week’s quote
“Why would I want to read someone’s poor interpretation of the story? I was there.”
— Elon Musk’s dad, Errol Musk, a central figure in the new biography on his son, told Insider in a new interview.



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