Here at Grid we spend a lot of time reading what the Internet has to say about business. Or, as journalists like to call it, “working.” Every Friday, we let you benefit from our diligence by collecting the most interesting and entertaining stuff we’ve encountered this week.
What’s the point of being a starting point for close to 40,000 companies if there’s no fat return down the line? After years of seeing VC firms make bank on businesses Stanford nurtured in infancy, the university is launching a program to invest in a select few student companies. Now they just have to figure out if it’s at all ethical. Sarah Collins
When people say the Internet disrupts everything, they mean everything. The number of brothels in Nevada has dropped by half in the last 30 years, and Bloomberg thinks it has a lot to do with the flowering of the online escort industry. Other hypotheses: rising fuel prices, which leave truckers with less change in their pockets, and a Nevada housing market that remains on the ropes. Matt Present
Chicago earns praise for its diverse economy, especially as it staves off industrial collapse à la Detroit. But specialization, some say, is what can set a city apart. If London has finance, San Fran has tech and even little Vegas has gambling, what is Chicago’s real strength? The Midwesterner mulls what it means to be global. Sara White
Fast Co. talks about the “power of posture” and explains how a good smile can actually make you more productive and better at your job. Which …
… is completely reversed in this Fast Co. piece that says a negative attitude can be the spark for creativity. Madeline Skaggs
Our coddled, helicopter-parented generation wants to hang annual reviews on mom’s fridge. Meg Graham
Once I got past the visceral horror of imagining 12 pregnancies, this Washingtonian article on surrogate mothers is a pretty beautiful testament to jobs that are much more than a swap of services for cash. Sarah Collins