Best of the Web

Techies + Best of The Web

by Sabrina Smelko

Earlier this year, set out to discover and shed light on those underrepresented individuals (people of color, women, people aged 50+, LGBT, disabled, working parents, etc.) working in the technology space. In an effort to celebrate the triumphs, illuminate the hardships, and showcase a more comprehensive picture of the industry, this week she launched , a portrait project that shares the stories of these Silicon Valley tech employees. Seriously impressive!

Inspired by this project, today’s roundup features the best links from the web this week surrounding storytelling, technology and underrepresented individuals — along with this week’s awesome D*S posts.

  • starring an autistic teen and how technology has transformed his life will give you chills.
  • The start-up landscape boasts both fairytale and nightmarish stories, but , a 52-year-old former Newsweek journalist who goes to work for a software company, gives just a taste of the latter. (He even wrote on the experience which also came out this week.)
  • First came rentable co-working spaces, but now, the people behind have launched  which similarly offers affordable, community-based alternative housing solutions in New York and Arlington, VA — whether it be for a day, a month or a year. You’ve got to check out the rooms!
  • Talking about money doesn’t have to be awkward. Here are a former HR specialist’s .
  • When faced with the choice, I’ll always opt for good old pencil and paper, but I have to admit, Moleskine’s new  seems pretty awesome. Read more about it .
  • that bridges virtual reality with kitchen design and planning.


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