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Four Mentorship Archetypes

  • (I have had this exercise backfire once, where the person came back and told me that he was 5 out of 5 in everything he did so he didn’t actually need mentorship after all.) The other realization that it can drive for some people is that it isn’t necessarily a skill or capability that they need help with, it’s the emotions that come along with doing the work.
  • Finding a great psychologist, role model, or coach type mentor can be tougher and may come with some trial and error, but if you look for mentors who fit those archetypes and get the most out of what they each have to offer you may find that the answer isn’t to have one idealized do-it-all mentor, it’s to have a variety of mentoring relationships with multiple going on at any given time.

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Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret

  • At least 75 companies receive anonymous, precise location data from apps whose users enable location services to get local news and weather or other information, The Times found.
  • For a web seminar last year, Elina Greenstein, an executive at the location company GroundTruth, mapped out the path of a hypothetical consumer from home to work to show potential clients how tracking could reveal a person’s preferences.
  • Tell All Digital, a Long Island advertising firm that is a client of a location company, says it runs ad campaigns for personal injury lawyers targeting people anonymously in emergency rooms.
  • The Times also identified more than 25 other companies that have said in marketing materials or interviews that they sell location data or services, including targeted advertising.
  • Policies for apps that funnel location information to help investment firms, for instance, have said the data is used for market analysis, or simply shared for business purposes.

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5 things you need to know today

  • President Trump is looking for a new chief of staff, now that the person currently in the role  -- John Kelly -- will be leaving at the end of the year.
  • But Ayers, who served as veep Mike Pence's chief of staff, wants to move his young family back to his home state of Georgia.
  • So the President is now reportedly looking at four other people who could be his chief of staff, including Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
  • Hundreds of flights at airports in Virginia and North Carolina were canceled over the weekend, but airlines should be able to resume normal operations later today.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron will address his nation today and hold talks with business and union leaders after a fourth weekend of protests in Paris.

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100 BlackRock investing pros got together to formulate a game plan for 2019 — and we got an exclusive look at their 3 big themes for the year

  • But the path since then has been anything but smooth as volatility and macro uncertainty have taken hold of global markets, roiling a wide range of asset classes.
  • At the center of BlackRock's overall approach to handling markets next year is a familiar driver: economic growth.
  • BlackRock is also expecting a growth slowdown in corporate earnings.
  • As the central bank edges closer to rate levels that neither encourage nor restrict growth, it will have impact asset prices far and wide.
  • In fact, the firm says the Fed may become cautious with further rate hikes as it approaches neutral, which could actually provide some relief for beleaguered assets.
  • A third crucial theme identified by BlackRock is constructing a portfolio that allows investors to participate in market upside while also protecting themselves from a potential meltdown.
  • BlackRock attributes this to what it calls the "uncertainty effect," which describes stock returns unexplained by growth.

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James Comey urged people to 'use every breath we have' to stop Trump from getting reelected in 2020

  • Former FBI Director James Comey urged people to "use every breath we have" to prevent US President Donald Trump from being reelected in 2020.
  • Comey, who Trump fired as FBI Director in 2017, also discussed recent key developments in the bureau's probe into the Trump presidential campaign's ties with Russia, such as the new sentencing memos for former Trump allies Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort.
  • Federal prosecutors on Friday recommended "substantial prison time" and a $100,000 fine for longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to financial crimes, campaign violations, and lying to Congress.
  • Comey also responded to Trump lashing out at him on Twitter earlier on Sunday, in which he accused Comey of lying to Congress in testimony he delivered on Friday about his role in investigating Hillary Clinton's email server and the Trump campaign's potential ties to Russia.

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I roped my parents into pursuing travel rewards — here's why more baby boomers should do the same

  • If you have good credit and a debt-free lifestyle, a solid travel rewards strategy can help you travel further from home and more luxuriously than you could otherwise afford.
  • For older generations living on a fixed budget, travel rewards can offer outsized value and make it possible to book trips that were only a pipe dream years before.
  • My husband and I earn approximately 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per month with our Ink Business Preferred Credit Card thanks to our business ventures.
  • This brings me to the final reason I convinced my parents to earn their own rewards; I want to go on vacation with them a few times per year without forking over the entire cost of international travel for six.

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British tech startups are increasingly gloomy as Brexit approaches, and it's already hurting their ability to hire talent

  • British tech startups continue to feel the effects of Brexit, attracting less international talent over the past 12 months and feeling greater pessimism.
  • According to a survey of 5,000 tech workers by VC firm Atomico, most European startups outside the UK managed to attract more overseas talent to their businesses, or maintain the same levels.
  • London is still Europe's biggest tech city in terms of capital raised and the number of startup deals, with Berlin and Paris still some way behind.
  • Oxford and Cambridge also feature in Atomico's list of top 20 hubs by capital raised and number of deals.
  • Quite apart from Brexit, he added, London was being challenged by the fact that other cities, which have been poor at retaining tech talent are now looking more attractive, thanks to capital flowing throughout Europe, and stronger local tech communities.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Harvard orientation for freshman lawmakers as 'lobbyist project' that hypes tax cuts for corporations

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has accused the orientation session for freshman lawmakers at Harvard's Kennedy School of being a "pro-corporate lobbyist project " that hypes tax cuts for corporations and argues against increasing the minimum wage.
  • Ocasio-Cortez was responding to Washington Post reporter Jill Stein, who tweeted that she got a copy of the 2014 Harvard orientation schedule.
  • Ocasio-Cortez and other newly elected representatives like Ayanna Pressley abandoned their new-member orientation last Tuesday night to lead a rally in support of single-payer healthcare, gun control, and laws to fight climate change.
  • She tweeted on Tuesday that "Our 'bipartisan' Congressional orientation is cohosted by a corporate lobbyist group.
  • Rashida Tlaib, another newly elected Democrat, singled out Gary Cohn, a former economic adviser for President Donald Trump, who she said told the incoming lawmakers during a Thursday event that they "don't know how the game is played" in Washington.

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Watch: Scott Galloway’s provocative predictions on Amazon, Walmart and the future of retail

  • Scott Galloway, NYU Stern School of Business professor and future co-host of our new Pivot podcast, kicked off Recode’s Code Commerce conference this week in New York with a wide-ranging and humorous presentation.
  • Galloway called Amazon’s competition for where to locate its second headquarters a “ruse” and a game that was “over before it started.” He predicts the location all along was Washington, D.C. That isn’t to say, however, that Galloway thinks Amazon setting up shop in D.C. is a good idea for the country.
  • Thanks to a series of e-commerce acquisitions as well as its roots as a physical store, Walmart is poised to be the grocery winner of 2018, riding high on the trend toward click and collect.
  • He considers click and collect — the act of ordering groceries online and picking them up at the store — to be more convenient for many Americans than having food delivered.

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Everything you need to know about Google’s controversial China plans in advance of Tuesday’s congressional hearing

  • Critics fear that the project, code-named Dragonfly, will enable the Chinese government to block its citizens from accessing information it doesn’t like and surveil its political opponents.
  • It was also reported that Google would rely on a Chinese partner company for the infrastructure of the project, potentially leaving users’ search history vulnerable to be seized by the Chinese government, which regularly arrests and detains political dissidents.
  • It’s a politically tricky debate — one in which Pichai views himself as fulfilling Google’s mission to expand the company’s global reach, while critics — including House leaders set to question him this week — see him as compromising the company’s commitment to protecting the free flow of information online.
  • Right now, political dissidents aren’t being arrested because of their Google searches in China, but given cases like Tao’s, it’s not hard to envision a situation where they could.

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