The Takeaways: Week 47 of 2021

A lighter week with the holiday.


Liam Geraghty (host), Inside Intercom. Intercom’s Jane Honey on perfecting career paths for product management (October 13, 2021)

Melissa Perri (host), Product Thinking.


Jordan Pearson and Jason Koebler, Motherboard. ‘Buy the Constitution’ Aftermath: Everyone Very Mad, Confused, Losing Lots of Money, Fighting, Crying, Etc. (November 22, 2021)

About half of all people who contributed to ConstitutionDAO are in this exact same boat, according to ConstitutionDAO itself. Admins posted on Discord immediately following the auction that "we had 17,437 donors, with a median donation size of $206.26. A significant percentage of these donations came from wallets that were initialized for the first time."

This means that about half of all people who donated to ConstitutionDAO are now going to either lose basically everything they put into Ethereum network fees or will have to become a supporter of an organization that tried to buy the Constitution, failed, and now essentially has no purpose.

Anne Helen Petersen and Charlie Warzel, The New York Times. Remote Work Is Failing Young Employees (November 22, 2021)

If we’re serious about building a sustainable future of work, we can’t leave a whole swath of employees behind. They’ll just develop bad habits and waste endless hours trying to piece together the rules of the game when someone could’ve just told them. Businesses have to decide: Are you going to pretend the problem doesn’t exist, allowing it to tax your organization in all sorts of tangible and intangible ways, or are you going to invest in the sort of intentional mentorship and structure that will yield dividends down the road?