We’re back! And we’ve hit double digits: thanks for tuning in to our 10th edition. Last week, Lea moved to DC to work for a tech start-up and Dana moved to Phoenix to work for the BLM (the agency that manages the national parks). Lea also bought a MOPED and Dana is living her life in near-constant 100 degree temperatures.
We’re only sending you 3 cool jobs today, but you’ll get the fourth later this week in a very special edition.
The earth is dying, and still, not enough people are enjoying her company :( Hipcamp is unlocking private lands with an “AirBnB for X” model to get more of us in the great outdoors.
First go, this company wanted to specialize in campsite bookings for national parks. Right away, though, they noticed that their customers struggled to find open sites at convenient times (gridlock is truly everywhere: you’ve seen the picture of a traffic jam on Everest). But there’s land all around us; Hipcamp decided to build out the infrastructure to unlock it. On their platform, private owners can lease out their holdings by the night; campers new and old get excited by the prospect of real Walden-esque solitude paired with perks like clean on-site bathrooms and wifi. Offerings range from a dirt rectangle fit for a 2P to a “Bohemian Hideaway Refrigerated Box.” On one hand, we wonder about the long-term implications of a private vendor handling massive public/private land management. On the other, we’re excited by Hipcamp’s virtuous history of public-interest campaigns: CEO Alyssa Ravasio has long been a proponent of “open data for open lands.”
They are hiring a few software engineers, a react native developer, and a sales ops coordinator (all San Francisco). And if anyone is passing through Phoenix with a car...Dana will book the glamp in Sedona.
CUPS is trying to even the playing field for the small, insta-worthy coffee houses of the world.
How this plays out: CUPS helps independent coffee shops band together to reap lucrative economies of scale. Take, for example, supplies purchasing: when it comes to buying things like paper cups, milk, and even electricity, bulk orders drive down cost tremendously. This typically means that Starbucks will get a better deal than Roos Roast on Rosewood, but CUPS plays productive(?) middleman and negotiates as one on behalf of hundreds of small coffee shops. The small stores get a better deal, and they can invest their improved margins elsewhere: cool t-shirts, industrialist decor. CUPS also offers help in a similar fashion for things like marketing, credit card processing, and demand generation. It’s a cool business model that received rave reviews across the internet.
At their office space in Williamsburg, New York, they’re hiring a variety of full time positions (sales, account management, product) and one cross-departmental intern.
If you wanted to write out all of human knowledge — the new stuff and that which has been passed down through the ages — how would you do it? How would you sort your collection and add to it? Where would you begin?
This is the problem space in which Golden operates. Let’s start with some context: Wikipedia is the most expansive and diverse encyclopedia to ever exist. Their English-language library contains nearly 5.8 million articles. Yet a Google report tells us that there are over 1 billion knowledge “objects” in the universe, which means that Wikipedia is about 1000 times too small to explain everything that humans know. Golden wants to locate and map out the missing 99.9 percent: they’re building an encyclopedia of the future, a Britannica for the arcane. To do this, they’re giving zealous human editors best-in-class tools and pairing that human might with (you guessed it) a savvy and ever-growing-savvier AI. Their bots are smart enough to ‘detect new topics, classify topics, cross-link topics, find [relevant] data, disambiguate [the] data, and create new content.’
Send your moped safety tips and other thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll see you again on Thursday for an EXTRA SPECIAL edition.
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(Dana & Lea)