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Q. How to retreat from the company retreat?: I work for a small company (12 people in our office) that is pretty tight-knit. Of my co-workers, there are three women in their early-to-mid 20s (myself included in this group) and the rest of the office is comprised of men aged 40 to 60. An interesting office dynamic, but we all mostly get along well. However, I feel boundaries are being pushed after I recently found out about an upcoming company retreat where all of us are expected to spend the night at my boss's vacation house about two hours away from the city we work in. We've been told that a big focus of the trip will be "team bonding" with mention of drinking games.


The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2019 Fast Company

#artificialintelligence

While working on a PhD in astrophysics, Chris Moody used supercomputers to simulate how galaxies crash into each other. For his first nonacademic job, he joined Square as a data scientist in 2013. About a year later, he started talking with some data-scientist friends who were employed at a startup called Stitch Fix, an upstart e-commerce service that delivered boxes of women's fashion, known as "Fixes," using a mix of algorithmic and human curation.Moody was mystified. "What on earth are you guys doing at a clothing company?" he recalls asking, admitting that his sartorial taste at the time hewed to "what costs less than ramen?" Their response, though, sent his brain firing.


Santa Monica tells scooter companies: OK, you can stay -- but there are new rules

Los Angeles Times

The pilot proposed by city staffers had called for an initial cap of 1,500 scooters across the entire city, with the option to increase that cap to 2,250. Cities such as San Francisco and Austin, Texas, have implemented scooter caps as part of their pilot programs. But the cap was a point of contention during the meeting, with council members Gleam Davis and Terry O'Day expressing concern that such limitations would encourage scooter companies to deploy their devices only in high-density areas, leaving outlying residential parts of Santa Monica without access to the scooters.


Elon Musk's next project might be... a candy company?

Engadget

No, Elon Musk isn't done envisioning strange new ventures just yet. Hot on the heels of his cyborg dragon, a comedy project and the Boring Company's flamethrower, the serial entrepreneur has declared that he's starting a candy company. We've asked for confirmation, but Musk was quick to follow up with word that he was "super super serious." Given that he announced the Boring Company in a Twitter thread about sluggish traffic, you shouldn't be surprised if there's a Musk-made confectionery in the near future. Provided this isn't just a lark, the main question is... why?