LinkedIn Stories, IRS snooping, and why you should take that job at a startup

A procrastination-fueled dispatch from our Twitter feeds.


July 14, 2020

Here are a few other storylines we enjoyed yesterday:

Is anyone ready for LinkedIn Stories? The feature — which LinkedIn announced a few weeks ago — is starting to roll out in some countries, and the reaction was well summarized by this tweet: “no.”

You can picture it already: People you met at that one conference 3 years ago reciting motivational quotes from their bedroom. Too many uploaded Slack screenshots. And as one user noted, we might be in for a deluge of recruiters posting “job of the day” video blurbs.

The difference between a “job risk” and a “career risk” matters. For people nervous about abandoning their current job to work for a new startup, MasterClass CEO David Rogier has a few tips.

While joining a startup might involve job risk — in the sense that your job could disappear if the startup fails — it will rarely involve career risk, he says.

Joining a startup means you get to dust off a fancy new job title, plus you’ll probably be handed a slew of new responsibilities. Strictly in terms of career, making the leap is probably smart.

I really can’t imagine a notification worse than this. Venture capitalist Zak Kukoff logged into LinkedIn this week only to read these words: “Accountant at Internal Revenue Service viewed your profile.” The only thing more chilling? If “Accountant at IRS” started posting LinkedIn Stories.

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