Tag Archives: adulthood

Real World Playbook

Jean Case, early AOL exec, on Recode Decode hosted by Kara Swisher:

I see remarkable female founders. I’ve been mentoring one for a long time. She has a startup in New York called Real World Playbook. She says it’s the Warby Parker for adulthood.

She realizes she’s a privileged person. She went to Princeton. She got a JD MBA from Georgetown. And when she got out of school, she didn’t really know what to do about her taxes. She didn’t know how to pick a healthcare plan. No one had ever really taught her that.

So, she’s got this really great platform that universities all of the United States are embracing and putting their kids through — to teach them how to go into adulthood. I mean, who would thing we’d have to disrupt that industry?

Good idea, but it’s a shame it’s needed. It’s silly that we don’t provide these tools in high school. Add in technology basics (backups, privacy, etc.) and it sounds a lot like Home Economics 2.0.

Tagged , ,

Opinion: Why we spend so much money to be so stressed out

Opinion: Why we spend so much money to be so stressed out
Polygon

A great piece on the arc of human development and stress as depicted by three games:

Like most people who use an alarm clock, I have an unhealthy relationship with stress. It hits me in the chest, disrupts my digestion, and wakes me up at all hours of the night — but it’s also the reason I’m going to meet my deadline for this column. Life brings stress, but stress is also a self-inflicted wound, like we’re suffering a blow that may never come.

Not many people would call stress “fun,” and yet video games can be stressful. We sometimes willingly pay money to be more stressed. This year gave us a bumper crop of stressful games, and the other day as I was tossing and turning at 5:00 am., I decided to rank them on the inside wall of my cranium. Lucas Pope’s recent Papers, Please made it onto the list, and so did Richard Hofmeier’s Cart Life. But I started with Nintendo’s Pikmin 3.

– Chris Dahlen, Polygon

Tagged , , , , , , , ,