How the digital nomad went corporate
And other stories that will make you think differently about borderless living
Welcome to Borderless. Every week, we handpick the best links on digital nomads, remote work and global mobility to help you navigate the quirks of living and working on the internet.
While some companies embrace nomadism, data suggests that many want to limit it. In a survey of 800 companies, only 7% supported more than 60 days of work from anywhere. “Companies haven’t killed off digital nomadism for the masses, but they are wresting it into a less risky and more controlled form. [It’s] being corporatised.”
Sarah O’Connor for The Financial Times
Despite their bad reputation, the occasional visit to an easy-to-find tourist trap can be freeing. “There is no pressure to be cool. You are allowed to be a guidebook-toting, comfortable-shoe-wearing, selfie-taking outsider — all enthusiasm, no shame.”
Natalie B. Compton for The Washington Post
Once a haven for creatives, Austin has transformed into a bustling tech hub, attracting major companies like Google, Tesla, and Apple. This rapid growth is putting the city’s quirky charm at risk of extinction. Can Austin be a major player in the global economy and still stay weird?
Lawrence Wright for The New Yorker
If a pro-AI manifesto were to come from anyone, it would be Marc Andreessen. The infamous venture capitalist and co-founder of Netscape takes a punch at the naysayers by outlining why AI will make everything we care about better – as long as we stop freaking out about it. His proposal? A Ronald Reagan-inspired “we win, they lose” strategy that sees the West aggressively double-down on AI development before China does. Spicy!
Marc Andreessen for a16z.com
It’s an open secret that remote work has made it easier for people to slack off. You probably know someone who fits the "jobless employed" description: people who have a job but don't do much work. While some might dream of a job where they can do the bare minimum, it leaves many feeling guilty.
Emily Stewart for Vox
Numerous studies have found that just using your phone less won’t necessarily make you happier or less anxious. Nonetheless, we could all do with putting our devices down more often. Break the mindless scrolling cycle by simply asking yourself: “What am I getting from this?”
Rhiannon Williams for MIT Technology Review
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