What Happens to Customers Most Brands Exclude?

In 2012, I quit my corporate career to start my own business. Leaving that job to work on my dream also meant leaving my health insurance. I liked all my doctors and wanted to continue seeing them, so I applied for the same insurance with the same company I’d had for the previous nine years.

My application was denied almost instantly. During the course of my nine years of employment, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. Even though I was in remission and healthy–I’d completed a triathlon the prior year–my pre-existing condition was grounds for the company to tell me “you don’t belong here.”

That insurance company wasn’t the only one to deny me. To them, my differences were something they didn’t want to be bothered with. So they turned me away. Unable to pay the high cost of my medications without insurance, I eventually was no

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Mark Cuban Keeps Talking About This 1 Simple Productivity Habit That Divides Successful People From Everyone Else

Also, being a billionaire. 

But if there’s one other thing he’s known for, and has been highly consistent about over the years, it’s a productivity habit that he’s articulated again and again.

It comes down to this: Fewer meetings, more emails. 

“No meetings or phone calls unless I’m picking up a check,” he told Thrive Global in 2016. “Everything is email.”

“I’m not big on ‘Let’s go eat lunch” meetings,”he told Inc.com in  in 2014. “The only way you’re going to get me for a meeting is if you’re writing me a check. Same with phone calls. They’re a waste of time.”

“Yes,” he said in a highly meta video last year, in which he referenced his Inc. interview while editing his own Wikipedia page to reflect his anti-meeting mantra. “I hate meetings. Nobody likes meeting expect the people who bring the donuts and the people who like

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TikTok May Have Been Saved From a Ban, But It’s Still Bad News In Ways You Might Not Expect

On Friday, the Trump administration announced that it will, in fact, ban TikTok and WeChat effective Sunday night. Since then TikTok revealed that it had finalized a deal with Oracle and Walmart to become a U.S. company and the Trump administration has signed off.

In the midst of it all, it’s worth considering what the bans really mean and whether we should be worried. It’s easy to make the case that because both companies have ties to China, there are  obvious national security concerns. That’s true, though, for very different reasons for each company.

On the other hand, the idea that the government is ordering Apple and Google to remove apps from their app stores, even though those apps serve hundreds of millions of users, should be alarming to everyone. That’s a slippery slope that doesn’t usually end well. It doesn’t take much for the government to find a

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CDC Recalls Its Guidelines on Coronavirus Testing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday reversed a controversial recommendation made last month suggesting that people who have had close contact with someone infected with Covid-19 don’t need to get tested for it if they show no symptoms. The August revision included exceptions for “vulnerable” individuals and testing required by health care providers or state and local public health officials.

It was later revealed that the recommendation, made on August 24, came from political appointees in the Trump administration, according to an investigation by the New York Times. The change allegedly ran counter to the advice of scientists at the CDC. The decision did not undergo the agency’s usual review process, according to the reports. The authors of that recommendation, Michael R. Caputo, the Health and Human Services Department’s top spokesman, and Dr. Paul Alexander, a new science adviser for the department, have left

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An Interview With Amir Shevat, ex-Microsoft, Google, Slack, and Twitch

When I think of the entrepreneurial journey and those from whom I can learn the most, Amir Shevat is at the top of the list. He’s worked at some of the most successful tech companies in the world in leadership positions and has built some truly impactful products over the years. He even started the Google Tel Aviv campus.

I was fortunate to get some time with him to pick his brain. Lots of gold here. Enjoy! 

1. Who is Amir Shevat?

I am an entrepreneur and an angel investor living with my wife and two kids in Palo Alto, California. I’ve worked at Microsoft, Google, Slack, and Amazon Twitch. 

Today, I lead product and engineering at Reshuffle, an integration engine for developers.

2. Walk me through your career and the companies you’ve worked for. 

I started working at a few small startups around the year 2000, experiencing the great

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