December 3, 2018

The end of food: a tech-story from The New Yorker

The end of food: a tech-story from The New Yorker Reviewed by on . Array Array Rating: 4.5

A startup to let you live without….food!
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In December of 2012, three young men were living in a claustrophobic apartment in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, working on a technology startup.

They had received a hundred and seventy thousand dollars from the incubator Y Combinator, but their project—a plan to make inexpensive cell-phone towers—had failed. Down to their last seventy thousand dollars, they resolved to keep trying out new software ideas until they ran out of money.

But how to make the funds last? Rent was a sunk cost. Since they were working frantically, they already had no social life. As they examined their budget, one big problem remained: food.


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claustrophobic (adj) feeling afraid because you are in a small or crowded space or in a place that seems difficult to get out of quickly
startup (n) a company that is just beginning to operate, especially an Internet company
incubator (n) a place that encourages something to develop, especially new business
to run out of (v) to use all of something and not have any left
inexpensive (adj) something that is inexpensive does not cost much money. A more usual word is cheap
frantically (adv) in a very urgent way


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