Hmm, this means someone I know is looking for a job then

When bills for a corporate credit card used by Karhoo Inc. Chief Executive Officer Daniel Ishag arrived, employees in the London office of the car-hailing startup often spotted unusual purchases. There were designer shoes and clothing, along with veterinarian’s bills for a pet dog. The employees flagged the costs as potentially non-business related, but signs of lavishness continued — first-class flights, a blowout in Las Vegas, Cuban cigars.

Ishag’s spending, described by several employees and those familiar with Karhoo’s finances, came to an abrupt end this week when the company shut down after running out of money. As the extent of the startup’s financial problems became known in recent weeks, Ishag stopped coming to the office and two other executives embarked on a futile attempt to keep the firm afloat, said the people, who asked not to be identified for fear of damaging career prospects. About 200 people lost their jobs.

It also means I’m rather glad I didn’t persuade them to offer us some programming work…..

10 thoughts on “Hmm, this means someone I know is looking for a job then”

  1. Completely O/T (sorry Tim) but this article caught my eye in the Graun.

    An ordinary everyday tale of a man and his family, it looks at first glance like a puff piece, quickly skimmed, a bit of light reading that might stir a passing thought.

    It is very cleverly constructed and edited, it is worth reading more thoroughly.
    What it says, where it says its key points and how it phrases them is very good, I imagine that most readers will take onboard and accept the message without thinking about it.

    The subtlety of execution is excellent, almost worth paying for, I didn’t think there was anybody left at the Graun who could do this type of work, let alone do it well.

    ‘And as William Golding noted in Lord of the Flies, children, left to their own devices, can be very wicked indeed.’

    Indeed, now give us your money.

  2. Yes, it’s impossible to think that newspapers as diverse as the ‘Guardian’ & ‘Mirror’ & ‘Mail’ would fail to notice or politely refuse to cover something because of reasons.

    *cough* Rotherham *cough*

  3. “The idea that the whole news media could collectively shut down a story because it was uncomfortable to the government just didn’t make sense”

    That’s true. They’d collectively shut it down because it made THEM uncomfortable.

  4. Like the BBC reporting hate crimes rising etc. And having the next article be about Germans being afraid of Trump and linking his election to the anniversary of kristalnacht, the self delusion is amazing

  5. Scott Adams bought this up during the campaign, if you demonise your opponent and equate him to Hitler you are giving your supporters license to commit all sort of acts as it’s justified because your opposing hitler, he said it was dangerous and that Clinton was responsible for it if she lost

  6. Well-off, middle/upper class, cultural Marxist, London Bubble pricks-of-a-feather flock together.

    They don’t need a conspiracy to regard inconvenient facts as not being facts or not being true or not even existing at all.

    The author carefully doesn’t say the actual matter of the dispute tween his kid and himself.

  7. If we’re ignoring Timmeh and commandeering this thread for the Grauniad story, I thought the lack of self-awareness was wonderful:

    “I came across an article in the New York Times entitled “How the internet is loosening our grip on the truth” – a very timely exposition of the post-fact society. The author suggests that we exist in smaller and smaller “fact-bubbles” and can choose to follow sources of information that merely mimic our own views.

    A Grauniad writer quoting an NYT writer on “fact-bubbles”. Do you think he even sniffs the irony?

  8. Nemo,

    that’s one of a couple of appeals to authority carefully placed in the article.
    The whole piece has been very carefully sculpted by an editor, the author probably doesn’t see what has been done to his writing.
    I am impressed with the execution.

    Propaganda done well is a rarity these days, mostly it is done with transparent contempt for the readership and turns the reader against both the intended message and messenger.

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