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There will be no attempt at humor in this commentary, just an honest opinion.

I’m about to give what will sound like the advice of a privileged person, and maybe it is. I’m doing okay these days, but I spent most of my life broke, and I’ve moved from one home to another more than the average person.

I’m here to tell you, professional movers are not cheap, but they are 100% worth the money.

Our usual M.O. when moving was always that we’d roll into moving day with everything packed, I’d go to the nearest convenience store and buy a gigantic beverage to nurse over the course of the morning, go to the truck-rental place and fight our way through their bureaucracy to procure a truck that always turned out to be too small, then Missy and I and whatever friends we could lure to help us with the promise of pizza would spend the rest of the day making multiple trips to and from the new place. When everything was moved, we would clean out the truck and fill it with gas, return it (addition from Missy: upon which we’d pay more than we expected, because the per-mile charge and various fees really add up), then drive to the new place to start unpacking and arranging.

The first time we hired professional movers, we had everything packed like before (We’ve never hired professional packers. We do that ourselves.) I went to get the customary giant beverage, and returned just as the movers arrived. I asked what they needed me to do to help, and their answer was, “Stand back and enjoy your drink, sir.”

Less than three hours later everything had been removed from the old place (down one flight of stairs), delivered safe and sound to the new place (up two flights of stairs) with no damage to our things or either apartment. I ask you, what is that worth?

For the record, we’ve used this company in two different cities and had good experiences.

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1061 days ago
It's all fine and dandy until you move states. Then that couple hundred dollars becomes several thousand.

That said... if you are in a position to easily afford to spend thousands of dollars on it, then yeah, it's probably still worth it. Most stressful thing I've ever done.
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1061 days ago
I paid for movers when moving my wife from her old apartment to our new rental. Best money I've ever spent to have stuff hauled down/up stairs and into the rooms it needs to go. It cost me about $150 for 2 movers for 2 hours, so $300 total.
1061 days ago
We paid for movers for our last two moves and it’s super super super worth the money. In the last move we also paid them to pack up all our kitchen things, especially the plates and glasses and such, and that was an extra layer of totally worth it.

Types of Scientific Paper

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Others include "We've incrementally improved the estimate of this coefficient," "Maybe all these categories are wrong," and "We found a way to make student volunteers worse at tasks."
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Others include "We've incrementally improved the estimate of this coefficient," "Maybe all these categories are wrong," and "We found a way to make student volunters worse at tasks."
1179 days ago
And the all time favourite "See, I did need that grant money."
1179 days ago
First of a series, I'm sure!
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Ok, just... need to look at my publications list:

Most recent (https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/sbwcq/) is "Some thoughts on how everyone else is bad at research" Then a bunch of "this task I had to do anyways" Then a "hey, this method can produce results"

I feel *so seen.* Wait, is this good?

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Purity

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Click here to go see the bonus panel!

It's the only way to be sure.

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milky way
1085 days ago
I think there may be other examples of this.
1087 days ago
Anti-utility. I think there may be other examples of this.

How Europe is producing ‘super startups’

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“They do things bigger and better in America.” Whether referring to automobiles, movies, homes, skyscrapers, or fast food menus, this is a familiar refrain in Europe.

The digital era has been no different, with Silicon Valley held up as the touchstone against which to measure all tech startups.

Yet a shift is taking place in Europe that is eroding America’s dominance of the tech world and seeing a legion of European “super startups” taking root. We believe a combination of factors are cultivating businesses that look set to deliver a glut of billion-dollar valuations over the next three to five years.

No longer the poorer relation thanks to increase in funds

It’s fair to say that just a couple of years ago, most American tech startups would have wiped the floor with their European counterparts.

U.S. startups have traditionally had access to far higher levels of investment, giving them a head start when it comes to research and development and making it easier to attract to its shores the very best talent.

Yet the arms race is becoming closer. According to Dow-Jones VentureSource, the second quarter of 2014 saw over €2.1 billion ($2.4 billion at the current conversion rate) $2.8 billion raised by European startups — the highest quarterly total since 2001. (For comparison’s sake, the figure for U.S.-based startups in that period was $13.8 billion.)

Encouraged by the success of European tech firms such as Shazam and Transferwise — both of which made valuations of billion dollars in early 2015 — more U.S. money is crossing the pond.

There is also an increasing confidence in investors that Europe has the talent pool to thrive, and there has not been an irreparable “brain drain” to Silicon Valley.

Leaner startup mentality will continue to help Europe

Increased funding will certainly play a major role in creating super startups in Europe. Over the years it’s been much harder for Europeans to access venture capitalist funding.

But the fact that European startups have normally found it harder to secure capital is not a bad thing. This legacy means that European startups have had to operate under huge pressure to develop business plans that were viable from day one.

As a result, European startups are used to having to maximize their creativity and efficiency to ensure they can compete. This has developed a lean culture that ultimately puts European startups in good stead.

If entrepreneurs can continue to maintain this lean approach, while tapping into the greater resources now available, they can build stronger firms.

Europe’s manifesto for the self-starter

Recent years have seen a cultural shift in Europe towards adopting a key American trait: that of the self-starting entrepreneur.

The 21st century has seen a major evolution in how the global economy functions. The dawn of the digital age has redefined how we live and work, and the age of job security for life has long passed.

This, combined with the devastating impact wrought by the global recession, has been critical in making Europeans adopt a more entrepreneurial approach to business.

Such a sea change is being formally and financially encouraged too. The European Union has produced a “Startup manifesto” that directly references the fact that entrepreneurship in Europe has never been cultivated in an effective or systematic way. The EU is keen to build a culture that will help entrepreneurs, who don’t have the lobbying power or resources of big business, to thrive.

The EU can be fantastic at creating support networks and resources for business, and this is reflected in the huge boom of quality European incubators helping to nurture talent. Such state support is far more prominent than in the U.S. and a plus for European startups.

Europe to U.S. smoother than U.S. to Europe

U.S. startups often find it hard to repeat their success in a more complex, fragmented market such as Europe due to differing cultures, currencies, legislation, and languages.

With national domestic markets much smaller in Europe, business leaders here are used to having to expand quickly into other markets if they wish to scale up rapidly.

Most European entrepreneurs understand how to navigate the complexities and nuances of different markets, which is something our U.S. counterparts can often struggle with, as American firms are used to reaching hundreds of millions of customers without needing to look beyond their own borders.

We’ve seen larger, U.S.-based firms come into European markets with far bigger budgets and resources, yet they have been unable to successfully penetrate a city or European country as well as any of the homegrown European players.

Ascending the peak

While Silicon Valley is still a huge source of inspiration for European startups, it is no longer viewed with the romanticism and mythical status it perhaps once was. Silicon Valley’s peaks are now seen as attainable.

A glut of talent, increased funding, government support, and a burgeoning entrepreneurial culture are all coming together, and that makes us confident that in the very near future billion-dollar tech valuations will increasingly have European roots.

Alex Depledge is CEO and cofounder of Hassle.com. In 2014 TechCity Insider named Alex Entrepreneur of the Year, following on the heels of her appearance on the Silicon Valley Comes to the UK Scale-up Top 100 — a list highlighting British entrepreneurs expected to lead their firms to £100 million in revenue in three to five years.

Julien Codorniou is Director of Partner Platforms at Facebook. He oversees partner relations for companies building applications on Facebook Platform (web and mobile). He also manages platform evangelism activities in EMEA. He was formerly director of business development at Microsoft and started his career in the finance industry. Julien serves at the board of Le Monde (Société Editrice du Monde). He’s the author of the book The Kelkoo.com Success Story, published by Pearson in 2005.

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