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TNW Weekly Debrief

April 07

Bring your kids to work

If you’ve read any of my previous emails, you know I like to integrate my family life into my professional life as much as possible.

My two daughters have keys to our office and often do homework there. I’ll host dinners at my house with partners and speakers, and my kids will be right there at the table. Or I bring them along on business trips, which have been some of the best trips in my life. And during our conference, I make sure they have some sort of job to do so they acquire a bit of work experience.

Obviously I want every parent to have the same opportunity for their kids. Not just at my company, but also at the businesses I work with. And I want it for you, too.

I hate it when entrepreneurs say they don’t have time to see their families because they work too hard. I work hard, and see my kids all the time.

Sometimes it is rather impractical to bring your kids. Like when you have to attend a conference and have a five year old child to take care off. But at TNW, we don’t want anyone interested in attending TNW Conference not be able to join because of their kids. So here are a few things we’re doing to help:
 

  • Children 2 to 5 can enjoy free daycare in our newly launched daycare space. Sign up here if you’d like more information.
  • Children 6 to 16 can gain conference access for a €49 add-on to your conference pass.
  • Children under the age of 2 receive free entrance, and nursing mothers who prefer more privacy when breastfeeding are welcome to take advantage of a comfortable, dedicated space in our medic post.

Keeping work and private life separate is a waste of energy and a missed opportunity to teach children some valuable life lessons. Let’s work together to make our industry more inclusive, including for parents and children.

See you in a few weeks.

Boris Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
CEO and founder
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Pornhub turns on HTTPS to hide the weird porn you watch from ISPs

Pornhub wants you to feel secure when you visit its portal to stream adult content and satisfy your unusually kinky fetishes.

The industry titan announced yesterday it has successfully completed its switch to HTTPS and now supports encryption sitewide by default. Fellow MindGeek subsidiary YouPorn is expected to similarly migrate to the more secure protocol next week on April 4.

The move towards improved encryption comes days after Congress voted to repeal certain restrictions that prevented internet service providers from selling your browsing history to third-party buyers without your consent. While enabling HTTPS won’t stop ISPs from spotting you’ve attended Pornhub, it’ll hide what videos you watch.
 


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