BIG DATA SO GOOD YOU CAN TASTE IT
Berlin-based meal-kit company that’s now in 10 countries—has created
more than 15,000 recipes since its 2011
launch. “For each
recipe,” says chief
product officer Stacy Gordon, “we get
ratings and com- ments from customers.” (HelloFresh
had 1. 45 million active customers at
the end of ’ 17.) That
feedback loop is
used to tweak recipes, to simplify
less-skilled home chefs, and to rank
popular meals. Those for its top five
countries are presented below. Turns out, Europeans like
noodles and dumplings. Who knew?
Figgy Balsamic Pork
Cheese Spaetzle With Bacon
AUSTRALIA Korean Beef Tacos
“A lot of people like golf because you go outside and you get to be out in
Mother Nature. But you can’t fry a golf ball and eat it with tartar sauce.”
Daymond John, discussing what sport occupies his scarce spare time. (For more from John, see page 24.)
ADVANTAGE ; EARL The National Bureau of Economic Research has found that reducing H-1B visas
didn’t boost the hiring of U.S. workers between 2004 and 2009. If the visas are reduced, businesses
will suffer. (But Gupta’s market wage test could help stop the short-shrifting of skilled workers.)
A reduction could be helpful.
But there could be twice as
many visas, and we could still
be short in important areas.
We have to be very careful in
limiting immigration. If our
goal is to enable the best to
come here, we should add
a test. There is a perfunctory
wage test [a $60,000 salary
floor for H-1B visa applicants]
now—if it were $100,000 in
the Midwest or $125,000
in Silicon Valley, you’d create
We don’t want the 1 percent to
feel like they’re creating jobs
but paying an unfair share.
Let’s look at the social safety
nets, and reevaluate what
we can truly afford.
If you leave aside the rhetoric
and look at it on a policy
level, some things being
discussed are accurate:
We do need to move to a
more merit-based system.
If all the administration does
is trim back the program,
it will have done nothing
but harm businesses.
The limitation shouldn’t be
the number of visas, but
rather the wage you can offer.
The problem is that we’re
importing people who are
employed at a low cost.
We should raise taxes on the
1 percent. Taxes are already far
lower for the wealthiest than
they were under President
Reagan in the 1980s—and
we don’t need the money.
We should be putting
all of that into education.
The way the
administration is framing
the problem is in terms that
are almost explicitly racist.
The criterion should not
be what someone’s skin color
is. It should be the person’s
potential to contribute
to the economy.
THE DEBATE Do We Need More H-1B Visas—or Fewer?
The Trump administration has vowed to reduce access to H-1B visas,
an immigration program for the highly skilled workers coveted by many
technology entrepreneurs. H-1B critics contend there is enough talent
stateside without looking abroad. Two Silicon Valley–based founders—
both U.S. citizens who came to America on such visas—discuss. ; ZOË HENRY
we pay for
in the U.S.?
the issue well?
What is your
ideal H-1B visa
Founder and CEO of Agiloft,
an enterprise software firm
Co-founder and executive chairman
of the IT services firm Nexient