The best answer to any question.

Feb. 7 2016 7:33 AM

How Do You Break Into a Writing Career?

Answer by Alec Berg, writer, producer, director: Silicon ValleySeinfeldCurb Your Enthusiasm:

It's sounds really stupid, but if you want to be a writer, you need to write. That's honestly about 99 percent of it. Write and write and write. Classes are fine, but I think the most important aspect of a class is that it forces you to write.


Feb. 6 2016 7:16 AM

How Much Do Casino Pit Bosses Make?

Answer by Trina McLain Moen, table games floor supervisor for five years:

First, you have to understand the actual positions in the table games department. It's the only industry that I know of that has half-steps. From bottom to top: dealer, dual-rate dealer/supervisor, full floor supervisor, dual pit manager, pit manager, pit manager/the 3d (backup shift manager), assistant shift manager, shift manager.

Jan. 31 2016 7:58 AM

What Do Venture Capitalists Listen for When Hearing Pitches?

Answer by Patrick Mathieson, venture investor at Toba Capital:

Here's my 2 cents:

Mastery of the major numbers. If you don't know the three or four most important numbers to your business (revenue, number of employees, cash burn, cash in the bank, etc), you come off as completely noncredible. It blows my mind that some CEOs will say, “Not sure—I'll need to ask the CFO” when I ask something as innocuous as, “What was your ending monthly recurring revenue last quarter?” It's hard for me to even give the advice that you should know your numbers really well, because any CEO who doesn't do this instinctively is totally unfit for the job.

Jan. 30 2016 8:03 AM

How Should I Prepare to Officiate a Wedding?

Answer by Joel Lewenstein, officiated a wedding in 2015:

Last year I officiated the wedding of two good friends. It was an honor to be asked, and despite a fair amount of anxiety as the big day approached (I was more nervous than the couple), it was overall a deeply fun and rewarding experience. The best things I did to prepare were:

Jan. 29 2016 7:16 AM

What’s It Feel Like to Have Strabismus?

Answer by Sabrina Ali, lazy-eyed, former investment banking analyst:

I have strabismus, and my eyes are lazy in different directions (left eye rolls up, right eye rolls in). I've spent some time figuring out the angles and distances that make my “laziness” less obvious to the unsuspecting observer, but it's still noticeable after a little while. I also have no depth perception or 3-D vision because I only use one eye at a time.

Jan. 28 2016 7:21 AM

What’s It Like to Be a Woman in Academia?

Answer by Elizabeth H. Simmons, theoretical particle physicist and professor at Michigan State University:

I've faced some challenges that my male colleagues have not encountered. Here are a few very specific examples that come to mind:

Jan. 27 2016 7:12 AM

How Do Polyamorous Couples Handle Children?

Answer by Sara Stancato:

I am legally married to one man with whom I have two children and heart-married to another with whom I am planning to have a baby. The five of us live together as a family unit, and both relationships are “primary,” although the anarchist in me hates that term.

Jan. 26 2016 7:14 AM

Why Do People Work in Investment Banks?


Answer by Sabrina Ali, former investment banking analyst:


Here are a few reasons I chose to become an investment banking analyst out of college that I think are broadly applicable:

Jan. 24 2016 7:32 AM

What’s It Like to Be Featured on Humans of New York?

Answer by Joy Villa, singer-songwriter at Joyvilla.com:

It feels amazing! I was approached while walking with my boyfriend in NYC by a high-energy, tall, lanky guy with a Nikon camera. When he asked if he could take out photo, we smiled, wearing our Leica cameras on us ourselves. 

Jan. 23 2016 7:52 AM

What’s It Like to Win a Beauty Pageant? 

Answer by Bianca Peters, Miss Malibu 2010:

In 2010, I won the Miss Malibu beauty pageant. For those unfamiliar with Malibu, think Baywatch and the most scenic Southern California beach and all the beauties it attracts. I'm not from Malibu, nor am I tall, a blond bombshell, etc. I joined the competition on a dare.