It’s been a busy week in Forex with the ECB meeting – but there’s been plenty going on away from the charts too. Here’s our round-up of the week’s alternative news in business, finance, tech and downright bad luck – it’s time for Five Lessons Learnt This Week…
1. How to get a job for Facebook
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg revealed this week that he only has one rule when hiring staff. When asked what he looks for in an employee, the billionaire social media entrepreneur said: “I will only hire someone directly if I would work for that person”.
Facebook is known as one of the toughest technology companies to get into because it has a relatively small staff compared to similar organisations: the Facebook team has less than 10,000 staff, who serve over a billion customers worldwide. Zuckerberg says keeping his team small has been an important factor in the social network’s success, adding that “big companies get bloated”.
His approach seems to have worked – he came 16th on the Forbes rich list (also revealed this week) with a net worth of $33.4bn.
Joining Zuckerberg on the Forbes rich list was Littlefish Legend Warren Buffett, who came in third with a net worth of $72.9 billion: read his words of wisdom from his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders here.
2. Don’t ‘Spock’ your bank notes
Canada’s central bank spoke out this week to ask Star Trek fans to stop drawing Leonard Nimoy-inspired Mr Spock pictures on their bank notes. The trend for drawing over former PM Wilfrid Laurier’s face is not new, but it gathered pace this week after the death of the Star Trek actor.
The bank admitted that it’s not actually illegal to add Spock’s pointy ears, prominent eyebrows and bowl cut to the notes, but asked Canadians to stop getting creative with their bank notes, adding that “it’s inappropriate to deface the banknote, a Canadian symbol and source of national pride”.
Star Trek fans, take your Nimoy tributes elsewhere…
3. Aston Martin can keep a secret
In all the hype surrounding this week’s Geneva International Motor Show, there weren’t a lot of surprises when the show kicked off with Wednesday’s press day. But Aston Martin managed to sneak in their DBX crossover concept car that no-one was expecting.
The secret to keeping their plans under wraps? Tell no-one: even one Aston Martin exec admitted at the show that he’d had no idea the DBX was going to be in Geneva – until it was.
Also on display at Geneva were the latest offerings from Audi, Ferrari, Lambo and more – read all about our top picks here.
4. Speeding will cost you
And the more you earn, the slimmer it’ll make your wallet – at least, if you live in Finland. A Finnish millionaire was slapped with one of the heftiest speeding fines in history this week – a whopping €54,000.
Businessman Reima Kuisla was caught driving at 103km/h (64mph) in an area where the speed limit was 80km/h (50mph). In Finland, speeding fines are based on yearly income, so Kuisla’s fine took into account the €6.5m (£4.72m) he declared in his 2013 tax return. Mr Kuisla wasn’t impressed with his fine, and commented that “Finland is impossible to live in for people who have high incomes and wealth”.
But fellow Finns had little sympathy on social media, with many remarking that if Mr Kuisla had followed the rules, he wouldn’t have to pay out. One user also pointed out that small fines won’t deter the rich, and that fines only work if they “bite” everyone the same way. Some, though, agreed with Mr Kuisla that the system is unfair and punishes the rich. Who wants to be a millionaire?
5. How not to get a second date
Comedian Richard Herring admitted on Twitter this week that he’d “probably ruined a man’s chances” with his first date in 18 years due to his jokes about hymns. Recently divorced Gary Robinson, from Lancashire, took his date to see Herring perform, knowing that she liked comedy.
But it didn’t quite go to plan – just two minutes into the gig, Robinson’s date (who turned out to be deeply religious, a fact he was unfortunately unaware of before the date) became offended by Herring’s routine on religion. She stormed the stage to ask the comedian why he didn’t do more jokes about garlic bread, like Peter Kay, before leaving the gig.
To add insult to injury, Herring later asked who was with the woman in question, and why they hadn’t left, forcing Robinson to sheepishly raise his hand. The Lancashire chap seems to be taking it on the chin though – he later tweeted “Pre ordered a pint and a half for my date. Upside, 1/2 pint extra Carling for me :)”. There’s always a silver lining…
If you’re off on a first date, here are some (hopefully less offensive) events coming up this year.