Zachary Slayback

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Schools Have Created a Generation of Permit Pattys and BBQ Beckys

It seems like every week there’s a new Permit Patty (a grown woman who called the police on an eight-year-old selling water without a permit), BBQ Becky (another grown woman who called the police on a man BBQing without a permit), or someone who...

Why ‘Permit Patty’ Called Police on an 8-Year-Old Girl Selling Water

On Saturday, July 23rd, Alison Ettel called police on a young girl selling water without a permit in Oakland, CA. The girl’s relative caught a video of Ettel, tweeted it out, and an Internet rage mob had identified her and her business within hours...

Parents Have Been Demoted to Deputy School Teachers

I was giving a talk at Florida Gulf Coast University the other night near Fort Myers when I noticed a flyer on the door of the lecture hall. The sign (I wish I had gotten a picture now) read: “PARENT FREE ZONE.” I chuckled at first,...

Why Are So Few Millennials Entrepreneurs?

There’s a popular trope right now that a ton of young people are founders and entrepreneurs. Thanks to a handful of young founders with a disproportionate impact (ala Mark Zuckerberg) and cultural figures like HBO’s Silicon Valley, you can...