How does one get invited to the Quora Partner Program? What criteria do they use, or is it completely random?
I live in Germany. I got an invite to the Quora partner program the day I landed in USA for a business trip. So from what I understand, irrespective of the number of views on your answers, there is some additional eligibility criteria for you to even get an email invite.If you read the terms of service, point 1 states:Eligibility. You must be located in the United States to participate in this Program. If you are a Quora employee, you are eligible to participate and earn up to a maximum of $200 USD a month. You also agree to be bound by the Platform Terms (https://www.quora.com/about/tos) as a condition of participation.Again, if you check the FAQ section:How can other people I know .participate?The program is invite-only at this time, but we intend to open it up to more people as time goes on.So my guess is that Quora is currently targeting people based out of USA, who are active on Quora, may or may not be answering questions frequently ( I have not answered questions frequently in the past year or so) and have a certain number of consistent answer views.Edit 1: Thanks to @Anita Scotch, I got to know that the Quora partner program is now available for other countries too. Copying Anuta’s comment here:If you reside in one of the Countries, The Quora Partner Program is active in, you are eligible to participate in the program.” ( I read more will be added, at some point, but here are the countries, currently eligible at this writing,) U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Australia.11/14/2018Edit 2 : Here is the latest list of countries with 3 new additions eligible for the Quora Partner program:U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, India and Brazil.Thanks to Monoswita Rez for informing me about this update.
How can I make it easier for users to fill out a form on mobile apps?
I’ll tell you a secret - you can thank me later for this.If you want to make the form-filling experience easy for a user - make sure that you have a great UI to offer.Everything boils down to UI at the end.Axonator is one of the best mobile apps to collect data since it offers powerful features bundled with a simple UI.The problem with most of the mobile form apps is that they are overloaded with features that aren’t really necessary.The same doesn’t hold true for Axonator. It has useful features but it is very unlikely that the user will feel overwhelmed in using them.So, if you are inclined towards having greater form completion rates for your survey or any data collection projects, then Axonator is the way to go.Apart from that, there are other features that make the data collection process faster like offline data collection, rich data capture - audio, video, images, QR code & barcode data capture, live location & time capture, and more!Check all the features here!You will be able to complete more surveys - because productivity will certainly shoot up.Since you aren’t using paper forms, errors will drop significantly.The cost of the paper & print will be saved - your office expenses will drop dramatically.No repeat work. No data entry. Time & money saved yet again.Analytics will empower you to make strategic decisions and explore new revenue opportunities.The app is dirt-cheap & you don’t any training to use the app. They come in with a smooth UI. Forget using, even creating forms for your apps is easy on the platform. Just drag & drop - and it’s ready for use. Anyone can build an app under hours.
How could the federal government and state governments make it easier to fill out tax returns?
Individuals who don't own businesses spend tens of billions of dollars each year (in fees and time) filing taxes. Most of this is unnecessary. The government already has most of the information it asks us to provide. It knows what are wages are, how much interest we earn, and so on. It should provide the information it has on the right line of an electronic tax return it provides us or our accountant. Think about VISA. VISA doesn't send you a blank piece of paper each month, and ask you to list all your purchases, add them up and then penalize you if you get the wrong number. It sends you a statement with everything it knows on it. We are one of the only countries in the world that makes filing so hard. Many companies send you a tentative tax return, which you can adjust. Others have withholding at the source, so the average citizen doesn't file anything.California adopted a form of the above -- it was called ReadyReturn. 98%+ of those who tried it loved it. But the program was bitterly opposed by Intuit, makers of Turbo Tax. They went so far as to contribute $1 million to a PAC that made an independent expenditure for one candidate running for statewide office. The program was also opposed by Rush Limbaugh and Grover Norquist. The stated reason was that the government would cheat taxpayers. I believe the real reason is that they want tax filing to be painful, since they believe that acts as a constraint on government programs.
If you had $1 million in cash right now, what do you think is the best way to invest it?
This is a typical investment banking and finance interview question. The key is to figure out the goal or investment objective first. Do you want to maximize retirement savings (i.e. long-term returns)? Save up to purchase a home (i.e. short-term, specific target)?Once you realize what you want, figure out how much risk (volatility) you're willing to tolerate. To maximize long-term returns, consider increasing your risk tolerance, if you don't plan on using the money in the near future, volatility won't really affect you in any real way (other than psychologically when you watch your account balance).The final step is to build a portfolio using a combination of assets (e.g. stocks, bonds, funds, trusts, physical assets, real estate) that fits with your investment goals while adhering to your risk tolerance.For a simple long-term investment plan, consider putting the entire portfolio in SPY (S&P 500 index fund). It has average annual returns of 8% and only makes sharp dips every few years during major recessions, as it is highly diversified and very liquid.