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Friday, March 25, 2005

Freshman entrepreneur finds niche market, and his reward?

At Harvard, a kid has started a maid service for dorm rooms. This New York Times article describes the anxiety that some people have about the service.

Sweathshop wages? Immigrant labor?


Some people can afford the cleaning service and others cannot. This, it is argued, creates a stratification of dorm students into the haves and the have-nots and therefore might make some people feel inadequate.

Here's a great line:
They agreed to change the company's name from DorMaid to DormAid because, Mr. Kopko said, some Harvard officials said "maid" was "sexist and demeaning."

One capital letter can change the way people feel about the word DormAid. The fragile flowers that exist at Harvard. How do they ever survive in this world?

Props to the entreprenuers!! Shame on those who argue against the market for asthetics' sake.

I really do wonder what a Harvard have-not is like. I spent a couple of months studying there, and I don't recall meeting any. The Harvard Crimson editorial mentioned in the NYT article has been in the meantime yanked from their website, but you can find it via this post: http://luca9200.typepad.com/blog/2005/03/harvard_univers.html
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