Fifteen on Friday (Fof) is a weekly newsletter that is delivered every Friday afternoon directly to your inbox. The goal is to curate a thoughtful list of the most interesting pieces of the week, across a wide range of subjects from arts, culture, economics, science, technology and occasionally fashion.
This week’s highlights: The PolyMath Mindset, CEO Pay, and Tom Brady’s Stylist.
Fifteen on Friday – 03/16/18 – Issue 277
Public Service Announcement – A large portion of Nashville heads out on Spring Break next week – so Fifteen on Friday will be taking the 23rd off. We will see you back on Good Friday.
Enjoy and have a great weekend,
Food for Thought:
- NYT – Tracy Morgan Is a Survivor. And ‘a Better Man Now.’ Just a few years after a car crash left him with a severe brain injury, Mr. Morgan is back with “The Last O.G.,” a new comedy about second chances.
- Medium – The Polymath Mindset The art of making something out of something else.
- Curbed – Are home renovations necessary? “Renovations have become a national pastime, but there is nothing wrong with your house.” Dare we poke the HGTV bear?
- NYT – How Low Will Market for Antiques Actually Go? Compared with the heyday of antiques collecting, prices for average pieces are now “80 percent off,” said Colin Stair, the owner of Stair Galleries auction house in Hudson, N.Y. “
- TheAtlantic – The Perfect Man Who Wasn’t. For years he used fake identities to charm women out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Then his victims banded together to take him down.
- Crains – How firms pad CEO pay Dividend payments on unvested stocks can increase an executive’s annual salary by 25%
- NYT – Silicon Valley Is Over, Says Silicon Valley
- Economist – Inside Warren Buffett’s deal machine. Berkshire Hathaway has evolved into an acquisition engine. The returns look pedestrian.
- BI – THE TAKEDOWN OF TRAVIS KALANICK: The untold story of Uber’s infighting, backstabbing, and multimillion-dollar exit packages
- Adventure.Es – The Micro PE Reality Check. A nice synopsis of what actually occurs in smaller private equity deals.
- NewYorker – The Man Who’s Helped Elon Musk, Tom Brady and Ari Emanuel Get Dressed Andrew Weitz spruces up Hollywood’s reluctant Zoolanders.
- ESPN – Cricket – What does a batsman see? – Credit Farnam Street – More importantly, how does he see? Unlocking one of the great secrets of run-scoring
- Vulture – Taylor Swift Now Welcomes Your Disgust
- VF – Russell Crowe to Host a Celebratory Divorce Auction. When regular people get divorces, they hold yard sales. When celebrities get divorced, they hold international auctions at Sotheby’s.
- WashPo – Stephen Hawking’s secret to surviving his terrible condition? A sense of humor.
This week’s highlights: WeLive, Traders and Mastery, Alan Jackson on Country Music
Fifteen on Friday – 03/09/18 – Issue 276
While Nashville went from almost 70 on Sunday to a light snow on Thursday morning, we certainly weren’t alone in the week’s crazy weather. Our thoughts are with the many Fifteen on Friday readers suffering through the snow in the North East.
This week’s issue highlights many of the common themes we hone in on regularly – skepticism about excessive use of technology, accelerating rates of change (whether for utilities, asset managers or record labels), or how someone reconsiders the status quo to find a new path to success (i.e. UVA basketball’s dominance on defense).
Enjoy and have a great weekend,
Food for Thought:
- NYT – For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned. Get news. Not too quickly. Avoid social.
- NYMag – Talk to Me Boy. I love conversations with my son, even if he doesn’t really hear me.
- NewRepublic – How Modern Art Serves the Rich. More art is being produced and sold than ever before, at ever higher prices.
- HuffPo – Jerry and Marge Go Large – I’m a week late with this story- but it is so incredible, that it is worth sending just in case you haven’t seen it already. “Gaming the lottery seemed as good a retirement plan as any.”
- GQ – A Week Inside WeLive, the Utopian Apartment Complex That Wants to Disrupt City Living WeWork is branching out into housing, but can it actually change the way we live?
- HN – The Eightfold Path of the Legendary Trader – Another thoughtful reflection about the development of mastery.
- WashPo – Why almost no one is making a living on YouTube
- Vox – After rising for 100 years, electricity demand is flat. Utilities are freaking out.. The Tennessee Valley Authority is the latest to be caught short.
- ZeroHedge – How Amazon Can Blow Up Asset Management – Credit JC
- Stratechery – Lessons from Spotify
- PewResearch – Defining generations: Where Millennials end and post-Millennials begin
- TheRinger – How Tony Bennett Turned Virginia Into College Basketball’s Spurs – Credit WES – With the Cavaliers, Bennett has built a program that seems to feed on itself, sustaining success regardless of the players on the floor. His Cavs are tough and deep and efficient. You can call them boring, but this April, they might finally win it all.
- MIT – If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? Turns out it’s just chance. The most successful people are not the most talented, just the luckiest, a new computer model of wealth creation confirms. Taking that into account can maximize return on many kinds of investment.
- GQ – Honky Tonk Heavyweight Alan Jackson Talks How To Pull Off a Cowboy Hat and His Legacy in Country Music What do you have left to accomplish? “Well there’s nothing left, I don’t think. I’ve won about everything except the Female Vocalist award. They just put me in the Hall of Fame—I feel like that’s the top of the mountain there. My favorite part of the business has always been making music, writing or recording the songs and making a new album. The touring gets old, and I’ve tried never to make the awards be that important to me, but I just love making that music.”
- NYT – A Supercolony of Penguins Has Been Found Near Antarctica. Satellite images and a drone discovered about 1.5 million Adélie penguins living in the Danger Islands, one of two species whose habitats require ice.