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Best Reads of the Week – 1/11/19

This week’s highlights:  The Mental Health of Entrepreneurs, Freelance superstars, and quantum computers

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Fifteen on Friday – Issue 315

Happy Friday,

David


Food for Thought:

Top Read of the Week:  TechCrunch – Investors and entrepreneurs need to address the mental health crisis in startups

Why It Matters:  Arguably as a society we know how to talk about diseases of the body, but when it comes to the brain, we don’t know where to start.  Just one piece of this broader issue, what this article highlights is the significant mental strain that entrepreneurs face building businesses.  This article is highly consistent with my own experience as a former founder myself.

Consider as well:

 

  1. NYT – The Unbearable Heaviness of Clutter  A cluttered home can be a stressful home, researchers are learning.
  2. HowMuch – Think You’re Middle Class? Check This Chart to Find Out
  3. DHP – How to Take the Perfect Nap – Meet the Napaccino
  4. NYT – No More Brace Face? Teens Increasingly Use Clear Aligners.  As treatment with aligners moves from the adult to the younger market, orthodontists are treating more children without traditional wire braces

Business/Economics:

Top Read of the Week: HBR – Why Some High Performers Are Quitting Big Companies to Work for Themselves

Why It Matters:  The most significant challenge facing companies today in my view is talent management.  Consider just a sample of some of these issues – a workplace that has 4 different generational cohorts working together, lack of skilled labor to fill specialized positions, and the never ending challenge of talent development and retention.

In the face of this, some are saying enough.  While the gig economy brings to mind work around transportation/delivery, high skilled / high performers are finding the fungibility of their talents can translate in a similar fashion.  These micro-enterprises bypass the rat race of office politics, offer potentially higher pay, and greater flexibility.

Consider as well:

  1. Flying – Southwest Airlines and the Industry Mourn Loss of Herb Kelleher – Credit DR – A wonderful tribute – The company’s founder started an airline revolution that continues today.
  2. GeekWire – VC funding in U.S. startups nears $100 billion in 2018, highest since dot-com era
  3. Bloomberg – Canada Says, ‘Give Me Your MBAs, Your Entrepreneurs’  Foreign talent helps power the nation’s economic boom.
  4. FastCo – Canada Goose’s Cold Room was the best retail experience of the year  If you want to do experiential retail right, it has to be more than just sensational–it also needs to be useful and relevant.

Culture/Tech/Science:

Top Read of the Week: TechCrunch – IBM unveils its first commercial quantum computer

Why It Matters:  Quantum computers are arguably the future of computing.   Using QBits and quantum theory, they have the potential to solve computing problems that today would take thousands of years for conventional computers to solve.  To this point, they have largely been confined to the laboratory.

Consider as well:

  1. Motherboard – I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers’ location data, and that data is ending up in the hands of bounty hunters and others not authorized to possess it, letting them track most phones in the country.
  2. TBP – Disrupting the Disruptors – What happened with Uber/Lyft pulled out of Austin?
  3. Economist – A rocker’s guide to management  Bands are known for drink, drugs and dust-ups. But beyond the debauchery lie four models for how to run a business. Ian Leslie explains
  4. Jalopnik – The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Feels Like a Rocket Assembled by the Lowest Bidder

Best Reads of The Week – 01/04/19 Edition

This week’s highlights:  Hacking Public Speaking, Where the Market Is, and Big Sugar

Fifteen on Friday – Issue 314

Welcome to the New Year,

I hope your holidays were enjoyable.  Here in Nashville, things continue to remain wet.  December saw almost 5.5 inches of rain fall, and another 0.5 inches already in January.  Fingers crossed for a sunny weekend to dry things out.

If you find yourself bored next Tuesday morning, I am speaking at the Nashville Exit Planning Institute’s January Meeting (event registration here).  EPI is networking group of advisors to business owners from a range of disciplines including law, accounting, finance, etc.  The topic for the day will be looking at market cycles and how we respond, if at all.

We are testing out a slightly different format for the newsletter this week – highlighting in particular one article per section.  Would love your feedback on how we can continue to improve.

Best wishes for your 2019,

David


Food for Thought:

Top Read of the Week: Hacking Public Speaking: Do You Talk Funny?  David Nihill, the Irish-born best-selling author of “Do You Talk Funny?” went from being deathly afraid of standing in front of an audience, to founding FunnyBizz Conference, regularly performing stand-up routines, and finishing runner-up in NPR’s “The Moth” US story telling competition.

Why It Matters:  Public speaking is consistently listed among people’s greatest fears.  Nihill, in a funny and encouraging talk to the folks at Google, speaks about how he faced his fear and found an unlikely source with great insight into becoming a great public speaker, stand-up comedians.

Consider as well:

  1. VanityFair – “I See Him As A Modern-Day Pablo Escobar”: Inside Bill Browder’S War Against Putin  In a series of revealing new interviews, Putin’s public enemy No. 1 offers scintillating details about his investigation into Russian financial malfeasance, running for his life, and the Helsinki fallout.
  2. LSV – Small is the next big thing in retail.  Take a walk down any Main St in America, and you will likely stroll past a number of independent retailers.
  3. Engadget – Apple knows the age of yearly iPhone upgrades is over.
  4. Atrium – The Founder’s Guide to Understanding Investors

Business/Economics:

Top Read of the Week: Glad that’s over, or is it?  We know markets tend to surprise investors just when they begin to rely on a particular pattern. The explanation for the December and fourth quarter market malaise, however, is not that simple.

Why It Matters:  So this is admittedly self-serving, but as we do each quarter, here at Woodmont, we published our synopsis and view of the market this week.  In 5 short pages, we condense down a quarter’s worth of market action and offer our view of where things stand.  It is non-technical and acronym light, so anyone can read.

Consider as well:

  1. VanityFair – “I See Him As A Modern-Day Pablo Escobar”: Inside Bill Browder’S War Against Putin  In a series of revealing new interviews, Putin’s public enemy No. 1 offers scintillating details about his investigation into Russian financial malfeasance, running for his life, and the Helsinki fallout.
  2. LSV – Small is the next big thing in retail.  Take a walk down any Main St in America, and you will likely stroll past a number of independent retailers.
  3. Engadget – Apple knows the age of yearly iPhone upgrades is over.
  4. Atrium – The Founder’s Guide to Understanding Investors

Culture/Tech/Science:

Top Read of the Week: Here’s How A Colorado Dentist Became Big Sugar’s Worst Nightmare  For decades, companies worked to cast doubt on whether sugar harms — until Cristin Kearns started digging up the dirt.

Why It Matters:  By no means the first lengthy piece on sugar (see also 2011’s NYT Is Sugar Toxic?), this one continues to explore the dangers of high levels of sugar consumption.  What is unique in this article is the additional research from within sugar producers about the dangers of their own product that is just starting to see the light of day.

Consider as well:

  1. NYMag – Listening to Estrogen  “Hormones have always been a third rail in female mental health. They may also be a skeleton key.”  An fascinating look at the relationship between estrogen and schizophrenia.
  2. RollingStone – The Fall and Rise of M. Night Shyamalan   After his first run of hits dried up, Hollywood left the director for dead. But that was just the beginning of his story
  3. ProPublica – If You’re Over 50, Chances Are the Decision to Leave a Job Won’t be Yours  A new data analysis by ProPublica and the Urban Institute shows more than half of older U.S. workers are pushed out of longtime jobs before they choose to retire, suffering financial damage that is often irreversible.
  4. Ringer – The NFL’s Analytics Revolution Has Arrived  “Football is still well behind baseball and basketball when it comes to embracing advanced metrics, but teams have made significant progress in recent years. Those who do not adapt will be left behind.”
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