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The Week’s Best Reads – 01/05/18

This week’s highlights:  Marital Happiness, The Demise of Subway, and 6 billion nights of sleep.


Fifteen on Friday – 01/05/18 – Issue 267

Happy 2018 everyone and welcome back to the first issue of Fifteen on Friday in the New Year.  I hope this finds you well and warm – no small feat in the crazy weather going around.

Woodmont published our Fourth Quarter Market Commentary this week entitled “2017: 12 for 12 for the First Time Ever!” Click here for a thoughtful yet concise look at the goings on in the stock and bond markets currently.

All the best,

Food for Thought:

  1. RH – Seriously, You—Ok, We—Need To Stop Watching The News This Year  The amount of information we consume on a daily basis is embarrassing.
  2. NYT – The Most Expensive Mile of Subway Track on Earth  How excessive staffing, little competition, generous contracts and archaic rules dramatically inflate capital costs for transit in New York.
  3. Medium – How I’m Training My Wife to Be Happy.  A thoughtful look at the power of one person to meaningfully engage the life of another.
  4. NYT – The More the Merrier, and the Messier Coming off the holidays, this was a wonderful reflection on the joys and challenges of family, especially under one roof.
  5. Tennessean – Nashville Classical shines in city’s early literacy efforts.  As a Classical parent and board member, it is incredibly encouraging to see the phenomenal work that the team and scholars are putting in, and the corresponding success.


  1. Vanguard – What’s behind the falling number of public companies? – Credit SF
  2. HBR – How to Excel at Both Strategy and Execution
  3. BI – Subway’s ‘mystery meat’ and ‘mushy and rotten vegetables’ destroyed the ‘Eat Fresh’ advantage it spent years building.  “America will pay for quality…But Subway never gave us the chance to buy a great sandwich”
  4. Bloomberg – Inside the Eccentric, Relentless Deal-Making of Masayoshi Son.  The Japanese billionaire has changed the startup game with his aggressive investing and enormous checkbook. Does he know what he’s doing?
  5. BI – The cost of bitcoin payments is skyrocketing because the network is totally overloaded


  1. YF – What Fitbit’s 6 billion nights of sleep data reveals about us – Credit SF
  2. DIGG – A Watch Expert Describes The Differences Between A $5,000 Watch And An $85,000 Watch.  A Patek Philippe 5170P costs a boatload more than a (still very expensive!) Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch. Does it justify the difference?
  3. WashPo – The bodies of his work: Michelangelo’s muscular mastery is on display at the Met
  4. Fortune – Has Apple Lost Its Design Mojo?
  5. WashPo – Two dying memoirists wrote bestsellers about their final days. Then their spouses fell in love.  My favorite read of 2017 was Paul Kalantithi’s When Break Becomes Air.  This story is a heartwarming look at life afterwards for his widow and another author’s widower.

The Week’s Best Reads – 12/22/17

This week’s highlights:  Rockefeller’s Art Collection, Tech 10 Years into the Future, The Making of Ed Sheeran’s Biggest Track.


Fifteen on Friday – 12/22/17 – Issue 266

Happy Holidays Everyone!   A quick public service announcement – this will be the final Fifteen on Friday of 2017 – we will return the first weekend in January.

Until then, I hope you enjoy time with friends and family – and maybe find some time to read something interesting.

All the best,

Food for Thought:

  1. VF – David Rockefeller and the Largest Art Auction of All Time  In March, David Rockefeller, the last surviving grandchild of robber baron John D. Rockefeller, died at the age of 101. As Christie’s prepares to auction his massive and prestigious collection, Vanity Fair looks into the collection’s origins.
  2. NYT – My Year of No Shopping.  Author and Nashvillian Ann Patchett reflects on a year outside the consumer culture.
  3. LifeHacker – Teach Kids to Nickname the Fears That Won’t Go Away.  
  4. WashPo – The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas toy for kids, or a mind game for adults?
  5. NYM – For the Good of Society — and Traffic! — Delete Your Map App


  1. TBP – Interview with Jeff Sherman of Doubleline
  2. A16Z – 10 Year Futures (vs. What’s Happening Now) Andreessen Horowitz’ Benedict Evans reflects on mobile, Google / Apple / Facebook / Amazon, innovation, machine learning, computer vision, autonomous cars, mixed reality and crypto-currencies – and more, in this keynote delivered at the most recent annual a16z Summit.
  3. CF – How To Read Financial News
  4. The Games They Will Play.  Now that tax reform has officially passed, here are a number of law professors discussing all the different ways to leverage the loopholes in the bill.
  5. Bloomberg – Subprime Auto Defaults Are Soaring, and PE Firms Have No Way Out – Credit DH – 


  1. NYT – ‘Shape of You’: Making 2017’s Biggest Track.  Ed Sheeran and the other writers/producers discuss How Shape of You came to be in the studio – arguably one of the biggest pop hits of 2017 and the most streamed song ever on Spotify.
  2. RoadandTrack – The Only McLaren F1 Technician in North America In a secret location in a windowless warehouse, Kevin Hines of McLaren Philadelphia is the only person in the US certified to work on your F1.
  3. Medium – This Is Exactly How You Should Train Yourself To Be Smarter
  4. NYT – Christie’s Just Set Another Auction Record, for Handbag Sales
  5. RollingStone – Magic Leap: Founder of Secretive Start-Up Unveils Mixed-Reality GogglesMagic Leap is arguably the most successful startup that the average person has not heard of.  Having raised billions, ML disclosed a little more this week about its hopefully ground-breaking mixed-reality goggles.
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