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The Week’s Best – 02/0/19 Edition

This week’s highlights:  Visualizing the American Dream, Why Family Owned Companies Outperform, and the Benefits of Parmigiano-Reggiano.

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Fifteen on Friday – Issue 318

Quote of the Week:

“In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”
– Eric Hoffer

Happy Friday,

David


Food for Thought:

Top Read of the Week:  TAG – Visualizing the American Dream

Why It Matters:  So admittedly this isn’t an article, but an hour long lecture, that Harvard Economist Raj Chetty gave recently at Google.  Chetty is one of the premier economists active today who is blending Big Data and data visualization to tell the story of the current state of economic mobility and the American Dream.

Consider as well:

  1. NYT – Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This  The devices have become our constant companions. This was not the plan.
  2. BH – How to Achieve Your Most Important Career Goals in a Fraction of the Usual Time  Plan like a CEO. Execute like a ninja.
  3. HuffPo – I’m Only 9, And I’m Already In College. Here’s What Life Is Like For Me.
  4. NewYorker – Why Tony Romo Is a Genius at Football Commentary  During the past few weeks of N.F.L. playoff games, Tony Romo, a former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, has delighted football fans by doing something different: telling them what they’re about to see.

Business/Economics:

Top Read of the Week:  CreditSuisse – The CreditSuisse Family Owned 1000 Companies in 2018

Why It Matters:  The longer-term trend of out-performance of family-owned (in this case publicly traded with significant family ownership) companies is well demonstrated.  Credit Suisse’s “Family 1000” universe has delivered cumulative excess returns in every region and sector since 2006.  This piece delves into why that is the case.

Consider as well:

  1. VC – Visualizing 200 Years of U.S. Stock Market Sectors
  2.  Recode – “Venture capital money kills more businesses than it helps,”  Fried says tech startups are addicted to raising and spending money, and the VC funding cycle is to blame.
  3. Reveal – Facebook knowingly duped game-playing kids and their parents out of money
  4. LinkedIn – After 25 years studying innovation, here is what I have learned

Culture/Tech/Science:

Top Read of the Week: BBC – Italy’s Practically Perfect Food 

Why It Matters:  I don’t know that this “matters” in the grand scheme of things, other than perhaps allowing you to indulge with a little less guilt….”Pound for pound, Parmigiano-Reggiano can compete with almost any food for calcium, amino acids, protein and vitamin A – and is prescribed by doctors to cure ailments.”

Consider as well:

  1.  ESPN – The clash of the Cleveland Browns: How Hue Jackson, Jimmy Haslam and Baker Mayfield collided
  2. TA – Luxury Concierges Battle for the Attention of the Very Rich A last-minute helicopter ride to the Hamptons doesn’t cut it — ultra-wealthy clients are looking for one-of-a-kind experiences.
  3. NYT – Tycoon of the Pre-Owned  Can Silicon Valley survivor Julie Wainwright’s luxury consignment company, the RealReal, save retail?
  4. NYT – Newseum Building to Be Sold to Johns Hopkins for $372.5 Million

The Week’s Best – 01/25/19 Edition

This week’s highlights:  Self Beyond LinkedIn, The Mess of Brexit, Sleep Doctors

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Fifteen on Friday – Issue 317

Happy Friday,

David


Food for Thought:

Top Read of the Week:  Chad Dickerson – We contain multitudes

Why It Matters:  Special thanks to Kyle Westaway for highlighting this one.  “Maybe if we all gave each other the space to be complex people — not reduced to public perception, our professional bios, our LinkedIn profiles, others’ narratives of who we are — we might understand each other better and give ourselves the room to be messy but wondrous human beings”

Consider as well:

  1. NYT – To Save the Sound of a Stradivarius, a Whole City Must Keep Quiet
  2. TheAtlantic – I Spent $925 on a Fake Canada Goose Coat  A winter splurge turns into an e-commerce nightmare.
  3. Aeon – What Happened When I Made My Students Turn Off Their Phones
  4. NYT – Socrates Wants You to Tidy Up, Too  What reading an ancient Greek dialogue can tell us about the Marie Kondo craze.

Business/Economics:

Top Read of the Week:  Economist – Brexit, mother of all messes

Why It Matters:  The Brexit debacle continues.  With so many moving pieces, for those of us on this side of the pond, keeping straight what is at stake is not easy.  Per usual, the Economist does an excellent job of summarizing the current state of things, and the profound constitutional paradoxes that are in play currently.

Consider as well:

  1. Adventur.es – Serving the Six-Sided Teeter Totter.  You may not know who Brent Beshore is, but you should.  Beshore is a sharp investor slowly building a portfolio of businesses.  His writings, and this annual letter, are always a thoughtful reflection on the craft of investing and operating a business.
  2. II – A Farmer Found a Trojan Horse Inside an Insurance Contract. Now He Might Bring Down the Canadian Insurance Industry.
  3. NYT – Vanguard’s Jack Bogle Wasn’t a Billionaire. He Was Proud of That.
  4. McKinsey – A better way to anticipate downturns. An older piece but still relevant – Credit markets, though harder to follow than equity markets, provide clearer signals.

Culture/Tech/Science:

Top Read of the Week: TG – I Had a ‘Sleep Doctor’ Tell Me How to Structure My Entire Day, and I’ve Never Felt More Energized

Why It Matters:  Sleep and its importance continues to be highlighted.  Arianna Huffington has made sleep a cornerstone issue for her and public health.  Just today, the Washington Post highlighted that a lack of sleep is causing a ‘public health crisis.  This article looks at how sleep is tied into self, and how “early birds” and “night owls” can better adapt what they do and when they do it in relationship to their own sleep/energy levels.

Consider as well:

  1. NYT – Paramount Was Hollywood’s ‘Mountain.’ Now It’s a Molehill.  After decades of nearly slapstick mismanagement — spinning off TV and missing the internet — the studio behind “The Godfather” is fighting for its life.
  2. ScienticAmerican – Is Only-Child Syndrome Real?  Children without siblings have long been thought of as spoiled and selfish. Are the claims true?
  3. NYT – Their Warhols Are at the Whitney. Their Ugly Divorce Is on Display, Too.  The tawdry divorce of Libbie and David Mugrabi is not just a tabloid story. At stake are a trophy townhouse, works by Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons, and the inner workings of one of the world’s most influential art dealer families.
  4. Motherboard – The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy   BitTorrent usage has bounced back because there’s too many streaming services, and too much exclusive content.
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