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Top Articles of the Week – 04/19/19 Edition

This week’s highlights:  Cultural Lies, Venture Capital, and the Blurry Line Between Rap and Country

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Issue 328

Happy Passover and Easter Weekend,

David


Food for Thought:

Top Read(s) of the Week:  NYT – Five Lies Our Culture Tells  

Why It Matters:  David Brooks continues to thoughtfully deconstruct our present cultural meta-narrative.  As he highlights, politics follows from culture – and a toxicity of culture is a proximate cause to our current political climate.

Consider as well:

  1. WSJ

    tion too as I watched Notre Dame burn. Destroyed beauty is a spiritual event.”

  2. NYT – Melinda Gates on tech innovation, global health and her own privilege.
  3. CityLab – The Hidden Horror of Hudson Yards Is How It Was Financed  Manhattan’s new luxury mega-project was partially bankrolled by an investor visa program called EB-5, which was meant to help poverty-stricken areas.
  4. TheAtlantic – How the Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive

Business/Economics:

Top Read of the Week:  Upfront Ventures – Is VC Still a Thing?

Why It Matters:  The early stage market has been seemingly transformed as companies stay private for longer.  This short presentation is chock full of data about what is actually going on in VC.

Consider as well:

  1. HBR – How to Make Startup Stock Options a Better Deal for Employees – Tying into our headline story, when companies stay private longer, it dramatically changes the worth of stock options.
  2. Nautilus – What I Learned From Losing $200 Million  The 2008 financial crisis taught me about the illusion of control, and how to give it up.
  3. Bloomberg – The Twilight of Combustion Comes for Germany’s Empire of Engines  The nation that invented the heart of the car at the dawn of the 20th century might struggle to adapt to the coming electric era.
  4. JohnMaudlin – Japanified World Ahead – Credit SF – Low interest rates, slow growth and no inflation….

Culture/Tech/Science:

Top Read of the Week:  NYT – Lil Nas X’s Smash Makes Country Wonder if Rap Is Friend or Foe. Again.

Why It Matters:  A huge thanks to podcast Switched on Pop‘s episode this week on Lil Nas X’s hit song, “Old Town Road.”  This current (and catchy) chart-topper shows us the difficulty of assigning a song to a genre.

Consider as well:

  1. FastCo – This brilliant brick tower stores energy with gravity instead of batteries The Energy Vault can store solar energy, then generate electricity when the sun isn’t shining
  2. Quanta – What the Sight of a Black Hole Means to a Black Hole Physicist
  3. Jalopnik – Silicon Valley Invents Taxi Lines  Lyft is testing out a daring new feature the company hopes will make airport pickups easier. It’s called a line.
  4. 99PI – Froebel’s Gifts  In the late 1700s, a young man named Freidrich Froebel was on track to become an architect when a friend convinced him to pursue a path toward education instead. And in changing course, Froebel arguably ended up having more influence on the world of architecture and design than any single architect — all because Friedrich Froebel created kindergarten.

Top Articles of the Week – 04/12/19 Edition

This week’s highlights:  Robocalls, Smart Phones, and Birkin Bags

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Issue 327

Happy Friday,

David


Food for Thought:

Top Read(s) of the Week:  WashPo – Die, robocalls, die: A how-to guide to stop spammers and exact revenge

Why It Matters:  I haven’t had a chance to try these recommendations out yet, but I think we can all agree that something has to be done.

Consider as well:

  1. ProPublica – The IRS Tried to Take on the Ultrawealthy. It Didn’t Go Well.  Ten years ago, the tax agency formed a special team to unravel the complex tax-lowering strategies of the nation’s wealthiest people. But with big money — and Congress — arrayed against the team, it never had a chance.
  2. Vogue – Has Everlane Ushered in a Brave New World of Retail?
  3. NYT – High School Doesn’t Have to Be Boring  Debate, drama and other extracurriculars provide the excitement many classrooms lack. And they can help overhaul the system.
  4. NYT – The N.F.L.’s Great Cherry Tree Caper  In the spirit of “calling the balls and strikes” about Nashville, this piece highlights the strain of our city’s fast growth.  “The league didn’t actually try to steal Nashville’s gorgeous cherry trees, but it sure felt that way.”

Business/Economics:

Top Read of the Week:  DTD – This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things  

Why It Matters:  “Put simply, only one handset maker sells its phones for a profit – Apple (of course). The last time we ran the numbers, Apple captured more than 100% of the smartphone industry’s profits, meaning in aggregate everyone else is losing money.”

Consider as well:

  1. LATimes – The crowd-sourced, social media swarm that is betting Tesla will crash and burn.  It’s a sunny day in March and “Machine Planet” is flying a single-engine Cessna over Northern California. He’s cruising at 1,500 feet toward a massive lot leased by electric-car maker Tesla. His mission: to burst the Tesla bubble. And make some money doing it.
  2. NYT – Boeing’s 737 Max: 1960s Design, 1990s Computing Power and Paper Manuals
  3. Forbes – The Outlandish Story Of Ollie’s: A $5 Billion Retail Empire That Sells Nothing Online (But Is Beating Amazon)
  4. QZ – How to redesign GDP for the 21st century

Culture/Tech/Science:

Top Read of the Week:  NYT – Can the Birkin Bag Survive the Resale Market?  

Why It Matters:  There are few consumer goods where demand increases the more prices are raised – the Hermes Birkin being the most recent exemplar of the phenomena.  Much of this demand was due to constraints on supply – a moot point now thanks to resale sites such as The Real Real.  Highly Recommend Michael Tonello’s 2008 “Bringing Home the Birkin” – which exposed how much of the Birkin’s mystique was due to an artificially constrained supply at retail.

Consider as well:

  1. NYP – Scientists finally reveal first image of a black hole
  2. Vox – When did America’s heart turn cold on buffet chains?
  3. NYT – A-Rod on doping, getting therapy and no longer being the villain.
  4. LATimes – The bizarre story of the L.A. dad who exposed the college admissions scandal
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