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Best Articles This Week – 06/28/19

This week’s highlights: The B.A. Breakthrough, Facebook’s Content Moderation Problem, Fixing Email

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Fifteen on Friday – Issue 337

Best,

David


Food for Thought:

Top Read(s) of the Week:  The74 – As School Districts Collaborate With Top Charters and Foundations, We’re on the Cusp of a Breakthrough in Guiding Low-Income & Minority Students to a College Diploma

Why It Matters:  In this excerpt from the forthcoming book, The B.A. Breakthrough, author Richard Whitmire looks at many of the positive developments that are helping to drive academic outcomes and improve access to educational opportunity.

Consider as well:

  1. TorontoLife – The $500-Million Family Feud  Frank Stronach spent decades grooming his daughter, Belinda, to take over his billion-dollar business. Now he wants it back
  2. Elle – His Mood Changed and Our Marriage Imploded. Then He Took a Blood Test.
  3. LA Times – Is this 70-year-old marathon runner from East L.A. a record setter or a cheater?
  4. NYT – In Tennessee, Blackberry Farm Takes Over a Mountain  Can you call it a wellness retreat if you’re drinking and not hiking? Blackberry Mountain says yes. (Just maybe put down your phone.

Business/Economics:

Top Read of the Week:  TheVerge – Bodies in Seats

Why It Matters:   Who are the people hired to police the content posted on Facebook?  In this piece of investigative journalism, we get a deep dive into the world of ‘content moderators’ at one of the outsourced vendors Facebook has hired.  Not surprisingly what is uncovered is deeply disturbing.  Not only is the worst of humanity on display by Facebook’s users, the individuals tasked with the role are under-paid and under-equipped for the psychological effects of the job.  Warning – There is some really disturbing stuff discussed.

Consider as well:

  1. TechCrunch – The Changing Nature of Venture Capital – Credit SG
  2. Bloomberg – The Charmed Life of a Young Tiger Cub With a $4.6 Billion Fortune  Chase Coleman’s tech-focused Tiger Global manages $30 billion, helping land him on Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index.
  3. Kalzumeus – How Discount Brokerages Make Money
  4. FRR – Make Friends With the Monster Chewing on Your Leg, and Other Tips for Surviving Startups

Culture/Tech/Science:

Top Read of the Week:  NYT – Would You Pay $30 a Month to Check Your Email?

Why It Matters:   Slack and others have been trying to make the case that email is dead as a productivity tool.  Here is one start-up that is arguing the opposite, that email itself is not dead, it’s just that the tools we have to manage it (Gmail, Outlook) have seen essentially no innovation in the last 15 years.  “One of Silicon Valley’s buzziest start-ups, Superhuman, is betting its app’s shiny features are worth a premium price.”

Consider as well:

  1. Pocket – How To Read A Self-Help Book In 90 Minutes  Most self-help books are filled with useless fluff. Shave that off and actually learn something valuable.
  2. TheAtlantic – How a Bad Night’s Sleep Birthed the Sound Conditioner  In 1960, a Rubbermaid executive invented a device to tame noise in the home. Its impact has been anything but quiet.
  3. ESPN – Freddy Adu exclusive: ‘I’m not ready to give it up’  Adu was the phenom who would save American soccer from irrelevance. So why didn’t his career materialize?  “It’s a matter of habits, He never had the work rate. He never had to. Things always came easy.”
  4. TNR – I’ve Climbed Everest 21 Times. It’s Not the Mountain It Used to Be.  Over nearly three decades, Apa Sherpa has witnessed the effects of a warming climate and an overcrowded peak.

Best Articles This Week – 06/21/19 Edition

This week’s highlights:  1-Star Reviews, Jamie Dimon, and Quantum Computing

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Fifteen on Friday – Issue 336

Best,

David


Food for Thought:

Top Read(s) of the Week:  TheHustle – The restaurant owner who asked for 1-star Yelp reviews

Why It Matters:  How one small business owner flipped the online review ecosystem on its head

Consider as well:

  1. ABC – Stay in the Game.  An inspiring story of how a troubled young man found his way.
  2. TheAtlantic – Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think  Here’s how to make the most of it.
  3. BusinessWeek – The Next Big Phones Could Bring a Billion People Online  About half of humanity don’t have internet access, and a lot of those people are in Africa. Enter a $20 device with smartphone brains and a five-day battery.
  4. TheAtlantic – Are McMansions Making People Any Happier?  Homes have gotten bigger, but Americans aren’t any more pleased with the extra space.

Business/Economics:

Top Read of the Week:  Euromoney – The bankers that define the decades: Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase

Why It Matters:   Fantastic profile of JP Morgan’s CEO, Jamie Dimon.

Consider as well:

  1. Fortune – Making Billions at the Dollar Store  Dollar General has relied on a crafty mix of 7-Eleven-like convenience and Walmart-like low prices to become a retail giant. How much bigger can it get?
  2. BusinessWeek – When an Eight-Figure IPO Windfall Can Mean a Zero-Digit Tax Bill  Silicon Valley has won big with a tax break aimed at small businesses.
  3. QZ – Amazon is shutting down its food-delivery business – The Giant Blinks?
  4. Youtube – Stanley Druckenmiller Interview – The Economic Club of New York – Just as a general rule for life and markets, when Stan talks, you should listen.

Culture/Tech/Science:

Top Read of the Week:  Fortune – Business Bets on a Quantum Leap

Why It Matters:   Quantum computing could help companies address problems as huge as supply chains and climate change. Here’s how IBM, Google, Microsoft, and others are racing to bring the tech from theory to practice.

Consider as well:

  1. CityLab – How to Disappear  Is it possible to move through a smart city undetected?
  2. MotorTrend – New EV Recharging Tech Lets Electrons Flow Like Gasoline
  3. Wired – A Mythical Form of Space Propulsion Finally Gets a Real Test  Scientists have debated for decades whether the propulsion concept known as EmDrive is real or wishful thinking. A sensitive new tool may at last provide an answer.
  4. Inc – If You Can Do This Many Pushups in a Row, Harvard Scientists Say Your Risk of Heart Attack Is Over 30 Times Less
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