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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads – 05/04/18 Edition

This week’s highlights:  Baby-Formula, Agile Teams, and the Problem With Fast Food Hamburgers

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Fifteen on Friday – 05/04/18 – Issue 283

Food for Thought:

  1. Bloomberg – The Gambler Who Cracked the Horse-Racing Code Bill Benter did the impossible: He wrote an algorithm that couldn’t lose at the track. Close to a billion dollars later, he tells his story for the first time.
  2. NYT – The Baby-Formula Crime Ring – Credit TP – It’s Pricey, It’s Portable, Its Users Need It Constantly, And Retailers Love To Buy It At a Discount. All Of Which Makes It A Perfect Product To Steal.
  3. Telegraph – Why you’ll never understand the US unless you’ve been to Nashville – Credit DH
  4. NYT – Middle-Class Families Increasingly Look to Community CollegesWith college prices in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, more middle-class families are looking for ways to spend less for quality education.
  5. VC  –  Video: A Timelapse of Dubai’s Astonishing Growth Dubai’s transformation from a fishing village to a global real estate hub has been nothing short of remarkable. From having the world’s tallest building to man-made islands in the shape of a world map, the U.A.E.’s most populous city has never shied away from ambitious construction projects.

Business/Economics:

  1. HBR – Agile at Scale Agile teams started in software development, but are now moving to the broader enterprise.  This aligns nicely with Stan McCrystal’s concept of Team of Teams.
  2. TVG – When Buying A Good Business, Don’t Be Good Deal Focused
  3. Bloomberg – The Man Who Could Eat Half the Profit in Fund Management. Q&A with the former CEO of AllianceBernstein and pay-for-alpha proponent.  Meet fulcrum fees in the mutual fund world
  4. NYT – Bernardo Hees of Kraft Heinz: ‘New Mistakes Are Welcome’  A powerful force in the food business defends a famously frugal culture — and admits C.E.O.s don’t have all the answers.
  5. Guardian – Why we should bulldoze the business school There are 13,000 business schools on Earth. That’s 13,000 too many. And I should know – I’ve taught in them for 20 years.

Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. ReCode – Bitcoin is the greatest scam in history.  “It’s a colossal pump-and-dump scheme, the likes of which the world has never seen.” says the Founder of PayPal and former CEO of Intuit.
  2. NYT – A Fast-Food Problem: Where Have All the Teenagers Gone?
  3. WashPo – I tried the Big Mac, Whopper and Dave’s Single. They share the same major flaw.
  4. WireCutter – The Best Antivirus Is Not Traditional Antivirus.
  5. GEN – CRISPR-Cas9 Improved 10,000-Fold by Synthetic Nucleotides.  Precision gene editing comes closer and closer to a scalable reality.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads – 04/27/18 Edition

This week’s highlights:  The Next Warby Parker, Money Laundering on Amazon, and Introverts Win at Selling

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Fifteen on Friday – 04/27/18 – Issue 282

Food for Thought:

  1. TheAtlantic – The Man Who Brought Down Lance Armstrong  Floyd Landis, a former teammate of the cyclist’s, just won more than $1 million in a legal case against Armstrong. Here are his thoughts on the suit, cycling, and his onetime rival.
  2. NYT – Can You Pass a C.E.O. Test?  BIg thanks to Shane and the team at Farnam Street for digging up this gem.  A favorite line “If I can’t simply put what needs to be done on one page, I probably haven’t thought through it very well.”
  3. Time – A Growing Cult of Millennials Is Obsessed With Early Retirement. This 72-Year-Old Is Their Unlikely Inspiration
  4. Inc – Over 400 Startups Are Trying to Become the Next Warby Parker. Inside the Wild Race to Overthrow Every Consumer Category Wharton professors, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs are fueling an entire generation of Warby Parkers. Now there are more than 400 startups tackling products from toothbrushes to bras. What could go wrong?
  5. NYT – A Lynching Memorial Is Opening.  The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It.  The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opening Thursday in Montgomery, Ala., is dedicated to victims of white supremacy.

Business/Economics:

  1. MFR – Why All My Books Are Now Free (Aka A Lesson In Amazon Scams And Money Laundering)
  2. II – After Years of Talk, MiFID II Is Live. Here’s How It’s Already Changing the Research Business.
  3. II – Hugh Hendry’s Life After Hedge FundsThe Hedge Fund world’s enfant terrible reflects back on his career.
  4. TTI – An Unconstrained Investment Process Allows ‘Opportunity For Higher Alpha’ | CIO Clark Cheng, Merrimac Corp.
  5. Bloomberg – The Flatter U.S. Yield Curve Is Roiling Mom and Pop Investors.  Structured notes sold as an interest rate steepener have come back to bite investors.

Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. NYT – With a Glance Backward, Brooks Brothers Looks to the Future
  2. FastCo – The Revolutionary Giant Ocean Cleanup Machine Is About To Set Sail  Boyan Slat dropped out of school to work on his design for a device that could collect the trillions of pieces of plastic floating in the ocean. After years of work, it’s ready to take its first voyage.
  3. SA – Science Has Found a Drug-Free Way to Unlock Lucid Dreaming
  4. NYT – How Windmills as Wide as Jumbo Jets Are Making Clean Energy Mainstream
  5. AP – Why Introverts Have an Edge in Converting Prospects
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