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Best Reads of The Week – 11/02/18 Edition

This week’s highlights:  Romance and Power, Buying for Life, and IBM buys Red Hat?

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Fifteen on Friday – 11/02/18 – Issue 307

Happy Friday Everyone,

David


Food for Thought:

  1. NYT – I Thought the Web Would Stop Hate, Not Spread It  Long time tech analyst, Kara Swisher, on what the internet has come to.
  2. Bloomberg – The City That Had Too Much Money  Vancouver was the first place to experience the tidal wave of Chinese cash. Now the city is leading efforts to stop it.
  3. Esquire – For Esther Perel, Romance And Power Are Intertwined  The relationships expert is demystifying couples therapy with her podcast, Where Should We Begin? But her approach to problem-solving goes beyond love, passion, and sex.
  4. GQ – The Time Bandits of Southern California The true story of a ring of thieves who stole millions of dollars’ worth of luxury watches—and the special agent who brought them down.
  5. NYT – Gritty’s First Month: The Heroic Ascendance of a ‘Ghastly Empty-Eyed Muppet’ The Philadelphia Flyers’ new mascot is truly haunting.

Business/Economics:

  1. Stratechery – IBM’s Old Playbook The best way to understand how it is Red Hat built a multi-billion dollar business off of open source software is to start with IBM.
  2. GU – Tactical Asset Allocation Alpha and The Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Pulled – Credit SB – “The purpose of this series is to challenge the conventions that lead to misguided asset allocation priorities, and offer compelling reasons for practitioners to reverse their thinking”
  3. FCC – How I got my first developer job at age 40 after 10 months of hard work.  An interesting first-person look at the resources freely available online to help career changers.
  4. VF – “You Can’T Out-Lloyd Lloyd”: At Goldman Sachs, The David Solomon Era Begins With Subtle But Significant Changes As Solomon succeeds legendary risk titan Lloyd Blankfein as C.E.O., he faces a slew of challenges: how to sort through the regulatory minefield, pivot to commercial banking, and maybe even make Goldman a little more woke in the process.
  5. TC – What’s Next for Podcasting?  The industry is taking the first steps toward paid subscriptions and exclusive content.

Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. NYT – Why Are Antiques So Cheap? Because Everyone Lives in the Kitchen
  2. Fawny – iPhones are Hard to UseArguably the iPhone is among the easiest of modern technology devices to use, but even as well designed as it is, this article highlights some of the design choices that aren’t as user-friendly as intended.
  3. GRS – Buy it for life: Choosing quality over price
  4. NYP – Paralyzed man walks after groundbreaking spinal implant
  5. NPR – A Rural Community Decided To Treat Its Opioid Problem Like A Natural Disaster

Best Reads of The Week – 10/26/18 Edition

The highlights:  The Value of Design, Philanthropic Struggles, and Photocopiers.

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Fifteen on Friday – 10/26/18 – Issue 306

Happy Friday Everyone,

After a week off for Fall Break, Fifteen on Friday is back to its regular schedule.

Have a great weekend,

David


Food for Thought:

  1. TheAtlantic – What I Learned About Life at My 30th College Reunion“Every classmate who became a teacher or doctor seemed happy,” and 29 other lessons from seeing my Harvard class of 1988 all grown up
  2. BBC – China’s hidden camps  What’s happened to the vanished Uighurs of Xinjiang?
  3. VF –  Inside The Top-Secret Israeli Anti-Terrorism Operation That’S Changing The Game. Governments around the world are quietly turning to YAMAM, Israel’s special police force, for help with their most intractable security problems. And now, elite commandos publicly reveal the tactics that have made it one of the most fearsome counterterrorism units in the world.
  4. LA Times – So many people have had their DNA sequenced that they’ve put other people’s privacy in jeopardy
  5. NYT – Verbatim: What Is a Photocopier? – Credit TR – In a deposition in Ohio, a lawyer became embroiled in an absurd argument about the definition of a photocopier.

Business/Economics:

  1. McKinsey&Co – The business value of design  How do the best design performers increase their revenues and shareholder returns at nearly twice the rate of their industry counterparts?
  2. CFAI – Tips for Aspiring Portfolio Managers
  3. TheWeek – How Best Buy survived the retail apocalypse
  4. Bloomberg – Tearing Apart Teslas to Find Elon Musk’s Best and Worst Decisions  A look inside reveals why the Model 3 risks missing out on big profits.
  5. MF – Third Point’s Campbells Video: Empty the Can – This is a first, an activist investor with a Youtube spot to highlight their case.

Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. TheAtlantic – Paul Allen Shows It’s Hard to Give Away $10 Billion  – Credit TP – The Microsoft co-founder was one of the most prolific philanthropists in the world—but he still died with $20 billion.
  2. Vox – West Elm won over millennials. But now it’s really pissing them off.  Angry customers are flooding the brand’s social media with complaints about shoddy sofas, late delivery, and rude service.
  3. MH – CrossFit’s Greg Glassman Disrupted Fitness. Next, He’s Taking on Healthcare.  Can CrossFit fix the healthcare industrial complex? Glassman thinks so.
  4. AOM – Movies Every Millennial Dad Should Introduce to His Kids
  5. MIT – Want to know when you’re going to die?  Your life span is written in your DNA, and we’re learning to read the code.
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