This week’s highlights:  Fighting Poverty, Debt Bubbles, and Zinc Batteries

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Fifteen on Friday – 09/28/18 – Issue 303

Food for Thought:

  1. GatesFoundation – 2018 Goalkeepers Report.  To put it bluntly, decades of stunning progress in the fight against poverty and disease may be on the verge of stalling.
  2. TheGuardian – ‘The people’s yogi’: how Adriene Mishler became a YouTube phenomenon  With 4 million subscribers and hundreds of thousands more watching free weekly videos, Yoga with Adriene is a social media sensation. What makes her fans so devoted?
  3. NYT – Bradley Cooper Is Not Really Into This Profile  In “A Star Is Born,” his directorial debut, Mr. Cooper wrangles with the celebrity industrial complex. So you can imagine how this interview went.
  4. Engadget – ‘Angry Birds’ makes its Magic Leap debut  Rovio jumps on the AR bandwagon.
  5. NYT – A Breakthrough for U.S. Troops: Combat-Ready Pizza

Business/Economics:

  1. Oaktree – The Seven Worst Words in the WorldIf you haven’t read Howard Marks’ latest piece, it is a must read look at the state of the capital markets currently.
  2. Medium – A stats-based look behind the venture capital curtain
  3. TBP – One Third of Americans Have $0 Saved for Retirement
  4. FRR – Future Founders, Here’s How to Spot and Build in Nonobvious Markets
  5. FeldThoughts – The Best Board Meetings – Credit SD

Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. NYT – Cheaper Battery Is Unveiled as a Step to a Carbon-Free Grid.  On Wednesday, an energy company headed by the California billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong announced that it had developed a rechargeable battery operating on zinc and air that can store power at far less than the cost of lithium-ion batteries.
  2. Gizmodo – Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information.  Remind me again why I’m on Facebook?
  3. Reuters – Strap on the Fitbit: John Hancock to sell only interactive life insurance
  4. OutsideMag – Walking Might Be the Best Exercise There Is
  5. NYT – A Football Player’s Descent Into Pain and Paranoia