This week’s highlights: Bird Scooters, The Largest VC Fund of All, and is Nicholas Cage a better actor than you think?
Fifteen on Friday – 05/25/18 – Issue 286
Food for Thought:
- TheAtlantic – Electric Scooter Charger Culture Is Out of Control. “Bird hunting” has become a pastime and a side hustle for teens and young professionals, but for some it’s a cutthroat business.
- Inc – Why It’s Time to Become Your Company’s Chief Laziness Officer. Most of the work you do is not important and in fact slows you down.
- Bloomberg – Wall Street’s Latest Secretive Trend? Board Game Nights. This fraternity-like network of players is more Snakes & Ladders than Skull & Bones—but no less well-positioned.
- New Yorker – How Fortnite Captured Teens’ Hearts and Minds – Credit SF – The craze for the third-person shooter game has elements of Beatlemania, the opioid crisis, and eating Tide Pods.
- WashPo – I was chief of disguise at CIA. ‘The Americans’ got a lot right.
- Economist – The meaning of the Vision Fund Succeed or fail, Masayoshi Son is changing the world of technology investing
- Wired – A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture When a chemist raised concerns about the blood testing machines’ high error rates, she was ignored. So she resigned.
- RetailDive – To survive the apocalypse, retailers must think of retail as a service
- II – What Exactly Happened to David Einhorn? The tarnishing of a hedge fund legend.
- YouTube – An Interview with Charlie Munger – Credit TP –
- TheAtlantic – An Unusual Idea for Fixing School Segregation. What if the answer lies in changing how college admissions work?
- MarketWatch – Why the American Dream of owning a big home is way overrated, in one chart
- 538 – The Five Types Of Nicolas Cage Movies Looking at the list of box office stars who have made the most money from movies based on an original screenplay — the people who make a living outside of adapted franchises — Cage comes in ninth, with $1.7 billion derived from 45 original screenplay films. Set aside the “Star Wars” trio and he’s sixth, behind only Adam Sandler, Tom Hanks, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell and Robert De Niro.
- NYT – ‘Mustang Means Freedom’: Why Ford Is Saving an American Icon Ford is phasing out its passenger cars, except one: the Mustang. The car may be only modestly profitable for Ford, but it has deep emotional power.
- NYP – Dazzling photos capture bald eagle stealing fox’s dinner