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The Week’s Best Articles – 09/28/18

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


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


  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


  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

This Week’s Best Reads – 09/21/18 Edition

This week’s highlights:  Lawnmower Parents, The Last Short Seller, and Tiny Homes


Fifteen on Friday – 09/21/18 – Issue 302

Food for Thought:

  1. WAT – Lawnmower Parents Are the New Helicopter Parents & We Are Not Here for It  Chances are, you’ve met this new breed of parent.
  2. BitterSoutherner – He Saw Our Darkness Nearing the 15th anniversary of Arkansas icon Johnny Cash’s death,  we reassess the Man in Black’s career — a life spent wrestling through music with the demons and saviors that haunt almost every Southerner.
  3. ESPN – Living The Stream How did Ninja become gaming’s first crossover star? The Fortnite legend is relentless about one thing: He’s always on.
  4. NYT – Ranch Nation  How one creamy, peppery salad dressing became America’s favorite flavor.
  5. JC – Every Nashville Bachelorette.  So true, so true.


  1. II – How Jim Chanos Uses Cynicism, Chutzpah — and a Secret Twitter Account — to Take on Markets (and Elon Musk)
  2. HBR – Planning Doesn’t Have to Be the Enemy of Agile
  3. FastCo – Forget the new iPhones: Apple’s best product is now privacy  Under Tim Cook’s leadership, Apple saw just how critical an issue user privacy would become. Now it’s at least as important a feature as shiny industrial design or a nice camera.
  4. BMC – What Does an EV/EBITDA Multiple Mean?.  Using multiples is a way of simplification when valuing a business, but the multiple itself embeds assumptions around capital intensity, returns on invested capital and growth.  As only Michael Mauboussin can do, here he teases out each of those and how they affect valuation.
  5. DataTrek – What Rolex Teaches Us About Disruption


  1. Hodinkee – A Week On The Wrist Apple Watch Series 4  The future of the Apple Watch is coming into focus – and I like what I’m starting to see.
  2. GuardianUK – A right to repair: why Nebraska farmers are taking on John Deere.  Farmers like fixing their own equipment, but rules imposed by big corporations are making it impossible. Now this small showdown could have a big impact
  3. NYT – Once a Summer Camp, Now a Family Home  In the Connecticut wilderness, the Portuguese hotel designer Alexandra Champalimaud has created an unexpected respite.
  4. WashPo – Chevy Chase Can’t Change  The 74-Year-Old Comedy Star Is Sober And Ready To Work. The Problem Is Nobody Wants To Work With Him.
  5. LV –  “The biggest time saver yet — moving into a tiny house”
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