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The Week’s Best Articles – 06/09/17 Edition

This week’s highlights: Quitting youth sports, short selling as bounty hunting and a prescription to help with autism.


And we’re back

My apologies for missing last week – I was swamped in final preparations for the CFA exam on June 3rd and on a self-imposed information ‘lite’ diet.

Food for Thought:

  1. NYT – Knowing When to Quit  This may be touching the third-rail – but is there a time when it is best for your kids to quit youth sports?
  2. Ringer – The Ecstasy and the Anxiety of Jim Carrey  Forty years after wandering onstage at a Toronto comedy club as a teenager, the rubber-faced actor has lived every cycle of stardom. He reemerged recently after a long hiatus. Now what?
  3. NYT – Dissecting Marissa Mayer’s $900,000-a-Week Yahoo Paycheck
  4. AoM – 10 Things I Would Do If I Were Twenty-One  “The following is an excerpt from The Business of Living by Frank Crane. It has been condensed from the original. Published in 1920, it’s a real gem.”
  5. Forbes – Nashville Is On A Red Hot Roll, And It’s Not Just The Predators –  Last night notwithstanding…


  1. NYT – The Bounty Hunter of Wall Street.  Andrew Left sniffs out corporate fraud — and gets rich doing it.
  2. FC – Over the Last 17 Years: Have My Sell Decisions Really Added Anything?  I’m convinced that I should simply hold stocks indefinitely.
  3. Racked – $173 Million Later, The Real Real Is Officially Consignment Queen. The new funding comes just in time for the retailer to open its first store.
  4. WSJ – The Harvard Yard Sale: Private Equity, Real Estate and New Zealand Dairy Farms.  Private-equity giant KKR nears $70 million deal for some of endowment’s farm holdings.
  5. BoF – Luxury’s Generation Gap.  Millennials and Gen-Z will account for 45 percent of the luxury market by 2025, but their values and spending habits are at odds with the business models of many traditional brands.


  1. Economist – A drug used to treat sleeping sickness may also help with autism.  It was only an initial trial, but suramin’s effects were dramatic .
  2. BI – The iPad was supposed to revolutionize news, books, and computers. So what happened?
  3. MRP – Dad Jokes with Mr Jerry Seinfeld.  The legendary comedian on how to be a better parent and why his kids are his toughest audience
  4. NG – Climber Completes the Most Dangerous Rope-Free Ascent Ever.  Alex Honnold has become the first climber to free solo Yosemite’s 3,000-foot El Capitan wall.
  5. NYT – The Doctor Is In. Co-Pay? $40,000.

The Week’s Best Articles — 5/26/17 Edition

This week’s highlights: Fat startups, monogamy in a swipe world, and a $600 dollar dinner worth every penny.


Let’s Welcome Lord Stanley’s Cup to Nashville

The Nashville Predators wrapped up the Western Conference Championship – and are on to face an exhausted Pittsburgh Penguin team (who finally closed down their series in a 7 game nail-biter that went to double overtime last night).  The Preds are getting some solid national press in Philly (The epicenter of the hockey world is now … Nashville?) and New York (From Hockey 101 to a Ph.D. in Nashville)

Food for Thought:

  1. NYT – At His Own Wake, Celebrating Life and the Gift of Death.  Tormented by an incurable disease, John Shields knew that dying openly and without fear could be his legacy, if his doctor, friends and family helped him.
  2. Fortune – General Mills Loses the Culture Wars  The company’s Yoplait yogurt brand has foundered, falling behind Chobani—that’s only one problem for the packaged food giant. Can a new CEO calm the waters?
  3. NYT – Wanting Monogamy as 1,946 Men Await My Swipe
  4. Guardian – Bulletproof Coffee’s Dave Asprey: why healthy eating and exercise aren’t enough.  The tech entrepreneur was once overweight and unfocused. Now his ‘brain‑boosting’ diet has made him the toast of Silicon Valley
  5. SBB – The Total Solar Eclipse is Coming: Here’s What You Need to Know – Credit MW – Mark your calendars and make your way to Nashville this August 21, because this year, the United States is lucky enough to experience a total solar eclipse. Why head to Nashville? Because Nashville is the largest city in the world to experience this eclipse


  1. NYT – The Rise of the Fat Start-Up
  2. Coveteur – Why Herschel Was Always Going to be a Runaway Success  Herschel, a bag and travel accessories brand that was launched just seven years ago in Vancouver (where the company is still based), has managed to do what every other fashion and retail company dreams of: They’ve become a no-holds-barred, runaway success.
  3. Bloomberg – The Barbarians Are at Etsy’s Hand-Hewn, Responsibly Sourced Gates.  The ur-Brooklyn online craft marketplace is under pressure to start acting more like a conventional, shareholder-focused company.
  4. WSJ – Bond Buyers Forgive and Forget, Flock Back to Online Lenders’ Debt.  Online lenders have scrambled to make their credits more attractive to investors by overhauling their lending criteria and shortening loan terms.
  5. CIO – Redefining the Role of Hedge Funds.  Some of the funds are changing their strategic approach or at least becoming slightly more transparent.


  1. TheStar – At $600 each, this meal was worth every cent.  Noma’s Mexican pop-up is one in a string from world famous chef René Redzepi.
  2. Hoopshype – An inside look at the stressful, chaotic lives of NBA agents
  3. LinkedIn – The Three Qualities of People I Most Enjoy Working With – Credit HE
  4. Wired – CRISPR kills HIV and eats Zika ‘like Pac-man’. Its next target? Cancer.  Researchers paired proteins with a process that amplifies RNA which could be used to detect cancer cells.
  5. Forbes – Wall Street’s Robocop: How Digital Reasoning Cracked The Code On Trader Talk


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