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Godwin's Law
Godwin's Law (also known as Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies)[1] is a saying made by Mike Godwin in 1990. The law states: "As a discussion on the Internet grows longer, the likelihood of a comparison o...
argumentation  comparisons  disagreements  Godwin's_Law  logic_&_reasoning  Nazis  rhetoric  rules_of_the_game  from notes
6 weeks ago
Comments to How 5 Data Dynamos Do Their Jobs
I’d like someone to go through the tax data and find out what happened to all the accountants before and after Wang Spreadsheet, Lotus123, and Excel were released. What happened to their earnings, ...
data_scientists  letters_to_the_editor  organizing_data  storytelling  from notes
june 2019
The winner’s wisdom of Silicon Valley Stoics
TheGoat 2 days ago
Having just spent the last four years enjoying a spot of multiple-near-death-by-cancer life jokes from the almighty, here is my advice: enjoy every second to the fullest, life i...
advice  arduous  exercise  food  friendships  letters_to_the_editor  mybestlife  relationships  Stoics  from notes
june 2019
How to Prepare for the Next Recession: Automate the Rescue Plan
Suppan
San Diego 4h ago
As someone with an engineering background (both education and mindset) this kind of simplistic design of complex systems is very concerning.

If anyone remembers Nassim Tal...
complexity  economic_downturn  ecosystems  howto  letters_to_the_editor  modelling  models  Nassim_Taleb  oversimplification  preparation  recessions  from notes
may 2019
What tech hasn’t learnt from science fiction
Rambler 1 day ago
If you want to know what will happen in the distant future, read history.

For the shorter term future, try poetry and popular music.

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history  letters_to_the_editor  novels  quotes  Ray_Bradbury  science_fiction  Silicon_Valley  from notes
april 2019
Why Is Silicon Valley So Obsessed With the Virtue of Suffering?
George Born
Concord, NH5h ago
Not really a fair summary of what stoicism is. Stoicism recommends focusing on what one has the most control over: oneself and one's reactions to events.

Not really...
emotional_mastery  letters_to_the_editor  span_of_control  Stoics  from notes
march 2019
Affirmations for Getting Organized
1. I am organized in all areas of my life.
2. I am organized and productive.
3. I enjoy getting my life in order.
4. I am working on getting my life organized every day.
5. I love finding new way...
affirmations  GTD  organizing_data  self-organization  systematic_approaches  from notes
march 2019
Quotation about lying
"If you can't lie no better than that, you might as well tell the truth" - Delbert McClinton
lying  truth-telling  quotes  from notes
february 2019
Henry Kissinger’s infamous remarks
Henry Kissinger’s infamous remark, “Academic politics are so vicious because the stakes are so small.”
academia  campus_politics  Colleges_&_Universities  Henry_Kissenger  internal_politics  office_politics  quotes  viciousness  from notes
september 2018
21 Lessons for the 21st Century,
The world in 2050. In an excerpt from his new book, “21 Lessons for the 21st Century,” Yuval Noah Harai examines nothing less than the impact of artificial intelligence on our political and econom...
books  nonfiction  artificial_intelligence  from notes
august 2018
10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: What I Learned | Ben Casnocha
16 Lessons Learned (Among Many!)
1. People are complicated and flawed. Root for their better angels.
2. The best way to get a busy person’s attention: Help them.
3. Keep it simple and move fast w...
lessons_learned  advice  entrepreneurship  culture  psychology  productivity  self-deception  self-delusions  success  thought_experiments  networking  career  via:enochko  Reid_Hoffman  Ben_Casnocha  from notes
august 2018
Understanding Pensions
Defined contribution rather than defined benefit.

Defined Contribution



Defined Benefits
personal_finance  pensions  from notes
july 2018
Letters responding to Secrets and spies: can espionage ever be justified? | Financial Times
Please use the sharing tools found via the email icon at the top of articles. Copying articles to share with others is a breach of FT.com T&Cs and Copyright Policy. Email licensing@ft.com to buy ad...
letters_to_the_editor  espionage  SecDef  security_&_intelligence  politicians  tools  confirmation_bias  Pakistan  François_Mitterrand  from notes
june 2018
12 CRUCIAL QUESTIONS TO BETTER DECISION-MAKING:
May 31, 2018 | The Globe and Mail | HARVEY SCHACHTER.

Here are 12 crucial factors that consultant Nathan Magnuson says you should consider in decision-making:

* Are you the right person to make the decision?
* What outcomes are you directly respons...
benefits  clarity  core_values  costs  data  data_driven  decision_making  delighting_customers  long-term  managing_up  Occam's_Razor  personal_control  priorities  questions  the_right_people  what_really_matters  from notes
may 2018
We cannot win if we do not like each other
May 6 2018 | Sunday Stabroek | by Ian McDonald.

When I was a schoolboy we had a games-master named Mr. Wilkinson who had served the College for all eternity. I suppose he must have been in his fi...
Guyana  Guyanese  partisanship  national_unity  factionalism  dissension  ethnic_divisions  politics  intolerance  incivility  mistrust  personal_animosity  personal_invective  from notes
may 2018
Risk Management Reports
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December 1997 Volume 24, No. 12. The trick in risk management,
perhaps, is in recognizing that normal is not a (default) state of nature but a
state of transition, and trend is not destiny. . . ." (Sept. 1, 1997). Peter Bernstein
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Peter_Bernstein  risk-management  risks  book_reviews  base_rates  ephemerality  transient  impermanence  trends  transitions  normality  quotes  from notes
april 2018
Shopping for the apocalypse
Aug. 26, 2017 | The Financial Times | by Esther Bintliff.

Apocalyptic thinking has always been with us, but its power waxes and wanes. "We live in an extremely unstable and insecure time," says Ash Amin, a Cambridge University geography professor who studies urban culture. "Risks are much bigger and globally integrated."

The psychology of prepping rests on this sense of chaos, of needing to assert some control - any control - over an unpredictable reality. There is solace in practical, orderly steps you can tick off a list. Buy a three-day supply of non-perishable food, a few gallons of water, a torch, a multi-tool. Identify your family meeting place, evacuation route, shelter. These are achievable aims.

Many everyday catastrophes, in contrast, are unwieldy and intractable. Rather than arriving with the sudden bloom of a mushroom cloud, they unfold slowly, in quiet, unobtrusive ways. Some 52,000 people died of drug overdoses in the US in 2015, more than from guns or cars, or from HIV/Aids in the year the epidemic reached its height. Mothers, fathers, teens collapsing in shopping aisles and sports pitches is its own kind of Armageddon; most of us feel helpless in its wake.

Of course, calamities do occur. One morning in September 1859, British astronomer Richard Carrington was in his observatory when he saw a white-light solar flare - a huge magnetic explosion on the sun. It was followed by the largest geomagnetic storm ever recorded on Earth. Telegraphs were disrupted across Europe and the US. My husband's fear is of a repeat Carrington event - a severe geomagnetic storm that this time would take down the electrical grid, GPS and satellites. In 2012, scientists suggested that the likelihood of such a storm within a decade was as high as 12 per cent. Worst-case scenario: millions of people, hospitals, businesses without power for months.

Perhaps it's worth preparing for this one-in-eight possibility of chaos. So when is prepping not paranoia - but planning? Tom Martin, founder of the American Preppers Network, which has 35,000 forum members and 230,000 fans on Facebook, tells me: "The definition of a prepper is quite simply 'one who prepares'. So if someone stores extra food and emergency supplies in case of a -disaster, then by definition they are a prepper... It's all varying degrees."..........Amin points out that the emphasis on individual prepping may be misplaced. "Where you find really resilient populations, they often share responsibility with their families and communities. And the history of managing for apocalypse is the history of governmental and infrastructure preparedness."

I take this to mean that instead of building up supplies, we should invite the neighbours round for cake and pressure the government to invest in things such as transport and back-up energy. That's the kind of prepping I can get behind. But I might buy a wind-up radio as well, just in case.
apocalypses  catastrophes  chaos  disasters  disaster_preparedness  emergencies  natural_calamities  power_grid  preparation  readiness  resilience  risks  slowly_moving  survivalists  unwieldy  worst-case  imperceptible_threats  from notes
november 2017
From Swiss post to Swedish retail
26 August/27 August 2017 | FT | Tyler Brule

Q: I know you're a fan of Italy, so what do you think will happen to Alitalia [that went into administration in May]? Or do you even care?

A: First, I...
H&M  brands  retailers  Tyler_Brûlé  department_stores  Alitalia  Lufthansa  fast-fashion  from notes
november 2017
Why do entrepreneurs get such a bad rap?
26 Aug. 2017, p. 2. I Financial Times pg. 15 | by Janan Ganesh. "

Richard Branson's battle to establish Virgin Atlantic against British Airways in the 1980s was a better story than anything politic...
entrepreneur  creative_types  Janan_Ganesh  Richard_Branson  from notes
november 2017
The next Coco Chanel will be a coder
Aug. 26, 2017 | The Financial Times. p4. | by Federico Marchetti.

Eager to know what the next big thing in luxury will be? I am utterly convinced that digital talent will be as important to fashio...
brands  CEOs  coding  digital_influencers  digital_savvy  fashion  Instagram  luxury  Yoox  from notes
november 2017
Rich People
“Rich People plan for three generations
Poor people plan for Saturday night”

― Gloria Steinem
tags: class-distinction, inspirational
quotes  generational_wealth  Gloria_Steinem  personal_finance  social_classes  beforemath  forward_looking  foresight  preparation  time_horizons  from notes
october 2017
Things You Can't Unwind
Three things you can't take back:
Wasted time
An arrow or a bullet after its been shot
And the spoken word

- So plan wisely
- Aim carefully at a justified target
- And think before you open...
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Time wasted is time lost, says the Kresge Foundation as it makes a public pledge
time-management  quotes  from notes
september 2017
Terry's Strategy
After 22 years at Pirate Radio, the voice of the industry is moving on. What's he thinking?

THIS WON'T BE THE FIRST TIME TERRY O'REILLY HAS CHANGED tracks, and if history is any indication, he'll p...
Terry_O'Reilly  radio  CBC_Radio  marketing  advertising  persuasion  from notes
september 2017
DigitalSignageToday.com: 10 'Big Ideas' from ICX Summit 2016
June 6, 2016 | Newstex Trade & Industry Blogs, | by Christopher Hall

1. Media has become the store, so the store has to become the media

How many websites or digital signage or kiosk screens ha...
Doug_Stephens  metrics  retailers  kiosks  digital_signage  experiential_marketing  from notes
august 2017
Get Ready to Defend the Free Market
06.02.97 | Forbes | Rich Karlgaard

LET'S CLONE GEORGE GILDER. One is just not enough. The original I'd keep in his current job as a technology writer and forecaster of the first rank. Nobody rea...
Rich_Karlgaard  free_markets  George_Soros  warp_speed  George_Gilder  income_inequality  tempo  operational_tempo  '90s  capitalism  digital_economy  from notes
august 2017
Bloomberg Businessweek
See the connections others don't make. Hear the buzz before it starts. Navigate the currents they don't follow. Know the plays ahead of the game. Know what matters and why (secrets, discernment).
quotes  connecting_the_dots  ahead_of_the_curve  sophisticated  discernment  secrets  what_really_matters  from notes
august 2017
Maersk CEO Soren Skou on how to survive a cyber attack (reader responses)
The article doesn't tell anything of value. It's a shortcoming regarding the standard of the FT. This CEO doesn't say anything despite that he took part in confcalls. Wow. 

As an outsider it would...
letters_to_the_editor  Maersk  cyber_security  cyberattacks  FT  interpretative  from notes
august 2017
Donald Trump Poisons the World
Luomaike New Jersey 9 hours ago
As much as I deplore Trump and his supporters, there is a fascinating duality to his presidency. He is a hypocritical, narcissistic, self-delusional man who holds a Do...
letters_to_the_editor  Donald_Trump  climate_change  from notes
june 2017
Trump and the problem with the new normal
Twenty years ago, Nasa scientists asked the sociologist Diane Vaughan to study the causes of the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster. Vaughan responded by developing a concept she called "the norma...
Gillian_Tett  Donald_Trump  NASA  deviance  '80s  normality  White_House  complacency  normalization  tipping_points  normalization_of_deviance  new_normal  from notes
may 2017
Naive entrepreneurs at risk of losing out to venture capitalists
Jan. 20, 2016 | The Financial Times News: p6. | Murad Ahmed

Tech start-up financing is often structured to protect venture capitalists, not founders, says Murad Ahmed

Nicolas Brusson and Philip...
entrepreneur  founders  vc  venture_capital  France  BlaBlaCar  trustworthiness  relationships  funding  asymmetrical  investors  naivete  connected_cars  from notes
april 2017
Moving targets; Smartphones and tablets
What advertisers love, and what they hate, about mobile devices

MARKETERS' MANTRA OF reaching "the right person, with the right message, at the right time" has become a lot more achievable in the p...
geofencing  location_based_services  native_advertising  advertising  mobile_phones  mobile  smartphones  tablet_computing  beacons  the_right_people  from notes
february 2017
Leaner and meaner; Advertising agencies
Technology has made life harder for admen, but they will not disappear

GAUGING THE STATE of health of the advertising industry is easy: just stroll along the waterfront in Cannes when the admen hol...
advertising_agencies  WPP  Martin_Sorrell  Publicis  ad-tech  Omnicom  from notes
february 2017
Virtual beauty parade; Publishers
Technology has put the squeeze on publishers in online advertising

BREAKFAST CEREALS ARE usually harmless enough, but Kellogg's, which makes a lot of them, has become many publishers' worst nightma...
Kelloggs  publishing  Google  Facebook  behavioural_targeting  programmatic  from notes
february 2017
The world wild web; The future
These days advertisers are feeling less certain of themselves. They are still trying to come to grips with the radical changes technology has brought to the way advertising is consumed, sold and perso...
future  advertising  privacy  personalization  David_Ogilvy  tradeoffs  from notes
february 2017
Stoics in Silicon Valley learn to manage disappointment
17 Dec. 2016 |Financial Times | Byline: Philip Delves Broughton.
* Stoicism is the new Zen, a rediscovered set of ideas that seem tailor-made for a period of rapid change.
* The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph by Ryan Holiday
* Keep moving forward

History will one day tell us more about the meeting this week between Donald Trump and the biggest names in Silicon Valley. We will find out why these usually swagge...
next_play  Silicon_Valley  Stoics  Philip_Delves_Broughton  books  MLK  Vietnam_War  suffering  joyless  tough-mindedness  Romans  Jim_Collins  endurance  rapid_change  disappointment  from notes
february 2017
The Phone Call That Saved Israel
The key lessons are
1) facts are better than "concepts", so we had better get all the facts we can. With out facts all one has is opinions, and we know how accurate those are.
2) facts can be igno...
security_&_intelligence  letters_to_the_editor  humint  espionage  Egypt  Israel  lessons_learned  Yom_Kippur_War  pretense_of_knowledge  from notes
august 2016
The path to enlightenment and profit starts inside the office
(Feb. 2, 2016): The Financial Times | John Thornhill.

Competition used to be easy. That is in theory, if not always in practice. Until recently, most competent companies had a clear idea of who their rivals were, how to compete and on what field to fight.

One of the starkest - and scariest - declarations of competitive intent came from Komatsu, the Japanese construction equipment manufacturer, in the 1970s. As employees trooped into work they would walk over doormats exhorting: "Kill Caterpillar!". Companies benchmarked their operations and market share against their competitors to see where they stood.

But that strategic clarity has blurred in so many industries today to the point of near-invisibility thanks to the digital revolution and globalisation. Flying blind, companies seem happier to cut costs and buy back their shares than to invest purposefully for the future. Take the European telecommunications sector. Not long ago most telecoms companies were national monopolies with little, or no, competition. Today, it is hard to predict where the next threat is going to erupt.

WhatsApp, the California-based messaging service, was founded in 2009 and only registered in most companies' consciousness when it was acquired by Facebook for more than $19bn in 2014. Yet in its short life WhatsApp has taken huge bites out of the lucrative text messaging markets. Today, WhatsApp has close to 1bn users sending 30bn messages a day. The global SMS text messaging market is just 20bn a day.

Car manufacturers are rapidly wising up to the threat posed by new generation tech firms, such as Tesla, Google and Uber, all intent on developing "apps on wheels". Chinese and Indian companies, little heard of a few years ago, are bouncing out of their own markets to emerge as bold global competitors.

As the driving force of capitalism , competition gives companies a purpose, a mission and a sense of direction. But how can companies compete in such a shape-shifting environment? There are perhaps two (partial) answers.

The first is to do everything to understand the technological changes that are transforming the world, to identify the threats and opportunities early.

Gavin Patterson , chief executive of BT, the British telecoms group, says one of the functions of corporate leaders is to scan the horizon as never before. "As a CEO you have to be on the bridge looking outwards, looking for signs that something is happening, trying to anticipate it before it becomes a danger."

To that end, BT has opened innovation "scouting teams" in Silicon Valley and Israel, and tech partnerships with universities in China, the US, Abu Dhabi, India and the UK.

But even if you foresee the danger, it does not mean you can deal with it. After all, Kodak invented the first digital camera but failed to exploit the technology. The incentive structures of many companies are to minimise risk rather than maximise opportunity. Innovation is often a young company's game.

The second answer is that companies must look as intensively inwards as they do outwards (e.g. opposing actions). Well-managed companies enjoy many advantages: strong brands, masses of consumer data, valuable historic data sets, networks of smart people and easy access to capital. But what is often lacking is the ambition that marks out the new tech companies, their ability to innovate rapidly and their extraordinary connection with consumers. In that sense, the main competition of so many established companies lies within their own organisations.

Larry Page, co-founder of Google, constantly urges his employees to keep being radical. In his Founders' Letter of 2013, he warned that companies tend to grow comfortable doing what they have always done and only ever make incremental change. "This . . . leads to irrelevance over time," he wrote.

Google operates a 70/20/10 rule where employees are encouraged to spend 70 per cent of their time on their core business, 20 per cent on working with another team and 10 per cent on moonshots. How many traditional companies focus so much on radical ventures?

Vishal Sikka, chief executive of the Indian IT group Infosys, says that internal constraints can often be far more damaging than external threats. "The traditional definition of competition is irrelevant. We are increasingly competing against ourselves," he says.

Quoting Siddhartha by the German writer Hermann Hesse, Mr Sikka argues that companies remain the masters of their own salvation whatever the market pressures: "Knowledge can be communicated. Wisdom cannot." He adds: "Every company has to find its own unique wisdom." [This wisdom reference is reminiscent of Paul Graham's advice to do things that don't scale].

john.thornhill@ft.com
ambitions  brands  breakthroughs  BT  bureaucracies  competition  complacency  constraints  Fortune_500  incentives  incrementalism  Infosys  innovation  introspection  irrelevance  large_companies  LBMA  messaging  mission-driven  Mondelez  moonshots  opposing_actions  organizational_culture  outward_looking  Paul_Graham  peripheral_vision  radical  risk-avoidance  scouting  smart_people  start_ups  staying_hungry  tacit_knowledge  technological_change  threats  uniqueness  unscalability  weaknesses  WhatsApp  wisdom  digital_cameras  digital_revolution  from notes
april 2016
Drones to the front line in race to save lives
Buffeted by the wind, a wooden vessel carrying 297 mostly Eritrean migrants, many of them young women, begins taking in water near an oilfield off the coast of Libya. Hundreds of migrants from Africa ...
drones  Mediterranean  migrants  humanitarian  medical  from notes
march 2016
The Intelligence was Flawed
Oct. 3, 2015 |FT| by Christopher Silvester on a crisply argued history of second world war espionage.
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The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939-1...
WWII  security_&_intelligence  espionage  books  MI6  from notes
december 2015
Pied a Terre restauranteur dips a toe into barbecue chains
October 23, 2015 | Financial Times | Malcolm Moore

Malcolm Moore on a perfectionist adding casual dining to his repertoire

David Moore says he is not a perfectionist but he is fibbing. For 25 ye...
casual_dining  restaurants  restauranteurs  BBQ  London  United_Kingdom  from notes
december 2015
Back to business
October 17/18, 2015 | FT| By Matthew Garrahan and Ben McLannahan
The party to celebrate Bloomberg Businessweek magazine's 85th anniversary took place under a 21,000lb fibreglass model of a blue whale...
Michael_Bloomberg  New_York_City  BusinessWeek  entrepreneur  financial_data  moguls  mayoral  Bloomberg  financial_journalism  from notes
november 2015
'Virtual fieldwork' is no substitute for travel
Oct. 10, 2015| FT | Tyler Brule
From time to time this column takes on the part-time role of concierge for its readers. The requests that come across this desk are not unlike those that greet the men...
travel  due_diligence  concierge_services  market_research  sleuthing  primary_field_research  research_methods  Tyler_Brûlé  interpretation  forecasting  from notes
november 2015
How to treat expired geniuses
October 31, 2015 | FT| | Simon Kuper
We simply haven't found ways to treasure expired geniuses. Look, for instance at the media's treatment of Paul McCartney. As a Beatle, he was always being criticised. After his genius ran out, he got mocked for stumbles in love or for publishing silly poems. Few people could stand back and say:"This guy enriched our lives. Let him write a bad poem".
genius  howto  from notes
november 2015
An ailing titan of the small screen
October 10-11| FT| By Matthew Garrahan

In its 1980s heyday, MTV was the coolest brand in media. The music video channel was name-checked in pop hits, helped turn acts such as Michael Jackson into h...
Sumner_Redstone  moguls  MTV  Viacom  television  aging  CBS  digital_media  from notes
november 2015
G-zero: the new world order
October 10-11, 2015| FT | Gillian Tett


A few weeks ago, as grim news tumbled out of Syria, I travelled to a pleasant American holiday resort to participate in a conference of (mostly western) pol...
Gillian_Tett  geopolitics  Ian_Bremmer  G-Zero  foreign_policy  Cold_War  from notes
november 2015
Short Cuts
October 10-11 | FT|

As homes get smarter, humans inch closer to being deposed as lords and masters. Now Amazon is accelerating the process: planning to connect washing machines to its website to or...
smart_homes  Amazon  connected_devices  Industrial_Internet  laundry_rooms  home_appliances  home_automation  white_goods  from notes
november 2015
Natural born chillers
November 14.15, 2015 |FT | by Sophie Knight. Telling people it's good for the environment isn't good enough. You have to give them a motivation to buy it, such as it being healthier or cheaper.
motivations  green  selling  from notes
november 2015
Design for disasters
November 14/5, 2015 | FT | Nicola Davison
Architects, he thinks, have as great a responsibility to people in disaster-prone regions as other professionals. It is not earthquakes themselves that kill ...
architecture  design  earthquakes  natural_calamities  from notes
november 2015
Control Your Passions
"A man who governs his passions is master of the world. We must either command them or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil."

--St. Dominic Guzman
self-discipline  passions  quotes  jck  from notes
november 2015
The fuss over wearables: The Economist explains
Mar 11, 2015 |The Economist (Online)
ON MARCH 9th Apple, probably the most successful technology company in history, held an event to launch its smartwatch, which will go on sale next month. In addition to keeping track of time, the watc...
location_based_services  wearables  Apple  magazines  from notes
november 2015
The Disproportionate Risks of Driving While Black
Yang Congtou Beijing 1 hour ago
'The officer found a small amount of marijuana and several grams of cocaine and arrested her.'

Ok, keep in mind God helps those who help themselves.
1) Don't drive...
advice  letters_to_the_editor  race  African-Americans  disproportionality  personal_risk  racial_disparities  from notes
october 2015
Tech City News: London to host first Food Tech Week
Weblog post. Newstex Trade & Industry Blogs, Newstex. Oct 1, 2015.

ProQuest Central: hackathon and food and distribut*

October will see the launch of London's first ever 'Food Tech Week' which will be celebrating all things food and facilitating tec...
London  United_Kingdom  product_launches  food  technology  hackathons  disruption  ecosystems  brands  fresh_produce  innovation  food_tech  from notes
october 2015
Ideas Ignite When Food System Actors and Burlington Techies Gather at UVM
19 Feb 2014 | Targeted News Service [Washington, D.C]

Proquest Central: hackathon and food and distribut*

The University of Vermont issued the following news:

Just the idea of a "hackathon" suggests a certain kind of energy -- creativity and cr...
ideas  hackathons  food  ecosystems  fresh_produce  OPMA  from notes
october 2015
The bold rush to the Internet
Aug 2000 | Association Management pgs. 130-146 | by Carole Schweitzer,

START REFERRING TO ASSOCIATIONS AS "roadkill" (as Greg Dalton did in his February 7, 2000, article "Trade Groups: The Next Ro...
associations  online  business_models  partnerships  from notes
september 2015
Apple streaming service leaves iTunes behind
6 June 2015|Financial Times | Tim Bradshaw in San Francisco and Matthew Garrahan in New York

When Apple unveils a new music streaming service at the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, it w...
Apple  streaming  iTunes  music  downloads  music_industry  from notes
july 2015
High-tech Singapore rides into the future
6 June 2015 | Financial Times|Louise Lucas in Singapore

Singapore has seen the future - and is busily putting it into practice.

From crowdsourced buses, designed to do for public transport what ...
Singapore  sharing_economy  massive_data_sets  disruption  from notes
july 2015
Meet the Zaouis
23 May 2015 | Financial Times | Jonathan Guthrie.

The business plan for their M&A advisory firm was essentially a Post-it note reading 'Allons-y!" But in the two years since they set it up, broth...
finance  financiers  investment_banking  London  United_Kingdom  start_ups  boutiques  mergers_&_acquisitions  from notes
july 2015
Nine retailers closing the most stores
Mar 13, 2014 | The Courier | McIntyre, Douglas A; Hess, Alexander EM

Brick-and-mortar retailers have been suffering from slow economic activity for years, as well as from increased competition fr...
retailers  exits  bricks-and-mortar  e-commerce  from notes
april 2015
Forcing Black Men Out of Society
By Matt Guest

We can even go so far as to say that whites will cheer for their favorite black athletes, but they won't necessarily introduce themselves to the new black family that just moved to th...
race_relations  African-Americans  visceral  fear  Jim_Crow  from notes
april 2015
Why a Harvard Professor Has Mixed Feelings When Students Take Jobs in Finance
Walker New York 2 hours ago APRIL 10, 2015
Professor Mullainathan's article illustrates perfectly why the study and profession of economics has been dubbed the "dismal science." He draws upon highbro...
letters_to_the_editor  finance  Harvard  Wall_Street  from notes
april 2015
Demise of Big Box Retailing in Canada
Arlene Dickinson
The demise of so many big box retailers in Canada leaves a real opportunity for entrepreneurs to fill the markets evolving needs. I believe that the future of bricks and mortar retai...
entrepreneur  opportunities  women  big-box  retailers  customer_experience  small_business  angels  from notes
march 2015
Economists’ magic
John Kenneth Galbraith’s admonition: “The purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of ready-made answers to economic questions, but to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists....
economists  economics  John_Kenneth_Galbraith  forecasting  quotes  from notes
march 2015
The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking By Eli Broad
We started by looking at some of the industry's most fundamental operating principles, what most people would call the basics. They represent the strongest, stickiest — and most unexamined kind of c...
conventional_wisdom  critical_thinking  quotes  moguls  unexamined  patronage  benefactors  assumptions  innovation  opportunities  Eli_Broad  thinking  unconventional_thinking  assessments_&_evaluations  unreasonableness  from notes
february 2015
David Carr's bio for his course
Your professor is a terrible singer and a decent dancer. He is a movie crier but stone-faced in real life. He never laughs even when he is actually amused. He hates suck-ups, people who treat waitress...
David_Carr  quotes  from notes
february 2015
The raw and the clicked
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february 2015
The network effect
Jan 19th, 2015 | Comments to article in the Economist by guest-smamejj.

Networking is not a one off event. All the best networkers work hard at two things.

1. Building a broad network of qualit...
networking  Communicating_&_Connecting  network_effects  listening  questions  attentiveness  from notes
january 2015
The network effect
Shamelessness, schmoozing, brown-nosing, calculating, ruthless, shameless (again)…one gets the impression that Schumpeter’s attempts at networking have not been so successful!

Jan 16th,2015| de...
letters_to_the_editor  friendships  networking  Communicating_&_Connecting  network_effects  shamelessness  from notes
january 2015
A Hard Turnaround for Software: Software Companies Caught in a Downward Spiral Find It Exceptionally Difficult to Escape. Yet a Determined Few Succeed
Summer 2002 |The McKinsey Quarterly By Blumling, Mark; Frick, Kevin A.; Meehan, William F.,, III

While executing a turnaround in any industry can be a difficult task, digging a software business ou...
category_killers  cost-cutting  downward_spirals  howto  increasing_returns_to_scale  McKinsey  software  switching_costs  turnarounds  winner-take-all  from notes
january 2015
Grand Juries
Taken form comments following publication of The Union Future, in the NYT on DEC. 18, 2014 by David Brooks.

address the specific issue: how evidence is presented to a Grand Jury, and how the curren...
Eric_Garner  letters_to_the_editor  juries  from notes
january 2015
The Game of Chess
* At the beginning of the game the chessboard is laid out so that each player has the white (or light) color square in the bottom right-hand side.
* The queen, always goes on her own matching color (...

http://www.chess.com/learn-how-to-play-chess
chess  from notes
january 2015
Nothing replaces Persistence
"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education wi...
quotes  grit  hard_work  inspiration  proverbs  persistence  perseverance  problem_solving  from notes
december 2014
When Yahoo Met Alibaba: The Third Time Was the Charm
August 6, 2014 | Deckposts | Susan Decker

I serve on two boards with noted investor Charlie Munger — Costco and Berkshire Hathaway. Munger is a legendary business leader with an abundance of wisd...
boards_&_directors_&_governance  lessons_learned  Charlie_Munger  Costco  Berkshire_Hathaway  learning_agility  quotes  from notes
december 2014
Captaincy
There are reasons for traditions and arrangements. Sometimes they are good and sometimes not, but they are reasons, explanations grounded in some sort of experience. I had a conversation about this a ...
advice  biases  bias_for_improvement  bias_toward_change  institutional_knowledge  internal_systems  Jason_Isaacs  management_consulting  Peggy_Noonan  from notes
november 2014
Going somewhere?
Going somewhere? Our tech columnist Jamey Ordolis has a long list of apps and sites to help you travel light and easy. Here are links to the many resources she mentioned today:

FOR IDEAS AND INFO: ...
mobile_applications  websites  travel  tips  from notes
october 2014
Darwin's Famous Finding
To quote Darwin, although some don't credit him with it, "it is not the strongest that survive, nor the most intelligent, but those most adaptable to change".
Charles_Darwin  adaptability  theory_of_evolution  Darwinism  change  quotes  from notes
october 2014
31 Fantastic Pieces Of Advice For Surviving Your First Year On Wall Street
The bottom line is, know your stuff.

"You can read any self-help book or go to a college commencement if you want words of wisdom cloaked in some crazy metaphor. I say just know your stuff. Have a ...
Wall_Street  advice  self-awareness  first90days  from notes
september 2014
31 Fantastic Pieces Of Advice For Surviving Your First Year On Wall Street
Knowing what you don't know is more useful than being brilliant.

"Confucius said that real knowledge is knowing the extent of one’s ignorance. Aristotle and Socrates said the same thing. ... Thin...
advice  humility  information_gaps  uncertainty  pretense_of_knowledge  Socrates  Wall_Street  from notes
september 2014
31 Fantastic Pieces Of Advice For Surviving Your First Year On Wall Street
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Don't forget your manners when networking... even on LinkedIn.

“Networking is not calling someone when you need help. I never accept Li...
LinkedIn  networking  etiquette  Wall_Street  advice  from notes
september 2014
Is there a low battery warning indicator?
Once your battery is past 3 years - take it out every 6-9 months and take it to any auto parts store and have it LOAD TESTED...this is not checking voltage, it is checking the actual ability of the ba...
automobile  warning_signs  batteries  from notes
september 2014
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