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Katharine Viner: 'The Guardian's reader funding model is working. It's inspiring' | Membership | The Guardian
To be able to announce today that we have received financial support from more than 1 million readers around the world in the last three years is such a significant step. This model of being funded by our readers through voluntary contributions, subscriptions to the Guardian, the Observer and Guardian Weekly, membership or as part of our patrons programme is working.

This means that within just three years, the Guardian is on a path to being sustainable. We hope to break even by April 2019. It has not been easy and we still have a long way to go – we need you to continue to support us financially, and we need more of our readers to take that step if they can. We continue to face financial challenges, but we are determined to find new ways to make meaningful journalism thrive – and with your help it will.
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1 hour ago by juliusbeezer
Amazon’s HQ2 Spectacle Should Be Illegal - The Atlantic
"Second, companies don’t always hold up their end of the deal. Consider the saga of Wisconsin and the Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn. Several years ago, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker lured Foxconn with a subsidy plan totaling more than $3 billion. (For the same amount, you could give every household in Wisconsin about $1,700.) Foxconn said it would build a large manufacturing plant that would create about 13,000 jobs near Racine. Now it seems the company is building a much smaller factory with just one quarter of its initial promised investment, and much of the assembly work may be done by robots. Meanwhile, the expected value of Wisconsin’s subsidy has grown to more than $4 billion. Thus a state with declining wages for many public-school teachers could wind up paying more than $500,000 per net new Foxconn job—about 10 times the average salary of a Wisconsin teacher."
amazon  capitalism  corruption  taxes  policy  government  GOP  economics  business 
1 hour ago by conner
The Skimm Has the Ear of Seven Million Subscribers
Unfair, harsh poking at a source that has done a lot. Pokes fun at the culture. But again, not fair. Why is the other way the right way? But, this was a fair hope...

A thoughtful, stylish woman I know in her 40s said to me that she hopes the Skimm continues to be dominant — and that they start to subtly elevate the way they write, just a hair at a time, changing it so slowly that no one even realizes it’s changing. “Imagine what that could do,” she said, “if we started talking to women not in same the way that we’ve always thought that we had to in order to get their attention.”
inspiration-list  technology  business 
5 hours ago by christopherming
How a Former Canadian Spy Helps Wall Street Mavens Think Smarter - The New York Times
Takeaway: Love that he built this community, this business... on productivity, life well spent, with out a lot of flash, not a "star" the way TF is...

Mr. Parrish joined the Communications Security Establishment, a division of Canada’s Defence Department, straight out of college. His first day was Aug. 28, 2001, and he was soon promoted in the tumult that followed the Sept. 11 attacks. Suddenly, he was managing a large staff at the age of 24.

Wanting to improve his decision-making skills, Mr. Parrish found inspiration in Charlie Munger — Warren Buffett’s longtime investment partner. Mr. Parrish quickly became an acolyte, drawn to Mr. Munger’s thoughts on multidisciplinary thinking and mental models.

He pored over Berkshire Hathaway annual reports and became a regular attendee of Mr. Buffett’s yearly meetings in Omaha. The name of his site is another tribute to the billionaire investor: Berkshire Hathaway’s address in Omaha is 3555 Farnam Street.

Some 190,000 people have signed up to Brain Food, his free weekly newsletter. Mr. Parrish’s more dedicated followers pay $250 a year to become part of his “knowledge community” — a premium site with a private discussion forum and additional content. They have flocked to his social network, trading book ideas and meet-up suggestions in Toronto, Dubai and London.

James Aitken, an independent investment adviser in London who counsels some of the world’s largest investors, was among the readers that came upon Mr. Parrish in 2012. Since then, Mr. Aitken has revamped his work habits, pushing himself to disconnect from all his screens and read books — ideally for at least two hours a day.

“He is so indispensable to me that, beyond becoming a part of his network, I will occasionally write him a check at the end of the year,” Mr. Aitken said.

Plus, Hawaii retreat
inspiration-list  self-dev  business  blogging 
5 hours ago by christopherming
How Harley-Davidson's All-In Bet on Its Past Crippled Its Future
When do you deviate from the brand... and start to make a hard pivot away from the past and into the future? What brands have been able to do this? (Different from famous product pivots: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonnazar/2013/10/08/14-famous-business-pivots/#48dcbaef5797

“I think the company has no future unless they do something really dramatic,” Gordon, the Michigan business professor, said, adding that the company needs a machine that is “so cool nobody knows it’s a Harley.”

In other words, Gordon says, the company has to look beyond the leather and muscle stuff and really think outside the box if it is to survive. A scooter, or a moped, or some other smaller electric that might not necessarily require a special license endorsement. Or, even if they do, Harley should think about making a lighter-weight electric motorcycle that doesn’t copy the same styling Harley has made for nearly a century.

The company knows this to a degree, and has released images of electric concepts that resemble, well, bicycles. Which is more along the lines of what the company needs: a genuine alternative to its past.
inspiration-list  business 
5 hours ago by christopherming
Mozilla releases privacy report on which holiday gadgets are too creepy
Lovely example of a tech company taking a stand against the creepiness of surveillance marketing and tracking. Nintendo comes out on top as being not-creepy too, which is always good fun.
technology  business  pr  surveillance  marketing  swipefile 
5 hours ago by thomholliday90
Steve Blank How to Keep Your Job As Your Company Grows
If you’re an early employee at a startup, one day you will wake up to find that what you worked on 24/7 for the last year is no longer the most important thing – you’re no longer the most important employee, and process, meetings, paperwork and managers and bosses have shown up. Most painfully, you’ll learn that your role in the company has to change.
advice  career  management  startup  business 
6 hours ago by danesparza

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