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Best Reads of The Week – 11/02/18 Edition

Nov 2, 2018 | Fifteen on Friday

This week’s highlights:  Romance and Power, Buying for Life, and IBM buys Red Hat?


Fifteen on Friday – 11/02/18 – Issue 307

Happy Friday Everyone,


Food for Thought:

  1. NYT – I Thought the Web Would Stop Hate, Not Spread It  Long time tech analyst, Kara Swisher, on what the internet has come to.
  2. Bloomberg – The City That Had Too Much Money  Vancouver was the first place to experience the tidal wave of Chinese cash. Now the city is leading efforts to stop it.
  3. Esquire – For Esther Perel, Romance And Power Are Intertwined  The relationships expert is demystifying couples therapy with her podcast, Where Should We Begin? But her approach to problem-solving goes beyond love, passion, and sex.
  4. GQ – The Time Bandits of Southern California The true story of a ring of thieves who stole millions of dollars’ worth of luxury watches—and the special agent who brought them down.
  5. NYT – Gritty’s First Month: The Heroic Ascendance of a ‘Ghastly Empty-Eyed Muppet’ The Philadelphia Flyers’ new mascot is truly haunting.


  1. Stratechery – IBM’s Old Playbook The best way to understand how it is Red Hat built a multi-billion dollar business off of open source software is to start with IBM.
  2. GU – Tactical Asset Allocation Alpha and The Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Pulled – Credit SB – “The purpose of this series is to challenge the conventions that lead to misguided asset allocation priorities, and offer compelling reasons for practitioners to reverse their thinking”
  3. FCC – How I got my first developer job at age 40 after 10 months of hard work.  An interesting first-person look at the resources freely available online to help career changers.
  4. VF – “You Can’T Out-Lloyd Lloyd”: At Goldman Sachs, The David Solomon Era Begins With Subtle But Significant Changes As Solomon succeeds legendary risk titan Lloyd Blankfein as C.E.O., he faces a slew of challenges: how to sort through the regulatory minefield, pivot to commercial banking, and maybe even make Goldman a little more woke in the process.
  5. TC – What’s Next for Podcasting?  The industry is taking the first steps toward paid subscriptions and exclusive content.


  1. NYT – Why Are Antiques So Cheap? Because Everyone Lives in the Kitchen
  2. Fawny – iPhones are Hard to UseArguably the iPhone is among the easiest of modern technology devices to use, but even as well designed as it is, this article highlights some of the design choices that aren’t as user-friendly as intended.
  3. GRS – Buy it for life: Choosing quality over price
  4. NYP – Paralyzed man walks after groundbreaking spinal implant
  5. NPR – A Rural Community Decided To Treat Its Opioid Problem Like A Natural Disaster


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