This week’s highlights: Beyond Wealth, Making Money off Sears, Traveling – Bourdain style.
Fifteen on Friday – Issue 311
Food for Thought:
- NYT – Jon Meacham: George H.W. Bush and the Price of Politics. and Frank Bruni – “George H.W. Bush’s Uncommon Grace” No doubt, we lost a great American this week. While there are a multitude of tribute pieces that have been published – here were two that stood out to me.
- TheAtlantic – The Reason Many Ultrarich People Aren’t Satisfied With Their Wealth At a certain point, another million dollars doesn’t make anything newly affordable. That’s when other motivations take over.
- Economist – What other countries can learn from Singapore’s schools. Rigorous teaching methods and excellent teachers keep the island-state top of the class.
- TheAtlantic – The Real Roots of Midlife Crisis – Why you should understand the happiness U-curve
- IWTY – 4 gift-giving tips to give the perfect present this holiday – Loved tip #1 here – “If someone is really into something, DON’T BUY IT for them”
- II – Eddie Lampert Shattered Sears, Sullied His Reputation, and Lost Billions of Dollars. Or Did He? The untold story of how a hedge fund titan profited as an American icon fell.
- Freakonomics – Should America Be Run by … Trader Joe’s? The quirky little grocery chain with California roots and German ownership has a lot to teach all of us about choice architecture, efficiency, frugality, collaboration, and team spirit.
- CF – How This All Happened – Credit SF – This is a short story about what happened to the U.S. economy since the end of World War II.
- Bloomberg – Inside the World’s Most Elite (and Secret) Traders’ Club The nameless group confers “a hunting license” that lets an investor sit at the “big boy table and make high-level trades not available to stupid amateurs.”
- Airtable.com – Startup Pitch Decks – See some of the original pitch decks of some of the biggest technology companies today.
- CM – How to Travel Like Anthony Bourdain Did
- Jalopnik – Fiat Chrysler’s Bet On Trucks And SUVs Is Paying Off Big
- TheAtlantic – How Restaurants Got So Loud Fashionable minimalism replaced plush opulence. That’s a recipe for commotion.
- NYT – The Link Between August Birthdays and A.D.H.D. A new study raises questions about age, maturity and overdiagnosis.
- CNET – Electric scooters are now disrupting wrists, elbows and heads Injured scooter riders are flooding US emergency rooms. Accident rates could be as high as 1,000 per month.