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Issue 349 – 10/04/19

Oct 4, 2019 | Fifteen on Friday

This week’s highlights: Dual-Career Couples, Steve Jobs and Pixar, and Cyberwarfare

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Issue 349

by David Wells – Nashville TN
Happy Friday Everyone,

Original Content:

  • Books Read – Third Quarter 2019  As I regularly get requests for book recommendations, I wanted to provide an updated list of what I spent my time reading during the third quarter.


Food for Thought:

Top Read of the Week:  WSJ – The Key to Bliss for a Dual-Career Couple? A Contract – Note Paywall

Why It Matters:  I think there is a broader message here about how couples communicate and set expectations as life moves along.  “A professor specializing in management and leadership wanted to know how couples around the world maintained two careers without shortchanging their relationships. It is the same dilemma she has faced in her own marriage.”

Consider as well:

  1. LATimes – A Texas Ranger got a prolific serial killer to talk.
  2. RH – The Case for Being a Multi-Hyphenate  Throughout history, and today, the most successful people are good at more than just one thing
  3. NYT – What Does VSCO Think About the ‘VSCO Girls’?(Thanks DY!) Some how I managed to miss out on this Gen Z trend…
  4. Marker – What Really Happens When You Become an Overnight Millionaire? Peter Rahal started RxBar out of his mom’s kitchen — then sold it for $600 million. Here’s life on the other side of the entrepreneurial fantasy.


Top Read of the Week:  VF – “We Could Say Anything to Each Other”: Bob Iger Remembers Steve Jobs, the Pixar Drama, and the Apple Merger That Wasn’t

Why It Matters:  As he exits Apple’s board, the Disney chief reminisces about his unlikely friendship with its mercurial founder—and how their radical visions aligned to save two companies.

Consider as well:

  1. SG – Yogababble –  The MDMA of capitalism is the corporate communications exec.
  2. II – Stephen Schwarzman Hung Out a Shingle. Then He Waited.  Stephen Schwarzman describes launching the firm that would propel him to the pinnacle of financial success. This success, however, was far from immediate.
  3. Economist – From rags to Richer  Mr Richer writes that “organisations that create a culture based on fairness, honesty and respect reap the rewards.”
  4. BR – Softbank’s Vision Fund is Just Too Big


Top Read of the Week:  NPR – How The U.S. Hacked ISIS

Why It Matters:  A fascinating look at offensive (vs. defensive) cyber-ops in the military.

Consider as well:

  1. NYMag – The Shaw Family Admission Plan  One Wall Street billionaire and the ultimate college hedge.
  2. WashPo – Playing ‘Untitled Goose Game’ is the new punching a wall
  3. NYT – How to Set Your Google Data to Self-Destruct  Google has now given us an option to set search and location data to automatically disappear after a certain time. We should all use it.
  4. Economist – Competition between sports for fans’ money and attention is increasingly fierce.  Basketball can now plausibly claim to be the world’s second-favourite sport.


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