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The Week’s Best Articles – 05/12/17 Edition

May 12, 2017 | Fifteen on Friday

This week’s highlights: Finding dinner reservations, a 7 month sprint to profits, and Pistol Pete Maravich.


Greetings, eh

Happy Friday from the Detroit airport and a long week spent studying for the Chartered Financial Analyst examination at the University of Windsor, Ontario.

Food for Thought:

  1. Bloomberg – Why You Can Never Find a Dinner Reservation for 7 P.M. Online – Credit DH – Nick Kokonas, the innovator behind online ticketing system Tock, discusses the revolution in reservations.
  2. NewYorker – Why J. Crew’s Vision of Preppy America Failed.  Unlike many a beleaguered retailer, most of J Crew’s woes are self inflicted with high prices and ugly designs.  The woes of Icarus again strike Mickey Drexler.
  3. Nautilus – Why Men Don’t Live as Long as Women.  It’s the testosterone, don’t you know.
  4. NYT – A Chicken That Grows Slower and Tastes Better
  5. Tennessean – Chris Stapleton is keeping his boots on the ground after meteoric rise


  1. Greylock – The New Moats  Why Systems of Intelligence are the Next Defensible Business Model
  2. YahooFinance – Warren Buffett’s money managers, Todd Combs and Ted Weschler, speak
  3. AH – Morgan Stanley Purges Vanguard Mutual Funds.  Difficult to make the case you are looking out for investors best interest when your remove the lowest cost fund operator from your lineup.
  4. NYT – A Look Inside Airbus’s Epic Assembly Line
  5. FirstRound – From Burning Millions to Turning Profitable in Seven Months — How HotelTonight Did It


  1. NYT – How to Protect Your Privacy as More Apps Harvest Your Data
  2. FBCG – Delivering a Difficult Message: Performance Feedback in a Family Business
  3. NYT – Letter of Recommendation: ‘Pistol Pete’s Homework Basketball’
  4. WSJ – Tottenham Runs Away From Its Past.  Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has transformed the club by playing a higher-intensity style.
  5. EnGadget – How Microsoft’s Surface went from flop to serious contender  It took Microsoft five years to become a full-fledged competitor to Dell and HP.


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