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Tim O'Reilly
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This is a good summary of one of those fresh ideas that will change the way you see the world and think about the future. The ending is particularly provocative. 

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This is really great news. "In the Occidental vote, the world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, for the first time bucked management to vote in favor of a climate-risk resolution.... Even more striking, shareholder support is moving in the opposite direction from Washington policy." 

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Why do we treat assessments as “grades”? I'm proud that our team at +O'Reilly is providing self-assessment! I've always wanted this - tools to help people understand how to learn better, rather than for someone else to rate them. Thanks +Paco Nathan for leading this effort! 

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I'm so impressed with what Reid Hoffman and June Cohen have done with the #MastersOfScale podcast, so I jumped at June's offer to write a response to the second episode. I completely love what they have done. I'm astonished at the richness of the storytelling and the production. It's the This American Life of the tech world. So even though I point out a gap in Reid's argument about why you should always take more money from investors than you think you need, I can't hope to compete by providing a response that is only in print.

Still, I hope that you'll listen to the original, read about my own experiences as a bootstrapped entrepreneur, and think about the wide range of opportunities to make your business better. There is so much to learn, and Reid's podcast is perfectly designed to teach you. Each episode is focused on one key lesson, which is illustrated through the stories of real entrepreneurs.

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I love new sources of trend data about technology adoption. We've used variations of this for years at O'Reilly, with data from job postings, book sales, website popularity, downloads from archive sites, mailing list postings, github data, and more. But here's some great data now available from Stack Overflow 

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So happy to see Code for America alum company Remix getting so much traction and a new round of funding! 

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The best thing about waitbutwhy’s story about Neuralink, Elon Musk's Brain-Machine Interface company, is the explanation of how Musk thinks about business strategy as a way of catalyzing new industries. This is really long, but worth it. If necessary, skip the early bits to get to the meat. 

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Here's an advance tidbit from tomorrow's Next:Economy newsletter. Sign up now to get the newsletter, complete with links to this fascinating research: "By now we’ve all heard about the types of jobs that are threatened by automation. But there's a geographic aspect to job displacement. New research by the Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis (ISEA) at the University of Redlands finds that low-wage US metropolitan areas—such as Las Vegas and Orlando—will be hardest-hit by automation [link]. This piece [link] from Business Insider contrasts the map of job displacement with another map showing that automation will have a smaller impact on areas with higher-paying jobs, while this analysis in CityLab [link] highlights the prospects for greater political divides caused by the growing income gap between low-wage and high-wage regions." 

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I learned a lot from this analysis of the characteristics of high-performing CEOs, and how boards often go wrong in what they select for (charisma, education, singular past success.) In one sense, it is nothing new, but it offers great opportunities for self-reflection to anyone in a leadership position. Keys: decisiveness (better to be wrong and fix it than to dither), engaging employees around a shared vision, proactive adaptation (and anticipation of) changing conditions, and reliability (or more properly, consistency). 

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I’ve been eagerly awaiting the public release of Steve Ballmer’s USAFacts project, and now it’s here. Andrew Ross Sorkin gives a great overview, but also be sure to check out the site itself (which is linked in Sorkin's NYT profile of the project below).

I particularly like the way the project aligns government spending with the "mission statement" of the country as expressed in the preamble to the constitution. I also like the way that it combines Federal, State, and Local, based on the insight that we should be looking at government services from a user-centered point of view, not from the structure of who provides them.


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