Transportation, Zenefits, and Debunking the Winter Blues – Monthly Link Roundup

I’m trying out something new. Since I’ve mostly stopped posting on Twitter, I’ve decided to start doing a monthly roundup of all of the interesting and thought provoking long-form stories that I’ve read recently. This month we’ve got articles about the future of transportation, debunking “winter blues”, the Zenefits mess, and what one can learn from working with Reid Hoffman.

Welcome to the Metastructure: The New Internet of Transportation [Wired] – I am obsessed with how transportation is changing, from electric vehicles to self driving cars to cars-as-a-service (aka Uber). I can’t wait to see how we’re getting around in 20 years.

[G]iven the right conditions, nothing stops an armada of robot cars from driving 100 miles an hour with 6 inches of headway between them. Notionally, this kind of coordination avoids induced demand too. In other words: the end of traffic. But that’s not even the interesting part.

Why Your Brain Actually Works Better in Winter [NY Magazine] – sweet, the winter blues might just all be in our heads! I try to take a positive outlook on winter. Yea it’s colder out, but that just means I have more time to work on improving things inside the house, to read, to catch up on shows and movies, and to get some extra work done while there are less fun things to do socially.

Everyone knows how winter affects certain people[…]But scientists are coming to realize that this might not be quite right. A pair of new studies challenge many of the popular assumptions about the psychological effects of wintertime, suggesting that we should look at the season in a new, brighter light.

Dear Silicon Valley: There Are No Shortcuts In Health Care [Fast Company] – I’m always excited when I hear about innovation in health care, because it’s so necessary. But companies like Zenefits moved too fast and broke too many rules when it comes to people’s health.

In the wake of the latest [Zenefits] scandal, I reached out to half a dozen experts for their take on why some health startups are still taking shortcuts that get them in trouble.

10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: What I Learned [Ben Casnocha] – every business owner can learn a lot from Reid Hoffman. One of my favorite passages was about trusting your employees:

If you move quickly, there’ll be mistakes borne of haste. If you’re a manager and care seriously about speed, you’ll need to tell your people you’re wiling to accept the tradeoffs. Reid did this with me. We agreed I was going to make judgment calls on a range of issues on his behalf without checking with him. He told me, “In order to move fast, I expect you’ll make some foot faults. I’m okay with an error rate of 10-20% — times when I would have made a different decision in a given situation – if it means you can move fast.” I felt empowered to make decisions with this ratio in mind—and it was incredibly liberating.

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