Link Roundup

Da Vinci, MLM Scams, and a Maple Syrup Heist – Link Roundup

Articles Thousands of Women Say LuLaRoe’s Legging Empire Is a Scam – can we just make MLM businesses illegal already? [Businessweek] The incredibly frustrating reason there’s no Lyme disease vaccine – as someone who lives in a high tick area and is constantly in fear of getting Lyme, this makes me mad. I would get that vaccine in a heartbeat. [Vox] Lab-Grown Meat Is Getting Cheap Enough For Anyone To Buy – I’m very excited about this! [Fast Company] Palantir Knows Everything About You –… Continue reading

5/8/18

Ken Burns’ Mind-Blowing 18 Hour Documentary, Lab-Grown Meat, and Second Chances [Link Roundup]

Articles They Started With $10,000. Now They’re Taking on ESPN – I still think that professional sports as we know them today could conceivably fall apart. FloSports seems uniquely positioned for that future. [Inc] Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don’t Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance – this guy is amazing! [Businessweek] Facebook Makes You Sad, So Try Using It Less – Facebook’s worst-case future is one in which it becomes widely believed that it’s bad for you. [Lifehacker Vitals] Why This… Continue reading

1/30/18

Amazon’s Retiree Workforce, a Basic Income Experiment, & Taking on the Opioid Industry – Link Roundup

Articles Meet the Camperforce, Amazon’s Nomadic Retiree Army – I enjoy any insight into Amazon’s warehouse operations. I found it fascinating that “a poster told workers to prepare to be sore” and that they actually provide their workers with free pain relievers, something that screams abuse and liability issues to me. [Wired] Dollar General Hits a Gold Mine in Rural America – Not sure how I feel about this. It’s great that Dollar General fills a void in communities where no one else will go,… Continue reading

11/2/17

Extreme Commuting, SB Nation’s Unpaid Workers, & Documentary Recommendations – Link Roundup

Articles Medical Journals Have a Fake News Problem – open access is a good idea, publishing anything and everything without peer review is not. [Businessweek] The Day I Found Out My Life Was Hanging By a Thread – a tech CEO goes to the doctor with back pain and is diagnosed with advanced terminal cancer. A reminder of our mortality. [Wired] How SB Nation Profits Off An Army Of Exploited Workers – a very important piece about the lines between volunteer, contractor, and illegally underpaid… Continue reading

9/8/17

Saying No More Often, Juicero’s Dysfunction, & Plex’s Bold Plan – Link Roundup

Articles Q&A: Melinda Gates on the World’s Missing Data About Women – I really enjoyed this Q&A: There’s a line right at the end of your letter that says, “The future will surprise the pessimists.” Despite the things that people read in the headlines, the world is getting better. Poverty has been cut in half—in half—in 25 years. We talk about the fact that 122 million children are alive because of the malaria vaccine work that’s happened and bed nets getting out there. I travel… Continue reading

7/3/17

S-Town, Being Lazy, & Grocery Price Wars- Link Roundup

Articles Think like a bronze medalist, not silver – “Instead of comparing up to the next-higher situation, compare down to the next-lower” [Derek Sivers] How Alcohol and Caffeine Helped Create Civilization – Hint: it has to do with water safety, a problem that we rarely think about but that was a very serious threat up until a few hundred years ago [Human Progress] Don’t accelerate your startup – “See once you take the initial check, you’re also inevitably taking on the expectations of exponential growth…. Continue reading

5/2/17

Wikipedia’s Bias, Facebook’s Monetizing Scheme, & Superaging – Link Roundup

Since I no longer post often on Twitter, I’ve decided to do a regular roundup of all of the interesting and thought provoking content that I’ve come across recently. Articles Know Your Enemy: Celebrating 50 Years of the Forever War – a fictional story about a future America where we’ve always been at war [Wired] Is Wikipedia Woke? – how having largely white male editors impacts the types of content in Wikipedia [Businessweek] How to Become a ‘Superager’ – the key to living long might… Continue reading

3/1/17

Diversity In Tech, Sports On The Brink Of Collapse, & Beautiful Efficiency – Link Roundup

Since I no longer post often on Twitter, I’ve decided to do a regular roundup of all of the interesting and thought provoking content that I’ve come across recently. I really enjoyed doing these link roundup’s in 2016 and plan on continuing them in 2017. In addition to being an outlet to share interesting stuff that I’ve come across, it also acts as reinforcement for me. I find that revisiting a story and summarizing my thoughts about it really helps my recall and retention, and… Continue reading

1/4/17

The Disasters of Chipotle, Theranos, and Hampton Creek – Link Roundup

Since I’ve mostly stopped posting on Twitter, I’ve decided to start doing a regular roundup of all of the interesting and thought provoking long-form stories, books, podcasts, and videos that I’ve come across recently. Articles Chipotle Eats Itself – this is long form at its best. Months of digging and exclusive interviews paint a picture of what it’s really like inside Chipotle. It’ll take some time to read, but it’s worth the price of admission. My takeaway: they simply grew too big, too fast. [Fast… Continue reading

11/3/16

Uber Tests Self-Driving Cars, Daily Fantasy Implodes, and Walmart Being Walmart – 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. Google, Uber, and the Evolution of Transportation-as-a-Service – as Uber starts testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, Ben lays out an argument for why self driving cars will really come down to Google vs. Uber, and why Uber is the front-runner [Stratechery] The myth of low-hanging fruit – this quote is so… Continue reading

9/4/16