06/29/17 – Thursday’s Interest-ing Reads

  • Crowdfunding should net-net be a benefit to companies. (papers.ssrn)
  • You can’t value Uber without some heroic assumptions. (aswathdamodaran.blogspot)
  • ‘Secular Stagnation’ Is a Witless Idea of Ivery-Towered Economists (mauldineconomics)
  • Shades of Neville Chamberlain In Yellen’s Crisis Prediction (realclearmarkets)
  • Hunter Walk, "As a founder you should understand your VC’s decision making process, both for navigating the pre-investment phase and also for understanding how the partnership overall feels about your prospects." (hunterwalk)
  • The surprising benefits of anxiety (qz)
  • More women founders and VCs are setting the table for cultural change. (gothamgal)
  • Was Moody’s Downgrade of China Warranted? (project-syndicate)
  • How to Invest Tax Efficiently Year-Round (investopedia)
  • A refresher on A/B testing. (hbr)
  • Was last week a turning point for the dominant Silicon Valley culture/mindset? (medium)
  • Weekly initial unemployment claims are still at low levels. (calculatedriskblog)
  • Interested in mesh wi-fi? The second generation Eero "works as advertised, and delivers on its promise of whole-home wireless coverage in an attractive, user-friendly package." (engadget)
  • Big Tech Needs To Watch Its Back (thereformedbroker)
  • Economists Realize What We All Knew About Minimum Wage (nationalreview)
  • The iPhone is even more important than we can currently grasp. (asymco)
  • The idea of what an index is supposed to do has gotten all tangled up with the rise of ETFs. (bloomberg)
  • History Says It’s a Good Time to Be Overweight Gold (realclear)
  • Ten commandments of startup success from Reid Hoffman. (tim.blog)
  • Private placement life insurance is the hot new tax avoidance scheme. (bloomberg)
  • Professional lice removal is now a business. (qz)
  • The world of startups is not hospitable towards mothers. (theguardian)
  • MailChimp is moving beyond e-mail in order to help its customers. (fastcompany)
  • Endorse: "Baby Driver." (wsj)
  • France really wants to build a Silicon Valley-like culture. (nytimes)
  • Rotten Tomatoes’ power is only growing. (wired)
  • Finance Is In the Midst of a Regulatory Reform ‘Quilting Bee’ (realclearmarkets)
  • EU’s Google Attack Is Really War Against High-Tech U.S. Innovation (investors)
  • R.I.P.? The Way Wall Street Has Taught You to Invest for 60 Years (cnbc)
  • What Charles Darwin Owes Adam Smith (fee)
  • Thank Goodness Apple’s iPhone Violated Net Neutrality in ’07 (realclearmarkets)
  • The planets, like grains of sand (syfy)
  • Some Really Stupid Things Uttered by Some Really Smart People (realclearmarkets)
  • Why Nike ($NKE) hooked up with Amazon ($AMZN). (wsj)
  • This Move In Stocks and Bonds Makes Sense And Is Dangerous (forbes)
  • What happens if Illinois gets cut to junk status? (wsj)
  • Not Even Tiger Could Make Golf Profitable for Nike (bloomberg)
  • Min. Wage Critics Typically Oversell the Seattle Study Findings (latimes)
  • Why VC syndicates matter so much. (avc)
  • Why Stockpicking Is Only Slightly Better Than Winning Lottery (marketwatch)
  • Why a supersonic airliner, the Boom, is much more feasible today. (techcrunch)
  • A Detailed Look at Blue Apron’s Challenging Unit Economics (linkedin)
  • Creativity happens when you aren’t busy. (qz)
  • Five things men can do to avoid "being one of those guys." (medium)
  • Blame Amazon ($AMZN) for the poor reception to the Blue Apron ($APRN) IPO. (businessinsider)
  • The Bulls Are Still Winning (barrons)
  • How Superrich Have Funded New Class of Intellectual (newrepublic)
  • Firms do deals, not individual VCs. (medium)
  • Financials are the best performing sector over the past year. (capitalspectator)
  • Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science? (theguardian)
  • The early traits of a $100 million company. (hackernoon)
  • Apollo Global ($APO) just raised the biggest PE fund ever, $23.5 billion. (breakingviews)
  • The Most Unaffordable Place to Live In America Is … (moneyish)
  • An Ominous Sign For The Economy (mauldineconomics)
  • History’s Biggest Butterfly Effect Occurred On This Day (wordpress)
  • Apple vs. Google: Which Is the Better Stock Bet? (cnn)
  • Amazon Prime Day is coming! Get the best deals available until the holidays. (money.cnn)
  • There is a cash crunch in VC land. (qz)
  • Remember when technology was supposed to be hard? (theverge)
  • The iPhone has made the phone part superfluous. (bloomberg)
  • Foolhardy: Staples’ $6.9B Buyout May End in Shredder (reuters)
  • 40 Years From Now, The U.S. Could Look Like Las Vegas (fivethirtyeight)
  • Global Demography: Birth Dearth & Urbanization (yardeni)

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