11/17/17 – Friday’s Interest-ing Reads

  • A talk with Tyler Cowen a professional producer of ‘counter-arguments.’ (longform)
  • Chart crimes are way too frequent. (theirrelevantinvestor)
  • Easy access to seed-stage funding can make for some bad behaviors. (hackernoon)
  • You can’t dictate company culture, only influence it. (m.signalvnoise)
  • UBS wealth managers won’t touch Bitcoin. (bloomberg)
  • Which shopping sites discount the most using coupon codes. (priceonomics)
  • An economist looks at Uber fares. (marginalrevolution)
  • Comedy Writers Defend Say-Anything Culture in Sensitive Times (bloomberg)
  •  How social media fires people’s passions – and builds extremist divisions (theconversation)
  • Even This Very Long, Super-Nerdy NBA Podcast Is Making Money&#xA0 (bloomberg)
  • You’re Doing Thanksgiving Wrong, Says Anthony Bourdain (bloomberg)
  • Ivy League endowments can do better. (mrzepczynski.blogspot)
  • StitchFix is another example of co-founders falling out. (wsj)
  • Hims is counting on men wanting their own wellness/lifestyle site. (fastcompany)
  • ETFs: 20 bps is now "expensive" (ETF.com)
  • Leonardo da Vinci Painting Sells for $450.3 Million, Shattering Auction Highs (New York Times)
  • Why would anyone ever pay $450 million for a painting? (bloomberg)
  • Brian Gilmartin: The banks are still cheap (Fundamentalis)
  • Hardware is tough, but competing with Apple ($AAPL) is even tougher. (hackernoon)
  • How Sinclair compromised the news on an Alabama station it owns to support Roy Moore (baltimoresun)
  • Profitability is the best defense. (medium)
  • Why Sales Quotas Ruined Wells Fargo (bloomberg)
  • The Fed needs better tools at its disposal. (bloomberg)
  • Jason Thomas, "There haven’t been 5,000 domestic stocks to include in the index [Wilshire 5000] since 2005." (wsj)
  • How venture capital firms work. (onlyonceblog)
  • Amazon May Not Kill Big-Box Retail After All (bloomberg)
  • Bill Simmons and Dan Patrick talk about the state of sports journalism today. (theringer)
  • Homebuilders are still pretty, darn confident. (calculatedriskblog)
  • Will the future bring amazement or dismay? Q&A With Tim O'Reilly (aei)
  • What it would take for the S&P 500 to really be in a bubble. (brooklyninvestor.blogspot)
  • Coinbase is opening an institutional custody service to attract hedge funds and the like. (fortune)
  • Twitter is still trying and failing to solve its white supremacy problem (news.vice)
  •  Men, women and films: How pronounced is the gender divide on the silver screen? (1843magazine)
  • The rise of Airbnb is not holding back the performance of hotel stocks. (bloomberg)
  • Elon Musk needs his own Tim Cook. (bloomberg)
  • The Music Industry’s New Gatekeepers (wsj)
  • What, if anything, can be done about soaring land costs? (bloomberg)
  • Patrick O’Shaughnessy talks to Chris Burniske about how to value a crypto asset. (investorfieldguide)
  • The New Rules That Could Make ETFs Unstoppable (bloomberg)
  • Weekly initial unemployment claims ticked up last week. (calculatedriskblog)
  • The Secret to Long Life? It May Lurk in the DNA of the Oldest Among Us (nytimes)
  • Walmart beats and raises guidance as online growth explodes (Business Insider)
  • Meet the podcast fans who listen to their favorite episodes at 2x. (buzzfeed)
  • Pre-SegWit2x hard fork, Bitcoin has bounced back. (bloomberg)
  • Angel investors like to invest locally, VCs not as much. (avc)
  • "Simple" works for the vast majority of customers. (m.signalvnoise)
  • The ICO space is like the early PIPEs space before the SEC cracked down. (dealbreaker)
  • Brett McKay talks with Jane Burka and Lenora Yuen co-authors of the book "Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It Now." (artofmanliness)
  • Goldman Sachs ($GS) is pushing hard into CLOs. (bloomberg)
  • Guy Spier talks about how to build a career in money management. (youtube)
  • The slope of the yield curve is just one factor in overall financial conditions. (scottgrannis.blogspot)
  • Manhattan is filling up with empty storefronts. (macromon.wordpress)
  • Vanguard’s 2017 Prediction: A Record $350 Billion in New Cash (wsj)
  • How One Woman's Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her (wired)
  • These are the countries with the most farmland. (rcmalternatives)
  • Patrick O’Shaughnessy talks with Dhani Jones about the transition from football to business. (investorfieldguide)
  • Robin Powell, "If there were no costs involved, their average returns of index funds and active funds would be very similar. They key difference is that one is hugely more expensive than the other." (evidenceinvestor.co.uk)
  • Six tips for managing a board. (acrowdedspace)
  • Why P/B has fallen out of favor. (validea)
  • Does "Elsagate" prove YouTube is too big to control? (theweek.co.uk)
  • How a North Carolina meteorologist abandoned his climate change skepticism (cjr)
  • Talk about hard forks, Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund is considering a divestment of holdings in international petroleum companies. (nytimes)
  • Freakonomics looks at the ongoing shift in primary care from MDs to nurse practitioners. (freakonomics)
  • Just how useful is macroeconomic timing in forecasting the stock market? (calculatedriskblog)
  • Vans are once again the hot shoe brand. (esquire)
  • What happens when you go on the Olive Garden diet. (wsj)
  • The 100 best financial Twitter accounts according to Sentio. (forbes)
  • Tim Ferriss talks with Sharon Salzberg author of "Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection." (tim.blog)
  • "Simply said, venture investors deal with too much information." (switch.vc)
  • Wal-Mart’s very big beat (CNBC.com)
  • Sam Harris talks with Kurt Andersen author of "Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, A 500-Year History." (samharris)
  • Congrats to the Mozart of financial blogging, Josh Brown of The Reformed Broker. (thereformedbroker)
  • Land in Toronto is simply too darn high. (business.financialpost)
  • Want to get funded? Go to school in California. (fastcompany)
  • Birth of an Idea: How AAII Got Started (aaii)
  • An episode on how to get a business book published. (ft)
  •  Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World (nytimes)
  • Art is an emotional asset, not a financial one. (blogs.wsj)
  • You can’t separate strategy and execution, they are both a part of ongoing hypothesis testing. (hbr)
  • What is going to happen when pension funds accurately calculate future return assumptions? (pitchbook)
  • Why we need a better measure of economic activity than GDP. (ft)
  • Michael Covel talks with Mark Kritzman author of "A Practitioners Guide to Asset Allocation." (trendfollowing)
  • Why you should take occasional social media breaks. (medium)
  • Airbnb: peak bookings or just a pause? (ftalphaville.ft)
  • The Risk of Estimating Risk (capitalspectator)
  • Essential startup advice from Andy Rachleff. (medium)
  • Meb Faber talks with Jason Goepfert of Sentimentrader.com fame. (mebfaber)
  • Ben Carlson and Michael Batnick launch their new podcast. (awealthofcommonsense)

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