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Top articles of the week | June 24th

Every week, we put together a list of our top 5 articles of the past week. Happy reading!

 

The Decline of the Baronial C.E.O.   NY Times

CEOs that has 10 or 20 years in their job is over. The recent ownership change at General Electric is part of a bigger trend. This fascinating Times piece covers how the board and executive suite at bigger corporations are adapting.

 

Amazon’s new customer      Stratechery

You might have heard about Amazon’s small acquisition last week. Ben Thompson brilliantly argues how Amazon’s masterful move fits in with their strategy. In essence, Amazon is a services company that is trying to tax every single purchase in the world. With Whole Foods, they just bought their biggest customer in the grocery business.

 

Susan Wojcicki tranformed YouTube – but she isn’t done yet    FastCompany

Google’s purchase of YouTube is probably the best media acquisition this century. This in depth FastCompany article covers YouTube’s CEO, Susan Wojcicki. It provides fascinating insight into YouTube’s strategy and how it’s adjusted throughout the years.

 

The real reason behind Elon Musk’s $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity          FastCompany

Articles with Elon Musk in the headline probably garner a higher click through rate. That being said, this is an interesting perspective on Tesla’s acquisition of Solar City. The backstory is incredibly interesting with a host of entrepreneurs that have been involved with growing SolarCity.

 

The man who turned Toronto into a tech hotbed                        NY Times

I had never heard of Geoffrey Everest Hinton before. This is interesting story about the man responsible for growing Toronto’s tech scene and one of the pioneers in artificial intelligence.