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Top articles of the week | July 7th

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

 

How CEOs Manage Time      Harvard Business Review

Michael Porter and Nitin Nohria conducted thorough research on where CEOs spend their time. This piece HBR is a great summary of where leaders of organizations spend their time, both personally and professionally. One of the key takeaways I retained, CEOs need to spend more time with customers.

 

How can we make technology healthier for humans?      Wired

I struggle with technology addiction, particularly my smartphone. It’s hard to argue that technology isn’t a net benefit for society. Yet there is an insidious impact on how we interact with our devices. This piece in Wired provides a few guidelines on how to look at how technology is making us happy or unhappy. It starts by asking the right questions.

 

Tails, You Win            Collaborative Fund

Why does winning accrue to the few? The brilliant argument in this post is that all returns are driven by extreme outcomes. We typically think of extreme returns in the world of venture capital; 1 investment out of 10 returns the fund. However, it seems applicable to more than just investing

 

Drinking from the Firehose             Alex Taussig, Lightspeed Capital

The world is moving towards subscription business models; and this is a good thing. The author argues that leaders in digital media are consolidating with the power of subscription. He also argues that commerce is moving quickly in this direction with Amazon Prime leading the way. It’s not hard to imagine a world where you are subscribed to a proactive delivery service for groceries (insert commercial product here) and you are quite happy to pay every month.

 

This is where internet memes come from             MIT Technology Review

Have you ever wondered how memes spread across the internet? Researchers looked at online communities such as Reddit and 4chan to try to understand the mechanic behind how a meme spreads and how they become weaponized.