Top articles of the week | Nov 6

November 6, 2021

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

Global Supply Chains in a Post-Pandemic World Harvard Business Review (reading time: 13 minutes)

Companies are realizing the limits of globalization. For people dealing in the world of atoms (which most companies do), this article provides an actionable guide on taking back control of your supply chain. I predict this trend will continue being a political issue with many governments trying to bring back manufacturing of key materials

Brand in the Influencer Era Sparkline Capital (reading time: 17 minutes)

Branding can be a powerful intangible asset. Strong brands evoke powerful positive emotions in customers, turning them into advocates and apostles

Building a brand today is very different from building a brand 10 years ago.. This neat research illustrates the key dimensions of a brand with strong examples. It also shows how the concept is evolving to incorporate societal elements.

Crypto Cities Vitalik Buterin (reading time: 19 minutes)

Vitalkik is the co-founder of Ethereum and one of the biggest voices in crypto. In his blog, he writes about how cities can leverage crypto to their advantage. It’s an idea that I’ve heard on several occasions and find fascinating. He proposes two approaches:

  1. Using blockchains to create more trusted, transparent and verifiable versions of existing processes.
  2. Using blockchains to implement new and experimental forms of ownership for land and other scarce assets, as well as new and experimental forms of democratic governance.

It’s still so early in the world of crypto, I can’t wait to see these use cases emerge

The Coming Age for Tech x Bio: The ‘Industrial Bio Complex’ Future (reading time: 18 minutes)

If we’re early in crypto, we’re just as early in biotech. Vijay Pande from a16z depicts where we are today in the sector and where it’s going from here. With current advances in machine learning, bio and healthcare companies are resembling software companies.

Scenius Packy McCormick (reading time: 35 minutes)

We’re comfortable collabor-ape-ing online, are less constrained by where we live and who we live near, have access to resources to learn anything and people to teach us, and operate in an environment in which financial institutions not only don’t discourage risk but actively covet it.

Packy McCormick argues that we are now entering a new golden age of intellectual breakthroughs similar to ancient Greece or Vienna. All of this is being unlocked by a collective group of individuals online. He also argues that the enabling technologies of web3 are empowering new innovations at a scale never before seen. I love Packy’s optimism and he shares some great concrete examples.