Top articles of the week | November 14

November 14, 2020

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

One Clear Casualty of the Streaming Wars: Profit Doug Shapiro (reading time: 29 minutes)

The media business was completely hammered by digital distribution. Traditional media outlets traded analog dollars for digital pennies. The same thing is occurring now to broadcast television. This article does a great job at breaking down the revenue & profit impact of this great shift. The main takeaway for me 🙂

Here’s a business axiom: if you’re trying to make money, it is bad if people enter your business who are not trying to make money.

The Building Blocks of Tech Digital Native (reading time: 15 minutes)

Unless you’re under 18 or have kids under 18, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Roblox. Roblox is the most popular internet platform still flying under the radar of millions of Americans. About 80% of U.S. kids age 9 to 12 have played Roblox.

I had no idea what Roblox was before this article. It’s a game creation platform that enables young people not only to play games but also to learn to code.

Intel’s Disruption is Now Complete James Allworth (reading time: 6 minutes)

Clayton Christensen introduced the concept of disruptive innovation and Intel is an example of what happens when it happens to you. The company had a practically insurmountable lead in computer processor space. Then, the smartphone revolution happened.

What makes a Visionary CEO? Farnam Street (reading time: 8 minutes)

This video on YouTube is a snippet from a Farnam street podcast. It features VC Code Cubbitt that gives his explanation of what differentiates a good CEO from a great one. It boils down to being able to not only see into the future, but also drive change throughout their organization.

Anyone Can Learn to Be a Better Leader Harvard Business Review (reading time: 9 minutes)

Leadership is one of those opaque concepts that easy to see in action yet hard to explain. This HBR article does a good job at explaining ways to improve your leadership skills. Easy to write in an article, hard to put into practice.