Top articles of the week | January 20th

January 20, 2018

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

Crypto-pocalypse, with Preston Byrne Invest like the best podcast

Patrick O’Shaughnessy’s Invest like the best podcast is my one recent favorites. On the episode, he speaks with Preston Byrne who is vocal critic of Bitcoin. He had the best bear case against Bitcoin hat I’ve heard. It’s worth a listen.

The Wonders of the Future Collaborative Fund

This short yet impactful article was a delight. “Big breakthroughs don’t happen on their own. They are a conglomeration of small discoveries.” No one could have predicted that nuclear power would occur as a result of the airplane.

TV, retail, advertising and cascading collapses Benedict Evans, a16z

In his latest blog post, Ben Evans argues that many of today’s systems are interlinked and will cause cascading collapses. For instance, many retailers are projected to close down in the following years that will impact shopping malls but also television advertising dollars.

Why GE Digital Failed Inc

Very interesting analysis on why General Electric’s ‘digital transformation’ didn’t work. Publicly the company praised its efforts in digital but behind the curtains it was a different story. The author highlights several issues (some of which are debatable) that explain what happened; because of its structure, GE Digital never had a chance.

The Future of Human Work Is Imagination, Creativity, and Strategy Harvard Business Review

This HBR article sums up my thinking of the future of work, technology will replace humans and the creativity will be a key skill. The author the workforce doesn’t need to actively replaced: Technology will replace some work, but it doesn’t have to replace the people who have done that work