Top articles of the week | July 22nd

July 22, 2017

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

How to Make Agile Work for the C-Suite Harvard Business Review

This HBR article basically explains everything we do at our firm. Using agile for strategy is no longer a niche – it’s gaining a lot of momentum in established management circles. Agile is no longer confined to product development, the core principles are extremely useful in strategy & planning.

How Uber’s Hard-Charging Corporate Culture Left Employees Drained Buzzfeed

You might have heard about Uber’s challenges recently (understatement of the year). Buzzfeed conducts a deep view at the culture inside the company and how the once-darling of the tech world, imploded so quickly.

The U.S. Military Believes People Have a Sixth Sense TIME

Very interesting read on how the US military has invested in ‘intuition’. Certain soldiers during battles developed an innate sense of when they were in danger.

In Urban China, Cash Is Rapidly Becoming Obsolete NY Times

Will physical money ever disappear? It’s already happening in China. What’s crazy about this is how quickly this shift has occurred… 3 years. One stat blew me away: In 2016, China’s mobile payments hit $5.5 trillion, roughly 50 times the size of America’s $112 billion market.

Content isn’t king Benedict Evans, a16z

Great article by Benedict Evans from the VC firm a16z that explains how content isn’t king anymore. The dominant tech companies of today do not consider content to be a competitive advantage; the structure of content does not permit the creation of any moats. Benedict provides an interesting analysis of the TV industry and what may (or may not) happen next.