Making sense of data
- Ignore today's - indeed most - NFP reports. Barry Ritholtz on why the Employment Situation report is the single most over-hyped, over-analyzed, over-emphasized, least-understood economic releases known to mankind.
- Price Cost Twitter Cash, but Gave it Credibility. DealB%k: Twitter’s stock is now a public barometer of sentiment toward the company. By taking a more conservative approach to pricing, Twitter possibly deprived itself of some capital. But it won the good graces of the market, which will help determine its fate.
- Big Data's Diminishing Returns. Wim Rampen: This is where you do not eavesdrop but listen carefully and share back what you know. It may even put you in the spot where you are willing to pay your Customer for their contribution to your capability to better help them (and get paid in return).
Making Do with Opportunity
- Elite Grads in Business Flock to Tech. WSJ: [Amazon] started hiring M.B.A.s more than a decade ago and now hires "hundreds" of business school graduates every year as senior financial analysts and product managers, among other positions, Ms. Donaldson says. She attributes the rise partly to the company's growth, but also to b-school graduates' hunger for work that gives them both autonomy and impact.
- Self-Service Health - How Consumers can Help Solve the Primary Care Shortage. Jane Sarasohn-Kahn: The bottom line is that the consumer-patient will be playing an increasing self-service role in her health care. [...] there are supply side and demand side issues to keep in mind. Opportunities with a caveat as we continue to navigate the transition to patient-driven healthcare.
Making a Difference
- An Exclusive Interview with Bill Gates. FT. Due to the FT Terms and Conditions, I am not quoting from the article. However, it is worth reading in its entirety. In it, Mr. Gates expands on his comments about the relative importance of connectivity when humanity is still facing tremendous poverty, hygiene, and education challenges. Putting his money where his mouth is, the Gates Foundation works on eradicating Polio (successfully in India) and combating malaria.
- Where a Little Dose of Leonardo is Still a Lot. NYT: On the one hand, he’s titanic, god-size, this painter-sculptor-draftsman-architect-inventor-writer who was also a self-taught physicist, botanist, zoologist, musician, moral philosopher and ballistics expert. But he’s also human, our size. He was a chronic procrastinator; he was bad at languages; he was a left-hander who wrote in a quirky, backward script. [...] He seems to have lived in a state of perpetual brainstorming, as if life were a theoretical proposition to be tested daily. [...] The Morgan show, with its dark, subdued, cushioned atmosphere, focuses on two, ultimately indivisible sides of that career: Leonardo as scientist and as artist. And he is still making a difference.
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