1. Entrepreneurs are the New Labor by Venkatesh Rao – sharp economic analysis of the startup incubators, Rao’s best article.
2. A strategy to save Netflix (May 2012). Has it been successful? I haven’t followed up on this.
3. Inside McKinsey - oft apologetic article for McKinsey in wake of Rajat Gupta crisis. But interesting flavour.
4. May 2012′s Facebook Fallacy by Michael Wolff. With benefit of hindsight, it appears FB shedding ad-model has led them to developing a smartphone (unconfirmed rumor) and the Social Graph Search (promising)
5. The History of Management Consulting - Jill Lepore. Details how modern management consulting (excl. McKinsey and Arthur D. Little) came about with Frederick Taylor, ‘conceived in sin’ because Taylor was a bit of a figure-fudging fraud. Chris McKenna’s history of mgmt consulting starts with Arthur D Little, Walter Kiechel history of strategy consulting starts with BCG’s founding, and this article starts with F.W. Taylor. My sense is that there isn’t a consensus when consulting began.
6. Peter Thiel’s CS183 Lectures. Self-recommending, the most useful thing I learnt was HOW he thought – in 2×2 matrices. A series I will revisit.
2 Politics and Economics
1. Race, IQ, and Wealth by Ron Unz – Detailed statistic study of puzzles in IQ. Convinced me that IQ was something very malleable. Does not seem strongly genetic. Of especial interest: “Super Flynn effect” – and “these rapid rises in IQ due to changes in the general socio-economic environment appear completely absent when we examine the international or domestic IQ data for East Asian populations, for whom even tenfold differences in real per capita GDP seem to have little or no impact on IQ.”
2. Three Axes Model by Arnold Kling – libertarians are on the statist axis, liberals on oppression axis, conservatives on the barbarism axis.
(b) Comes from same line of thinking as: http://www.american.com/archive/2012/april/the-tribal-mind-moral-reasoning-and-public-discourse
3. How Much Tech Can One City Take? The perils of allowing tech to drive out essential services and dominate the ecosystem of a city
4. The growing class of working poor in Singapore – all 3 parts are worth reading. Very sharp insights – “Singaporean curriculum too hard, causing real education cost (incl tuition) to spike”; “government operates on a a depressed wage system” – uncharitably, slave labour
5. The Onion on Mitt Romney.
6. The Macroeconomics of Chinese Kleptocracy – John Hempton. Thesis: Chinese savers forced to save at state banks, which give inflation-adjusted negative returns. Looting ensues.
(b) Hooha and discussion on the article when Krugman spotlights it: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/11/financial-repression-chinese-style/
(c) Another hilarious article by Hempton: http://brontecapital.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/trust-me-i-run-pyramid-marketing-scheme.html
7. Paired Article: Wen Jiabao’s Fortune. In a similar article I read on Forbes or Businessweek, I was struck by an anecdote. A Chinese envoy to Washington wanted to get a special visa for his son during 1989′s Tiananmen. The embassy staff revolted.
1. The Myth of American Meritocracy by Ron Unz- controversial piece about Asian/Asian American exclusion, and declining Jewish performance at the Ivies. Ends with a proposal to use random lottery. Explains the credentialling inflation among the particular subset of Asian Americans.
2. Downward Mobility haunts US education – good primer on a pessimistic truth. It haunts many enrolled in university.
1. The Millions, deconstructing detective novels one trope at a time. Also, see TVtropes.