For one of Facebook’s OG employees, he learned a very valuable lesson, one that he has carried with him ever since and shares with us today.
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“Women with established businesses ranked their happiness nearly three times as high as women who are not entrepreneurs.”
Remembrance: A chart of the first world war’s casualties on the centenary of the outbreak
If you want to think about what the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) will look like, walk along Boston’s 400-year-old streets.
“The vast increase in literacy in Modern Standard Arabic in this generation over previous ones allowed the millennials to communicate beyond the small groups that use their dialect. Literacy also bestowed on them the confidence to challenge their elders, born in part of a realization that they possessed competencies their parents and grandparents did not. Sometimes these skills gave women advantages, including on the Internet.”
“The majority of people who weren’t primed by media reports to be angry didn’t care much about Facebook’s actions at all.”
“Our minds are hardwired to worry.”
"We’re lost, but we’re making good time." - Yogi Berra
In a conflict as grisly as Syria’s civil war, getting humanitarian aid to those who need it can be a life-threatening affair. Fortunately for those hoping to help, data from sources like Twitter, YouTube, and a range of others lets researchers turn war into a giant data science project, helping understand the tension between groups, how armed they are, and where they’re headed next.
One year ago, Palantir Technologies donated their data organization software to nonprofit the Carter Center. “We wanted to see who the biggest fish amongst the opposition are, everyone relates to one another, and who’s funding who,” says Christopher McNaboe, who works on the Syria Conflict Mapping project. Now that the the U.N. has granted unauthorized border crossing into Syria to provide relief, that data can finally be put into action.
“Those people who say it can’t be done, should get out of the way of those people doing it.”
“We took pairs of bad matches and told them they were exceptionally good for each other.”
We get it! These entrepreneurs overcame the odds, but their stories have been written ad nauseam. It’s time to ditch these business cliches.
One of the more interesting business books available this summer is Roadside MBA: Backroads Lessons for Executives, Entrepreneurs, and Small Business Owners. Written by three economists, it’s a rather corny look at various concepts you’d learn in business school, like barriers to entry, and economies of scale. What’s redeeming about it is that the authors went out and created case studies about dozens of small- and medium-sized businesses that you’ve never heard of. From Arnold Tool in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Key Fire Hose in Dothan, Alabama, most small business owners have a compelling story to tell.
These stories are fresh. Unfortunately in a lot of business literature, many stories, while interesting at one point, have ripened too much over time. Read enough big idea books and articles, and you’ll notice the same examples are used over and over again. There are acceptable reasons for this, but still, here are a few case studies that smart authors should stop using: