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On April 20, 2021, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of three counts of unintentional homicide against George Floyd. That such a tragic event occurred in a city with a black police chief and a black federal Representative indicates racism may not be the most culpable co-conspirator. Already…


Let’s talk about the future of retail, and why Amazon and Costco are outperforming. I’ve worked several retail jobs, including in now-defunct Mervyn’s and Montgomery Wards. At Target, I was classified as Flexible Fulfillment, meaning I collected products throughout a three-story building to fulfill customers’ online orders (aka OPUs). …


John Gretton “Jocko” Willink, Jr. looks like a jock, if a jock joined the Navy Seals, fought in Iraq, and still couldn’t figure out his role in the military’s billion dollar propaganda machine. Below you’ll see ten tweets where I quote a Jocko (“JW”) interview with Tim Ferriss and explain exactly where JW fails. Read from left to right, and give the page a few extra seconds to fully display the photos.


Imagine Singapore, if Singapore had natural resources and was one of the largest countries in the world. Kazakhstan, where I spent two weeks watching the World Wrestling Championships, is only 27 years old. Tajiks, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, Russians, and Kazakhs blend in seamlessly, and the British have considerable influence. Its capital…


I won’t spend too much time on Tesla’s 2019 annual shareholder meeting, because it was a well-oiled (pun intended) marketing job, and as a great writer once said, “All marketers are liars.”

Having attended Apple shareholder meetings when Steve Jobs was at the helm, I’m familiar with the cult of…


Most people have never met anyone autistic. Their perception of autism is usually from Dustin Hoffman’s Rain Man (1988),


Facebook held its annual meeting today in trendy Menlo Park-based Hotel Nia. Shareholders were treated to Clover yogurt, pastries (mostly croissants), tea, coffee, and a granola mix.

Zuckerberg entered with the board of directors, smiling. An employee introduced the shareholder proposals and their advocates. After one advocate spoke about a…


Oxford-born travel writer and Japan transplant Pico Iyer was at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, California recently.

Two quotes from his presentation stood out: 1) There are “ 72 seasons in Japan and religion in Japan is the seasons, a religion without dogma.” …


Rich Karlgaard is a good man. He’s the kind of person who gently asks his emcee the time to communicate his book event should have started one minute ago. His wealth of Silicon Valley business contacts provides factoids few others can access.

At the same time, when you’re so close…


Bloomberg News recently reported Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren and her husband earned almost 1 million USD in 2018, proving America’s national politics are a contest between the out-of-touch and the even more out-of-touch. (Two days after the media disclosed her income, Warren attended an event with boxes from Dunkin’…

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“Globalization needs regulation, but everyone is reluctant to demand it for fear that it may discriminate against them.” [McMafia (2008)]

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