Weekly readings – 21st December 2019

Argument against direct listings

What Happens After Prisoners Learn to Code?

Google Culture War Escalates as Era of Transparency Wanes

The Wilderness of Suburban Saigon in 1904. Source: Saigoneer

Popcorn is a serious business at AMC theaters

Why Kansas City’s Free Transit Experiment Matters. Regardless of how this experiment will turn out, it will provide a valuable case study, data and motivation for other cities.

The Man Who Built Amazon’s Delivery Machine

The curtain on Vision Fund and Masa was pulled back a little bit more.

The fall from an icon of Sheryl Sandberg

The horrifying truth behind the track of our location data

Weekly Readings – 6th July 2019

Rising U.S. Inequality: How We Got Here, Where We’re Going

How Costco gained a cult following — by breaking every rule of retail. Costco is Charlie Munger’s pick as Amazon’s biggest threat. He may have a point here.

Student Loans Are Not A National Crisis. I am a bit reluctant to add this story to the post as I don’t really like the headline. However, his points are valid. So why not? In the summary, I agree with him that wiping out college debt does nothing to address the root issue. It’s about the system that leads to the current debt situation and the lack of personal finance knowledge.

The rise and rise of a Vietnamese corporate empire. FT pulled the curtains on one of the biggest corporations in Vietnam. Both the good and the bad.

Amazon in-sourcing nearly half of its parcel transportation needs. A look at Amazon’s transportation capabilities

Understanding Financial Statements. A very good primer on the fundamentals of financial statements.

Global App Revenue Reached $39 Billion in the First Half of 2019, Up 15% Year-Over-Year. A great study on app revenue and downloads in the first half of 2019 from Sensor Tower.

Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2019–2023. An interesting and informative report on global entertainment and media by PwC.

Making 5G pay. A look at how 5G can be monetized, how much consumers are willing to pay (an estimate) and how different 5G packages can be introduced for different needs.

All about Direct Listings. A great overview of direct listings by a16z