Weekly readings – 7th December 2019

How busyness leads to bad decisions

Why Taxpayers Pay McKinsey $3M a Year for a Recent College Graduate Contractor

How I Get By: A Week in the Life of a McDonald’s Cashier. Reading about her week is heartbreaking. The sad thing is that it’s common in America. Hustling is great, but it shouldn’t be used to describe the economic difficulties a normal person has to face in arguably the richest country on Earth

Israeli scientists find way to treat pancreatic cancer in 14 days

A revelation on how employees suffered emotional toll while working at Away

Apple will start the wireless movement on smartphones in 2021?

Weekly readings – 30th November 2019

The bus ticket theory of genuis

What to Do When a Work Friendship Becomes Emotionally Draining

Do Ridesharing Services Increase Alcohol Consumption? Do they add net benefits to our societies?

Why Are Canadian Construction Costs So High?

The California DMV Is Making $50M a Year Selling Drivers’ Personal Information

A Brief Cartographic History of Hai Phong 1898–1968

Inside the fall of WeWork. It’s mind blowing that there continues to be more investigative pieces on how dysfunctional WeWork is. It’s inconceivable to think without public scrutiny how the company would be and how it would harm public investors’ interest. One notable quote from the piece is that WeWork’s operations make the current White House look like a well-oiled machine.

Platforms and Publishers: The End of an Era. A pretty long yet interesting read on platforms and publishers

Comparing unit economics of food delivery companies

The climate crisis has sparked a Siberian mammoth tusk gold rush

How Disneyland got its start

Prisoners have to pay to….read. This kind of heartless and soulless opportunism is morally corrupt and distasteful

PayPal Acquires Honey, What Honey Is, PayPal’s Play

The making of Bloggi

Interactive map of Apple’s supply chain. I attempted to make such a map, but Apple makes it super difficult to get the data from their weirdly designed PDF instead of a CSV. Kudos to The Prepared for this tool

Weekly readings – 19th October 2019

Amazon published their official position on a few social issues

Global electric car sales and market share, 2013-18

Source: IEA

The poor in America pay a higher tax rate than the rich. I guess the tax cut is doing what it is supposed to? (I am being sarcastic)

TurboTax’s decade-long war to prevent Americans from filing taxes online for free. I was angry when I read this article. Billions of hours and dollars are wasted every year on filing taxes and only a handful of people benefit at the expense of millions

To buy a phone in China, a face scan will be required as of 1st December 2019

Bob Iger’s massive bet on Disney’s future.

Sleep Deprivation Shuts Down Production of Essential Brain Proteins. The sleep deprivation pandemic is real in our society and there doesn’t seem to be signs of its abating.

How Amazon is redefining the expensive and wasteful process of returns

Boeing lead pilot warned about flight-control system tied to 737 Max crashes, then told regulators to delete it from manuals. Frankly, this is just disgusting. Boeing is one of the two plane manufacturers that dominate the sky and it still has this kind of behavior