Weekly readings – 17th August 2019

The Amazon Publishing Juggernaut. I saw someone mention on Twitter that America’s exceptionalism is about the endless potential. To be honest, I have been quite surprised by the reactions to Amazon’s branching out to other areas in addition to their long-known expertise. They are taking advantage of capitalism and exceptionalism for which America is known for. If you don’t do a job well enough to secure your market share and please your customers, you’re ripe for the taking. Amazon is just so darn good at doing the taking

The dawn of the age of geoengineering. A super interesting blog post on the potential Earth-saving projects.

Amazon offered vendors ‘Amazon’s Choice’ labels in return for ad spending and lower prices. Not a good look for Amazon.

Apple brings contactless student IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch to more universities. I love the way it is going. Apple makes it more sticky for students to own an iPhone

Is Elon Wrong About LiDAR? A very interesting post on Lidar, a popular technology in the world of autonomous vehicles

Weekly readings – 20th July 2019

Father Doesn’t Know Best: The Unlikely Rise Of Turkey’s E-Commerce Queen. I didn’t know about her or her companies before. A great article.

The Challenges of Operating a Computing Cloud and Charging for its Use

Hit by Big Loss, Bird Seeks $300M in New Funds. Though Bird’s executives are willing to sacrifice growth for profitability, it remains to be seen if it can even do that. Scooter or micro-mobility area is highly competitive

Estonia’s new e-residency security focus: ‘You can’t launder money with a digital ID’. Though they scaled back their original target, the program looks successful to me and there are plenty of lessons that other countries, especially the US, can learn from it

What you need to know about Meiya Pico, China’s low-profile forensics champion named in data privacy scandal

Amazon sells over 175M items during Prime Day 2019, more than Black Friday & Cyber Monday combined.

The reports of Snapchat’s death have been greatly exaggerated

China Internet Report

Ericsson Mobility Report June 2019

Despite High Hopes, Self-Driving Cars Are ‘Way in the Future’. I wrote about my conservation on self-driving cars before. If you don’t think this nobody (indeed I am nobody and happy to be one) doesn’t have credibility, read that.

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