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How I Hire: The Case Study Interview
September 24, 2013 | LinkedIn | by Kevin ChouInfluencer, CEO, co-founder at Kabam
case_studies  interviews  LinkedIn  hiring 
april 2014
Facebook Plans Mobile-Ad Network - WSJ.com
By REED ALBERGOTTI and JACK MARSHALL CONNECT
April 21, 2014
Facebook  mobile  advertising_networks 
april 2014
Why We Misplace Our Keys, Phones, Wallets - WSJ.com
By SUMATHI REDDY CONNECT
April 14, 2014 7:11 p.m. ET
aging 
april 2014
Sandra Day O'Connor and Jeff J. Curley: Founding Principles in the Digital Age - WSJ.com
April 21, 2014 | WSJ | By SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR And JEFF J. CURLEY

The College Board and Khan Academy—a nonprofit digital education platform—will partner to provide "free, world-class test prep" for the new exam.

These changes may sound unrelated, but they represent a fascinating paradox in education today: What is old in education has never been more important, but it may take what is new in education to truly prepare students for success in college, career and civic life.

Teaching the Constitution and the nation's other foundational texts is as old as public education itself. America's public schools were founded on the idea that education is vital to the success of democracy. But these texts are demanding and complex. Understanding them takes hard work and concentration. The effort is invaluable, though, not least because it instills the discipline that will equip young people with the knowledge and the habits of mind necessary to become powerful actors in civic life.

Millions of students taking the SAT will now encounter texts like the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, as well as the writings of individuals from James Madison to Martin Luther King Jr. But old test-prep methods like flashcards and rote memorization will not be sufficient. Students will need more sophisticated tools to help them understand the material and engage with it. Digital technology will be essential to achieving that goal.
civics  SAT  Khan_Academy  high_schools  students  tools  digital_media  standardized_testing  engaged_citizenry  public_education  constitutions  hard_work  foundational  education  paradoxes  platforms  judges  lawyers  Sandra_Day_O'Connor 
april 2014
Hiring is Obsolete
Want to start a startup? Get funded by Y Combinator.

May 2005
hiring  Paul_Graham  Y_Combinator 
april 2014
Canada’s real wealth lies in its institutional integrity, not its resources - The Globe and Mail
BRIAN LEE CROWLEY
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Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Apr. 17 2014

Canada’s wealth, and the reason why the world beats a path to our resources, lies not in the resources themselves. What makes that endowment almost uniquely valuable in the world is that it exists within another vastly more important endowment of rules, institutions and behaviours.

My list of those institutions and behaviours include the rule of law; independent judges and reasonably speedy and reliable resolution of disputes; the enforcement of contract; the absence of corruption among government officials and the police; respect of private property; a moderate, predictable and stable taxation and regulatory burden; a stable currency that keeps its value; responsible public finances; freedom to trade both domestically and internationally; a well-developed work ethic; and a refusal to resort to violence to resolve political disagreements. That is the greatest endowment that we have.

What happens when you nest a rich natural resource endowment inside this endowment of rules, institutions and behaviours? Companies can invest billions of dollars to unlock opportunities, such as the oil sands, reasonably secure in the knowledge that they know the fiscal, regulatory and contractual conditions they will face over a period of years that are sufficient to recoup their investment and make some money.
natural_resources  institution-building  institutions  Canada  independent_judiciary  integrity  political_infrastructure  predictability  property_rights  civics  rule_of_law  institutional_integrity  work_ethic  oil_sands  judiciary  judges 
april 2014
Are entrepreneurs doing enough to support next generation? - The Globe and Mail
BRENDA BOUW
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Apr. 21 2014
entrepreneur  angels  start_ups 
april 2014
Do you have these four kinds of business mentors? - The Globe and Mail
KIM KAUPE
Young Entrepreneur Council
Published Monday, Apr. 21 2014
mentoring 
april 2014
How do you identify/attract/hire good programmers to implement an idea if you yourself are not a coder?
Jeff Kesselman, 25 years in the video game ... (more)
If you are going to build a technical team, you need a techncial team builder. Which is to say CTO. Thats a key hire and the one you should b...
CTO  Quora  Paul_Graham  software_developers  software_development  hiring 
april 2014
No, the CBC’s not cool. Nor should it be
Apr. 21 2014 | The Globe and Mail | KONRAD YAKABUSKI.

It would all be easier if the broadcaster’s leaders, past and present, weren’t still stuck in some alternate reality, deluded by visions of grandeur and budget envy. They think that, if only Canadians funded their public network the way the British and French fund theirs, the CBC could be all things to all people and ne’er a disparaging word would be heard. In other words, it’s not their fault; it’s ours.
alternative_realities  CBC_Radio  CBC_TV  Konrad_Yakabuski 
april 2014
On a milestone of misrule, Mugabe fumes as Zimbabwe falls apart
Apr. 21 2014 | G&M | GEOFFREY YORK.

Mr. Mugabe’s rule is unchallenged these days, after a landslide victory in a 2013 election that was widely seen as tainted and rigged. But while he dominates the country, the Zimbabwean economy is continuing to slide towards disaster – even though Western sanctions on the Mugabe regime have been largely eliminated.

Consumer spending fell by 30 per cent in February (the most recent data available); government revenue dropped by 10 per cent in the same month; civil-service wages have been delayed because the government cannot pay them; and dozens of factories have shut down in recent months, eliminating more than 9,000 jobs at a time when unemployment is already estimated at about 60 per cent...Just 14 years ago, Zimbabwe was one of the wealthiest economies in Africa. Today it has fallen into the bottom half of the continent’s economies. Mr. Mugabe’s misrule has cost Zimbabwe about $96-billion (U.S.) in those 14 years, according to an analyst at the U.S.-based Centre for Global Development. The country’s GDP would be more than twice as big today if it had followed the growth pattern of neighboring Zambia in that period, he noted.

“Mugabe has the ignominious distinction of being the only African head-of-state to preside over an average decline in both economic output and life expectancy since 1980,”
Zimbabwe  Robert_Mugabe  Geoffrey_York  indigenization  tyrants  misrule  misgovernance  mismanagement  poor_governance  decline  GDP  life_expectancy 
april 2014
Searching for a Subtle Scent for Men
March 28, 2014 | WSJ| by Steve Garbarino.
(1) Flash Back eau de parfum
(2) Bamboo Harmony by Kilian eau de parfum
(3) Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme eau de toilette
I buried my nose in tomes like "Perfumes: The A-Z Guide," by the wife-husband team Tania Sanchez and Luca Turin (the biophysicist and subject of Chandler Burr's "The Emperor of Scent") and "Perfume: The Alchemy of Scent," by Hermès's in-house perfumer, Jean-Claude Ellena. "Elegance," Mr. Ellena said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in 2011, "is defined by discretion—not invading the space of your neighbor." My thoughts exactly...."an email exchange with "Perfumes" co-author Ms. Sanchez, I learned that "a citrus, often bergamot," is the most traditional note for a men's fragrance. Originally called eau de cologne, the first examples were produced in Cologne, Germany, in the late 1700s. Today, scents come in versions with varying concentrations of extracts, from cologne (which is the least concentrated, and therefore the least lingeringly smelly), eau de toilette (middle) and eau de parfum (the highest). True to its origins, many current eau de colognes have components of bergamot, lemon, mandarin, orange, neroli and orange blossom."
personal_care_products  personal_grooming  fragrances  books 
april 2014
The Best Suit For Your Body Type
October 2, 2008 ||Kinowear |By Jay Song.
mens'_clothing  suits  howto 
april 2014
When Diamonds Are Dirt Cheap, Will They Still Dazzle? - NYTimes.com
APRIL 19, 2014| NYT | ROBERT H. FRANK.

In many domains, perhaps even including signed baseballs, it’s becoming possible to produce essentially perfect replicas of once rare and expensive things.

That’s true, for example, of diamonds and paintings. Renowned art originals will always be scarce, and so will high-quality mined diamonds, at least while De Beers holds sway. But what will happen to the lofty prices of such goods if there is an inexhaustible supply of inexpensive perfect copies? Economic reasoning can help answer this question. It can also shed light on how new technologies might alter traditional ways in which people demonstrate their wealth to others, or might change what society embraces as tokens of commitment and other gifts....Not even perfect replicas, however, will extinguish strong preferences for original paintings and mined diamonds. In the short run, price premiums for such goods are likely to persist, as collectors scramble for certificates of authenticity.

Longer term, those premiums may prove fragile
...Tumbling prices will transform many longstanding social customs. An engagement diamond, for instance, will lose its power as a token of commitment once flawless two-carat stones can be had for only $25.

Replication technologies also raise philosophical questions about where value resides.
...Technology won’t eliminate our need for suitable gifts and tokens of commitment, of course. And such things will still need to be both intrinsically pleasing and genuinely scarce. But technology will change where those qualities reside.
art  De_Beers  collectibles  artifacts  collectors  authenticity  inexpensive  replication  scarcity  valuations  digital_artifacts  high-quality 
april 2014
How to Get a Job at Google, Part 2 - NYTimes.com
APRIL 19, 2014 | NYT| Thomas L. Friedman.

(1) “The first and most important thing is to be explicit and willful in making the decisions about what you want to get out of this investment in your education.”
(2) make sure that you’re getting out of it not only a broadening of your knowledge but skills that will be valued in today’s workplace. Your college degree is not a proxy anymore for having the skills or traits to do any job.

What are those traits? One is grit, he said. Shuffling through résumés of some of Google’s 100 hires that week, Bock explained: “I was on campus speaking to a student who was a computer science and math double major, who was thinking of shifting to an economics major because the computer science courses were too difficult. I told that student they are much better off being a B student in computer science than an A+ student in English because it signals a rigor in your thinking and a more challenging course load. That student will be one of our interns this summer.”

“What you want to do is say: ‘Here’s the attribute I’m going to demonstrate; here’s the story demonstrating it; here’s how that story demonstrated that attribute.’ ” And here is how it can create value. (Apply this also to cover letters).
howto  job_search  Google  Tom_Friedman  Lazlo_Bock  attributes  cognitive_skills  creativity  liberal_arts  résumés  new_graduates  coverletters  hiring  Managing_Your_Career  talent  grit  interviews  interview_preparation  value_creation  Jason_Isaacs  Asha_Isaacs  Jazmin_Isaacs 
april 2014
India votes: Will the real Narendra Modi step forward? - The Globe and Mail
IAIN MARLOW

AHMEDABAD, INDIA — The Globe and Mail

Published
Saturday, Apr. 19 2014
elections  India  nationalism  Narendra_Modi  Gujarat  BJP 
april 2014
How to stop grade inflation: make students take final exams
MALKIN DARE

Contributed to The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Apr. 15 2014

External exit exams yield more objective marks and discourage grade inflation. More importantly, they also enhance student achievement.
students  Colleges_&_Universities  howto  grade_inflation  high_schools  standardized_testing 
april 2014
Immobile like me: The inaccessible truth about public transit
DENISE BALKISSOON

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Apr. 15 2014
mobility  transit  accessibility  privilege 
april 2014
Hidden gems
Apr 12th 2014 | The Economist | Schumpeter.

Reviving old brands sometimes makes more sense than creating new ones.

companies often discard brands that contain plenty of what marketers call “equity”. In plain English, ones that people still remember fondly. Healthy brands can be sacrificed on the altars of corporate takeovers and restructurings....The second reason is that reviving an old brand often beats spending months and millions on creating a new one, with a lower risk of failure. If something has worked before there is a good chance that it will work again. Old brands come with ready-made logos, slogans, jingles and memories.
brand_equity  brands  branding  orphan_brands  rejuvenation  goodwill  symbolism  jingles  logos  slogans  memories  culling 
april 2014
Ten common branding mistakes to avoid - The Globe and Mail
Dan Antonelli

Contributed to The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Apr. 18 2014
branding  mistakes 
april 2014
Why crime is plunging but police costs are soaring - The Globe and Mail
Margaret Wente

The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Apr. 17 2014

Orangeville’s police force is the highest-paid in Ontario. Of the 34 municipal employees who made more than $100,000 last year, 14 are cops. Another seven are firefighters. hat’s the way it is across much of Canada. The cops and firefighters are taking home the biggest paycheques in town. While other public-sector salaries are frozen, their pay is rising faster than inflation. And the cost is eating small-town budgets alive.
Margaret_Wente  Ontario  public_sector  criminality  pensions  unions  police_unions  overpaid 
april 2014
Canada’s power players pay their respects to Jim Flaherty - The Globe and Mail
ADRIAN MORROW


TORONTO — The Globe and Mail

Published
Wednesday, Apr. 16 2014,
tributes  Jim_Flaherty 
april 2014
Family, friends bid farewell to Jim Flaherty at state funeral - The Globe and Mail
STEVEN CHASE and ADRIAN MORROW

TORONTO — The Globe and Mail


Published Wednesday, Apr. 16 2014
Jim_Flaherty  tributes  politicians 
april 2014
Car costs can save you thousands in taxes - The Globe and Mail
TIM CESTNICK

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published
Wednesday, Apr. 16 2014,
personal_finance  taxes 
april 2014
Toronto legal startup challenging tradition with no-frills fees - The Globe and Mail
JEFF GRAY
- LAW REPORTER


The Globe and Mail

Published
Wednesday, Apr. 16 2014
law_firms  Toronto  Jeff_Gray 
april 2014
Grocer Metro faces cost headwinds - The Globe and Mail
Marina Strauss
- Retailing Reporter


The Globe and Mail

Published
Wednesday, Apr. 16 2014
retailers  Marina_Strauss  Metro  Loblaws  grocery  supermarkets 
april 2014
Master these 10 processes to sharpen your project management skills - TechRepublic
we're going to focus on 10 basic areas:

Define the project
Plan the work
Manage the workplan
Manage issues
Manage scope
Manage risks
Manage communication
Manage documentation
Manage quality
Manage metrics
communicating_risks  detail_oriented  project_management  WaudWare 
april 2014
M.I.T.'s Alex Pentland: Measuring Idea Flows to Accelerate Innovation - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com
April 15, 2014 | NYT | By STEVE LOHR.

Alex Pentland --“Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread — The Lesson From a New Science.”

Mr. Pentland has been identified with concepts — and terms he has coined — related to the collection and interpretation of all that data, like “honest signals” and “reality mining.” His descriptive phrases are intended to make his point that not all data in the big data world is equal....Reality mining, for example, examines the data about what people are actually doing rather than what they are looking for or saying. Tracking a person’s movements during the day via smartphone GPS signals and credit-card transactions, he argues, are far more significant than a person’s web-browsing habits or social media comments....Central to the concept of social physics is the ability to measure communication and transactions as never before. Then, that knowledge about the flow of ideas can be used to accelerate the pace of innovation.

The best decision-making environment, Mr. Pentland says, is one with high levels of both “engagement” and “exploration.” Engagement is a measure of how often people in a group communicate with each other, sharing social knowledge. Exploration is a measure of seeking out new ideas and new people.

A golden mean is the ideal....[traders] with a balance of diversity of ideas in their trading network — engagement and exploration — had returns that were 30 percent ahead of isolated traders and well ahead of the echo chamber traders, too....The new data and measurement tools, he writes, allow for a “God’s eye view” of human activity. And with that knowledge, he adds, comes the potential to engineer better decisions in a “data-driven society.”
Alex_Pentland  books  cross-pollination  curiosity  data_scientists  data_driven  decision_making  massive_data_sets  MIT  Mydata  sensors  social_physics  Steve_Lohr  idea_generation  heterogeneity  ideas  intellectual_diversity  traders  social_data  signals  echo_chambers 
april 2014
Twitter Acquires Gnip, Bringing a Valuable Data Service In-House - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com
April 15, 2014 | NYT | By ASHWIN SESHAGIRI.

In 2010, Gnip was the first company to work with Twitter to gain access to the social network’s so-called fire hose, which contains all publicly available tweets since 2006. Brands, advertisers and, recently, academics could use that stream of data to analyze and parse activity on the social network....Last year, Apple acquired Topsy Labs, a similar provider of data of Twitter activity. The terms of that deal were also not disclosed, though The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, estimated the deal to be worth more than $200 million.

“We believe Gnip has only begun to scratch the surface,” Jana Messerschmidt, Twitter’s vice president of global business development and platform, wrote in a blog post announcing the deal. “Together we plan to offer more sophisticated data sets and better data enrichments, so that even more developers and businesses big and small around the world can drive innovation using the unique content that is shared on Twitter.”
Twitter  Gnip  massive_data_sets  mergers_&_acquisitions  data  data_mining  sentiment_analysis  social_media  social_data 
april 2014
IronStrength Workout
December 30, 2011 | Runner's World|Dr. Jordan Metzl
strength_training  exercise  fitness  health  running  web_video 
april 2014
Disruptive entrepreneurs: An interview with Eric Ries
April 2014 | McKinsey & Company |

All of our process diagrams [in major corporations] are linear, boxed diagrams that go one way. But entrepreneurship is fundamentally iterative. So our diagrams need to be in circles. We have to be willing to be wrong and to fail. But modern management says, “Failure means you get dinged.”

For example, one of things I’ve tried to do is to tell companies, “Put on your employees’ performance evaluation a concept we call productive failure: ‘How many productive failures did you have this year?’ If someone comes to you and claims that they didn’t fail this year, you know one of two things: they’re either lying to your face or they were incredibly, unbelievably conservative.”

In both cases, it’s actually not a positive attribute. You want to say, “Show me a time when you failed but learned something really valuable, or were able to pivot from something that didn’t work to something that did.” I have a lot of examples now where it’s possible to say: “You saved the company an incredible amount of money, because instead of spending $10 million on something, we spent $100,000 and did an experiment that proves conclusively there ain’t no business here.”
Eric_Ries  lean  open_data  innovation  experimentation  entrepreneurship  McKinsey  disruption  failure  linearity  iterations  performance_reviews 
april 2014
Diversity and Dishonesty - NYTimes.com
APRIL 12, 2014

Continue reading the main story
[Ross Douthat]

both cases illustrate, with their fuzzy rhetoric masking ideological pressure, is a serious moral defect at the heart of elite culture in America.

The defect, crucially, is not this culture’s bias against social conservatives, or its discomfort with stinging attacks on non-Western religions. Rather, it’s the refusal to admit — to others, and to itself — that these biases fundamentally trump the commitment to “free expression” or “diversity” affirmed in mission statements and news releases.

This refusal, this self-deception, means that we have far too many powerful communities (corporate, academic, journalistic) that are simultaneously dogmatic and dishonest about it — that promise diversity but only as the left defines it, that fill their ranks with ideologues and then claim to stand athwart bias and misinformation, that speak the language of pluralism while presiding over communities that resemble the beau ideal of Sandra Y. L. Korn.

Ross Douthat
diversity  freedom_expression  free_speech  Colleges_&_Universities  self-deception  censorship  Ivy_League  Mozilla  Brandeis  controversies  academic_freedom  Ayaan_Hirsi_Ali  discomforts 
april 2014
Go Ahead, Vladimir, Make My Day - NYTimes.com
APRIL 12, 2014

Continue reading the main story
[Thomas L. Friedman]

check out Opower, which just went public. Opower works with utilities and consumers to lower electricity usage and bills using behavioral economics, explained Alex Laskey, the company’s co-founder, at their Arlington, Va., office. They do it by giving people personalized communications that display in simple, clear terms how their own energy usage compares with that of their neighbors. Once people understand where they are wasting energy — and how they compare with their neighbors — many start consuming less. And, as their consumption falls, utilities can meet their customers’ demand without having to build new power plants to handle peak loads a few days of the year. Everybody wins. Opower just signed up the Tokyo Electric Power Company and its 20 million homes.

Putting all its customers together since it was founded in 2007, said Laskey, Opower has already saved about “4 terawatt hours of energy” and expects to be soon saving that annually. The Hoover Dam produces about 4 terawatts hours of energy a year. So we just got a new Hoover Dam — for free — in Arlington, Va.

Thomas L. Friedman
Vladimir_Putin  natural_gas  climate_change  Ukraine  pipelines  Tom_Friedman  embargoes  behavioural_economics 
april 2014
What does the future hold for the CBC? - The Globe and Mail
SIMON HOUPT

The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Apr. 11 2014,

you have to create an infrastructure of an organization that can adapt to whatever it is. And that’s a challenge around how do we think about ourselves, and our role, and how do we make ourselves as agile as we can?” In big-picture terms, she said, the CBC “is going to be smaller, it’s going to be faster, it’s going to be engaging.”...Under Ms. Conway, the CBC will strike more partnerships with private Canadian broadcasters and its foreign counterparts. It will also work more with marketers to create so-called branded entertainment (a.k.a. product placement) shows.
CBC_Radio  CBC_TV  Simon_Houpt  millennials  Vice_Media  the_big_picture  partnerships 
april 2014
Flaherty helped save the world from economic meltdown - The Globe and Mail
JAIME WATT

Contributed to The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Apr. 11 2014
tributes  Jim_Flaherty  politicians 
april 2014
Flaherty to receive State Funeral Wednesday - The Globe and Mail
Bill Curry, Gloria Galloway and Josh Wingrove

Ottawa — The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Apr. 11 2014
Jim_Flaherty  tributes  politicians 
april 2014
The poker-faced Bradley Shaw pegs his future on WiFi - The Globe and Mail
RITA TRICHUR - TELECOM REPORTER

CALGARY — The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Apr. 11 2014
Shaw  Wi-Fi  CEOs  family-owned_businesses  family_business  profile 
april 2014
Gazprom to Ukraine: Pay up or else
Apr. 11 2014 | - The Globe and Mail | CARL MORTISHED.
Ukraine  Gazprom  Europe  Vladimir_Putin  natural_gas  pipelines  EU 
april 2014
When speed is greed - The Globe and Mail
OMAR EL AKKAD

LOS ANGELES — The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Apr. 11 2014,
Omar_el_Akkad  Michael_Lewis  Wall_Street  traders 
april 2014
Why some see big potential in tiny farms - The Globe and Mail
Doug Saunders

Oxford, England — The Globe and Mail

Published Saturday, Apr. 12 2014,

TechnoServe, a long-established Washington-based non-profit whose 1,400 employees provide technical assistance to small developing-world farmers....Those small farmers don’t produce much food in part because they can’t afford to buy decent seeds and fertilizer. They can’t afford seeds or fertilizer because they can’t borrow money based on their future crop sales. And, Mr. Masha notes, that’s because lending them money can be so expensive: Interest rates on tiny loans are already, by definition, very high; add to that the cost of servicing loans across regions, and the considerable cost of hedging those loans against volatile developing-world currencies, and, he says, “you’ve priced them right out of the credit market.”

Banks and micro-credit agencies are also reluctant to lend because small farmers often have no collateral: Property ownership is ambiguous and few countries have small-claims courts to deal with defaults. (Brazil, an exception, owes a lot of its development success to the creation of such institutions.)

While the potential in these farms is huge, few want to take the risk of building agricultural supply and value chains in the developing world. Such investments take many years to generate returns, which tend to be very modest – rendering them uninteresting to corporations and venture capitalists, but increasingly appealing to Chinese state enterprises and a few people with local knowledge.
smallholders  farming  agriculture  size  scaling  Doug_Saunders  TechnoServe  poverty  tacit_data  supply_chains  value_chains  fertilizers  seeds  SOEs  China  interest_rates  microfinance  microlending  property_ownership  developing_countries  institutions 
april 2014
Roasted Lamb with Lima Beans - The Globe and Mail
Lucy Waverman

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Apr. 11 2014,
lamb  Lucy_Waverman  recipes  Easter 
april 2014
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