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By: David Allen | July 21, 2018

Why your best friend is probably a bad business partner | Miki Agrawal
Why your best friend is probably a bad business partner | Miki Agrawal

Why your best friend is probably a bad business partner | Miki Agrawal Miki Agrawal: So when you’re looking at bringing partners on, whether it’s investment partners, whether it’s business partners, like cofounder perspective, those kinds of things—Number one, it needs to be the same values. Do you both care about similar things in the world? So values need to align. 

And then from a skill set perspective you need to be opposites. Oftentimes best friends are like, “We want to start a business together!” That’s like the fastest way to not becoming best friends again. Being opposites is so important.  I’m great at design. I’m great with the vision. I’m great at sort of the strategy.  I’m really great at the aesthetic. I’...

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By: David Allen | July 21, 2018

How women and men approach money differently: risk, investment, and return | Sallie Krawcheck
How women and men approach money differently: risk, investment, and return | Sallie Krawcheck

How women and men approach money differently: risk, investment, and return | Sallie Krawcheck Women have different financial strategies and insight than men, argues Sallie Krawcheck, the co-founder and CEO of Ellevest, a digital investment platform for women. Female investors have a different sense of why they want to make money, pursue specific goals more readily, and show a unique sense of risk awareness. Krawcheck says it's important for women to play the market and plan financially because there is a real retirement savings crisis in this country which disproportionately affects them.


So if you think about investing today it tends to be all about outperforming the market.  It tends to be about making more money and it tends ...

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By: David Allen | July 21, 2018

The one factor causing depression and anxiety in the workplace | Johann Hari
The one factor causing depression and anxiety in the workplace | Johann Hari

The one factor causing depression and anxiety in the workplace | Johann Hari — I learned about nine causes of depression and anxiety, for which there’s scientific evidence with different sets of solutions. 

But I’ll just give you a very quick example of one. 

I noticed that lots of people I know who were depressed and anxious. Their depression and anxiety focuses around their work. 

So I started looking at, well, how do people feel about their work? What’s going on here?

Gallup did the most detailed study that’s ever been done on this. What they found is 13 percent of us like our work most of the time. Sixty-three percent of us are what they called “sleepwalking” through out work. We don’t like it. We don’t hate it. We toler...

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By: David Allen | July 21, 2018

Inside bias: Why so many companies make big hiring mistakes
Inside bias: Why so many companies make big hiring mistakes

Inside bias: Why so many companies make big hiring mistakes — AI doesn’t have to be scary. It can augment our intelligence, says venture capitalist and best-selling author Scott Hartley. What AI can also do is help us fight our own biases, starting with the prejudices inherent in the hiring process "algorithms”.


Scott Hartley: 
In this world where we focus so much on what we’re building, how we’re building it, I think we need to take a step back and reconsider why we’re building, and really humanize our technology, really bring together diverse teams of methodologies and people and mindsets so that we can take our technology and actually apply it to the most fundamental human problems.

Today the conversation is largely about art...

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By: David Allen | July 21, 2018

How machine intelligence is remaking the American economy
How machine intelligence is remaking the American economy

How machine intelligence is remaking the American economy — Michael Li: We hear a lot about data science, AI, machine learning. 

These are all things that are in the milieu right now. I think they fundamentally point at the same idea, the same concept, around you might call it machine intelligence—where it’s about how do you use computers and the vast amount of data that’s out there, that kind of big data, and then leverage that to make more intelligent decisions as an organization, as a government, as a nonprofit. 

This really comes from a few major secular trends that are happening. 

One is the plummeting cost of computation and the plummeting cost of storage. 

So now we have the capacity to store that data relativel...

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By: David Allen | July 17, 2018

Why moms are the best employees | Lauren Smith Brody
Why moms are the best employees | Lauren Smith Brody

Why moms are the best employees | Lauren Smith Brody — There is something called the “motherhood penalty” and essentially it shows that a mother’s earnings dramatically decrease after having one baby. They continue to decrease after two and three and four.

When you look at fathers and you look at those same charts they’re barely impacted in terms of their pay. Some of this is tied really directly with just generally the pay gap between men and women in the United States.

The irony, of course, is that when you look at who actually performs well at work, women come back to work more capable than they were before they left in many, many cases. So they are, they have an end, a hard end stop to their day, right? But this actually makes them m...

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By: David Allen | July 17, 2018

How to stop politics from controlling your emotions | Tim Snyder
How to stop politics from controlling your emotions | Tim Snyder

How to stop politics from controlling your emotions | Tim Snyder — Has the constant barrage of political news got you down? Yale University historian Timothy Snyder reminds us that looking at things from a historical perspective—and comparing your own perspective to this—can help you from becoming overwhelmed... and keep your emotions in check when you browse your newsfeed.


History is actually the one thing I think which allows you to get out ahead. It’s very ironic, because when people think about history they think, “Well, history means that things are going on in the world and a historian is off reading dusty books,” which, fair enough, I would love to be reading lots of dusty books right now. I will concede the point. 

But when ...

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By: David Allen | July 15, 2018

What jobs will flourish in the future. And which you should avoid. | Michio Kaku
What jobs will flourish in the future. And which you should avoid. | Michio Kaku

What jobs will flourish in the future. And which you should avoid. | Michio Kaku — Michio Kaku: People often ask me the question, “In the era of AI what jobs and what skills will I need?” 

Well, first of all let’s take a look at the first era of space exploration the 1960s.  

There was a crash program back then to miniaturize the transistor. That’s why our astronauts like John Glenn, they’re short people. They were tiny people. 

The Russian astronauts, they’re also very tiny because they have to fit inside the nose cone of a missile, and we scientists were given the mission to miniaturize transistors as far as possible. 

Now, as a consequence of that, we have what is called the Internet age today. All the goodies you se...

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By: David Allen | July 15, 2018

Why capitalism entails a moral obligation to share your wealth | Ken Lagone
Why capitalism entails a moral obligation to share your wealth | Ken Lagone

Why capitalism entails a moral obligation to share your wealth | Ken Lagone — "A rising tide lifts all boats," says Ken Langone, one of the co-founders of Home Depot as he makes his case for capitalism being the being the best economic model. He co-founded The Home Depot with his friends Arthur Blank, Bernard Marcus, Pat Farrah, and Ron Brill back in 1978, and today it's a multibillion-dollar company. And while he agrees that capitalism has its downsides, he says that he can point to 3,000 people who started out with an entry-level position at a Home Depot that rose through the ranks and are now millionaires.


Very simply, I could not have accomplished what I’ve accomplished, including my own net worth and including job creatio...

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By: David Allen | July 15, 2018

3 ways America is doing politics all wrong
3 ways America is doing politics all wrong

3 ways America is doing politics all wrong — When was the last time the U.S. saw meaningful innovation in its political system? Economist and author Dambisa Moyo thinks politics needs to keep up with every other industry and evolve. She outlines three proposals that would help American politicians be better at their jobs, drawing on examples from Singapore, the U.K., Mexico and Brazil. First up, Moyo suggests—brace yourself—that American politicians earn higher salaries and receive bonuses based on metrics like increased life expectancy and GDP growth. The U.S. president earns $400,000 a year. In comparison, the prime minister of Singapore earns $1.4 million. Moyo's second recommendation is to set minimum standards for entry into poli...

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