The Rise of the Curator, Warby Parker Clones, and James Bond
by David Wells – Nashville TN
As of today, 20% of the US population is “sheltering at home” under governmental order. Huge numbers are voluntarily acting in a similar way. Of course, there are the beach bros still trying to get their party on in Florida – but it seems like that is hopefully ending.
It is tough to be still in moments like this. Whether ill personally or not, our hearts and minds are heavy with concern over those who are battling the virus. We think of those doctors, nurses, grocery store workers and the like who are serving the rest of us and to whom we owe a real debt of gratitude at the least. And of course, all those whose jobs have been lost or are close to being gone. Lest we not forgot, those in political leadership locally and nationally who are making decisions of real consequence who need our thoughts and prayers.
Personally, I have drawn much joy in recent days through small glimpses of beauty in the arts which reminds us of how much more there is to life than our present circumstances. Consider this amazing profile of Alma Deutscher, a 15 year old composing prodigy (see her Siren Sounds Waltz at Carnegie Hall) who has said that she wishes to write “music that comes out of the heart and speaks directly to the heart.” Or this beautiful poem entitled Pandemic – thanks to the team at 21/64 for highlighting it.
Last week’s Fifteen was heavily focused on the pandemic – this week, we’re returning to a more normal run-down. Goodness knows we all need something interesting to read…
- The Three Hardest Things For Family Enterprises to Do and Why To give you a break from Coronavirus coverage – We look at the three hardest things for family offices and enterprises to do and why the study of complex adaptive systems gives us insight into them.
Food for Thought
- NYT – Screw This Virus! “We had to be set apart in order to feel together.” – David Brooks
- Sociology of Business – Move Over Influencers, Here Come Curators Modern aspiration is not about having money to buy things, but having taste to know what to buy.
- Guardian – The invisible city: how a homeless man built a life underground After decades among the hidden homeless, Dominic Van Allen dug himself a bunker beneath a public park.
- NYT – Can You Really Hire a Hit Man on the Dark Web? A collection of online stores offer murder for pay. Researchers say they are scams, but people who want someone dead aren’t listening.
- Hedgeye – How Epidemics Change History
- Marker – Why All the Warby Parker Clones Are Now Imploding How venture capital became the most dangerous thing to happen to now-troubled DTCs like Outdoor Voices, Harry’s, and Casper
- II – The Untold Story of Katina Stefanova’s Marto Capital
- Gavin Baker – Viruses, Recessions, Imagination and “the End of the Beginning.”
- Fortune – American soccer’s next goal? Turning a profit
- GQ – Heart of An Assassin: How Daniel Craig Changed James Bond Forever For our money, he’s the best Bond yet—a searching soulful actor who managed to turn the campy secret agent into a three-dimensional character. Now as the world gears up for Daniel Craig’s final film as 007 nears, he offers some rare reflection on the franchise he redefined and the icon he reimagined.
- QZ – The Strongest Predictor of Men’s Well-Being Isn’t Family or Health
- Visual Capitalist – Visualizing the History of Pandemics