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The Best Articles of the Week – 01/27/17


We distill down the week’s best reads.  This week – college pricing, Fashion in Nashville?, the future of the Media industry, quantum computers and more.

Food for Thought:

  1. WSJ – Homeowners’ Quest for the Best Schools.  To get their children into top-performing schools, some parents buy homes in highly rated—and typically expensive—districts. After graduation, ‘there is a mass exodus.’
  2. Purdue – Open Letter to the People of Purdue from Mitch Daniels – Credit DH – Purdue University President weighs in on the current state of higher ed in the US.  Here’s a compelling stat – “We will enter our fifth consecutive year without a tuition increase on any student while room and board rates, which have been reduced from four years ago, will also stay flat. As a result of such decisions, Purdue is the only research university in the country that is less expensive to attend today than in the fall of 2012”
  3. NYT – Generation X More Addicted to Social Media Than Millennials, Report Finds
  4. SG – We don’t need to teach our kids to code, we need to teach them how to dream
  5. NBJ – Study finds 5.9 billion reasons to pay attention to Nashville’s fashion industry.  The Nashville fashion industry might contribute more to the local economy than you would think. The industry has a local economic impact of $5.9 billion, according to a study commissioned by the Nashville Fashion Alliance, with the potential to double in the next 8 to 10 years.


  1. Stratechery – The Great Unbundling.  To say that the Internet has changed the media business is so obvious it barely bears writing. It turns out that the impact of the Internet — and the outlook for the future — differs considerably depending on what part of the media industry you look at
  2. Fortune – Harvard’s Cash Cow Investment Fund Is Laying Off Half Its Staff
  3. GMO – The Long, Long Mistreatment of the American Working Class – GMO’s Jeremy Grantham weighs in on the downside risks of globalization.
  4. Medium – The Startup Idea Matrix
  5. Economist – China’s first aircraft-carrier bares its teeth.  Should anyone be scared?


  1. Engadget – D-Wave has its first customer for a $15 million quantum computer.  Quantum computers are potentially the next step in computing power, as silicon based chips have reached close to their physical maximum capabilities.  Quantum computers look to outperform traditional ones by a factor of 1,000 to 10,000 times.
  2. WSJ – Museum Rewards Donor with Fake Art to Hang at Home.  A collector gave Matisse and Manet originals to the Nelson-Atkins Museum and got souvenir copies to keep his walls from ‘getting lonely.’
  3. Gizmodo – A Groundbreaking Gene-Editing Therapy Eliminated Cancer in Two Infants.  Welcome to the frontier of cancer treatment
  4. Jalopnik – The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt May Be The Start Of The Everyday Electric Revolution.  Sorry Tesla, Chevy beat you to the punch with a sub-$40,000 all electric car.
  5. GP – An Affordable, American, Carbon Fiber Watch That’s ‘Meant to Create a Little Controversy’  A compelling new entrant into the rapidly growing American watch industry.


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