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The Best Articles of the Week – 04/29/16

Food for Thought:

  1. NYTimes – In an Age of Privilege, Not Everyone Is in the Same Boat.  Companies are becoming adept at identifying wealthy customers and marketing to them, creating a money-based caste system.
  2. WSJ – The Clinton Pivot Begins.  Here at Fifteen on Friday, we generally try to avoid articles that take a direct political stance.  Instead we focus on what we feel like is more interesting, political strategy. End disclaimer. You’re about to meet the second coming of Franklin Roosevelt and Bill Clinton
  3. Medium – 38 Life Lessons from 38 Years on the Planet
  4. NYTimes – Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Margaritaville’ Is a State of Mind, and an Empire
  5. Tennessean – Is Husk Nashville’s Sean Brock the best chef in the country?
Business/Economics:

  1. WSJ – The Latest Activist Investor at Bank of America: A Ninth-Grader.  Natalie Clarke, 15, owns 5,000 shares in Bank of America given to her when she was a baby.  She has attended three of the last annual meetings and asked pointed questions of the CEO.
  2. BusinessWeek – On the Rocks: The Story of Trump Vodka.  Why Americans don’t order Trump & tonics.
  3. WSJ – Full-Time Hires Buck the Trend at Fast-Food, Retail Chains. Companies report better customer service, lower staff turnover—leading to higher profits.
  4. WSJ – Home-Price Surge Stymies First-Time Buyers.  Shrinking inventories make housing less affordable just as crucial spring selling season heats up.
  5. WSJ – Meet the Venture Capitalist Whom Venture Capitalists Love to Hate. Chamath Palihapitiya shames industry’s shortage of women and minorities; ‘equal-opportunity’ aggressor.
Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. Vox – Why you shouldn’t exercise to lose weight, explained with 60+ studies.  Diet trumps exercise in this meta-analysis of weight loss studies.
  2. WSJ – The Air-Traffic System U.S. Airlines Wish They Had.  As Congress debates splitting up the Federal Aviation Administration, some see a model in Nav Canada.
  3. Racked – Dyson Is Releasing the World’s Most Expensive Hair Dryer
  4. BusinessWeek – Groove Masters of the Vinyl Revival.  How two guys in Salina, Kansas, helped make the vinyl record resurgence a long play.
  5. NYTimes – Building a Better Breast Pump, Not a Milking Machine.  Another example of the low-hanging fruit for innovation in categories dominated by women.

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