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Outside the Cave – The Blog:
In addition to the weekly email, we blog at www.outsidethecave.com. This week, we published two original pieces:
- We Deserve Better Than Today’s Department Stores. We have all seen the advertisements from Macy’s, and I know I cannot be the only one who wants to scream at the TV when I read it. “One Day Sale” with a “Preview Day” the day before it. If there is a ‘Preview Day’ of the same sale, then it is not a 1 day sale! There has to be a better way for department stores than mediocre merchandise sold at a discount – and there is!
- A $1,000 Hiding Right in Front of You. One of the perks of being an entrepreneur who is always looking for a way to do more with less, combined with low-grade OCD is having figured out several ways to cut costs out of the monthly budget, but without really impacting quality of life.
ShopNFA – Did you know that there are over 60+ independent apparel and accessory designers right here in Middle TN. As you think about your holiday shopping, check out ShopNFA – from the Nashville Fashion Alliance – and support our local businesses.
Food for Thought:
- NYTimes – Living in the Cult of Likability – Credit EL – Does the near ubiquity of ratings systems make culture more bland?
- FRR – Radical Candor — The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss
- Medium – The Secret Power of ‘Read It Later’ Apps
- Esquire – ‘This Is My Life, a Cautionary Tale. Maybe Somebody Can Learn from It.’ Esquire reprinted its 2005 interview with STP rocker, Scott Weiland after his passing recently. This is a tragic look at the psychological trauma suffered by addicts.
- Outside – The Downsizing Uprising. Tiny homes simplify family life and make room for adventure.
- Medium – The day I became a millionaire
- WSJ – On the Front Line Against Islamic State. The Kurdish intelligence chief in Iraq says Islamic State can be beaten, but U.S. troops and more weapons will be necessary.
- WSJ – The Stock Market Is Missing the Warning From Junk. Declines in high-yield bonds are worrying Wall Street, as such moves can presage economic downturns.
- WSJ – Junk Fund’s Demise Fuels Concern Over Bond Rout. Third Avenue Focused Credit Fund takes rare step, seeking an orderly liquidation as junk-bond market swoons.
- NYP – Uber is more valuable than American car companies
- WSJ – Craft Brewers Take Issue With AB InBev Distribution Plan. Some worry brewing giant’s new incentive program could squeeze America’s craft brewing industry.
- Economist – Reluctant heirs – Credit DH – Getting children to take over the family business can be hard
- BusinessWeek – Can Elizabeth Holmes Save Her Unicorn?. Theranos wants to convince the world it’s for real.
- Guardian – ‘If I burn out, I burn out’: meet Taylor Wilson, nuclear boy genius. He fused the atom at 14, has advised the US government on counter-terrorism and plans to beat cancer – and he’s still only 21.
- WSJ – The $1 Million-a-Start Pitcher. The price tags on baseball’s elite arms have steadily climbed to the stratosphere. Will they ever come back to Earth?
- Hodinkee – Talking Watches With William Massena. Hodinkee is back with another interview with a prolific watch collector.