This week’s highlights: An Empire of Pain, How to be a CEO, and Bill Gates’ views on education.
Fifteen on Friday – 10/27/17 – Issue 259
Happy Friday and the Weekend Before Halloween –
I don’t remember Halloween ever being such a big deal growing up – but with 2 Trunk or Treat events, 2 fall festivals and 1 birthday party scheduled between Saturday and Sunday – I guess it officially is now.
I’ve chatted with several Fifteen readers recently, and thought I’d share a few ‘insider tips.’ Under ‘this week’s highlights’ at the top are my personal favorite reads of the week. The #1 article in each section is my personal guess at what the most popular article will be in that section.
A quick word of thanks to you loyal readers who continue to tell your friends – and a word of welcome to many new subscribers.
Food for Thought:
- New Yorker – The Family That Built an Empire of Pain – Credit GR – The Sackler dynasty’s ruthless marketing of painkillers has generated billions of dollars—and millions of addicts.
- BuzzFeed – Here’s What My Parents’ 1974 Wedding Would Cost In 2017 Dollars. My parents’ San Francisco wedding cost about $2,000, which in today’s money is roughly $10K. What it would actually cost to throw their wedding in 2017 is a whole other story.
- NYT – Giving Away Billions as Fast as They Can. Step aside, Rockefeller. Move over, Carnegie. Out of the way, Ford.
- Motherboard – How I Socially Engineer Myself Into High Security Facilities. A pentester shares a story that shows how social engineering can get you anywhere.
- WashPo – You want to make good cocktails at home. Here’s what you need to get started. – Credit DR –
- NYT – How to be a C.E.O. From a Decade’s Worth of Them. Adam Bryant has interviewed 525 chief executives through his years writing the Corner Office column. Here’s what he has learned.
- BI – Maverick Capital, a $10.5 billion hedge fund, told clients it may have ‘cracked the code’
- Stratechery – Goodbye Gatekeepers. Harvey Weinstein, the movie business, newspaper and all the news that’s fit to print
- NREI – Newly Nimble Family Offices Snag Deals Away From Private Equity. Families were once regarded as slow-moving and inexperienced investors, but that’s all changed in the past few years.
- BI – Saudi Arabia just announced plans to build a $500 billion mega-city that’s 33 times the size of New York City – Normally a new world’s tallest building is a good indicator of a market top, but maybe this beats even that?
- GatesNotes – Our Education Efforts Are Evolving. Bill Gates and The Gates Foundation updates and further refines their approach to education reform in the US.
- Medium – Adam Braun believes in a future that’s free from student debt. Adam Braun firmly believes that education is the enabler to opportunity and it shows. In 2008 he founded Pencils of Promise
- NYT – A Diabetes Monitor That Spares the Fingers
- Vulture – An Oral History of ‘David Pumpkins’ The story of Saturday Night Live’s most improbable breakout character.
- Hodinkee – Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona Sells For $17,752,500, Becoming The World’s Most Expensive Wristwatch Ever Sold