6 Links Worthy of Your Attention This Week
Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?
My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS, chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO, Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person “must see”.
Check out these six links that we’re recommending to one another:
- Our Shitty Restaurant: My Experience With Agile, Bureaucracy and Unnecessary Complication — Steemit. “Ever had to deal with dogma and Byzantine complications? Then you’ll probably love this description of a restaurant. So true it hurts.” (Alistair for Hugh).
- Crafting projects, Islam, and Russian propaganda — Data For Democracy — Jonathan Morgan — Medium. “There’s still a lot of speculation about who created ads to polarize voters in the US elections. But the tools they used aren’t in dispute: Twitter, Facebook, even Pinterest. And it turns out that the recommendation engines of Pinterest (which decide what you’ll like based on what others with similar interests have liked) may have accidentally revealed a smoking gun. Ever wonder what a troll does to relax? Crafting projects, it turns out.” (Alistair for Mitch).
- Half a trillion pounds disappear from Britain’s wealth in stunning writedown that equals a quarter of nation’s GDP — Financial Post. “Who knows where this Brexit thing will end up, but my God the UK’s situation sounds perilous.” (Hugh for Alistair).
- How Social Media Endangers Knowledge — Wired. “Wikipedia’s contributions and numbers of editors are flatlining, or declining. Is this related to a general decline in the importance of knowledge, or tied to more internal issues around how Wikipedia manages its community?” (Hugh for Mitch).
- Stunning AI Breakthrough Takes Us One Step Closer to the Singularity — Gizmodo. “OK… we’re here. This is both the most exciting and terrifying piece of technology news that you will read this week. The implications will be felt for decades to come. I find it ironic that this news came out and it got such little attention. Thus is the new news cycle. Here today… gone… in a couple of seconds. The computers are awake… are you?” (Mitch for Alistair).
- WeWork: A $20 Billion Startup Fueled by Silicon Valley Pixie Dust — The Wall Street Journal. “Hoping that everyone can get this article (apologies if it is behind a paywall). This both great journalism and another spike into the heart of Silicon Valley. It’s not that this is not a good business model… it’s just not worth what the multiple is, considering what the business model really is: commercial real estate renting. Such a fascinating read. Focus on how easy it is to use a brand position and some creativity to make something seem like it’s worth so much more than it really is.” (Mitch for Hugh).
Mitch Joel is President of Mirum — a global digital marketing agency operating in close to 20 countries. His first book, Six Pixels of Separation, named after his successful blog and podcast is a business and marketing bestseller. His second book, CTRL ALT Delete, was named one of the best business books of 2013 by Amazon. Learn more at: www.mitchjoel.com.