Strictly Curious Newsletter №30

Good morning and Happy Monday! Hope yours is going well :)

News

These are the MacArthur ‘geniuses’ of 2017. Here are the people making a real difference to our world. Link

The hints of Weinstein’s behavior that went ignored. There have been a number of allusions to Harvey Weinstein’s “open secret”, as Lena Dunham called it. Here are the hints of Weinstein’s harassment and abuse that went ignored over the years. Link

How the busiest people plan their days. Link

Ikea was a lot in the news last week. (a) Ikea has launched a new furniture collection just for your pets. Link and (b) Ikea has become the latest big-name retailer to radically overhaul its sales strategy in the face of online competition, launching a test to sell its flat-pack furniture through big ecommerce websites amid a fall in visitors to its out-of-town outlets. Link

There’s a link between CEOs who torture the English language and poor stock performance. Research by S&P Global Market Intelligence connects executives’ comments on conference calls to subsequent stock action. Link

The science of spying: how the CIA secretly recruits academics. In order to tempt nuclear scientists from countries such as Iran or North Korea to defect, US spy agencies routinely send agents to academic conferences — or even host their own fake ones. Link

Alibaba says it will invest more than $15 billion over three years in global research programs in a push to become an AI leader. The labs will conduct research in areas such as data intelligence, Internet of Things, financial technology, quantum computing and human-machine interaction. Link

This company says its software can pick football stars. Despite little evidence, the sport is buying into a Dutch startup’s talent-spotting claims. Although there’s no peer-reviewed data to support it, the company claims its neuroscience games can identify natural affinities for the sport that may not be immediately obvious. Link

Blog Posts

Since your brain constantly compares you with everyone else, try this. Social comparisons sometimes make us feel better and sometimes don’t. Here’s how to use that tendency to actually get better. Link

Trying to get ahead? Plan in reverse, study suggests. Link

Interesting Numbers

At the top 75 Silicon Valley companies, women comprise only 23% of technical roles. Sephora — the global cosmetics conglomerate — has managed a corporate feat that would make tech giants envious when it comes to developing and rewarding that kind of talent, as seen with 62% of the firm’s technology ranks being women. Link

Mobile shopping is on the rise, with U.S. consumers now spending nearly 50 minutes in shopping apps per month, or 10 hours per year, according to a new report from App Annie. Digital-first shopping apps, like those from Amazon, Etsy, Wish and others, are also growing more quickly in terms of total sessions and monthly usage, compared to shopping apps from traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, the report also found. Link

Video: How do we break the habit of excessive thinking?

Detours

12 types of prototypes to test your idea. Link

How to build a business empire with Instagram. Link

Retail Therapy

‘Oculus Dash’ is a total rift interface overhaul that lets you use desktop PC apps in VR. Link

Contemplation

“Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud.”

(Unknown)

Have a great week,

Costas