Time and Circumstance

Things I’m doing today that 10 years ago I never thought I would be doing and why: Reading all of my news online.Why? Because news publications never figured out a customer subscription model that would outcompete the internet on cost, convenience, and reliability.Paying for a service to manage all of my internet passwords.Why? Because my passwords are cryptic and I have hundreds of them and as I get older it gets harder to manage them all.Quitting Twitter indefinitely.Why? Because Jack Dorsey and his team of minions have no plan for… READ MORE

Timing Matters

The U.S. economy finished it's longest economic expansion in history (128 months) arising out of the great financial crisis of 2007-2008. The run from June 2009 through February 2020 was an impressive feat ignited by accommodative monetary policies of central banks around the world. The world learned a great deal from the last global financial crisis and from the economic policies that were enacted to stem an enduring recession. History has, for the most part, looked favorably upon this time and these interventions. When the pandemic shook the world in… READ MORE

Two Is Better Than One

I read two outstanding essays this week that will remain archived in my favorite reads of all time. I would not be at all surprised to see these writings referenced in some of the great business books to come. If not, then the researchers missed it. Read them in the order listed (chronological). Individually they are interesting, read together they are a fascinating revelation of parallel worlds colliding. Jamie Dimon's Letter to Shareholders, Annual Report 2020Paul Graham's "How People Get Rich Now" P.S. I cannot help but wonder if Paul… READ MORE

Forever ’21

The Obvious Things The new year is here and I think it's fair to say that we are all looking forward to a fresh start. I found it difficult to write last year due to the pandemic and the U.S. presidential election. While I do appreciate what the internet has done for the distribution of information, last year I found the noise to be particularly excessive and I opted to unplug from most of it. I leave 2020 with much to be grateful for and with a few concerns for… READ MORE

Notes From The Lookout

We're living in strange times. Mass shifts like the current one we're undergoing in this pandemic come with a flood of information and much noise. Thanks to our robust global communications infrastructure we can observe and learn in ways like never before. One's initiative and refined filter will serve them well in such times. Here is what we are tracking from the lookout in 2020: HospitalizationsAntiviralsDebt (all of it)UnemploymentDelinquenciesDefaultsVaccine In that order, we believe these criteria will tell us much about where we are heading. Our filter is well-tuned. Be… READ MORE

🇺🇸 Together We Stand 🌎

For we are all human and for sake of one another we are humanity. Through all times, and especially in times of need, together we stand. Thank you to every medical team member, technician, paramedic, nurse, and physician serving on the front lines for humanity today.❤️ Thank you to all of our leaders for navigating our cities, states, countries and our world through these difficult times. Prayers for mercy.Prayers for grace.Prayers for healing.Prayers for strength. My hope remains. Together we stand.READ MORE

Book List 2020

These books made our 🔥Hot Reads🔥 list for 2020: Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Alexander BennettThe Book of EzekielStart with the Heart by Kathy KochThe Mind Is Flat: The Remarkable Shallowness of the Improvising Brain by Nick ChaterMind Fixers: Psychiatry's Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness by Anne HarringtonWhy We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker PhDValue Mindset: Accelerate Your Value Transformation by Changing Your Mindset by Stephan M. Liozu PhDMcDonald's: Behind The Arches by John F. LoveHow… READ MORE