In the News 14.08.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


Today's Articles of Interest from around the Internets 14.08.14

Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets



1. Bill Gates’s Favorite Business Book

“Not long after I first met Warren Buffett back in 1991, I asked him to recommend his favorite book about business. He didn’t miss a beat: “It’s ‘Business Adventures,’ by John Brooks, ” he said. “I’ll send you my copy.” I was intrigued: I had never heard of “Business Adventures” or John Brooks.”

Read the rest of this article at The Wall Street Journal



2. “I wanted to call my website What’s New, Pussycat?”

“When NATALIE MASSENET launched the online shopping behemoth Net-a-Porter at the very end of the 20th century, the dot-com bubble had just burst. With a completely untested business model and small investments scrounged together in increments of £10,000, she grew the company into what is now an estimated 3.4-billion-dollar business. “She had so many skeptics, but she won. She won big-time,” says Diane von Furstenberg.”

Read the rest of this article at 032c



3. Content and Its Discontents

The pre-Internet cultural industry, populated mainly by exploitative conglomerates, was far from perfect, but at least the ancien régime felt some need to cultivate cultural institutions, and to pay for talent at all levels. Along came the web, which swept away hierarchies — as well as paychecks, leaving behind creators of all kinds only the chance to be fleetingly “Internet famous.” And anyhow, she says, the web never really threatened to overthrow the old media’s upper echelons, whether defined as superstars, like Beyoncé, big broadcast television shows or Hollywood studios. Instead, it was the cultural industry’s middle ­classes that have been wiped out and replaced by new cultural plantations ruled over by the West Coast aggregators.

Read the rest of this article at The New York Times



4. How to Be Polite

“When I was in high school I used to read etiquette manuals. Emily Post and so forth. I found the manuals interesting and pretty funny. There was good stuff about how to write a note of condolence, and ridiculous stuff about how to behave on boats or at the White House.”

Read the rest of this article at Medium



5. Want to Be More Creative? Take a Walk

“. . . exercise has long been linked anecdotally to creativity. For millenniums, writers and artists have said that they develop their best ideas during a walk, although some of us also do our best procrastinating then.”

Read the rest of this article at The New York Times


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