Monthly Archives: January 2023

Five Links for January

Every month I try to share the most mind-expanding links to read/watch/listen. If you find these interesting, please do share with your friends.

Here are five links worth reading…

Why “Why Nations Fail” Fails by Maia Mindel

Taking another look at the (questionable) arguments behind a modern econ classic. 

Grow the Puzzle Around You by Jessica Livingston

Livingston’s journey to co-founding Y Combinator, plus nine takeaways for authenticity, strong partnerships, and making the best of your strengths. 

Listen: Bryan Mistele: What the Future of Transportation Looks Like on World of DaaS

An insightful conversation Bryan Mistele (CEO of Inrix) on what transportation will look like in the next 10 years … and he’s not afraid to make predictions. 

52 things I learned in 2022 by Tom Whitwell

Fun, useful, random, and min-expanding facts to start the year. I guarantee you haven’t heard every one of these, and at least one will change the way you think about something. 

The Mirage of European Identity by Miquel Vila 

The fascinating story of a Japanese-European aristocrat and how his pan-European hypothesis went on to influence generations of the European project. 

Demystifying Financial Leverage by Patrick McKenzie

In turbulent times, it’s important to understand first principles. McKenzie breaks down leverage, a frequently misunderstood concept, to its roots. 

Bonus: Suburban Mom Handcuffed, Jailed for Making 8-Year-Old Son Walk Half a Mile Home

How a Texas mom ended up with a child endangerment charge, and the fallout from it

Bonus (Watch): Interpreting Girard by Jonathan Bi

Bi and David Perell created a great seven-part lecture series on René Girard’s Mimetic Theory.

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Money Men by Dan McCrum (must read)

An overview of the Wirecard fraud

Almanac of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgensen

HT: Eric Jorgensen

Greenlights by Mathew McConaughey

HT: Kevin Weil, Tony Pan, Steve Ferketic 

The Globalization Myth by Shannon O’Neil

HT: Shannon O’Neil

The Truth About God’s Plan For History by Bryan Mistele

HT: Bryan Mistele

Say Nothing by Patrick Raaden Keefe

A history of the Northern Ireland Troubles

HT: Chris Kirchhoff

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