Nov 292016
 

Hundreds of ultrafast, high-powered charging stations planned for electric cars in Europe

BMW AG, Daimler AG and Volkswagen AG said Tuesday they plan to build together with Ford Motor Co. a network of hundreds of ultrafast, high-powered charging stations for electric cars in Europe.

That’s a good start on standardization and providing customer comfort in buying vehicles that require a way to refuel (electric charging) that is different and currently less available and more unknown.

Nov 272016
 

Below are links to three C-SPAN Q & A podcasts that are helpful in understanding the past presidential election. They are listed in the order I listened to them. You could probably listen in whatever order you wish. 

 

J.D. Vance

Author J.D. Vance discusses his memoir, [Hillbilly Elegy], about growing up in a poor, white family that has its roots in Appalachia.

 

David Cay Johnston

Author and columnist David Cay Johnston talks about this book, [The Making of Donald Trump], in which he takes a critical look at the 2016 Republican presidential nominee.

 

Nancy Isenberg

Historian Nancy Isenberg talks about her book, [White Trash], which examines the history of the class system in the United States.

Nov 272016
 

Drug price increases will likely bring more regulation in the future. In the short run that is probably not the case. The balance of power in Washington can change very quickly. 

 

Drugmakers Find Competition Doesn’t Keep a Lid on Prices

*Link may be behind the Wall Street Journal paywall. Try pasting the title in a Google Search

http://www.wsj.com/articles/drugmakers-find-competition-doesnt-keep-a-lid-on-prices-1480248003

 

“The two companies, though rivals, followed a common industry practice: raising prices almost in lockstep.”

 

““You’re not rewarded for having a low price and for the most part, the market doesn’t punish a high price,” says Mick Kolassa”

 

“The freedom to raise, rather than slash, prices in the face of competition is a big reason why U.S. prescription-drug spending has surged by close to 10% on average annually in recent years to $310 billion in 2015”

 

“Tandem drug-price increases for other ailments have prompted lawmakers to call for investigations into potential collusion.”

 

“Tandem increases can be perfectly legal, so long as companies don’t confer with each other, says Herbert Hovenkamp”

 

“In compliance training, companies tell employees not to discuss pricing with rivals. But when it comes to drugs, list prices are public.”

 

““Any profit-optimizing company is going to want to get as much price as they can get,””

 

 

 

Oct 112016
 

Suster on the role of Entrepreneurs and VC’s. 

Entrepreneurs are supposed to have insights that others don’t have and we’re supposed to be good judges about which entrepreneurs and executives have both the most clever ideas and the right skill sets to do transformational things against all odds.

Oct 012016
 

How Google Plans to Take Down Amazon’s Echo (EXCLUSIVE)

To Google, the Echo isn’t just another speaker. It’s part of a bigger move away from text- and app-based interfaces that require users to seek out information to voice-based systems that offer more natural interaction. In other words: It’s what’s next after Google’s search bar — and it’s made by a competitor.

*Competing in a time of great change. 

Sep 292016
 

The Robots Are Coming for Investment Bankers, Not Just Truck Drivers https://hunterwalk.com/2016/09/07/the-robots-are-coming-for-investment-bankers-not-just-truck-drivers/

 “Maybe in ten years investment bankers will stand alongside truck drivers in discussions about safety nets, universal basic income and skills retraining.”

“The vulnerability of these jobs is due, in large part, to the easy availability and rapidly declining price of computing power, as well as the rise of ‘‘machine learning’’ software, like Kensho, that gathers and assimilates new information on its own.”

*Machine learning, automation and innovation will led to human disruption at a rapid pace, perhaps outpacing precious technological transformations. 

Sep 122016
 

September 12, 2016

2:01:40 PM

Compressed Learning

Pick up to six topics or areas of interest. Each day there will be some learning and engagement with the areas you have chosen. You can even plan in an exercise period if you like.

You will be amazed at how much you can learn in these short bursts of time. Focus and interest make a huge impact on totality of what you learn.

2:04:34 PM

Jul 202016
 

Podcasting Has An Ad-Skipping Problem, Too – WSJ:

“Podcasting Has An Ad-Skipping Problem, Too The 15-second skip button allows listeners to avoid commercials”

*Ads need to be relevant to the listeners of the show. People will continue listening if the product is relevant to them.

Also, if the listener has a device in their pocket there is some resistance to pulling it out and forward skipping.

**Some corded and bluetooth headphones have the ability to skip ahead as well using physical buttons.

Jul 022016
 

How Telemedicine Is Transforming Health Care – WSJ:

“In the past year, ICUs monitored by Mercy specialists have seen a 35% decrease in patients’ average length of stay and 30% fewer deaths than anticipated. ‘That translates to 1,000 people who were expected to die who got to go home instead,’ says Randy Moore, president of Mercy Virtual.”

*Impressive results.