Nov 082018
 

There’s a lot of money at stake.

Since being released in 2013, Grand Theft Auto V has reportedly made $6 billion, which is more than any film in history.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2018/11/07/world/australia/grand-theft-auto-cheat-mods-melbourne.html

*Interesting read. Laws and how they are interpreted are important.

Nov 042018
 

Rural America’s Own Private Flint: Polluted Water Too Dangerous to Drink – The New York Times:

“There are no precise water-quality surveys of the galaxy of private wells that serve 43 million people in the United States, but sampling by the United States Geological Survey has found contamination in about one of every five wells.”

*Worthy read.

Nov 042018
 

Can You Curate a Town? – The New York Times:

“Curating a town as one might an art collection — or in latter days, a party or store — is not a lonely pursuit. Wealthy individuals like Mr. Resnick, well-funded nonprofits and even corporations like Walmart have begun buying deserted American main streets, hoping to reinvent them with a fresh aesthetic.”

*Intersting. How many geographic locations are available? Can they be made into magnets for people that will then need products and services that must be created and delivered locally? What is the population density or population needed to make a place economically viable? How many places require tourism as a major plank? Can this place have some other major attraction that can bring people to there? Perhaps great outdoor scenery and weather …

Nov 042018
 

Jeff Raider on Founding Warby Parker and Harry’s – The New York Times:

“Jeff Raider on Founding Warby Parker and Harry’s First, eyeglasses. Now, shaving. Mr. Raider, a co-founder of two powerful direct-to-consumer brands, says change happens faster than we think.”

*Interesting short interview. Didn’t know of the Warby Parker and Harry’s connection previously.

Jun 292018
 

One County Thrives. The Next One Over Struggles. Economists Take Note. – The New York Times:

“In a place with a depressed economy, for example, the most ambitious people move to places with more opportunity, leaving an even bleaker situation behind.”

Jan 312017
 

Uber Partners With Daimler in a Step Toward a Driverless Future – The New York Times:

“The ride-hailing company announced on Tuesday a partnership with Daimler, under which the German automaker plans to build autonomous vehicles that will operate on Uber’s transportation network.

The move marks the first time a major automaker will provide its own self-driving vehicles — built entirely in-house and without Uber’s help — specifically to operate on the ride-hailing company’s network.”

*Autonomous cars are coming. 

Aug 162015
 

Why Starbucks Prices Went Up as Coffee Beans Got Cheaper – The New York Times:

“‘mobile payments now represent 20 percent of all in-store transactions in our U.S. stores, more than double the figure from only two years ago.’ I use an iPhone app to pay these days: It’s easy to transfer money without noticing the cost.

 

*The cost disconnect for customers who don’t pay with cash. This leads to less price sensitivity.