Week of July 30th, 2017

12 articles worth reading

 

THE EVOLUTION OF TRUST

 
 

After playing this game for 30 minutes you will never be the same person. In 30 minutes your mind will shift and you will begin to understand relationships in a new light. We highly recommend you go through this game. The first 5 minutes are boring, the last 25 incredible.

 

WHY THE RICH STAY RICH

 
 

An incredible simulation that shows why capitalism will generate an unfair distribution of wealthy and poor individuals. Basically, the rich will grow richer unless legislation allows for fairness.

 

DeCLINE OF INVESTMENT IN SAN FRANCISCO

Title says it all. Startup investments in San Francisco seem to be decreasing down.

 

THE GIG ECONOMY OF THE 18TH CENTURY

It was very common before the 19th century for people to have multiple jobs. Not included in the article, most successful individuals have a regular job, and a second, or sometimes third gig. Article analyzes the 18th century as a case study.

 

PERIOD OF EXCLUSIVITY & EARLY ADOPTERS

Great study that shows how introduction of early adopters leads to a more successful product launch, and the opposite drastically harms the uptake of a new product.

 

SELL THE PROBLEM BEFORE THE SOLUTION

The great twist of this article is that, despite the author's knowledge of the strategy his initial attachment to his product always caused him to sell the product first. Many of us are victims of our attachment.

 

How Your Fear and Outrage Are Being Sold for Profit

Examples of how media is flawed, mostly due to the lack of a strong business model. This is old news for many, but for others it might be new. Basically, the media of many capitalist countries has to exaggerate the news to attract eyeballs. This also applies to business, management, and technology news.

 

MONOPOLY [THE GAME] WAS INVENTED TO SHOW THE DANGERS OF CAPITALISM

Related to the first and second link on this week's compilation, it is ironic that today Monopoly is viewed as a celebration of the benefits that capitalism brings.

 

Ten Years of Worthless Side Projects

Title says it all. This article embodies the dangers of starting businesses (side-projects) with no strategy, business direction, problem to solve, etc.

 

Sometimes Not Working Is Work, Too

If you're a professional runner you could run yourself to the ground by over exerting yourself. Likewise, if you're an entrepreneur or are in the knowledge-economy you could think yourself to the ground. Stop working 24/7.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA IS THE NEW SMOKING

At You Exec we hate social media. It is useless. We felt this opinionated blog was well written for the topic. Do you know of any other blogs related to this topic? If so, please contact us.

 

Successful Solo Founders

Incubators, accelerators, VCs — these institutions have killed the idea of a solo-founder venture. This is because they claim "unicorns" are not made by solo-founders. That is wrong. At You Exec we believe the best ventures are those that don't require external capital. And those ventures thrive with solo-founders. We hope this article inspires you.