No. 247 – Tuesday Reads

Know Your Price: Black Property Devaluation In A Nation Built With Our Hands And On Our Backs – I recently shared with a friend why I believed diversity and inclusion efforts at corporations were bullshit. I already belong here. I’m not interested in incremental efforts to try and make me more comfortable. I want to be CEO. I want to build a massive company that competes with yours and keeps you up at night. I want to fund the ventures of entrepreneurs I believe will build a better future than the entrepreneurs you fund are capable of. Black folks getting a better position in this society is a power game, a big reason why I’m excited about reading Andre Perry’s first book. Based on the work he’s published over the past several years, I look forward to learning more about the policies black folks have had to navigate in areas like housing and education. Further, I look forward to getting more clarity on how to navigate the path forward.

On the Frontlines of Retail There Are No Heroes, Only Victims – I don’t have much to say about this piece except that the economic system we’ve nurtured over the years sucks the life out of a bunch of people. There’s got to be another way of structuring this thing.

The Pandemic Isn’t a Black Swan but a Portent of a More Fragile Global System – I had to unfollow Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Twitter a few years back because the man is saltier than the saltiest person you know. His favorite exercise is deadlifting, something we share, and I would love to grab a drink with him, but I’m almost positive we’d end up arguing. I tend to assume things will go well, something that has hurt me a good few times over my life. Taleb, on the other hand, is ardent about doing all you can to prepare for the events that are extremely unlikely to happen, but could turn everything upside down, if they do. This piece does a nice job shedding light on his world view and his frustration with global leaders who weren’t willing to do the work to mitigate a situation that several had predicted.

In the Coronavirus Era, the Force is Still with Jack Dorsey – I don’t understand why Twitter doesn’t have a paid feature. I’d pay without question. Thanks to that platform, complete strangers have become longtime friends and mentors. I’m able to expand and contract my exposure to different types of people – investors, historians, journalists, and more. These emails I write typically start from pieces I’ve stumbled across on the platform. Yet, Twitter hasn’t tapped into all the value it creates. The product feels stagnant, which is pretty frustrating to see. I can understand why Elliott Management would swoop in to try and shake things up. This next year will be quite interesting to see how Dorsey fares.

Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. III Announces Pricing of Upsized $720 Million Initial Public Offering – The last vehicle Chamath Palihapitiya raised money for, he used the funds to merge with Virgin Galactic and take the company public. I’m very curious what companies he has his eye on. For the past several years, healthcare has been a focus of his. Considering the environment we’re in, I could see healthcare technology firms being prime targets.

2 thoughts on “No. 247 – Tuesday Reads

  1. That’s great Twitter has been an effective and beneficial networking platform for you. When I tell ppl I have a Twitter account, the question is always, “Does that work for you?,” or “How does it work? I don’t understand the purpose of it.” My answer: “I like it. User-friendly, and I have the potential to connect with individuals and companies that may be future clients, partners, etc.” It’s free so why not? Another way to promote your product or service, and network. Honestly, Twitter has not benefited me personally, or professionally…yet (i.e., generating clients), but the optimist that I am believes it will very soon.

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