Weekly Kaizen – Dec 11th -The Future of Cities

The Future of Cities

Two videos on cities, one by Oscar Byson and the other by Wired on Shenzhen:

Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of Hardware (Full Documentary) | Future Cities | WIRED:

Can we build AI without loosing control?

In September Sam Harris gave a TED talk on the potential dangers of AI and what it could mean for humanity.

Backgammon and Google’s Financial Discipline

We end this weekly Kaizen with two articles from Bloomberg, the first is on Backgammon and why it’s more appealing than ever, the second article goes deeper into the events at Google that let to the shut down of some high profiled projects:

America’s Best Backgammon Player Works at Goldman Sachs

Google Makes So Much Money, It Never Had to Worry About Financial Discipline—Until Now

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Weekly Kaizen – Dec 4th -Lessons from failure

How to make $400 million disappear
How to hide $400 million from your wife before divorcing her to protect your fortune? The New York times wrote an article on the world of offshore accounts and secret transactions:

Why Moats are essential

Tren Griffen, author of the book ‘Charlie Munger the complete investor’ wrote on the importance of moats in the Restaurant Business.

Humanity vs Parasites

This video from Kurzgesaght show’s how humanity declared war on ‘The Most Gruesome Parasites – Neglected Tropical Diseases – NTDs’ and how humanity succeeded, more than we tend to think, in winning the war. 

George Orwell

George Orwell wrote some of the best books of the 20th century: Animal Farm to describe the effect of an one party system (communism), 1984 on the monitoring and manipulation of the people by the government to keep the ruling party/elite in power. Sounds familiar? This video from The School of Life goes deeper into the life of George Orwell and how he used literature to try to change the world for the better:

Lessons From Failure

Mars, nowadays one the largest privately own companies in the world has a fascinating tale of it’s founder not giving up on his dream, he never gave up and kept working hard while facing some serious set backs on the way.

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Weekly Kaizen – Nov 27th – The Need to Read

Read More

How many books have you read so far this year?

If you look at reading as another form of entertainment it’s easier to make the habit to do it every day, scheduling 20 minutes a day will already have a big impact on the amount of books you read a year. Shane Parrish, from FarnamStreet, wrote at the end of January an article on how to read more: The Simple Plan To Read More. However it’s not just important to read more, as equally or even more important is to know how to read a book properly: How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading, a must read for everyone who wants to get serious about reading.
And finally one of best article I have read so far on the importance of reading: Will Schwalbe’s article for the Wall Street Journal The Need to Read.


In an previous edition of Weekly Kaizen we linked to a video explaining the rule of 72 to easily calculate what percentage of return you need to double your investment, this week a video on the importance of compounding published by Mohnish Pabrai (www.know72.com):

DealBook 2016: The Long and Short of Activist Investing

Bill Ackman C.E.O., Pershing Square Capital Management LP was interviewed two weeks ago at the The New York Times Dealbook conference:

Fidel Castro

Last Friday the 25th of November Fidel Castro passed away, he governed Cuba for 47 years until 2011 when his brother Raul Castro took over, to understand more about the life that he led: visit his Wikipedia page, read an article written by The Economist, watch one of the two (or both) documentaries here below or read his Autobiography: Fidel Castro: My Life: A Spoken Autobiography

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