Earfare: Maria Popova, Curator of Brain Pickings via Tim Ferriss Podcast

I discovered Maria Popova (@BrainPicker) through numerous mentions by Tim Ferriss (@tferriss) but it was not until I listened to this Podcast that I discovered how profound her primary body of work, BrainPickings.org is. Ferriss begins by saying Popova describes “herself as a reader/writer; interestingness hunter/gatherer; and curious mind at large.” While she has written for publications like The …

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FastFaves: Tembo, Volkswagen, Kickstarter & Hell’s Club

Here are some recent favorites I’ve stumbled on, have been interested in, or just generally think are worth taking a look at. Top Facebook Post: “It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you have so many passionate, motivated individuals all working towards a common goal for the greater good.” – Phil Michaels, Founder and CEO of Tembo …

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Earfare: Naval Ravikant, CEO, AngelList via Tim Ferriss Podcast

Tim Ferriss (@tferriss) refers to Naval Ravikant (@naval) as “a very deep thinker who is very good at asking questions” and who’s success not only in business but in life comes from his “practice of being hyper-rational” when others are emotional. Ravikant’s wisdom shows countless times during this two hour discussion and his best investor advice is applicable to all of …

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Summer Reading Recap 2015

In June I decided to reboot my reading habit and completed a book each week which has lead to more consistent reading overall. With summer coming to a close I thought I would share some thoughts on some of them. The topics varied but all relate in some fashion to my projects regarding how technology and corporations are …

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Book Review: The Secret History of Weeds

  The Secret History of Weeds is an outstanding look into the untold history of women dating back to our early history. Author Julia Hughes Jones was inspired to research and write “Weeds” by the misogynist ideas of Martin Luther, who in 1533 wrote that “Girls begin to talk and to stand on their feet sooner than boys because weeds always …

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Journalism Must Shed Paper Cocoon

For over six years I have followed the newspaper industry’s struggle to maintain a sustainable financial foundation for journalism. From misunderstanding the nature of social media and disregarding consumer trends to highlighting Google’s Eric Schmidt offering to “help newspapers” in 2009 I have been an consistent advocate for the newspaper industry’s role in good journalism. In January 2012 I first described “An Innovative Opportunity for …

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Competition, Not Regulation Drives GMO Transparency

In March 2013 Whole Foods Market put “a stake in the ground on GMO labeling” by announcing that by 2018 all products sold by the grocery chain would be labeled indicating any included genetically modified organisms in order to provide full GMO transparency to customers. The announcement occurred around the same time as failed efforts by consumer activists to petition the federal government …

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