- # 143279 pts - Scout: monstertuckVanity Fair | Adam Ciralsky | 2/4/21 | 38 min1 read1 comment9.0Vanity FairAdam Ciralsky|2/4/21|38 min1 read9.0
Really great narrative about BitMex and sort of a history on how crypto currencies have been developed and evolved over time. It seems that the coins are becoming more and more like traditional financial instruments conforming to regulation - perhaps not by choice but rather through coercion like the DOJ and SDNY lawsuit against BitMex. I found this article informative, well written and intriguing.
- # 351662 pts - Scout: deephdave
Also, more Readers on Readup means better comments and conversations, higher quality articles in the AOTD game, better Discovery, and more opportunity for competition on the Leaderboards. In countless ways, growth leads to more growth.
"The Readup Flywheel"
It is compelling - I see a few things that are needed to make this possible. A really seamless customer onboarding experience. Easy to discover, try, and buy with limited kinks and plenty of helpful tips along the way. Secondly, a robust writer outreach (biz dev) team / effort. While it is compelling to say come get your free money, and it'll be awesome when you can say to writers "you have $47 unclaimed earnings", you will need to make sure there is some sort of recruitment initially to get the writers bought in. Then a seamless onboarding experience for them as well.
Excited for the future!
- # 321729 pts - Scout: monstertuckwashingtonpost | Marc Fisher, Ariana Eunjung Cha, Annie Gowen, Arelis Hernández, Lori Rozsa | 2/21/21 | 18 minwashingtonpostMarc Fisher, Ariana Eunjung Cha, Annie Gowen, Arelis Hernández, Lori Rozsa|2/21/21|18 min1 read10
Holy shit - if you want to be rocked into not leaving your house till the pandemic is over read this. If you want a good reason to cry and feel sad read this. If you are tired of staying home and want to fly to Cancun or Miami or Aspen this weekend with your friends read this.
I think the media generally stopped covering Covid deaths over the summer. People couldn't handle it anymore. This is the first piece I've read about children and their battles with the virus. It's so scary how rapidly the youth they highlight here seem to die.
- # 197161 pts - Scout: monstertuckWall Street Journal | JOHN CLARKE | 4 min1 read0 comments5.0Wall Street JournalJOHN CLARKE|4 min1 read5.0monstertuck2 days ago
- # 491194 pts - Scout: monstertuckMarker | Adam Chandler | 2/10/21 | 15 min1 read1 comment8.0MarkerAdam Chandler|2/10/21|15 min1 read8.0monstertuck2 days ago
Interesting to say the least! It's very interesting to see how the pandemic has accelerated the need for innovation and shifting business models to be viable in the 'new normal'. The writing here was excellent with good data points to support the narrative. However, I found the article to be a bit lengthy and could have been shorter.
- # 232325 pts - Scout: chrissetianaLinkedIn Pulse | 10 min19 reads6 comments7.5LinkedIn Pulse10 min19 reads7.5monstertuck6 days ago
- # 103758 pts - Scout: sjwoosungjwoo.medium.com | Sung J. Woo | 2/13/21 | 6 min14 reads9 comments8.9sungjwoo.medium.comSung J. Woo|2/13/21|6 min14 reads8.9monstertuck6 days ago
I find that with older generations this question of dying alone through potential years of suffering from loneliness versus catching Covid and dying after 2 weeks of hell is a rather easy decision for them to make. Obviously I cannot put everyone into this category, but my grandmother is taking the former approach. I guess the nice thing is the autonomy that older generations have to make that choice for themselves. I wonder how it will impact children and younger generations that do not have the autonomy and clearly need social engagement for learning and development.
I’m not sure there has ever been a moment in our lifetimes with such perplexing ethical and moral and even legal dilemmas that the entire world has has to confront.
- # 24496 pts - Scout: monstertuckWall Street Journal | Patrick Thomas | 4 min1 read1 comment5.0Wall Street JournalPatrick Thomas|4 min1 read5.0monstertuck1 week ago
Overall, a pretty uncomprehensive article in my view.
However, it does it on the point that rankings are seemingly arbitrary year over year. It's sad that prospective students do not prioritize individual fit, course offerings, location, cost, etc. more and focus primarily on these rankings to guide applications.
The whole rankings ecosystem seems like a burden from the large alumni surveys to the data provided by schools and then the mysterious algorithm that consumes it all then spits out a score. It feels shallow and easy to manipulate.
- # 170238 pts - Scout: billmonstertuck2 weeks ago
Growth will be a result of our success, but growth itself is not the goal.
I love this. I’ve been thinking about capitalism recently. Why are we forced to grow? Why do companies have to grow to be successful? Why can we not create sustainable businesses that cover their costs, meet and exceed customer needs and be done?
I think that growth will come, and perhaps it will be a hockey stick but even if it is more of a low angle ramp I think it’ll come. It doesn’t need to be a fancy marketplace, but it can’t be. And Readup can grow with the community to meet their needs without becoming a behemoth that spins of more and more revenue year after year.
- Update (2/10/2021):
but it can be*
- Update (2/10/2021):
- Axios | Jonathan Swan,Zachary Basu | 8 min3 reads1 comment8.0AxiosJonathan Swan,Zachary Basu|8 min3 reads8.0
I was definitely under the impression that the entire WH staff was on the conspiracy bandwagon. It’s good to read that some staff and RNC officials weren’t, and instead were trying to mount bonafide (although unsuccessful) legal challenges.
Really enjoying this Axios series.
- Axios | Jonathan Swan,Zachary Basu | 9 min4 reads3 comments8.7AxiosJonathan Swan,Zachary Basu|9 min4 reads8.7
It’s crazy that all the election was stolen rhetoric was pre-planned as early as September. The level of influence that Trump has with Fox News is terrifying as well...especially when many viewers believe it is truthful, non-opinionated viewpoints. This part to me was chilling...
The top officials tried to force Fox to retract its call. Kushner called Rupert Murdoch, who said he would see what was going on.
- The New York Times Company | Shauna Farnell | 1/13/21 | 6 min3 reads3 comments7.0The New York Times CompanyShauna Farnell|1/13/21|6 min3 reads7.0
Great to see an underrepresented and sport long off the radar of most Americans start to gain traction with the US women’s success. I watched a few of these races and good golly it looks exhausting. Most racers collapse at the finish line, which shows how hard they are working. Imagine any professional sport that is televised in the US where the competitions actually pushed themselves to the limit in every competition...
- AOTD on 1/13/21 - Scout: DellwoodBarkerThe New York Times Company | AZAM AHMED | 12/13/20 | 28 min9 reads6 comments9.7The New York Times CompanyAZAM AHMED|12/13/20|28 min9 reads9.7
- AOTD on 1/1/21 - Scout: monstertuckOutside Online | Eva Holland | 3/30/20 | 21 min15 reads4 comments9.7Outside OnlineEva Holland|3/30/20|21 min15 reads9.7
Interesting story that really makes you contemplate death in a serene and peaceful way. I like how the author presents the couple and dilemma around choosing to go on your own terms. I think the main thing I took away is how intertwined the life of the Bealer’s truly was - sounds like an awesome, eccentric and talented couple.
- AOTD on 12/19/20 - Scout: TripleGHarvard psychologist to parents: Do these 7 things if you want to raise kids with flexible, resilient brainsCNBC | LISA FELDMAN BARRETT | 12/8/20 | 6 min29 reads10 comments9.3CNBCLISA FELDMAN BARRETT|12/8/20|6 min29 reads9.3monstertuck2 months ago
Having a four month old I find this is a great set of pointers. However, the one about seeing faces is tough in the time of Covid. Would love to introduce our child to more people, but a bit tough with masks and social distancing. I do love getting out with them though and seeing how excited and stimulated they are when they are around people in a safe setting.
- monstertuck2 months ago
I like seeing the inner workings of how the strategy is being set. It will be interesting to see if as Readup scales 50/50 will really be feasible, I mean of course it will always be feasible, but will Writers start to demand more?
I do think many stories are solo journeys, but let us not forget the team of editors, photographers, fixers, booking agents, etc. that are behind many articles coming from large scale publishers. Will they need to be considered in the future or is that up to the writer to decide?
- Wall Street Journal | Jason Gay | 4 min1 read1 comment7.0Wall Street JournalJason Gay|4 min1 read7.0monstertuck5 months ago
As an avid sports fan that is returning to work after some extended family leave, I feel the same way! The sports were great while on leave, now it isn't my full-time job and I feel like I'm missing games, the action and fandom. Alas...there are apps to track all of that, but good grief how is one supposed to consume it all!
Instead, the strategy was to enforce a lockdown until the virus was eliminated. The elementary school never bothered with more effective but disruptive policies—reducing class size, remodelling facilities, instituting outdoor learning—because the virus was not spreading in Chengdu. And, while the government hadn’t trusted people to set the terms of their own behavior during lockdown, it did depend heavily on their willingness to work hard for various organizations that fought the pandemic.
At the beginning of the pandemic and explosion of cases in the U.S., I certainly had more faith that we would outwit and escape it quickly, often laughing at the 'radical' and 'tyrannical' approach China took. But 170K deaths later in the U.S. makes you wonder if our sense of freedom over life will be the downfall of our 'melting pot' society.
This article was an excellent take from an American inside China. Really loved the perspective, and it certainly makes me want to live abroad as an adult to offer my children the exposure his daughters had.
- AOTD on 8/21/20 - Scout: monstertuck
"Governments can legislate all they want, but prohibiting stuff with eager buyers and sellers is super hard"
Interesting take on gyms during the pandemic, but has applicability to all prohibitions...makes me think about the legalization of drugs and if that perhaps is a better solution than try to continue the war on drugs...I know this isn't a new idea, but having never lived through a real prohibition makes you realize things you never realized before.
- -0 pts - Scout: KapteinBVanity Fair | Katherine Eban | 7/30/20 | 25 min2 reads1 comment9.5Vanity FairKatherine Eban|7/30/20|25 min2 reads9.5
A must read to understand the inner-workings of the U.S. administration, which is missing any semblance of leadership, politicalization of all things and massive failure to put together a disaster response strategy to save thousands of American lives. All things - the UAE contract, the lack of new funding in the relief fund, a departed plan that at least seemed like a start...ahh it's all just incredibly sad and demoralizing. I basically now have no hope of the pandemic getting 'better' until there is either new leadership and a vaccine. I cannot see the current administration recovering to provide effective guidance on how to distribute a vaccine.
- AOTD on 7/23/20 - Scout: SEnkeybellingcat | 7/20/20 | 25 min11 reads4 comments9.6bellingcat7/20/20|25 min11 reads9.6
So much going on in this article, but I like the approach of outlining this not only as an idea but also the mechanisms behind which it would become a reality. I think it is a bit far fetched, but at the same time should that stop us from getting the 'best teachers in front of every student regardless of where they are located?'
I do believe there is a bit lacking in terms of if this is to augment traditional schooling or if it is to rip it down and replace it entirely. There are lots of solid nuggets in here, and as someone with close ties to education and education technology, I think there are several ways this idea could be tweaked to bolster it both as a new realm for Disney and also as a way to transform education overall.
- AOTD on 7/17/20 - Scout: m3industriesThe New York Times Company | Ali Watkins, Michael Rothfeld, Corina Knoll | 7/11/20 | 17 min17 reads6 comments10The New York Times CompanyAli Watkins, Michael Rothfeld, Corina Knoll|7/11/20|17 min17 reads10
First Covid piece that I've sat down to read in awhile. I personally have lost focus on it, but the numbers coming in with the recent surge of positives and hopsitalizations across the sunbelt are alarming. We are going to see more of Dr. Breen's and people like her severely impacted by this for years to come. Incredibly sad. Dr. Breen seemed like an incredibly accomplished professional, it's sad she left us too soon.
As a side note - Dr. Breen seemed to be like many young(ish) professionals trying to do everything. I worry that one side effect of career success, community engagement and personal development is over commitment and burnout. Obviously, for Dr. Breen, it took an unfathomable event to be the 'straw' that broke the camels back, but I fear that too many of us (myself included) run to fast. We need down time. We need rest and reflection. It's okay to indulge in Netflix or say no to work / social engagements to focus on you.
- washingtonpost | Natalie B. Compton | 6/23/20 | 9 min1 read1 comment8.0washingtonpostNatalie B. Compton|6/23/20|9 min1 read8.0
As someone that is a huge sports fan, this could have been a little more scathing of the MLB and the MLB players. I'm tired of no sports, I'm tired of only having the UFC to watch on primetime tv, I miss the anxiety of the final minutes of a game and the story of underdogs. However, I have zero, none, zilch sympathy for the MLB owners and players. As the story highlights they are all millionaires or billionaires fighting over millions of dollars while the 30M Americans are filing for unemployment benefits. I really have lost a lot of respect for these guys. Not that I enjoyed baseball much in the first place, but it's the easiest major sport to be socially distant in and they have butt-fumbled their return.
- Marker | ROB WALKER | 6/1/20 | 20 min3 reads5 comments8.0MarkerROB WALKER|6/1/20|20 min3 reads8.0
Interesting two pronged articles with the first part being around the tech and product/market fit that Robinhood capitalized on. The founders did an incredible job of getting to know their customer and then developing a product that met what the customer wanted.
The second element around the psychology of why Robinhood has been successful luring younger investors into investing is interesting as well. As someone that had a Robinhood account and then was forced (by employment reasons) to return to a traditional brokerage, I can say Robinhood made trading so much easier. It really is like click and buy, versus having to go through lengthy buying processes with terrible UI/UX and then paying $20 per trade. It's remarkable that Robinhood is spurring the demise or consolidation of brokerages, but kind of surprising it hasn't brought them all down faster.
Overall - worth a read!
- AOTD on 6/5/20 - Scout: billLondon Review of Books | Eliot Weinberger | 6/4/20 | 30 min8 reads4 comments8.0London Review of BooksEliot Weinberger|6/4/20|30 min8 reads8.0
As my blood simmers under my skin, it's just crazy that Trump's truths are so askew. I actually really appreciated the Tweet analysis...it clearly shows a guy trying to deflect the 100,000+ lives lost, the racial tensions gripping the country and the economy falling out from underneath us. Vote people...I don't know if we'd survive another 4 years of this leadership vacuum.
- The New York Times Company | MUJIB MASHAL | 5/26/20 | 20 min1 read0 comments7.0The New York Times CompanyMUJIB MASHAL|5/26/20|20 min1 read7.0
- Pocket | 4 min1 read1 comment7.04 min1 read7.0
Personally love this song, the original primarily. I've belted it out in countries across the world - where it is surprisingly popular. It's not lost on me through, how far separated it is from the continent, the people and the landscapes of the African continent - which is also just absurd that we think of an African continent rather than the individual countries, cultures, cities, etc. that make up the entirety of the continent. All in all, music is meant to be an escape - whether from heart break, or to escape to a daydream. Thus, I'm not going to stop belting this out when I hear it...in fact I'm going to listen to it right now as I sit locked down inside my home far, far away from Africa.
- Wall Street Journal | Bradley Hope, Alastair Gale, John Lyons | 4/3/20 | 19 minWall Street JournalBradley Hope, Alastair Gale, John Lyons|4/3/20|19 min1 read10
This is actually pretty crazy. I love reading about North Korea. It's such an extreme example of the opposite end of the political spectrum from democracy. It's crazy that there is a rogue vigilante group out there trying to assist/force defections from top DPRK leaders. I feel like if this isn't a movie already, it will be in a few years.
- Wall Street Journal | Ben Cohen | 4/1/20 | 4 minWall Street JournalBen Cohen|4/1/20|4 min1 read10
- washingtonpost | Adam Kilgore, Simon Denyer, Rick Maese | 3/27/20 | 14 min2 reads1 comment10washingtonpostAdam Kilgore, Simon Denyer, Rick Maese|3/27/20|14 min2 reads10
As a big fan of the Olympics, I have to say this reads like an unnecessary political drama. The side agreements, and the AUS Olympic Committee speaking out in advance of the meeting between the two leaders being orchestrated, etc. all seems fanciful. This seemed like an overly apparent decision that had to be made, yet due to the egos of two men it had to play out in a soap opera-like fashion. I understand there are big $$$ behind every Olympics, but come on - athlete and fan health and wellness should have made this an easy decision for the IOC.
- AOTD on 3/16/20 - Scout: bill
I think this question and mentality persist in the corporate world as well, and I’m 100% behind the work smarter not harder. I think leaders are starting to realize this too focusing more on employee experience and well being. However, will be a slow transition as generations transition out of leadership roles.
- AOTD on 3/13/20 - Scout: jbuchana
Appreciate the realist mentality of this article. Also enjoyed the links to many other articles, documents and sources of information. It's becoming clear that even though symptoms are relatively minor, Covid-19 is no joke. I'm personally working from home and trying to minimize social interactions as much as possible. Scary times in the US and not sure we are being as aggressive as needed. My mom and dad both around 60 work in rural Virginia. They see many clients every day and have yet to really adopt any significant precautions, which concerns me. Fingers crossed more people read this article and take it seriously.
I have personally taken to Pelotoning in hotels where the bike is offered. I can legitimately say that I have had all the feelings the author describes. Immediately after my first ride, I texted my wife and told her we needed to get one. We now use the app and both spin, run or do strength workouts multiple times a week. It makes exercise so easy when someone is telling you what to do. I really hope they succeed as a public company and continue to see success into the future. If America Ninja Warrior can do it, why not Peloton?
- AOTD on 10/22/19 - Scout: monstertuckThe New York Times Company | Alex W. Palmer | 10/16/19 | 67 min4 reads3 comments10The New York Times CompanyAlex W. Palmer|10/16/19|67 min4 reads10
While we don't hear about fentanyl and opiod OD's as frequently as we did a few years ago, this article highlights the challenges of investigating and preventing the epidemic. It also highlights the shady world of secretarial companies in Hong Kong. I know it isn't only a Hong Kong problem, but the fact that it is so openly acknowledged as a standard business practice is concerning in one of the world's largest financial centers.
- AOTD on 9/10/19 - Scout: monstertuckELLE | Jessica Roy | 8/27/19 | 33 min4 reads1 comment8.0ELLEJessica Roy|8/27/19|33 min4 reads8.0
Interesting article that starts with a crazy story. However, I felt that the end of the story kind of just fizzled without a conclusion. The personality description and background of Sam could have come earlier in the article. However, it's a really interesting story about power, terrorism, ideology, personality, and much more. Worth the read.
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