Read — 2014/05/29
Today’s selection of articles includes:
- “Google Releases Employee Data, Illustrating Tech’s Diversity Challenge“, by Claire Cain Miller (NY Times).
- “The Soylent Revolution Will Not Be Pleasurable“, by Farhad Manjoo (NY Times). “Soylent’s creators have forgotten a basic ingredient found in successful tech products, not to mention in most good foods. That ingredient is delight.”
- “Leader of the French Far Right Hopes to Fix Europe from the Inside“, by Andrew Higgins (NY Times).
- “Efforts to Curb College Costs Face Resistance“, by Josh Mitchell (Wall Street Journal).
- “10 Fashion School Grads Making Waves Now, by Ally Betker (Vogue).
- “C’est la fin du discours multiculturaliste en France“, by Olivier Roy (Le Monde).
Spotlights on Harvard’s Commencement Week activities:
- “Sheryl Sandberg Preaches the Value of Honesty” (Harvard Magazine). As noted in the article, a video of Sandberg’s full address can be viewed on YouTube. Among my favorite remarks: “Eventually needs to become immediately” and “Done is better than perfect”.
- “Harvard Baccalaureate 2014: ‘Face Outward’” (Harvard Magazine). Breaking good versus Breaking Bad: In a bizarre twist worthy of the show, a major figure in higher education remarks, “You [students] called for a moral as well as an intellectual education”.
- “Salman Khan: ‘Surrender Your Individual Ego’” (Harvard Magazine). Leaders “don’t assume the current reality is a given.” Amen.
Also, an amusing quote from Gerard Baker’s “The 10-Point” (Wall Street Journal):
Mr. Buffet has been no friend of airlines ever since he was disappointed by a US Airways investment in the 1980s and famously declared that if a capitalist had been present at Kitty Hawk, “he would have done his successors a huge favor by shooting Orville down.”