Our weekly thoughts and general ramblings about everything related to business – from industries and investments to management and operations.



Weekly Thoughts: Success Planning

Here is something that caught our eye this week: Success Planning We recently came across a survey of how Americans define “making it.”  Despite an admittedly small sample size, the results provide some insight into how the average American views success, which from career and financial perspectives, means an income in excess of $147,000, 31 hours of work a week, a 10 minute commute, 5.3 weeks of time off, a home worth $461,000 and a vehicle worth $41,986. In our experience, the definition of success depends greatly upon perspective. We know many who would consider the survey results truly aspirational.  We also suspect that on Wall

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Weekly Thoughts: Woodstock for Nerds

Here is something that caught our eye this week: Woodstock for Nerds Since we are always thinking about ways in which we can leverage technology advancements into our existing operating companies, this week we were interested to learn more about the unlikely origins of the autonomous vehicle industry. It seems that a seminal moment occurred in 2001, when, in an effort to reduce soldier harm in combat zones, the United States Congress authorized funds to support research to make the military's ground combat vehicles unmanned, or in other words, self-driving. At the time, most - including industry experts - thought

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