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Weekend Reading

August 7th, 2010 · 3 Comments

This week’s links:

  • China’s influence grows with its economy: from The Wall Street Journal. “Its explosive growth has driven conflicting shifts in Asia and beyond, triggering a scramble for commercial opportunity but fueling unease that the wealth is helping to finance a military buildup to press the communist government’s claims in the region.”
  • Acute Multidimensional Poverty: New Index for Developing Countries: A working paper by Sabina Alkire and Maria Emma Santos (reference: The Economist). “The MPI captures a set of direct deprivations that batter a person at the same time. This tool could be used to target the poorest, track the Millennium Development Goals, and design policies that directly address the interlocking deprivations poor people experience.”
  • The Summoned Self: by David Brooks. A counter-point to Clay Christensen’s “planned life.” “The second way of thinking about your life might be called the Summoned Life. This mode of thinking starts from an entirely different perspective. Life isn’t a project to be completed; it is an unknowable landscape to be explored.”
  • How VCs Think and Fund: Two viewpoints: First Round Capital and Dave McLure.
  • Retooling Stale Businesses: by Fred Wilson, who highlights a comment by JLM: “There is a huge opportunity in America today to acquire “old school”, low tech businesses and retool them with modern management, modern marketing including social media, a well crafted financial structure and a dab of leadership to make an otherwise boring business into a highly scalable and expanding enterprise in which the growing size provides an enormous financial operating leverage.”

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MBA tutor // Aug 7, 2010 at 10:10 am

    JLM,s comments are fantastic! Probably a large opportunity awaiting in India as more ppl go online/mobile.

    What did you think about David Brooks thoughts? Thought it did not provide much value other than summarize Clay’s piece and say that you cant plan too much! While you cant plan too much and plans will fail often, if you dont start with a goal (one that is meaning full to each individual), your chances of achieving that goal is lower. Equally bad (almost) is climbing the wrong ladder and realizing that when you are too old to fix it!

    Senit

  • 2 Adarsh Jain // Aug 9, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Have you tried reading Osho sometimes, his series of discourses he gave after remaining silent for 5 years are just awesome. They are compiled as Osho Bible, though its difficult to get in hard copy, I can send you Volume I’s soft copy if you want

  • 3 Suhit Anantula // Aug 9, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Rajesh:

    Liked the David Brooks article.

    I used to think about life as a project but I am changed person.

    Not that I do not have goals but I look to make the best of now and see what holds for me in the future.

    Cheers

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