Weekend Reading

This week’s links:

  • The Age of Big Data: from New York Times. “The march of quantification, made possible by enormous new sources of data, will sweep through academia, business and government. There is no area that is going to be untouched.”
  • The Leadership Secrets of George Washington: An interview with Ron Chernow in Wall Street Journal.”America’s first president understood a stubborn truth: People ‘don’t need to like you—much less love you—but they need to respect you.'”
  • Where’s the Boss? Trapped in a Meeting: from WSJ. “It really is what it seems: They spend about a third of their work time in meetings.”
  • Lawrence Lessig’s New Book: John Battelle reviews “Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It.” “Lessig likens this dependency corruption to alcoholism – it “develops over time; it sets a patter of interaction that builds upon itself; it develops a resistance to breaking that pattern; it feeds a need that some find easier to resist than others; satisfying that need creates its own reward; that reward makes giving up the dependency difficult; for some, it makes it impossible.””
  • The Farm Loan Waiver in Rural India: from Mint. “Bankers complain that farmers are refusing to pay back the money they have borrowed despite a good harvest and high food prices, perhaps because they expect another debt waiver.”

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.