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Washington at home and abroad

The next G7 will be held at a Trump resort. The White House announced the 2020 summit will take place at Trump National Doral golf resort near Miami, Reuters reports.

Trump will host G7 summit next year at one of his own properties: White House official

As we reported last month, if any other federal employee were to make this deal, they would likely be prosecuted: https://qz.com/1706517/trumps-bid-to-bring-g7-to-his-doral-resort-is-probably-illegal/

Allowing this to happen flies in the face of the Emoluments Clause. I don't care if they make you believe it will save money. His Doral property, like a lot of his properties, aren't doing well, and having taxpayers pay to bail out his properties is insanity.

It doesn't matter if it's done at cost

Allowing this to happen flies in the face of the Emoluments Clause. I don't care if they make you believe it will save money. His Doral property, like a lot of his properties, aren't doing well, and having taxpayers pay to bail out his properties is insanity.

It doesn't matter if it's done at cost. This is still using federal dollars to keep his properties above water. It's all he cares about. If you don't believe me, when was the last time he talked about the GLWA? Or Feral Hogs invading new states? Or fires out west? Only when he thinks it averts attention to something else he doesn't want to talk about.

The optics here don’t look good. Mulvaney may say that it’s being held at cost but unless they open up the books why must we believe them. More than anything this is an endorsement of any leader who uses their position to profit and that has long term ramifications.

How can you know which Trump impeachment polls to believe? As with all polling, the results depend to some extent on who is polled, what they are asked, and when.

How to know which Trump impeachment polls to believe

Here’s what this comes down to:

(1). Is national support for impeachment and removal north of 70%?

(2). Is GOP support north of 50%?

(3). Support for impeachment in the key Senate races in 2020.

(4). Data on whether Congressional Republicans are better off with Trump at the top of the ticket or

Here’s what this comes down to:

(1). Is national support for impeachment and removal north of 70%?

(2). Is GOP support north of 50%?

(3). Support for impeachment in the key Senate races in 2020.

(4). Data on whether Congressional Republicans are better off with Trump at the top of the ticket or someone else (like Romney).

This is a mathematical question and nothing else.

Facebucks 2.0

Facebook’s payments strategy isn’t Libra, it’s WhatsApp. Mark Zuckerberg hopes to test WhatsApp Pay in Mexico before the end of 2019. The ramifications are far more realistic than Libra's theoretical impact on US monetary policy—and they would affect users worldwide.

Facebook’s payments strategy isn’t Libra, it’s WhatsApp

If you look at Asian messaging platforms like WeChat or Line, they look far more successful for being payment solutions. Facebook Messenger didn't make it in the ​US.

American tech companies seem eager to go to South America for testing their financial solutions (Due to the small number of people having

If you look at Asian messaging platforms like WeChat or Line, they look far more successful for being payment solutions. Facebook Messenger didn't make it in the ​US.

American tech companies seem eager to go to South America for testing their financial solutions (Due to the small number of people having access to a bank, lower than the US). With WhatsApp's presence in Brazil and other South American countries, Facebook's bet on WhatsApp as payments strategy looks way more logical than Visa-betrayed Libra.

Facebook's Libra has won all the headlines recently. But over the last couple years, it's been WhatsApp that's quietly pioneered payments in India. Facebook is looking to go international with WhatsApp Pay.

The new TV

Shut it down

Brexit deal reached

The EU and the UK agreed on a Brexit deal, but there are many hurdles ahead. Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party said it’s still not backing the deal, BBC reports. Their support is essential if Johnson wants to pass it through parliament on Saturday.

Brexit deal reaction as PM heads to EU summit - BBC News

We now have a hastily-agreed, last-minute deal, an agreement that would ensure a reasonably orderly British departure from the EU. But despite Boris Johnson’s fanfare, the devil’s in the detail. The Tory party’s own partner in this strange minority government, Northern Ireland’s DUP, won’t back this

We now have a hastily-agreed, last-minute deal, an agreement that would ensure a reasonably orderly British departure from the EU. But despite Boris Johnson’s fanfare, the devil’s in the detail. The Tory party’s own partner in this strange minority government, Northern Ireland’s DUP, won’t back this deal, making it unlikely it’ll get through Parliament.

What comes after the iPhone?

The future of work

The world in 50 years

What will we eat? “A lot more plants,” says scientist and author Bill Nye. Check out the predictions from artist and activist Mai Khôi, Andreessen Horowitz general partner Vijay Pande, transhumanist Zoltan Istvan, and more thought leaders.

The World in 50 Years: What will we eat?

Cool insights, but a lot of wild ideas. Keep in mind, 50 years ago was 1970. The world has not changed that frickin’ much.

First, what a great project Quartz has put together here. Second, eating will be determined by how fast the microprocessor evolves. If we become full cyborgs dependent on solar, etc, we could very quickly as a species lose our need for biological food altogether. That’s what the Singularity is sbout

First, what a great project Quartz has put together here. Second, eating will be determined by how fast the microprocessor evolves. If we become full cyborgs dependent on solar, etc, we could very quickly as a species lose our need for biological food altogether. That’s what the Singularity is sbout. Radical transformation. Super radical!

Meat-free around the world

You'll never guess the world’s best city for vegan-friendly dining. A surprising winner emerges in a new ranking of the top 10 cities for vegan-friendly restaurants.

Guess the world’s best city for vegan-friendly dining! No, try again

On the face of it Dublin would appear to be a shock result, but that's only if you consider a high rate of vegan-friendly restaurants to be a product exclusively of social, cultural and/or religious concentrations that "break through" the norm to establish a new norm.

This theory tends to focus on

On the face of it Dublin would appear to be a shock result, but that's only if you consider a high rate of vegan-friendly restaurants to be a product exclusively of social, cultural and/or religious concentrations that "break through" the norm to establish a new norm.

This theory tends to focus on the notion of "changing minds" among existing populations -- a traditional cultural understanding of the focus of many vegan practitioners -- rather than any analysis of the increasing impact of global population movements and the massively increased interconnection of cities in particular around the planet.

In the case of Dublin, the surprised narrative would have us understand it to be a city still very much in the traditional stereotypical Irish model -- a mix of Catholicism, traditional pub food, Guinness pints and some of the finest of the melancholy arts. In this stage, it is no wonder anyone would be surprised that the opening of a single vegan restaurant, let alone a thriving vegan-friendly culture is a shock to all.

Pints dropped. Instant titterring among groups of elderly women. Elderly men slowly shake their heads and look to the sky. A young Irish babe begins to wail and somewhere in the background a rather frail looking priest in full traditional black cassock and collar faints from the intensity of the experience.

It's an easy narrative and all-to-unfortunately accepted one among far too many when thinking of Dublin.

But there's quite a different one that's clear to many who have watched Dublin transform in the past decades from a local capital of a nation struggling to find it's feet in the shadows of its former imperial masters to one of the major global nodes of trans-national economic, tech, design and culture systems.

As this node, Dublin had seen the world come to it -- to exchange ideas, cultures, technologies and, at the end of the day, populations. While the public mindset of what Dublin is may still be easily lured into traditional archaic stereotypes, the reality is that Dublin's vegan-friendly ranking is nothing more than a reflection of its place among the increasingly tight network of global cities.

We need to start thinking in terms of global culture and networks when we talk about cities that are willing to engage directly in these global networks. Cities will continue to have their own unique flavours, but they will also be drawing upon each other in ways we are not fully appreciating. Reinterpreting our stereotypical assumptions about why city data has the results it does will be essential if we are to effectively understand how our major global urban areas are continuing to evolve.

Fun read! But if it is baed on really fun article. I love the reveal. But, if it is based on Tripadvisor, what about cities that are not as active?

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Elon Musk's extreme micro-management has wasted time and money at Tesla, insiders say

Elon Musk's extreme micro-management has wasted time and money at Tesla, insiders say

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From Our Members

  • It’s clear to me Tesla is having a problem of having a very high performer in charge vs. having a very high-performing leader in charge.

    Musk himself seems to be confused around the concept of leading (building great self-efficient teams, inspiring people around you to go above and beyond, trusting

    It’s clear to me Tesla is having a problem of having a very high performer in charge vs. having a very high-performing leader in charge.

    Musk himself seems to be confused around the concept of leading (building great self-efficient teams, inspiring people around you to go above and beyond, trusting your people & delegate, aligning your folks toward a vision) vs. executing (getting projects off the ground, hitting and exceeding set objectives on time). Often when you put someone who’s a great performer in a leadership role, they tend to miss the key differences between leading and what they are currently great at. When in reality, leading requires a different set of skills and expertise, and should be the primary focus.

    Tesla needs to decide whether having a great leadership or having a great executor with a vision is right for the company at the current stage (growth & pre-profit). But I know one thing, great leadership often produces companies that sustain and scale.

  • A good friend of mine is on the board of a company that got very deep in acquisition talks with Tesla.

    When he went to visit the Tesla management, he assumed they would, after a long negotiation, be heading out to dinner. He was refused. The right hand man of Musk said that Elon randomizes the nights

    A good friend of mine is on the board of a company that got very deep in acquisition talks with Tesla.

    When he went to visit the Tesla management, he assumed they would, after a long negotiation, be heading out to dinner. He was refused. The right hand man of Musk said that Elon randomizes the nights he stays late at Tesla. This night was likely to be one, but they couldn’t be sure. Dinner was too big a risk—as their desks were next to his and they didn’t want to be absent.

    Musk is a strange mix, equal parts leadership by inspiration and leadership by fear. As long as they remain balanced, he can succeed. It’s when you tip too far into fear that the long term success of the company is jeopardized.

  • I don't know about anyone else, but reinventing the wheel out of hubris doesn't seem like the most efficient way to "disrupt" an industry. What's strange is that he comes from the digital world where the programming languages were built on previous languages, with efficiencies adopted from the earlier

    I don't know about anyone else, but reinventing the wheel out of hubris doesn't seem like the most efficient way to "disrupt" an industry. What's strange is that he comes from the digital world where the programming languages were built on previous languages, with efficiencies adopted from the earlier tools in order to move forward with those conveniences. It's as if only he can be the genius, which isn't very smart.

  • There’s great reporting — and irony—is this Musk investigation. When efforts at innovation don’t pan out, you’re a wasteful, myopic micromanager. When they succeed, you are a genius. The character that defines mold-breaking entrepreneurs includes an unwillingness to accept the doubts and criticisms of

    There’s great reporting — and irony—is this Musk investigation. When efforts at innovation don’t pan out, you’re a wasteful, myopic micromanager. When they succeed, you are a genius. The character that defines mold-breaking entrepreneurs includes an unwillingness to accept the doubts and criticisms of others. If you’re attempting the impossible (ie, redefine the global auto business), of course there will be naysayers. There will be missteps, pitfalls, blunders. All this will look like “learning” if the unlikely venture gets traction. Otherwise, it is nothing but foolish denial and headstrong delusion.

    Radical change is not easy. Nor is it comfortable. The messiness can have unintended consequences, and false promise can be near-impossible to separate from visionary insight. Timing and execution dictates who the winners are, every bit as much as brainpower and creativity. We can only control so much. We try, try again, keep trying more. And sometimes, if we’re lucky, magic happens.

  • I don’t care how a company performs financially, if you are extreme at micro-management you are going to create a culture that can be pretty bad and good talent will see that. I’ve been a micro-manager in the past and have learned that empowering people to feel comfortable and have a sense of ownership

    I don’t care how a company performs financially, if you are extreme at micro-management you are going to create a culture that can be pretty bad and good talent will see that. I’ve been a micro-manager in the past and have learned that empowering people to feel comfortable and have a sense of ownership helps retain the best talent in the long term.

  • You can see the impact of too much Elon versus just enough with his companies. SpaceX is thriving because Elon doesn't try to do it all. Tesla on the other hand.

  • Tesla is the leakiest company around. What’s sad is that the story behind the product has completely overshadowed the product. You never want to be in that place as a product-driven business.

  • This would also explain the constant string of executive departures from the company, not to mention the org chart that surfaced earlier this week revealing Musk to have nearlly 20 direct reports.

  • Wrong.

  • I’m glad that these new tech companies are aiming to grow and become more relatable to the middle class...but the way in which Elon Musk aimed to have these mass numbers of production and profit without adequately conferring with consumers is not good business. Teslas are rising in popularity, especially

    I’m glad that these new tech companies are aiming to grow and become more relatable to the middle class...but the way in which Elon Musk aimed to have these mass numbers of production and profit without adequately conferring with consumers is not good business. Teslas are rising in popularity, especially where they’re being produced and where I’m from in the Bay Area, but the price tag of Tesla — even at $35K — is too much for generations screwed over by big business.

  • I've always backed Musk, but the failures of Tesla, his manipulating stock, and seemingly whacky ideas lately are turning me off.

    Musk is brilliant, and pot smoking aside (big deal), he seems to be one of those geniuses who gets zanier as time evaporates for him and his power increases.

    Why he agrees

    I've always backed Musk, but the failures of Tesla, his manipulating stock, and seemingly whacky ideas lately are turning me off.

    Musk is brilliant, and pot smoking aside (big deal), he seems to be one of those geniuses who gets zanier as time evaporates for him and his power increases.

    Why he agrees with another gwnius who was off his rocker, Hawking, about having to leave Earth is beyond me.

    Why must we give up on global climatization that HEALS the Earth NOW, instead of escaping what we've done as a civilization to our only planet thus far for living, and taking our damaging glutony to anothwr planet to ruin.

    If there are aliens--61% of humans believe therw are--isn't easy to see why they aren't fully contacting all of man, yet??

    Elon has to get it togethwr, see a psyhologist or psychiatrist and stop acting like a little boy who was left millions proor to puberty.

  • Reinventing is expensive. He is a genius. He ignores the tried and true for ego.

  • Yes another example of great founders often making poor CEOs.

  • I get a kick out of people downplaying Elon who haven’t done anything close to what Musk has done in his lifetime, yet they find a way to criticize the man. Hindsight is always 20/20, I think Elon is doing just fine; it’s his critics I watch with weary eyes, listen with skepticism, all along while they

    I get a kick out of people downplaying Elon who haven’t done anything close to what Musk has done in his lifetime, yet they find a way to criticize the man. Hindsight is always 20/20, I think Elon is doing just fine; it’s his critics I watch with weary eyes, listen with skepticism, all along while they speak with disdain for a man who has accomplished far more than they ever will.