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The world's eyes are on a US child abduction case. The supreme court will decide how to apply international law in the case of a mother taking her daughter from Italy to the US to flee her allegedly abusive ex-husband.

A case about international child abduction law has the world watching SCOTUS

There is something especially heartening about a cross-cultural love story. It shows that humans are all essentially the same and that our differences are merely superficial.

But when love turns into hate and parents of differing nationalities break up, there's nothing more terrifying than the idea

There is something especially heartening about a cross-cultural love story. It shows that humans are all essentially the same and that our differences are merely superficial.

But when love turns into hate and parents of differing nationalities break up, there's nothing more terrifying than the idea that your once true love will take off with your child to another land.

This week the US Supreme Court will consider just such a horror story, the tale of a small child separated from her mother and at the center of an international custody dispute of global significance.

Trump and the courts

Objectivity is on trial in Trump's impeachment hearings. A republican congressman sought to undermine a panel of four legal experts by asking whether they voted for Donald Trump—attacking a core principle of the judiciary system that people can put biases aside and act impartially.

The concept of objectivity is under attack at the Trump impeachment hearings

On Wednesday I attended the hearing on constitutional grounds for impeachment of Donald Trump. It was a heartening affair because it shows a lively republic in pursuit of truth and it's always fun to see civics in action.

But it was disheartening because Republicans attacked the constitutional scholars

On Wednesday I attended the hearing on constitutional grounds for impeachment of Donald Trump. It was a heartening affair because it shows a lively republic in pursuit of truth and it's always fun to see civics in action.

But it was disheartening because Republicans attacked the constitutional scholars testifying, questioning their objectivity and suggesting that they could not possibly be unbiased if they didn't reveal how they voted in the last presidential elections. And with each observer they manage to convince of this impossibility, we all lose a little bit more.

Trump's taxes will stay secret, for now. Trump argues that, as the president, his financial records are special. Lower courts have disagreed—but the US Supreme Court has granted the president's legal team more time to work on their petition.

The Supreme Court grants Trump’s emergency stay in financial records case

US president Donald Trump yesterday got what he wanted from, of all people, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The progressive jurist granted the Republican president's request for a stay that would suspend an order in a lower court allowing his financial records to be reviewed.

But RBG was't

US president Donald Trump yesterday got what he wanted from, of all people, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The progressive jurist granted the Republican president's request for a stay that would suspend an order in a lower court allowing his financial records to be reviewed.

But RBG was't signaling her approval of Trump's legal stance, just giving him time to file a petition for review, and it happened to be her because the justices rotate duties with respect to emergency applications. Now the House of Representatives must respond by Dec. 11 and the justices will ultimately have to decide if they want to walk into this political landmine and accept review of three financial matters dealing with Trump's records and his claims the executive is special.

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Reshaping society

Get smart about parenting

Raising a child is hard. But the “parenting is hard” trope, which feeds memes and dinner conversations, can be dangerous. It frames the problem as the individual failure of a single parent rather than as a social issue.

The hardest part of being a parent has nothing to do with raising kids

I always say we have to raise our girls to be brave, not perfect. But it's not enough for parents to try to do this work alone, we have to change as a society because our kids are getting messages from everywhere - media, school, classmates - so it's on all of us together.

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Etsy's CEO Threw Out All the Company's Key Metrics, Except One

Etsy's CEO Threw Out All the Company's Key Metrics, Except One

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  • It’s not NPS, it’s good old fashioned : [gross merchandise sales] is the one metric that matters,” says Silverman. Before the company was measuring 15 or so metrics, which justified a lot of projects that may or may not have been worthwhile. In fact, he asked his new team to “stack rank” the 800 product

    It’s not NPS, it’s good old fashioned : [gross merchandise sales] is the one metric that matters,” says Silverman. Before the company was measuring 15 or so metrics, which justified a lot of projects that may or may not have been worthwhile. In fact, he asked his new team to “stack rank” the 800 product initiatives in Etsy’s pipeline, all with an eye to what could goose GMS quickly.

    The crisp refreshing sound of clarity.

    What’s great is Josh Silverman may also save the concept of successful public benefit companies. Etsy, Kickstarter are the poster children for venture-backed companies registered as “public benefit” triple bottom line companies. But they both had stalling growth and product. It’s made it hard for other companies (like mine !) to justify making a change from corporation to public benefit, or that it actually benefits all involved. Watching this carefully !

  • It’s great to see how Etsy drove its growth by focusing on Only ONE metric that matters. As someone who leads Growth at an early stage startup it is always a good reminder to prioritize and focus using ICE.. (Sean Ellis’ Hacking Growth as a bible)

  • One is a little extreme. When you don’t consider a couple important factors other than one you can set yourself up for gains in the shorter but long term problems.

  • Shows that a clear purpose, listening to your customers and translating that into strategy can create space to flourish even in the face of the ‘tech titans’.

  • I read this as focus. The headline seems to simplify what it then goes to explain. We all know simplicity is optimal and operational efficiency is everything. Reads like the new CEO brought much needed focus, clear management and operational efficiency. And it worked. The pressure is now on for it to keep working.

  • What happened to the balanced scorecard? This approach strikes me as just silly. But makes a great headline!

  • My bet is that VC's and theoreticians will find this disturbing but anyone that has ever run their own company will wonder why anyone is surprised. Sales is the ONLY thing that matters in a company because money solves all problems. It is difficult to swallow but everything in a company must be subordinated

    My bet is that VC's and theoreticians will find this disturbing but anyone that has ever run their own company will wonder why anyone is surprised. Sales is the ONLY thing that matters in a company because money solves all problems. It is difficult to swallow but everything in a company must be subordinated to sales - marketing, logistics, manufacturing and product development - everyone must bow to sales. Anyone that does not understand that has no business doing business. Sell or get out of the way.

  • The confidence of a company that knows its niche and whose niche knows it - the confidence of being able to move without thinking about Amazon.

  • To be quite frank, Etsy got too comfortable with their space. The discomfort was needed to jolt it back to the top.