As the year comes to a close, please find below my December newsletter: a list of blogs, books and business tips that have proven valuable and made me think. If you enjoy this content, please sign up to my newsletter to get it delivered directly to your inbox.

WHAT I’M READING

Winning with Data: Transform Your Culture, Empower Your People, and Shape the Future by Tomasz Tunguz, Frank Bien. This complex-titled book teaches how to make data-based decisions and disrupt your industry, using real stories from modern companies to demonstrate each point.

BLOGS & NEWS

Food for thought — from stress-testing the boundaries of the way you work to how AI could help us cope with grief.

Ask yourself these seventeen questions – they will change the way you work by Tim Ferriss

Putting a computer in your brain is no longer science fiction by Elizabeth Dwoskin

The merging worlds of technology and cars by Alex Webb and Chloe Whiteaker

When her best friend died, she rebuilt him using artificial intelligence by Casey Newton

BUSINESS & INVESTING

Not all Return on Capital is created equal. Read about Warren Buffett’s three categories of Return on Capital.

The inaugural SaaStock took place in Dublin earlier this year. Discover the ten key B2B/SaaS takeaways from the event.

Google has made the decision to pause its Google Fibre project, proving that even deep, deep pockets find it hard to compete with networks already built.

Hedge fund billionaire Leon Cooperman had an epiphany about the hedge fund business after hearing a futurist speak. Find out what he came to realise.

ECONOMICS & POLITICS

The £100bn Brexit budget hole (paywall)

Read Howard Marks’ latest memo, covering the impact of the US election on the markets.

HR & RECRUITMENT

Hiring is one of the biggest challenges for small businesses. Here’s why they must rethink their job postings to attract the right candidates.

Want top-performing hires? Learning ability may be the number one predictor.

WHAT I’M WATCHING

Jeff Bezos shares his management philosophy : “You don’t choose your passions, they choose you….[passions] give you energy. You can’t be proud of your gifts, because they are gifts after all, but you can be proud of your choices. How did you decide to use your gifts? Did you study hard, did you work hard, did you practice? The people that really excel combine their gifts and hard work, the hard work part, you can decide that — and that is something when you are looking back on your life that you will be very proud of.”

Paul Graham’s lecture on how to start a business“Do things that don’t scale”. You can read the full transcript here.

Interview with John Malone – if you are in media or communications you need to watch it (plus I’m in the background at 7:04!)

LEARNING

Tim Ferriss’ Podcast Post on learning models

Shane Parrish explains how to learn faster by imagining you’re teaching a child

On cultivating learning agility, from the Harvard Business Review

QUOTE THAT MADE ME THINK

You can’t be proud of your gifts, because they are gifts after all” – Jeff Bezos

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Fund Manager with 15 years' experience as a successful business owner-manager. Passionate about helping people benefit from the power of long-term investing.
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