Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan

What the Amazon founder and CEO wants for his empire and himself, and what that means for the rest of us. Bezos loves the word relentless—it appears again and again in his closely read annual letters to shareholders—and I had always assumed that his aim was domination for its own sake. In an era that celebrates corporate gigantism, he seemed determined to be the biggest of them all. But to say that Bezos’s ultimate goal is dominion over the planet is to misunderstand him. His ambitions are not bound by the gravitational pull of the Earth.

The End of Millennial Urban Lifestyle Product Businesses?

As WeWork crashes and Uber bleeds cash, the consumer-tech gold rush may be coming to an end. You might call it the Millennial Lifestyle Sponsorship, in which consumer tech companies, along with their venture-capital backers, help fund the daily habits of their disproportionately young and urban user base. With each Uber ride, WeWork membership, and hand-delivered dinner, the typical consumer has been getting a sweetheart deal. But this was never going to last forever. WeWork’s disastrous IPO attempt has triggered reverberations across the industry. The theme of consumer tech has shifted from magic to margins. Venture capitalists and start-up founders alike have re-embraced an old mantra: Profits matter.

Google Achieves Quantum Supremacy #Sycamore

Google has achieved “quantum supremacy,” which could allow new kinds of computers to do calculations at speeds that are inconceivable with today’s technology. Google developed a new 54-qubit processor, named…

Taxonomy of Moats

An innovation is a type of competitive advantage (though not all competitive advantages are innovations) and the strategic job is to make that competitive advantage sustainable over time1, to maintain…

A face-scanning algorithm increasingly decides whether you deserve the job

An artificial intelligence hiring system has become a powerful gatekeeper for some of America’s most prominent employers, reshaping how companies assess their workforce — and how prospective employees prove their worth. Designed by the recruiting-technology firm HireVue, the system uses candidates’ computer or cellphone cameras to analyze their facial movements, word choice and speaking voice before ranking them against other applicants based on an automatically generated “employability” score. Outside experts call it “profoundly disturbing.

[FREE EBOOK] Understanding Machine Learning: From Theory to Algorithms by Shai Shalev-Shwartz and Shai Ben-David

“Machine learning makes use of computer programs to discover meaningful patters in complex data. It is one of the fastest growing areas of computer science, with far-reaching applications. This book explains the principles behind the automated learning approach and the considerations underlying its usage. The authors explain the “hows” and “whys” of the most important machine-learning algorithms, as well as their inherent strengths and weaknesses, making the field accessible to students and practitioners in computer science, statistics, and engineering.” The PDF version of this book has been made available for free by the authors (for personal use only). Use the link provided to download a copy.

How Google Used S-Curve Theory To Build A $763B Business

As shown above, there are times in a successful company’s lifespan in which growth is slow (and sometimes even stagnant), and other times in which growth happens insanely fast. Now, on the surface this info isn’t really all that “useful”; it merely represents the typical path successful companies end up on as they grow their business.