The FT, eviscerates Donald Trump
It would be a global disaster if Mr Trump were to become president. Even if he fails, he has rendered the unthinkable sayable.
Mr Trump is a promoter of paranoid fantasies, a xenophobe and an ignoramus. His business consists of the erection of ugly monuments to his own vanity. He has no experience of political office. Some compare him to Latin American populists. He might also be considered an American Silvio Berlusconi, albeit without the charm or business acumen. But Mr Berlusconi, unlike Mr Trump, never threatened to round up and expel millions of people. Mr Trump is grossly unqualified for the world’s most important political office.
But, cautions that it is less about Trump, than the Republican Party’s mutant chickens coming home to roost. Even if he doesnt’ win, he has made bigotry acceptable.
Here is John Oliver on Donald Trump
I have been consuming a lot of youtube content. A lot of it is work based research. Some of it is pleasure – primarily classical music on youtube. Others have just landed up on one of my multiple social media time lines.
I thought i will curate three of the best things i have watched (i will spare you the classical music on this).
How To Help Every Child Fulfil Their Potential – I love well designed Whiteboard Animation, and i love it when complex ideas are broken down into easy to understand animation. This is a slightly older video (about 6 months ago) but, i just had time to see it now. if you have the time, savour the entire series by RSA Animates, some great videos
story telling in 3 minutes, at its’ very best. There is a good strong story, great casting fabulous performances, a great screenplay dialogue, fantastic audio effects and music. And it is under 5 minutes.
P Sainath at JNU
Sainath at his acerbic best. I don’t agree with some of what he is saying, but he says it so well. His command over the audience, over his communication, over data points. Also, he has these great one liners that has the audience smiling (if not downright laughing).
One sample. He is talking about how the advent of the Indian billionaire has changed the very nature of the political game. He compares us with other economies including BRICS nations. He has this line about Russia and her billionaires “every 5 years the Russians send their billionaires to prison, we send them to Parliament”
Watch it. if only to understand students and how they respond.
I am hoping to make this a weekly affair, curate and links to content that i have enjoyed consuming. I am going to try and have themes – entrepreneurs, development, education, movies, and the rest. It also means a certain kind of discipline to write (and to read) 😀
Warning : IT will be random. But, so are my interests 🙂 Also, some of this may be older content, and i have just come across it.
This week, in my travels and trawls through the digital space, these are the most interesting things i read on businesses, entrepreneurship and start ups.
- The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2015 – a fabulously well researched and insightful piece from First Round. Each of the 30 pieces of advice is worth its’ weight in gold. The one’s that stood out for me :
- Practice radical candor. or how to be blunt, at times brutal, without being an obnoxious piece of shit. I have seen a lot of the latter. I have tried, always, to practice the former. It also works best when you are adept at giving praise when praise is due. The stand out line : “”I would argue that criticizing your employees when Let go of efficiency to accelerate your company.they screw up is not just your job, it’s actually your moral obligation.””
- Give Away your Legos : you always need to be able to give up control of parts of what you are doing, to other people. And, remember all the time, they are not your clones. They are going to do things differently. You need to look at it being freed up to do new(er) things.
- Replace Policies with Principles : Again, so required. There is a fundamental glue that binds organisations. That glue is trust. If you don’t trust people, you set your self up for failure. You can’t deliver, if you have created systems to cope with distrust. Plus, you are going to spend valuable time doing the most idiotic paperwork.
- Let go of efficiency to accelerate your company. This is a scary one. And, the key here is, when efficiency tanks, don’t panic 🙂
- Keep your company small while still scaling your product. I see so many new companies burn money on wasteful, and bloated hires. The laws of physics hold in business too – the greater the mass, the greater the intertia.
- Land your “Tent Pole People.”- who are the people who will attract other talent, and stakeholders. Vital. Yup, and look at point two again, while you are at it.
- Should you look for funding, and what will it cost you – good article to read. Most of start up because we want to work for ourselves. Investors will come in with strings attached (lots of strings). Do not expect a fairy god mother to give you money, and disappear from your life, while you grow your business, your way.
- Who should get what share of the business – most of the time we all go with, let us see later, or how does it matter. HBR has a good piece on why this must be crystal clear upfront. You shouldn’t fall out with friends and co-founders, on something as basic as this. in both my first set of ventures, and the current ones – this is clarified right upfront. You discuss, debate and close this. Don’t let this come and bite you when you least expect it.
(small trader, #Mumbai, Vileparle. More of my photographs here.)
(Buddha, Angkor Thom, Cambodia when i was visiting Cambodia, it was part of his unfulfilled dream i was living. He always wanted to visit. )