The Best “How Did We Get Here” Book I’ve Read on the U.S. Healthcare System by Elisabeth Rosenthal… it’s a tour de force but I couldn’t actually finish it.
Howard Marks’ Latest Memo, an excellent reflection on the current political and economic landscape.
- Identify your core transaction as your objective function, and build the business in support of sustainable, exponential growth of this transaction (see Stubborn Attachments comments below).
- Finally a book that begins with an executive summary! Growth is good – the best single objective function around which we can optimize is sustainable economic growth. The founder of Stripe echoed similar views on the Tim Ferriss podcast (here), noting the social instability that can come with rising inequality, but citing the raised standards and quality of life with better economically performing nations.
- The Crusonia plant: a hypothetical plant which is comparable to an apple tree. Seeds fall, more trees are planted, an exponentially increasing number of apples are produced, in perpetuity. Combined with a key tenet of his book – that we shouldn’t discount the future at all – we should be seeking and sustaining crusonia plants in all walks of the economy and life. Seek exponentially compounding and sustainable economic flows.
- Intro guide to popular evolutionary psychology… perhaps skips some steps in the logical reasoning amongst its case studies, but an entertaining enough read.