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Erase This Word

                                      It’s no secret that the state of public discourse is at a local nadir. What goes less noticed is our similarly degraded capacity for reasoned apolitical discourse. The self-empowerment (self-importance?) of recent generations is a favorite

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Art of the Intro

The importance of “the introduction” to modern business, let alone the history of the world, cannot be understated. Putting together two individuals who benefit mutually from their connection can mark the start of a company, the beginning of a lifelong relationship, or, more commonly, a massive faux pas resulting in incalculable annoyance. Like all things

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Take your brain to the gym

I’m concerned about the extinction of voluntary discomfort. I’m not talking about the billions suffering globally in cycles of poverty, displacement, and hunger. I’m talking about the billions who have managed to expunge discomfort from their lives entirely — to their detriment. Sleep at will, eat at will, exercise only when suits, leave the house

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Facebook is Sabotaging Your Ads

                                            Digital marketing is a strange and ever-changing field. Best-practices which are written in stone today can get your account flagged and restricted tomorrow. There’s nothing worse than spending hard-earned thousands on a Facebook marketing

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Artificial Intelligence, Bona Fide Fraud

This week, the WSJ published a blowout exposé on pervasive fraud in the AI startup ecosystem. It got zero attention, because the hype train isn’t supposed to get derailed, but we thought the story deserved a redux. I wrote this Letter with Wayfair’s senior algorithms guru and Brandt data science lead Clayton Kim. The thrust of Newley Purnell and Parmy Olson’s

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Travel Hacking for Adults

The internet runneth over with travel advice written by vagabonding bloggers that makes a ton of sense if you’re also a vagabonding blogger. It’s simple, they say. Put your merino wool shirts and exoficcio boxers in a neon backpack, find a hostel, and churn out that paid content, brah. For the rest of us, who travel for work as

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The Trebuchet Catastrophe

In elementary school, I looked forward to science projects because they meant time in the basement workshop with dad. Plenty of kids get help with homework from their parents. But not every dad is a mechanical engineer who worked on naval missile defense for Sperry and the black box vibrational control mechanism at Brookhaven National

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Right Hook

I’m going to ask you for a favor today. I’m also going to tell you a decent story. In the winter of 2013, I was sick as a dog and wearing a tuxedo in Gary Vaynerchuk’s office. I had just Irish’d early from a fancypants charity dinner and was now pitching my heart out in

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