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June 17, 2017 5:07 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #364

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for InterestingTilt the WindmillHBS; chair of StrataStartupfestPandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another: 

  • Visualizing the Jobs Lost to Automation - Visual Capitalist. "This is a great way to understand the impact of technology on employment. A quick look will show you the massive shifts in jobs -- gone are those with specialization and repetition; arriving are those which encourage generalism and empathy." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • How The Trendiest Grilled Cheese Venture Got Burned - Backchannel - Medium. "Ah, hubris. When you're wildly successful in a tech startup, why would your next venture be a grilled-cheese-and-soup franchise? I don't care if you have a revolutionary new toaster oven ('Not a sandwich press!' Kaplan retorted. 'This is two induction burners! Microwaves! Silpats!') It's still soup and a sandwich. Consume with a side of schadenfreude." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Solar Power Will Kill Coal Faster Than You Think - Bloomberg. "Well, look. It's not all bad. Turns out that the cost of solar energy is falling faster than anyone expected, and if trends continue, by 2020 solar will be cheaper than coal." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Redditors design worst volume sliders possible - Designer News. "Here's one for the designer in all of us." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Our sun likely had a twin called 'Nemesis' - Futurity. "Great. Our son has an evil twin and it's called 'Nemesis'. Just when you think you know everything about anything..." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Your Best Business Partner Is Your Polar Opposite; Here's How To Get Along With Them - Fast Company. "I've had the same three business partners for close to 15 years. I often joke that we get along so great because they hate everything that I have to do... and the feeling is mutual. Still, when I get asked about our very strong bond (we're not just business partners, but close friends), I often reflect on how it makes for a better work environment when your business partners don't have the same interests as you do. I've been lucky. This article picks at a couple of the reasons why and how we navigate our relationships... and how others can as well." (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

By Mitch Joel