On China, there will be danger of new trade war escalations. The bans we’ve seen on WeChat and ByteDance will likely extend to other Chinese tech companies, too, pushing China to retaliate in kind. American tech companies with significant exposure to Chinese markets, or who rely on Chinese manufacturing and supply chains, may be in trouble. But, the risk of a wealth tax disappears with a second Trump term, and tech billionaires don’t have to sweat any democratic socialists in the president’s cabinet. Despite that, it’s difficult to envision many people in tech wanting four more years of any of this. … [Read more...] about Would a Democratic sweep help or hurt Silicon Valley?
Mapping the epidemic: The sophisticated mapping capacities developed during the West Nile, SARS, Ebola, and Zika epidemics are used today to track measles, polio, and other infectious diseases—and have proven invaluable during COVID-19. The current exemplar of this emerging capability is the globally famous COVID dashboards. There are dozens, with the most prominent being those of the World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins University. Contact tracing: Advanced location intelligence helps leaders detect patterns in real time, spotting anomalies, gaining insights, and quelling the spread of the disease by understanding linkages beyond cases and contacts to include the places people have visited. Protecting the most vulnerable: Smart maps that display U.S. Census Bureau data about age and income, layered with information about senior living facilities, homeless encampments, hospitals, and clinics, have become vital. With simple spatial analytics, this layered information can … [Read more...] about Maps are a critical weapon in our fight against COVID-19. We can be smarter about how we use them
TM: Yes, one particular section of SEC filings that we love to look at is the related-party transactions section, in which companies are required to disclose when they have links to relatives of officers that might be considered inappropriate and improper. Companies that have a lot of those are often worth looking at because it might suggest a willingness to push the envelope a little bit when it comes to what would otherwise be considered inappropriate relationships. And what’s fascinating about that is that whether you’re a private detective or an investigative journalist or a labor researcher or an NGO, when you’re looking at a public company’s related-party transactions, the disclosures of those are fascinating because if you can find others that were not disclosed, then you have a serious angle in terms of investigating further. … [Read more...] about Nikola’s downfall shows why the investing world needs more private investigators
Stuart Landesberg: I believe that business is the biggest agent for change in our society, and I believe it to be the core organizing principle of humans outside of the nuclear family over the last several hundred years. And certainly the organizing principle that drives the most change in our societal infrastructure. Over the last several hundred years, the desire for monetary gain has outweighed the desire for the things that are good for people and the planet—in the decision tree of the best and brightest people in the world. So I am optimistic, because I’ve seen, in my own experience, that companies focused on mission, purpose, sustainability [because] being good stewards of the world and leaving the place a little better than we found it is a sustainable competitive advantage. It’s an advantage in hiring. It’s an advantage in partnership. It’s an advantage in brand. It’s an advantage in a lot of ways. … [Read more...] about These are the new rules of capitalism
Barbara Humpton: Probably the most notable thing that I experienced [with] this change is the incredible need for empathy. I’ve been talking in our organization about having three major qualities: the old-school IQ, we’ve got to know our stuff, we’ve got to be technically capable. There’s EQ, this empathetic, emotional quotient that keeps us connected to people. And we’ve been thinking a lot about “DQ.” And six months ago, I would have told you that’s a digital quotient. But right now, I want to think of it slightly differently, which is a “disruption quotient.” What if change is actually the new constant? What if, what we’re trying to create is not some new stasis but to create organizations that are capable of rapidly changing as conditions require. … [Read more...] about 10 next-generation leaders on leadership