10 Things I Have Learned Launching RWM
Monday, 16 September 2019 17:00

In 2013, four of us launched RWM as an independent RIA. At the time, I announced it with a short post. Six years since then (9.15.13), we have grown to ~35 employees serving nearly 1,000 families with more than a $1.1B in assets. When we announced our launch, I wrote we were aiming to accomplish…

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What’s Behind the World’s Biggest Climate Victory? Capitalism
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 13:00

Source: Bloomberg     Capitalism is driving renewables over coal: “The market triumph of renewable energy marks the biggest victory yet in the fight against global warming. Solar and wind are proliferating not because of moral do-gooders but because they’re now the most profitable part of the power business in most of the world. An…

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10 Tuesday AM Reads
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 13:45

My Two-for-Tuesday morning train reads: • Does capitalism need saving from itself? (Financial Times) see also Financial planning founders started a movement — and created a profession (Investment News) • Yes, Passive Investing Has Exploded. But Here’s Why Fears of a Bubble are Overblown (Fortune) • The iPhone and Apple’s Services Strategy (Stratechery)  see also Let’s…

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Abortion and Crime, Revisited (Ep. 384)
Thursday, 11 July 2019 06:00

The controversial theory linking Roe v. Wade to a massive crime drop is back in the spotlight as several states introduce abortion restrictions. Steve Levitt and John Donohue discuss their original research, the challenges to its legitimacy, and their updated analysis. Also: what this means for abortion policy, crime policy, and having intelligent conversations about contentious topics.

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What Do Nancy Pelosi, Taylor Swift, and Serena Williams Have in Common? (Ep. 385)
Thursday, 18 July 2019 06:00

They — along with a great many other high-achieving women — were all once Girl Scouts. So was Sylvia Acevedo. Raised in a poor, immigrant family, she was told that “girls like her” didn’t go to college. But she did, and then became a rocket scientist and tech executive. Now she’s C.E.O. of the very organization she credits with shaping her life. Acevedo tells us how the Girl Scouts are trying to stay relevant, why they’re suing the Boy Scouts, and how they sell so many cookies.

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America’s Hidden Duopoly (Ep. 356 Rebroadcast)
Thursday, 25 July 2019 06:00

We all know our political system is “broken” — but what if that’s not true? Some say the Republicans and Democrats constitute a wildly successful industry that has colluded to kill off competition, stifle reform, and drive the country apart. So what are you going to do about it?

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How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War (Ep. 386)
Thursday, 01 August 2019 06:00

Aisle upon aisle of fresh produce, cheap meat, and sugary cereal — a delicious embodiment of free-market capitalism, right? Not quite. The supermarket was in fact the endpoint of the U.S. government’s battle for agricultural abundance against the U.S.S.R. Our farm policies were built to dominate, not necessarily to nourish — and we are still living with the consequences.

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How Much Does Your Name Matter? (Ep. 122 Rebroadcast)
Thursday, 08 August 2019 06:00

A kid’s name can tell us something about his parents — their race, social standing, even their politics. But is your name really your destiny?

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Hello, My Name Is Marijuana Pepsi! (Ep. 387)
Thursday, 15 August 2019 06:00

Research shows that having a distinctively black name doesn’t affect your economic future. But what is the day-to-day reality of living with such a name? Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck, a newly-minted Ph.D., is well-qualified to answer this question. Her verdict: the data don’t tell the whole story.

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Should America Be Run by … Trader Joe’s? (Ep. 359 Rebroadcast)
Thursday, 22 August 2019 06:00

The quirky little grocery chain with California roots and German ownership has a lot to teach all of us about choice architecture, efficiency, frugality, collaboration, and team spirit.

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The Future of Meat (Ep. 367 Rebroadcast)
Thursday, 29 August 2019 06:00

Global demand for beef, chicken, and pork continues to rise. So do concerns about environmental and other costs. Will reconciling these two forces be possible — or, even better, Impossible™?

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The Economics of Sports Gambling (Ep. 388)
Thursday, 05 September 2019 06:00

What happens when tens of millions of fantasy-sports players are suddenly able to bet real money on real games? We’re about to find out. A recent Supreme Court decision has cleared the way to bring an estimated $300 billion in black-market sports betting into the light. We sort out the winners and losers.

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Yes, the Open Office Is Terrible — But It Doesn’t Have to Be (Ep. 358 Rebroadcast)
Thursday, 12 September 2019 06:00

It began as a post-war dream for a more collaborative and egalitarian workplace. It has evolved into a nightmare of noise and discomfort. Can the open office be saved, or should we all just be working from home?

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When Waterfall Principles Sneak Back Into Agile Workflows
Thursday, 05 September 2019 15:15

Beware “AgileFall.”

 
Ranking 42 Countries by Ease of Doing Digital Business
Thursday, 05 September 2019 23:25

How easy is it for digital platforms to enter, operate, thrive, or exit in markets around the world?

 
Navigating Change (Live)
Friday, 06 September 2019 00:01

Is your organization going through some big shifts? Dan and Alison answer your questions with the help of Katie Burke, the chief people officer of HubSpot. They talk through what to do when you’re ready to move up but there’s no one to take over your role, you’re expected to work on too many projects with too little support, or layoffs are happening but your boss isn’t giving you more responsibility.

 
Research: Being Nice in a Negotiation Can Backfire
Friday, 06 September 2019 15:05

Warm and friendly isn’t always the most lucrative approach.

 
To Build an Inclusive Culture, Start with Inclusive Meetings
Friday, 06 September 2019 15:15

Look out for people who dominate the conversation.

 
Research: Where a Founder Is from Affects How They Structure Their Company
Friday, 06 September 2019 15:25

Even when the company isn’t in their home country.

 
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