A weekly outpour of 5 of the things I consume every week. A coalescence of art, podcasts, articles, essays, newsletters, movies, web series and any other form of media you can imagine.
Though I barely watch movies, yet I was moved by this one movie called 'Divergent'. If you haven't watched it, here's the brief:
As each person enters adulthood, he or she must choose a faction and commit to it for life. Tris chooses Dauntless -- those who pursue bravery above all else. However, her initiation leads to the discovery that she is a Divergent and will never be able to fit into just one faction. Warned that she must conceal her status, Tris uncovers a looming war which threatens everyone she loves.
If you did not know, I am a CA aspirant and most of my mates consider me as an outlier because art and food is what interests me more than accounting and tax. I always pictured myself as Tris in that situation but this issue is a redemption.
I do take interest in reading about business, entrepreneurs, tech, finance, startups and allied subjects. Maybe you should try these sources too :)
1. Stratechery by Ben Thompson (Tech Blog)
Having previously worked at Apple, Microsoft, and Automattic, Thompson writes clearly about everything from the future of tech giants to the infrastructure of web content.
He always ties his thoughts and narratives to examples, and his update builds on itself, so the longer you read, the more you're able to get out of it.
2. Money Stuff by Matt Levine (Finance but no so Finance newsletter)
Think about your most humorous friend, now imagine he is a finance geek as well and has the ability to transform complex concepts into lucid explanation.
Now, name him Matt Levine!
My partner literally forced me to read this and I took months to get to it but I am not going back for a long time now.
We still don't know how this newsletter is for free. Enjoy the luxury until we have it. It's literally funny!
3. Inc 42 (All about Indian tech and startups)
As a part of my job, I am supposed to be on top of latest developments in the startup economy and I keep referring Inc 42 for all such news. If you are someone who likes reading about such topics, there you go!
4. How to Think About Yourself by Paul Graham (Blog)
Ok, I am gonna cheat a little! This is not exactly about business but we deserve a break!
This is literally one of the best things I read this week.
Paul Graham is a programmer, writer, and investor. In 2005 he and Jessica Livingston, Robert Morris, and Trevor Blackwell started Y Combinator, which has funded over 2000 startups, including Airbnb, Dropbox, Stripe, and Reddit.
In this essay, he distinguishes between conventional minded and independent minded people. I am not gonna give you any deets but you should read this.
If you get impressed from this one, then read this also -
5. Musings on Markets by Aswath Damodaran (Valuation, Corporate Finance, News and more)
If I talk about valuation, finance and business and not talk about him then that'd be a sin, ain't it?!
Prof. Damodaran's blog is a treasure trove for anyone looking to improve their understanding of financial markets and investments.
It's a serious resource – as you'd expect from a university professor with a lifelong passion for teaching.
Aswath Damodaran has published four books on equity valuation and two on corporate finance (Corporate Finance: Theory and Practice, Applied Corporate Finance: A User’s Manual)
Have a productive week ahead!