Business

Recent Read: “Uber Is Headed for a Crash”

Don’t miss Yves Smith’s interesting breakdown of Uber’s prospects in New York Magazine Some highlights:   The fact that this glorified local transportation company continues to be a financial failure should come as no surprise. What should be surprising is that the business press still parrots the fond hope of Uber’s management that the company […]

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Economics, Society, Technology

The Reconn Reader: 30 Nov, 2018

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles from the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. -CA   World & Politics A Billionaire Backer and the Murky Finances of the AfD The AfD, Weidel insisted, had “not tried to cover anything up,” adding that careful records had been kept about all […]

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Business, Culture, Marketing

Recent Read: “What’s Inside a Brand?”

Don’t miss Will Partin’s piece in The Outline about the company “brandless” and how the concept of banding is changing. An excerpt: If that seems counterintuitive, consider two advertisements for Dove soap separated by about 50 years. In a 1957 television spot, the camera’s near-fetishistic attention on the look and feel of the newly-introduced Dove […]

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Society, Technology

Social Media’s PIHO Problem

Earlier this year I wrote two posts on why Facebook “can’t be fixed” so long as its current business model remains in place. In my posts, I noted that the latest Facebook scandal was part of a continuous pattern that had and would not change: The routine is familiar by now. Facebook makes an “innovation” […]

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Economics, Society, Technology

The Reconn Reader: Nov 23, 2018

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles from the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. -CA   World & Politics The Land That Failed to Fail The world thought it could change China, and in many ways it has. But China’s success has been so spectacular that it has just […]

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Society

Happy Thanksgiving

I want to take a moment to wish everyone who follows my blog a happy Thanksgiving, wherever you are in the world. This is a great American tradition, and I am grateful for everyone who takes a moment out of their busy lives to read what I write. Sincerely, Carlos Alvarenga

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Society, Work

Why Work Should Not Define You

I recently read HBR’s interesting interview with Herminia Ibarra, a professor at the London Business School, about the relationship between ourselves and our work. Reading through the professor’s comments got me thinking about the way in which executives, especially American ones, often find it difficult to separate their personal and professional identities. In my work, I have seen many […]

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Economics

The Reconn Reader: Nov 18, 2018

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles from the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. -CA How Managers Should Respond When Bribes Are Business as Usual In markets with high corruption risk, front-line employees have little incentive to refuse a proposed kickback if it means failing to make their quota […]

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Economics, Society

Recent Read: “My Favorite Tax”

Joshua Brown has an excellent post on his “Reformed Broker” blog today on why he pays for quality journalism. I could not agree more. Each month, I pay for: New York Times The Atlantic Bloomberg Businessweek Jacobin American Affairs Foreign Affairs Prospect UK The New Yorker Le Monde The Economist AdAge MIT Tech Review HBR Fortune […]

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