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How do we build more exceptional institutions?

“Since institutions depend especially on the most skilled people, institutional health is largely determined by what happens to these people. Where they are plentiful and coordinated, institutions will flourish. Where they are scarce or fractured, institutions will decline.” | learn more

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How can we make air conditioners 33% more efficient?

“Now a market disrupting technology has been launched that increases compression speed by 38% while using 33% less electricity. Multiply that by billions of units and you get a pretty helpful contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions!” | learn more

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Afghanistan, rare earths, and China.

“In this week’s Where Stuff Comes From Briefing: How and why Rare Earth Elements and Afghanistan are a massive opportunity for whoever seizes it (re: China).” | learn more

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The best advantage in life

“You are 25 year old interested in a career in investment management. A genie appears offering you one of the following (with all the learning, networking, benefits, etc… auto populated into your background). Which do you think best improves your […]

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Have you hugged a concrete pillar today?

From Bill Gates: “In 1950, the world made roughly as much steel as cement (a key ingredient in concrete); by 2010, steel production had grown by a factor of 8, but cement had gone up by a factor of 25.” | learn […]

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The trillion dollar paint job

“Infrastructure spending is broadly popular, which is likely why this new “infrastructure” bill has a decent amount of bi-partisan support. This is also why so many projects that have nothing to do with infrastructure are framed in such dishonest terms.” | learn […]

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On Medici and Thiel

“A few hundred years ago, Cosimo Medici kickstarted a financial empire. At that same time he began a grand tradition of patronage, of Donatello most notably.” His kids provided patronage to Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo. Where have all the […]

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Why you’re Christian.

An essay by David Perell where he argues that a belief in God underpins everyone’s basis for human rights. Though he’s an atheist, his commitment to human rights means he’s, “implicitly committed to Christian ideas—or at the very least, a […]