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G100 Network Notebook | February 2016

The Truth About Trump Appeal What does this year’s political climate say about American society, employment, and business? No one has analyzed this more deeply than AEI scholar Charles Murray in his recent Wall Street Journal essay. Those who dismiss Trump supporters as irrational xenophobes overlook why the unlikely frontrunner continues to resonate, says Murray. An excerpt: For […] Read More »


HLG Notebook | February 2016

1. College Pranks Another spectacular academic hoax. Peter Dreier, a professor at Occidental College, tells how he submitted a phony, meaningless abstract to a major international sociology conference. Spoiler: his paper, “On the Absence of Absences,” was accepted: My paper had no point at all. It was filled entirely with non-sequiturs. I didn’t even bother […] Read More »


G100 Network Notebook | January 2016

Chief Beta Tester That characterizes Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos’ active participation in a digital transformation positioning the publication to be “the new newspaper of record,” says a front-page Wall Street Journal story. The Amazon CEO’s push for customer focus, experimentation, and building scale seems to be working. Steep gains in web traffic show the […] Read More »


HLG Notebook | January 2016

1. Can Computers Write Political Speeches? Goodbye Ted Sorenson. So long Peggy Noonan. The MIT Technology Review reports that a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts has created a machine learning algorithm capable of generating complete political speeches after just a few cues on topic, audience, and party affiliation of the speaker. The AI […] Read More »


HLG Notebook | December 2015

1. Year’s Best Business Christmas Card The “Dear Santa” parody letter from Donald Trump we received from Ed Ingle, managing director of Microsoft’s government affairs office, was a runaway winner. An excerpt: Dear Santa: You are a fraud. You are lazy. You are out of shape. And worst of all, you have very low energy. […] Read More »


G100 Network Notebook | December 2015

The Future of Transportation Apple turned heads recently by announcing its electrical vehicle will have a 2019 delivery date, one year ahead of the earliest forecasts for road-ready, autonomous vehicles. While Apple intends to roll out autonomous features in later models, the ambitious goal signals how fast the secretive “Project Titan” is moving. One vocal […] Read More »


HLG Notebook | November 2015

1. “Marketing and Advertising Industries Hate Older People” The British blog Ad Contrarian takes aim at the “demographic cleansing” of the marketing and advertising industry, “where there is almost no one over 50 left”: A milestone in marketing stupidity has been reached. According to a September report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor, a majority […] Read More »


HLG Notebook | October 2015

1. The Millennials in the Gray Flannel Suit Sorry, Millennials: You’re boring. You are neither restless nor footloose. You are not job-hoppers, but yearn for a life of corporate stability. And despite all the advice we’ve heard about how to keep you employed – from CNBC, Fortune, and inevitably, The Huffington Post – a new […] Read More »


SSA Notebook | Fall 2015

Can Walgreens Increase its Customer Base by Outsourcing Delivery? A recent Fortune article reports that Walgreens is partnering with Postmates, an on-demand delivery services app that started with restaurants. This will be available in all cities where Walgreens has a presence and Postmates operates. It’s a win-win partnership: Walgreens differentiates itself and Postmates provides customers more service options and […] Read More »


HLG Notebook | September 2015

1. How Much Will Technology Reveal About Player Performance? Two great articles about wearable technology this month show how we are on the cusp of what might become an enormous transformation in professional sports. Both the NFL and the NBA are experimenting with wearable devices that track an athlete’s every movement. But as Grantland explains, […] Read More »