10 Weekend Reading – The Big Picture

The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Volcanica coffee, grab a seat by the pool, and get ready for our long-form weekend read:

Elevation of worker productivity scores: Across industries and incomes, more employees are being tracked, recorded and ranked. What companies say benefits are efficiency and accountability. What is lost? (New York Times)

What is the most successful venture capital firm in history? Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia Capital have backed many success stories of the Internet era. Andreessen Horowitz? No, an institution towers above. This firm was there before the first transistor was printed, and it will be there after we get brain implants. An investor funded computers, the Internet, speech recognition, last-mile distribution, human genome mapping, the core technology of fracking, and the first horizontal shale drill, and today it’s driving down the cost of solar and wind power Coal Better news: If you’re a U.S. taxpayer , you are a limited partner. (No mercy, no malice)

Crypto geniuses who have vaporized a trillion dollars: Everyone trusted the two men in the Three Arrows Capital. They knew what they were doing – right? (New York Magazine)

Are teachers leaving the classroom? This year’s chaotic debate over the teacher crisis, explained. (Vox)

Bill Gates and the Secret Push to Save Biden’s Climate Bill: The billionaire philanthropist has been among Joe Manchin’s lobbyists since before Biden took the White House. A look at the influencers who secured a rare climate win. (Bloomberg) see more Why is gas actually cheaper in America?: Gas prices in the US are at a record-high, but it still costs far less than anywhere else in the world And in the long run, Americans may end up paying for that privilege. (hostel)

Looking for Clarence Thomas: He grew up speaking the language of the slaves on the shores of Pin Point, Georgia. He would become the most powerful black man in America, using the awesome powers granted by Supreme Court justices to keep his own people in check. Now he sits atop an active right-wing court ready to undo the progressivism of the past century. what happened (Esquire)

The Rise and Fall of Chimerica: For decades America has been promising China future prosperity. But today, America has largely stopped offering a model to China or anywhere else, leaving China’s leaders without a guide as they chart a course for a potentially turbulent future. (NOEMA)

Behind enemy lines, Ukrainians tell Russians ‘you’re never safe’: Covert resistance cells are identifying targets, sabotaging railroads and killing allies as they seek to sabotage Russian forces. (New York Times) see more Russian spies misread Ukraine and misled the Kremlin as war broke out In the final days of the invasion of Ukraine, Russian security services began sending secret instructions to informants in Kiev. Pack up and leave the capital, Kremlin aides were told, but leave your house keys behind. The directive came from senior officials of a unit of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) with a cryptic name — the Operational Information Department — but a sinister mandate: ensuring the decapitation of the Ukrainian government and overseeing the installation of a pro-Russian regime. . (Washington Post)

The Arizona Republican Party’s Anti-Democracy Experiment: First, it turned against the establishment. Now it’s focused on democracy — the policy, the process, and even the word itself. (New York Times)

The best restaurants at America’s busiest airports: Where to eat and drink at the 13 busiest airports in the US from ATL to DFW to LAX (Washington Post)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview with Bill Browder, founder of Hermitage Capital Management and author of this weekend. Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice And Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin’s Wrath.

Study: What Americans Really Think

Source: Axios

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