Innovation, World-Changers and Brain Failings

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Porto Rico Importing Co.'s Copenhagen blend coffee, settle into your most comfy seat, and get ready for our longer-form weekend reads:

  • What Was the Greatest Era for Innovation? A Brief Guided Tour (Upshot)
  • Meet the Private Company That Has Changed the Face of the World (Fortune)
  • Inside Silicon Valley’s Culture of Spin (Fast Company)
  • How Information Graphics Reveal Your Brain’s Blind Spots (ProPublica); see also Imagine a dog. Got it? I don’t. Here’s what it’s like to be unable to visualize anything. (Vox)
  • The 10 biggest announcements from Google I/O 2016 (The Verge)
  • Why Americans Ignore the Role of Luck in Everything (New York)
  • The Disappearing West (Center for American Progress)
  • The Great Foreclosure Fraud: When millions of families lost their homes to foreclosure in the Great Recession, a nurse, a car dealership worker and a forensic expert blew the whistle on mortgage industry abuses. (American Prospect); see also "Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud" (New York Times)
  • Taibbi: R.I.P., GOP: How Trump Is Killing the Republican Party (Rolling Stone)
  • How the Best Commencement Speech of All Time Was Bad for Literature (Literary Hub)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview with Jeff deGraaf of Renaissance Macro. 

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