Bad Takedowns, Pixie Dust and Mattress Wars

Here are your morning reads.

My not-too-bad-a-crash-anniversary morning train reads:

  • Jim Grant’s Botched Bridgewater Takedown: The anatomy of publishing disaster, investment-style. (Institutional Investor)
  • A Surprising Legacy of the 1987 Crash: the ETF (Wall Street Journal)
  • Big question for U.S. cities: Is Amazon’s HQ2 worth the price? (Chicago Tribune); see also Google’s Sidewalk Labs signs deal for "smart city" makeover of Toronto’s waterfront (Globe and Mail)
  • The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare (Fast Company)
  • The Opioid Addict on the Trading Floor (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • WeWork: A $20 Billion Startup Fueled by Silicon Valley Pixie Dust (Wall Street Journal)
  • Insects Are In Serious Trouble (the Atlantic)
  • Colin Kaepernick certainly seems to be the victim of collusion. But can he prove it? (Los Angeles Times)
  • Xi Jinping speech: five things you need to know (the Guardianbut see This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like (BuzzFeed)
  • David Letterman was the king of late night. He doesn’t miss it "for a second."  (Washington Post)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with Jim Ross, chairman of State Street Global Advisers Ltd. and father of the SPDRs. 

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