WSJ on tech trends: “There’s a new type of consumer out there—who I call “Generation Novel”—born out of the disruption of the novel coronavirus. Due to many months of lockdown, consumers had to learn how to become digital-first in basically all aspects their lives—including the way they work, learn, buy, relax, and connect with friends and loved ones. In doing so, customers forever changed how they shop and make decisions, what they value, and which brands earn their attention and loyalty. Businesses of all sizes and in all industries will now need to quickly re-evaluate the customer experiences they offer, and pivot to meeting the changing demands of this new generation.”
Anticipating the Unintended: “It is not the differences between the BJP and the opposition, in the shape of TMC and others, that’s important. Those differences on secularism or the definition of nationalism will be used for narrative wars that will continue to deepen the schism in the society. But I don’t see them changing how India will be governed. It is the similarity, where the ‘enemies’ emulate each other that has me worried. And what’s the similarity? To put it simply, it is their belief in running a ‘party state’ model of governance. What the Left built in West Bengal and the TMC inherited has now been finessed and taken at the national level by the BJP. The party or its affiliates have their imprint everywhere. The law of the party trumps rule of law.”
David Perell: “The smartest kid in my middle school class used to take computers apart and put them back together again in order to understand how they work.
That’s what writing is too. Whenever you write, you’re tinkering with ideas and playing with all their component parts.”