Our approach is characterized by continuous learning and hard work. Herein are a handful of Addresses, Audio/Video Presentations, Articles, Books and White Papers that we found thought provoking.

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation

August 10, 2017Articles

Written by Jean M. Twenge One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an iPhone since she was 11—sounding as if she’d just woken up. We chatted about her favorite songs and TV shows, and I asked her what she likes to do … Read More

Winning the Battle In Space

Winning the Battle In Space

August 10, 2017Articles

Written by Michael Griffin In April 2011, an Ariane 5 rocket hurled the “New Dawn” communications satellite into geostationary Earth orbit some 36,000 kilometers above the Earth. The $250 million satellite successfully released a set of pins that had held its primary antenna in a folded configuration during launch; however, the antenna did not unfold. … Read More

Demographic Insights by Professor Stephen Mihm (University of Georgia)

Demographic Insights by Professor Stephen Mihm (University of Georgia)

March 28, 2017Articles

Written by Stephen Mihm Shortly before Christmas, the U.S. Census Bureau put some coal in the nation’s holiday stocking. It released data highlighting a worrisome trend: The population grew a subdued 0.7 percent, the lowest rate of growth since the Great Depression years of 1936 and 1937. Declines in the birthrate and the slowing pace … Read More

China Bets on Sensitive U.S. Start-Ups, Worrying the Pentagon

China Bets on Sensitive U.S. Start-Ups, Worrying the Pentagon

March 28, 2017Articles

By Paul Mozur and Jane Perlez    March 22, 2017 HONG KONG — When the United States Air Force wanted help making military robots more perceptive, it turned to a Boston-based artificial intelligence start-up called Neurala. But when Neurala needed money, it got little response from the American military. So Neurala turned to China, landing an undisclosed … Read More

Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center

Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center

March 8, 2017White Papers

Mission: The Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center is a state-owned facility designed to promote modernization in cybersecurity technology for private and public industries through unique education, training, research, and practical applications. Vision: The Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center will be recognized as a world-class cyber range and training facility focused on developing the … Read More

Remembering A Hero

Remembering A Hero

February 27, 2017Articles

Written by Peggy Noonan What do I think about when I think about that day? The firemen who climbed “the stairway to Heaven” with 50, 60 pounds of gear. The people who called from Windows on the World and said: “I just want you to know I love you.” The men on the plane who … Read More

Byron Wien Discusses Lessons Learned in His First 80 Years

Byron Wien Discusses Lessons Learned in His First 80 Years

February 21, 2017Articles

I was scheduled to speak about the world outlook at an investment conference recently and shortly before my time slot the conference organizer said the audience was more interested in what I had learned over the course of my career than what I had to say about the market.  I jotted a few notes down … Read More

The Five Experiments

The Five Experiments

February 21, 2017Articles

By Fernando del Pino December 2015 When I was kindly invited by our founder to make a presentation in our first meeting, I thought it would be interesting to bring out some global views on what I believe is a multi- generational decline of the Western civilization rather than talking about the very interesting but … Read More

Courage Under Fire By Admiral James Stockdale

Courage Under Fire By Admiral James Stockdale

February 21, 2017Articles

Testing Epictetus’s Doctrines in a Laboratory of Human Behavior James Bond Stockdale I came to the philosophic life as a thirty-eight-year-old naval pilot in grad school at Stanford University. I had been in the navy for twenty years and scarcely ever out of a cockpit. In 1962, I began my second year of studying international … Read More

A History of Global Living Conditions in 5 Charts

A History of Global Living Conditions in 5 Charts

February 14, 2017Articles

A recent survey asked “All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse?”. In Sweden 10% thought things are getting better, in the US they were only 6%, and in Germany only 4%. Very few people think that the world is getting better. What is … Read More

Discipline, Leadership, and Overcoming

Discipline, Leadership, and Overcoming

September 20, 2016Audio / Video

Tim Ferriss hosts a popular podcast. View Tim Ferriss’ channel by clicking here. This episode features Jocko Willink. Jocko also hosts his own podcast. View his channel by clicking here. Listen to the episode below: Not working? Click Here

Admiral William McRaven’s 2014 Commencement Address

Admiral William McRaven’s 2014 Commencement Address

May 17, 2014Addresses

Admiral William McRaven (USN, Retired) 2014 Commencement Address University of Texas at Austin  President Powers, Provost Fenves, Deans, members of the faculty, family and friends and most importantly, the class of 2014. Congratulations on your achievement. It’s been almost 37 years to the day that I graduated from UT. I remember a lot of things … Read More

Bud Day Obituary – What A Hero Looks Like

Bud Day Obituary – What A Hero Looks Like

July 30, 2013Articles

Bud Day was perhaps the bravest of the brave at the Hanoi Hilton. After serving as a U.S. Marine in World War II, a normal man might have concluded that he had done more than his share of military service. And anyone still alive after his parachute failed to open upon ejection from an Air … Read More

Mike Pence’s Address on the Presidency

Mike Pence’s Address on the Presidency

September 20, 2010Addresses

September 20, 2010 President and Mrs. Arnn, Mr. John Cervini, Mr. David Bobb, Elliot Gaiser, College Republicans and each and every one of the faculty and students of Hillsdale College here today…. As I am sure you know, honor is what allows us to do what is right despite the cost. Even greater honor is … Read More

William Deresiewicz’s Solitude and Leadership

William Deresiewicz’s Solitude and Leadership

October 1, 2009Addresses

The lecture below was delivered to the plebe class at the United States Military Academy at West Point in October 2009. My title must seem like a contradiction. What can solitude have to do with leadership? Solitude means being alone, and leadership necessitates the presence of others—the people you’re leading. When we think about leadership … Read More

Steve Jobs’ Stanford University Commencement Address

Steve Jobs’ Stanford University Commencement Address

June 12, 2005Addresses

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. … Read More

David Foster Wallace’s Commencement Address to Kenyon College

David Foster Wallace’s Commencement Address to Kenyon College

June 1, 2005Addresses

Transcription of the 2005 Kenyon Commencement Address – May 21, 2005 Written and Delivered by David Foster Wallace (If anybody feels like perspiring [cough], I’d advise you to go ahead, because I’m sure going to. In fact I’m gonna [mumbles while pulling up his gown and taking out a handkerchief from his pocket].) Greetings [“parents”?] … Read More

Courage Under Fire By Peggy Noonan

Courage Under Fire By Peggy Noonan

October 5, 2001Articles

Forgive me. I’m going to return to a story that has been well documented the past few weeks, and I ask your indulgence. So much has been happening, there are so many things to say, and yet my mind will not leave one thing: the firemen, and what they did. Although their heroism has been … Read More

President Ronald Reagan’s Address on the Anniversary of D-Day

President Ronald Reagan’s Address on the Anniversary of D-Day

June 6, 1984Addresses

President Ronald Reagan – On the 40th Anniversary of D-Day Pointe du Hoc – Normandy, France 6 June 1984 We’re here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For 4 long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations … Read More

Churchill’s Report to the House of Commons

Churchill’s Report to the House of Commons

June 4, 1940Addresses

Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s Report to the House of Commons 4 June 1940 From the moment that the French defenses at Sedan and on the Meuse were broken at the end of the second week of May, only a rapid retreat to Amiens and the south could have saved the British and French Armies who … Read More

Lou Gehrig’s Farewell to Baseball Address

Lou Gehrig’s Farewell to Baseball Address

July 4, 1939Addresses

Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. … Read More

Citizenship in a Republic by Theodore Rosevelt

Citizenship in a Republic by Theodore Rosevelt

April 23, 1910Addresses

CITIZENSHIP IN A REPUBLIC Theodore Roosevelt Speech delivered at the Sorbonne Paris, France April 23, 1910 The Famous Quote: “The Man In The Arena” It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit … Read More

President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

November 19, 1863Addresses

  Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. … Read More