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.

The Road to Self Renewal

The Road to Self Renewal

July 28, 2020Addresses

This is a speech by John Gardner delivered in 1990 to McKinsey & Company: I’m going to talk about “Self-Renewal.” One of your most fundamental tasks is the renewal of the organizations you serve, and that usually includes persuading the top officers to accomplish a certain amount of self-renewal. But to help you think about others … Read More

It’s Time To Build

It’s Time To Build

April 27, 2020Articles

Written by Marc Andreessen Every Western institution was unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic, despite many prior warnings. This monumental failure of institutional effectiveness will reverberate for the rest of the decade, but it’s not too early to ask why, and what we need to do about it. Many of us would like to pin the … Read More

How Will You Measure Your Life?

How Will You Measure Your Life?

April 27, 2020Articles

Written by Clayton M. Christensen Before I published The Innovator’s Dilemma, I got a call from Andrew Grove, then the chairman of Intel. He had read one of my early papers about disruptive technology, and he asked if I could talk to his direct reports and explain my research and what it implied for Intel. … Read More

We Are What We Choose

We Are What We Choose

November 19, 2019Addresses

Remarks by Jeff Bezos, as delivered to the Princeton University Class of 2010 Baccalaureate May 30, 2010 As a kid, I spent my summers with my grandparents on their ranch in Texas. I helped fix windmills, vaccinate cattle, and do other chores. We also watched soap operas every afternoon, especially “Days of our Lives.” My … Read More

When Great Trees Fall

When Great Trees Fall

October 18, 2019Addresses

Written by Maya Angelou When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after safety. When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear. When great souls die, the air around us becomes light, rare, sterile. We breathe, … Read More

Running A Successful Company: Ten Rules That Worked for Me

Running A Successful Company: Ten Rules That Worked for Me

September 24, 2019Articles

Running A Successful Company: Ten Rules That Worked for Me From Sam Walton, Made in America, June 1992 This isn’t the first time that I’ve been asked to come up with a list of rules for success, but it is the first time I’ve actually sat down and done it. I’m glad I did because … Read More

Imagining a World Without Growth

Imagining a World Without Growth

August 7, 2019Articles

Written by Eduardo Porter, The New York Times Could the world order survive without growing? It’s hard to imagine now, but humanity made do with little or no economic growth for thousands of years. In Byzantium and Egypt, income per capita at the end of the first millennium was lower than at the dawn of the Christian … Read More

Stay in the Game

Stay in the Game

June 24, 2019Articles

Written by Drew Dickson, Albert Bridge Capital This is going to be an uncharacteristic departure for me.  This story is deeply personal, for our family, and for our oldest son in particular.  But it is a story he’s letting me tell, because it is a story he wants people to hear. My son Max was … Read More

The Moral Peril of Meritocracy

The Moral Peril of Meritocracy

April 12, 2019Addresses

Written by David Brooks Our individualistic culture inflames the ego and numbs the spirit. Failure teaches us who we are. Many of the people I admire lead lives that have a two-mountain shape. They got out of school, began their career, started a family and identified the mountain they thought they were meant to climb … Read More

Perspective on US Fiscal Position

Perspective on US Fiscal Position

November 29, 2018Articles

America’s deteriorating public credit is the cold-button issue of the 2018 midterms. With rare bipartisanship, Democrats and Republicans compete to pretend that the country isn’t going broke. In 1992, the third-party presidential candidate Ross Perot likened the widening gap between federal receipts and federal spending to “the crazy aunt tucked away in the room upstairs nobody talks about.”

Memos from Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital

Memos from Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital

July 6, 2018Articles

Since 1990, Oaktree Capital’s Howard Marks has been routinely publishing memos to memorialize lessons he has learned, insights he has had, and effects of current events on the markets. His memos provide unique clarity into the world around us as it relates to financial markets and the investments we make.

Is Blockchain a Good Vision for the Future? Perspective from Kai Stutchcombe

Is Blockchain a Good Vision for the Future? Perspective from Kai Stutchcombe

July 3, 2018Articles

Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future. Its failure to achieve adoption to date is because systems built on trust, norms, and institutions inherently function better than the type of no-need-for-trusted-parties systems blockchain envisions. That’s permanent: no matter how much blockchain improves it is still headed in the wrong … Read More

A Father’s Lesson: Keep the Spirit Level by Daniel Foster

A Father’s Lesson: Keep the Spirit Level by Daniel Foster

June 17, 2018Articles

For decades my carpenter father, who died in 2009, always carried a small wood level in his pocket. He would fish it out and place it on the nearest horizontal surface: shelves, mantels, stairs—even sidewalks. At the neighbor’s, when he thought no one was looking, he would sneak it out and go to work. Is … Read More

The Blindness of Social Wealth by David Brooks

The Blindness of Social Wealth by David Brooks

June 8, 2018Articles

Bob Hall was a rancher. In 1936, in the midst of the Depression, he was suffering from a cancer that was eating the flesh on the side of his face. His ranch had dwindled to nearly nothing, and weeks after bankers took the last of his livestock, Hall died, leaving his family deeply in debt. … Read More

The Secrets to Wealth in America by Warren Buffett

The Secrets to Wealth in America by Warren Buffett

January 30, 2018Articles

By Warren BuffettI have good news. First, most American children are going to live far better than their parents did. Second, large gains in the living standards of Americans will continue for many generations to come.Some years back, people generally agreed with my optimism. Today, however, pollsters find that most Americans are pessimistic about their … Read More

How to Succeed In Business? Do Less by Morten Hansen

How to Succeed In Business? Do Less by Morten Hansen

January 30, 2018Articles

By Morten T. HansenMost Americans work impossibly hard. We put in long hours and maximum effort, but better performance often eludes us. I’m no exception. I remember being in my 20s and landing my dream job as a management consultant at the posh London office of the U.S.-based Boston Consulting Group. I strode through the … Read More

Senator John McCain’s Remarks at the 2017 Liberty Medal Ceremony

Senator John McCain’s Remarks at the 2017 Liberty Medal Ceremony

October 16, 2017Addresses

Senator John McCain’s remarks after receiving the 2017 Liberty MedalThank you, Joe [Biden], my old, dear friend, for those mostly undeserved kind words. Vice President Biden and I have known each other for a lot of years now, more than forty, if you’re counting. We knew each other back when we were young and handsome … Read More

Winning the Battle In Space by Dr. Michael Griffin

Winning the Battle In Space by Dr. Michael Griffin

April 18, 2017Articles

Written by Michael GriffinIn 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. Hobbled … 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 22, 2017Articles

By Paul Mozur and Jane Perlez    March 22, 2017HONG 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 sum from … Read More

Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center (White Paper)

Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center (White Paper)

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 next generation cyber … 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

Demographic Insights by Professor Stephen Mihm (University of Georgia)

Demographic Insights by Professor Stephen Mihm (University of Georgia)

January 3, 2017Articles

Written by Stephen MihmShortly 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 of … Read More

The University of Georgia: Enhanced Cybersecurity through Strategic Partnerships (White Paper)

The University of Georgia: Enhanced Cybersecurity through Strategic Partnerships (White Paper)

December 23, 2016White Papers

IntroductionThe University of Georgia is uniquely positioned to significantly enhance education and workforce development, new discovery and statewide knowledge transfer to benefit the State of Georgia and our partners in cybersecurity and defense. The Athens campus of the state’s most comprehensive institution of higher learning is in close geographic proximity to Ft. Gordon, and UGA … Read More

Remembering A Hero: Welles Crowther

Remembering A Hero: Welles Crowther

September 9, 2016Articles

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

The Five Experiments: Perspective from Fernando del Pino

The Five Experiments: Perspective from Fernando del Pino

December 1, 2015Articles

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

The University of Georgia’s Corsair Society

The University of Georgia’s Corsair Society

December 1, 2014Articles

Written by Lori Johnston (ABJ ’95 UGA) and Jeremy Bales (AB, ABJ ’01 UGA) and published in the December 2014 issue of GEORGIA MAGAZINE The Statue of Liberty looms in the distance through the floor-to-ceiling windows on the 27th floor of Citi’s Greenwich Street offices in the Tribeca neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. Bethany McCain (AB, … 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 Force … Read More

Byron Wien Discusses Lessons Learned in His First 80 Years

Byron Wien Discusses Lessons Learned in His First 80 Years

February 12, 2013Articles

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