(LINK) The China Cultural Clash – Stratechery by Ben Thompson

I don’t subscribe anymore to his newsletter so I am thankful this post is one of his public ones.

My beef has always been the simple premise that China is allowed to buy whatever they want overseas but they don’t allow me the same access in China.

They also don’t allow me to build and ship any product I want into China but yet with TikTok they want to build and ship to any country they want.

This NBA thing is the next facet to this issue – China can do whatever they want to control information in China but now they want to control information in other countries. I think they overplayed their hand here.

Let’s hope the global backlash grows and we get more companies and people speaking out like the NBA did.

The China Cultural Clash – Stratechery by Ben Thompson

Interesting how Ben talked about Apple’s special situation and now this:


(LINK) NBA story is trojan horse of our times

Gonna be interesting to watch this play out – for the record I am with Hong Kong but I don’t think it will all end well. China owns HK and they will do as they please – no matter how much I don’t like it.

I talked a little about the NBA thing yesterday :: https://seedvc.blog/2019/10/08/link-how-joe-biden-empowered-chinas-censorship-of-the-nba/

Now on to Kevin:

NBA story is trojan horse of our times

Book :: The Making Of A Manager

Finally finished this one off this weekend :: https://amzn.to/2LSnC8M

Really good read. I took 7 pages of notes and will keep the book around for reference.

As with any book there was a few chapters I found less relevant to me but most of it was great information.

There were many a framework that I found useful like how to run a meeting, how to do 1-1, team stuff and long-range planning.

If you happen to manage people and want to get better at it or aspire to be a better manager – this book is worth a read.


(LINK) What Really Happens When You Become an Overnight Millionaire?

Fascinating read. One frame of mind I have is why do rich people have nothing to do? I have never, ever had nothing to do in my whole life. I am not sure I even know how to do nothing but maybe Peter doesn’t either.

Strange he struggles so much to just – struggle.


The other frame of mind is wow – is that what happens when you suddenly get rich? Doubt I will ever know but one would think that you could use that kind of money in so many ways.

What Really Happens When You Become an Overnight Millionaire?:

It also means that in order to trigger that sense of adversity that’s gotten him this far, he has to rough up his life, so he doesn’t get too comfortable. He tries to do this daily, even with small things like carrying his groceries from the store rather than taking a cab. He fasts for 18 hours at a time. He regularly alternates first-class flights with middle-seat coach ones. He forces himself to read, which, with dyslexia, he says, is painful.