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Wild About Harry

As we move into another month of staying at home, Shelly and Ross thought we could use some levity and inspiration. Today, we meet Ross's mentor, Harry Oppenheimer. Continue Reading →
Masks
The coronavirus pandemic is teeming with known unknowns. How many people have had it? How many people will get it? What is today’s R0 value in the top 50 markets? How will we assess the risk of bringing our employees back to the office? What impact will new consumer preferences have on our business? Will we have inflation or deflation? A recession or depression? As hard as these questions are, we’ve helped our corporate clients reframe and answer them in multiple ways. You can too. Here’s how. Continue Reading →

Plans to Reopen the World

Times Square
Politicians, pundits, and professionals are all doing their best to “tell us” what we should do and how we should do it. As you know, I believe in science, so I have been sheltering in place for more than a month (because I am lucky enough to have a choice). However, my self-imposed, then government-suggested, Continue Reading →
staked tree
On one of the toughest days of my childhood, a day that forged much of my world view, my father, as he often did, came up to my room to chat about my day. He offered some advice, some objectivity, and very little comfort. He wasn’t harsh; he was just brutally honest about my “very bad day” and his thoughts about what I could or should do to improve my situation. At the time, all I really wanted was a hug and a more powerful ally to go fix my world for me. What I got was sound advice about choices and ways to think about how to solve my own problem. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, it was one of the most formative days of my life. Continue Reading →
Coronavirus Masks
I was looking at my list of pre-pandemic theses and it is absolutely frightening how irrelevant most of them are to a post-pandemic future. Worrying about AI taking white-collar jobs, or the fate of commoditized packaged goods, or the adoption rates of IoT devices, or the potential deployment of 5G service seems meaningless if people are worried about being safe and wondering how they are going to put a roof over their heads and food on the table. So, it’s time for some new thinking, and an action plan for 2020 and beyond. Here's how. Continue Reading →
Logistic Curve
As a follow on to this week’s “I believe in science” theme, I will ask you to do three things today. I need you to watch a short video that explains Exponential growth and epidemics, another entitled, Simulating an epidemic, and then read an advance release copy of a CDC research paper entitled, “High Contagiousness and Rapid Spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2.” It will officially be published in Volume 26, Number 7—July 2020. Continue Reading →

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