- Paul Graham, co-founder of the Y-Combinator, discusses the start-ups, financial rewards for start-up success, and income inequality. Also, see his previous talk with Russ Robert on EconTalk.
- Steven Pinker discusses what he considers to be the most interesting and important recent scientific news. His answer: “Human Progress Quantified”
- Fred Wilson of A VC discusses his predictions for 2016.
- A brief history of armed black resistance of institutional white supremacy by @ThaddeusRussell. Additionally, I highly recommend his book, A Renegade History of the United States, which he discusess on ReasonTV here.
- An interesting piece on the influence loop between government bureaucrats and think tank wonks from Brookings. Of course, the definitive take on this topic, which couples well with article, is the outstanding movie, In The Loop (Trailer, IMBd, & Full Movie).
- A data-driven look at AirBNB in NYC from @JSVine of Buzzfeed, including great maps on median revenue and median nights booked. I’ve embedded median nights booked; click through for median revenue. Also, via @JulieVerHage, AirBNB listings as a percentage of hotel room supply in it’s top 20 markets.
- Also from @JulieVerHage, she crunches the data the best and worst performing assets of 2015. The chart of best and worst performing currencies is embedded below, but click through the link for much, much more. On Twitter, some point out Bitcoin is excluded from the piece. See this piece by Forbes blogger @LauraShin for charts and a optimistic view on the cryptocurrency, including trading volume, which I’ve embedded below. Marc Andreessen, promenty tech venture capitalist, has been and continues to be a Bitcoin optimist.