Saturday links: confusing skill and luck

The weekend is a great time to catch up on some long form items that we passed up on during the week. Thanks for checking in.


Michael Mauboussin on the outcome bias or “how our minds confuse skill and luck.”  (Credit Suisse )

A dozen things learned from Nassim Taleb on investing.  (25iq)

Nine insights from Nobel-prize winner Robert Shiller.  (Morgan Housel)


What we’ve learned from the financial crisis.  (Justin Fox)

How the 0.0001% made its money.  (Priceonomics Blog)


How Google ($GOOG) came up with AdWords.  (Slate)

A profile of Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square fame.  (New Yorker)


How much is an appearance on Shark Tank worth?  (AllThingsD)

Advice on how to get into Y Combinator.  (Medium)

The challenges of funding a niche startup.  (Venture capital)

23andMe needs more people to sign up to get the full benefits of their data.  (Fast Company)


How Twitter ($TWTR) went from an idea to the biggest IPO of the year.  (Business Insider)

Why government technology procurement is such a mess.  (WSJ)

Can a toy car lead the way in building autonomous vehicles?  (Fast Company)


The uneasy economics of a hit television show.  (Priceonomics Blog)

How Hollywood can capitalize on piracy (the technological kind).  (Technology Review via MoneyBeat)


Who needs Sharknado when jellyfish are taking over the oceans for real.  (Quartz)

Whatever happened to the graphene revolution?  (Quartz)

On the proximate cause of the ADHD ‘epidemic.’  (NYTimes)


Youth sports has gotten wicked expensive.  (SFGate)

Revisiting “Moneyball” with Paul DePodesta.  (Nautilus)

Brain damage in American football players linked to head trauma.  (New Scientist)


Risk-assessment tools come to the parole board.  (WSJ)

On the end of the nation-state.  (NYTimes)


The challenge of population growth via Alan Weisman’s Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?  (New Yorker)

An excerpt from Scott Adams’ How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life.  (WSJ)

After you read League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru you will never watch football the same way again.  (The Daily Beast)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

What you may have missed in our Friday linkfest.  (Abnormal Returns)

Mixed media

How often do gamblers really win? The data say not often.  (WSJ)

The Chive has become a “lifestyle brand.”  (Businessweek)

Your birthday is a great time to reflect on your blessings.  (Above the Market)

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