15 Most Beautiful Villages in Italy

Lori Zaino of The Points Guy lists some of Italy’s most charming villages:

  • Collodi
  • Limone sul Garda
  • Ostuni
  • Bracciano
  • Chianale
  • Ragusa
  • Riomaggiore
  • Bosa
  • Boccadasse
  • Civita di Bagnoregio
  • Vieste
  • Amalfi
  • Bassano del Grappa
  • Molveno
  • Alberobello
  • Montepulciano
  • Peschiera Maraglio (Monte Isola)
  • Pitigliano
  • Gubbio

9 Historical Walking Tours

Daniel O’Shaughnessy of The Points Guy identifies top places to walk into the past:

  • Neuschwanstein Castle—Schwangau, Germany
  • The Old City Walls—Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • The Acropolis—Athens, Greece
  • Plague Burial Sites—London, U.K.
  • Lübeck Trade Route—Lübeck, Germany
  • Jesus Trail—Nazareth, Israel
  • Mont Saint-Michel—Normandy, France
  • Giant’s Causeway—County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Hadrian’s Wall Path—Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, Cumbria, U.K.

Don’t Let Conflict Fester

Bijan Sabet of Spark Capital on what it means to be fearless as a leader:

Too often we try to avoid conflicts, simply hoping tomorrow will be better or frankly that there is only 10 minutes left in this meeting. But conflict avoidance isn’t being fearless. It’s not fair to you, the person you are managing or to the rest of the team. deal directly in a respectful way and without personal attacks.

Don’t Be Afraid to Fail in Public

Sarah Friar, CEO of the social network Nextdoor, on lessons learned from working for Jack Dorsey at Square:

Jack told me over and over again is, don’t be afraid to fail in public. It’s very wise advice, particularly for women and particularly given my background. There was always this sense of having to be perfect, be the best, be the A student and the good girl in school. Failing, it’s one of the things I find hardest. But when you get things wrong and can be frank about it in front of other people, it gives you strength.

Tesla’s Open-Source Patent Pledge

Freeing up all Tesla’s patents was a bold, smart strategic move by Elon Musk. Helping the car industry innovate faster than their competitors is—in a good way—good for the planet and for Tesla.

Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.

Patents serve merely to stifle progress, entrench the positions of giant corporations and enrich those in the legal profession, rather than the actual inventors.

We believe that Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform.

Singapore: Efficient, Smooth, Comfortable and Safe

Paul Callan, author of The Brigadier’s Daughter (2017) recalls how a journey to Singapore sparked a creative idea:

On approach into Singapore, the sight from out of the clouds lends itself to the orderliness of what repeatedly spellbinds me. On the drive into the city, rows of great umbrella-spread rain trees border the highway, until they are taken up by tall palm trees, and it is at this point that Singapore begins to demonstrate its ingenuity. Running along the centre of the road is an almost never-ending stretch of flowers, planted in huge movable flower planters, all of which instantly introduces travellers to a sophisticated and elegant society in the extreme. In the event of an emergency, the flower planters can be moved to the side to create an additional temporary runway.

The Problem with Single Founders

Paul Graham from Y-Combinator expounds what’s wrong with having one founder:

What’s wrong with having one founder? To start with, it’s a vote of no confidence. It probably means the founder couldn’t talk any of his friends into starting the company with him. That’s pretty alarming, because his friends are the ones who know him best.

But even if the founder’s friends were all wrong and the company is a good bet, he’s still at a disadvantage. Starting a startup is too hard for one person. Even if you could do all the work yourself, you need colleagues to brainstorm with, to talk you out of stupid decisions, and to cheer you up when things go wrong.

Sports: The Isolated Cultural Corner

For Blasting News (UK), Duncan Bradley wonders why sports remains the most isolated cultural corner we have:

Sport is everywhere but do you ever notice that it’s always on its own? Music and film have been copulating for decades now, so too have food and art, politics and architecture, dance and theatre. Yet sport remains a phenomenon in almost complete isolation. If sport is popular, ubiquitous and current, why has the non-sporting world cast it aside? Why isn’t sport invited to the party?

Bernard Shaw on Darwin’s ‘The Origin of the Species’

George Bernard Shaw in his preface to Back to Methuselah (1920):

If very few of us have read The Origin of the Species from end to end, it is not because it overtaxes our mind, but because we take in the whole case and are prepared to accept it long before we have come to the end of the innumerable instances and illustrations of which the book mainly consists. Darwin becomes tedious in the manner of a man who insists on continuing to prove his innocence after he has been acquitted. You assure him that there is not a stain on his character, and beg him to leave the court; but he will not be content with enough evidence to acquit him: he will have you listen to all the evidence that exists in the world.

The Runaway Success of the Airbus A321XLR

Ernest Arvai of the Air Insight Group is doubtful that Boeing can match Airbus’ success in the large narrow-body market.

coming out of the pandemic, Airbus has the right product at the right time (the A321XLR) and Boeing doesn’t.

The A321XLR provides the economics of a narrow-body aircraft with a longer range, making the aircraft capable of trans-Atlantic operations and is the ideal replacement for aging Boeing 757s. As a lower-cost alternative with lower seating capacity, the aircraft is ideally positioned for airlines coming out of the pandemic seeing lower traffic on key international routes.

With more than 450 orders from carriers that include American and United in the US, the A321XLR faces no current competitor from Boeing, which did not replace the 757 nor provide an efficient replacement in the MAX series.

The MAX 10, which has not yet been certified, was to be the competitor to the A321, but it falls short on both range and runway performance to effectively compete.