To Our Readers: The Best of NewCo Shift, Sept. 5th, 2016


Hello again NewCo Shift Readers —

Summer’s over, which is always hard for me to accept. But we’ve got a strong lineup coming for the Fall — this week the Shift Dialogs will be back, featuring an interview with Aaron Levie, CEO of Box. Look for that on Weds., and meanwhile, here’s a rundown of the best NewCo Shift stories you may have missed while out on summer vacation.

Ford CEO Mark Fields lays out his game-changing vision for the auto giant in Ford’s Road to Full Autonomy. Here’s a stellar example of a BigCo CEO laying it all on the line to adapt to the massive transformation of his industry.

TaskRabbit CPO John Vars delivers key insights into the startup world in Welcome to the Executive Team. It’s Messy Here.

I profile Budapest-based Prezi, which boasts 75 million users, and realize You Will Probably Only Read This Headline.

Joel Dodge reminds us that despite our current fascination with the topic, there was a time When Basic Income Was Almost an American Reality.

In the sleeper hit of the past two weeks, Kaila Colbin lays out some strong economic arguments around how incomes will shift in the coming years. Don’t miss The Real Reason this Elephant Chart Is Terrifying.

I had the pleasure of getting to know several leaders inside the United States Digital Service, and profiled some surprising management insights from inside the federal government. To Fix Government Tech, Take Off the Headphones and Listen.

Related, Jonathan Stray reminds us that’s is hard to create change in big systems with a startup attitude. Here’s Startups vs. Systems: Why Doing Good with Tech is Hard.

We’re thrilled that readership for NewCo Shift continues to grow — last month was our best yet, with more than 300,000 of you visiting our site, and we added nearly 3,000 new Medium followers in the past two weeks. Thank you! This Fall we’ll be ramping up new editorial projects, and continuing to build our core Shift site with new content. We’re always looking for new essays, op-eds, and posts to include, if you ever want to submit a story, or just talk shop, email me: jbat AT newco DOT co. Happy reading!


John Battelle


PS — We soft announced the launch of the Shift Forum, an invite only event in San Francisco this coming Feb. You can request an invite here, initial invitations and speaker lineups will be out shortly.

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