The Best Of NewCo Shift — Week of August 23rd


Welcome to our second edition of NewCo Shift Weekly Newsletter, a roundup of top NewCo Shift stories. Remember to follow us on Medium to receive real time notification from all our stories as they’re published. And let us know what you’re interested in us covering:

Farming While Black

Chris Newman, a black farmer in Central Virginia, writes a personal account of his experience with race. A powerful piece that provides context to our nation’s current struggle with race relations, in particular in the wake of Charlottesville, near his home.

What Did You *Think* They Do With Your Data?

If you’re not paying for a product, your data becomes the product. But sometimes we forget that, as John Battelle writes in the case of AcccuWeather, a publisher recently in hot water for selling user data to third parties. Also from our Editor: Will Harvey Teach Us the Dangers of Short Term Thinking?, When You Realize How Much You Don’t Know, and #QuitTheCouncil.

Who’s Bailed On Trump? A Trickle Becomes a Flood

It hasn’t been easy to keep track of those leaving the White House for greener pastures. We decided to track the people and councils who have called it quits since Donald Trump took office earlier this year. More recently, some of Trump’s Cybersecurity Advisers quit the council citing “moral” reasons. We will continue to update this list.

What Uber Founders Didn’t Know in 2009

Uber has a new CEO after appointing Dara Khosrowshahi to lead the struggling tech Unicorn, so where will it go next? Azeem Azhar explores the company’s past to understand its near future. What will Uber look like in eight years time, under its new leadership?

How Schwab Does Innovation: Focus On the Client, Not the ROI

Charles Schwab’s Neesha Hathi explains how the largest public investment platform decided to build its technology in house. Spoiler alert, it worked for them.

Kevin Kelly Writes To Find Out What He Doesn’t Know

In candid interview for Medium members, Steven Johnson interviews Wired co-founder and bestselling technology theorist Kevin Kelly. The conversation covers writing in public and the strange power of music on infinite loop.

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