Bill Gates’ tip for working from home: have a second screen that helps you stay in touch with colleagues

Billionaire Bill Gates sits on stage in front of a blue background wearing a black suit jacket and grey tie.
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  • Bill Gates said that workers lose spontaneity when working remotely. Having two screens could help.
  • He said workers could have a feed of all of their colleagues sitting in their home offices.
  • “When someone seems like they’re free to talk, you could just click on their video, zoom in, and start chatting,” he said. 

Just when it looked like workers could be returning to the office, the emergence of the Omicron variant means working from home is once again the prospect for many. But for those missing the office environment, Bill Gates may have a solution.

As the new variant spreads, companies are starting to push back their office returns. In some countries, such as the UK, people have been advised by government to work remotely where they can.

One of the most common complaints by business leaders and workers of the switch to remote working is the impact it can have on employee collaboration. Some argue that without the chance to turn and talk to the person sitting next to them, ideas and creativity can suffer — younger staff also miss out on the chance to learn

Now Gates has suggested a remedy: get a second screen and set up a feed with all your colleagues’ faces on it.  

In his annual blog, posted last week, the Microsoft founder and philanthropist mulled the challenge of home working and how the pandemic had disrupted work.

Gates wrote that spontaneity is the biggest thing workers lose when they’re not in the office, and spontaneous interaction stopped when many of us began working from home. 

“You aren’t exactly going to have an unplanned conversation with a colleague about your last meeting in your living room,” he wrote. 

He said he’s interested in how technology can “create more” spontaneity and that there are potential innovations in the pipeline to replicate it at home. 

Gates said that if people had a second screen that was cheap, as well as a physical place for it, workers could have a feed of all of their colleagues sitting in their home offices. 

“You could look at the screen to see what everyone is doing (except when someone wants privacy and turns the camera off),” wrote Gates. 

“When someone seems like they’re free to talk, you could just click on their video, zoom in, and start chatting,” he said. 

Gates said that this wasn’t radically different from how collaboration works today, and that we have the bandwidth and software to do it now. 

The workaround might not suit everybody. Some remote workers warn that excessive video calls are exhausting. A Stanford working paper into the phenomenon of “zoom-fatigue” speculated that constantly seeing their own face reflected back at them could be one of the reasons. 

Nick Bloom, another Stanford professor who has studied remote work during the pandemic,  said that if teams want to collaborate they’re better organising multiple one-on-ones, rather than a group call.

Gates uses his closely watched annual blog to sum up the previous year and share his predictions for the future. 

This year he predicted that virtual meetings could move to the metaverse within two to three years, and said that Microsoft was in the process of developing avatar-based tech.

He added that 2021 had been the “most unusual and difficult” year of his life, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the separation from his wife of 27 years, Melinda Gates. He was optimistic for 2022, however, revealing that he thinks that the “acute phase” of the Covid-19 pandemic will be over at some point during the year.

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Bill Gates thinks the ‘acute phase’ of COVID-19 pandemic will be over in 2022, despite the emergence of the Omicron variant

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Microsoft cofounder and former CEO Bill Gates thinks that the ‘acute phase’ of the pandemic will end in 2022.

  • Bill Gates said in his blog that he thinks the “acute phase” of the pandemic will come to an end in 2022.
  • He said the world is better prepared to tackle potentially bad variants than at any other point in the pandemic so far.
  • It comes as the Omicron variant, which he described as “concerning,” spreads worldwide.

Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates said he is hopeful that the critical phase of the COVID-19 pandemic will end in 2022. 

“It might be foolish to make another prediction, but I think the acute phase of the pandemic will come to a close some time in 2022,” Gates wrote in a review of the year, published on his GatesNotes blog Tuesday.

The billionaire said that the end of the pandemic isn’t as close as he had hoped because of the Delta variant and struggles with getting people fully vaccinated

And while “there’s no question that the Omicron variant is concerning”, he said, the speed of detecting new variants, combined with developments in vaccines and antiviral drugs, led him to be hopeful that COVID-19 would become an endemic disease in 2022.

“The world is better prepared to tackle potentially bad variants than at any other point in the pandemic so far,” he said. “We’re in a much better position to create updated vaccines if they’re needed,” he added.

His comments come as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, also known as B.1.1.529, is spreading across the world.

Scientists and pharmaceutical firms are racing to figure out how Omicron behaves, and how well vaccines will hold up against it. The variant is causing worry because of its large array of mutations.

Gates said a lot more information on the Omicron variant – such as how well existing vaccines or previous infection protect against it – will be available soon, as researchers, including those that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation support, work to learn more about it.

In his review, Gates said that vaccines and antivirals could help reduce the lethality of COVID-19 in the future.

“Communities will still see occasional outbreaks, but new drugs will be available that could take care of most cases and hospitals will be able to handle the rest,” he wrote. 

“In a couple years, my hope is that the only time you will really have to think about the virus is when you get your joint COVID and flu vaccine every fall,” he said.

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Bill Gates celebrated his 66th birthday with Jeff Bezos at an intimate party in a secluded Turkish cove, reports say

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Bill Gates celebrated his 66th birthday with Jeff Bezos, according to local media.

  • Bill Gates celebrated his 66th birthday by hosting a private party in a secluded Turkish cove, per reports.
  • He invited billionaire Jeff Bezos and 50 other guests, the Daily Sabah reported.
  • The party lasted four hours. Guests were reportedly served champagne, sushi, pizza, and local seafood.

Bill Gates, formerly the richest man in the world, invited fellow super-rich billionaire – Jeff Bezos – to a private birthday party in a Turkish cove near Bodrum, according to local media.

The Microsoft founder, who has an estimated net worth of $136bn, celebrated his 66th birthday with Bezos and 50 other guests at Sea Me Beach in Fethiye, beside the Mediterranean, on Wednesday, the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported.

Guests were helicoptered from Bill Gates’s megayacht, Lana, to the secluded and picturesque cove. He is currently renting the yacht for 1.8 million euros per week, according to reports.

The yacht has a gym, jacuzzi, beach club, and swimming pool, the Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak reported.

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The Cayman Islands-flagged luxury yacht “Lana” of Microsoft founder Bill Gates is seen anchored off Buyuk Boncuklu Bay in Karagozler neighbourhood in Fethiye district of Turkey’s Mugla province on October 27, 2021.

Gates has been vacationing along Turkey’s coast and visited the popular tourist destination Bodrum last week, per reports.

Gates’s birthday celebration lasted for about four hours, according to the Daily Sabah. Local seafood, sushi, and pizza were on the menu, with plenty of champagne on offer, the media outlet reported.

Those working at the venue were not allowed to use their phones in order to protect attendees’ privacy, the Daily Sabah added.

Bezos reportedly returned to his own yacht, docked in Gökova, by private helicopter. The “Flying Fox,” which the former Amazon CEO is believed to own, was previously spotted in Turkey in 2019, Insider reported.

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Democrats are set to unveil a new billionaire’s tax and some of the wealthiest Americans are glad. Here are some of the ultrawealthy who want higher taxes.

'Shark Tank' star Mark Cuban
‘Shark Tank’ star Mark Cuban

  • To pay for Biden’s social spending agenda, Democrats are considering a new tax targeting billionaires.
  • Billionaires including Mark Cuban, Marc Benioff, Ray Dalio, and George Soros have publicly called for higher taxes on the wealthy.
  • A wealth tax would make ultrawealthy Americans pay the government a small percentage of their net worth each year.

In 2020, Bill Gates’ New Year’s resolution was to get the federal government to raise taxes on the ultrawealthy – including himself. Now, that wish might come true, as Democrats eye higher taxes on America’s billionaires.

“We’ve updated our tax system before to keep up with changing times, and we need to do it again, starting with raising taxes on people like me,” Gates wrote on his blog at the time.

That’s exactly what Democrats are planning to propose this week. A plan authored by Sen. Ron Wyden would target the unrealized gains – value that assets like stock accrue – of billionaires every year. It’s not quite an outright wealth tax, but it comes close. And it would pay for the social safety net bill Democrats hope to vote on this week that includes expansions to healthcare and childcare for Americans.

While Elon Musk ripped the plan on Twitter, other billionaires from Warren Buffett to George Soros have proposed a wealth tax as a way to combat America’s growing wealth gap and fund healthcare and education initiatives. In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, a group of 18 ultrawealthy Americans, including Abigail Disney and members of the Pritzker and Gund families, published an open letter asking presidential candidates to support a moderate wealth tax.

Politicians, too, rolled out proposals on this front: A wealth tax like the one proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren would make ultrawealthy Americans pay the federal government a small percentage of their net worth each year. Bernie Sanders unveiled a wealth-tax plan that is even more aggressive than Warren’s.

Inequality exacerbated by the pandemic has more strenuously renewed calls for a wealth tax, as America’s billionaires added $2.1 trillion to their fortunes as millions dealt with with pandemic-induced unemployment and poverty. Mounting inequality isn’t a new issue: In 2018, income inequality in the US reached its highest level in more than half a century. The ultrawealthy actually paid a smaller portion of their income in taxes than average Americans in 2018, an analysis of tax data by the University of California at Berkeley’s Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman found.

While the idea of using a wealth tax to solve America’s inequality problem has gained traction in recent years, proposals have been hampered by questions over the effectiveness and the constitutionality of such a tax, Business Insider previously reported.

Keep reading to learn more about some of the most high-profile billionaires and multimillionaires who have publicly supported raising taxes on the 1%, listed in chronological order.

The founder of Jimmy John’s says it’s “bullshit” that wealthy people are taking out loans to live on that are free of taxes.

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Jimmy John Liautaud told The Daily Beast that he knows a lot of people have “accumulated massive, massive wealth” — and then borrow money. As ProPublica reported, taking out loans against large fortunes is one method that the ultra-wealthy employ to reduce how much they owe in taxes, since loans aren’t taxed.

“That’s tax free. And I think it’s bullshit,” Liautaud told the Daily Beast.

When it comes to gains for assets, he said: “Warren Buffett or Bill Gates, every year this shit’s compounding. I paid more tax than Warren Buffett. And I’m worth 2 billion fucking dollars.”

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban proposed taxing the wealthy to offset cutting payroll taxes in a November 2017 tweet.

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Now best known for his appearances on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Cuban built a $4.5 billion fortune through a lifetime of business deals, including the $5.7 billion sale of Broadcast.com, and his ownership of the Dallas Mavericks, Business Insider reported.

Bill Gates has said he’s paid over $10 billion in taxes over his lifetime – but he doesn’t think that’s enough.

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Bill Gates speaks ahead of former U.S. President Barack Obama at the Gates Foundation Inaugural Goalkeepers event on September 20, 2017 in New York City.

“I need to pay higher taxes,” Gates said in a 2018 interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. “I’ve paid more taxes, over $10 billion, than anyone else, but the government should require people in my position to pay significantly higher taxes.”

In a December 30, 2019, post on his blog, Gates Notes, Gates proposed raising the estate tax and removing the cap on the amount of income subject to Medicare taxes. He also suggested closing the carried interest loophole that allows fund managers to pay lower capital gains rates on their incomes and making state and local taxes fairer, Market Insider’s Theron Mohamed previously reported.

“That’s why I’m for a tax system in which, if you have more money, you pay a higher percentage in taxes,” Gates wrote. “And I think the rich should pay more than they currently do, and that includes Melinda and me.”

On CNBC’s Squawk Box, Warren Buffett said raising billionaires’ taxes is the best way to help “a guy who is a wonderful citizen” but “just doesn’t have market skills.”

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“The wealthy are definitely undertaxed relative to the general population,” Buffett said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” in February 2019. Buffett has suggested that Congress expand income tax credits for low-income Americans, raising taxes on high earners in the process, CNBC reported.

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said he “should be paying higher taxes” at a CNN town hall in February, but called Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed 70% marginal tax rate for millionaires “punitive.”

Howard Schultz
Howard Schultz.

Schultz built a $3.8 billion fortune running the coffee chain, Business Insider previously reported. While Schultz left Starbucks in 2018, he still held onto more than 37.7 million shares — or roughly 3% — of the company’s stock.

When asked if the wealthy should pay more in taxes on “60 Minutes,” billionaire hedge-fund manager Ray Dalio replied: “Of course.”

Ray Dalio

In the “60 Minutes” segment, Dalio said he thinks the American dream is lost and referred to the wealth gap as a “national emergency.” Dalio, 70, founded his hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, in his apartment in 1975, Business Insider reported. It now has $150 billion in assets under management. Dalio has a net worth of $20 billion, Forbes estimates.

Abigail Disney, the granddaughter of The Walt Disney Company cofounder Roy Disney, has made a name for herself as one of the biggest advocates for closing America’s wealth gap.

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The granddaughter of The Walt Disney Co. cofounder Roy Disney has made a name for herself as one of the company’s most outspoken critics. The 59-year-old heiress has criticized the salary of Disney CEO Bob Iger and defended Meryl Streep after she called Walt Disney a “bigot,” according to CNN Business.

Disney has a net worth of $120 million, she said in July 2019. “The internet says I have half a billion dollars and I might have something close to that if I’d been investing aggressively,” Disney told the Financial Times.

She testified in support of Elizabeth Warren’s proposed wealth tax in April 2021, and called out the methods the ultra-wealthy use to evade taxes in a June essay for the Atlantic.

Disney was one of 18 ultrawealthy Americas to sign an open letter in June asking presidential candidates to support a moderate wealth tax. The letter isn’t the first time that Disney has spoken out about tax reform. Disney criticized the 2017 Republican tax bill in a NowThis video, saying the bill unfairly benefited the wealthy.

Heiress Agnes Gund and her daughter Catherine Gund also signed the wealth tax letter.

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Catherine Gund, left, with her mother, Agnes Gund, and Stanley Whitney

In 2015, Forbes estimated that the Gund family had a net worth of $3.4 billion and ranked them among the 100 wealthiest families in America.

Agnes Gund, 83, used the fortune she inherited from her father, the president of an Ohio-based bank, to become a philanthropist in arts and social justice, according to The New York Times. Agnes Gund received the National Medal of the Arts in 1997 from President Bill Clinton for her work, which included serving as the president of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Catherine Gund, 56, is an Emmy-winning film director and producer. Gund founded nonprofit production studio Aubin Pictures in 1996, according to her previous biography on the studio’s website.

The Gunds weren’t the only family who signed the letter together. So did Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes and his husband, political activist Sean Eldridge.

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Hughes is a cofounder of Facebook. He left the social network in 2007 to become the online organizer for Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. Despite calling for Facebook to be broken up in May 2019, Hughes had a stake in the company worth $850 million, Newsweek reports. In 2016, Forbes put Hughes’ net worth at $430 million.

In April 2021, Hughes told CNBC that Americans are “throwing out the idea that markets were ever free” and that it’s time for a new capitalism.

Eldridge is a political activist and former congressional candidate in New York, according to Vanity Fair. Eldridge was born in Canada.

Ian and Liesel Pritzker Simmons signed the letter together.

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Ian Simmons, Co-Founder and Principal of Blue Haven Initiative, poses at his office in Cambridge, Mass., Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. A handful of billionaires and multimillionaires are making a renewed push for the government to raise their taxes and siphon away some of their holdings.

“This is really a conservative position about increasing the stability of the economy in the long term and having an efficient source of taxation,” Simmons told the Associated Press.

Simmons, 44, serves as the cofounder and principal of impact investing firm Blue Haven Initiative alongside his wife and fellow signatory, Liesel Pritzker Simmons, according to the firm’s website. Simmons is the heir to a family fortune that stems from the construction of locks on the Erie Canal, according to Forbes.

Pritzker Simmons, an heir to the Pritzker family fortune, has a net worth of $600 million, according to a 2013 Forbes article. Simmons, now 35, is also a cofounder and principal of Blue Haven Initiative.

As a child, she starred in several big-name Hollywood productions, including “A Little Princess” and “Air Force One,” alongside Harrison Ford. In 2002, Forbes reports, she sued her father and the Pritzker family and came away from it with a $500 million payout.

Simmons called retired Massachusetts real-estate developer Robert Bowditch and convinced him to sign the letter, too.

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“Charitable giving by itself simply cannot provide enough money to support public goods and services, such as public education, roads and bridges, clean air,” Bowditch told the Associated Press in October 2019. “It has to be done by taxes.”

Bowditch has previously advocated for raising taxes on the wealthy: In 2010, he signed an open letter to President Obama asking him to allow tax cuts for millionaires to expire, according to a CBS affiliate in Boston.

Billionaire financier George Soros signed the letter with his son, Alexander Soros.

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According to his personal website, Alexander Soros, 35, serves as deputy chair of the Open Society Foundations, a nonprofit founded by his father.

George Soros told The New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin he supports a wealth tax even though it creates “a moral problem” for him.

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“I am in favor of taxing the rich,” George Soros, 89, told The New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin in October 2019, “including a wealth tax. A financier makes people suspicious … and it does create a moral problem for me. As I became so successful, it basically put a self-imposed constraint on me that actually interfered with making money.”

The philanthropist made his fortune running Quantum Fund, which was once the largest hedge fund in the world. Soros has a net worth of $8.3 billion, Business Insider reported.

Investor Nick Hanauer believes a wealth tax would be good for America’s economy.

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“A wealth tax would not just be fair — it would be pro-growth,” Hanauer wrote in an essay advocating for a wealth tax published on Business Insider. “And don’t let the trickle-downers tell you otherwise.”

Hanauer, 62, was an early investor in Amazon, according to his personal website. Business Insider previously reported that Hanauer is a longtime critic of America’s income inequality.

Business Insider’s Rich Feloni reported that Hanauer has said he’s not a billionaire, but that, as both he and his wife have signed The Giving Pledge, their combined net worth at least approaches the $1 billion threshold.

Heiress and attorney Molly Munger told the Associated Press that seeing empty Newport Beach mansions from her family’s boat on Memorial Day made her consider a wealth tax.

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“It’s just too much to watch that happen at the top and see what is happening at the bottom,” Munger told the Associated Press in October 2019. “Isn’t it a waste when beautiful homes on the beach are empty for most of the summer?”

Munger, 71, is the oldest daughter of Berkshire Hathaway vice chairman Charlie Munger. Munger is a Harvard Law graduate who works as a civil rights attorney in Pasadena, California, according to the Los Angeles Times. In 2012, she advocated for a tax hike in California to boost funding for the state’s public schools.

Billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad wrote an op-ed in The New York Times in June 2019 advocating for a wealth tax, saying American capitalism “isn’t working.”

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Broad doesn’t believe that his philanthropic work and other policies including a $15 minimum wage, expanding access to health care, and reforming public education are doing enough to help low-income Americans, he wrote in The New York Times.

“It’s time to start talking seriously about a wealth tax,” Broad wrote in The Times. “I simply believe it’s time for those of us with great wealth to commit to reducing income inequality, starting with the demand to be taxed at a higher rate than everyone else.”

Broad built a $6.9 billion fortune after cofounding home builder Kaufman & Broad, according to Forbes.

Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff proposed a wealth tax in an October New York Times essay.

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“Local efforts — like the tax I supported last year on San Francisco’s largest companies to address our city’s urgent homelessness crisis — will help,” Benioff wrote in The New York Times in October 2019. “Nationally, increasing taxes on high-income individuals like myself would help generate the trillions of dollars that we desperately need to improve education and health care and fight climate change.”

Benioff built a $6.5 billion fortune after founding software developer Salesforce. Benioff currently serves as the company’s CEO.

Michael Bloomberg has made raising taxes on the wealthy a key part of his 2020 presidential campaign.

FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg addresses a news conference after launching his presidential bid in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S., November 25, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg addresses a news conference after launching his presidential bid in Norfolk, Virginia

Bloomberg has included promises to support “taxing wealthy people like me” in ads since launching his campaign in November, Bloomberg News reported at the time.

As Politico reported, Bloomberg ultimately proposed a 5% surtax for people earning over $5 million annually — as well as an increase to the capital gains rate and corporate tax rate. But Bloomberg said during his campaign that he believes that Warren and Sanders’ wealth tax “just doesn’t work,” he said at campaign stop in Phoenix in November.

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Microsoft president Brad Smith reportedly told Bill Gates to stop emailing female employees ‘more than a decade ago’

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

  • Microsoft president Brad Smith reportedly told Bill Gates to stop emailing female employees.
  • The Wall Street Journal reported Smith confronted Gates “more than a decade ago.”
  • A Gates spokesperson called the report “false, recycled rumors.”

Two top executives at Microsoft told the company’s billionaire founder Bill Gates to stop emailing female employees “more than a decade ago,” according to The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources.

In 2008, the company became aware Gates sent “inappropriate” messages to a female employee a year earlier, Microsoft spokesman Frank Shaw told The Journal.

Sources said two top Microsoft executives – current president Brad Smith and former HR chief Lisa Brummel – met with Gates and asked him to put an end to his behavior. Gates reportedly admitted the emails were not a good idea and said he would stop.

“These claims are false, recycled rumors from sources who have no direct knowledge, and in some cases have significant conflicts of interest,” a Gates spokesperson told Insider.

After Bill and Melinda French Gates announced their divorce this summer, publications including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reported the Microsoft founder engaged in inappropriate behavior with female employees while at the company.

Microsoft told the Journal the company’s board hired a law firm in 2019 to investigate Gates’ possible affair with a female engineer in 2000. Six former and current Microsoft employees told The Times Gates created an uncomfortable workplace by making suggestive comments toward women.

Gates had met with financier and sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein multiple times, according to various news reports.

Gates stepped down from the boards of Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway in 2020 and gave up his role as CEO of Microsoft back in 2008.

Current top executive Satya Nadella took credit for transforming the company’s culture from a cut-throat environment to a more open space, all while increasing the company’s bottom line.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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John McCain introduced Rep. Adam Schiff as ‘a good guy, for a communist’ at a dinner with Bill Gates and Bono

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John McCain.

  • John McCain jokingly teased Rep. Adam Schiff when introducing him to Bill Gates and Bono.
  • McCain called Schiff “a pretty good guy for a communist,” Schiff recounts in his new memoir.
  • The late Arizona Senator was known for ribbing his colleagues.

The late Sen. John McCain jokingly introduced Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff as “a pretty good guy for a communist” to Bill Gates and Bono at a dinner at the 2017 Munich Security Conference, Schiff writes in his new memoir “Midnight in Washington.”

Schiff, the top Democrat on the powerful House Select Committee on Intelligence, wrote that the atmosphere at the conference, which convenes leaders from around the world, was tense and the anxiety over the then-new Trump presidency “palpable.”

“In sharp contrast,” he wrote, “McCain’s reception was effusive and emotional.”

“Joining McCain in meetings with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani and other world leaders, I could see the immense respect they had for him, and how much they pinned their hopes on his ability to guide or constrain Trump’s worst impulses,” Schiff wrote, adding that Ghani “and others were desperate for McCain’s help, any help, in dealing with the erratic new American president.”

Schiff also wrote that “one of the wonderful things about traveling with John McCain was that he could invite anyone he wanted to dinner, and they would usually come.” On that trip, Schiff found himself dining with two unlikely companions: Gates and Bono.

The longtime former Republican Senator from Arizona was known, among other things, for his sense of humour and for poking fun at reporters and colleagues on both sides of the aisle. And that dinner, he didn’t spare Schiff.

“In a private room, seated at a long wooden table with plenty of beer, wine, and heavy German food, McCain introduced me to his guests as ‘a good guy, for a Communist,'” Schiff wrote. “It wasn’t the first time he had introduced me in this fashion; when I’d joined McCain on CBS’s Face the Nation, he had introduced me to host Bob Schieffer as ‘a good guy who gets things right about zero percent of the time.'”

Schiff wrote that he “was flattered that he teased me this way; his staff told me that it’s when he doesn’t pick on you that you need to worry,” adding, “that night in Munich, he introduced his closest friend, Lindsey Graham, by saying: “‘Everyone knows Lindsey; few people like him.'”

At the dinner, Schiff said, the four of them discussed Gates’ and Bono’s philanthropic and public health advocacy efforts in Africa, with McCain “careful in his comments about Trump” and “not wanting to criticize our president while on foreign soil.”

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How Zuckerberg, Bezos, Gates and others in the tech elite see themselves and the world

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth increased substantially in 2020.

  • From Elon Musk to Jeff Bezos, the tech elite is “a class for itself,” according to a PLoS ONE study.
  • One researcher said they deny their role in influencing democracy with their financial capital.
  • The researchers claimed the tech elite’s view of the world was shaped by a meritocratic ideology.
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The tech elite is “a class for itself,” a study published in PLoS ONE journal found.

Researchers Hilke Brockmann, Wiebke Drews, and John Torpey concluded that the tech elite had “a distinct social identity” that made them easily identifiable in “the large pool of Twitter users.”

Looking at the Forbes list of the 100 richest people in tech, the researchers analyzed their use of language and emotions, using machine-learning approaches.

At the top of the list was Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. His net worth skyrocketed in 2020 with an increase of $72.7 billion.

Following closely behind was Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg – although the latter’s wealth also increased substantially later in the year, taking him to over $100 billion.

Gaps between the tech elite and the rest of the population

The study examined how the language used by the tech elite differed from the rest of the “American Twitter-using population.”

They found that “disruption is consistently at the core of the communications of the tech elite,” who favor words including “can,” “great,” “people,” and “new.”

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The study examined how the tech elite’s language differed from the general population.

Their language was also much more achievement-oriented, using words that fell into an “achievement” category a total of 19,431 times.

This figure was twice as much as the general population’s, which came in at 9,439 times.

They also tended to draw more links between merit and employment compared with the general population.

The team hypothesized that the tech elite “saw its endeavors in ‘entrepreneurial technoscience’ as driven by a desire to ‘make the world a better place.'” They found that the language they used also reflected this goal.

Many of the tech elite have also signed the Giving Pledge, a scheme created by Bill Gates and his wife Melinda.

The scheme was set up to encourage billionaires to give away most of their wealth.

A 2020 report by the Institute for Policy Studies found that very little money may be helping people, as many of the billionaires were earning faster than they were giving.

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Many of the tech elite have also signed the Giving Pledge.

The study also analyzed their subjects’ relationship with democracy and how it related to their wealth. “As representatives of an economic elite, they do not see or do not want to communicate a connection between these components of social potency,” the researchers said.

This constituted an active denial of the relationship between wealth and democracy, a view not shared by the general population.

“The tech elite does not take a critical view of the role they play relative to their abundance of power,” said Brockmann in a press release. “They deny their role in setting technical standards and influencing democracy with their financial capital.”

The researchers claimed that the tech elite’s view of the world was shaped by a meritocratic ideology. They believe their wealth is earned through effort, and so they don’t question their financial position.

Highlighting the elite’s “disproportionate influence” over how consumers spent their money, the team outlined the need for future policy research investigating how to “shape social outcomes” in a manner fitting of a democracy.

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Amazon and Nike are among major brands advertising on websites that spread COVID-19 misinformation, report says

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Ads for Amazon services were discovered on more than 30 sites, according to the analysis.

Major companies and brands including Amazon, Nike, Ted Baker, and Asos, have been found advertising on websites that spread COVID-19 misinformation, The Observer and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported.

The Bureau’s analysis, which was shared with The Observer, focused on 60 sites and spanned three months. Ads for many household names – both in the US and UK – featured on such sites, it found.

The companies whose ads were displayed appear to have unwittingly helped fund sites that spread false COVID-19 information, The Observer added.

Ads for Amazon services were discovered on more than 30 sites that distributed fake news, including ones making baseless claims about Bill Gates, according to The Observer. The Microsoft cofounder has regularly been the subject of vaccine conspiracy theories.

Amazon and Nike did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

According to the report, Honda, Walgreens, and eBay were also among those whose ads were found on misinformation-spreading sites.

A spokesperson for American Honda told The Observer: “We are currently working to determine how our advertising may have appeared on the websites in question. We would never support Covid misinformation or knowingly allow our advertising on such websites.”

The analysis found that the ads were being placed through the “opaque by design” digital advertising market, which is estimated to be worth more than $455 billion this year.

Even before these revelations surfaced, Amazon was facing scrutiny in relation to COVID-19 misinformation.

Books about hoax COVID-19 cures and anti-vaccination claims are frequently featured as top sellers on the digital retailer’s site. As a result, US lawmakers are investigating the issue, Insider Bethany Dawson reported.

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Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos are backing a 3-year search for electric vehicle metals that could be used in Teslas

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, and Tesla’s Elon Musk.

  • Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates are backers of the mineral exploration startup KoBold Metals.
  • KoBold’s CEO told Insider that a new partnership with BHP would hunt for metals used in EVs.
  • The partnership could eventually source metals for Tesla vehicles, House said.
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An artificial intelligence startup backed by Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos has teamed up with the world’s second-largest mining group to hunt for metals used in electric vehicles.

KoBold Metals and BHP will together search for lithium, nickel, cobalt, and copper in Australia, KoBold CEO Kurt House told Insider in an interview.

KoBold and BHP’s three-year partnership could help to source the nickel that gets used in Tesla vehicles, House said.

In July, BHP signed a deal with Tesla to provide nickel for the carmaker’s electric batteries.

“It could very well be that if we make nickel and cobalt discoveries together, those supplies will end up being a part of that agreement,” House said. “We could easily contribute to it in the future.

“Tesla is awesome. No question about it. They’re the market leader in electric vehicles,” House said, adding that KoBold’s goal was to help the entire electric vehicle (EV) industry.

KoBold, a privately-owned mineral exploration company based in Silicon Valley, uses artificial intelligence to collect data on where to drill for raw materials used in EVs.

House didn’t give an exact figure for how much the companies were likely to spend on the project, but said they’ll be shelling out tens of millions of dollars over the next two years.

Exploration will kick off in western Australia, covering half a million square kilometers of land, House said.

The companies chose Australia because the country is well endowed with the right materials needed for EVs, and it has high labor and environmental standards, House said.

“We can basically guarantee that any discoveries we make there will be developed in an ethically and environmentally sound way,” he said.

Billionaire funding

One of the principal investors in KoBold is Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a climate and technology fund financed by Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and Bloomberg founder Michael Bloomberg, according to KoBold.

House said that Gates and Bezos had influence over the EV metals search but said he couldn’t reveal how much money Gates’ fund had invested in the project.

Other KoBold investors include Andreessen Horowitz, the prominent Silicon Valley VC firm, and Norwegian state-owned energy company Equinor.

In August, KoBold said it would spend $15 million hunting for EV materials in Greenland alongside mining firm Bluejay.

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57 highly influential business and leadership books that can boost your management skills

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Some of the most influential business and leadership books include “Dare to Lead,” “The Lean Startup,” and “Grit.”

  • Reading is a common denominator among successful people in business.
  • New information and perspectives help us grow smarter, more innovative, and more resilient.
  • Below are 57 of the most influential business books, including memoirs and psychology books.

If you want to be successful, you should read about 500 pages per day. Or, that’s what Warren Buffet, arguably the most skilled investor of our time, might tell you. Buffet has estimated that he spends approximately 80% of his day reading: “My job is essentially just corralling more and more and more facts and information, and occasionally seeing whether that leads to some action,” he once said in an interview. As Buffett put it, knowledge “builds up, like compound interest.”

Many successful people are bookworms. Former President Barack Obama has described the ‘indispensable’ role books played in his presidency, while Stephen King reads about 80 books every year.

Below, you’ll find 57 of the most influential business books – from military tomes and canonical investing playbooks to contemporary titles focused on enhancing emotional intelligence (or learning from cautionary tales). You’ll also find memoirs which, as Nahema Mehta, CEO of Absolut Art, told Insider, “could easily be considered books on leadership.”

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57 influential business books:

‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ by Daniel Kahneman

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Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains: System One is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System Two is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. 

Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman shows where we can trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking, contrasting the two-system view of the mind with the standard model of the rational economic agent. 

“Business Adventures” by John Brooks

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What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.

“Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think” by Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, and Ola Rosling

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When asked simple questions about global trends — what percentage of the world’s population lives in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school — we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.

“Factfulness” offers a radical new explanation of why this happens, outlining the ten instincts that distort our perspective ― from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse).

“Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead” by Brené Brown

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Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage. “Daring Greatly” presents a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability.

“How to Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

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Dale Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. One of the most groundbreaking and ageless bestsellers, “How to Win Friends & Influence People” will teach you: six ways to make people like you, twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, nine ways to change people without arousing resentment, and more.

“The Intelligent Investor” by Benjamin Graham

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The greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham, taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham’s philosophy of “value investing” — which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies — has made “The Intelligent Investor” the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949.

 

‘Radical Candor’ by Kim Scott

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The idea is simple: You don’t have to choose between being a pushover and a jerk. Using Radical Candor ― avoiding the perils of Obnoxious Aggression, Manipulative Insincerity, and Ruinous Empathy ― you can be kind and clear at the same time.

Kim Scott was a highly successful leader at Google before decamping to Apple, where she developed and taught a management class. Since the original publication of Radical Candor in 2017, Scott has earned international fame with her vital approach to effective leadership and co-founded the Radical Candor executive education company, which helps companies put the book’s philosophy into practice.

“Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t” by Jim Collins

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The findings of the “Good to Great” study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. “Some of the key concepts discerned in the study,” comments Jim Collins, “fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.”

‘Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance’ by Angela Duckworth

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In this instant “New York Times” bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed — be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people — that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”

“The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business” by Clayton M. Christensen

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Offering both successes and failures from leading companies as a guide, “The Innovator’s Dilemma” gives you a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation.

‘Emotional Intelligence 2.0’ by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves

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Emotional Intelligence 2.0 delivers a step-by-step program for increasing your EQ via four, core EQ skills that enable you to achieve your fullest potential: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Management. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 is a book with a single purpose—increasing your EQ. 

“The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success” by William N. Thorndike

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In this refreshing, counterintuitive book, author Will Thorndike brings to bear the analytical wisdom of a successful career in investing, closely evaluating the performance of companies and their leaders. You will meet eight individualistic CEOs whose firms’ average returns outperformed the S&P 500 by a factor of twenty — in other words, an investment of $10,000 with each of these CEOs, on average, would have been worth over $1.5 million 25 years later.

You may not know all their names, but you will recognize their companies: General Cinema, Ralston Purina, The Washington Post Company, Berkshire Hathaway, General Dynamics, Capital Cities Broadcasting, TCI, and Teledyne. 

“Lead from the Outside” by Stacey Abrams

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Leadership is hard. Convincing others ― and yourself ― that you are capable of taking charge and achieving more requires insight and courage. “Lead from the Outside” is the handbook for outsiders, written with an eye toward the challenges that hinder women, people of color, the working class, members of the LGBTQ community, and millennials ready to make change. 

“Noise” by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein

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Imagine that two doctors in the same city give different diagnoses to identical patients — or that two judges in the same courthouse give markedly different sentences to people who have committed the same crime. Now imagine that the same doctor or the same judge makes different decisions depending on whether it is morning or afternoon, or Monday rather than Wednesday. These are examples of noise: variability in judgments that should be identical.
 
In “Noise,” Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein show the detrimental effects of noise in many fields, including medicine, law, economic forecasting, forensic science, bail, child protection, strategy, performance reviews, and personnel selection. Wherever there is judgment, there is noise. Yet, most of the time, individuals and organizations alike are unaware of it. They neglect noise. With a few simple remedies, people can reduce both noise and bias, and so make far better decisions.

“Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” by Simon Sinek

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Simon Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?

“Think and Grow Rich!” by Napoleon Hill

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Through researching billionaires, Napoleon Hill crafted the philosophy and lifestyle behind those who experienced financial success. Although Hill’s aim was to coach others to become like said billionaires, “Think and Grow Rich” is more about encouraging people towards their own perspective goals.

“Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant” by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

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“Blue Ocean Strategy” argues that cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves (spanning more than 100 years across 30 industries), the authors argue that lasting success comes not from battling competitors but from creating “blue oceans”— untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.

“Too Big to Fail” by Andrew Ross Sorkin

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In one of the most gripping financial narratives in decades, Andrew Ross Sorkin — a “New York Times” columnist and one of the country’s most respected financial reporters — delivers the first definitive blow-by-blow account of the epochal economic crisis that brought the world to the brink.

“Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ” by Daniel Goleman

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Through vivid examples, Goleman delineates the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence, and shows how they determine our success in relationships, work, and even our physical well-being. What emerges is an entirely new way to talk about being smart.

“The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries

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Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. “The Lean Startup” is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey

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One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators, and parents — in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations.

‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking’ by Susan Cain

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At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. 

In “Quiet,” Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts — from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. 

“The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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A black swan is an event, positive or negative, that is deemed improbable yet causes massive consequences. In this groundbreaking and prophetic book, Taleb shows in a playful way that Black Swan events explain almost everything about our world, and yet we — especially the experts — are blind to them. 

‘Dare to Lead’ by Brene Brown

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Four-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives, and the past seven years working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe. She found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies all ask the same question: How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? 

In this new book, Brown uses research, stories, and examples to answer these questions in the no-BS style that millions of readers have come to expect and love.

‘Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t’
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In his work with organizations around the world, Simon Sinek noticed that some teams trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Other teams, no matter what incentives are offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation, and failure. Why?

The answer became clear during a conversation with a Marine Corps general. “Officers eat last,” he said. Sinek watched as the most junior Marines ate first while the most senior Marines took their place at the back of the line. What’s symbolic in the chow hall is deadly serious on the battlefield: Great leaders sacrifice their own comfort — even their own survival — for the good of those in their care.

“Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” by John Carreyrou

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In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the next Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with its breakthrough device, which performed the whole range of laboratory tests from a single drop of blood. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.5 billion. 

There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

“First, Break All The Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently” by Jim Harter

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Gallup presents the remarkable findings of its revolutionary study of more than 80,000 managers in “First, Break All the Rules,”revealing what the world’s greatest managers do differently. With vital performance and career lessons and ideas for how to apply them, it is a must-read for managers at every level.

“Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies” by Jim Collins and Jerry I Porras

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Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras took 18 truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each in direct comparison to one of its top competitors.

‘Reset’ by Ellen Pao

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In 2015, Ellen K. Pao sued a powerhouse Silicon Valley venture capital firm, calling out workplace discrimination and retaliation against women and other underrepresented groups. Her suit rocked the tech world—and exposed its toxic culture and its homogeneity. Her message overcame negative PR attacks that took aim at her professional conduct and her personal life, and she won widespread public support — TIME hailed her as “the face of change.” Though Pao lost her suit, she revolutionized the conversation at tech offices, in the media, and around the world. In “Reset”, she tells her full story for the first time.

“Guerrilla Marketing” by Jay Conrad Levinson

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When “Guerrilla Marketing” was first published in 1983, Jay Levinson revolutionized marketing strategies for the small-business owner with his take-no-prisoners approach to finding clients. Based on hundreds of solid ideas that really work, Levinson’s philosophy has given birth to a new way of learning about market share and how to gain it.

“When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management” by Roger Lowenstein

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Roger Lowenstein captures the gripping roller-coaster ride of Long-Term Capital Management. Drawing on confidential internal memos and interviews with dozens of key players, Lowenstein explains not just how the fund made and lost its money but also how the personalities of Long-Term’s partners, the arrogance of their mathematical certainties, and the culture of Wall Street itself contributed to both their rise and their fall.

“The Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith

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[“The Wealth of Nations”] describes what builds nations’ wealth and is today a fundamental work in classical economics and touches upon such broad topics as the division of labor, productivity, and free markets.

“Barbarians at the Gate” by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar

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A #1 “New York Times” bestseller and arguably the best business narrative ever written, “Barbarians at the Gate” is the classic account of the fall of RJR Nabisco. An enduring masterpiece of investigative journalism by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar, it includes a new afterword by the authors that brings this remarkable story of greed and double-dealings up to date twenty years after the famed deal.

“The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron” by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind

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The Enron scandal brought down one of the most admired companies of the 1990s. Countless books and articles were written about it, but only “The Smartest Guys in the Room” holds up a decade later as the definitive narrative.

“In search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies” by Thomas Peters and Robert H. Waterman

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Based on a study of forty-three of America’s best-run companies from a diverse array of business sectors, “In Search of Excellence” describes eight basic principles of management — action-stimulating, people-oriented, profit-maximizing practices — that made these organizations successful.

“Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder” by Arianna Huffington

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In this deeply personal book, Arianna Huffington talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritizing the demands of a career and raising two daughters. Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep, and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplace, and our lives.

‘Steve Jobs’ by Walter Isaacson

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Based on more than 40 interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years — as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues — Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.

‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama

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In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her — from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it —in her own words and on her own terms.

‘Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future’ by Peter Thiel

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The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In “Zero to One,” legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.

Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.

‘Good Economics for Hard Times’ by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo

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Immigration and inequality, globalization and technological disruption, slowing growth, and accelerating climate change — these are sources of great anxiety across the world, from New Delhi and Dakar to Paris and Washington, DC. The resources to address these challenges are there — what we lack are ideas that will help us jump the wall of disagreement and distrust that divides us. Here, the winners of the Nobel Prize show how economics, when done right, can help us solve the thorniest social and political problems of our day.

‘Uncanny Valley’ by Anna Wiener

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Part coming-of-age-story, part portrait of an already-bygone era, Anna Wiener’s memoir is a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power. With wit, candor, and heart, Anna deftly charts the tech industry’s shift from self-appointed world savior to democracy-endangering liability, alongside a personal narrative of aspiration, ambivalence, and disillusionment.

“The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Fourth Edition” edited by Lawrence A. Cunningham

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[This book’s] popularity and longevity attest to the widespread appetite for this unique compilation of Buffett’s thoughts that is at once comprehensive, non-repetitive, and digestible. 

“Den of Thieves” by James B. Stewart

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“Den of Thieves” tells the full story of the insider-trading scandal that nearly destroyed Wall Street, the men who pulled it off, and the chase that finally brought them to justice.

“Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution” by Michael Hammer and James A. Champy

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Building on their firsthand experiences, Hammer and Champy show how some of the world’s premier corporations use the principles of reengineering to save hundreds of millions of dollars a year, to achieve unprecedented levels of customer satisfaction, and to speed up and make more flexible all aspects of their operations. The key to reengineering is abandoning the most basic notions on which the modern organization is founded.

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The “New York Times” bestselling, groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite’s efforts to “change the world” preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. An essential read for understanding some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today’s news.

‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’ by Carol S. Dweck

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After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities.

People with a fixed mindset — those who believe that abilities are fixed — are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset — those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.

‘Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead’ by Brené Brown

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It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in “Rising Strong”. As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people — from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents — shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself, ‘What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common?’ The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean into discomfort.

‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear

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No matter your goals, “Atomic Habits” offers a proven framework for improving — every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

‘Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World’ by Cal Newport

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In “Deep Work”, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four “rules” for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.

‘The Psychology of Money: Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness’

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Money ― investing, personal finance, and business decisions ― is typically taught as a math-based field, where data and formulas tell us exactly what to do. But in the real world, people don’t make financial decisions on a spreadsheet. They make them at the dinner table, or in a meeting room, where personal history, your own unique view of the world, ego, pride, marketing, and odd incentives are scrambled together.

‘The 4-Hour Workweek’ Timothy Ferriss

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Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, or earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, “The 4-Hour Workweek” is the blueprint.

‘Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future’ Ashlee Vance

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In “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future”, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley’s most audacious entrepreneur. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur’s journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world.

Vance spent over 40 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk’s world-changing companies: PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way.

‘Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know’

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Organizational psychologist Adam Grant is an expert on opening other people’s minds — and our own. As Wharton’s top-rated professor and the best-selling author of “Originals” and “Give and Take“, he makes it one of his guiding principles to argue like he’s right but listen like he’s wrong.

With bold ideas and rigorous evidence, he investigates how we can embrace the joy of being wrong, bring nuance to charged conversations, and build schools, workplaces, and communities of lifelong learners. You’ll learn how an international debate champion wins arguments, a Black musician persuades White supremacists to abandon hate, a vaccine whisperer convinces concerned parents to immunize their children, and Adam has coaxed Yankees fans to root for the Red Sox. 

‘Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy’ by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

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After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void,'” she writes, “a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.

“Option B” combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. 

‘The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers’ by Ben Horowitz

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Ben Horowitz, a cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup — practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular blog.

‘Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion’ by Robert B. Cialdini

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In this highly acclaimed “New York Times” bestseller, Dr. Robert B. Cialdini — the seminal expert in the field of influence and persuasion — explains the psychology of why people say yes and how to apply these principles ethically in business and everyday situations.

‘Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World’ by David Epstein

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David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters, and scientists. He discovered that in most fields — especially those that are complex and unpredictable — generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see.

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