Robert Vinet

Aโ€‹ Passionately Curious Bloke

Category: Business & The Economy

Best Countries in 2019

U.S. News and World Report has released it’s annual Best Country Rankings.

The overall rankings are made up of nine subrankings:

  • Adventure
  • Citizenship
  • Cultural Influence
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Heritage
  • Movers
  • Open for Business
  • Power
  • Quality of Life

These are the top 10 overall:

1. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland – Overall score 10.0

2.ย  ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan – 9.8

3. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada – 9.7

4. ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany – 9.6

5. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom – 9.4

6. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden – 9.3

7. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia – 9.3

8. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States – 9.2

9. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway – 8.8

10. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France – 8.7

11. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands – 8.5

12. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand – 8.3

13. ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark – 8.2

14. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland – 8.1

15. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore – 7.7

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Bill Gates Sits Down With David M. Rubenstein

On Monday June 24, 2019, Bill Gates was interviewed by the Economic Club president David M. Rubenstein. They discuss climate change, Microsoft, artificial intelligence, and his work on global health and K-12 education in the USA through the Gates Foundation.

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Goldman Sachsโ€™ sophisticated model to predict World Cup results didnโ€™t even come close

It had Brazil beating Germany in the final.

In the endย France took home its second World Cup title on Sundayย defeating Croatia 4-2 in the exciting final game.

Congratualations to les Bleus.

The average age of a successful startup founder is 45

Debunking the myth of the young founder.

Harvard Business Review

These averages hide a large amount of variation across industries. In software startups, the average age is 40, and younger founders arenโ€™t uncommon. However, young people are less common in other industries such as oil and gas or biotechnology, where the average age is closer to 47.

The story of the zipper shows that even great ideas can fail at first

It’s estimated 4.5 billion zippers are purchased every year in the U.S. That’s 14 zippers for per American, per year.

From QZ:

The technology itself was far from an instant hit. For one thing, other methods for closing thingsโ€”such as buttons, hooks-and-eyes, and lacesโ€”had been around a long time and worked just fine, even if they could be slow and laborious. โ€œThere was no general sense that this was an area begging for improvement, much less replacement,โ€ wrote technology historian Robert Friedel in Zipper: An Exploration in Novelty.

It also took decades of different people reworking the basic design of the zipper, finding an audience for it, and figuring out the right marketing to make it as popular as it is today. But the zipper succeeded, and arguably offers a counterpoint to anyone who thinks an idea that has been tried in one form and didnโ€™t immediately catch on is already dead.

Wealthy Canadians are hiding $240 billion overseas

The Canada Revenue Agency has figured out that wealthy Canadians are hiding up to $240 billion overseas and they are dodging up to $3 billion in taxes.

Justin Trudeau ยป Canadians Will Not Be Pushed Around

Remington, the oldest gun maker in the United States, files for bankruptcy protection

Remington, which has been around since 1816, makes the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, the gun used in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Connecticut in 2012 that killed 20 first-graders and six educators. The AR-15 is the gun used to kill 17 people at a Parkland, Fla., high school on Valentine’s Day. The AR-15 was developed as a weapon of war to kill as many people as quickly as possible. It’s the reason it’s the choice of many mass-shooters.


Remington Outdoors, which also owns gun manufacturers including Marlin and Bushmaster, says sales in 2017 were just over $600 million, down more than 30 percent from 2016.

The Blue Heart Campaign: Patagonia’s effort to stop thousands of proposed dam projects in the mountainous Balkan region of Europe.

The feature-length documentary โ€œBlue Heartโ€ launches in April 2018.

Find more informationย Patagoniaโ€™s Blue Heart Campaignย page.

New York Times subscription revenue surpassed $1 billion

Sydney Ember, NY Times:

The company said on Thursday that it added 157,000 net digital-only subscriptions in the fourth quarter of the year, pushing overall subscription revenue to more than $1 billion for the year. Subscription revenue now accounts for 60 percent of the companyโ€™s total revenue.

Buoyed by the growth in digital subscriptions, total revenue for the year increased 8 percent, to $1.7 billion, and 10 percent in the fourth quarter, to $484 million.

The Times Company had more than 2.6 million digital-only subscriptions, which include news, cooking and crossword products, at the end of 2017. Digital-only subscription revenue increased 46 percent last year, to $340 million, and 51 percent in the quarter, to $96 million. Subscription revenue for the year increased 15 percent. For the quarter, it rose 19 percent, to $269 million.

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