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Random findings and notes. A combined link and noteblog about things that could enlighten, surprise or even provoke a bit.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won four Grammys Sunday night, including the coveted award for best rap album for 2012’s “The Heist.” Released independently through Macklemore’s own label, Macklemore LLC, the feel-good hip hop album has sold more than 1.2 million copies to date. That’s true.

How Macklemore Tapped Major Label Muscle to Market an Indie Album

If David Tran were a more conventional CEO, he would be a fixture at conferences, a darling of magazine profiles, and a subject of case studies in the Harvard Business Review.

The highly unusual company behind Sriracha, the world’s coolest hot sauce

A look behind the scene in the massive affiliate marketing business.

Why did Casper sue a mattress blogger? A closer look reveals a secret, multimillion-dollar battle to get you into bed.

The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare | Fast Company

“In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities, integrity, intelligence and energy. Add if they don’t have the first one, the other two will kill you.” – Warren Buffet

I have often been criticised for having too much integrity, this article describes some of the advantages of having integrity and the impact on business if there is a lack of integrity.
The Value of “Instinctual Integrity”

Brad Parscale is the man that orchestrated the Trump Online Campaign. He says he won the election on Facebook with highly targeted ads — this is a very interesting interview, well worth the look if you are into how today’s information infrastructure works and how to twist peoples minds.
How Facebook ads helped elect Trump

How is an office best designed today. Cubicle, open office, your own office? Or maybe a combination of all?

Don’t Get Too Comfortable at That Desk – The New York Times

Reminder to self: Do not put your fingers in your eyes after you have sliced a Trinidad Scorpion! It hurts!

I often state that startups are the special forces of business, so this article about Special Forces leadership is a really good read if you think your team is bleeding edge in their field. To lead high-performers in any line of work is hard, but few are as tough to lead as special forces soldiers. There is a lot to be inspired by from the tips in this article.
Secrets of “Special Ops” Leadership

Team collaboration will always fascinate me. Googles Project Aristotle is a research initiative with the goal to build perfect teams. Interesting result was that they found no patterns in how to achieve the perfect team, but did find lots of great insights.
What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

One of my favorite songs from one of my Lil Bros bands, this one is unreleased but I still love it.

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