I’ve been getting a lot of reading done recently, in fact my Instapaper queue is currently empty:

  • Why Wesabe lost to Mint
    One of the cofounders of personal money management startup Wesabe talks about what his company did wrong and how fellow competitor Mint.com beat them in the market and eventually caused them to shut down.
  • A radical pessimist’s guide to the next 10 years
    I started reading this and thought it would be useless, but there are some genuinely insightful points in this list. It’s authored by Douglas Copeland, author of Microserfs.
  • Confessions of a former NFL agent, Josh Luchs
    An inside look on how the NFL agent industry works. Hint: lots of payola.
  • I am Banksy
    The story of an Esquire reporter’s quest to find Banksy in London. I’ve “heard” of Banksy a lot, but I don’t know a lot about him. This article didn’t help too much.
  • The Long Nose of Innovation
    An argument that innovation also takes a long time to develop.

    Innovation is not about alchemy. In fact, innovation is not about invention. An idea may well start with an invention, but the bulk of the work and creativity is in that idea’s augmentation and refinement. The newer the idea, the coarser the granularity of most analysis, and the more likely people are to say, “oh, that’s just like X” or “that’s been done before,” without any appreciation for how much work and innovation is involved in taking an idea from concept to wide practice.

    I’ve been guilty of this knee-jerk reaction.

  • What will future generations condemn us for?
    Interesting not so much about the future, but the survey of what we’ve condemned in the past.
  • The Gentle Art of Poverty
    This is a story about a ~60 y/o American living in San Diego and how he can survive on an astonishing low income every year. Of course, it’s not entirely moral.
  • The case of the vanishing blonde
    The story of how a private detective resolved a rape when local enforcement nor insurance adjustment investigators made no headway.