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Rishi Taparia - Issue #87

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This week we introduce a new section to the newsletter on climate and energy and explore Burger King
 

Rishi Taparia

April 14 · Issue #87 · View online
Links and posts largely on fintech, commerce, climate and energy with a few random tidbits here and there

This week we introduce a new section to the newsletter on climate and energy and explore Burger King doing the impossible, Amazon not passing Go and adding cash, the complexity of climate change, the picturesque perch on the hill where Orwell wrote 1984 and more. Enjoy!

Climate change, energy and a new section in the newsletter
I have recently been spending reading and researching climate change. I believe climate change is the defining challenge of the 21st century and its impact will affect generations to come. Prior to this year didn’t know much about anything climate or energy related other than the primary driver of climate change is carbon emissions resulting from human activity, with nearly all of the increase attributable to human activities (during the Industrial Revolution there were approximately 260 parts per million (ppm) of CO2 in the atmosphere with that figure now at over 413 ppm and rising). Over the last few months I’ve done my best to meet people who can educate me on the space - academics, scientists, investors, entrepreneurs, regulators and more. Through these travels I’ve begun to learn what’s changed in the industry since the cleantech bust of nearly a decade ago and have become more interested in the future of climate and green tech, today’s trends and the technology and policy that may help accelerate the adoption of renewables and clean energy, while reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the impact of climate change on the planet. What this means for you dear reader: a new section of the weekly newsletter focused on climate. Hopefully you find it as interesting as I have!
Commerce
Burger King’s plant-based Whopper gets glowing review – from a meat lobbyist
Walmart partners with Google for voice-assisted grocery shopping
The World's Greatest Delivery Empire Made It Cheaper to Order In Than Eat Out
Restaurant management platform Toast raises $250 million at $2.7 billion valuation
FinTech
Amazon exec tells employees that Go stores will start accepting cash to address 'discrimination' concerns
Its IPO Document Shows the Massive Extent of Uber’s Card Business
Frustrated by the Tech Industry, Small Banks Start to Rebel
Climate and Energy
Given it’s the first time for the section, I’m including a few more introductory posts that helped lay the foundation for me as I started reading. It also happens that this week the New York Time Magazine is running a Climate Issue which feature a few terrific pieces
Climate Change Is Complex. We’ve Got Answers to Your Questions.
Pretend It’s Aliens
Elon Musk and Bill Gates are trying to do something about global warming. David Wallace-Wells asks, where is everyone else?
Random Tidbits
Orwell’s Last Neighborhood
Mr. Rogers's Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Kids
Colson Whitehead’s Fierce and Funny Primer on Life and Chicken
Quote I’ve been thinking about: “Sometimes (often actually) in business, you do know where you’re going, and when you do, you can be efficient. Put in place a plan and execute. In contrast, wandering in business is not efficient … but it’s also not random. It’s guided – by hunch, gut, intuition, curiosity, and powered by a deep conviction that the prize for customers is big enough that it’s worth being a little messy and tangential to find our way there. Wandering is an essential counter-balance to efficiency. You need to employ both. The outsized discoveries – the “non-linear” ones – are highly likely to require wandering.” - Jeff Bezos, Amazon shareholder letter 2018
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