“Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I'm not going to make it, but you laugh inside - remembering all the times you've felt that way.”
- Charles Bukowski


Britain and E.U. reach divorce deal to move on to new phase in Brexit talks  Britain agreed Friday to a series of concessions to the European Union in negotiating its split from the bloc, leaders said, as Prime Minister Theresa May overcame bitter divisions in her own nation to advance to a crucial new phase of talks. - Washington Post

Plant-Based Burger Maker Beyond Meat Cooks Up More Funding  Plant-based burger maker Beyond Meat Inc. said it has raised $55 million in funding as it seeks to triple the size of its production capacity. Also participating in the funding is Tyson Foods Inc., which is increasing its stake. Tyson, the largest U.S. meat company by sales, previously took a 5% stake in October 2016. - Wall Street Journal

YouTube to Launch New Music Subscription Service in March  YouTube plans to introduce a paid music service in March, according to people familiar with the matter, a third attempt by parent company Alphabet Inc. to catch up with rivals Spotify and Apple Inc. - Bloomberg

Google’s AI beats the world’s top chess engine w/ only 4 hours of practice  With just four hours of practice playing against itself and no study of outside material, AlphaZero beat the silicon pants off of the world’s strongest chess program yesterday. - Kottke

Uber lands investment from Singapore’s largest taxi operator in blow to rival Grab  Uber has struck a major deal in Southeast Asia after ComfortDelGro, Singapore’s largest taxi operator, announced it has agreed to buy a majority share of the ride-hailing giant’s Singapore-based car rental business. - Tech Crunch

‘It Burns and It Keeps Burning’: Scenes From Southern California’s Wildfires  The flames raced across brittle hillsides like advancing armies. Up and down Southern California’s canyons and coastlines, they stormed into neighborhoods and engulfed homes where people were using sprinklers and garden hoses as a last, desperate defense against the wind-driven wildfires. - New York Times

U.S. job growth strong in November, wages rebound  U.S. job growth increased at a strong clip in November and wages rebounded, painting a portrait of a healthy economy that analysts say does not require the kind of fiscal stimulus that President Donald Trump is proposing. - Reuters
 How to Excel at Both Strategy & Execution
"According to a global survey of 700 executives across a variety of industries conducted by Strategy&, the strategy consulting division of PwC, only 8% of company leaders were said to excel at both strategy and execution."

... With unlimited resources available for rapid learning (i.e., you can literally teach yourself the strategy side of things with the click of a mouse/trackpad), the talent pool will continue to evolve and become more diversified in their skill sets. If you're in the business world, you basically have no choice but to keep up. 
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