Back to the complete issue
Friday, 6 January 2017

Stories we’ve saved to Pocket, Week #1

Stories that we’ve saved to Pocket to read this weekend with a decent cup of coffee. Apropos of which: We recommend Starbucks’ 2016 Holiday Blend, ground for French press. It’s fantastic — as it should be at EGP 160 per bag. That’s right: The cost of all Starbucks beans has doubled. On to the recommendations:

Mr. Robot Killed the Hollywood Hacker — in the MIT Technology Review, of all places — is actually one of the best pieces of criticism we’ve read in forever, tying Mr. Robot to War Games and the horrible legislation that arose from US lawmakers’ reactions to the threat of hacking in the 1980s — and throwing in some TV recommendations in the process. It’s good enough we saved it to read it again — and to watch the excerpts from 1983s’ War Games starring Matthew Broderick. “Shall we play a game?” “Love to. How about Global Thermonuclear War?”

We’re going to follow that last one with “Cyberwar for Sale,” which the New York Times plugs thusly: “After a maker of surveillance software was hacked, its leaked documents shed light on a shadowy global industry that has turned email theft into a terrifying — and lucrative — political weapon.”

One Man’s Quest to Change the Way We Die is one of the most-shared, most-clicked and most talked-about stories on the New York Times this week. It’s not a topic we enjoy, but we saved it to read after the first six paragraphs didn’t make us want to … uhm …

We want to grow up to become futurists after reading the Wall Street Journal’s “Think like a futurist to be prepared for the unexpected” (paywall), which argues “the art and science of futuring is fast becoming a necessary skill, where we read signals, see trends and ruthlessly test our own assumptions.”

SHOW ME THE MONEY: It has been 20 years (yes, you’re that old) since Jerry Maguire was released in theaters, and a new remastered version with a “making of” documentary hit stores last week. If you don’t want to plonk down the cash for the documentary, go read Deadline’s excellent interview with the even more excellent Cameron Crowe: “Tom Hanks, Jamie Foxx, Billy Wilder & Gwyneth Paltrow? Cameron Crowe Reflects On His ‘Jerry Maguire’ Journey

We have no idea what this is even about, but four people have emailed or WhatsApped it to us in the last 24 hours. “In 1977, Johanna van Haarlem finally tracked down the son, Erwin, she had abandoned as a baby 33 years earlier. She immediately travelled to London to meet him. What followed, writes Jeff Maysh, is an unbelievable story of deception and heartbreak.” Read: “The spy with no name” in the BBC Magazine.

Planning your next career move — or just want to fantasize a bit? Start with Bloomberg’s look at “Where the World’s Highest-Paid Expats Live.”

Enterprise is a daily publication of Enterprise Ventures LLC, an Egyptian limited liability company (commercial register 83594), and a subsidiary of Inktank Communications. Summaries are intended for guidance only and are provided on an as-is basis; kindly refer to the source article in its original language prior to undertaking any action. Neither Enterprise Ventures nor its staff assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, whether in the form of summaries or analysis. © 2022 Enterprise Ventures LLC.

Enterprise is available without charge thanks to the generous support of HSBC Egypt (tax ID: 204-901-715), the leading corporate and retail lender in Egypt; EFG Hermes (tax ID: 200-178-385), the leading financial services corporation in frontier emerging markets; SODIC (tax ID: 212-168-002), a leading Egyptian real estate developer; SomaBay (tax ID: 204-903-300), our Red Sea holiday partner; Infinity (tax ID: 474-939-359), the ultimate way to power cities, industries, and homes directly from nature right here in Egypt; CIRA (tax ID: 200-069-608), the leading providers of K-12 and higher level education in Egypt; Orascom Construction (tax ID: 229-988-806), the leading construction and engineering company building infrastructure in Egypt and abroad; Moharram & Partners (tax ID: 616-112-459), the leading public policy and government affairs partner; Palm Hills Developments (tax ID: 432-737-014), a leading developer of commercial and residential properties; Mashreq (tax ID: 204-898-862), the MENA region’s leading homegrown personal and digital bank; Industrial Development Group (IDG) (tax ID:266-965-253), the leading builder of industrial parks in Egypt; Hassan Allam Properties (tax ID:  553-096-567), one of Egypt’s most prominent and leading builders; and Saleh, Barsoum & Abdel Aziz (tax ID: 220-002-827), the leading audit, tax and accounting firm in Egypt.