Thoroughly Thursday - the "L'Enfant Terrible" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the "L'Enfant Terrible" edition. I've always wanted to use the word "L'Enfant Terrible" in a sentence. (see, I just did). "L'Enfant Terrible" is Estonian for "terrifying baby-person" or something. There are a couple ways to think about "L'Enfant Terrible". The first is a precocious and scary adult-like child (think Stewie Griffin). The second a scary and prescient child-like adults (think Gregory House, MD). By in large, "L"Enfant Terrible" is the perceptive jerk with a willingness to ruin your day and seems to get an especially large amount of glee from the phrase "It's true, but you're not going to like it." I'm always been a bit ambivalent about "Les Enfants Terrible" since they are generally awful people, but sometimes you can learn a lot from someone who isn't concerned with pulling punches.
What I'm Watching - Gore Vidal? But, he hates everything! *
Gore Vidal was a grandson to a senator, heir to an American fortune, and one of the great effortless writers of the 20th Century. He was the writer to Ben Hur, traded insults with ...everyone, ran for political office twice, and slept with Jack Kerouac. I watched his biopic Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia this weekend, where we learn about his upbringing, his scandals, his famous fights and enormous literary and public successes. Vidal never comes across as an easy person to like, though definitely an amazing person to know.
What I'm Reading (Article) - Schadenfreude (Silicon Valley Style)
It's amazing how some businesses or entire industries just appear and take over the world. What was life before the telephone? Television? Search engines? Rideshare services? When was the last time you called a taxi? However, sometimes the genius that starts the company becomes the anchor that keeps it from moving forward. Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is one of those entrepreneurs that seem to be a cross between tech genius, out-of-control fraternity brother and an actual bond villain. But, he's gone now. Bloomberg had an interesting article on the turbulent (duh) and sad last year of Kalanick's time at Uber.
What I'm Listening to - Do You Mind if I Record this Phone Call?
In news that for some reason isn't making international headlines, the world lost Joe Frank last week from complications from colon cancer. I'm sure you, of course, know who Joe Frank was, but just in case your friends ask you, you can say "Joe Frank was a radio producer. But not just any producer, he was the radio producer's radio producer." Joe Frank was a fixture of Santa Monica NPR station KCRW for years, where he wrote and edited hundreds of hours monologues, stories, radio plays, off-kilter interviews and recorded phone calls. I still cherish my cassette mixtape of "the 80 Yard Run" that I recorded during grad school. To you take a listen to some of his work here and here. Of course, if you really want, you can pay $1,510 for his entire discography.
What I'm Promoting - Talking About Team Building in Santa Monica
So, I'm prepping for my appearance with the USC Alumni Entrepreneur's Network this upcoming Wednesday (1/31). The event is called "the Entrepreneur’s Journey: Hire or Fire? Building a High-Performance Team". I got to be on the conference call on Tuesday with the other panelists and it looks cool. It's going to be held on January 31st at 6:30 in Santa Monica and you can register here.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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