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Assorted Links Saturday

Sky-high construction costs force developers to get creative, an awesome way to visualize local economic development through time, and more.

Dane Carlson
Dane Carlson
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Assorted Links Saturday

Real weekly earnings up 3.9 percent for year ending March 2021

New research shows top soft skills are requested four times more than top hard skills:

As defined in the new report, Durable Skills are the soft skills that comprise important professional capabilities (Leadership, Critical Thinking, Communication, etc.) and personal qualities (Creativity, Mindfulness, Fortitude, etc.) that last throughout an entire career.

The crisis of venture capital: Fixing America’s broken start-up system:

Despite all the attention and investment that Silicon Valley’s re­cent start-ups have received, they have done little but lose mon­ey: Uber, Lyft, WeWork, Pinterest, and Snapchat have consistently failed to turn profits, with Uber’s cumulative losses exceeding $25 billion. Perhaps even more notorious are bankrupt and discredited start-ups such as Theranos, Luckin Coffee, and Wirecard, which were plagued with management failures, technical problems, or even out­right fraud that auditors failed to notice.

Renewables dominate the headlines, but oil and gas remain king

Jeff Bezos’s final letter to shareholders as Amazon CEO:

If you want to be successful in business (in life, actually), you have to create more than you consume. Your goal should be to create value for everyone you interact with. Any business that doesn’t create value for those it touches, even if it appears successful on the surface, isn’t long for this world. It’s on the way out.

This looks like an awesome way to visualize local economic development through time! A big update to Google Earth's timelapse feature: "24 million satellite photos from the past 37 years have been compiled into an interactive 4d experience. now anyone can watch time unfold and witness nearly four decades of planetary change."

Sky-high construction costs force developers to get creative


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Founder/Host of Econ Dev Show. By day: Director of Economic Development for Galveston County, Texas.