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41 items in ECONOMY

Volatility - as Mark Dorman explained in this week’s Brainfood Live - is the only consistent characteristic of our future. These monthly projections from IMF on the state of the global economy are an essential resource in such circumstances. H/T Colin McNicol for the share in the fb group.
Issue #194 published 28 Jun 2020
NFX surveyed 286 Founders and 114 VCs to capture sentiment data during the COVID-19 crisis. No surprise that founders are more optimistic than VC’s. Lots of interesting in this report, so have at it here. Download the PDF here
Issue #190 published 31 May 2020
Some stories are so well told that you don’t mind if they take the long route to get to the point. A tragic, personal story to illustrate what must have been a remarkable presentation. It’s about the nature of risk and, if you only read one thing in brainfood this week, read this.
Issue #190 published 31 May 2020
Amazing thread on another landscape altering effect of Covid-19: the de facto elimination of international students - a demographic which bankrolls higher education institutions throughout the Western world - and the economies of the towns where those institutions are based. Also: this is how to write a twitter thread.
Issue #189 published 24 May 2020
Exceptional essay, referencing 3 of the smartest economists currently in the game - Mariana Mazzucato, Carlota Perez and Stephanie Kelton. As we all had to study up on epidemiology on the outbreak of Covid-19, so we need all need to up our game on economics as we begin the exit of phase 1, of wave 1. Must read folks
Issue #188 published 17 May 2020
Not as prolific as he once was, this deck from Dr John Sullivan marks a rare appearance in 2020. Get past the rather extraordinary slide design and there is a ton of insight for us here. H/T brainfooder Ivan Harrison for the share
Issue #187 published 10 May 2020
Super interesting report from GWI, comparing US vs UK employer behaviour in response to Covid-19. Main headline? US companies letting more workers go per capita. Must read
Issue #186 published 3 May 2020
Superb slide deck from brainfooder Steph Smith - who, if she is reading this - needs to share with me a link to her talk on the subject. Presentation is good enough as it is though - macro-economic trends and they impact all of us.
Issue #186 published 3 May 2020
With the news that US unemployment claims are hitting levels not seen since the 1930’s, it comes as no surprise that we are validating that data with our own aggregators. Some decent work again here from our buddies at Ongig. H/T to brainfooder Gordon Dent for the share
Issue #185 published 26 Apr 2020
Hard to disagree with this conclusion from brainfooder Gonz Sanchez that the market will flip from seller to buyer in the post Covid-19. What does that world look like for recruiters when there are too many candidates, chasing too few jobs? H/T Guillaume Alexandre for the share
Issue #185 published 26 Apr 2020
Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends Report is perhaps the most anticipated slide deck in the tech business world. So when her venture capital firm, Bond, sends a 28-page report to its investors, you’re going to want to read it. Full report here at Axios
Issue #185 published 26 Apr 2020
Our buddies at Visual Capitalist have been one of the pioneering storytellers of era of snack-able content. Here they produce 8 charts which tells the story of the world. It’s a must read, if reading is what we can still call it….
Issue #107 published 23 Apr 2020
Nik Dawson with a call to avoid oversimplifying the projections on the impact of AI / Automation on the future of work. Accessible essay summarising James Bessen’s theory on nature of demand.
Issue #113 published 23 Apr 2020
Technology to be the engine of jobs growth, according to this report from LinkedIn. No surprises where the bulk of this new work is going to be: AI Engineering / Data Science / Machine Learning. Accessible report, well worth a look. 
Issue #61 published 23 Apr 2020
Outstanding brainfood on the relationship between apps vs platform. Which comes first, and what phase are we currently in? Counter intuitive essay from Union Square Ventures analysts Dani Grant and Nick Grant. Must read for anyone who wants to lift their head up and see the big picture.
Issue #105 published 23 Apr 2020
The relationship between employment and wages has changed across the Western world. We are doing more but less valuable, work it seems. Excellent cross country comparison with easy-to-use infographic
Issue #54 published 23 Apr 2020
Transcription of a brilliant speech by Andrew Haldane, Chief Economist of the Bank of England. Wider in scope than just recruitment, but relevant to everyone who cares about regional income inequality, job distribution and whether abstraction is really needed when we already have enough data to report the reality on the ground. Easier read than it sounds - trust me, it’s worth it.
Issue #136 published 23 Apr 2020
Job board aggregators are the canaries in the coal mine for the economy. Steep falls recorded by Adzuna across all sectors; with gig and p/t work increase by 22.1% as employers look for flexibility and emergency workers in times of crisis. H/T brainfooder and Adzuna CEO Doug Monro for the share in the fb group
Issue #180 published 23 Apr 2020
Broader trends: software companies ascendant, Microsoft returns to top place, Chinese companies suffer from the trade war, dominance of the US companies, persistent. Check it out, here
Issue #156 published 23 Apr 2020
Microsoft have been threatening to enter the HR Tech space for some time now, but things have been slow since the LinkedIn link up in 2017. No less a figure than Josh Bersin thinks the moment is now, with the release of Dynamics 365 Human Resources. Worth a read here, especially those folks in the enterprise scale businesses.
Issue #166 published 23 Apr 2020
McKinsey Global Institute analysed 6000 of the world’s largest companies with annual revenue of over $1BN and present their findings in this paper. tl:dr: power law applies (which means only 20% of you will download the paper...)
Issue #109 published 23 Apr 2020
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Stunning interactive documentary series about our changing relationship to work and money. Interesting for its topic area and storytelling style. In only watched the piece on Bitnation, but there are others on UBI, social organisation and the rest. Have a watch / play here
Issue #145 published 23 Apr 2020
Each industry has a career arc, but not all industries are created equally. Which ones are the worst and why? Stunningly presented research from Zippia, especially if you care about when your career is about to peak. H/T ‘foodie Denis Dinkevich for the share.
Issue #137 published 23 Apr 2020
Amazon Web Services has become one of the most important units in the Bezos empire, with a stonking 47% share of the cloud services market. Which is a good excuse to include this amazing animated choropleth of where AWS puts it’s servers. Trust me: you like this
Issue #135 published 23 Apr 2020
Booking, Entertainment & Live Events, Airlines, Casino’s and Hotels - are the BEACH stocks. On theme visual on the companies who are suffering most directly from the impact of lockdown.
Issue #181 published 23 Apr 2020
The radical skewing of the economy can be seen in sorts of jobs which are in demand right now. LinkedIn have published a summary from the vacancy publications, whilst our friends at Adzuna have published this excellent tracker of search terms on their site.
Issue #181 published 23 Apr 2020
Walmart employs 1.5 million people across the country - and the retail behemoth is now the largest private employer in 22 states. I have a theory that Amazon’s massive drive to hire (despite it’s simultaneous job killing automation efforts) is a Bezos masterplan to socially embed the company in the same way. Regardless, it’s a cool infographic

Issue #60 published 23 Apr 2020
It’s not secret that VC funding - to the tune of $254 billion - is a major motive force for the HR / Recruitment tech industry. Things are a-changing in 2019, as this accessible report from our buddies at Toptal show.
Issue #141 published 23 Apr 2020
With the hype around AI and Blockchain, it feels like we’ve forgotten a little about 3D (and now 4D) printing in 2017. It has the potential to be as significant a trend as the other two and maybe even more proximate. This is an accessible and comprehensive overview from ING - must read for anyone interested in manufacturing, logistics, retail / e-tail and trade. 
Issue #55 published 23 Apr 2020
Stunning video on the changes of at the top of global brands in the past two decades. The rise of tech the last decade has been as astonishing as the relative decline of companies like Coca-Cola. Here’s the 60 sec gif version for the impatient.
Issue #126 published 23 Apr 2020
As we bed down to the new normal we must begin to look at what the post-Covid economy might look like. Excellent slide deck from researchers from London School of Economics, which shows us a postcard from a possible future. Entire deck is interesting but the essential bits on economic impact are from page 27 onwards.
Issue #182 published 23 Apr 2020
Models of the ’shape’ of economic recovery might just be missing the most obvious one - the letter ‘I’ - symbolising that there won’t be a recovery. Sobering US unemployment data stunning illustrated by this dramatisation. It might’ve been preventable but it turns out paying people for not working is ideologically hard thing to do. Buckle up indeed.
Issue #182 published 23 Apr 2020
150 years of U.S. employment history by industry. A fascinating chart from Visual Capitalist and a reminder of the truism that the only constant is change.
Issue #139 published 23 Apr 2020
Candidates being charged to interview, fake job adverts, fake jobs, to recruitment agencies charged with staffing companies who have fake jobs, this is an astonishing dive into a system corrupted by imbalance in supply and demand. Sadly, a lot of it will be familiar to folks who’ve worked in recruiting businesses, anywhere in the world. It’s an incredible read and a worrying augury of a future we might all soon have to face. 
Issue #65 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating thesis on labour market mobility, and only obviously when you think about it. As more couples need two income streams to put a roof over their heads, both of them will then need a job offer in order for them to move. Additional thing to factor in when recruiting folks who need to relocate. Easy and valuable read
Issue #169 published 23 Apr 2020
Mckinsey & Co at their best with this report - comprehensive and accessible with some useful models to help us scenario plan for the post-Covid world. Must read report - but as ever, remember that all models are wrong but some may be useful
Issue #183 published 23 Apr 2020
Microsoft have been threatening to enter the HR Tech space for some time now, but things have been slow since the LinkedIn link up in 2017. No less a figure than Josh Bersin thinks the moment is now, with the release of Dynamics 365 Human Resources. Worth a read here, especially those folks in the enterprise scale businesses.
Issue #166 published 23 Apr 2020
As geo-industrial clusters form, they also affect labor flow by attracting the workers with pertinent skills, creating a strong concentration of skills and knowledge locally. 
Fascinating research on the agglomeration effect, using Linkedin’s data on job transitions to map labour flow. Confirms what we know though - there’s a gravitational effect to network value. Quite technical but well worth a dip into. H/T ‘foodie Theo Smith for the share.
Issue #147 published 23 Apr 2020
Second order effects are often greater in significance that the first order; the collapse of the global stock market will reshape the economy in the post-Covid19 world. For those who want to peak into what that future might look like, this chart from VisualCapitalist is as good a guide as any
Issue #179 published 23 Apr 2020
Rare essay from brainfood Matt Charney, but it’s worth a wait - a well researched analysis of the tech hiring crisis. The advice?employers need to be remote friendly, diversify sources and train up entry level talent. Have a read here.
Issue #163 published 23 Apr 2020
Dan Luu is a rare bird. A developer who writes infrequent but hugely entertaining posts on the state of the tech economy. Here he’s asking a question on developer comp and why it’s so high. NB: my view: because there’s a lot of internet. H/T brainfooder Matt Bradburn for the share
Issue #70 published 23 Apr 2020