2018-04-23 3 min read


Planning & Strategy.

  • The California State Senate's Transportation and Housing Committee blocked Senate Bill 827, which would force CA cities to allow denser housing development near transportation hubs.
  • Amazon's median salary last year was $28,446. In this year's shareholders' letter, "Bezos said Amazon directly created more than 130,000 jobs in 2017, not including people the company absorbed from acquired companies such as Whole Foods. That means Amazon brought on board more people in one year than the entire workforce of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., which said it had more than 80,000 employees at the end of last year."
  • BuzzFeed published a long profile on Kickstarter's Perry Chen, who returned to the company last year to be its interim, and then permanent, CEO. There's definitely a lot of feels here.

Making & Manufacturing.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

Distribution & Logistics.

Inspection & Testing.


A photo tour of Nikon's optical glass factory.

Thanks as always to our recurring donors for supporting The Prepared.Credit also to Simon, Dan, Ryan, Georgia, Ezra, and Jon for sending links.

Love, Spencer.

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Spencer Wright
Spencer Wright
Spencer Wright is the (mostly accidental) founder of Scope of Work, which he started writing (as The Prepared) in 2013. Today he serves as its editor-in-chief and chief dilettante.
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