2018-06-11 3 min read


Planning & Strategy.

  • Ofo says they'll deploy "tens of thousands" of e-scooters and e-bikes in the US this summer. In an aside, they also claim to "control more than half of global bicycle manufacturing capacity," which is insane if it's true.
  • A rather depressing article explaining how putting tariffs on Canadian aluminum will hurt the US. Part of this is due to Canada's abundant, cheap, hydroelectric power: "The 14 U.S. aluminum smelters are typically older, smaller, and less cost-efficient than their counterparts in Canada, not to mention the ones in China and Russia. More than half of them are either closed or operating well below capacity. Just one Canadian smelter — Aluminerie Alouette Inc. in Sept-Iles, Que. — comes close to equalling the entire output of the U.S. aluminum industry." But another part of it is due to the maturity of the aluminum recycling industry: "Aluminum is one of the world's most recycled products. Scrap accounts for most aluminum production. Primary aluminum from smelters merely makes up the shortfalls...'The bottom-line intention of this duty is the restart of all of the idle smelters in the U.S., but what this is going to do really is incentivize more generation of scrap, which is going to unwind over the next 24 months any smelter restart. Because the more scrap you generate, the more primary aluminum production you cannibalize or destroy.' As the demand for primary aluminum declines, the least-efficient producers will be the first to suffer. That means U.S. producers."
  • Walmart says that they'll pay (online) college tuition (at one of three schools) for employees who pursue degrees in supply-chain management and business.
  • Matthew is looking for help with licensing a 3D printing technology to SLA/DLP 3D printing OEMs; you can contact him here.
  • Both Lyft and Uber are rumored to be trying to acquire Motivate, which runs (among other systems) NYC's Citi Bike.

Making & Manufacturing.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

Distribution & Logistics.

Inspection, Testing & Analysis.


  • On Ethiopia's totally unique time system. "Because Ethiopia is close to the Equator, daylight is pretty consistent throughout the year. So many Ethiopians use a 12-hour clock, with one cycle of 1 to 12 — from dawn to dusk — and the other cycle from dusk to dawn." This is way more practical than it sounds, though they're definitely optimizing for local relationships over global ones.
  • A very realistic looking side table & gramophone being made out of chocolate.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company's telephone pole training center.

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