2018-07-30 3 min read


Planning & Strategy.

  • Ofo retreated from the US market, laying off most of their US staff.
  • Root Ventures, which is behind not only nTopology but a lot of the companies covered in The Prepared, raised a new fund to continue investing in... interesting stuff :)
  • According to a memo, Tesla has asked many of its suppliers for retroactive cash discounts on orders going back as far as 2016. "The company called such requests a standard part of procurement negotiations to improve its competitive advantage."
  • A map showing the recruitment area of the Dutch East India Company during the 18th century.

Making & Manufacturing.

  • SPONSORED - GE's M LINE FACTORY concept, which modularizes their flagship metal printers to allow for economical series production on an industrial scale. In a world where many metal printers are being designed as all-in-one units, it's pretty awesome to see GE optimizing each subsystem's utilization rate and creating a fully lights-out production concept. Make sure you scroll down to watch the video demo, which gives a good overview of how GE is thinking about additive factories in the future.
  • I blasted through The Machine that Changed the World, which chronicles the rise of Lean Manufacturing, last week. It was a little humbling to consider the scope of collaboration - and the sheer discipline - that the Japanese auto manufacturers brought to their work, and to be honest it mostly made me consider just how uptight my own habits still are. Recommended.
  • How wagon wheels were built.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

Distribution & Logistics.

Inspection, Testing & Analysis.


  • A pretty remarkable folding bike & folding boat commute across the Hudson River.

A profile of the Ferrero company, which is family owned and purchases a third of the world's hazlenut supply.

Thanks as always to our recurring donors for supporting The Prepared.Credit also to Andrew, Karen, Reilly, Rich, Matt, Chris, Mike, Drew, and Ryan 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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