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October 7

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The Bartender Theory

There’s funny game I play with one of my best friends where we throw each other a word and come up with a business strategy around it.

I’ll yell out ‘candle’ and he’ll come up with ‘The Candle Strategy’. He’ll give me ‘yo-yo’ and I’ll pitch him ‘The Yo-yo Theory’. It always works and quickly becomes clear that you can turn any random word into a management policy.

I think the same can be said when discussing a dieting plan.

How about a color diet where you can only eat one color a week, and all the colors combined on Saturday? White fish with rice on Monday,  beets and red apples on Tuesday, etc. The diet will surely work as all things do because they make you more conscious about what's happening around you. In terms of diets, pay better attention and you eat less. There, goal achieved.

This also makes me more critical about any and all advice.

The more random words are thrown in, the more applicable it will seem. Kinda like reading a horoscope. Usually it isn’t the advice itself that is useful, but the way you use it to change your behavior. Generally speaking, any advice simply helps you structure your thoughts, and that in itself will be enough to solve a problem. Talking to a white wall, your cat, or the bartender might be just as useful as talking to an industry expert.

The Bar Approach – your excuse to go out tonight for a drink. Boris said it was okay.

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Apps of the week


Facebook properties copying Snapchat features is nothing new. Instagram and Messenger copied Snapchat’s ‘Stories’ feature, so it only seems appropriate that Facebook-owned WhatsApp would completely snag its photo interface.

Pokémon Go

While previously earning medals within the game merely awarded more points, tiering up will soon give you better chances of catching specific types of Pokémon. 

G Suite

Google is giving its Apps for Work a refresh, adding new features and renaming the entire collection into the simpler and decidedly more gangsta G Suite.

Red faces of the week

Elon Musk furious after catching wind of discounted Tesla

After learning that his salespeople were offering promotional deals, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was furious. Musk himself, he claims, pays full price for the car, as do friends, family, and celebrities. Discounts, it seems, aren’t an option — no matter who you are.

Reddit post detailing one shoppers experience caught Musk’s attention. Afterward, he wrote an email to all Tesla works on Wednesday.

“There can never — and I mean never — be a discount on a new car coming out of the factory in pristine condition,” Musk wrote. “This is why I always pay full price when I buy a car and the same applies to my family friends, celebrities, no matter how famous or influential.”

Reddit user ‘watupmane‘ detailed his shopping experience claiming that the car wasn’t delivered on schedule and that a salesperson told him he’d forfeit the discounted price unless the sale was finalized anyway. Put simply, your car isn’t here yet, but we still need you to pay for it.

The post drew massive attention and led to the response from the head honcho himself, who posted his email to Tesla employees on Twitter:

@SteveBatzer @GoodDayM Corrective action taken. Seems to be limited to a small number of cases, but thanks for letting me know.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 28, 2016

According to the email, Musk believes discounts weaken the company’s integrity.

“If you can’t explain to a customer who paid full price why another customer didn’t without being embarrassed, then it is not right,” the email says.

For what it’s worth, Tesla does offer discounts. But only on vehicles used for test drives, as floor models, or that have been damaged. Aside from that, don’t expect an offer that’s too good to pass up on your next trip to the Tesla dealer.

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