Notations From the Grid: Briefly on #Ramadi, #Iran & Other Thoughts

As we begin a new week, we wanted to introduce the new "hashtag: for our network:  #thedailyoutsider as we did our first tweet welcoming President Obama to Twitter under the new network hashtag.   This has also been a very challenging morning in Iraq as the World is witness to Daesh yet again has been on the march as the Shitte Milita has been ordered to retake Ramadi as the political battles between the Shittes and Sunnis continue--and as Al Jazeera has just shown supposed images of Daesh supporters celebrating the fall of Ramadi.   Iran is actively engaged as well as epitomized by statement from Ali Akbar Velayati, the Senior Advisor to Iran's Supreme Guide, Ayatollah Khameini.   Iraq has no choice but to rely on the Shitte Militia becuase Iraq has no Army and has dissipated for all intent and purpose.   We have also been assessing the latest from Israel with the new Goverment which we will be commenting on over the ensuing days.

We wanted to finish this edition with this courtesy of Fortune about a very perceptive and eye opening speech by Apple CEO  Tim Cook on making a difference:

Apple CEO Tim Cook's speech at George Washington University yesterday was part product pitch, part recruiting speech, part graduation cliche. But it was also the most eloquent testament to the noble purpose of business I've heard from a CEO in some time.

Speaking on the National Mall, Cook recalled his first meeting with Steve Jobs, 17 years ago. At the time, Cook's view was that "work was work… There were things I wanted to change about the world. But I'd have to do that on my own time, not in the office." Jobs taught him otherwise - that work was about creating products that changed the world. "You don't have to choose between doing good and doing well," Cook told his audience of graduates. "Your challenge is to find work that pays the rent, puts food on the table, and let's you do what is right and good and just."

Cook drew a sharp contrast between the cynicism of Washington and the optimism of Silicon Valley, where people believe "there is no problem that can't be solved."

Meanwhile, at Fortune, we are finishing up a survey of CEOs, in which one question was: "Excluding yourself, what Fortune 500 CEO do you admire most?"  

You can watch the full Cook speech here.


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