An insight into the types of people who bet on sport in the U.S.
The book tells the story of Anthony Schiller, a former Australian entrepreneur, who thought he had found a way to shake up the world of online gambling. Schiller spent years trying to break into the U.S. market and even thought he had his first deals with ESPN and others, but those deals fell through. He wrote the book to help others like himself understand how to navigate the American gambling market and how to profit from it.
After all, Schiller once boasted that he spent $500,000 a month on online gambling in 2005, which was more than he spent on real estate.
In the U.S., online sports betting is big business, but it’s a lot tougher to succeed than in other countries. As analyst Colin Lucas told USA Today in July, “New Zealand’s illegal bookmakers have been making more money from $2 bets over the past decade than they have from $1 bets over the past 500 years.”
Also: Is Canada poised to come to the table in a U.S.-Canada Gambling Deal?
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The New York Times
The New York Times’ lead business section is often more influential than the paper’s other sections. It reported the Snowden story, and it worked to get Obama’s call for marijuana legalization included in the president’s executive actions on guns. And its news coverage was largely responsible for breaking the story of sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump.
Leaders Eat Last by Joshua Green
You’ll read about Apple in this non-fiction work about Apple’s history and vision, a book that also offers some insights into what the tech giant’s new CEO, Tim Cook, has faced.
First: In the mid-1990s, two Apple board members told the CEO that he needed to do something about Steve Jobs, the company’s volatile co-founder. Jobs went on a binge of drinking, sleeping, and affairs. A version of this story is in author Joshua Green’s book The Man Who Knew, which is an account of the famous trade secrets case between Apple and Microsoft.
Second: Jobs had a tough time taking over Apple after Steve Wozniak retired in 1983. While the Apple co-founder was still technically alive, Jobs had to convince others that he was competent. But when Jobs took over, things started going downhill, as you’ll read in this book.
Finally: A new, quiet Steve Jobs emerged in 2012. That was about four years after he died, in 2011. In this book, Green investigates how Jobs spent his final years as a remote figure. One thing that’s important to understand is that, despite rumors to the contrary, Jobs wasn’t trying to regain control of Apple. Instead, he was trying to work through some of his lingering resentments.
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