What we're Reading - May 30th

We're going to be putting out a selection of the stuff we liked each week at the intersection of water and entrepreneurship (and other stuff). We hope you find it a useful way to cut through some of the noise. As always, feedback appreciated!

Water

Philadelphia Water Rate Links Payments to Household Income - Brett Walton Income-based pay rate for water bills in Philadelphia marks a shift in how we are being asked to perceive utility payments, and how that intersects with water as a right rather than a commodity.

Solutions for a Global Water Crisis - Elizabeth Curmi Poor infrastructure and maintenance of available water sources continues to deplete this precious resource. Estimates nearing $10 trillion may be the world’s solution to implementing the already constructed sustainable solutions we need.

Price of Water 2017: Four Percent Increase in 30 Large U.S. Cities - Brett Walton Budgeting constraints for utilities from reduced water usage inhibit capability for infrastructure management and repair, opening a niche market for network wide cost-saving measures while forcing utilities to seek revenue from other outlets.

How One Water Agency Thrived During the Drought - Tara Lohan Digging into the data in order to restructure internal cost and profit models allows this agency to survive financially and even surpass state-wide mandates on water consumption. 

Entrepreneurship & Strategy

Interview with Marc Andreesen: Masters in Business - Bloomberg Sitting down with Marc Andreesen of Andreessen Horowitz, discussing what they look for in prospective investees, their selection process, how they differentiate, and a fascinating look at tech history in Silicon Valley.  

7 Lessons from 100+ Failed Startups - Anastasia Mudrova The in’s and out’s of firing a new hire or any employee that just doesn’t meet your/the firm’s expectations. The takeaway: don’t wait.

It's Never Too Early to Fire - Lars Dalgaard The in’s and out’s of firing a new hire or any employee that just doesn’t meet your/the firm’s expectations. The takeaway: don’t wait.

Other Stuff We Liked

Bids don’t only happen in auctions - how subtle signals shape our relationships - Sebastian Bailey The psychology of building relationships (business and personal) and how to get the most out of them.

Roger Moore died: This anecdote about the James Bond actor shows why he’ll be missed - Christopher Hooton Have you smiled today? 

IH2O Accelerator Companie

How this ex-pool boy is changing water - Tedx Talks Ravi Kurani tells his story along with that of several others regarding the diverse roles of water and how changing the way we think about this resource can impact health in communities anywhere.

Chris Turnbill-Grimes (CEO, 3BL Enterprises - IH2O '17) masterminding the installation of a last-mile piped water network for 750+ families

Chris Turnbill-Grimes (CEO, 3BL Enterprises - IH2O '17) masterminding the installation of a last-mile piped water network for 750+ families

3BL Enterprises- We Need Your Help! - 3BL Enterprises 3BL is on track to finish their pilot project of structuring a water pipeline through the city of Wita, Ethiopia, but have run in to more demand than they bargained for. Check out their inspiring work and help support an IH2O company!

Let us know what you’re reading. Or, send us a note when you have news to share with the IH2O community. We look forward to it.

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