SaulPaul named 2017 Austinite of the Year

“The 19th annual Austin Under 40 Awards were handed out Saturday night, with rapper and entrepreneur SaulPaul named 2017 Austinite of the Year. SaulPaul, who inspired the crowd of about 900 attendees with his story of going from four felonies to a 4.0 GPA in college before starting his music career, was a double winner. He also picked up the award in the arts, media and entertainment category. In addition to being a musician, SaulPaul is the founder of ReRoute Outreach, a nonprofit which helps at-risk and under privileged youth discover and develop their artistic and entrepreneurial skill sets.” [BizJournals.com]

In addition to be named “Austinite of the Year” for 2017, SaulPaul also won the Austin Under 40 Award in th eArts, Media, & Entertainment category. Congrats! [AustinUnder40.org]

The Milken Institute’s Global Conference hosting two BrightSight Group speakers

Frances Stroh, author of Beer Money, will be speaking on April 30th, and Pedro Domingos will be in conversation with Alphabet’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt on May 1st.

The Milken Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank determined to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health. We do this through independent, data-driven research, action-oriented meetings and meaningful policy initiatives. [MilkenInstitute.org]

Listen to Sandeep Jauhar on NPR

Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist, and author of the books “Intern” and “Doctored,” disagrees with the AMA’s view. In an op-ed for our partners at The New York Times, Dr. Jauhar states that although he opposes capital punishment, doctors should be present at executions to minimize prisoner suffering. [WNYC.org]

Dr. Jauhar was recently a guest on The Takeway to discuss. Listen above.

Cameron Robertson pilots experimental flying car for Google offshoot


“Kitty Hawk, the company backed by [Google’s] Mr. Page, is trying to be one of the first out of the gate and plans to start selling its vehicle by the end of the year … During his recent test flight, Cameron Robertson, the aerospace engineer, used two joysticklike controls to swing the vehicle back and forth above Clear Lake, sliding on the air as a Formula One car might shimmy through a racecourse. The flight, just 15 feet above the water, circled over the lake about 20 or 30 yards from shore, and after about five minutes Mr. Robertson steered back to a floating landing pad at the end of a dock.” [NYTime.com]

Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen’s new book is out today

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes is out today. “Moving blow-by-blow from the campaign’s difficult birth through the bewildering terror of election night, Shattered tells an unforgettable story with urgent lessons both political and personal, filled with revelations that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8, 2016.” [Amazon]

Read the excellent reviews Shattered has garnered in the New York Times and Washington Post.

Listen to Nick Tasler on Todd Henry’s podcast


Nick Tasler, who recently published his fourth book Ricochet: What to Do When Change Happens to You, was a guest on fellow BrightSight speaker Todd Henry’s Accidental Creative podcast. Listen above. [AccidentalCreative.com] Nick was also recently featured at Quartz:

Each of these scandals arises from the same predicament: When companies place material success and self-interest over the essential values distinguishing them from competitors, things tend to head south. Fast. According to Nick Tasler, organizational psychologist and author of The Impulse Factor: An Innovative Approach to Decision Making, one way to avoid such a fate is to make sure that your company abides by a guiding principle known as a “decision pulse.” [QZ.com]