Due Diligence List

Due Diligence List has over 2,000 good due diligence questions organized under fourteen major functional areas of the business.  There is also a sister book, Leaders Ask Good Questions, which has the same questions organized alphabetically.

Print the Legend (Netflix documentary)

Manufacturing and Distributiona 3D  search in general: augmented reality: | baseball cards: | body scan & measure: | books: Tactile Picture Books Project | CAD: spaceclaim | drawing and sketching: JJKAirbrush, pixologic, 3Doodler pen | facility/process modeling:, | free models: grabcad | gaming: musegames | learning: 3dvinci | maps: popviewmaps | presentations: impress.js | software tools: geomagic, autodesk, sketchup, spaceclaim | tour: floored, Google Business Photos | 2D-to-3D conversion: legend3D movies | training: tactustech | TV: shop printing and carving:, makerbot, shapeways | animation-to-print | buildings: Canal House, sand castles to buildings | carving: Carvey | collaboration: thingiverse | handheld: lixpen | movies: Print the Legend | printers: Isis3D, printeer kids, printrbot, 3dsystems, Voxeljet Drawing | Product Engineering

3D printing will one day give us the power to make almost anything, but to handle that power responsibly, we must start by asking how we want to make ourselves.

Mary Barra vs the Dysfunctional GM Culture

by Scott Pickard

Sarah, very interesting article and your recommendations are well-intentioned and truthful, but, I give them a slim chance of making a dent in the sprawling, dense and calcified GM cultural fabric which has deeply embedded within it the familiar dysfunctional qualities of a massive bureaucratic organization. In this regard, human nature repeats itself with disappointing consistency. In very large corporations, universities, government units, and military, this is what we face and deal with every day.

It confirms to me that GM was probably not “too big to fail.” Failure could have been the disruptive event necessary to purge the dysfunction and clear a path for renewal — a “corporate reboot” if you will.  Bankruptcy would have provided the platform and mandate for sweeping away all the dead wood, political toxicity, cronyism, greed, and staleness that builds up over time inside society’s largest institutions.

Law Crime, Corruption, Power, Violence How can we rethink security beyond mass incarceration? How can transnational organized crime networks be stopped? Is there anything goingon in the company that can result in an Enron-style financial collapse? (a) self-dealing; (b) undisclosed insider trading; (c) unauthorized compensation; (d) debt-loaded limited partnerships in general: archive: Crime Library | biology: The Anatomy of Violence Raine | city shootings: ceasefirechicago, Cradle-to-Grave Program | cybersecurity: antiphishing, AccessData, onguardonline | depravity: Crime and Punishment Dostoyevsky | gangs: Home Boy Industries, knockout game | gun violence/control: gun-rights lobby | insider trading: Rajaratnam | jewel thieves: Pink Panthers | kidnapping | organized crime: Hell’s Angels | policing software: Mark43 | research: Crime Lab | school shootings | sex offenders: Miracle Village | TV shows:, Orange is the New Black prison | white collar: nw3c insider trading: Has the company made a reasonable effort to make all insiders (executives, employees, directors) aware of the insider trading rules? | documentary: To Catch a Trader | SEC Filings: power: How is power consolidated in the company?  Are directors careful to not get involved in the internal politics of the company? | greed:  about, The Wolf of Wall Street vigilante: about | Bruce Willis | fiction/comics: batman, robin hood, superman | Mexico: drug cartels | Paul Newman | Death Wish | Steven Sigal | Three Days of the Condor weapons: bombs: toothpaste books/movies: Crime and Punishment Dostoyevsky | Inside Job | Syndromes of Corruption: Wealth, Power, and Democracy Johnston | The Onion Field Wambaugh Decisions | Issues | Emotions | Ethics | Smart Grid | War | Survival | Sports

Had that happened, then “creating opportunities for collegiality to take root….encouraging questions that create context….. helping employees to feel safe by reshaping the work environment…,” might have been introduced into a clean, fear-free, accepting cultural landscape.

But, it didn’t happen, so best of luck to Mary Barra.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all-in for capitalism with its faults, but we all know the aggressive pursuit of profit in BIG BUSINESS (with power and greed lurking in the headquarters’ shadows) has its dark side.


Whitehouse Maker Faire 2014

To celebrate America’s students and entrepreneurs who are inventing the future with new technologies and techniques, the President is hosting the first-ever White House Maker Faire on Wednesday, June 18. The event will feature Makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages who are using cutting-edge tools to bring their ideas to life.

Development of Technology / Human Work DIY do it yourself White House Maker Faire  search in general: democratization of making | about | autos: local motors design | bicycles: sandwhichbikes | big data: clearstorydata | blocks: marble plans | bookmark: post-it sp | cakes: fondant | comics: I Draw Comics Sketchbook & Reference Guide | crafts: craft production, craftsy learn | digital designs: thingiverse | film: swedefest | fold tee shirt | forums: Boy/Girl Scouts, diynetwork, instructables, makerfaire | furniture: AtFAB, sketchchair | global village construction set: opensourceecology | guides: snapguide | hardware: Raspberry Pi |  homegrown food | houses: WikiHouse | knife kit | learn/teach: Boy Scouts, skillshare | legal documents: rocketlawyer | MacGyver | magazines & portals: familyhandyman, Makeshift | mapping: balloon mapping | marketing collaterals: makrplace | online bookstore: aStore | planners | projects: diynetwork | screen printing: Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, | surfboards: mobile classroom | tee shirts: snorgtees, threadless | trading algorithms: quantopian | wall decals: stickytiki | woodblock prints: etchpop curation: art: articurate electronics: circuits: Circuit Scribe |hardware platform: teagueduino | infrared cameras: flir, infrared | keyboard: makeymakey | kits: Evil Mad Scientist | parts: radioshack, sparkfun | soldering: MightyOhm | spectrometry kit | synthesizer: littleBits hobbies & toys: cardboard animals: kineticcreatures | comic strip: magnetcomic | dollhouse | Free Universal Construction Kit | model airplanes: paper, thequadshot | robots: Moss repairs: carmd, ifixit | waterproofing: getflexseal tools & machines: fablab | laser cutting: epiloglaser | shop class: Shop Class as Soulcraft Crawford | windmills | zen and the art videos: cloud: animoto, shakr | film thyself: swivl | hyperlapse: Google Street View | mobile: | monetize: pivotshare | tracking shots: cinetics articles, blogs, books, magazines, portals: Animoto Video Platform for the Non-Professional sp | Make | ReadyMade 100 Project Manual | Handmade Nation Levine | The American Boy's Handy B