Book #9: A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea

Jeff Hilimire

Each book is ranked on a 5-star scale (5 is best). ** A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea. Heart-breaking, haunting, and deeply insightful, this look at one man’s journey through his life in North Korea is like nothing I’ve ever read before. Amazon’s description of A River of Darkness: The harrowing true story of one man’s life in—and subsequent escape from—North Korea, one of the world’s most brutal totalitarian regimes.

The Interview, Censorship, Terrorism, Dr. Evil, and Lots of Other Stuff

Feld Thoughts

North Korea says huh, what, wait, it wasn’t us and seeks a joint probe with US on Sony hack (yeah – like that is going to happen.) He’s decided that the North Korea hack on Sony Pictures was not an act of war but is now trying to decide if it’s terrorism so he can put North Korea on the terrorism sponsors list to join Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.

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Pyongyang, Vonnegut, and Depression

Feld Thoughts

North Korea has been on my mind lately (fathom that), although I had bought this book a few years ago after Eric Schmidt’s trip to in North Korea. Books digital sabbath North Korea saunders vonnegutAmy and I had another wonderful digital sabbath yesterday. It started Friday at sundown when I put my computer to sleep. I’m using Inbox When Ready and have locked my inbox from Friday at 6pm to Saturday at 11:59pm.

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War

Steve Blank

Next, we’ll discuss the challenge of our National Defense Strategy – we no longer face a single Cold War adversary but potentially five – in what are called the “2+3 threats” (China and Russia plus Iran, North Korea, and non-nation state actors.).

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 2

Steve Blank

The Department of Defense has to decide which of these technologies and new weapons will be most important across these five: China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and non-nation states. We just held our second session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

Why The Government is Isn’t a Bigger Version of a Startup

Steve Blank

Russia, Iran, and North Korea have also fused those activities. This article previously appeared in War On The Rocks. There was a time when much of U.S. academia was engaged in weapon systems research for the Defense Department and intelligence community. Some of the best and brightest wanted to work for defense contractors or corporate research and development labs. And the best startups spun out of Stanford were building components for weapon systems.

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 2 – Max Boot

Steve Blank

The Department of Defense has to decide which of these technologies and new weapons will be most important across these five: China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and non-nation states. We just held our second session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

I read 36 books in 2019. Here are the best ones.

Jeff Hilimire

A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea ** ( my write up ). While I read 52 books in 2018 , I only managed 36 books in 2019. I say only because I was shooting for 53 (you know, one more than the year before) but realized pretty early on that was an unrealistic goal. I think averaging three books a month is my sweet spot. The Billionaire Who Wasn’t ** Absolutely loved this book. Chuck Feeney is someone I aspire to be more like.

Staying Cyber Aware in a Crisis: Smart Tips for Nonprofit Boards

Board Effect

There are a good number of hackers lurking in cyberspace that have the backing of their governments —namely in China, North Korea, and Russia. Not long after the attacks from Russia, North Korean hackers also used malware as a lure to inform people about the COVID-19 pandemic. Cyberattacks that originated from Russia and North Korea were smaller than those that stemmed from China, just as we began to receive reports that the COVID-19 situation in China was improving.

The 5 best books I’ve read this year

Jeff Hilimire

A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea ** ( my write up ). Many of you know that I’m on a mission to read 52 books this year. A book a week. The previous two years I averaged about 35 books, so I thought upping that to 52 would be doable. Not easy, but doable. And somehow, someway, I’m actually ahead of schedule. I’ve read 41 books so far and there are 17 weeks left in the year.

Your No Fear Career

YoungUpstarts

I’m not talking about jumping out of airplanes or crossing the border into North Korea. by Robin Fisher Roffer, author of “ Your No Fear Career “ The office can be a scary place. There are demanding clients, bosses who bully, conniving coworkers, and people who play politics. It seems that fear, mistrust, anxiety and feeling overwhelmed run through the veins of professionals at every level.

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 4

Steve Blank

The NDS observed that we not only faced non-nation states (terror organizations,) but going forward we have to plan for 2+3 adversaries (China, Russia, Iran, North Korea and the non-nations states.)

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Making the World a Safer Place

Steve Blank

North Korea. Introducing Hacking for Defense – Connecting Silicon Valley Innovation Culture and Mindset to the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. Hacking for Defense is a new course at Stanford’s Engineering School in the Spring of 2016. It is being taught by Tom Byers, Steve Blank, Joe Felter and Pete Newell and is advised by former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry.

Dalhousie University Commencement Speech – 2017

Steve Blank

Today, China, Russia, North Korea and other countries have locked their citizens behind a great firewall. Light a path for the better angels. Thank you, Chancellor McLellan, President Florizone, Dean Charlebois, Dr. Hewitt, and Dr. Kilfoil for the invitation to speak today and thank you for the honorary degree. I’m honored to speak at a university whose motto is: Pray and Work. It’s pretty close to the one I had as an entrepreneur, which was – Pray it Will Work.

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 4 – Bridge Colby

Steve Blank

The NDS observed that we not only faced non-nation states (terror organizations,) but going forward we have to plan for 2+3 adversaries (China, Russia, Iran, North Korea and the non-nations states.) It observed that we still face non-nation states (terror organizations,) but have to plan for 2+3 adversaries – China, Russia, Iran, North Korea and the non-nations states.

Chris Christie Should Own the Cone #trafficgate

This is going to be BIG.

Elect me president and North Korea will experience the worst traffic jam you''ve ever seen.". I am stunned over this #trafficgate scandal where Chris Christie apparently caused a bunch of traffic with some fake road closures in order to strongarm another politico into getting his support. Just stunned. that people don''t think this kind of thing goes on everyday. And stunned that we think this is anywhere near the worst of it.

The Fascinating Aura of Mystery, Awe, and Power Surrounding A Business

Growthink Blog

In other words, to suffer for just one week like the terribly poor, extraordinarily unfortunate and very marketplace mystique - deprived people of North Korea must unconsciously suffer through every day of their lives. Every day I see entrepreneurs trying to find that right balance between keeping their intellectual property confidential while sharing and promoting their business model - especially to investors - whose interest they so very much need to pique.

Can the Bitcoin code be forbidden by democratic governments?

The Startup Magazine

In North Korea, there are already signs that the bitcoin is being used, both in the capital, in Phenian, but also in cities along the border with China, such as Sakchu and Sinuiju, known for a large number of Chinese traffickers. As demonstrated by the example of North, citizens will be able to have the forbidden product and keep it hidden. Many Bitcoiners are wondering if the bitcoin can be forbidden. It’s a thorny question that not so many think about.

8 books that fundamentally changed me as a person

Jeff Hilimire

The brutal life that so many around the world are subjected to, and specifically in this book the focus is on those in North Korea, is hard to fathom. Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash. I read a lot of books. One year (2018) I read 52, in fact. I think my natural cadence is more like 3/month, with an even split between physical books, Kindle, and Audible. I read all sorts of books.

5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Diplomats

crowdSPRING Blog

With the red-hot temperature around the crisis in Syria reduced to a mere boil, and the government in North Korea backing away from the brink I gave some thought this week to what entrepreneurs could learn from global leaders and diplomats in general.

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The Laws Don’t – and Can’t – Keep Up With Technology

Feld Thoughts

But my guess is that not much will change, the outrage will move onto something else (hey – what happened to North Korea?), A law with good intentions, but horrible side effects, passed yesterday. You probably haven’t heard about it because of the brouhaha over 97,513 other things. It’s called SESTA/FOSTA and the EFF has a good summary of how Lawmakers Failed to Separate Their Good Intentions from Bad Law.

Jennifer Lopez and the NDA

Growthink Blog

In other words, to suffer for just one week like the terribly poor, extraordinarily unfortunate and very marketplace mystique - deprived people of North Korea must unconsciously suffer through every day of their lives. Every day I see entrepreneurs trying to find that right balance between keeping their intellectual property confidential while sharing and promoting their business model with partners - especially investors - whose interest they so very much need to pique.

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Top 5 Fastest - Growing Freelance Platforms in 2020

Transformify - Recruiting

The entire invoicing and payments process is managed by the freelance platform which includes payment transfers to any bank account all over the world (although there are some restricted countries like Cuba, North Korea, Iran, etc.). Given that the gig economy is on the rise and Industry 4.0 continues to cut jobs, it comes as no surprise that the Global Freelance Platforms Market is growing at a fast pace.

What Every Bitcoin Investor Should Learn From a Dictator Named “Awesome”

Austin Startup

Because Iran, North Korea, drug cartels, tax evaders, and money launderers are using Bitcoin to evade sanctions, bank laws, taxes, and pretty much violate every lawful economic law on the books. They are already starting to do so, in China and South Korea, and the impact of this on Bitcoin value is just beginning.

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Twitter Link Roundup #171 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Rare recount of escaping North Korea – [link]. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week!

Small Business Tips: Foreign Payments, The Patriot Act, OFAC, and you.

crowdSPRING Blog

The Office of Foreign Assets Control administers and enforces various economic sanctions programs; you may be familiar with the restrictions and embargoes that are placed on countries such as North Korea or Iran which are designed to put foreign policy pressure on those and other governments.

Watch Out for Seven Traits Of A Dominant Visionary

YoungUpstarts

Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen’s CEO, was fired because he created an extreme company culture — described by Der Spiegel as “North Korea without labor camps” — that drove employees to create and install illegal software that cheated on vehicle emissions tests. by Rob Shelton, co-author of “ The Brilliant Jerk Conundrum: Thriving with and Governing a Dominant Visionary “ Dominant visionaries that lead companies do not act or think like most people.

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

Austin Startup

The Forrest Four-Cast: December 8, 2017 This post is not about Roy Moore, North Korea, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, massive California wildfires, Harvey Weinstein, Robert Mueller, Travis Kalanick, Ajit Pai, ISIS, LeVar Ball, Al Franken, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Goodell, Jerry Jones, Janet Porter or Mark Zuckerberg.

The Red Queen Problem – Innovation in the DoD and Intelligence Community

Steve Blank

In the 21st century you need a scorecard to keep track of the threats: Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, ISIS in Yemen/Libya/Philippines, Taliban, Al-Qaeda, hackers for hire, etc. “…it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. ”. The Red Queen Alice in Wonderland. Innovation, disruption, accelerators, have all become urgent buzzwords in the Department of Defense and Intelligence community.

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Revive and Re-purpose: How to Use Old Content for Better Results

Duct Tape Marketing

Newsworthy topics such as NoKor or North Korea’s ballistic missile testing are good examples of such content. Revive and Re-purpose: How to Use Old Content for Better Results written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Today’s modern world relies heavily on the internet to make transactions and businesses even faster. In a single click, an item from the other corner of the world could be right on your doorstep in just a few days time.

The Most Important Political Show on TV

Both Sides of the Table

They also discussed North Korea’s nuclear test this week and what China’s role in containing NK has traditionally been and what it’s doing now. We can often get lost in the sideshows of the political season talking a bunch of nonsense about immigration, China bashing, race baiting and overplaying social issues and fear.

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Foursquare? A Bakery?

Growthink Blog

The teapot dictators in Iran and North Korea may get all the ink, but it is the Chinese, Indian, and Brazilian technocrats with their quiet defense of free markets and trade that make hay. Picasso once famously said, “Work is the Ultimate Seduction.” Well, when it comes to the debt we all owe the world’s entrepreneurs and innovators, we should all thank our lucky stars that he was right.

I read a book a week in 2018 and here are the best ones

Jeff Hilimire

A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea ( my write up ) – Wow. I decided to make a lofty reading goal this year of reading 52 books – one book per week. I read actual, physical books. I read Kindle books. And I listened to Audible books. More on how I did it. When you read that many books, there are bound to be some duds and some studs.

Transcript of Sonic Branding and the New Rules of Marketing and PR

Duct Tape Marketing

You know, you’ve got North Korea over here, and you’ve got the U.S. Transcript of Sonic Branding and the New Rules of Marketing and PR written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Back to Podcast. Transcript. John Jantsch: One of the pioneers of inbound marketing, of the new rules of marketing and P&R, David Meerman Scott, joins me for this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing podcast.

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