Kickoff For April 8, 2019

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Monday Kickoff, a collection of what I’ve found interesting, informative, and insightful on the web over the last seven days.

I just realized that The Monday Kickoff turned one year old recently. It seems like I started this little project just a couple of months ago. They grow up do quickly, don’t they?

And whether you’ve been here since the beginning or have only recently started with The Monday Kickoff, thank you for reading this space each week.

Let’s get this Monday started with these links:


The Secret History of Women in Coding, wherein we look back at a time when women were accepted as programmers, when and why that changed, how institutions are trying to correct this, and the obstacles that are still in the way.

Technology in deep time: How it evolves alongside us, wherein we learn how most so-called news technology is the result of building on already-existing technology and innovations — paralleling human development.

Shutting down the internet doesn’t work – but governments keep doing it, wherein George Ogola explains how and why governments block access to the internet, the potential costs of that action, and why doing that rarely achieves a government’s aims.


Two identities, one man, wherein we get a glimpse at how a convicted financial criminal jumped on the blockchain bandwagon, tried to turn a company he founded into the Bloomberg of blockchain, and the chaos he left in his wake.

The Triple Jeopardy of a Chinese Math Prodigy, wherein we see how a secretive UK hedge fund’s heavy-handed use of private prosecution laws to essentially destroy a former employee accused of IP theft.

“She Never Looks Back”: Inside Elizabeth Holmes’s Final Months at Theranos, wherein get a look at the almost delusional belief Elizabeth Holmes has in Theranos and in her ability to bring the company back from the brink.


A Preacher, a Scam, and a Massacre in Brooklyn, wherein we hear the story of DeVernon LeGrande, a con man and fake preachers who committed unspeakable crimes that were hidden by the church he founded (a church that is still operating today).

The Secrets of the World’s Greatest Art Thief, wherein we learn the tale of Stéphane Breitwieser, a prolific French art thief, how he committed his crimes, and that he did it for love of art and not money.

When Does an Accident Become a Crime?, wherein we hear the tragic story of a car accident, how it led to a conviction of criminally negligent homicide for the survivor, and the effect it had on two families.

And that’s it for this Monday. Come back in seven days for another set of links to start off your week.

Scott Nesbitt

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