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Rafat Ali. Rafat is the CEO/founder of Skift, an early-stage travel intelligence startup that offers news, data, and and services to the travel industry and business travelers. Previously, he was the founder/CEO of paidContent and ContentNext, which he sold to UK's Guardian News and Media in 2008, and left in 2010.
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Travels in the New Global Garage Sale
by Adam Minter (Nov 11, 2019)
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Tags: economicstravelbusiness
Downsizing. Decluttering. A parent's death. Sooner or later, all of us are faced with things we no longer need or want. But when we drop our old clothes and other items off at a local donation center, where do they go? Sometimes across the country-or even halfway across the world-to people and places who find value in what we leave behind.In Second...
Grand Tours and Cook's Tours
A History of Leisure Travel, 1750-1915
by Lynne Withey (Jan 31, 1997)
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Tags: travel
This history of leisure travel from the middle of the eighteenth century to the start of World War I is a record of remarkable changes - in technology, the size of the traveling public, choices of destination, even beliefs about what was worth seeing. What begins as a description of the Grand Tour of the European continent for sons of wealthy Briti...
The Victorian Internet
The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers
by Tom Standage (Feb 24, 2014)
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Tags: technologyhistoryengineering
The Victorian Internet tells the colorful story of the telegraph's creation and remarkable impact, and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it, from the eighteenth-century French scientist Jean-Antoine Nollet to Samuel F. B. Morse and Thomas Edison. The electric telegraph nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and fur...
The Attention Merchants
The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads
by Tim Wu (Sep 18, 2017)
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From Tim Wu, author of the award-winning The Master Switch ( a New Yorker and Fortune Book of the Year) and who coined the term -net neutrality---a revelatory, ambitious and urgent account of how the capture and re-sale of human attention became the defining industry of our time. Feeling attention challenged? Even assaulted? American business dep...