Executive Briefing

The things that inspired me in 2020

A year-end gift guide for the mind.

“Instead of a holiday gift guide,” I wrote near the end of 2019, “here are some of the things that made me smarter this year.” Let’s keep that tradition going.

The entrepreneurs who improvised, pivoted, and refused to give up

In this truly strange — and often sad and unfair — year, improvisation, creativity, and resilience were rays of light.

For instance, I wrote early and often about how many in the restaurant industry — which has effectively been left for dead by governments and landlords — pivoted and innovated to keep the lights on, communities fed, and the art form alive.

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Dan Frommer

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