HBR has published an interesting article in its April 2014 issue on using “Auditions” during the interview process. Candidates spend a few weeks working at the company as a contractor working part-time at the company. This may be a better way to hire people. The Time magazine has a couple of interesting articles in the April 7th, 2014 issue. Rana Foroohar talks about the slowdown in global trade and how that is a symptom of major changes in the US and other world economies. I learned a new phrase today – “Political Entrepreneurs”. Nick Gillespie differentiates between “Political Entrepreneurs” and “Market Entrepreneurs” and describes how political entrepreneurs are stifling innovation in the US economy by putting roadblocks before Tesla (preventing them from selling directly to customer), Uber and Airbnb. Political Entrepreneurs thrive in countries like India and that’s why one never see great new companies from that country founded on world changing ideas. Nick also talks about the book “The Myth of the Robber Barons” in this article.