Stop Talking About Moving to Silicon Valley and Just Build a Great Company Where You Are

25. June 2016

A great read about why moving to Silicon Valley isn’t always the answer. It’s not necessarily going to be any easier to get funding in California, there are great founders everywhere and entrepreneurs would be better off focussing on their local opportunities instead.

How To Brainstorm Like A Googler

25. June 2016

Fascinating look at Google’s elegantly simple linear process for brainstorming new ideas and turning them into actual products: Know the user, Think 10x, then Prototype.

Why I decided to connect my blog to Facebook Instant Articles

25. June 2016

An interesting read about Facebook Instant Articles, a lighter version of articles that show up on the user’s newsfeed while they’re using the Facebook mobile app, and how they produced a higher engagement rate at the expense of related content and other social media.

The 9 cheapest cities to live in Europe

25. June 2016

Interesting look at the cities with the lowest cost of living in Europe, from Marseille to Porto. Looks like it might be time to move to Tartu (gets out map).

Simple Optimizations on the “Coming Soon” Page Can Create Profound Results

25. June 2016

Great read about how some small changes can produce big results for coming soon pages, such as adding more text and optimising a site for mobile.

AI, Apple and Google

24. June 2016

Great article about how, in the last couple of years, magic has started happening in AI. Techniques have started working, or started working much better, and new techniques have appeared, especially around machine learning. Exciting times!

Uber Data And Leaked Docs Provide A Look At How Much Uber Drivers Make

24. June 2016

Uber data suggests that drivers overall in three major U.S. markets — Denver, Detroit, and Houston — earned less than $13.25 an hour after expenses in late 2015, according to calculations based on more than a million trips.

Facebook Signs Deals With Media Companies, Celebrities for Facebook Live

22. June 2016

Interesting news that Facebook has inked contracts with nearly 140 media companies and celebrities to create videos for its nascent live-streaming service, as the social network positions itself to cash in on a lucrative advertising market it has yet to tap.

Tesla Makes Offer to Acquire SolarCity

22. June 2016

Elon Musk has proposed combining the electric-car and solar-energy companies that he backs, the latest in a series of financial shuffles among disparate firms in his empire.

Why Some Global Tech Startups Are Offshoring to Delaware

22. June 2016

Fascinating article about how Stripe, the $5 billion payments startup, has helped 440 businesses from 91 countries incorporate in the U.S. through a new program called Atlas.

Native support for taxes and shipping

22. June 2016

Great news that Stripe will now help automatically calculate taxes across many countries —just supply your customer’s address when creating an order. It will also calculate shipping costs as well!

Instagram doubles monthly users to 500M in 2 years, sees 300M daily

22. June 2016

Instagram now has over 500 million users, twice its count from two years ago. It added the last 100 million since September 2015, faster than the previous 100 million.

Apple Unlikely to Make Big Changes for Next iPhone

22. June 2016

News that Apple plans to break with its recent pattern of overhauling the design of its flagship iPhone every two years, and make only subtle changes in the models it will release this fall. The headphone plug looks to be going though…

A World Without Uber: Dispatches From Austin

22. June 2016

A great read about why Uber and Lyft recently left Austin and what the city is like as a ride-sharing wilderness. Bartenders are now scared to over-serve apparently.

Don’t let anyone overpay you

22. June 2016

Jason Fried on why the moment one customer pays you a lot more than any other customer, you’re no longer a product company, you’re a services/consulting company.

Never leave Slack with message button bots for using Kayak, Trello, and more

22. June 2016

Now you can approve expenses, assign deadlines, check flights, and interact with other enterprise tools from inside Slack with its new Message Buttons. Slack is vying to become your always-open portal to work with the biggest update to its API since its December launch.

Twitter launches Engage, a safer space for celebrities to tweet

22. June 2016

Twitter has launched Engage, a new standalone app for influential Twitter users that takes some of the guesswork out of Twitter. The app, which is available today on iOS, is designed to help famous people interact with their fans and build a bigger following…

7 business models for bots

21. June 2016

A great read about how bots, the hottest topic since mobile apps, might actually make money, from Bots as a Service (BaaS) to pure retail sales bots.

Keith Rabois on the Role of a COO, How to Hire and Why Transparency Matters

21. June 2016

Keith Rabois shares what he believes the role of a COO is, how to find the best talent and convince them to join your company and why radical transparency matters.

You knew China’s cities were growing. But the real numbers are stunning

21. June 2016

A fascinating look at some of the mind-boggling statistics coming from China’s urban world, including more than 100 cities with populations of over 1 million people and six that exceed 10 million!

New York Times Readies Ad-Free Digital Subscription Model

21. June 2016

Interesting pieces about the New York Times’ plans to launch an advertising-free digital access option that would cost consumers more than a standard subscription, in response to the rising adoption of software that lets readers block ads.

Shanghai emerging frontrunner for Tesla’s China production

21. June 2016

News that Tesla Motors Inc is eyeing Shanghai for its China production base in an investment that could be worth about $9 billion. Tesla has signed a non-binding agreement with Shanghai government-owned Jinqiao Group for the production base.

Instagram likes and comments are plummeting

21. June 2016

According to new data from social media analytics firm Quintly, the number of interactions—likes and comments—on Instagram photos posted by professional users, such as celebrities and brands, fell by an average of 27% between March 2015 and March 2016.

Keep an eye on Norway: Its startup scene is about to go huge

21. June 2016

An interesting read about Norway’s startup scene, which looks to be developing at a fast pace, helped by both government and royal support. Could Norway be the next Sweden?

129 Zenefits Staff Quit After Offer From CEO

21. June 2016

The embattled startup Zenefits will lose an additional 10% of its staff, after 129 employees decided to take a severance offer and quit, according to an internal memo from CEO David Sacks.

Ecommerce is supposedly capital intensive. So why do the companies that raise the least tend to do the best?

21. June 2016

A thought provoking look at the failure of many well-funded ecommerce sites, from One Kings Lane to BeachMint and why the winners aren’t the companies that have focussed on raising capital.

OpenAI technical goals

21. June 2016

An interesting read about the technical goals of OpenAI, from building an agent with useful natural language understanding to measuring progress.

NASA’s new electric plane could be a significant step toward a cleaner era of aviation

20. June 2016

Interesting news about NASA developing an electric plane to accelerate the introduction of zero-emission aircraft that use less energy and cruise at higher speeds than the aircraft of today.

The Path to Learning requires Failing: The DAO

20. June 2016

A thought-provoking read about what can be learnt from the recent DAO hacking, from walking before running to the relationship of smart contracts.

15 Books Marc Andreessen Thinks Everyone Should Read

20. June 2016

The famed VC and entrepreneur shares his favourite books via Twitter, from modern politics in Russia to the rise of cryptocurrency.

Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Stumbled After Secret Truce With Investor

20. June 2016

A great read about Marissa Mayer’s secret truce with activist investor, Starboard Value LP CEO Jeffrey Smith, how she failed to produce the pledged cost savings, plunged even deeper into her turnaround efforts and clung to the idea that she was going to save Yahoo.

How an experimental cryptocurrency lost (and found) $53 million

20. June 2016

A fascinating look at the Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) cryptocurrency, which recently had $53 million stolen from it due to a bug. With 27 days until the funds are cleared there are some options still on the table…

‘The maker movement of technology’: part two of WIRED’s Shenzhen documentary

20. June 2016

An interesting look at how the maker movement has been appropriated by Shenzhen’s frenetic manufacturing industry and how the city’s attitudes to open source hardware are so different to those of the West.

Becoming CEO of our Start Up (while remaining COO at the same time)

20. June 2016

An interesting look into what it’s like to be both CEO and COO. You’ve got to be prepared to be unpopular and become a chameleon to be a successful CEO apparently…

Think Less, Think Better

20. June 2016

A great piece from Neuroscientist and Harvard Professor Moshe Bar for the New York Times on the importance of having a clear mind for productive thinking and creativity. Time for some Vipassana meditation!

Building the Gyroscope App

17. June 2016

A very interesting in-depth look into the process and inspiration behind the Gyroscope App, from the rise of wearables to how they performed their beta testing. It also helped the founder lose 20 pounds this year…

Ev Williams: The Forrest Gump of the Internet

17. June 2016

A great profile on Ev Williams, why the influential tech guru who introduced blogs to the world isn’t a household name, his background and why he’s betting against the open web.

Spending Money to Make Money…aka Stock-based Compensation

17. June 2016

A thoughtful analysis of stock based compensation, it’s history within startups, how some tech startups have been accounting for it under GAAP and why we should all get used to it.

11 podcasts that will make you a better software engineer

17. June 2016

A great guide to eleven podcasts that will help software engineers up their game, from Full Stack Radio to the Changelog.

Let’s Upgrade Bill Gates’ Climate Reading List

17. June 2016

A fascinating analysis of Bill Gates’ views on climate change and why he’s wrong to propagate a miracle fallacy with the potential of electric vehicles, batteries, wind and solar.

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