January 16, 2017
eero – Finally, WiFi that works
eero is the world’s first home WiFi system. A set of three eeros covers the typical home. They work in perfect unison to deliver hyper-fast, super-stable WiFi to every square foot.
Big Tech News
SpaceX returns to flight with Falcon 9 rocket launch
SpaceX has resumed flights, launching a Falcon 9 vehicle from the Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast. It is the first mission by the company since one of its vehicles exploded on the launch pad in September. SpaceX must now follow through with a steady but rapid series of further flights.
Coinbase and the IRS
The IRS recently sent Coinbase a subpoena asking them to disclose records on all U.S. customers over a three year period (this covers millions of customer accounts). While Coinbase has complied with a number of IRS subpoenas that are specific to individuals and meet appropriate standards, the company feels this latest subpoena is overly broad, incorrectly implies that all users of virtual currency are evading taxes and is a violation of their privacy.
Puerto Rico turns to tech and entrepreneurialism to revitalize the economy
As part of its new economic development plan, Puerto Rican officials are looking to technology and entrepreneurship to revitalize the economy, attract its bright minds back to the island and solve the sustainability problems bedeviling the commonwealth.
Guides & Resources
Funding Independent Alternatives
What if raising sh*t loads of cash wasn’t the answer? The problems is, sh*t loads of cash means you have to do sh*t loads more things. Hire sh*t loads more people. Build sh*t loads more features. Enter sh*t loads more markets. Take on sh*t loads of bigger leases. And take on sh*t loads more expectations and accelerated timelines of what success needs to look like.
Lessons learned with Stripe subscriptions
Cronitor’s Shane Harter gives some great insights on what he learned from using Stripe for their SaaS subscriptions, from embracing the platform and not worrying about lock-in to keeping Stripe as the source of truth and the fact that there are still a few important pieces missing.
Google & Facebook ad traffic is 90% useless
Interesting read about how regular visitors to You Exec from a mailing list, reddit and forums actually read the content on the landing page. On the other hand, visitors from Google and Facebook ad traffic are very different – it feels like they have ADD, are paid slave boys somewhere, or bots that have clumsy intelligence.
If you don’t finish then you’re just busy, not productive
People don’t really care about how you spend my time, they only care about what you are able to deliver. You only care about the fact that you are (hopefully) finding this an interesting read. Yet if I wrote 99% of this article, then allowed it to remain an unpublished draft, then I might as well have never written it in the first place. The same applies to the projects we work on: even if you dedicate many hours to a task and it’s 80% of the way there, if you never finish then no-one will care.
How Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto designs a game
A great video looking at the inventor of Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda, Shigeru Miyamoto’s, design philosophy.