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Highlights from my Reading List – Week 43


  1. Chaos, butterfly effect, and stability – John Cook
    What the butterfly effect is and isn’t.

    How do we use leverage points in chaotic systems to steer direction? 

  2. We’re a Niche, We Just Didn’t Know – Anna Gát
    Anna on the rise of a new social phenomenon: from Twitter to IRL.

  3. The Problems in Remote Working – Ryan Hoover
    The future of work is distributed. Ryan and the Weekend Fund are trying to make this a reality. 

  4. Discovering the archetype: the ur-phenomenon – Painted Space
    On empiricism and the Goethean scientific method. This approach leads to fact and theory being one.

  5. Markets Are 10X Bigger Than Ever – Elad Gil
    Proof that markets are eating the world

  6. Meet the Pioneers, Take 4 – Pioneer App
    The latest edition of Pioneer awards.

  7. How To Get Into Product Management (And Thrive) – Lenny Rachitsky
    A massive compilation of the best resources for Product Management aspirants.
  8. Scraps 2: Metis, Mirrors, and Martin Guerre – Lou Keep
    Part 3 of the Uruk Series
  9. The Use and Abuse of Witchdoctors for Life – Lou Keep
    Part 4 of the Uruk Series: a case study in legibility as prelude to Hoffer
  10. Without belief in a god, but never without belief in a devil – Lou Keep
    A review of the book “True Believer” by Eric Hoffer


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Highlights from my Reading List – Week 42


  1. SSRIs, An Update – Slate Star Codex
    SSC on the efficacy of SSRIs (and their usage as anti-depressants) 

  2. Fascination Burnout – John Cook
    What does it feel like when everything looks fascinating? 

  3. 5-HTTLPR, A Pointed Review – Slate Star Codex
    SSC on the serotonin transporter gene 5-HTTLPR, bogus science and the flaws in antidepressant pharmacogenomic testing.

  4. One-on-ones are my most valuable meetings; here’s how I run them – Mathilde Colin
    Mathilde on how to run effective 1-o-1s. 
  5. Pecking Order and Flight Leadership – Sarah Constantin
    On the difference between dominance hierarchies and decision hierarchies.

  6. The Uruk Series – Lou Keep
    A monster of a series on capitalism, modernity and other things. 

  7. Man as a Rationalist Animal – Lou Keep
    Why seemingly irrational things are rational and why state interventions fail. This is an excellent review of the book Seeing Like a State.

    Part of the Uruk series.

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Highlights from my Reading List – Week 41


  1. A misunderstanding of complexity – John D. Cook
    A logical fallacy when understanding complexity is the following: Complex systems can arise from iterating simple rules, therefore many complex systems do arise from iterating simple rules.

    What fractals, cellular automata, and such systems show is that it is possible to start with simple rules and create a complex system. It says nothing about how often this happens. It does not follow that a particular complex system does in fact arise from iterating simple rules.

  2. The Next 26 Miles – Kelly Sims
    Kelly reflects on a solid run at Stripe. 

  3. Slack’s head of workplace design thinks open floor plans “suuuck” – Fast Company
    Kristy Tillman of Slack on workplace design, 

  4. How the Science of Emergence Helps us Design More Innovative Teams and Companies – Safi Bahcall
    What could flocks of birds or schools of fish or even neurons in the brain have in common with teams and companies?
    These systems share one key property: surprising macro behaviors arise from simple micro rules. In other words, collective behaviors we wish to understand or influence arise from certain simple interactions between the parts.

  5. The Meridian of Her Greatness – Lou Keep
    This is a complicated article that tackles the paradox of why people are unhappy even though capitalism has been a force of good over the past centuries.

    Read at your own peril.


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Highlights from my Reading List – Week 40


  1. The Bare Essence – Benjamin Tseng
    Benjamin on the bare essence of consulting. 

  2. How an Aspiring ‘It’ Girl Tricked New York’s Party People and Its Banks – The Cut
    Money, status and fraud, this story has it all. 

  3. When Do Income Share Agreements Make Sense? – Ali Hamed
    Ali on the hottest financial instruments – ISAs.   

  4. Lambda, an online school, wants to teach nursing – The Economist
    Lambda school looks to expand into nursing. 

  5. Gatsby: Why We Write
    Sam on why writing, curation and sharing are a crucial aspect of Gatsby’s culture.

  6. Pet Theories – Aaron Harris
    Knowing investors and their pet theories is a good way of getting a first meeting.  

  7. Requisite Variety and Varietal Fit in Cognitive Systems – Joe Norman
    Why making cognitively demanding tasks like driving simpler might lead to more accidents. 
  8. The Art of Agile Leadership – Venkatesh Rao
    Leadership and Leadering. 
  9. A LinkedIn message, an email, and a tweet – Tyler Hogge
    Leveraging cold emails and tweets to get lucky.