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Highlights from my Reading List – Week 34


  1. Pretending to Care, Pretending to Agree – Venkatesh Rao
    Communities, masks and human stress-strain curves.

  2. The Exercise of Authoritah – Venkatesh Rao
    Collectors and connectors. 

  3. What We Learned from Hiring at Homebrew – Satya Patel
    Satya reflects on the hiring process at Homebrew. 

  4. Ergodicity – via Nassim Taleb
    Ergodicity explained using the difference between ensemble and time probability. 
  5. The Amazing, Shrinking Org Chart – Venkatesh Rao
    Vgr on corporate structures, org charts and how organizations respond to uncertainty. 

  6. The Three-Leaps-of-Faith Rule – Venkatesh Rao
    Originally written for PhD students, the three-leaps-of-faith rule has wide applicability in many domains. 

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Highlights from my Reading List – Week 33


  1. Reviving Patronage and Revolutionary Industrial Research- Alexey Guzey
    An excellent overview of the history and future of research and how patronage needs to make a revival. 

  2. The Power of Intuition – Zen Black
    A six part series on the power of intuition. I’ve been trusting my intuition to a greater extent as I grow older and this series was a gripping read.

    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    Part 4
    Part 5
    Part 6

  3. E.O. Wilson on the Upside of Introversion, the Limits of IQ, and Where Ideas Really Come From – Charles Chu
    A great profile on E. O. Wilson and his ideas from Letters to a Young Scientist. 

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Highlights from my Reading List – Week 32


  1. Why You Should Start a Blog Right Now – Alexey Guzey
    A solid pitch for why you need to have an online presence. 

  2. Happy Ambition: Striving for Success, Avoiding Status Cocaine, and Prioritizing Happiness – Ben Casnocha
    How to balance ambition and satisfaction? Should we? 

  3. Polymath or Dilettante? – Sharon Lin
    Sharon on the negative connotations associated with dilettantism.

  4. Small Teams of Scientists Have Fresher Ideas – The Atlantic
    What are small groups good at? What are large groups good at? 
  5. How to decentralize social media, a brief sketch – Larry Sanger
    How do we go about making social media decentralized?
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Highlights from my Reading List – Week 31


  1. Overcoming Your Demons – Morgan Housel
    Morgan on the painful process of overcoming your greatest fears.   

  2. Lambda’s Loop: A Growth Case Study – Lloyd Alexander
    Part 2 in the Lambda School case study. This one covers the various feedback loops that enable Lambda to get better over time as it scales. 

  3. Early Reflections On Silicon Valley – Sar Haribhakti
    Sar chronicles his thoughts on the move to SV. Insightful commentary as always. 

  4. The Secret Power of ‘Read It Later’ Apps – Tiago Forte
    Tiago on why you should use Pocket or Instapaper for your reading habit.  
  5. Naval Ravikant’s Guide To Choosing Your First Job In Tech 
    Identifying potential peers, performing well and letting compounding work for you. 

  6. Open Letter From New York State Budget Director Robert Mujica Regarding Amazon
    A hard hitting memo on the Amazon debacle that highlights how vested interests and politicization of issues can lead to disastrous outcomes for a community. 

  7. The Secret to Amazon’s Success – Internal APIs
    Decentralizing the information flow between teams made it easier for Amazon to scale fast. 
  8. Amazon’s “two-pizza teams”: The ultimate divisional organization – Jason Crawford
    How Amazon thinks of teams and why it helps them stay nimble. 

    Two-pizza teams are so named because they’re small: 6 to 10 people; you can feed them with two pizzas. The most important aspect of a 2PT isn’t its size, though, but its fitness function. A fitness function is a single key business metric that the senior executive team (the “S-team”) agrees on with the team lead. It’s the equivalent of the P&L for a division: a single metric to provide focus and accountability. 

  9. Keith Rabois – This Week in Startups with Jason Calacanis – Part 1 
    Keith Rabois on success, failure, and building a team.