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Highlights from my Reading List – Week 30


  1. Loyalty is the Greatest Good: Or, How to Recruit for Your Startup – Rahul Desai
    Great resource on understanding the recruitment perspective.

  2. Writing Docs at Amazon – Scott
    The Do’s and Don’t of writing a good memo, inspired from Amazon’s culture.

  3. A Letter to Steven Pinker About Global Poverty – Jason Hickel
    This critique raises some important points on global poverty measurements that aren’t being addressed. 

  4. Evernote and the Brain: Designing Creativity Workflows – Tiago Forte
    This is a gem of an article on knowledge management, creativity and building a second brain. 
  5. Lessons from Keith Rabois Essay 2: How to Interview an Executive – Delian Asparouhov 
    The article talks about far more important things than just interviewing execs.
reading list

Highlights from my Reading List – Week 29


  1. Markets To Build In (2019) – Daniel Gross
    Where to look for when building new products. 

  2. Lessons From Keith Rabois Essay 1: How to become a Venture Capitalist – Delian Asparouhov
    First in a series of essays from Delian.

  3. Can Lambda School Become a $100M Business? A Growth Case Study – Lloyd Alexander
    An excellent breakdown of Lambda’s potential. 

  4. Why Teams? – Yaneer Bar-Yam
    Why do we need teams? A perspective from complexity. 
  5. The Joe Rogan Experience – Sleep Expert and Neuroscientist Dr. Matthew Walker
    Key takeaways from Why We Sleep.
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Highlights from my Reading List – Week 28


  1. An IIT Teacher’s Assessment Of Kota And Other Coaching Classes – Anurag Mehra
    Anurag Mehra, professor at IIT Bombay, on the subversion of education and the rise of the coaching industry.

  2. 10,000 Hours With Claude Shannon: How A Genius Thinks, Works, and Lives – Jimmy Soni
    The authors of  “A Mind at Play”, Claude Shannon’s biography describe 12 lessons they’ve learnt from him. 

  3. The Context of Equality – Aella
    Equality is a pretty word, but for a thing that everyone agrees upon is desirable, nobody seems to agree on what it looks like. What’s the difference between contextual equality and contextless equality? At what scale should you switch from one to the other? 

  4. Lambda Updates: Integrated Career Search, Farewell to Graduation, and 9 Month Classes – Caleb Hicks
    Lambda School going hard on student outcomes, all driven by the power of incentives. 
  5. The Unbearable Lightness of Martian Gravity: Health, Evolution, and Colonization – Konrad Graf
    SpaceX has repeatedly taken on the so-called impossible and done it. But Elon Musk may have taken a step too far when he presented in September 2016 a vision of long-term Mars colonization. Going well beyond his proposed Mars transport system, he spoke of a self-sustaining Martian city of a million inhabitants. Humanity, he said, could gain the advantage of a second home at which to avoid extinction if Earth became uninhabitable.

    He discussed engineering, propulsion, efficiency, and finance, but the toughest limiter on colonization could be something far harder to engineer around. A critical factor that could well limit long-term Mars stays was missing from Musk’s narrative entirely: the relationship between Earth-evolved biology and Earth gravity.

  6. A Few Things that Surprised Me During My First 3 months at Lambda School – Clint Kunz
    The good and the bad from a Lambda School student. 

  7. An Off-Season Climb to Indrahaar Pass: Climb Hard, Prepare Harder – Manas Arora
    Manas Arora talks about finishing a difficult winter trek and a near miss to reinforce the message of always taking the mountains seriously. 
  8. To Be Persuasive, You’re Going to Need More Than Facts – Farnam Street
    A lesson I’ve learn the hard way is that facts don’t always change minds. Peopling is hard. 
  9. Book Review: Zero to One – Slate Star Codex
    A brilliant review of Zero to One. 
  10. The Lottery of Fascinations – Slate Star Codex
    Do some people have an unfair advantage because they like certain things over others? 
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Highlights from my Reading List – Week 27


  1. Compress to impress – Eugene Wei
    An excellent essay on how to communicate effectively and compress ideas. Straight from Amazon and Jeff Bezos, the master of PR and comms strategy.

  2. The Strategy Puzzle of Subscription-Based Dating Sites – HBR
    The Principal Agent Problem with online dating. 

  3. How I Choose What to Read – David Perell
    David is one of the most prolific creatives I know. This is a great article I’ve recommended to multiple friends on how to go about choosing what to read. 

  4. How to Build Your Self-Confidence by Memorializing Praise and Rejection – Sachin Rekhi
    On dealing with Impostor Syndrome. 
  5. This Startup Thinks It Can Solve Global Inequality With…a Video Game? – The Story of Pioneer App – Inc Magazine
    Pioneer is trying to reduce inequality of opportunity through a monthly leader-board style video game. 

  6. 10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: What I Learned – Ben Casnocha
    A long, insightful read on Ben Casnocha’s learning during his time as Chief of Staff to Reid Hoffman. 

  7. The Pyramid Principle – Ameet Ranadive
    The Pyramid Principle or how to communicate in a structured fashion.
  8. The Evolution of Harry Bosch – Crime Reads
    A profile of my favourite crime writer, the prolific Michael Connelly and his protagonist Harry Bosch. 
  9. Introducing Surge, a rapid scale-up program for early-stage startups in India & Southeast Asia – Sequoia Capital
    Sequoia’s new accelerator program. 
  10. It Makes Little Sense to Blame Students for India’s Growing Loan Default Problem – The Wire
    A detailed breakdown of India’s growing student debt problem fuelled by phoney private colleges.