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Highlights from my Reading List – Week 52


  1. Neuralink and the future of knowledge work – Ness Labs
    Speculation on how developments in Neuralink would affect work. 

  2. Epistemic Learned Helplessness – Slate Star Codex
    Do you feel frustrated when you provide someone with a logical argument but they refuse to accept the conclusion? That’s probably a good thing.

  3. Facebook, Libra, and the Long Game – Stratechery
    Ben Thompson on why Libra is a winning move from Facebook.

  4. The Tragedy of Wiio’s Law – Venkatesh Rao
    Wiio’s Law: communication usually fails, except by accident. 
  5. Shopify and the Power of Platforms – Stratechery
    Why platforms (Shopify) and aggregators (Amazon) are competitors and Walmart is losing. 

  6. Before ‘Old Town Road,’ Lil Nas X Was a Tweetdecker – NYMag
    How Lil Nas X memed his way to the top. 

  7. Fair but not so Lovely: India’s obsession with skin whitening – Neha Dixit
    A great essay on India’s unhealthy obsession with skin color and its underlying sociological issues.
  8. Conductor Social Networks – Cody Brown
    The unbundling of media platforms and rise of people centric social networks. 
  9. Let Christopher Alexander design your life – Alexandra Lange
    This is a superb review of the book A Pattern Language and its application in daily life.
  10. Notes from Peter Thiel’s speech at the National Conservatism conference on July 14, 2019 – Bonnie Kavoussi
    This is a great highlight reel of Peter Thiel’s speech. Listen to his interview on Eric Weinstein as well to complement this article.
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Highlights from my Reading List – Week 51


  1. Fire in the Dark Forest – Foci
    This is good commentary on the Dark Forest theory of the internet article that made the rounds recently.

  2. The present and future of work in America – McKinsey Global Institute
    A follow-up on the McKinsey report on Automation and AI and how it will affect the future of work.

  3. How I practice at what I do – Tyler Cowen
    Insight into how Tyler gets in the reps each day.

  4. Book Review of Impro by Keith Johnstone – Jessica
    This is an excellent book review of Impro, a book that’s been on my to-read pile for a long time.  

  5. Old Town Road: The Best Entertainment Case Study of 2019 – Anthony McGuire
    This is a great breakdown of the phenomenon that is Old Town Road. Lil Nas X has some serious social media chops on top of all his skill as a musician. 


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Highlights from my Reading List – Week 50


    Exciting new startup working on non-invasive neural interfaces. 

  2. How India’s largest premium streaming platform turns viewers into subscribers – What’s New in Publishing
    Hotstar is still the underrated video platform in India. 

  3. The Inevitable Same-ification of the Internet – Matthew Ström
    On why consumer startups eventually converge to the same design.

  4. Responsive Roadmaps – Matthew Ström
    Thinking in dynamics and using dynamic roadmaps because the map is not the territory. 

  5. Optimize for learning – Matthew Ström
    Saying I don’t know and optimizing for learning.

  6. How to take your team’s creative pulse – Matthew Ström
    This is a great post on how to align and resolve creative differences in a team setting.

  7. Inclusive design on the Tokyo subway – Matthew Ström
    What inclusive design looks like IRL. 
  8. How To Have More Inclusive Meetings – Matthew Ström
    Conducting inclusive meetings is a crucial skill to have. 
  9. Quinian Bootstrapping – Psychology Stackexchange
    The basic idea of Quinian Boostrapping is that you start off not understanding a concept, but use a symbolic placeholder for it, and then fill in the details over time. For example, right now you don’t understand Quinian Bootstrapping but you do have the placeholder term “Quinian Bootstrapping” that you can hold in your mind and relate to other things you know and learn. Over time, your placeholder is replaced with the actual concept.


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Highlights from my Reading List – Week 49


  1. The Next Silicon Valley Is … Los Angeles? – Tyler Cowen
    Is the the death of SV exaggerated? Where is the next SV has been a hot topic for years now with Peter Thiel leading the move to LA. Tyler Cowen looks at the case for why LA might be the new epicenter for SV.

  2. Delight Comes Last – Matthew Ström
    Matthew on product hierarchy and why delight comes last when designing products. Although this paradigm shift from minimum viable product and lowest common denominator experiences to consumer delight is changing fast.  

  3. Superhuman – a16z
    A case study on the previous link and why consumer delight and prosumerization are in vogue. David Ulevitch on why a16z is leading the Series B round for Superhuman. 

  4. Regenerations – Venkatesh Rao
    A four-part series on regenerations and change.
    On Going Feral
    On Being an Illegible Person
    At Home, in a Car
  5. Michael Lewis on Being Lazy – Inc Magazine
    Why laziness can be a good thing.

  6. Jony Ive Is Leaving Apple – John Gruber
    A great take on what Jony Ive’s move away from Apple means for the company’s future.