Tuesday, August 25, 2015

8 Reasons Everyone Should Learn How To Code

What my LinkedIn looks like now:
2. Potential employers will start jumping in front of your car: With a valuable skill like coding, you’ll notice a sharp uptick in potential employers immediately throwing themselves in front of your vehicle. Just another advantage of being a programmer!
For some more chuckles, check out the post in Clickhole.

Thanks, +Nat Lavin 

Where Are The Women In Tech? Coding Bootcamps

Read more in FastCompany.

Nice find, +Leslie Labruto 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Coddling of the American Mind

"In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health."

Read more in the Atlantic.

HBR Daily Stat: Being Busy Isn’t the Same as Being Productive

The stat:
Research has found that people have a natural aversion to idleness: we’ll go out of our way to stay busy, even if we have to invent things to do. But being too busy can be counterproductive. Studies have also shown that we have a bias toward action: when faced with a problem, we prefer to act, even if it would be best to pause first or do nothing. Together, both of these behaviors show that choosing to be busy is the easy choice. Being productive, by contrast, is much more challenging. What helps remedy this dilemma? Take time to step back and reflect on a regular basis. Reflection helps us understand the actions we’re considering and choose the ones that will make us productive. Even 15 minutes of planning each morning can help. So the next time you feel busy, stop and think about what you actually need to get done.
Read more in HBR.
Thought these were good tips:

  • Don't say: “That reminds me of the time… ” because what they'll hear is: “I can top that.”
  • Don't say: “Haven’t we talked about this before?” because what they'll hear is: “Why are you still hung up about this?”
  • Don't say: “No, actually…" because what they'll hear is: "I am right; you’re wrong.”
  • Don't say: "I understand" because what they'll hear is: "I get it. You don't need to keep talking."
  • And don't say: "I know how you feel." Instead, ask them how they feel.

Read more in BarkingUpTheWrongTree.

The best and worst times to post on social media (infographic)

Read more on FastCo.

The Strange Appeal of Watching Coders Code

"Legions of programmers now stream their work on Livecoding.tv, a site that turns their lonely labor into something more like a party."

Read more in Medium.

How We Changed the Facebook Friends Icon

Read more in Medium.

The Post-YC Slump

Read more about "real" vs "fake" work on Sam Altman's blog. A few favorite excerpts:

Fake work is both easier and more fun than real work for many founders.  Two particularly bad cases are raising money and getting personal press; we’ve seen many promising founders fall in love with one or (usually) both of these, which nearly always ends badly.

... There are a few other common problems.  One is a feeling of “we made it” that comes after a big financing round and a reduction in intensity.  A related problem is that after you’ve raised a lot of money or become somewhat well-known, it’s harder to admit that things aren’t working and you need to change direction.  Also, very small startups can grow by sheer force of will, even with a bad product.  This stops working after a few months as the numbers get larger, and if you haven’t built something people love, you will not be able to continue growing. 
... Don’t ever let yourself feel like you’ve won before you have.  I still don’t think the Airbnb founders feel like they’ve won.  You have to keep up a high level of intensity for many, many years.

16 Startup Metrics

An excerpt:
We have the privilege of meeting with thousands of entrepreneurs every year, and in the course of those discussions are presented with all kinds of numbers, measures, and metrics that illustrate the promise and health of a particular company. Sometimes, however, the metrics may not be the best gauge of what’s actually happening in the business, or people may use different definitions of the same metric in a way that makes it hard to understand the health of the business. 
So, while some of this may be obvious to many of you who live and breathe these metrics all day long, we compiled a list of the most common or confusing ones. Where appropriate, we tried to add some notes on why investors focus on those metrics. Ultimately, though, good metrics aren’t about raising money from VCs — they’re about running the business in a way where founders know how and why certain things are working (or not) … and can address or adjust accordingly.
Read more in a16z.

Female BFFs: The New Power Couples

Read more in the NYT.

Thanks, +Claire Packer 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Toddler at Y Combinator

"For three months, Julia Kurnia took her nonprofit through the famed startup accelerator -- all while caring for her two-year-old son, alone."

Read more at FastCompany.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Man Poses as Target on Facebook, Trolls Haters of Its Gender-Neutral Move With Epic Replies

Check out more in AdWeek. Hilarious.

Nice find, +Ekaterina Petrova 

Coding Bootcamps Seen as a Way into the Techie Class

Read more in the Potrero View.

U.S.A., Land of Limitations?

This piece by Nicholas Kristof resonated with me.

'Haha' has killed 'lol,' says Facebook

An excerpt:
If you still "lol" at jokes online then you might be in the minority. A new report from Facebook into how users express laughter shows that "haha" and its variants are by far the most common terms used on the social network. They accounted for 51.4 percent of mirth in the anonymized comments and posts looked at by Facebook's data team, with laughter emoji claiming 33.7 percent, and "hehe" and its cognates 13.1 percent. The once-mighty "lol" only appeared in 1.9 percent of the text sampled by Facebook — a pretty staggering fall for an expression that was once synonymous with online txt speak
Read more in the Verge.

Tinder and the Dawn of the “Dating Apocalypse”

Argh. Painful to read. Check out the story in Vanity Fair.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Chilly at Work? Office Formula Was Devised for Men

Was hesitant to post this, but it has data. An excerpt:
Finally, scientists (two men, for the record) are urging an end to the Great Arctic Office Conspiracy. Their study, published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, says that most office buildings set temperatures based on a decades-old formula that uses the metabolic rates of men. The study concludes that buildings should “reduce gender-discriminating bias in thermal comfort” because setting temperatures at slightly warmer levels can help combat global warming.
Read more in the NYT. And more in NY Mag.

Thanks, +Alexandra Davis and +Katherine Stiner 

The 10 Essential Roles of a Startup CEO

Check it out in the Groove Blog.

The LinkedIn Hack That Made Me $120,000

Check out Jack Smith's post in theHustle.

Thanks, +Erik Trautman 

My wedding was perfect – and I was fat as hell the whole time

"As a fat woman, you are told to disguise, shrink or flatter your body. But I wasn’t going to hide at my wedding – the older I get, the harder it is to depoliticise simple acts"

Check out Lindy West's piece in the Guardian.

Homme de Plume: What I Learned Sending My Novel Out Under a Male Name

"The plan made me feel dishonest and creepy, so it took me a long time to send my novel out under a man’s name. But each time I read a study about unconscious bias, I got a little closer to trying it."

Both surprised and not surprised. Read the story in Jezebel.

Coinbase joins Pinterest in doing right by employees


Read more in Fortune.

When a bad day gets worse—getting hacked twice in one day

Chris Poole of 4chan writes his experience and learnings getting hacked a year ago.

Bitcoin startups lure quant whizzes from Wall Street

Read more in Yahoo news.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Jimmy Kimmel’s Plea for Cecil the Lion Is a Prime Example of Why Black Celebrities Need to Speak Out

An excerpt:
Not only did late-night host Jimmy Kimmel choke up while speaking against the recent killing of Cecil the Lion, he compared the public’s anger at the hunter to a Black man. Granted that Black man is now-notorious Bill Cosby, but the point remains the same. Believe it or not, white people in America care more about animals in Africa than they do about the African Diaspora.
Read more in Atlanta Blackstar.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Why Women Aren’t C.E.O.s, According to Women Who Almost Were

"It’s not a pipeline problem. It’s about loneliness, competition and deeply rooted barriers." Read more in the NYT .