comprehensive list in Medium.
Thanks, +Leia Ferrari
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
This is adorable. Read more in Mic.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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
Monday, August 24, 2015
Sunday, August 23, 2015
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Friday, August 21, 2015
This blows my mind. Check out more on Time.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015
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 speakRead more in the Verge.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
Embedding is disabled, but you can check out this engineering marvel on YouTube.
Thanks, +Tim Cannady
Thanks, +Tim Cannady
Saturday, August 8, 2015
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
Check out Lindy West's piece in the Guardian.
Both surprised and not surprised. Read the story in Jezebel.
Chris Poole of 4chan writes his experience and learnings getting hacked a year ago.
Friday, August 7, 2015
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Monday, August 3, 2015
more in the NYT.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Jimmy Kimmel’s Plea for Cecil the Lion Is a Prime Example of Why Black Celebrities Need to Speak Out
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
Read more in HuffPo.
Congrats Cassie on getting the offer to work with The Empowerment Plan this fall!!
If you're trying to quit any habits, thought this Zen Habits post was a punchy way to think about the steps to break them.
this Vox article. Internet mobs are scary.
Read more in Kurzweil.net.
"It’s not a pipeline problem. It’s about loneliness, competition and deeply rooted barriers." Read more in the NYT .
A few insights on why gender stereotypes suck for everyone involved: Masculinity, in essence, is something that men earn, rather than so...
A return to the past should not blind us to present problems. Check out Anne-Marie Slaughter's post in FT . Thanks, +Claire Packer ...