Skip to content ↓

Apt Reading

We use Instapaper to remember to read good stuff on the web. We thought you might find some of it interesting too, so here’s what we’ve been reading lately:

Starred picks:

The Shazam Effect — The Atlantic

Gluekit In 2000, a Stanford Ph.D. named Avery Wang co-founded, with a couple of business-school graduates, a tech start-up called Shazam. Their idea was to…

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/12/the-shazam-effect/382237/

Hiring Mobile Engineers vs Training Engineers On Mobile – AVC

We have watched many of our large “web first” portfolio companies struggle to make the change from web first to mobile first. By now, most of them (but not all…

http://avc.com/2015/02/hiring-mobile-engineers-vs-training-engineers-on-mobile/

My Thoughts on Codecademy - O'Reilly School of Technology

There is yet another new wave of start-ups emerging in the educational technology space and like those that came before, most of this new wave neglects to…

http://blog.oreillyschool.com/2011/12/my-thoughts-on-codecademy.html

What Customers Want from Your Products - HBS Working Knowledge

Marketers should think less about market segments and more about the jobs customers want to do. A Harvard Business Review excerpt by HBS professor Clayton M.…

http://hbswk.hbs.edu/archive/5170.html

Reid Hoffman: The network philosopher (Wired UK)

Investor. Founder. Thinker. Connector. Reid Hoffman has been called the best-networked man in Silicon Valley. Now he wants to use all he’s learned to change the…

http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2012/04/features/reid-hoffman-network-philosopher?page=all

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Convertible Note Seed Financings (But Were Afraid To Ask) | TechCrunch

Editor’s note: Scott Edward Walker is the founder and CEO of Walker Corporate Law Group, a boutique corporate law firm specializing in the representation of…

http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/07/convertible-note-seed-financings/

The inadmissible assumptions - Charlie's Diary

Underlying all debate on the future of the internet are a constellation of unspoken assumptions. These include: a) Advertising is socially neutral or good, b)…

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2012/04/the-inadmissible-assumptions.html

The Tim Ferriss Effect: Lessons From My Successful Book Launch - Forbes

If you had a book coming out, and you were considering how to get people excited to buy it, read it, and talk about it, which would be most valuable to you: 1)…

http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelellsberg/2012/01/11/the-tim-ferriss-effect/print/

Killing Orson Welles at Midnight by Zadie Smith | The New York Review of Books

The Clock is a twenty-four-hour movie that tells the time. This is achieved by editing together clips of movies in which clocks appear. But The Clock is so…

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/apr/28/killing-orson-welles-midnight/?pagination=false

To read:

Liked by @craigmod

You wouldn't believe how difficult it is to get libraries to accept a 2" x 2" thing for free ... — Craig Mod (@craigmod) May 24, 2016

https://ifttt.com/missing_link?1464132355=

Liked by @chrismessina

Nope, nothing unexpected about this. http://pic.twitter.com/osGVkzlAO4 — Chris Messina (@chrismessina) May 23, 2016

https://twitter.com/chrismessina/status/734820997749080065

Liked by @virginia

@nkl @poisontofu I don’t think I can tweet enough characters for the required length of noooooooope I need. — Virginia Murdoch (@virginia) May 22, 2016

https://ifttt.com/missing_link?1463911279=

Liked by @bbki2611

Unreal cover of an amazing piece by Vai. Pretty much note perfect. By a girl. RESPECThttps://t.co/osSWme6yF1 — Stelios (@bbki2611) May 21, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJi8iSpzq9I

Your Users Deserve Better — An Inside Look at Remind’s Customer Obsession

Four years ago, Remind Co-founder Brett Kopf searched for “teachers who use Twitter” on Google. He compiled a list of 500 names and reached out to each teacher…

http://firstround.com/review/your-users-deserve-better-an-inside-look-at-reminds-customer-obsession/

Practical Frameworks for Beating Burnout

Roli Saxena joined Clever last year to lead customer success. But in a turn of events all too common at growing startups, her role started to expand — and…

http://firstround.com/review/practical-frameworks-for-beating-burnout/

News is a Public Good

Some see billionaire investors like Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos as a harbinger of a new golden age for newspapers Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via…

http://niemanreports.org/articles/news-is-a-public-good/

Liked by @kennethn

Full video of my #mtpcon talk on jazz and product management is now available: https://t.co/aBJvIurfML http://pic.twitter.com/lAdwIEALYN — Ken Norton…

https://www.kennorton.com/essays/please-make-yourself-uncomfortable.html

Liked by @malthe

It's time to admit that I did this years ago. https://t.co/1BzqWIpFNc — Malthe Sigurdsson (@malthe) May 18, 2016

https://twitter.com/dansinker/status/732926941162917890

Liked by @liza

“Employees who sign noncompetes are typically paid more at the outset,” said person making stuff up. https://t.co/zW8rYBKDxX — Liza Daly (@liza) May 17, 2016

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/05/16/bill-limiting-noncompete-agreements-advances-with-contentious-provision/bfGSYp0oCW6UVSQH4LMaBM/story.html

Archive:

The Most Powerful Lesson I’ve Ever Learned In Business — Medium

How to lead by first principles when everything is at stake One morning in the depths of the 2001/2002 recession, a decision was looming large at a crucial…

https://medium.com/@mmccue/the-most-powerful-lesson-i-ve-ever-learned-in-business-4d89e95ab250#.3zzay0hxj

The Best Startup Advice You’ll Ever Receive — Medium

Over the past several months, we’ve noticed a theme among the questions people ask of our Product Hunt LIVE guests—some of the most inspiring and accomplished…

https://medium.com/@producthunt/the-best-advice-you-ll-ever-receive-1c878599baeb#.cxhkeuljr

How Jeff Bezos Became a Power Beyond Amazon

Photograph by Wesley Mann Bezos Prime Amazon’s CEO has driven his company to all-consuming growth (and even, believe it or not, profits). Today, though, as he…

http://fortune.com/amazon-jeff-bezos-prime/

Streaming TV Isn’t Just a New Way to Watch. It’s a New Genre.

At some point during Netflix’s “Sense8” — a gorgeous, ridiculous series about eight strangers scattered across the world who use a psychic connection to aid one…

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/20/arts/television/streaming-tv-isnt-just-a-new-way-to-watch-its-a-new-genre.html

Access Denied

The media, after access Earlier this year a young employee at a celebrity magazine explained to me a problem. The magazine was doing reasonably well, as was its…

http://www.theawl.com/2015/12/access-denied

Jessica Livingston

November 2015 A few months ago an article about Y Combinator said that early on it had been a “one-man show.” It’s sadly common to read that sort of thing. But…

http://paulgraham.com/jessica.html

1966: the year youth culture exploded

25 March 1966, the Jefferson Airplane and the Mystery Trend played a “rock & roll dance benefit” in support of the Vietnam Day Committee. Costing $1.50 to get…

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/nov/15/1966-trip-good-vibrations-pop-revolution

Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900 – review

If you read the Guardian, join the Guardian Polly Toynbee We notice you’re using an ad-blocker. Become a supporter from just £5 per month to ensure quality…

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/oct/13/facing-modern-vienna-1900-review

Egon Schiele: a graphic virtuoso rescued from the wilderness

In 1964, the publishers Methuen brought out a hefty and authoritative Dictionary of Modern Painting – I still have my dog-eared copy. The book started with…

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/oct/10/egon-schiele-graphic-virtuoso-vienna-nudes

The WTF Economy (Extended Version)

This article combines material from my essay The WTF Economy with new material outlining the actual schedule narrative for my Next:Economy summit to be held…

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/wtf-economy-extended-version-tim-o-reilly