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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

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 develop a…

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 @pivotservices

The best way to build a Product Roadmap | Great chat with @ChartMogul via @ProdPad #prodmgmt https://t.co/J63sGg2PfA http://pic.twitter.com/g4QdKHETgu — Paul J…

https://blog.chartmogul.com/best-way-build-product-roadmap/

Liked by @tameverts

Shout out to @lara_hogan's awesome book! #velocityconf http://pic.twitter.com/y4UhsYaj8k — Tammy Everts (@tameverts) September 21, 2016

https://twitter.com/tameverts/status/778656617969704960

Liked by @craigmod

@virginia I like whatever is going on with the hair in the new(??) profile pic — A Walking Man (@craigmod) September 15, 2016

https://ifttt.com/missing_link?1473943833=

Liked by @liza

I assume this Spotify playlist is just a continuous loop of quiet sobbing http://pic.twitter.com/J6isk6l2Dm — Liza Daly (@liza) September 13, 2016

https://twitter.com/liza/status/775700131849142272

Liked by @emckean

it me http://pic.twitter.com/7C8XCdwdb1 — Erin McKean (@emckean) September 12, 2016

https://twitter.com/emckean/status/775362479115284480

Liked by @liza

@walkley @craigmod Yes but which guy is wearing a fedora? Case closed — Liza Daly (@liza) September 12, 2016

https://ifttt.com/missing_link?1473706408=

Liked by @StigAbell

I think kneeling respectfully for the national anthem is an intelligent way of athletes marking objections to institutional racism. #NFL — Stig Abell…

https://ifttt.com/missing_link?1473634084=

Liked by @liza

...UPDATE about two and a half hours and I ended up not using an arrow after all — Liza Daly (@liza) September 10, 2016

https://ifttt.com/missing_link?1473612578=

Liked by @Rich_Harris

Wrote down some thoughts on why top-level `await`, which some JS people want in the language, is a dangerous mistake https://t.co/oJLY5HHoay — Rich Harris…

https://gist.github.com/Rich-Harris/0b6f317657f5167663b493c722647221

Liked by @mcseamus

http://pic.twitter.com/Phhqo5uwhQ — Seamus McGarvey (@mcseamus) September 11, 2016

https://twitter.com/mcseamus/status/774866372270690304

Archive:

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/

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

John Herrman Co-editor, The @Awl The Awl Be less stupid.

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

Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900 – review

The Family (Self Portrait), 1918 (detail) by Egon Schiele: ‘a trio of bare forked animals in a cavernous dark space: father, mother, child, as they might be at…

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

Egon Schiele: a graphic virtuoso rescued from the wilderness

Seated Female Nude With Raised Right Arm, 1910. Photograph: Scala I n 1964, the publishers Methuen brought out a hefty and authoritative Dictionary of Modern…

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