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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:

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

by Clayton M. Christensen, Scott Cook, and Taddy Hall Editor's note: Marketers have lost the forest for the trees, focusing too much on creating products for…

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

Reid Hoffman: The network philosopher (Wired UK)

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

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

The inadmissible assumptions - Charlie's Diary

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

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

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

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

To read:

Why Amazon Has No Profits (And Why It Works) | Andreessen Horowitz

Amazon has a tendency to polarize people. On one hand, there is the ruthless, relentless, ferociously efficient company that’s building the Sears Roebuck of the…

http://a16z.com/2014/09/05/why-amazon-has-no-profits-and-why-it-works/

The homepage is dead, and the social web has won—even at the New York Times

Traffic to the New York Times homepage fell by half in the last two years, according to the newspaper’s internal review of its digital strategy. Here’s the very…

http://qz.com/209950/the-homepage-is-dead-and-the-social-web-has-won-even-at-the-new-york-times/

Last Call — Medium

The Roanoke Times, the local paper in my family home, is a classic metro daily, with roots that go back to the 1880s. Like most such papers, it ran into trouble…

https://medium.com/@cshirky/last-call-c682f6471c70

This Product Prioritization System Nabbed Pandora 70 Million Monthly Users with Just 40 Engineers

... ... ... When it went public in 2011, over a decade after the company’s founding, Pandora employed fewer than 40 engineers. With this skeleton crew, the…

http://firstround.com/article/This-Product-Prioritization-System-Nabbed-Pandora-More-Than-70-Million-Active-Monthly-Users-with-Just-40-Engineers

Not all books and not all subscription services are created equal - The Shatzkin Files The Shatzkin Files

Posted by Mike Shatzkin on June 11, 2014 at 2:13 pm · Under General Trade Publishing, Licensing and Rights, Marketing, New Models, Supply-Chain,…

http://www.idealog.com/blog/books-subscription-services-created-equal/

The Minecraft Guide for Parents

LIFE IS BUSY for families these days. Between work, school, daycare, homework, extracurricular activities, chores, and family time, sometimes it’s a surprise…

http://www.safariflow.com/library/view/The+Minecraft+Guide+for+Parents/9780133521931/ch03.html

After the Techcrunch bump: Life in the "Trough of Sorrow"

startup-curve The life of a startup A few years back at a YCombinator dinner, Paul Graham and the other partners drew a great diagram depicting the life of a…

http://andrewchen.co/2012/09/10/after-the-techcrunch-bump-life-in-the-trough-of-sorrow/

The Importance of Differentiated Product Management Roles | On Product Management

pm-relationship7 by Saeed Khan Last week I wrote a post entitled How to Create an Effective Product Management Organization . I mentioned that, like other…

http://onproductmanagement.net/2011/03/21/differentiated-pm-roles/

50 Books That Define the Past Five Years in Literature

Five years ago this month saw the publication of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666  in English — which made it one of those rare moments when you could walk into a coffee…

http://flavorwire.com/425953/50-books-that-define-the-past-five-years-in-literature/

101 Spring Street, Donald Judd's Building in New York: Places: Design Observer

Essay & Gallery: Donald Judd & Elizabeth Felicella 101 Spring Street, the building in Soho where Donald Judd lived and worked for years, is currently being…

http://places.designobserver.com/feature/donald-judd-spring-street/26248/

Archive:

You don't need a growth hacker

growthhacker Startups don’t need growth hackers  - at first. They need products that are really working in the market. This means users love it, that there’s…

http://andrewchen.co/2012/09/17/you-dont-need-a-growth-hacker/

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

Ebook publishing platforms are a joke | FutureBook

http://futurebook.net/content/ebook-publishing-platforms-are-joke

isolani - Web Standards: Web App Mistakes: Condemned to repeat

http://isolani.co.uk/blog/standards/WebAppMistakesWeAreCondemnedToRepeat

The Importance of Marketing Analytics

http://www.seomoz.org/blog/the-importance-of-marketing-analytics

Six Steps to Put Christensen's Jobs-to-be-Done Theory into Practice - Forbes

http://www.forbes.com/sites/stephenwunker/2012/02/07/six-steps-to-put-christensens-jobs-to-be-done-theory-into-practice/2/

Bobby Womack: 'I can sing my ass off, better than I could before' | Music | The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/may/24/bobby-womack-sing-better-before

Is Your Brand Great At Digital Marketing? A Diagnostic Framework.

http://www.kaushik.net/avinash/brand-digital-marketing-diagnostic-framework/

MoneyBall for Startups: Invest BEFORE Product/Market Fit, Double-Down AFTER. - Master of 500 Hats

http://500hats.typepad.com/500blogs/2010/07/moneyball-for-startups.html

Jane Litte explains the DoJ suit very well, and I have a couple of points to add – The Shatzkin Files

Jane Litte at the DearAuthor blog has written a remarkably concise, clear, and cogent piece about the DoJ case. This whole paragraph is a link to it. That’s a…

http://www.idealog.com/blog/jane-litte-explains-the-doj-suit-very-well-and-i-have-a-couple-of-points-to-add