Monthly Archives: December 2013

Why People Hate New Ideas

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas.  If they’re any good you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats”  – Howard Aiken There are many bad reasons why people hate new ideas – and a few good ones.  Scott Berkun … Continue reading

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Revealed: The 4 Reasons Amazon Web Services Got Approved

In the summer of 2003 Amazon was a fast-growing online bookstore.  Nine years old, it had pioneered many innovative components of e-commerce that we take for granted today: customer reviews, a personalized shopping experience, relevant product recommendations, and frictionless buying. … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: The Log, what every software engineer should know

Today I found this absolutely superb article on distributed systems and the central role of the log:  The Log: What every software engineer should know about real-time data’s unifying abstraction It’s a technical-but-readable exploration of the role of the humble log … Continue reading

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What is Google’s Mission?

With all the talk about whether Google is the new Bell Labs (or isn’t), and the curiosity around their recent acquisition of Boston Dynamics, I thought it would be interesting to look at what Google says their mission is: Google’s … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship: The Coin-Flipping Biathlon

Entrepreneurs are participating in a coin-flipping biathlon – they just don’t know it. I was listening to an old Marc Andreessen presentation at Y Combinator’s Startup School in 2008, and I love that he talked about Nassim Taleb’s Fooled by … Continue reading

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Lean Startup Conference Livestream at Indeed Austin!

I’m super excited to announce that Indeed Austin has been chosen to livestream next week’s Lean Startup Conference!  Full schedule of talks below. When: Mon/Tues Dec 9th/10th.  10am doors open.  11am livestream starts.  8:00pm livestream ends.  Free food and WiFi … Continue reading

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Today’s Psych Lesson: The ordering of words matters

Twice as many people will volunteer for an “Experiment at 7AM” versus a “7AM Experiment” (56% vs 24%).  So mentions Zach Hamed  in a great post “The 20 Best Lessons from Social Psychology“. The examples most relevant to a product manager … Continue reading

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