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How to be an Artist

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Today, we are all Andy(Warhol)’s children, especially in the age of Instagram, which has trained everyone to think visually and to look at our regular lives as fodder for aesthetic output.

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Great PM – Noah Weiss

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Noah Weiss today tweetstormed what he thinks are characteristics of a great product manager. I really liked some of his insights, in that they were truthful without grandstanding. And useful. Here are some snippets – Great PMs apply product taste. They have a well honed sense of what a well crafted product experience feels like. They smartly balance quality with the demands of time and...

30 Books that influenced people the most

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Sometime back on a Sunday evening, Stripe’s intrepid CEO asked twitter to name five books that influenced people the most. What followed was a treasure trove of book suggestions from the tech junta. A few lines of python code and you have this neat list of 30 books that influenced people the most. #1 – Sapiens Bill Gates in his review of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind writes...

The Inevitable

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Founder editor of Wired magazine, Kevin Kelly in his book The Inevitable, talks about some of the technology trends that will shape society and consumption over the next few decades. He identifies 12 patterns – Becoming, Cognifying, Flowing, Screening, Accessing, Sharing, Filtering, Remixing, Interacting, Tracking, Questioning , Beginning. Of these Flowing refers to the technology...

Zojirushi

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I was in the market for a coffee tumbler.   And came across William Powell’s review of Zojirushi on Amazon – I bought the 20-ounce Zojirushi SM-SA60-BA the week after I got married so that I could keep my coffee warm on the commute to and from my new job downtown. It is literally the world’s best travel mug. I could put steaming hot coffee in it in the morning, and if I...

Changing culture

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Ben Horowitz on how leader of the Haitian slave revolution Toussaint Louverture changed culture. 1. Keep what works: For any culture revolution, figure out what is already working and don’t throw it away. 2. Create shocking rules: Rules that are either challenging to follow or out of the box can keep people accountable. 3. Incorporate people from other cultures: Bring people in who resemble...

Breakthrough Technologies 2017

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MIT review’s yearly list is here. 2017 list includes – Facial recognition has existed for decades, but only now is it accurate enough to be used in secure financial transactions. The new versions use deep learning, an artificial-intelligence technique that is especially effective for image recognition because it makes a computer zero in on the facial features that will most reliably...

AVAC framework for first 60 days

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Uses: define state of business and helps decide investment decisions. You are in a new job and your responsibilities include growing the company (or your product) and influencing what’s next. What tools would you use in the first 60 days? This question came up recently in a brainstorming session with fellow PMs and growth guru Brian. It reminded me of a framework I’ve used since b-school and...

Smarter Faster Better

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“…….there were Google-designed checklists [apparently, there are dozens of tactics] they could use: Leaders should not interrupt teammates during conversations, because that will establish an interrupting norm. They should demonstrate they are listening by summarizing what people say after they said it. They should admit what they don’t know. They shouldn’t end a meeting until all...

Ghosts of Christmas Process

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Reading Tim Ferriss’s – Tools of Titans A good book. Unique. In the sense that you can take quick ten minute dips in the bite sized self help notes, and find interesting tools highly effective people use. I found the Ghosts of Christmas (Dicken’s) process (from unleashing power within) intriguing. Christmas Carol is my all time favorite book, I read it as a graphic novel and the...

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