Week of May 8th, 2017

8 articles worth reading


How to Build a Product BY JAN, co-founder of WhatsApp

WhatsApp 1.0 started as a smartphone "status" app, which failed miserably. Today, it is one of the top used apps globally. Learn from Jan how WhatsApp was created, how the pain point was identified, and the different stages of WhatsApp's product development. His logic and explanation applies to many industries. Suggested book: Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, free on Audible when you join.



Amazon is mainly a service and not an advertising platform, this is one of the reasons it has been able to avoid privacy-related attacks. New features on Amazon's service generate magical moments that also increase revenue. For Facebook & Google to increase revenue they have to degrade their consumer experience with more space for ads. Great analysis on why Amazon has such a great PR play. Mentioned book: The Everything Store, free on Audible when you join.


Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time

Do you optimize your workday for time or energy? Energy "has four wellsprings—the body, emotions, mind, and spirit—and in each, it can be systematically expanded and renewed." Article introduces a new workday ritual where negative and energy draining experiences are removed. Suggested book: The Gene Keys


Maintainers make the world go round

"Innovation is an overrated ideology, say historians of technology. Maintenance means more to most peoples’ lives." Summary: Companies construct narratives of “technological magic,” omitting the janitors’ contributions. Hence some see innovation ideology as politically charged. “The laborer vanishes, so does the government regulator … [and] inconvenient infrastructures (such as electricity, primary education)...”


Don’t Let Facebook Make You Miserable

It is now official. Scholars have analyzed the data and confirmed what we already knew in our hearts. Social media is making us miserable. Your friends show-off 9X more times on Facebook than in the offline world.



‘Being yourself’ can backfire in certain circumstances, says Professor Herminia Ibarra, an expert in organizational behavior and leadership at London Business School and Insead in France.


3 Ways To Overcome Self-Doubt

Nothing new, just a good reminder. 1: Define what values you live by. 2: Document your leadership point of view. 3: Get vulnerable. Summary: "Admit that you don’t know or are still learning, and your people will respect you just as much." Suggested book: The Power of Self-Confidence.


Apple-Picking Robot Prepares to Compete for Farm Jobs

If you want an article with a topic to help you wth small-chat, this is it. Apple picking robot to replace agriculture workers. "Improvements in computing power, vision algorithms, and robotics have made striking new types of automation possible in a variety of industries, agriculture among them."


Other notable articles

Humor: Dilbert - DIY: How to Start a Consulting Business - Inspiration: This Guy Hiked From Mexico To Canada And Filmed One Second Each Day. Here's What He Saw In 3 Minutes.