Don’t Write Code for a Startup: Confessions of a developer

Confessions of a serial startup software developer. 1. You’re Giving Up Mentorship You won’t get the mentorship you need from senior engineers. 2. High Breadth but Little Depth There’s too much to do and nobody knows what works yet. 3. You’ll Work Hard Instead of SmartThere’s too much to do and nobody knows what works yet. 4. Hire Fast, Fire Faster I don’t know who coined this phrase, but it always felt irresponsible. 5. Your Equity Is Worth Nothing You’re giving up your salary now in hopes of cashing out equity later.

Do Chance Meetings at the Office Boost Innovation? There’s No Evidence of It.

For some, the office even stifles creativity. As the pandemic eases in the U.S., a few companies seek to reimagine what work might look like. “The idea you can only be collaborative face-to-face is a bias,”  “And I’d ask, how much creativity and innovation have been driven out of the office because you weren’t in the insider group, you weren’t listened to, you didn’t go to the same places as the people in positions of power were gathering?

Your competitors don't matter

Your real competition isn’t your competitors, it’s the status quo. Visa’s biggest competition isn’t Amex, it’s cash. This was true with our kreplace situation as well. We were concerned that the Linux community would adopt their technology instead of ours. In the end, they adopted neither—they preserved the status quo.

6 Product Frameworks From Tony Fadell, the Inventor of the iPod, iPhone & Nest

Tony Fadell on product design do’s and don’ts. 1. “What do you see?”  It is in our human nature to stop seeing what’s right in front of us. 2. “For truly great designs, 50% of the design is the design. 50% of the design is the story behind the design.” 3. Create your constraints   4. Find Your Product Development Heartbeat 5. What A World-Changing Founder Looks Like 6. Be A Troublemaker

Tech Companies Are Training AI to Read Your Lips

First came facial recognition. Now, an early form of lip-reading AI is being deployed in hospitals, power plants, public transportation, and more. Many of the problems with facial recognition have become public knowledge only within the last several years, due in large part to research and activism by people who were actively being harmed by it. Specifically, the landmark 2018 paper in which Joy Buolamwini and Timnit Gebru first revealed that facial recognition is less accurate for women and people of color.

Your product is a joke (and that's brilliant!)

The rules that help make good improv comedy can surprisingly help make good product too. Let’s run through interesting parallels between the two, and how you can apply some lessons from improv to build better product. The key product lesson is that you should understand the world you are in before you do anything else. This is the base reality of your product. Who are your customers? What are their problems? What do they do about these problems? What part of the existing solutions will you not change? Resist the natural rush to be creative with features, designs, engineering – and first observe and understand your base reality. The base reality shouldn’t be innovative and you should be careful about contriving it to be what you wish. Be specific and truthful. Here are some examples of base realities..

The Black Box Inventor Was Told to Drop the Idea

Warren was studying for his amateur radio license when a World War II ban on hobby radio forced him to redirect his efforts to chemistry sets. But when Warren gave his supervisor Technical Memorandum 142, describing the use of a wire to record several minutes of cockpit conversation, his boss showed no enthusiasm. Warren was told to pass the idea to the instruments group and “get on with blowing up fuel tanks,” as Warren was quoted in a 2019 BBC News article.

WhatsApp FINALLY gets NPCI License; Let the Fintech war begin

The first phase of WhatsApp Pay rollout will bring the payment service to as many as 10 million users in India. The service is said to have secured the licence from the NPCI that was the first of some long-pending regulatory approvals that WhatsApp sought to officially launch WhatsApp Pay in the country.

MIDI 2.0: Brace up for Musical Disruption

MIDI 2.0 has been announced, after 37 years of MIDI launch (which is now a standard for music production). The biggest development is the expansion from 7-bit values to 32-bit…