Issue #88, 1st August 2014

This Week's Favorite


The Technology (Video)
20 minutes read.

This talk by Paul Buchheit (creator of Gmail, early employee at Google) will get you inspired not only to create, but also to learn and grow - "The technology that really drives the world are the patterns in your head. Those are the patterns that give rise to the patterns in silicon, the patterns in our society, and our whole concept of reality. Change those patterns, and you change your world."

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Culture


Leadership, Craftsmanship, and Execution
5 minutes read.

Kevin Scott (SVP Engineering at LinkedIn) shares a memo he sent to his team. In it, his vision and passion on how LinkedIn can execute its mission. Having that purpose as a team is crucial if you're trying to build a winning organization, one that tries to innovate while also getting the word done. Inspiring read!

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The Only Way to Guarantee Startup Success
5 minutes read.

Jason Cohen with another golden one. This is something I should keep telling myself and reminding the team around me. Have the vision to guide you as you look far ahead, but invest your emotions and efforts in enjoying the moment, the journey. "But if your measure of “success” is based on a specific outcome... you’re guaranteed to spend years of your life in nervous agony, chasing an outcome you think will make you happy instead of making all those years be the years you are happy."

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Peopleware


Tips for Finding Software Engineering Jobs
10 minutes read.

Julia Grace wrote that one thing you always wanted to write when your friends reached out for advice on finding a job. Probably the best document I've seen in this area and my own personal "here you go" email for the next time someone asks me such questions.

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Recruiting Is a Grind
5 minutes read.

Recruiting is the most important thing you can do for your company, and easily the most time consuming activity you'll face. It's a numbers game. I think that Elad Gil's advice on drop leads quickly is spot on. It's one of those skills I believe every manager should improve, by spending more time on how to ask better questions. If you're looking for some questions I've used in the past 8 years, reply to this email and I'll share some with you.

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Going Over the Top
3 minutes read.

You have to see how Andy Matuschak let the team at Khan Academy know that he decided to join them. Going over the top, making that extra effort, can take you really far in your career and in life. What did you do recently that was over the top? What can you do today to surprise your teammates?

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Inspiring Tweets


@ryanpaugh: The Real Risk Is Doing Nothing.

@expa: The Essence of Strategy Is Choosing What Not to Do - Michael Porter

@RoyOsherove: My Mom Endorsed Me on Linkedin for .Net and Agile, So I’ve Got That Going for Me, Which Is Nice.

- Oren

P.S. Can you share this email? I'd love for more people to experiment and improve their company's culture.

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