355. Where Does Creativity Come From (and Why Do Schools Kill It Off)?
Creativity stems from early-life circumstances. How can these circumstances be replicated?
#48 - Brian Christian on better living through the wisdom of computer science
Optimal shopping. Multi-armed bandit. Really great parallels between CS and life. Will be picking up the book.
Peter Attia, M.D. -- How to Live a Longer, Higher Quality Life
Great actionable advice on health. Will definitely try and read more of Attia's work.
Putting Mental Models to Practice
Get the most out of using mental models by applying them deliberately.
Lost and Founder
Extremely transparent and valuable perspective of a 15-year startup CEO who has been through it all.
Half memoir, half writing advice from one of the great modern fiction writers.
Sam Hinkie -- Data, Decisions, and Basketball
Rare and very well-done interview with one of my heroes
The Playlist of Awesome: Putting Perceptual Exposure to Practice
How to use perceptual exposure to improve your subconscious processing.
The SaaS Learning Curve
People > tech; SaaS = Service as a Software
354. How to Be Creative
We need more field experience and tests on creativity to really get to the root of it.
How to Read Self Help
Treat self-help as craft. Only listen to practitioners. Test everything.
101: Ben Orenstein - How to Build an App in a Week
Be ruthless about cutting and be flexible about scope. Set hard deadlines.
#47 - Catherine Olsson & Daniel Ziegler on the fast path into high-impact ML roles
OpenAI and Google Brain engineers on their unconventional paths into AI and the impactful work they're doing
The Mental Model Fallacy
The mental model fallacy is that it’s worth it to read descriptions of mental models, written and aggregated by non-practitioners, in the pursuit of self-improvement and success.
285. There's a War on Sugar. Is it Justified?
Sugar is addictive and toxic. People generally support some type of regulation, but not an outright ban.
A Nuanced Take on Preventing Burnout
Don't get burnt out. It's not worth it. Scientific literature suggests how.
#471: Using Mental Models to Make Better Decisions
Argument for using mental models to improve thought processes
Surprising Implications of Treating Self-Help as Art
Developing technique in the wild is better than reading self-help.
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
How to drive behavior change: Direct the rider. Motivate the Elephant. Shape the path.
Keith Rabois - If You Can't Sell Them, Compete With Them
Mental models from an investor who has held senior positions at big companies.
Just Fucking Ship
Title says it all. Techniques for getting around the emotional barriers to shipping a product.
#102 - Andrew Kortina
Founder of Venmo and Fin. Future of work.
Killing Your $1000 Grocery Bill
Price-consciousness when it comes to food is all about $/calorie
353. How to Optimize Your Apology
Considerations when apologizing: don't wait, don't give context, apologize for actions not misunderstandings, identify your victim, express remorse, provide restitution.
You 2.0: When Did Marriage Become So Hard?
Changing perspectives on long-term relationships have changed the nature of marriage.
Boyd and Bronwyn Varty - Track Your Life
Human connections to nature from the South African Safari. Parallels in business and life.
Live Episode! RXBAR: Peter Rahal
Peter Rahal overcame dyslexia to build a $600M health bar company in half a decade.
How to Hire Your First Engineer
Triplebyte founder with actionable advice on engineering hiring at early-stage startups.
How my role as CTO has changed as we've grown to 100 engineers
From building the product to managing 100 people and everywhere in between. Good roadmap and point of reference for me.
Ash Fontana -- Investing in Artificial Intelligence
A top AI investor gives his perspective on the industry and his investment thesis
The Pragmatic Programmer
Collection of somewhat common sense but well-stated programming advice.
Annie Duke | How to Make Decisions Like a Poker Champ
Annie Duke (have heard her on other podcasts and have her book on my reading list) discusses the relative roles of decision quality and luck in producing life's outcomes.
306 - Breaking Bad News
SPIKES system for breaking bad news: Setting Perception Invitiation Knowledge Emotions Strategy
Look for the Duct Tape
How do you find things to work on? Find the duct tape and soften the edges. Requires talking to people!
#387: Think Like a Poker Player to Make Better Decisions
Trust The Process. Poker-sourced advice is pretty similar to DFS.
How a background in improv and comedy prepared Dick Costolo to be a CEO in Silicon Valley
#434: Legendary Coach John Wooden's Secrets of Leadership
Takeaways from one of the most accomplished coaches ever.
Muscle Over Motor
Manual labor > electric labor for the able-bodied. Also need to consider opportunity cost of time
Tire Agent: What Is a Startup Actually Worth?
Raise money at a valuation you can go up from. When you're raising money, your competition is other startups competing for VC attention.
#388: Why Group Culture Is So Important to Success
Leaders create strong cultures by providing vision, purpose, and connection, freeing members to engage in "deep fun"
#20 Never Underestimate Your First Idea w/ Twitter/Medium's Ev Williams
You can spend your entire career iterating on one idea, like Ev Williams has going from Blogger to Twitter to Medium.
Beyong Zero-Sum Thinking in the Game of Tech...and Life
Zero sum thinking in politics and economics is outdated and poisonous.
Suze Orman: From Waitress to Personal Finance Wizard
Suze Orman is another example of stubbornness and hustle helping someone break into an industry.
Writing copy for landing pages
How to write high-conversion copy for landing pages
Will Storr | Avoiding Self-Obsession in the Age of the Selfie
Don't compare yourself with other people. Evaluate against your own inner barometer.
The Defining Decade
Mostly anecdotes and stories about how the 20s are high-stakes but not treated appropriately by people going through them. Entertaining read, not much actionable. Wish there was more data. Good reminders to get my ass into gear.
Duana Welch | The Science of Jealousy and How to Manage It
Jealousy is rooted deeply into our psychology but there are ways to carve out the bad parts and leave the good.
How to Kick Ass, With Mel Robbins
Life hacks and advice from author Mel Robbins.
#87 - Elad Gil
Be ruthless about cutting and be flexible about scope. Set hard deadlines.
#402: Why Honor Matters
What is honor? It still has a place as a part of civilization.
#391: Micronutrients, Genetics, and Preventing Age-Related Diseases
Micronutrients are essential for health. Magnesium, folate, etc. Also goes into intermittent fasting.
Career Moats 101
Summary page of CommonCog's first year of writing on Career moats
Pricing low-touch SaaS
Low-touch SaaS pricing guide with case studies
#462: How to Tell Better Stories
Moth winner says storytelling is easy. Just pick something and run with it. Stop trying to be perfect.
Feedback Friday | How to Charge What You're Worth
Not much to see, just one resource and one nugget.
Draft No. 4
Master-class on long-form nonfiction writing (books, newspaper articles), with personal narrative interspersed. Not super applicable to me (editors, publishers, etc.) but extremely well-written and engaging nontheless.
From Research to Startup, There and Back Again
Decades of experience in Silicon Valley with John Hennessy (current chairman of Alphabet)
Is the FIRE Movement a Good Idea?
You need money so you don't have to worry about day-to-day living, but you may not want to actually retire early.
Software Estimation: Demystifying The Black Art
More of a reference book than a read-through book. Goes through a lot of software estimation techniques. Meat of the book was in the first section.
Ryan Michler | Why Man Is His Own Worst Enemy
Title misleading. Just a chat about processes that help you maintain sanity