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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.

Chinese Businessmen: Let Reality Be The Teacher

Trial and error > business theory!!

Augmenting Long-term Memory

The paper that got me into Anki and spaced repetition. Has 10x'd my studying efficiency and retention.

The Starter Manager Guide

Getting started guide for new managers, especially in the context of startups

Teaching Tech Together

Learn by constructing mental models where you can put the facts related to the domain

Putting Mental Models to Practice

Get the most out of using mental models by applying them deliberately.

Why Are Enterprises So Slow?

Great visibility from a technical process perspective into why the enterprise is slow.

A Nuanced Take on Preventing Burnout

Don't get burnt out. It's not worth it. Scientific literature suggests how.

Effective learning: Twenty rules of formulating knowledge

SuperMemo creator gets deep into best usages of SRS

How Do We Learn? A Zine

ncase always publishes great stuff. We learn by making deep connections!

Read Citations

Rant/description of how some 'pop-psychology' results have been warped from the original studies. Some is a stretch, some is legitimate.

Show Your Work!

If you want people to see your work you have to put it in places where they can find it.

Artificial Intelligence: The Revolution Hasn't Happened Yet

Human-imitative AI is not a good way to frame current progress in AI. Intelligence Augmentation and Intelligence Infrastructure present an equally important (and as-yet-unnamed) class of problems.

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.

The Playlist of Awesome: Putting Perceptual Exposure to Practice

How to use perceptual exposure to improve your subconscious processing.

#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

How to Read Self Help

Treat self-help as craft. Only listen to practitioners. Test everything.

Don't Take Generic Business Advice From VCs

VC's incentives are not the same as entrepreneurs', don't delude yourself into thinking that they are.

Chinese Businessmen: Superstition Doesn't Count

Chinese businessmen are superstitious yet still successful because maybe 'rationality' isn't all that.

How to deliver on Machine Learning projects

Step-by-step pipeline from idea to production for an ML project

The Chinese Businessman Paradox

The success of Chinese businessmen under 'poor' business practices should make us question accepted Western wisdom.

Surprising Implications of Treating Self-Help as Art

Developing technique in the wild is better than reading self-help.

#102 - Andrew Kortina

Founder of Venmo and Fin. Future of work.

Just Fucking Ship

Title says it all. Techniques for getting around the emotional barriers to shipping a product.

How to negotiate the long, slow, SaaS Ramp of Death

Interview covering the lifecycle, pitfalls, and possible solutions of starting and running a SaaS business

What Truly Makes a Senior Developer

Senior developers understand that nothing is without possible issues, downsides, and risks.

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.

How to Hire Your First Engineer

Triplebyte founder with actionable advice on engineering hiring at early-stage startups.

Reality Driven Development

Kanban + light pairing will give you a flexible, reality driven approach to achieving the real goal that's driving your business: delivering as much value as possible as fast as possible.

Chinese Businessmen: Maybe Strategy Matters

Strategy might matter for growing massive, but it is less important at small scales.

Approaching (Almost) Any Machine Learning Problem

Mental model for approaching ML problems. Very good breakdown.

How to Fall Asleep in 2 Minutes or Less

Bud Winter designed a program in WWII to help fighter pilots sleep whenever, wherever. Relax physically then relax mentally.

Fellow Engineers: This is where your money comes from.

Your customers make you money, so if you care about money care about your customers.

Keith Rabois - If You Can't Sell Them, Compete With Them

Mental models from an investor who has held senior positions at big companies.

Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days

Playbook for launching a side hustle. I really need to work on the fear part of launching things.

Google Rules of Machine Learning

Bite-size, Google-scale advice for ML.

Career Moats 101

Summary page of CommonCog's first year of writing on Career moats

#87 - Elad Gil

Be ruthless about cutting and be flexible about scope. Set hard deadlines.

The elusive formula for great hiring w/Workday's Aneel Bhusri

Advice on hiring. Bhusri personally interviewed first 500 employees at Workday.

Why Conduct One-On-Ones When They Take So Much Of Your Time?

One on ones help prevent blowups, build trust, give and receive feedback, spread culture, and hold on to subordinates

The One Management Hack That Will Help You Keep Your Sanity

The secret to prioritizing is getting really good at evaluating management tasks.

Why Are We Still Teaching Reading the Wrong Way?

Reading should be taught methodically beginning with phonics, not by putting books in front of kids and telling them to read.

Ask HN: What do you do in your 1-on-1s with your direct reports?

Wisdom of the crowd for 1-on-1s

Quitting my job has been the best thing I've done for my career

Interesting account from a software developer who quit his job and how it helped his life.

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.

Switching From Engineering to Management

Ease the transition by changing your mindset, getting rid of some habits, and improving on others

How to Fail as a new engineering manager

Stop coding. Care about people. Express yourself.

Building an Inclusive Code Review Culture

Clear communication and good practices keeps code quality high and people's feelings happy.

EuroPython 2018: How to Ignore Most Startup Advice and Build a Decent Software Business

Lifestyle business, a counterpoint to VC-backed businesses.

Google AI Chief Jeff Dean's ML System Architecture Blueprint

Lifestyle business, a counterpoint to VC-backed businesses.

Crafting Beautiful UX with API Requests

Developer experience matters internally and externally and there are some simple patterns to make it better.

What Tech Stacks are Indie Hackers Using for Their Apps, and Why?

Descriptions of tech stacks and justifications for them at small startups. Bottom line: build modularly with technology you're familiar with.

On Being an Engineering Manager

Grab bag of wisdom on engineering management

How to Study: A Brief Guide

Summary of study tips from Philosophy + Computer Science professor at University of Buffalo

Senior Engineers Reduce Risk

The impact of senior engineers goes beyond code.

Jeff Bezos 3-Step Formula for Success

Surround yourself with the right people. Have a learn-it-all mindset. Be ready to play the long game.

How Exercise May Help the Memory Grow Stronger

Exercise -> stronger synapses -> stronger memory, stronger brain actions

The UX of AI

Machine learning should be human-centered

358. Yes, the Open Office is Terrible -- But It Doesn't Have to Be

Use small team offices or WFH or individual offices to address the issues with open offices.

Memorizing a programming language using spaced repetition software

Programming-specific SRS tips

Tools for Remote Software Development and Pair Programming

Tools for Remote Software Development and Pair Programming

Atlassian Retrospectives

Run retrospectives: setup, what went well, what went wrong, action items/next strps