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.
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.
How Do We Learn? A Zine
ncase always publishes great stuff. We learn by making deep connections!
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.
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.
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.
Tools for Remote Software Development and Pair Programming
Tools for Remote Software Development and Pair Programming
Run retrospectives: setup, what went well, what went wrong, action items/next strps