The Credit Card Obsessives Who Game the System—and Share Their Secrets Online

01. July 2016

A great read about the massive online community of credit card obsessives that grew out of early internet forums. Many bloggers have turned their hobby into a full-time job, making loads of cash off teaching readers how to earn the most benefits with the magic swipe of a credit card.


Who Cares if Apple Ditches the Headphone Jack? Wireless Is the Future

01. July 2016

On the face of it, there’s not much to like about the death of the headphone jack. But by yanking the headphone jack out of the iPhone 7, Apple could start a revolution in wireless headphones. Instead of buying a new cord, we might just cut it.


How Apple obsessive John Gruber built Daring Fireball, the world’s most powerful one-man media company

01. July 2016

A great conversation with Jon Gruber, who Since 2002, has owned a chunk of the conversation about Apple, solo. Gruber discusses why he doesn’t want to work for a big media company; why he looks down on Apple rumour sites and how podcasting has come to represent about half of Daring Fireball’s revenue.


Spotify says Apple won’t approve a new version of its app because it doesn’t want competition for Apple Music

01. July 2016

Interesting claims from Spotify that Apple turned down a new version of the app while citing “business model rules” and demanded that Spotify use Apple’s billing system if “Spotify wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions.”


‘I’ll Retire When I’m Dead’: Why Continuing to Work Is Good for a Man’s Health

01. July 2016

The ideal is for retirement to be a period of rejuvenation and relaxation. After 40 years of work, people finally get to enjoy their time and hard-earned money. But it can lead to a steep decline in mental and physical well-being.


Shenzhen: A new breed of intellectual property (Part 3)

01. July 2016

This third episode of Wired’s Future Cities strand explores how attitudes in Shenzhen about patents and intellectual property differ to those in the West.


How the FT drove digital subscriptions sales by 600 percent over Brexit weekend

30. June 2016

Great read about how the FT dropped its paywall for all Brexit-related news for 24 hours on the eve of the vote and naturally saw a traffic spike. But people didn’t simply pillage its content for free and then leave, they bought subscriptions. A lot of them.


CoinDesk’s Ethereum Research Report Now Available

30. June 2016

An interesting report about the next-generation public blockchain platform ethereum which launched its production version this year, covering everything from a beginner’s guide to learning Solidity to overviews of 12 of the ecosystem’s most exciting startups.


‘Tesla Solar’ Wants to Be the Apple Store for Electricity

30. June 2016

Tesla Motors Inc.’s bid to buy the biggest U.S. rooftop solar installer has little to do with selling cars. Rather, it’s about solving two of the biggest problems standing in the way of the next solar boom. And perhaps a good deal more.


With 1 Announcement, the FAA Just Created an $82 Billion Market and 100,000 New Jobs

30. June 2016

On Wednesday, June 21, the FAA finalized the rules for commercial UAVs, or drones. The market has been anxiously awaiting those rules for several years. While hobbyist UAV use was allowed, commercial use was specifically prohibited until now. Let the floodgates open…


Airbnb Plans Dual Stock Sales to Push Off IPO

30. June 2016

News that Airbnb Inc. has lined up investors for a new funding round and an employee stock sale that will value the room-rental website at up to $30 billion and help defer an initial public offering, according to people familiar with the matter.


From losing money to a 51% profit margin in 5 months

29. June 2016

A great read about how Nathan Barry, whose startup was already on a solid growth trajectory, cut his costs by renegotiating contracts, reducing expenses and becoming way more efficient at serving customers. There’s a very useful breakdown with all their numbers.


How We Growth Hacked Our Guest Blogging Strategy to Land Posts on TechCrunch, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and more

29. June 2016

An interesting read about how guest posts account for nearly 30% of all of Work-Bench’s traffic along with tips on how to nail the pitch and create articles written to high enough standards to get those coveted guest spots.


So Hey You Should Stop Using Texts for Two-Factor Authentication

29. June 2016

Interesting read on why a two-factor setup—which for most users requires a temporary code generated on, or sent to, your phone in addition to a password—isn’t an invincibility spell. Especially if that second factor is delivered via text message…


Twitter Dives Into AR and VR, Hires Ex-Apple Designer To Lead New Team

29. June 2016

Fresh off of the recent acquisition of Magic Pony Technologies, a machine learning company whose algorithms may have some applications for VR and AR, Twitter has formed a new team focused on VR and AR development. Interesting.


Facebook releases Chrome extensions for sharing and saving articles

29. June 2016

Facebook has introduced new Chrome extensions for sharing and saving articles. “Improving this experience for people drives greater engagement and distribution of content for sites and keeps visitors coming back for more,” the company said in a blog post.


7 Problems Growing Design Teams Face

28. June 2016

Design leaders far and wide are struggling to find solutions to these 7 problem: isolation, lost vision, inconsistent/broken UX, speaking a new language, building social capital, incremental not innovative and moving slower.


Customer Support for Solo Founders

28. June 2016

A few rules that have helped Tyler Tringas build a SaaS app on his own with happy customers and a churn rate that hovers around 1%, from not using tools for customer support to being honest but not over-sharing.


Highlights of Matt Mullenweg’s Q&A at WordCamp Europe 2016

28. June 2016

Mullenweg on why javaScript-Powered interfaces are the future of wordPress, medium is not a threat to WordPress and Tumblr is its best competitor. Mullenweg also discusses Automattic’s biggest revenue sources, the status of the WP REST API project, and how WordPress can be a leader in shifting the web to be more open.


Jason Lemkin just raised a $70 million fund; here’s how he did it

28. June 2016

Two-time entrepreneur Jason Lemkin just closed a debut venture fund with $70 million called SaaStr Fund. Lemkin started with blogging then began actively answering questions about SaaS businesses on Quora before creating a popular site that publishes SaaS-related content and a yearly SaaStr Annual conference which attracted more than 5,000 attendees earlier this year.


How Ikea took over the world

28. June 2016

Why Ikea is a great example of a company that effectively aligns it business and operating models. The Ikea model is based on volume which helps it secure a low price from suppliers and in turn charge a low price to customers. One Billy bookcase, an Ikea classic, is sold every 10 seconds. More stores mean more volume and the chance to drop prices even more, which Ikea did by an average of 1% last year.


The Recursive Product Strategy That Musk Used To Build An Empire

28. June 2016

Great read about recursive product strategy: working back from an end goal, five, 10 or 50 years ahead, until you can hit inflection points that propel your company and its customers to the next stage, while ushering both toward the end goal.

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The Designer’s Guide to AI — a $70 Billion Industry by 2020

28. June 2016

As artificial intelligence gains popularity, designers will need to adapt. Design will be less about delivering on a user’s request, and more about responding to the needs they haven’t expressed yet.


Four crops grown in simulated Martian soil are safe to eat

28. June 2016

A team of scientists from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands have established that radishes, peas, rye and tomatoes grown in Martian soil are safe to eat after years of research. But what about potatoes…?


Snowden’s email provider confirms it was an investigation target

28. June 2016

Lavabit has confirmed that officials targeted its secure email service as part of their investigation into Edward Snowden’s leaks. The company has has also formed a legal defense group to help service providers fight unconstitutional demands.


I Analyzed the Copy on 87 SaaS Startup Landing Pages — Here’s What I Found

28. June 2016

A great read about the copy in 87 SaaS startup landing pages. 20% of them used social proof, the average word count of a headline was 6 and every single headline can be boiled down to 9 formulas.


Stop Talking About Moving to Silicon Valley and Just Build a Great Company Where You Are

25. June 2016

A great read about why moving to Silicon Valley isn’t always the answer. It’s not necessarily going to be any easier to get funding in California, there are great founders everywhere and entrepreneurs would be better off focussing on their local opportunities instead.


How To Brainstorm Like A Googler

25. June 2016

Fascinating look at Google’s elegantly simple linear process for brainstorming new ideas and turning them into actual products: Know the user, Think 10x, then Prototype.


Why I decided to connect my blog to Facebook Instant Articles

25. June 2016

An interesting read about Facebook Instant Articles, a lighter version of articles that show up on the user’s newsfeed while they’re using the Facebook mobile app, and how they produced a higher engagement rate at the expense of related content and other social media.


The 9 cheapest cities to live in Europe

25. June 2016

Interesting look at the cities with the lowest cost of living in Europe, from Marseille to Porto. Looks like it might be time to move to Tartu (gets out map).


Simple Optimizations on the “Coming Soon” Page Can Create Profound Results

25. June 2016

Great read about how some small changes can produce big results for coming soon pages, such as adding more text and optimising a site for mobile.


AI, Apple and Google

24. June 2016

Great article about how, in the last couple of years, magic has started happening in AI. Techniques have started working, or started working much better, and new techniques have appeared, especially around machine learning. Exciting times!


Uber Data And Leaked Docs Provide A Look At How Much Uber Drivers Make

24. June 2016

Uber data suggests that drivers overall in three major U.S. markets — Denver, Detroit, and Houston — earned less than $13.25 an hour after expenses in late 2015, according to calculations based on more than a million trips.


Facebook Signs Deals With Media Companies, Celebrities for Facebook Live

22. June 2016

Interesting news that Facebook has inked contracts with nearly 140 media companies and celebrities to create videos for its nascent live-streaming service, as the social network positions itself to cash in on a lucrative advertising market it has yet to tap.


Tesla Makes Offer to Acquire SolarCity

22. June 2016

Elon Musk has proposed combining the electric-car and solar-energy companies that he backs, the latest in a series of financial shuffles among disparate firms in his empire.


Why Some Global Tech Startups Are Offshoring to Delaware

22. June 2016

Fascinating article about how Stripe, the $5 billion payments startup, has helped 440 businesses from 91 countries incorporate in the U.S. through a new program called Atlas.


Native support for taxes and shipping

22. June 2016

Great news that Stripe will now help automatically calculate taxes across many countries —just supply your customer’s address when creating an order. It will also calculate shipping costs as well!


Instagram doubles monthly users to 500M in 2 years, sees 300M daily

22. June 2016

Instagram now has over 500 million users, twice its count from two years ago. It added the last 100 million since September 2015, faster than the previous 100 million.


Apple Unlikely to Make Big Changes for Next iPhone

22. June 2016

News that Apple plans to break with its recent pattern of overhauling the design of its flagship iPhone every two years, and make only subtle changes in the models it will release this fall. The headphone plug looks to be going though…


A World Without Uber: Dispatches From Austin

22. June 2016

A great read about why Uber and Lyft recently left Austin and what the city is like as a ride-sharing wilderness. Bartenders are now scared to over-serve apparently.

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