Bill Gates’ recommends 5 books to read this summer

24. May 2016

From Bill Gates: “The five books are simply ones that I loved, made me think in new ways, and kept me up reading long past when I should have gone to sleep. As a result, this is an eclectic list – from an 800-page science fiction novel by a local legend to a 200-page nonfiction book on how Japan can get its economic mojo back.”

Cushion – Simple project scheduling, budgeting, and invoice tracking for freelancers

24. May 2016

Cushion looks like a great simple forecasting app for freelancers.

John Oliver: Millions Hear Your Call – Together We Will Solve this Challenge

24. May 2016

An interesting look at how Emergency call centers are in desperate need of funding and new technology, informative PSA’s.
RapidSOS CEO Michael Martin responds to John Oliver’s 911 segment on Last Week Tonight show looking at how Emergency call centers are in desperate need of funding and new technology.

How to ask for app reviews without feeling icky about it

24. May 2016

A great read from Dylan Ginsburg at Basecamp on how they overcame their low App Store ratings with a simple, yet effective approach of asking for a review *only* when they had something of value to offer in return.

Small Victories

24. May 2016

Small Victories takes files in a Dropbox folder and turns them into a website. No CMS, no installation, no server, no coding required. This is neat.

Inside Buffer’s New Blog Design

24. May 2016

Ash Read at Buffer introduces their new blog redesign along with a detailed look at how they manage their content marketing efforts, now their blog is averaging over 1.1 million sessions per month.

Trello Passes 1.1 Million Daily Users And Triples Sales

24. May 2016

Trello says it now has more than 1.1 million daily active users off 14 million signups to date, adding 150,000 new users each week. Trello’s making real money off those users, too, recently passing $10 million in annualized recurring revenue, reaching that milestone in less than a year from launching its enterprise service in September.

Singapore will pay for your startup to solve its problems

24. May 2016

During a wide ranging keynote, the foreign minister for Singapore spoke about VR porn, innovation and the city state’s unique approach to funding startups.

Considerations When Designing Your Own Emoji

24. May 2016

TypeThursday sits down with Type Designer Colin M. Ford to discuss what are emoji, why we should consider them fonts, and how to start making your own emoji.

A Harvard psychologist says people judge you based on 2 criteria when they first meet you

24. May 2016

Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy has been studying first impressions alongside fellow psychologists Susan Fiske and Peter Glick for more than 15 years, and has discovered patterns in these interactions. In her new book “Presence,” Cuddy says people quickly answer two questions when they first meet you: Can I trust this person? Can I respect this person?

Japan adding mandatory programming education to all elementary schools

24. May 2016

The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry of Japan has decided to make computer programming a compulsory subject at primary schools in fiscal 2020, followed by middle schools in fiscal 2021 and high schools in fiscal 2022. Props.

ProfitWell – SaaS metrics. 100% accurate. Absolutely free.

23. May 2016

ProfitWell combines world-class subscription analytics and tools that fuel your growth. Use in-depth financial metrics to track your growth, understand your churn, uncover where to optimize and use ProfitWell’s Retain that systematically works automatically to boost your retention.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos explains why the Fire Phone disaster was actually a good thing

23. May 2016

Jeff Bezos on experiments and failure: “If you think [the Fire Phone] was a big failure, we’re working on much bigger failures right now. And I am not kidding. Some of them are going to make the Fire Phone look like a tiny little blip”. Also worth reading is VC Fred Wilson’s take.

Avoiding BlackBerry’s fate

23. May 2016

A great read from Marco Arment: “Amazon, Facebook, and Google are placing large bets on advanced AI, ubiquitous assistants, and voice interfaces, hoping that these will become the next thing that our devices are for. If they’re right — and that’s a big “if” — I’m worried for Apple.”

This Travel App Has Reached 1 Million Downloads And This Is How They Did It

23. May 2016

Learn how South East Asia travel app HotelQuickly grew to 1 Million users in 3 years using highly targeted market research, localization and consumer behavior analytics.

Inside Apple’s New San Francisco Store

23. May 2016

Apple just revealed the future of its retail stores (with an outdoor plaza and literal trees inside). Beautiful.

Business Insider CEO: ‘There Are No Must-Read Publications Any More’

23. May 2016

Henry Blodget, editor-in-chief of Business Insider, talks to SPIEGEL about the future of digital media, the likelihood of another dot-com bubble and about his own checkered past on Wall Street.

Airmail 3.0 – A new mail client designed for El Capitan

23. May 2016

Airmail was designed from the ground to retain the same experience with a single or multiple accounts and provide a quick, modern and easy-to-use user experience. Airmail is clean and allows you to get to your emails without interruption – it’s the mail client for the 21st century.

Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time in the US

23. May 2016

Google’s low-cost Chromebooks outsold Apple’s range of Macs for the first time in the US recently. While IDC doesn’t typically break out Windows vs. Chromebook sales, IDC analyst Linn Huang confirmed the milestone to The Verge.

6 Secrets of Radical Productivity, From an Entrepreneur Who Runs 4 Businesses

23. May 2016

Inc has a nice piece on Swiss-born designer Tina Roth Eisenberg covering her tips for success.

How to Fall 35,000 Feet And Survive

23. May 2016

You’re six miles up, alone and falling without a parachute. Though the odds are long, a small number of people have found themselves in similar situations—and lived to tell the tale. Here’s PM’s 120-mph, 35,000-ft, 3-minutes-to-impact survival guide.

Antipersona – Become Any Twitter User

23. May 2016

Antipersona simulates the experience of using Twitter as if you’re signed in from any user account of your choice, providing a window into someone else’s social media point-of-view. When you “become” an account on Antipersona, you can see the same timeline they see and receive the same notifications (for follows, mentions, and retweets) they receive, for 24 hours.

Meet the world’s first 3D-printed motorcycle (which will cost you €50,000)

23. May 2016 3d-bike

Airbus subsidiary APWorks is using its 3D printing expertise to build what it calls “probably the world’s lightest motorcycle,” a lithe, bicycle-like all-electric machine weighing 35 kilograms (77 pounds) held together with an intricate web of aluminum.

APWorks says it’ll go 80km/h (50 mph) and run from 0-45km/h in 3 seconds, which keeps this fully out of superbike territory — think of this as a lightweight, street-legal runabout that just happens to look unlike anything else on the road.

Does that matter?

20. May 2016

More spot on advice from Jason Fried: “Does that matter? Is that really worth doing? These are important questions that you should be considering often. Getting the right work done is almost always about creating less work to do.”

Things to make your home office legit

20. May 2016

Get your Credit Card ready as the team behind the excellent review site WireCutter have published a great guide to setting up the perfect home office.

How Need/Want Built a $2.5 Million Business

20. May 2016

A great Shopify podcast episode with Marshall Haas covering how Need/Want built a $2.5m physical products business by using the power of positioning.

7 Things Investors & Founders Need to Know about the Japan Startup Ecosystem

20. May 2016

Want to know what the startup ecosystem is like in Japan? James Riney offer’s 7 interesting slides from his recent talk at 500 Startups ‘Geeks On A Plane’ event.

Reddit posts can now be embedded on any website

20. May 2016

Writers like me can now embed Reddit posts in articles, just as we can with tweets and (usually) Facebook posts. Google Plus is still a bit finicky, but who cares.

What to look for in a good Project Manager

20. May 2016

“Great PMs are usually very detailed and obsessed with every aspect of their product. They do not tend to rely on Program Management (unless the product scope is crazy big). They run their own spreadsheets, roadmaps, and have an uncanny habit of picking up on things that could go wrong. This requires an unnatural level of fussing over things.”

Tally raises $15 million for app to make credit cards less expensive

20. May 2016

San Francisco-based Tally Technologies raised $15 million in Series A venture funding to launch an app that promises to help people maintain good credit while avoiding fees, charges and other credit card affiliated pains. Here’s how it works: Users can scan all of their personal credit cards into Tally, go through a brief credit score check, then authorize the startup to pay those bills from a Tally-issued line of credit.

simpli press coffee – Clean. Smooth. No Mess!

20. May 2016

Revolutionary redesign of French press. Designed to make gourmet coffee easy, so you don’t have to compromise taste for convenience!

The 10 biggest announcements from Google I/O 2016

19. May 2016

The Verge offers a full breakdown of the major highlights from Google’s I/O 2016 keynote including Android N, Google Daydream, Android Wear 2.0, Google Home (a competitor to Amazon’s Echo) and the new Allo and Duo (messaging) apps.

Google’s self-driving car: How does it work and when can we drive one?

19. May 2016

Google unveiled a brand new self-driving car prototype; the first company to build a car with no steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedal.. So how safe is it, and what is it like on the road?

Apple opens office in India to accelerate Maps development

19. May 2016

Apple just announced the opening of a new $25 million development center in Hyderabad, India with the primary purpose of accelerating Maps development. It’ll also create 4,000 jobs, according to the press release.

Tesla to Sell $1.4 Billion in Shares for Expanded Production

19. May 2016

Tesla said it will sell about $1.4 billion in stock to help pay for an expansion that includes its forthcoming Model 3 electric car and boosting annual production to 500,000 vehicles in 2018. The total sale will be about $2 billion, with the rest of the shares to be sold by CEO Elon Musk to cover tax obligations on stock options he’s exercising.

Analyzing stock-based compensation for Twitter and Facebook employees

19. May 2016

An interesting analysis on how Twitter and Facebook are using stock based compensation to retain different types of employees (Sales, Product, Eng, Finance and so on).

A hacker is selling 117 million LinkedIn logins on the Dark Web

19. May 2016

If you cast your mind back to 2012, you might remember how millions of LinkedIn users were left vulnerable after it emerged that a Russian hacker was offloading over 6 million of their login details online. Well, he/she is back and this time there are 117 million email and passwords belonging to LinkedIn users up for grabs on an illegal Dark Web marketplace called The Real Deal for 5 bitcoin ($2,200 approximately).

This Company’s CEO is a Computer Program, and It Just Made $131 Million

18. May 2016

DAO (a company that needs no office, no employees, and no president) is ruled by a computer program. And they just raised $131 million…and counting.

CouchQuiz — Side Project Story, Sales Figures & Thoughts from 100 Days in the Apple TV App Store

18. May 2016

A great read on how Andrew Yates launched CouchQuiz on the 4th generation Apple TV, with sales figures and thoughts for anyone who is thinking about publishing an app on Apple TV.

What we learned while hiring the Basecamp summer internship class

18. May 2016

An excellent behind-the-scenes look at how Basecamp are running their remote internship program this summer, going from 646 hopefuls to 11 hires.

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