Issue #333

12 July 2022

Issue #333
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Operating Well: What I Learned at Stripe
- Sam Gerstenzang
#Leadership #Management

tl;dr: "Operating well is a state, not an outcome." Key lessons are: (1) Reinforce your goals everywhere. (2) Focus. (3) Changing strategy feels like progress but it usually isn’t. (4) Turn up the heat in every interaction and ask uncomfortable questions e.g. What could we cut, even if it’s painful? (5) Unblock psychological barriers by asking a report what's holding them back. And more. 

Why Most Strategies Lack Clarity
- John Cutler
#Leadership #Management

tl;dr: "The unlock, I think, is realizing that you can confidently communicate a coherent strategy that also acknowledges uncertainty. You know what you know. You assume what you assume. You believe what you believe." John explains that the reason this tends not to happen is we fear showing that we lack clarity, and lean towards displaying certainty. 
How To Hire Employees For A Startup, Fast And Pain-Free?
- Yuliia Mamonov
#Management #Hiring

tl;dr: Studies have shown that startup owners spend up to 40% of their time on hiring. How do vetting marketplaces can help them get talented staff effortlessly, and why are they better than job boards or bidding platforms? Read on to find out!

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The State Of Startup Compensation, H1 2022
- Peter Walker
#Salary #Leadership #Management

tl;dr: (1) Remote hiring soars from 35% in 2019 to 62%. (2) 84% of companies take employee location into account when deciding compensation. (3) Engineering accounts for nearly half of payroll spend in companies valued between $1 and 10 million. (4) Involuntary terminations made up 29% of departures in May 2022, the rest were employees leaving jobs by choice. Nearly double the 15% termination share recorded in August of 2021.

“Inside every large program is a small program struggling to get out.”

― Tony Hoare

tl;dr: "Lots of things we all take for granted didn’t exist. The internet existed but not the Web. Software was delivered to customers on tapes or floppy disks. The CD burner was still a few years in the future. Java didn’t exist, JavaScript didn’t exist, .NET didn’t exist. Languages commonly in use then were C/C++, FORTRAN, Pascal, Ada, Perl, Tcl, and Lisp."
Markov Chat Bot Disaster Story
- Anders Conbere

tl;dr: "Between 2012 and 2014 I worked at Etsy on and experimental remote team "Seller Economics". Etsy was at the time famous for two things: Chat Ops and Hack Weeks. This is a story about how those two cultural touchstones collided to create a near disaster."

Go Proverbs
- Rob Pike

tl;dr: (1) Don't communicate by sharing memory, share memory by communicating. (2) Concurrency is not parallelism. (3) Channels orchestrate; mutexes serialize. (4) The bigger the interface, the weaker the abstraction. (5) Make the zero value useful. And more. 
#GPT3 #AI #OpenAI
tl;dr: "One of my favourite uses for the GPT-3 AI language model is generating explanations of how code works. It’s shockingly effective at this: its training set clearly include a vast amount of source code. Simon shows a few recent examples." 
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