/Startup

Fast/Slow In 3X: Explore/Expand/Extract

- Kent Beck tl;dr: As an idea, product or company grows, "value-maximizing behavior" changes dramatically and comes in three phases: (1) Explore - where companies try small experiments. (2) Expand, as an experiments takes off, bottlenecks are identified and tackled. (3) Extract, these projects can increase revenue or decrease costs.

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Crazy New Ideas

- Paul Graham tl;dr: "Most implausible-sounding ideas are in fact bad and could be safely dismissed, but not when they're proposed by reasonable domain experts." Paul advises us to listen and pro-actively encourage these ideas.

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Early Work

- Paul Graham tl;dr: "We just don't have enough experience with early versions of ambitious projects to know how to respond to them. We judge them as we would judge more finished work, or less ambitious projects." Optimism and imagination become urgent.

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Building Companies In Times Of Change

- Reid Hoffman tl;dr: LinkedIn founder discusses notable trends during this period - a move towards distributed founding teams, rise of telehealth, and more.

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Good Businesses Have Margins

- Justin Jackson tl;dr: Justin advises entrepreneurs to optimize for margin - both business margins such as profit and personal margins, by creating boundaries for yourself. 

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The Lesson To Unlearn

- Paul Graham tl;dr: "Schools train us to win by hacking bad tests" so we can get good grades, but not learn. Good grades reward us in obvious ways. This mindset filters into the startup world, founders want to hack the system. This is correcting itself and that makes Paul optimistic.

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What I Learned Co-Founding Dribbble

- Dan Cederholm tl;dr: 20 lessons learned by the founder of Dan, who stepped down from his role a co-founder, especially if you are building a bootstrapped business, which Dribble is. Alas, there may be a paywall. Alas, I found you a path.

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How to Lead An Engineering Team During A Period of Hypergrowth

- Chris Slowe tl;dr: AMA with CTO at Reddit. He discusses his high level approach to various functions of a CTO, such as hiring, company values, testing. He also discusses the importance of mentorship for anyone seeking a leadership role.

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Working For A Startup Makes Increasingly Less Sense

- Jatin Shridhar tl;dr: The author compares his reality of working at a startup against expectations, which were having a fast career growth, making money from equity and learning more. He outlines why certain startups may be more attractive for engineers and outlines the understated pros of working at larger companies.

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