So things coming back to normal. Hows the unlock treating you?
Here’s what I worked on this last week. Started a project along with @saurabh to document & list all the books recommended all the top leaders. One of the biggest problems when I want to read a new book, comes from being able to select one. So here is - ReadBetter, which documents & lists the books recommended by all the leaders. The project is still WIP, let me know if you would like to help me with this.
On with the learnings this week…
Here is an awesome article on how a girl from Lucknow, who interned at SpaceX helped SpaceX with its booster landing. Read it here.
This kid wrote to his idol on why the Idol should take him up as a student. Hats off to this kid. Wish I had 1% clarity of what this guy has.
The power of twitter. A random makes a formal introduction between @chamath & @david_perell.
Shopify is no longer e-commerce, its fintech. It has debit cards, gives credit & handles all account reconciliation. People dont need banks if their problems are getting solved at one place they frequent more often. Read about it here.
Now consider the below, when apps are dependent on such libraries.
Genius don’t do different things. They just do things differently.
The ability to ship is what separates men from boys!
So Mitron app, the fastest growing app & ‘Remove China App’ gets removed from Google Store.
But then they were back faster! Whats happening in the background?
India & its Tax babus!!! Tiger Global’s #3.3 billion stake from Flipkart to Walmart comes under the tax radar, 2 years after the deal.Madhav Chanchani @madhavchanchaniTiger Global's landmark $3.3 billion stake sale from Flipkart to Walmart faces a tax googly two years after the deal. AAR ruling says Mauritius entities set up for tax benefits, decision making of the fund was in US Will Tiger have to pay to taxes now?
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And then this from the government.
Just love the show Rick & Morty. Its only outside our comfort zones is where growth is.
People think its easy to move manufacturing out of China. Here is Tim Cook explaining that China is no longer cheap, its really expensive. But the kind & number of tooling experts available in China, is just not available anywhere else on the Globe. China is just irreplacable. Other countries looked down upon tooling & China promoted vocational training.
This is the Government telling the Real-Estate sector as directly as possible, to cut their losses & get rid of the inventory. Government is really in no position to help any longer.
Some amazing practical lessons in this thread from the founder of @unacademy. The biggest take-away for me is “Do some needle-moving stuff daily”Shivam S @shivamsharmaDo some needle-moving stuff *daily*. Don’t go to bed if you haven’t done something needle moving. As a founder, do things that don’t just fix the current situation, but look at future growth. Major things will only happen when you do needle-moving stuff.
June 4th 20203 Retweets31 LikesShivam S @shivamsharma(For Founders) Split your level of tasks: - Base level (day to day) - CEO level (growth) - Elon Musk level (well, next level) If there is a very little downside of doing something but the upside, if it works, is very high, then please do it.
June 4th 20201 Retweet37 LikesShivam S @shivamsharmaInvestors & Moonshot hires: Hunt 3/4 folks every week online. Keep 3-4 hours weekly to meet 'em. Those you like, save their details with a tag. Add 'em to your update distro. Whenever they’re looking to invest/switch companies, you’ll be the 1st one to hear from 'em. Be patient.
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This is crazy! Great content is timeless. How you define your terms is really important. Thats how you bring everybody on the same page. Different words different things to different people.Visakan Veerasamy @visakanv(2013) boss: we need to make content to sell software to ecommerce stores me: yes, but first, we must define our terms boss: and this will help us sell software? me: yes boss: ok, just remember your job is to get more sales me: first we must define our terms
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Same goes with goals. Its important to define your goals pretty precisely or its so easy to lose the way.Paul Graham @paulgOne thing I've learned as an adult that I didn't realize as a kid is how precisely you have to aim at a goal to hit it. If you choose to optimize something even slightly off to the side, you'll sometimes achieve almost nothing toward your intended goal.
June 6th 2020706 Retweets4,567 Likes
This one on Black Lives Matter.
Here is some alternate viewpoint on the subject, which says that with regards to Blacks, though Racism does exist, its probably not to that extent as portrayed & what ever is, is probably rightfully so. I have not checked the facts but I always try to listen to conflicting opinions too. Thats how you makeup your mind. (Do read the whole thread.)
How does the Army fight the country, whose music it loves? Would they put their gods/idols at risk? How do you fight if you have empathy for your opponent. Kind of what music & culture does. My mind is literally blown by this!
You can acheive whatever you want. Age is no longer a limiting factor, proven by a 25year old getting a Rs. 47 lakh package.
This one one how wonderfully India & the whole world is enjoying unlockdown! Governments all across the world have decided that livelihood is more important than life.
See this bizzare case from Goa. Now high-profile people from Goa at risk..Shruti Chaturvedi @adhicuttingBizzare cases from : 2 days back, a woman entered Goa in an international flight. She had a wedding to attend so couldn't risk getting in quarantine, so she pulled strings with a State Minister and skipped testing. After the wedding, she threw a party where she collapsed.
June 5th 20201,926 Retweets4,932 Likes
Like the tweet says, we are a test subject & results will be out soon.Paras Chopra @paraschopraWe are a test subject and the results will be out pretty soon.
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This is Marine drive from Mumbai & there are similar pictures from across the country.
This is France after corona.
How is the Unlock treating you . See this poll. People have really lost income at all strata of society.
Now that Im in the world of coding, expect some tech related posts often. I have been studying about what kind of database is suited better for what kind of projects. Here is a pretty detailed & good comparision between SQL vs NoSQL.
Humans are for the most bit simple, predictable & almost the same.Kunal Shah @kunalb11An online consultation astrologer (>100 crores revenue) reached out to me seeking help to make an app. During a demo, saw automatically generated answers for frequently asked user questions. I asked him why only 40 FAQ, he said 40 is a lot, 15 covers 95% asked. Humans are simple
June 6th 2020211 Retweets2,007 Likes
This is the list of work that one feature addition adds to the pile. Think about what happens when a completely new software is designed. So think a 100 times before approving any feature request.
One of the biggest life improvements one can make is, being probabilistic in their thinking, rather than thinking in absolutes. See this crazy statistics. Though the key factor in the below would be how do you arrive at the ‘1% population’ figure independently.Paras Chopra @paraschopra4/ These two questions sound similar, but have different answers. E.g. if 80% of mammograms detect breast cancer when it’s there and ~90% come out as negative when it’s not there. If only 1% population has breast cancer, then probability of having it given positive test is 8%
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Here is the dose of some weekly magic.
Though I have posted about this earlier. A beautiful article on the livestream market in China.
Here are my thoughts, Many Indian startups are trying to copy it. The problem is India doesn't have a middle class like China. Live streamers feed off well to do middle class.
Somebody trying to do this in India should target housewives above 40. They have money & time & are looking for validation. If gamified will work superbly. Go-to-market is by free kitty parties.
India doesn't have a China like market but still a few live streamers are already making money.
So this amazing Idea seems would come to life upon a web-series to celebrate the curious genuises of India. Would love to be a part of this. Its my long held belief that, because Religion is celebrated it gets promoted esp when compared to Arts/Science/Tech, esp with regard to children.
If we want children to value Arts, Science & Tech, we need to celebrate these. This project would be a step in that direction. Excited about it.Kunal Shah @kunalb11Let’s do both. We can do a fund raiser after seeding the initial capital for it. We can launch scholarship for those who explain ideas well every 6 months. We can publish the idea/problem openly and give scholarship based on YouTube video posted to explain it.
June 7th 20201 Retweet47 Likes
Most awesome technologies are not held back by science but by economics. The biggest roadblock in the starlink project going mainstream is the cost of user terminals.
Here is some blast from the past. Here the engineer from Sun Microsystems talks about how the cloud technology was developed 15years back. Just too early for its time? He compares that to Google Stadia, the gaming platform being developed by Google.
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