Recommended Readings #2

Happy Tuesday guys. I hope the excess joy from your awesome weekend still lingering in the workplace. My weekend highlights was grabbing Arigato Macaroni in the PopCon Asia yesterday which turns out to be awesome.  For today’s RR, ill share about Guy’s Kawasaki presenting tips, startup & MBA relations, over consumption and yet again Peter Thiel

Guy Kawasaki’s 10/20/30 Presentation Rules

Presenting are the gist of my corporate strategy role. My slides falls into the stereotypical consultant, more than two charts per slides and crowded with sophisticated words. Guy Kawasaki’s rule is the perfect balance to make simpler corporate presentations while not being too over the top hipster like Pecha Kucha.

Jason Freedman’s on Why MBA curriculum makes you suck at startup

For you who plan to pursue master’s degree especially MBA , this is an interesting (or dis-interesting) point of view. Jason Freedman, a Y Combinator alumni and an MBA holder himself, offer a compelling argument of how MBA is a general management course aimed at giant business which is the opposite of what startup truly need.

Brooklyn Accelerator on Breaking addictive culture of fashion consumption

Not-so-breaking news : In the long run, shopping do the opposite of making you happier. This is an easy to digest article on the emotional side of shopping and over consumption. It used fashion as a context, but it can be applied on anything. After reading this, i feel the  need to reflect my mental state thoroughly whenever i got the dying urge to go on a shopping spree.


Peter Thiel’s AMA on Reddit

If youre not familiar with Reddit, r/IAMA is a forum where everyday there will be someone voluntarily asking to be asked anything by reddit users. Due to the massive numbers of highly active  users, a lot of big name has been doing an AMA which includes president of the USA and ISS Astronaut live from space. In this IAMA edition, Peter Thiel answers question about investing, startup and even fashion advice . Heres one of the quotes regarding suits :

in Silicon Valley, wearing a suit in a pitch meeting makes you look like someone who is bad at sales and worse at tech

well, there goes your chance Barney Stinson.

Recommended Readings (RR) is a weekly compilation of  internet articles which is interesting and insightful. No limitation on the topic, as long as it ticks me ill share it with you guys here. Check out the previous RR articles here


Arigato Macaroni

In terms of drawing quality, i think this is the best Indonesian i read so far.

Arigatou Macaroni is a webcomic created by Erfan Fajar from Stellar Labs. It has two main story arcs, the first one is about two little kids from a comic writer parents  : Osei & Yuki and the other one is daily live & love struggle of Rambo, quarter life crisis studio based comic writer. In between these two , theres a lot of one off filler episodes which usually Erfan’s hilariously absurd point of view about a phenomenon or a trend in Jakarta. This format and the style of humor is quite similar to Kar Kerschl’s Abominable Charles Christopher.

Arigato Macaroni

Its funny with a little bit of aaw which can makes you warm inside. Let me repeat again, the drawing quality is the best among Indonesian comic ive ever read so far. One that come close is now discontinued Lima Menit Sebelum Tayang which i just realized came from the same kitchen (Stellar Labs, get your act together and revive Makko!). A really really must read.

Its available on physical format as well. I grabbed one in PopCon and it was 100k well spent. Check out their facebook or mention @erufan on twitter to order Arigato Macaroni deluxe comic edition online.

Arigato Macaroni Webcomic

Conscious Rap

Let me introduce you to the antithesis of party music.

Far from the ass jiggling and getting drunk in the club, theres this sub genre rap full with positive influence. Conscious Rap is a branch of hip hop which focus on spreading the message and gives knowledge to the listener. Common theme conscious rap songs usually are empowering message to live day by day, critics to society, fighting discrimination or anti-violence.

Lupe Fiasco

Wasalu Muhammad Jaco a.k.a Lupe Fiasco

Im not really well versed in hip hop but heres a few tracks i recommend to know more about conscious rap. I included RapGenius links below each tracks so you can read the songs description & message behind it more clearly.

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Y Combinator Class at Stanford

Once this course is out youtube , ill subscribe the shit out of it for sure.

Syllabus [How to Start a Startup] - Google Docs - Google Chrome_2014-09-18_10-30-50

Peter Thiel, Marc Andressen, Marissa Meyer and other silicon valey icons will teach in class at Stanford. It will be part of a semester long course How to Start a Startup course at Standford which will be headed by Sam Altman, Y Combinator CEO . This could possibly be the most expensive course by the accumulation of its teacher’s net worth. What makes it even better for a non-stanford population like us, all the course will be available online in Youtube.

This idea should be spread to our universities here in Indonesia starting from their own alumni. Im sure were not lacking of successful people who wants go give back to their almamater.  Using the same model, one lecture can be filled by 10-15 people. Each will only teach one class in a semester for 2 – 3 hour. Quite feasible to accommodate even the busiest speaker.

This is great yet simple idea which can do wonder to further bridge our industry with academia.

Read more about this on recode article below :

Y Combinator Releases Its Curriculum as a Stanford Class — And Online


If youre bored playing AAA games, Bastion is a must try.

Bastion is a beat em up platformer action game. The story takes place at Caelondia, fictional world left in ruins and swarming with monsters after destruction event called “The Calamity”. You played as the kid, white haired buffed teenagers who came to save Caelondia. Along the game, every action you take will be narrated by “The Narrator”. with sulky, manly voice. This makes you feel like youre playing games accompanied by Morgan Freeman’s Red in Shawshank redemption.

Gameplay is quite simple in general. You explore the level, beat some monsters, gain experience and beat the boss at the end. After each boss, youll get The Shard which will be used to open more Shops. This is Great thing about Bastion, Shop will open more customizatio. Theres blacksmith to upgrade your weapon, liquor shop to upgrade you status and even Shrine which give you options to harden the game in exchange for more exp per kill.


Beat em up

It is a well design game, visually beautiful and so much depth. The soundtrack though is something else. Until today, it is the most beautiful in game music ive ever experience. I havent played Read Dead Redemption though, as reddit forum told me the soundtrack is beautiful as well.

Bastion as the time this is written is on sale in Humble Store for only 3 bucks and previously it was priced less than 10 bucks on Steam also. If youre looking to buy a gaming piece of art , go grab Bastion.

By the way, are you guys on steam ? Lets play together

Recommended Readings

Nothing teach short attention span like the internet.

Back in the pre-internet days, time felt slower because information delay was still exist. We dont mind waiting a bit longer in order to digest lengthy pages of information.  Fast forward in the era of instant gratification where everything can be discovered instantly, we read headlines and list most of the times cause aint nobody got time for that scrollable feature articles.

To flex our brain a little bit, heres some recommended comprehensive  articles  on the internet which i belive is meatful and highly nutritious.

Paul Graham on Starting your own startup

Y Combinator boss Paul Graham golden wisdom about starting a startup. He gave advice from brainstorming the idea, hiring the right people, figuring out what customer want, raising fund, operate efficiently and much much more. A must read for startup founder or anyone who wants to start business.

Joel Software on Guerrilla Interviewing

Along with Coding Horror, Joel on Software blog was my regular read back in college days. These two blog introduced me  to the management side of software. Which turns out to be not less sophisticated and exciting as the coding itself. In this post, Joel Spolsky (which founded FogCreek , Stack Exchange & Trellobreaks down how to recruit great software developer. Eventhough its very specific, Joel’s concept of Smart & Getting things done is very interesting and can be widely applied.

 Wired Magazine on Digital Literacy

This article introduce me to the term Digital Literacy. A thought provoking idea which is due to digital age were living in, everyone should be skilled in information technology.

Fortune feature articles on Peter Thiel

Dont tell me you never heard of Peter Thiel. He was the man behind or contributed to things you used daily such as  Paypal, Facebook,  Linkedin, Quora,  and many others. He was the Don in silicon valley world and im not even kidding. This article covered lots of interesting stuff about Thiels life such as his early rise in Paypal, his ambitious investment which includes government-less floating island and the controversies in his ideas of funding students to abandon college.  This man is basically Bolivar Trask (or even Lex Luthor) in real life.

Indonesian Sounds #1 : Rock Albums

I collect music in physical medium.

No, not vinyl, just CDs. I want to jump in to that hype train though, but the 300-500k IDR for each vinyl plates price range stops me right there. Most of the CDs in my shelf are local Indonesian music. If you look a bit further than whats playing on TV and radio, Indonesian music scene is blooming with quality music these days. Find out the release from label such as Demajors, FFWD and Grimloc to listen the examples of what im talking about.


Rather than just sitting there, i thought it will be good to write about some of the Indonesian CD’s which i recommend. So heres the first episode of Indonesian Sounds. In this virgin post, loud and distortion heavy rock albums will be featured

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