Recommended Readings #4

Great morning folks.

First of all, Eid Mubarak to all of my fellow moslems. I hope you guys had a great meatful Idul Adha weekend. As usual, here are four articles i recommend to read to kickstart your monday.

GigaOm on Mobile App Economy

More and more apps are released daily but on the other hand people are using less. Even worse, willingness to pay for an app is on decrease as well. Is mobile apps economy reaching maturation ? an insightful analysis on GigaOm tackled this question.

Mike Monteiro’s 13 Ways Designer Screw Up Client Presentations

On point tips from designer Mike Monteiro on things to avoid if you deliver high impact presentation to your client. The last one really speaks to me because i have a severe problem remembering people names.

Fast Co Design on Writing Great Interface Copy

I learned that design is not just the visual. In this FastCo article, John Zeratsky of Google Ventures share five tips on achieving great design with copywriting.

The Next Web on Why Big Companies Struggle with Innovation

George Debb describe in details several factors that contribute the lack of Innovation in most of Big Companies.

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

Recommended Readings #3 : Medium

Last week  ive found out about interesting service called Medium , a blogging platform developed by Twitter co founders Evan Williams & Biz Stone. They  created this to encourage twitter users to create content beyond 140 characters. Medium puts heavy emphasis on writing  and content discovery. In attempt to deliver this with consistent clean design, Medium sacrifice user customization so every blog hosted medium will look the same. Throwing personalization out the door, user have to rely solely on their writing to stand out.Two things Medium do best, makes comfortable reading format and create distraction free writing editor. The best ive seen so far in the internet.


Another nice aspect about medium is the content discovery system. In your homepage, Medium will curates a collection of blog post according to your interest. So that makes Medium a theme of this week post of Recommended Readings. Enjoy and have a nice day.

Lifehacker’s explanation on alternative blogging platform

To understand pros and cons about alternative blogging platform such as Medium, read this piece on Lifehacker. Its also explain the comparison with more well known platform such as WordPress and Blogger.

Nikki Durkin on Failing a startup 

Everyone loves a success story. Weve been exposed to encouraging rags to riches story from Cinderella to Zuckerberg. But how about failure story ?. Founder of fashion sharing app 99dresses Nikki Durkin tells a story about the crash and burn of her startup. Very personal and emotional.

Aulia Masna on Wearables are still overrated

Ex-Daily Social and tech pundit Aulia Masna rants about wearables and how suck they are this time of day. Spoiler alert, its the batteries.

Julie Zhuo on Working in Startup vs Big Companies

We all known its different. But to know how different and in what aspect it differs, read out this educational piece from Facebook’s product designer Julie Zhuo

Have a nice monday good people. Oh i almost forgot, lets be friends on Medium!

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

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


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.