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

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

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.


Its kinda cool when you check your go-to-news site and you found familiar face.

Few days ago, Tripvisto, travel commerce sites, got seed funding from East Ventures and made it to DailySocial. One of the people responsible for Tripvisto is a good friend of mine Aditya Saputra. Back in college days, Didit (as he usually called) was a rare breed of people who aim to setup his own business. Mind you, this is back in 2006-2007-ish where startup trend in Indonesia was still in infancy. The time where venture capital was still a fancy word. Post graduation, Didit with two other friend started software development services called SmartTekno, developing information system in public sector office before moving to Jakarta and started TripVisto with Sumartok (which previously founded Flamingo & Presentonomics).

With this investment, TripVisto will be in the bunch with other promising startups in EastVentures portfolio such as Tokopedia and Techinasia. Good progression so far considering it was still less than a year ago when i first heard TripVisto from didit in one of our coffee talk. Looking forward to hear more good news from Tripvisto. Read the dailysocial release below and go check TripVisto. 

Tripvisto Umumkan Perolehan Pendanaan dari East Ventures