Weekly reads, week of May 16 2016

Strategy and business

What is Product Management by Mokriya
// Some perspectives on the function and its future.

Data and Tech

What 671 million push notifications say about how people spend their day by Andrew Chen
// Lots of interesting takeaways here. Amazing how tight the spread between sends and opens are. And although not surprising, it’s also cool to see how much greater work-time usage exists for mobile apps vs. other media.

The Sumo Matchup Centuries In The Making by Benjamin Morris
// Amazing how much data has been collected on sumo matches over centuries…

With Instant Apps, Google Aims to Make the Web and Apps One by Cade Metz
// Google has clear incentive to work around the existing app (and app marketplace) model by blurring the line between web and apps, through either greatly improving the mobile web experience, or making apps more like the web.

Soon We Won’t Program Computers. We’ll Train Them Like Dogs by Jason Tanz
// Machine learning makes it significantly more difficult to understand the EXACT mechanics behind how computers produce output and make decisions.


The Real Problem With Facebook and the News – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
// Shared facts and different perspectives could be an improvement over self-curated echo chambers.

The New 10-Year Vesting Schedule by Zach Holman
// Startup employees are finding it increasingly difficult to unlock compensation (in the form of stock options) generated by their by their contributions.

The numbers are staggering: US is ‘world leader’ in child poverty by Paul Buchheit
// The share of kids on foods stamps in the US has increased by over 60% in the last decade.

The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans by Neal Gabler
// A lot more people are struggling financially than it would seem, possibly driven by the democratization of revolving credit in the 80s and 90s, as well as income stagnation across many industries.

  1. 1. Strategy and business
  2. 2. Data and Tech
  3. 3. Perspectives