DPL Reading List – August 21, 2015


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Here are some of the articles we’ve been reading around this office this week.

The No. 1 Predictor Of Career Success According To Network Science – “The field of network science shows us two things. (1) The hero’s journey is the blueprint for creating career success. (2) We can all be heroes. It just takes a little faith as you follow your heart and curiosity into unknown worlds. As Steve Jobs said, ‘You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.’”

10 Essential Lessons for Young Entrepreneurs – “In her talk for the Stanford Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series, Draper Fisher Jurvetson Operating Partner Heidi Roizen (MBA ’83) shared advice for young entrepreneurs on topics ranging from ethics to hiring.”

One Tweet Shows What Silicon Valley Really Thinks of the People It’s Crushing (Thanks to Nate Lowry of Travefy for recommending this article) – “Businesses have always been at war to replace one another in a constant struggle to provide a better quality of life. It’s always been an organic ecosystem, but technology, like a steroid, has injected a fuel into this ecology that’s causing rapid flux. Titanic businesses like Kodak are replaced by tiny startups like Instagram in a handful of years, and Uber is swallowing the cabs of the world — both public and private — whole. The question is: When we have all of these new, boutique services, who will benefit?”

Compatibility Tables Compendium (Thanks to Jarrod Wubbels for recommending this article) – “When it comes to web development, nothing beats a good compatibility table (especially not a listicle about compatibility tables). They help you make important decisions about new web feature production readiness, inform our best practices, and help us troubleshoot peculiar issues in fringe browsers. To that end, I’ve collected a list of useful compatibility tables that I thought were worth sharing.”

Longevity (or Lack Thereof) in JavaScript Frameworks (Thanks to Chris Apple for recommending this) – “Framework longevity is a critical ingredient in project success. Most technology decision makers use metrics like community size, popularity, and big company support to justify their choice of framework, but these factors actually don’t predict longevity.”

What Stephen Curry Can Teach Us About Creating Successful Habits – “Habit stacking is something you’re most likely already doing without even realizing. For example, every morning when I wake up and take a shower and brush my teeth, I am habit stacking. These little habit stacks have been conditioned over time, so much so that you don’t even think about it.”

Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace (Thanks to Santi Murtagh for recommending this article) – “But just as Jeff Bezos was able to see the future of e-commerce before anyone else, she added, he was able to envision a new kind of workplace: fluid but tough, with employees staying only a short time and employers demanding the maximum. ‘Amazon is driven by data,’ said Ms. Pearce, who now runs her own Seattle software company, which is well stocked with ex-Amazonians. ‘It will only change if the data says it must — when the entire way of hiring and working and firing stops making economic sense.’”

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