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

Getting Ready For HTTP/2: A Guide For Web Designers And Developers (Thanks to Jarrod Wubbels for recommending this article) – “The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is the protocol that governs the connection between your server and the browsers of your website’s visitors. For the first time since 1999, we have a new version of this protocol, and it promises far faster websites for everyone.”

Optical Data Storage Squeezes 360TB On To A Quartz Disc—Forever – “Want to make sure you back something up indefinitely? Then you could do worse than a digital data storage technique that uses laser light to store 360 terabytes of information on nanostructured quartz for up to 14 billion years.”

Welcome To Spaceport America. Your Rocket Will Depart Soon. Ish. (Thanks to Matt Babcock for recommending this article) – “I have always believed there is, somewhere in our core, a need to push forward. To explore what is over the next horizon. We are curious. We are knowledge-seekers. We are tool-makers. We are problem-solvers. Get off the beach or die. Get off this rock or die. That’s what I project into the void.”

How To Hire Without Getting Fooled By First Impressions (Thanks to Brian Zimmer for recommending this article) – “The best interviewers avoid the traps from first impressions or gut feelings because they recognize the subconscious factors at play during the interview. You can use the techniques we’ve described to see and hear more deeply, even if you have only a short time to select and interview the candidate. By doing so, you can better assess if the person is right — or wrong — for the position.”

Dear Investors: So You Want To Take Diversity Seriously (Part 1) (Thanks to Jarrod Wubbels for recommending this article) – “Creating real cultures of diversity and inclusion throughout the tech ecosystem is not easy, but neither is building a profitable business. As VC’s, we’ve never let challenges get in the way of meeting our goals, so why should making progress on diversity be any different? Why not bring the same “get-it-done-no-matter-what” enthusiasm to this conversation? Why not leverage the tried-and-true startup methods of A/B testing and designing with the end user in mind, recognizing that the end user comes in a diversity of packages with a variety of lived experiences and ideas to contribute?”

Hiring, The Single Most Important Skill As A Founder – “Nothing is more dangerous for an early-stage startup than one bad hire, one person who isn’t a culture fit or who is simply not good enough at their job. Even if you together resolve the situation fast, you will get distracted, most probably won’t build a great product during that time and lose a lot of time. Bad hiring is one of the most risky and costly mistakes you can make in a startup.”

How To Read A Book A Week (Thanks to Brian Zimmer for recommending this article) – “As readers, we gain momentum with each book we read. The more we read, the more quickly we can understand their perspectives and where they fit into a conversation they’re having with other authors, and the more informed we are when we use their advice or incorporate their perspectives into our work. In other words, the more books we read, the faster it goes.”

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