Don't Panic Labs Reading List

DPL Reading List – June 9, 2017


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

Intel Disrupted: Why large companies find it difficult to innovate and what they can do about it – “In the 21st century it’s harder for large corporations to create disruptive breakthroughs. Disruptive innovations are coming from startups — Tesla for automobiles, Uber for taxis, Airbnb for hotel rentals, Netflix for video rentals and Facebook for media.”

Artificial Intelligence in perspective – “The buzz words of today: artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and deep learning. Business circles, corporations, startups, developers, and the average person have heard about these terms and seen them appear more and more often in news and online chatter. But what do they really mean?”

Intro to Firebase and React – “Let’s take a look at building something using Firebase and React. We’ll be building something called Fun Food Friends, a web application for planning your next potluck, which hopefully feels like something rather “real world”, in that you can imagine using these technologies in your own production projects.”

Innovation Lessons from DARPA (the folk who gave you the Internet) – “Most of us know that DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) brought us GPS, speech recognition, drones, nanotechnology, self-driving cars, ballistic missile defense and (of course) the Internet. What doesn’t get as much coverage is the thinking and strategy that enables a governmental entity to innovate at scale and lay a foundation for pretty much every technology we consider cool today. How does DARPA do it?”

Floating labels are problematic – “Forms are not a source of entertainment. The floating label won’t make users enjoy using forms. Users don’t care. They just want the outcome.”

Webpack: The Basics – “Webpack can look complicated, but isn’t actually that hard when you pick it apart. Concentrate on one thing at a time. It gives wonderful opportunities to experiment and add powerful features to a project.”

The Right Peers, Support, Action: Three Steps to Corporate Innovation – ““Corporations typically invest in maybe three projects with big budgets. Now, they can invest in more projects with smaller budgets. It is the same mindset as [startup] investors,” Bob says. He explains that the Lean Startup process also creates a closer connection with customers, which results in a better understanding of what products to build without your typical market research. “It’s not about being scrappy; it’s about being thoughtful,” he says.”

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