Great reads – from Facebook Platform to Craigslist Missed Connections

Read all the booksBenedict Evan’s mobile presentation at BEA. Like Mary Meeker’s famous presentations, but more Apple, less McKinsey.

Hamish McKenzie’s Move fast, break things: The sad story of Platform, Facebook’s gigantic missed opportunity. Hamish is my favorite PandoDaily writer. I recently finished his China book. Covers how Facebook conceived, launched, and evolved Platform over time, and Platform’s impact on the startup ecosystem (ie, Zynga).

Cennydd Bowles’s Slow swordfighting. Cennydd (Twitter product designer) travels to the World Chess Championships and beautifully narrates his experience. Another Kottke find.

Gary Rubinstein’s The Three Biggest TFA Lies. I share this link not because I agree with his arguments or agenda, because it reminds me to read stuff I find uncomfortable.

Craigslist Missed Connection to end all missed connections. I read half the post thinking it was real. It feels so real that your brain doesn’t need to make believe. I mean, who hasn’t experienced this? Seeing a beautiful girl, and not having the courage to even say hello?

Jeff Weiner’s The Importance of Scheduling Nothing. Keep 1-2 hours of free time in your day to reflect. Confucius said that’s the noblest way to gain wisdom :) I enjoy reading Jeff’s posts. They remind me of Ben Horowitz’s, the gold standard for startup-CEO content.

Bonus: Orwell’s Politics and the English Language. Long but, like a 5-mile run, worth every minute of pain.

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