My Top Reads from 2014 — Startups, Tech, Life
On January 1, 2014, I knew what I had to change about myself this new year. What I had in mind was to learn a lot of things by reading a lot of things. And so I did. Maybe not as much as I could have, but enough to be able to have an educated conversation on certain topics (or just be able to say “I don’t know”).
I look back on the things I read this year, on the things that did their bit in making me who I am today. The following is a list articles and books sorted by the month-of-reading that I loved the most and that positively contributed to my being.
I’d encourage you to scroll through the entire list and read the ones that seem interesting to you. And feel free to share what you loved to read this year. Oh, and I’m @karangoel.
Note: Most of my favorite reading happened through Medium — that’s my go-to platform for discovering great content. If you have suggestions for other content discovery platforms, add a comment here!
There's a lot of fear, uncertainty and doubt when it comes to stock options, and I'd like to try and clear some of that…blog.alexmaccaw.com
This post is old - I wrote it for Wired, which just published an excerpt in "The Wired World in 2014" issue, but the…startupboy.com
A unique perspective on what it takes to succeed in life.medium.com
20 months, 1,740+ articles, and countless pitches later, I’ve got some truths to tell medium.com
The Cisco Meraki office in Mission Bay, San Francisco, is 40 paces from the water, and just as nice as Google's. On a…www.nytimes.com
Answers to your questions ¶
The other night I found myself in a surreal moment of storytelling as a part of the…medium.com
A critique of destructive smartphone habits diagnosed by someone that makes a living off of them.medium.com
I do a lot of work on open source, but my most valuable contributions haven't been code. Writing a patch is the easiest…words.steveklabnik.com
How Two Jetliners Nearly Collided Over the Pacific, Why No One Knows About It, and What It Means for Safety Oversight…medium.com
Is it possible to propose a software canon? To enumerate great works of software that are deeply influential—that…medium.com
We had users and traction, then we fell off a cliff. My 4 year emotional rollercoaster just came to an end.medium.com
The media mogul (twice over) on being both contagious and stickymedium.com
A primer about technical debt, legacy code, big rewrites and ancient wisdom for non technical managersmedium.com
How a journalist with a dark past learned to pry info from the government—and redeemed himself in the processmedium.com
…that I wish I had known when I started grad schoolmedium.com
If it works for me, maybe it works for you!medium.com
Here are my ten favorite tricks for quickly appearing smart during meetings.medium.com
Supporters of Internet freedom rallied around weev before he went to prison. Now that the hacker is out, he’s maybe…medium.com
Spark conspiracies, incite riots, and predict the future with a confidence scam for the Twitter eramedium.com
a hopeful look at what happens when you quit the Likemedium.com
An epic tale of deception, stolen artwork, and crappy logosmedium.com
“Do what you love and the money will follow,” is terrible advice given by lucky people.medium.com
And five questions I wish I had asked myself at the very beginningmedium.com
The world’s best airline experience, from Singapore to New York.medium.com
Just over the crest of the highest point on Sand Hill Road, amid a cluster of relaxed buildings that could easily pass…medium.com
Escorts make $100 a hand job — but entrepreneurs like me? We make $5,000 a night. How I hacked the new economy of the…medium.com
Startups are emotional roller coasters that make you feel like you’re changing the world and that everything is falling…medium.com
I had a couple drinks and woke up with 1,000 nerds ¶
The story of Tilde.Clubmedium.com
Maybe Better If You Don’t Read This Story on Public WiFi ¶
We took a hacker to a café and, in 20 minutes, he knew…medium.com
Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed [Alexis Ohanian] on Amazon.com. *FREE…www.amazon.com
What exactly is it about the controversy-baiting, aggressive, indispensable taxi app that pisses so many people off?medium.com
Microsoft Rolls Out The April Xbox One Update - Here's What's Inside The Santa Clara Valley was some of the most…techcrunch.com
Ariel Zambelich/WIRED Stewart is hungry. He's munching on potatoes smothered in chicken fat drippings, sitting by a…www.wired.com
Picture this: Full-time student taking full course load, working part time, leading a growing club at his university…medium.com
‘People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is…zenhabits.net
Feel free to share what you loved to read this year. Oh, and I’m @karangoel.
Off to a great 2015!