Things I found on the web this week (26th October)

Image from One Year Designing at WhatsApp

This week: Elon Musk’s weird advice to entrepreneurs, a WhatsApp designer compares his experience with Facebook, how Zapier successfully manage their dispersed team, loads of great design advice and practical tips.

Here are the things I found interesting on the web this week.

Happy reading!
@jennybee

// BUSINESS THINGS

Managing from Afar: How to Run a Remote Team

Zapier’s employees live all around the world. Find out how this successful startup manage their work remotely.

// ELON MUSK THINGS

This Weird Advice From Elon Musk Is a Must-Read for Every Budding Entrepreneur

“You need to read this advice from Elon Musk before you start your business.” Apologies for the click-bait style title, this really is great advice.

Staylic.com: A passion turned into a burden

On a related note, one of the entrepreneurs I work with has published this insightful article about his experiences of launching startups in Qatar. Spoiler alert: it’s hard! But you learn lots from it :)

// STARTUP VALUATION THINGS

AngelList Data: Government-Serving Startups Valued Higher Than Average

“The startup curator’s data suggests government-focused startups might be worth a bit more than other kinds of businesses…”

// DESIGN THINGS

Great Design for Great Digital Products by Jane Austin

If you are even slightly interested in building great digital products, watch this. And if you are even slightly interested in building a great product team, watch this too. Or read the transcript.

How our new design principles have shaped the way we work at Domain

“Design principles define a way of working, they embody a positive behaviour that is desired by a design team. They support the vision, shape the culture and reflect what the team values.”

Using sprints for incremental improvements

A great write up of this arts organisation’s first ever design sprint.

What Does The Internet Of Things Mean To Product Managers?

“The so-called killer app of the internet of things won’t be a device, instead it’s going to be services.” Identify the problems to be solved, before identifying the technology needed.

One Year Designing at WhatsApp

A great article from a Facebook designer who spent some time working on WhatsApp recently. Interesting to compare the two different corporate approaches.

Google is Really Good at Design

How Google went from being ‘terrible at design’ to unifying devices and software through great design.

While Apple is taking away buttons, we found a way to add one

How this company came up with a solution for their UI using a button that didn’t exist.

Compiled with ❤️ in Qatar


Every week I read stuff on the web that I think would help Qatar-based tech startups design and build brilliant products. I save up all the interesting things and publish them here, and send them out via tinyletter.com/jennyellenbrown

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