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The Perpetual Motion Machine Called Quora

Scribbled by: @stvmcg


There are brilliant people on Quora.


‘Twas the Crisis Before Christmas

Even Santa has a supply chain to manage.


By @KalvinFadakar

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all…

Be The Dumbest Person In The Room

Why Redbeacon Was More Valuable To Me Than College


Growing up I prided myself on being smart. I learned to read relatively early, excelled at math as a child, and passed enough AP tests in high school to enter college as a sophomore. All of my confidence would soon be crushed, however, when I became the dumbest person in the…


How did I get 1,000,000 views in 7 hours?

Scribbled by: @stvmcg


How did I get 1 million views and 2,000 unique visitors to Slingbot in 7 hours?


How to get a job at Google

Some advice from a Xoogler


I was a Googler for nearly five years, in the New York and London offices. During that time I interviewed…


Homage to Absinthe: Barcelona Revisited  

100 Years After its Ban in America — Absinthe Makes a Late, But Fashionable, Comeback 


Circular Architecture

In Dave Eggers’s Silicon Valley, where are the whiteboards and IKEA throw pillows?


Why I Hated Reading David Egger’s “The Circle”

Guilt or Disgust?


If I had been reading The Circle in a bound paper or hardback book (instead of on my Kindle and…


Twitter adds a dose of nearby nature #technobiophilia

Twitter’s new HQ on Market Street


Twitter’s new HQ on Market Street in San Francisco certainly has a…


The New Retirement Age Is Thirty

The Changing Face of Work


Growing up, assuming you came from a decent home, you probably watched your parents haul off to work every day so they could put food on the table, clothes on your back and a roof over your head. Or some variation of that theme.

But it probably never felt like your parents were stuck in an…


Jack Dorsey, Twitter, aspen trees, technobiophilia 

Co-founder of Twitter studied botanical illustration


Why Developing Serious Relationships in Your 20s Matters


Are you in your twenties? Are you an entrepreneur? Have you been told by your friends, your advisors, and your professional…


Seen by the State

Walking through the Stasi Museum while watched by the NSA


On January 15th, 1990, East Germans forced their way into the Ministry of State…


The Vicious ‘Circle’

Dave Eggers’s new book takes a dim view of life on the Internet


Look out, America; Dave Eggers is sounding the alarm. The titans of Silicon…


Doodle Your Way to Success


I always knew of the importance of visual thinking and had taken advantage of information graphics to speed up my learning curve on various topics, but had never…


The Ekalavya Effect: A Parable for Internet Learning


In the forest, Ekalavya diligently treated his clay image of Drona as his teacher and practiced the yoga of the bow, observing


How to Build a Happy and Effective Team

Former Intel CEO Andy Grove can help


Building a team that can tackle multiple projects and survive to thrive over time is…


To Do to Done: Jank ‘n’ Drank

Scheduling time for Medium’s non-urgent tasks.


Medium is a detail-oriented platform, but Tuesday nights in the office feel…


David Kelley, founder of IDEO and Stanford’s d.school, on How To Do Design Thinking


David Kelley presents a universal method for generating creative breakthroughs. I interviewed


Those F%#&!ng Content Links

“Ad Market Collapse Imminent!” warns whiny Twitter user


Salon recommends a story that will reveal a “Biblical Money Code” at the end of a light-hearted story about Dave Matthews. The liberal Think Progress site absurdly promotes a “Conservative Talk Show Host” who will help you “stick it to the IRS.” And long trusted news brand Time…


Can Design Scale?


My morning starts off with my favorite cup of tea, email, some meetings and then it’s time to fire up photoshop. Surrounding me are 15 engineers — zoned in on writing clean…


Don’t waste your time on the trivial

Richard Koch on applying Pareto’s 80/20 principle to life


Richard Koch is an Entrepreneur and Investor and bestselling…

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