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The 13 immutable reads on choosing what to work on

“When our startup failed, I didn’t know what to do next.” From Vasili Shynkarenka, an entrepreneur who’s YC-backed company failed. He then “devoured hundreds of books, articles, and videos on how to choose what to work on (or, more generally, […]

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The Monty Hall problem is a paradox

“A veridical paradox produces a result that appears absurd but is demonstrated to be true nonetheless.” This is one example of a class of paradox that gives us a window into bad human decisions. | learn more

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The efficiency-destroying magic of tidying up

The author of this post reminds readers that simplifying complex systems often leads to worse outcomes. I enjoyed the two visual examples of complexity – a computer-designed tensile structure and a fusion device. | learn more

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Principles of shaping

The fine folks at Basecamp have released a manual that teaches the world how they work. This page covers a topic they call shaping. It’s supremely interesting and especially relevant if you manage digital products, though I think it’s great even […]

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Learn like an athlete

A post from David Perell about learning (not sports). “When he entered the NBA, LeBron wasn’t a strong shooter. I’d bet the house that early in his career, LeBron built his off-season training regimen around his weak jump shot and […]

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The recipe for a happy life

From our friends (and subscribers) George & Mary-Lynn at Bigg Success. “The recipe for a happy life consists of three ingredients. The ingredients are important, but so is how you mix them together.” | learn more

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Parallel play: a kid-approved startup strategy

Researchers from Stanford and Harvard Business School studied new ventures in an emerging fintech space for several years. “Want to succeed in a young and unformed market? Try acting like a preschooler.” | learn more