Saturday, April 20, 2013

Six Links on Saturday

Thanks for reading! I've been putting a lot of energy into my Saturday and Sunday links columns. I really appreciate all the positive feedback. The traffic on the blog is way up! I really enjoy the links so I'll keep knocking them out!

Apple Then & Now - saw this on a Tweet that I can't find now, but it's such an awesome example of technology's march forward.

A Silicon Valley Vision for San Francisco - nice article about the efforts of Ron Conway, a big time valley angel investor, to reshape San Francisco for the better. This quote jumped out at me because it really explains one of the secrets of Silicon Valley, “The tech community is a closely knit group, which is why it’s so powerful. All of these companies have an affinity for each other, even if they compete with each other.”

Dove Real Beauty Sketches - I found this so interesting. My takeaway was that women are way too tough on themselves. 

A List of Horrible Businesses - this is why venture capital and entrepreneurship are so hard, but also demonstrates the power of thinking differently and sticking to your convictions.

Pivotal Books - a terrific list of books that have influenced entrepreneurs to do something great. It's never to early to get your summer reading list in shape. Tribes by Seth Godin is the most important book I've ever read. We had already started Ben's Friends by the time I read it, but the book crystallized all the important themes we had swirling around us. Life changing book.

I use an app called Pocket to save all the stories throughout the week and then I read them on Friday and Saturday night. It's a really slick app and it makes this column possible. There are lots of articles I want to read but would miss without the app. Pocket launched some new features this week so I wanted to highlight it for you.