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Archive for May 2015

Isaac Asimov on Idea Generation and Creativity

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…what is needed is not only people with a good background in a particular field, but also people capable of making a connection between item 1 and item 2 which might not ordinarily seem connected.

via Published for the First Time: a 1959 Essay by Isaac Asimov on Creativity | MIT Technology Review.

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Written by John Gannon

May 27, 2015 at 8:58 pm

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This is your chance to start something (cc: @orbitalnyc @garychou)

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Gary runs an awesome program called Orbital 1k where he teaches you and a group of your peers to build and launch a revenue generating project.

I’m a big fan of anything that encourages people to take the first (and then the next, and the next) step in building something they can share with the world.

And that’s exactly what Orbital and Gary can help you do.

More details below…

…we received 33 applications to the Orbital 1K program and are thrilled with a disproportionately large number of them.

Given that we had only effectively promoted the program for 48 hours, we’re re-opening applications because we believe that there’s an even larger pool of prospective applicants out there.  (Plus, we actually have the capacity to handle more.)

We also received a lot of feedback asking about a remote option, so we are going to try that, too.

So, if you or someone you love has an idea they would like to launch, where they would benefit from the constraints of the Orbital 1K program, please apply by Thursday, May 21!

via Gary Chou — Extending and Expanding Orbital 1K.

Written by John Gannon

May 17, 2015 at 12:28 pm

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Show Your Work (thanks @ThisIsLars)

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It’s not your work history or your grades. It’s not how much industry experience you have. Nor it is whether you can solve brain teasers … The biggest predictor of whether you’ll succeed, Laszlo Bock outlines in ‘Work Rules!,’ is how you fare in a sample work test.

via Google Says You Should Throw Out Your Hiring System.

Written by John Gannon

May 12, 2015 at 12:21 pm

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How AWS is like a VC (from @stratechery)

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This is great from Amazon’s perspective: the company effectively has a stake in nearly every significant startup, and for free; if the company succeeds, Amazon will be paid, handsomely, and if they fail, well, Amazon covered their own costs of providing cloud services along the way.

via The AWS IPO – Stratechery by Ben Thompson.

Written by John Gannon

May 7, 2015 at 10:28 am

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Spot on, @albertwenger re: learning to integrate vs learning to code

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Instead for the most part programming will be closer to using IFTTT or Zapier than to writing code from scratch in an editor. Still, you will need some understanding of what inputs and outputs are and grok the idea of breaking a process down into smaller steps that can then be combined to give you a desired result. That will be the essential knowledge about coding for most people and that is in fact a new type of literacy.

via Continuations.

Written by John Gannon

May 6, 2015 at 11:38 am

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