#10 / On Technology, Books, Building Products on Airbnb, and More.

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My goal is to continue to provide you with a hand-picked selection of ideas, books, and thought-provoking stuff to read, watch, and listen, but also mix in other compelling, inspirational, and fun material. I'm excited to try out a few ideas and hope I can count on your continuous support!

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Read, Listen, Watch

Marc Andreessen

Technology Saves the World

"Only 15 months ago — March 13, 2020 — COVID-19 became a national emergency in the United States. My assumption at the time was that COVID lockdowns could extend as long as five years, the previous speed record for modern vaccine development, with many millions of deaths — a generational cataclysm." Read more


Andy Matuschak

Why books donʼt work

“Books are easy to take for granted. Not any specific book, I mean: the form of a book. Paper or pixels—it hardly matters. Words in lines on pages in chapters. And at least for non-fiction books, one implied assumption at the foundation: people absorb knowledge by reading sentences. This last idea so invisibly defines the medium that it’s hard not to take for granted, which is a shame because, as we’ll see, it’s quite mistaken.”

Read here


Bring the Donuts
Building Products at Airbnb
“Snow White Storyboards” at Airbnb I asked Bring the Donuts readers to tell me more about the product culture at their own companies. I figured I’d get a handful of volunteers that I could interview. Instead, more than 150 of you offered up detailed thoughts and observations from a diverse set of companies. There are familiar big tech names, of course, b……
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a16z

Fintech for Gen Z and Millennials

”Millennials and Gen Z have been hard-hit by the one-two punch of the 2008 and 2020 financial crises. That experience has radically shaped their approach to finances and their mindset around credit and debt. This episode explores how fintech founders are now designing products tailored to the financial challenges of younger consumers, from managing and avoiding student loans to building credit to saving and budgeting apps.” Read more


Things I Learned this Week

Becoming a Demanding Reader

Reading is all about asking the right questions in the right order and seeking answers.

There are four main questions you need to ask of every book:

  • What is this book about?

  • What is being said in detail, and how?

  • Is this book true in whole or in part?

  • What of it?


Thanks for reading,

Samyak