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February 4, 2017 4:58 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #346

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for InterestingTilt the WindmillHBS; chair of StrataStartupfestPandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another: 

  • The Epic Guide to Bootstrapping a SaaS Startup from Scratch -- By Yourself (Part 1) - Clifford Oravec - Medium. "Starting a company is hard. But you can maximize your chances of success by being careful and methodical. The problem is, most of what people talk about is glib showmanship and Chicken Soup for the Startup Soul. This post, on the other hand, is practical and straightforward. Good reading for anyone building a SaaS company." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • The absolute worst technology predictions of the past 150 years - FreeCodeCamp. "Let me first say, that I'm going to wilfully ignore posts about the current state of US politics in our Six Links. There's simply too much of that in every other tab on my browser right now. Otherwise, I'd be sharing the Bad Lip Reading of the inauguration. But instead, this: I am terrified that in a few years something I say will be on this list. But - as I pointed out when we met this morning - those who do not understand the Internet are doomed to believe it. So, here are some cautionary tales for futurists." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Bill Gates and Warren Buffett at Columbia University January 27th, 2017 - YouTube. "Listening to Uncle Bill Gates and Grampa Warren Buffett talk sure makes me feel a bit better about the state of the world." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Once More, With Feeling - This American Life. "Mitch, Alistair and I were recently invited to spend a few hours talking with a group that is trying to grapple with cyberviolence against women and girls. I'm not sure that we came to any great conclusions, but during our discussions, I mentioned this piece from This American Life. In it, a woman records a series of conversations with a man who enjoys cat-calling women, while she tries to convince him that cat-calling isn't just 'good fun'." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Why children ask 'Why?' and what makes a good explanation - Aeon. "It's funny, there's this one word that can make you the most successful person in the world, while that exact same word can also make you the most annoying person in the world. It's an old joke, isn't it? Your children will break you down (and make you think that you don't know anything) because whispering this one little word - over and over again. So, it makes perfect that someone (someone smart) took that one word and asked 'why'? Honestly, aren't you dying to know why? I know that I am..." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • New Trends In Getting Mad Online - The Outline. "As you read above, it's a rare treat for the three of us to be in room and act as philosophers and theorists around how to make the Web a safe(ish) place. It's a tall order. Still, to find the solution, you must know the landscape, the people and the issues. Well, it turns out that we are a mad, mad world online (and otherwise). With that, our culture changes as we interact through these digital channels. We are, truly, creating a new kind of 'us' because of this new technology, connectivity and language. Here's a crazy read about just that." (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

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