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Top articles of the week | October 10

Every week, we put together a list of our top 5 articles of the past week. Happy reading!

 

Daniel Ek         The Observer Effect  (reading time: 37 minutes)

This is a fantastic 7 wide ranging interview of Spotify founder & CEO Daniel Ek. He discusses his use of time and meeting hygiene. There’s some great tidbits on the company’s strategy and their big moonshots. I highly recommend this great (and long) post.

 

How to Win with Machine Learning             Harvard Business Review  (reading time: 16 minutes)

I follow closely Ajay Agrawal, one of the co-authors of this article. In this post, he discusses the opportunity for businesses to use machine learning as well the practical applications. Without getting too technical, the article discusses the use of feedback loops & enabling prediction. To build a competitive advantage, training data and feedback loops are crucial.

 

State of AI Report 2020         Nathan Benaich and Ian Hogarth  (reading time: 30 minutes)

The previous article looked at the business side. This state of AI report looks at the technical progress made in the field. This is the second edition of the report and it’s a great overview on how quickly the industry is advancing.

 

Why the world needs to wake up to India’s Jio       Quartz  (reading time: 9 minutes)

India’s technology sector is still relatively small compared to its Asian counterparts, but it has massive potential. One of the company’s leading the charge is Jio. Jio is an internet service provider and has huge ambitions with its new platform initiative. It has attracted investment from the biggest names in finance and technology.

 

The State of Climate Tech 2020         PWC  (reading time: 45 minutes)

If you are interested in climate tech investing, this report showcases the growing VC interest in the space. This is such an important topic that still does not get enough attention. I’m happy to see that new businesses are being formed to help combat the challenge. I don’t believe a top down only solution will work. This report highlights the economic opportunity that technology can help solve.