Top articles of the week | December 19

December 19, 2020

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

Tobi Lütke The Observer Effect (reading time: 51 minutes)

Shopify is the most important Canadian technology company of the decade (if not more). This is an fascinating interview of its founder & CEO, Tobi Lutke. I took many notes including best practices on meetings, managing time and culture.

The real reason local newspapers are dying Nieman Lab (reading time: 19 minutes)

This is an interview with Allison Hantschel about the local newspaper industry. She’s been quite vocal that reason their business has been struggling is not the “internet”. Rather, they should focus on holding people accountable and having a stronger moral compass.

How to build great products Defmacro (reading time: 13 minutes)

I stumbled upon this old article and immediately devoured it. It’s a great read on what it takes to build great products. I enjoyed the notion of aggregate gamechangers (how little changes compound over time) and product mission.

The Doordash OS 2-PM (reading time: 9 minutes)

Doordash is part of the recent cohort of companies that went public and has been touted as a success. The company has seen spectacular growth despite serious competition in the market. This deep dive on the company reveals an interesting insight. It’s not just about meal delivery, it’s about the last mile logistics – and that market is massive.

The Green Revolution Has Been Won, Says America’s New Wind Billionaire Forbes (reading time: 13 minutes)

CDPQ recently invested $1BN US in Invenergy, a wind energy company. This post in Forbes highlights the company’s founder and CEO, Michael Polsky. Green technology is now essentially cheaper than coal & fossil fuel.

“If you’re just making money, you can only go so far. When you have a mission, a conviction, you perform on a completely different level. You believe so strongly, you don’t take no for an answer.”