Top articles of the week | February 8

February 8, 2020

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

Computers that can make commitments Chris Dixon (reading time: 16 minutes)

Would you trust a computer more than a person? A neat way to look what blockchain technology will enable is guaranteeing trust.

For the first time, a computer system can be truly autonomous: self-governed, by its own code, instead of by people.

If you are an leading an organization, you need to understand the opportunities unlocked by this new kind of computer.

Spotify: The Ambient Media Company Brett Bivens (reading time: 17 minutes)

Spotify is making some bold bets by making important acquisitions over the past year. Only this past week, they announced the acquisition of The Ringer. This post dissects Spotify’s strategy in building up its podcast content. The author also explores its social strategy which seems to be gaining traction.

Whatsapp Acquired (reading time: 143 minutes)

One of favorite podcasts is Acquired. The shows covers important technology acquisitions in depth. This episode covers the massive Whatsapp acquisition by Facebook for $23 billion (!). Yes it’s long but really intriguing. The episode covers the background of the founder, the intricacies of the deal making process and what where it was a good move or not.

The effective executive (book summary) Peter Drucker (reading time: 19 minutes)

I’m revisiting the effective executive by Peter Drucker which is considered one of the best business books of all time. This summary was a great refresher on what it takes to get s*** done. I particularly enjoyed the part on decision making.


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