Top Articles of the Week | Jan 29

January 29, 2022

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

Unpacking the Web3 Sausage Dror Poleg  (reading time: 9 minutes)

Despite the recent drawdown in public markets and crypto, the Web3 debates have not subsided. This is a  good follow up piece from our last newsletter which covered the topic. Dror Poleg defended the recent criticism and provided a good overview of how Web3 works as a whole. Another blogger I follow, Packy McCormick wrote a good piece as well. For him, Web3 is about choice. 

Strategy for Startups Roger Martin   (reading time: 7 minutes)

I’m failing miserably at *not* sharing articles from Roger Martin. This one was too good to pass up. He explains why strategy is important even for startups. They don’t have the luxury of doing long analyses. What you do is your strategy.

My fave part:

In my experience, a strategic plan has nothing to do with its strategy. It is just some fancy looking binder filled with lofty pronouncements, sitting on some bookshelf, and is divorced significantly from what the organization actually does.

Goldman-Backed Hopper Muscles Into Airbnb’s Rental Territory Bloomberg   (reading time: 9 minutes)

I’ve been a huge fan of Hopper ever since I met Fred Lalonde, CEO and co-founder. In the few meetings we had, I learned that he turned down an ungodly amount of money for Hopper. He said that he had bigger ambitions. Turns out he was right and it feels that that team is just getting started. 

This piece in Bloomberg dives into Hopper’s expansion into short-term rentals which directly attacks AirBnb’s profitable segment. My two cents: don’t bet against them. 

Building American Dynamism Future  (reading time: 10 minutes)

There’s been a growing lack of confidence in our public institutions. The failure to properly handle the pandemic is an important factor. This post by Katherine Boyle highlights how American dynamism can be revived. 

The topic of public institutions has been a lot on my mind lately. I wrote a post on how we can improve the Quebec healthcare system