Top articles of the week | May 1

May 1, 2021

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

As Element AI’s legacy debates, local AI shops say they’re left picking up the pieces Montreal in Technology (reading time: 11 minutes)

When the Element AI was sold to ServiceNow, comments on social media erupted. Many were quite negative and I found it shitty to kick people when they’re down. This article serves as a post-mortem and what several entrepreneurs think about what happened with the former darling of the AI community.

The Shopify Effect: How Entrepreneurs Are Changing the World Shopify (reading time: 15 minutes)

This is an amazing piece of branded content. This past week’s earnings in the technology sector were impressive and Shopify did not disappoint. Behind the impressive financial results lie individual businesses and people. This post highlights some of these entrepreneurs and their stories.

Netflix is Evolutionary while YouTube is Revolutionary Ashkan Karbasfrooshan (reading time: 12 minutes)

In those blockbuster financial results, it came out that YouTube is on pace to match Netflix’s revenue by the end of the year. A local Montreal entrepreneur Ashkan built his media company, WatchMojo on the back of YouTube. On his blog, he explains how YouTube is revolutionary contrary to Netflix which is an evolution of television.

Is SF Finished As the Capital of Tech? Pairagraph (reading time: 5 minutes)

A short quick read on how the current technology capital of the world is losing its luster. The challenges that San Francisco is facing are opening the door for new cities to attract companies and talent. I see places like SF are a sneak peek into the future (at least from a technological lens) so it’s interesting to see how the future is starting to spread to other parts of the world.

Step changes in ecommerce Benedict Evans (reading time: 2 minutes)

For as long as I can remember, there were always stats on how ecommerce adoption in the UK was far ahead of every other country in the world. Benedict Evans shows some interesting charts comparing the US and the UK’s ecommerce adoption during the pandemic.


99 Additional Bits of Unsolicited Advice Kevin Kelly (reading time: 9 minutes)

Kevin Kelly the founder of Wired offers some great advice on his blog. For his birthday, he wrote pieces of life advice that are really wise!