Top articles of the week | June 8

June 8, 2019

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

The Extended Internet Universe Breaking Smart (reading time: 7 minutes)

I loved this random and weird post about the internet’s universe and how it can be divided into four quadrants. The early promise of the internet was being open, quality and free yet this has been increasingly subverted by governments & corporations. What can potentially replace this? Some talk about cryptographic technologies but we’re not quite there yet.

How to Evaluate and Pick Markets Erick Torenberg, Village Global (reading time: 5minutes)

We don’t often include tweet storms in our newsletter and I think that we should more often. On top of being a great investor, Erick Torenberg drops many logic bombs on twitter and this thread is no exception. There’s an old adage that when picking between product, market or teams, market always wins. He dives into what makes a great market and how to pick one.

Toronto doesn’t want to be Silicon Valley. It’s building something better FastCompany (reading time: 6 minutes)

On top of being known for basketball, Toronto is starting to lead in another area, technology. Since 2017, Toronto has been added more tech jobs than the Bay Area, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Seattle combined. What is happening in the city is quite unique. One of the secrets is diversity. The other is focused investment in the right areas.

How to Get Agile Right BCG (reading time: 3 minutes)

A few weeks ago we covered McKinsey’s elegant take on Agile. This week is BCG’s turn. While they aren’t any ground breaking elements to this collateral, they an expose an important of any Agile transformation; purpose.

Disruption Starts with Unhappy Customers, Not Technology Harvard Business Review (reading time: 10 minutes)

I like this author’s premise; it is customers who are driving the disruption – not technology. The availability of technologies is widespread. It’s application to solve real customer problems is what matters.

The fastest way to grow is to offer something that your current customers, those most loyal to you, would gladly pay for if you provided it and that, by virtue of them acquiring this new offering, it would make your original product or service even more valuable to them.