Top articles of the week | Nov 27

January 27, 2022

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

Your Board of Directors is Probably Going to Fire You    Jerry Newmann (reading time: 21 minutes)

If you want to understand how to run an effective board meeting as a CEO, bookmark this article and take lots of notes. In his typical no BS style, Jerry Newmann offers stellar advice on how to run a board meeting. He also offers some hard truths; board members are there to hire & fire the CEO.

How to Bring an Operating Model to Life     On Deck   (reading time: 23 minutes)

How can you translate your strategy into results? The way to do it is called an operating model. There are some great tactical tips on how an organization can effectively execute on its strategy and its operations. My favorite advice was on organizing powerful meetings.

Consulting firms aren’t just recommending software anymore, they’re building it            Protocol   (reading time: 7 minutes)

The traditional model of management consulting is being flipped upside down as every company tries to figure out how to become a software company.

Consulting companies are starting to build and sell more software. The classic idea of the 100 page strategy is no longer relevant as these firms compete with technology companies for talent. It’s been the case for our fledgling firm for a few years now 🙂

Crypto and the Conservation of Centralization     Dror Poleg   (reading time: 7 minutes)

Crypto and blockchain-based applications aim to steer the web towards its original vision: an open network, based on public-domain protocols, controlled by no one.

There is a common trope that web3/blockchain startups will disrupt the current tech incumbents. This is the best article I’ve read that actually gives a glimpse into how this will happen. It’s all about profits and how they change in a value chain.

Curators All the Way Down  Golden Hour   (reading time: 8 minutes)

Software has eaten the world, and now it’s a commodity. It’s not about the technology anymore. The era of the engineer has ended; the era of the curator has begun.

This is a fantastic post about how culture & taste making have changed. The nature of the web has enabled creators to influence culture upwards, not top down.