Good read for any founder:
There are a lot of technically-focused guides on YC interviews, like Yuri’s at Hackernoon that I highly recommend. As a 3-time alum, former partner, and someone with close ties to the YC community today, I’ve seen the best and worst and wanted to share my own perspective.
via Founder’s Guide to the Y Combinator Interview – atrium
Well, this explains a lot. I always thought the internet was making me dumber, but now there may be science to back that hunch up:
In doing that analysis, Wagner noticed a trend emerging in the literature: People who frequently use many types of media at once, or heavy media multitaskers, performed significantly worse on simple memory tasks.
Here’s the story: Heavy multitaskers have reduced memory
Amazon’s growing success could pose a rare threat to Google parent company Alphabet, which generated $95.4 billion in ad revenues last year, 86 percent of its total revenue. Google is the dominant digital advertising platform in the U.S., and will take in an estimated 37 percent of digital ad budgets in 2018. Although Alphabet does not disclose the breakdown of its ad revenue, most estimates believe the vast majority comes from search ads — approximately 83 percent in the year to date, according to research from eMarketer.
via Google search losing some advertising business to Amazon, agencies say
I love great brands and KUIU has been one of my favorites since Jason Hairston founded it a couple years ago. I also love football and athletes. And, i love entrepreneurs. When you combine the three, Hairston was an entrepreneur i followed closely.
He passed away by suicide earlier in the month after dealing – openly, transparently – with the effects of CTE from playing football.
I’m sad for his family. I’m sad for his co-workers and the people who love the company. I’m also sad because this is another tragic example of what football can do to a man’s brain. As difficult as these stories are to hear about, its important to listen. Something’s gotta change in football. We need some radical changes or the sport will die off . We can’t keep sacrificing players for our weekend enjoyment.
via Jason Hairston death: former 49ers LB, KUIU found dead Wednesday | SI.com
I try not worry about the economy too much, but articles like this one (about college debt), and now this one about the potential impending farm crisis make it hard not to worry.
While the big farms have been able to absorb losses and weather ups and downs—at least until recently—the many farmers who have not gotten big or gotten out have struggled day-to-day for decades. Seventy percent of farmers make less than a quarter of their income from farming and only 46 percent have positive net income from their operations.
via Is the Second Farm Crisis Upon Us? | Civil Eats
Panoply just decided to get out of the content business. This seems like a clear signal (albeit from one company) that the space is starting to mature. For a while, they were all over the place, strategically. Creating content, distributing, creating a paid app, etc. But, as the market grows and goes from “interesting” to “real”, they are focusing their strategy to zero in on monetizing via ads and adtech. It’s their way to win in a market that could be analyzed via what Ben Thompson would call “aggregation theory“