Good Reads III

Periodically I get backed up. There are a number of really good posts but I just don’t have a lot to say about any of them. Since I don’t really want this blog to be a link blog, I try to only link individually to those I have something to add. Given that, though, there are a number of posts lately worthy of your attention. So I include them here, all at once, for your enjoyment:

  • Do Things That Don’t Scale by Paul Graham. Paul writes some amazing essays and this is no exception. I’m a sucker for contrarian thinking, though. Paul talks in depth about doing the little things no matter how time consuming, especially in the early days of a new business or product. Don’t worry, he says, if they don’t scale. Once product/market fit is achieved you can figure that out.
  • Why You Need To Ring The Freaking Cash Register by Mark Suster. Great post on why you don’t know your business until you take the customer’s money.
  • The Sweet Smell Of Success by Seth Godin. I like this section best: “You will be labeled, like it or not. If you earn the label of, ‘person who builds things, ships them and sells them to someone who values them…’ you’re way ahead of the pack. You’re going to be doing this for a long time.” I sometimes wonder how I’ll be remembered. I hope it’s for shipping great products that are used by lots of customers.
  • The Idea Maze by Chris Dixon.  The latest conventional wisdom is that the idea doesn’t matter. I never understood this. The idea, I think, is critical. Without it there is no business. Chris Dixon takes the conventional wisdom to task.
  • Why Mobile Web Apps Are Slow by Drew Crawford. Fascinating in depth and technical discussion about the state of Javascript in web browsers, especially mobile ones. I partly agree with him. Javascript is slower in mobile web browsers (and I’m in no position to discuss the future.) But he talks about Javascript in browsers in extreme cases like photo and video editing. I’m writing hybrid apps as we speak and Javascript performs admirably on both desktop and mobile web browsers for my usage. As with all things in life, pick wisely as mileage may vary.
  • The Leaping Startup by William Mougayar. My first time linking here to William but he has an incredible investigative mind. Why, he asks, do some companies explode after product/market fit and some struggle? One possibility: listening too closely to your customers.