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Minimal Design

Evan Williams | evhead: Will it fly? How to Evaluate a New Product Idea
Evan Williams | evhead: Ten Rules for Web Startups
Elad Blog: The Benefits Of Thinking Small

System Design

Michael Nielsen: Shirky's Law and why (most) social software fails
Wikipedia: Gall's law
Richard Gabriel: The Rise of "Worse is Better"
Paul Graham: Six Principles for Making New Things
Wikipedia: Parkinson's Law of Triviality
Ian McAllister (Quora): Top 10 Reasons Good Product Ideas Don't Get Implemented

How Toys Become the Next Big Thing

Chris Dixon: The next big thing will start out looking like a toy
GarlicSim blog - Technology principle: The toy will win
Mark Suster: Understanding How The Innovator's Dilemma Affects You
Hacker News | Technology principle: The toy will win
Organic Startup Ideas

Online Courses

RedHoop: Search for Online Courses

On Writing

Stephen King: Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully: in Ten Minutes

On Procrastination

Structured Procrastination


Eleven Ways To Boost Your Energy -
Personal Health - Food Rules From Michael Pollan Worth Following -
The Psychology of Passive Barriers: Why Your Friends Don't Save Money, Eat Healthier, or Clean Their Garages | Get Rich Slowly
Attention Sappers - MSN Health & Fitness - ADHD/ADD
Men's Health: The Men Who Live Forever
The 18 Best Supplements for Men
Men's Health Lists: Beat High Blood Pressure
Why sitting all day is slowly killing you - Health - Men's health -
Can Meditation Switch on Genes That Fight Disease?

Work/Life Balance

Hacker News | Avoiding Burnout in a Software Startup
Hacker News | Work/Life Balance
Steve Blank: Launching a start-up and having a family life: It's possible! | VentureBeat
Garrett Dimon: Work/Life Balance

Age and Entrepreneurship

Doing Y Combinator in your 30s - Zencoder Blog
Hacker News | Don't Glorify Dropping Out
Quora: What successful Silicon Valley companies were started when one or more of the founders were over 40?
Slate Magazine: Why old people make better entrepreneurs than young ones (Annie Lowrey)
Hacker News | Why old people make better entrepreneurs than young ones


Quora: Startup Failure: Why do startups fail?
Wired 15.02: How Yahoo Blew It
BBC - dot.Rory: Wayne Ting, nearly a billionaire. Or how Facebook won

Entrepreneur Stories

Josh James - Fast Track | The Businessweek Video Library
Groupon's Andrew Mason To Charlie Rose: "We Are The 'N Sync Of Websites"
Young Entrepreneurs Create Their Own Jobs -
Stanford's Entrepreneurship Corner: Mark Pincus, Zynga - Bing Gordon, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers - A Serious Take on Internet Game Play (Entire Talk)
Stanford's Entrepreneurship Corner: Marissa Mayer, Google
Quora: Does Max Levchin still pull multiple day coding sprees? If so how?
Max Levchin (Quora): Among your lessons learned as a young entrepreneur, which are the greatest?
In His Own Words: Max Levchin (Video): Tech News
Quora: Why did so many successful entrepreneurs and startups come out of PayPal?

Advice for Entrepreneurs

Paul Buchheit: If your product is Great, it doesn't need to be Good.
Andrew Mason: What Happened to that Fail? - The Point - The Daily Bones
Dennis Crowley (Quora): What are your top 5 pieces of advice for entrepreneurs?
Michael Dell Interview - Academy of Achievement
Dharmesh Shah on insights from and around MIT


YouTube - Daniel Pink: Exercise Creativity at Your Job
YouTube - Daniel Pink: How Can I Switch Jobs?
Paul Graham: Hiring is Obsolete
Penelope Trunk: Google Guy: 5 ways to build a network outside your company
The Cloud or The Ladder - Choosing a Career Strategy - Opportunity Cloud
To plan your career path, think chutes and ladders | Bits of Kelly

What Should I Do With My Life?

Michael Wolfe: What should I do with my life?
What Should I Do With My Life - Google Search
What Is It About 20-Somethings? -
What Should I Do With My Life? | Fast Company What Should I Do with My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question (9780345485922): Po Bronson: Books

Advice for College

YouTube - Daniel Pink: Choosing a Major

For Gifted Kids

The truth about grit - The Boston Globe
The curse of giftedness - The Globe and Mail
Study Hacks: Grit, Grinds, and Living the Low Stress Life
What You'll Wish You'd Known

On Generating Ideas

Chris Dixon: The myth of the Eureka moment
Y Combinator: Startup Ideas We'd Like to Fund
Making Ideas Work | Savage Thoughts
Paul Graham: Organic Startup Ideas
Paul Graham: How to Start a Startup
Jason Cohen: Your idea sucks, now go do it anyway
Paul Graham: Great Hackers
Paul Graham: What You'll Wish You'd Known
Paul Graham: Good and Bad Procrastination
Startup micro opportunities - Gabriel Weinberg's Blog
Hacker News | Ask HN: Problem finding/choosing an idea to work on
How To Find An Idea For A New Startup
prog21: Advice to Aimless, Excited Programmers
Elad Blog: 6 Startup Ideas Every Nerd Has
Hacker News | Startup Ideas Every Nerd Has (That Never Work)
Hacker News | How to (In)validate Your Startup Idea


Marc Andreessen: Luck and the entrepreneur, part 1: The four kinds of luck
Paul Buchheit: Serendipity finds you
Be lucky - it's an easy skill to learn - Telegraph
Penelope Trunk: Make your own luck

Book Smarts

Quora: Why are many people who are very smart not also rich?

Learning to Program

Productive Programming - Gabriel Weinberg's Blog
Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years

Marc Andreessen

The Pmarca Guide to Career Planning, part 1: Opportunity
The Pmarca Guide to Startups, part 4: The only thing that matters
How to hire the best people you've ever worked with
Pmarchive - Archive of Marc Andreessen's Writings

How to Get Rich

Mark Cuban: How to Get Rich
Mark Cuban: Success & Motivation
Felix Dennis: If you want to be rich, first stop being so frightened

The Myths of Innovation The Myths of Innovation (Scott Berkun)

Effective Thinking

Michael Nielsen: Extreme Thinking
Michael Nielsen: Principles of Effective Research
Richard Hamming: You and Your Research
What are worthwhile problems: Feynman's moving letter

Search Engine Optimization

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tips - Gabriel Weinberg's Blog Blog: Startup Title Junk
Hacker News | Startup Title Junk


Neil Patel: How To Grow Your Blog Through Customer Development
Penelope Trunk's Guide to Blogging
Sean Ward: Be Prolific
Russ Henneberry: Sell by Educating Not Cold Calling
Zeldman: On Self-Promotion
Jakob Nielsen: Write Articles, Not Blog Postings

Equality in Engineering

Tracy Chou (Quora): Women in (Software) Engineering: Part I
Hacker News | Hot Startups Lack Female Employees (even as applicants)
Blacks, Latinos and women lose ground at Silicon Valley tech companies - San Jose Mercury News

Reproducible Research

CDEpack: Escape dependency hell and easily run your Linux programs on other machines

Research Blogs

Data Beta

Friends Who Write Regularly

Philip Guo (pgbovine)

Life Wisdom

Penelope Trunk: 3 things to teach your kids so they succeed in life
On the shortness of life by Seneca