This issue is being written from Antalya, Turkey where I'm taking a much needed semi-break. I'm blown away but the level of interesting content being put out this week, let's get straight to it.
Onym.co is a new all-in-one resource for naming things.
A rare, lengthy discussion with Peter Thiel on American Democracy and public monopolies.
A number of interesting articles came out on product this week:
- Connie Chan of a18z wrote four key product principles from WeChat's creator, a rare bible on product design from a Chinese digital leader that the West is learning from
- James Buckhouse of Sequoia wrote a 10-step guide on eliminating product friction. The friction deck concept was new to me and something I'll want to try out.
There has been a recent de-emphasis of product principles on start-up development, focusing instead on raw pacing, top-down strategic planning, brand building and other aspects. It's always helpful to pull the focus back on product.
Quantum computing for the very curious is an article that is literally impossible to forget. Frequent readers of this newsletter will know Michael Nielsen for his advocacy around long-term knowledge retention via flash cards. He is equally passionate about Quantum Mechanics and the union of both is an article with flash cards baked in.