What’s Next — Training AI, Connect to Wifi

What’s Next — Training AI, Connect to Wifi


Hey again 👋🏻 Hope you had a great weekend. Cannot believe it is already the middle of March. Time is flying! Hope you are making it count.

3/20 — What’s Next

Articles to Read.

This is the best thing I have read/listened to in a while: “Breaking the Habit of Uncontrolled Thinking”. Seriously so much gold in this about life, building companies, and the future.

Training artificial intelligence to communicate. Open AI has done some amazing things, this looks to be one of them. It begins: bots are learning to chat in their own language.

Ben Thompson from Stratechery shares his perspective on Fake News. Rather interesting.

In 500ish words, Siegler shares his thoughts on “Messenger day” — Facebook’s latest integration of stories. He uses this great quote from Jurassic Park:

“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should”

In case you missed it. Stories are taking over the world (check out my latest project at bottom of this email). They are no longer a feature, they are a medium of communication. Snapchat has them. Instagram’s are growing really fast. Messenger launched them. There are also Facebook stories. Whatsapp stories. This funny encounter happened between Snapchat and FB. The list goes on and on.

Q: Will the newsfeed be replaced by a stream of stories?

Steven Sinofsky from a16z shares his thoughts on his new electric car. This is a post for people who might still doubt that electric drive-trains are the future of transportation.

Is there such thing as too many collaboration platforms? There is Slack, Facebook’s Workplace, Box, Asana, the list goes on and on. Beware of collaboration tool overload.

Here are the 100 most popular programming languages this year. How do you think this list has changed over the years? More importantly, how will it change in the future? BONUS VIDEO — DO WHAT YOU CANT

Products & Companies to Watch.

Rippling — One click onboarding and firing, launched by controversial former CEO of Zenefits. Bigscreen — An immersive, social VR experience.

Neurotrack: “Imagine if we could diagnose Alzheimer’s ten years before patients experienced memory loss. That’s what we’re building.”

Source Wifi — Connect to Wifi anywhere. Started by my friend Dillon (dropout of UPenn) and his awesome team. Expect big things here.

Remote Year — A program that allows you to travel the world while working remotely.Thanks for reading 🙇🏻

Once again, thanks so much for reading. Hope you found a thing or two that may seem interesting. If you have any feedback, just hit REPLY — I’ll respond 🙂

A few updates from me: — Working on a new project called Storyheap — check it out! — I am giving a talk this week on “accelerating your career.” Have not made it yet, but probably should. Hope to provide value for people! — Being back home for Spring Break was great. Made me think more about what is really important in life. #breakbubbles


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By jordangonen on March 21, 2017.

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Fear Standing Still

Fear Standing Still


I have always been a big fan of quotes and metaphors.

I came across this Chinese proverb the other day and I really liked it:

“Don’t fear moving slowly. Fear standing still.”

It really stuck out to me for a few reasons.

I greatly fear standing still. I am afraid of stagnation. I know that the world is evolving incredibly quickly, technology and all, and that I do not want to be swept behind.

I think many people share that feeling.

Yet we are often afraid to take leaps of faith. We are afraid that if we try and fail people will look down upon us.

This proverb answers that perfectly. The fear should not be allocated towards doing a poor job. Do not run away from the challenge of not being the best.

Rather, the only thing to fear is not trying. Not doing.

It’s sad but I feel like we live in a talk first, do later society. I find this paradox strange — the doers are the ones who reap the most benefits.

I always want to be a doer. Plenty of talkers out there with great ideas.

Doers move mountains.


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By jordangonen on March 20, 2017.

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A Catalyst.

A Catalyst.


When figuring out your “career,” there are tons of different factors to consider.

The general framework that I have adopted is that you should try and work at the intersection of what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what the world needs. Of course, there may be other factors — but I find this one to really balance personal ambitions and aspirations.

I think about all three of those factors — recently the first one. “What I am good at.” I do not think there is always going to be a static answer to that question. Rather, it’s fluid and always evolving.

As I have worked on more projects, I have learned a ton about myself as well as what I am best at.

I hope this does not come off as bragging. It really should not.

Today, what I am “best at” seems to be two things:

  • learning quickly
  • being a catalyst for ideas

“Being a catalyst.” What does that mean?

Look at the definition of catalyst:

a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change.

I love this. Basically, I find that I am getting really good at building hype for ideas, assembling a team, and actually launching things.


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By jordangonen on March 19, 2017.

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Storyheap

Storyheap


My friend and I are working on a new project.

It’s called Storyheap and I’d love for you to check it out.

We’re working on a lot of features, but the TL;DR

It’s a much better way to manage your instagram and snapchat stories!

Check it out. Sign up if you are interested. And share with a friend!


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#BeforeTheInternetExisted

#BeforeTheInternetExisted


I came across this hashtag yesterday and thought a bit to myself.

#beforetheinternetexisted

I thought it was particularly interesting because, honestly, I could not remember a time in my life without internet.

Isn’t that weird to think? I am sure it is for some of you…

But to us teenagers, the internet, and advancing technology for that matter, has not only been around, it has been an integral part of our lives for as long as we can remember.

Of course, I am extremely lucky — I have access to internet and work hard to get some of the latest technologies. I am aware that there are many places on earth, even today, which lack these, to which many would call fundamental, things.

The kids born after me are experiencing this even moreso.

The latter half of Generation Z,” or the cohort of people born since the mid 1990s, grew up with a smartphone in hand.

A map has always been a google map. Home phones and faxes are not really a thing.

This perception actually means a lot for marketers and salespeople. It greatly affects the way you can make appeals to this audience.

And as time goes on, we are going to continue to see more and more brands make efforts to reach Generation Z. Of course, the buzzword will gain popularity, as millennials did, but at the end of the day, companies will have to find ways to be transparent enough so that they can begin to start authentic relationships with this customer segment.


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100 Most Popular Programming Languages

100 Most Popular Programming Languages


The world of technology is always moving.

I thought this chart of the top programming languages was super interesting.

I can only wonder how this list will change over the next 5, 10 years.

It makes you think that what you learn today could render useless in the future. It reinforces the importance of learning, and always learning.


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Those who do

Those who do


I come back to this quote every so often.

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. — Rob Siltanen

Yes it is a bit cheesy. And perhaps overused. But one part always sticks out to me — the last line.

the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

The ones who do.

To me, doing is the ultimate competitive advantage. Most people do not do. It is a weird concept. You’d think, that in such a fast-paced, competitive world, doing would not be enough. You’d think that everyone would be doing as much as they can, all the time.

But that is not how it works. We live in a talk a lot, think a lot, post a lot society. We do not prioritize execution.

I am a big fan of doers. I really do not care what it is your are doing. But by simply taking the step, whether that be in business, film, life, etc., you are making a huge impact.

Those who do will always be remembered.


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Collaboration Overload

Collaboration Overload


In the digital age, there is a tool/service for seemingly everything. And if there is not, you better bet that someone will start working on it soon.

For business, this is great. Never before have we had such incredible access to powerful resources.

All of this technology makes our lives as salespeople, marketers, recruiters, students, designers, developers, etc. so much easier. In nearly every case, this advancement has dramatically changed how we work for the better.

I’d argue, however, that there is a point to which this technology can begin to hurt our workflow. And I think it is happening now.

We are falling into a trap of: collaboration overload.

We spend a non-zero amount of time switching between apps rather than actually using them.

Everyone is always checking in on us because it is sooo easy to communicate with each other.

When do we get the freedom to just work?

It used to be that putting on your headphones at the office was a sign of “dont bother me, I am focusing.” But today, people ignore “do not disturb” messages and just go ahead and contact you.

This “always on” mindset is bad for work and balance. Some people work better in the dark, alone. Focused.

Others may enjoy collaborating more often. But not ALWAYS.

I think the best teams recognize that this is happening and are refocusing to make sure their employees stay strong and focused.


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What’s Next — 3/13

What’s Next — 3/13


Hey

Hope everything is going well with you. It’s Monday! It’s time to have an awesome week.

But first, some interesting things to get your mind turning.

3/13 — What’s Next

Still experimenting with the format! I like this one. Let me know what you think.

Articles to Read:

Network Effects: Anu and Craig, two partners at YCombinator, go over their learnings from research on Network Effects, discuss examples, and advice for entrepreneurs.

Understanding network effects not only helps build better products, but it helps build moats and protect software companies against competitors’ eating away at their margins.

The Future of On Demand: Instacart, the popular delivery service, is now valued at $3.4 billion dollars (not a bubble, right?). Their CEO talks about the future of their company.

“We think about this as a two horse race: Us and Amazon… Amazon is building their warehouses to compete with the entire grocery landscape, while we’re empowering the entire grocery landscape. The reason we think we have a good shot against Amazon is that customers want choice. It’s the same reason why people buy Netflix even if they have Amazon Prime ― you can’t get House of Cards through Amazon. We have unique product from some of the best grocery stores in the country, and grocery is really a long-tail business where selection matters.”

Q: Who do you think will win the space? Hit REPLY

More competition among big players:
 Google launched a new hangouts to further compete against Slack. And Facebook copies Snapchat once again, this time with “Messenger Day.”

Funders and Founders: A collection of infographics that detail the lives of some of the world’s most impressive people. Check out Musk, Einstein, and others — TONS to learn.

Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That:

I fear the “very busy” culture has cemented into our work life. If we aren’t extremely busy, we aren’t significant. In a knowledge economy, the only way to demonstrate our status is to describe how busy we are. It’s how I know you are important! It’s how you tell me you are a hard worker! There’s an email in my inbox from last night that began with, “I know you are very busy…” which makes me feel guilty because I’d just finish reading multiple theories on which girl The Bachelor is going to pick!

The Flu: Okay, this is absolutely crazy -> “Flu viruses double our desire to socialize to spread itself.”

Products & Companies to Watch:

Breaker: The BEST podcasting app I have ever used. If you like podcasts, definitely recommend checking it out. It helps you listen to, discover, and share the hottest new podcasts. (still in beta).

Hugging Face: Most founders & investors are focusing on leveraging AI to “change the world”. Not this team, they built a sassy artificial intelligence who learns to chit chat with you (and become your friend), share their story and how they aimed to create an entertaining product.

Soon: “A Social Calendar for the mobile generation.” Event discovery is broken. Perhaps “Soon” will fix it.

Quizlet Learn: Quizlet launches Learn! A new and better way to study.

BONUS LINK: Ari, 5 years old, learns he is getting a new heart. Will make you smile.

Thanks for reading

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A quick update from me: 
 — Revamped Disrupt Cards & launched an expansion pack, what a crazy project.
 — Tons of new projects coming along..you’ll see them soon 🙂

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Being Busy

Being Busy


In the 21st century, especially in America, it feels like we are always in a bragging contest to try and be the “busiest” possible.

You meet someone you have not seen in a long time and this is what normally happens:

me: “hey, how are you”

person: “all good, super busy with work”

me: “cool.”

That exchange is the worst! It does not do anything. It is not how you cultivate relationships. If anything, it kills them.

Jaime Casap writes about this dilemma that is starting to occur more and more:

Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That
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I fear the “very busy” culture has cemented into our work life. If we aren’t extremely busy, we aren’t significant. In a knowledge economy, the only way to demonstrate our status is to describe how busy we are. It’s how I know you are important! It’s how you tell me you are a hard worker! There’s an email in my inbox from last night that began with, “I know you are very busy…” which makes me feel guilty because I’d just finish reading multiple theories on which girl The Bachelor is going to pick!

I feel like in today’s world, the biggest thing we can actually “brag” about is how not busy we are. We have worked so hard in the past that we earned this level of freedom — so much to say that we have just been hanging out by the pool relaxing.

Biggest takeaway = do what makes you happy and fulfilled.


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By jordangonen on March 12, 2017.

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