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  1. The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 312, With Craig Mod

    The Talk Show

    ‘Not to Get Zealotrous’, With Craig Mod

    Sunday, 11 April 2021

    Craig Mod joins the show to talk about writing, designing, filmmaking, what makes for good software, and building a successful membership program to support independent art. And: pizza toast.

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    Craig’s annual essays about running a subscription:

    Year one.

    Year two.

    “Kissa by Kissa” — Craig’s book documenting, in words and photos, “walking 1,000+km of the countryside of Japan along the ancient Nakasendō highway, the culture of toast (toast!), and mid-twentieth century Japanese cafés called kissaten.”

    “Pizza Toast & Coffee” — Craig’s new short film.

    Craigstarter — Craig’s open source project to host your own Kickstarter-like projects.

    Craig’s recent essay for Wired on the pleasure of programming, or as he calls it, “coding”.

    “Fast Software, the Best Software” — Craig’s 2019 essay on the feel of software tools.

    Kevin Kelly’s seminal “1,000 True Fans” essay.

    Author Karl Ove Knausgård, who calls his editors each day to read that day’s work to them.

    Software tools mentioned:


    Final Cut Pro, which no longer has an “X”.

    Lightroom Classic, the “Classic” part of which feels ominous.

    Robin Sloan’s tweet deleting script.

    Plausible Analytics.

    Fathom Analytics.

    fzf — Command-line fuzzy finder search tool.

    This episode of The Talk Show was edited by Caleb Sexton.


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  2. Spring Boot with Josh Long - Software Engineering Daily

    Spring Framework is an application framework for Java and JVM languages. Spring was originally built around dependency injection, but grew to become an entire ecosystem of tools and plugins for Java developers.

    Spring was originally released 15 years ago, and since then a lot has changed around application development. For example, many engineers deploy applications to the cloud in microservices architectures. The expectations around frameworks has also changed, with the rise of Django, Ruby on Rails, and NodeJS.

    Spring Boot takes an opinionated view of building production-ready Spring applications. By taking an opinionated view, Spring Boot gets engineers up and running faster than the traditional Spring framework. Josh Long is a Spring Developer Advocate at Pivotal and he joins the show to discuss Spring Boot and the history of the Spring Framework.

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  3. Josh Long on Spring Boot, Spring Cloud and Microservices

    Josh Long talks about the philosophy behind Spring Boot and Spring Cloud. He also discusses some of the common distributed computing problems Pivotal are trying to solve - externalised configuration, service discovery, client-side load balancing, distributed tracing and so on, and talks about some major clients including Netflix, Baidu and Alibaba.


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  4. a16z Podcast: Principles and Algorithms for Work and Life

    with Ray Dalio (@raydalio), Alex Rampell (@arampell), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90)

    Can one really apply the lessons of history and of the past to the present and the future, as a way to get what they want out of life? By deeply understanding cause-effect relationships — clearly expressed, shared with others, overlaid with data, back-tested, modified — you can build a set of principles/algorithms/recipes for dealing with the realities of your life, observes Ray Dalio in this episode of the a16z Podcast (in conversation with a16z general partner Alex Rampell and Sonal Chokshi). Dalio's book Principles: Life and Work originated as an internal company document that was posted online years ago and has been shared widely since; he is the founder, chairman, and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates — one of the top five private companies in the U.S., which manages over $150 billion and has made more money for clients than any other hedge fund.

    "Is this is a duck, how do I deal with ducks; or this is a species I haven't seen before, and how do I deal with that?" In other words, when you see a particular thing coming over and over again, you can know what you're seeing and how to act on it. But what about timing, which is a huge factor when it comes to making various bets and decisions in …

    Original video: https://soundcloud.com/a16z/principles-dalio
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  5. Invest Like the Best: Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger – How to Build a Great Product

    My guests this week are Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the co-founders of Instagram.

    I met Kevin and Mike a few months ago over a shared interest in business and investing. I have found them both to be extremely good people who have a rare talent for finding and solving interesting problems. Indeed, problem-solving and jobs-to-be-done is a big part of our conversation.

    I realized walking into the podcast that Kevin and Mike have a rare set of experiences: having both built and sold an extremely successful product from scratch, but then also operated and scaled inside one of the largest businesses in the world. This means they have unique knowledge to offer just about anyone interested in business and products. We dig into all those lessons here.

    I am working on hosting more founders and CEOs on the podcast, and can’t think of a better pair to show you why I want to do so. Please enjoy my conversation with Kevin and Mike.  For more episodes go to . Sign up for the book club, where you’ll get a full investor curriculum and then 3-4 suggestions every month at . Follow Patrick on Twitter at

      Show Notes 1:38 – (first question) – Projects they’ve been working on since leaving Instagram 5:22 – How they can apply what they are learning in machine learning 7:18 – Most interesting experience diving back into data and machine learning 8:42 – How startups compare today to when they founded Instagram 13:23 – Judging founders and whether they know how to use their data effectively 14:26 – The jobs-to-be-done framework 19:14 – Laying out a vision vs solving problems that pop up 25:20 – Developing and sharing the principles of the company with the team 30:48 – Creating a community when it includes almost the entire world 39:03 – The most popular ways people used the platform 41:24 – What was the jobs-to-be-done rational behind the stories feature 44:15 – Interesting things that they saw as Instagram entered the developing world 46:40 – Their thoughts on how Instagram shaped culture and if they focused on those 52:58 – The new waves that they are observing right now 55:11 – How their thinking on leadership and teams changed during their time at Instagram and Facebook 1:03:23 – The pillars of a good business, including humility and confidence 1:06:06 – Focus on growth and distribution in a startup 1:10:01 – How early were they thinking about monetization on this free platform 1:13:43 – How do they think about how they invest their money and allocate resources 1:17:36 – Mentors for Kevin and Mike 1:20:30 – Their passion for learning to fly and the someday/maybe list 1:23:01 – Their interest in coffee 1:26:24 – Advice for everyone else 1:30:00 – Kindest thing anyone has done for them   Learn More For more episodes go to .  Sign up for the book club, where you’ll get a full investor curriculum and then 3-4 suggestions every month at

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