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Recommended Books

A mid year reflection on the books I’ve been lucky to read in the past 6-7 months. I usually try to blend one ‘learning’ book and one ‘story’ book. However, in most cases, it’s not an easy definition and these types are blending.

Smarter Faster Better – It’s a book that I took with me on a long flight (TLV-LAX) and it was good learning experience. At the core of this book there are eight key productivity concepts: from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making. It try to explain why some people and companies get so much done. Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics—as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters.

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life – This is one of the best books I’ve read in the past years. The snowball makes immensely clear why Buffett is so respectable. I liked the fact that Alice Schroeder (a great writer btw) paint a picture of a human, that like most lives, has been a mix of strengths and frailties. Yet notable though his wealth, Buffett’s legacy will not be his ranking on the scorecard of wealth; it will be his principles and ideas that have enriched people’s lives. There are many lessons in this book and I plan to go over it again. It’s a long one but full of great mini stories in it.

Year Of YES – This is a wonderful, funny and easy book by Shonda Rhimes. After reading it, I wasn’t surprised to learn that she is the extremely talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and of How to Get Away With Murder. It is a great story that show to power of positive attitude and how to be (even) more productive. I specially liked that description that she gave to her roll: “Laying the tracks to the railroad”. In her cases, it’s a lot of long-long rails.

 

The rest of the list is below. Have fun.

books 2016

Happy reading.

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Business

Startups And Running

running on the beach

Last week, I had an interesting talk with a friend about the common set of skills you need in order to create a successful (big) project. In most cases, the planing phase is important but not the most challenging one. The execution is the real deal.

It’s the ability to push on when things are falling a part. As someone said: “Everybody has a plan until they get punched”. This is why grit is a critical aspect.

We later talked about another passion we shared: long distance running. It wasn’t too hard to see the similarity in characteristics of great entrepreneurs and runners.

From my experience, in both cases, it’s about the people that you meet in this clan and the willingness to help and support each other. In most cases, it’s not a direct competition, but rather a huge challenge to make it to the end. Where each individual define the ‘end’ differently.

Sure enough, someone already did a ted talk on this topic. Continue reading

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Chrome

The Next Billions Users

This is a short one that is mainly compose from 3 images that tell the story of “The next billions users” and what we should focus on.

From which countries new users will come online?

internet users per country

If you wish to see more about this data. Check this Source.

What to focus on?

When you develop your fast and resilient web app, you should focus on 4 aspects:

fast and resilient web apps

How?

The client must be able to render the application regardless of their connectivity. If the user can’t load the app, nothing else is important. Offline is a normal mode of operation for resilient applications. You can do it today with the Service Worker API. It’s not only the offline feature, but the ability to control your users’ experience and improve it (e.g. push notifications).

More in Ilya’s #IO16 Talk and right here. Continue reading

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Android, Chrome, mobile

Earn More Revenue With Firebase And AdMob

grow your userbase

Firebase is a mobile platform that helps you quickly develop high-quality apps, grow your user base, and earn more money. In the slides below, we will focus on the growth part. In other words, we will talk about ways to acquire and engage the right users at the right time.
There are several features that Firebase is giving developers out of the box in order to help with growth:

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Chrome, HTML5, webdev

Accelerated Mobile Pages Tips

AMP description

TL;DR

AMP is an effort to build an open solution that would improve the mobile web experience for everyone. It is a new way to build web pages for static content that render fast (e.g. an article, a tasty recipe, blog post). AMP in action consists of three different parts:

  • AMP HTML is HTML with some restrictions for reliable performance and some extensions for building rich content beyond basic HTML.
  • AMP JS library ensures the fast rendering of AMP HTML pages.
  • Google AMP Cache can be used to serve cached AMP HTML pages.

amp-logo

Tips

Make sure that your AMP pages are valid

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Business

Mentoring Entrepreneurs And Developers

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 12.51.01 PMIn the past six years I had the pleasure to mentor hundreds of entrepreneurs and developers. For some, as an investor and for others as an external advisor or a domain expert. These days I’m doing it mostly as my day job which is really fun! Here are some of the lessons learned over time.

If you are an entrepreneur who is asking:
“Why do I need someone to mentor me?”
Well, there are many good reasons, but check the graph below. Continue reading

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