What is ‘How To Build a Top Tech Company’?
This is a high-quality technical content aggregator made for everyone interested in building successful technology companies.
Why am I doing ‘How To Build a Top Tech Company’?
I’m quoting Steve Jobs on this one:
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.
I won’t create something new or solve hard problems if I’m only thinking about ‘How to Build a Neobank’.
And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.
I’m doing this because I want to improve my chances of creating something new and solving hard problems by having enough ‘tech-company-dots’ to connect.
How may I help ‘How To Build a Top Tech Company’?
I’m presenting a ‘to-be-curated’ reading list at the end of this article. Feel free to read them and recommend new entries to be aggregated. Just comment, reply or something. I’m also available on LinkedIn, if you want to send me a connection request: Paulo Silveira.
Strategy, People and Culture
Starting an Initiative (Slack)
The Zen of an Ideal Team (Gojek)
Spotify Technology Career Steps (Spotify)
First things first, Trust each other (Spotify)
Creating a culture of accessibility (Dropbox)
Hiring your first 10 engineers (Coinbase)
You Are Your Own Best Hype Person (Square)
Leadership, Management, and Tribes (Square)
Every Day Is Monday in Operations (LinkedIn)
Site Up (LinkedIn)
What Gets Measured Gets Fixed (LinkedIn)
Do Your Best and Never Give Up (LinkedIn)
MTTD and MTTR Are Key (LinkedIn)
Attack the Problem not the Person (LinkedIn)
You’re Only as Good as Your Lieutenants (LinkedIn)
Don’t Assume Anything (LinkedIn)
Communication, Communication, Communication (LinkedIn)
The Code Doesn’t Lie (LinkedIn)
Failure Is Not an Option (LinkedIn)
Data & Analytics
Building A Data Science Product in 10 Days (Instacart)
An introduction to Decision Engineering (Grubhub)
Mythbusting the Analytics Journey (Netflix)
How we think about data at Coinbase (Coinbase)
So You Have Some Clusters, Now What? (Square)
Automated Machine Learning (Airbnb)
Advice for New Data Scientists (Airbnb)
Data Quality at Airbnb (Airbnb)
An Introduction to AI at LinkedIn (LinkedIn)
How We Do What We Do at GOJEK (Gojek)
Spotify engineering culture (part 1) (Spotify)
Spotify engineering culture (part 2) (Spotify)
Lessons learned in incident management (Dropbox)
Your System is not a Sports Team (Dropbox)
Embracing papercuts (Dropbox)
Don’t lead by example (Dropbox)
Three-day no-meeting schedule for engineers (Pinterest)
Building a faster mobile web experience with AMP (Pinterest)
Python at Netflix (Netflix)
How we built Twitter Lite (Twitter)
The Infrastructure Behind Twitter: Scale (Twitter)
Rebuilding Twitter’s public API (Twitter)
What are Coinbase’s Engineering Principles? (Coinbase)
Remote Engineering at Coinbase (Coinbase)
How One Eng Team Works (Coinbase)
Soft-skills Reading List (Square)
React Native at Airbnb (Airbnb)
Managing documentation at scale (LinkedIn)
The Joy of Internal Tools (Slack)
How we do large scale retrospectives (Spotify)
Product Analytics at Square (Square)
Contextual Calendar Reminders (Airbnb)
Marketing & Growth
Lessons in growth and increasing signups (Pinterest)
Discover Pinterest: Data Driven Growth (Pinterest)
The Science of Quality Growth (LinkedIn)