Our species' success does not lie in the power of our individual minds, but in the collective brains of our communities. Build larger and more interconnected societies and you get more know-how and improved technologies. It's a simple equation described in Joseph Henrich's book on cultural evolution, The Secret of Our Success.
This collective brain is defined as a synthesis of cultural and social natures. On the social side, it means that you are able to stick to the (right) norms. On the cultural side, it is your ability to learn from others. And this is our focus for the series that "This month in Around25" is prospected to become. You can choose to see it as a reading list, curated in-house by the Around25 team and presented here at the end of each month.
There will be one main recommendation per issue (one that will involve a larger time investment to get through, like a book or a podcast) and many smaller ones (like articles, talks or clips). The domains might vary abruptly, but I have a hunch they'll revolve around programming & development, with some stops at UI/UX, marketing or startups. We'll see. Keep in mind that towards the end of each issue, there's always going to be a look at one or two open source projects that caught our eye the month that passed.
Now, without further ado, on to the main recommendation of this September's issue.
a podcast by Y Combinator and Stanford University
What initially was a series of lectures given at Stanford in Fall 2014, became a 20 episode podcast that is up on iTunes. Sam Altman is the teacher of the class at Stanford and describes it as "Everything we know about how to start a startup, for free, from some of the world experts". If you feel the need to watch the original lectures, here is the link to the YouTube playlist.
The next recommendations are in no particular order, but grouped by domain (for those who want to skippy skip).
- Writing Readable Code by Tom Hudson
- Mastering Async Await in Node.js
- 10 Amazing open source Elixir/Phoenix Apps
- React 16: A look inside an API-compatible rewrite of our frontend UI library
- How Medium does progressive image loading
- So a product manager asks you to fix a bug…
- How to Create a Company Culture from Scratch
- How to Build a Startup That Gets Acquired
- How to Kick Impostor Syndrome
- Startup Idea Validation Is A Numbers Game
UI/UX & Design
generaptr - a Node.js cli package that generates boilerplate code for a given database structure. It was written by our colleague Darius, mostly during the meet-up/workshop Contributing to Open Source that takes place twice a month at Around25.
GitPoint - an unofficial GitHub client for mobile written entirely in React-Native.
The acknowledgements go to the contributors of this issue, Cosmin, Darius, Adrian, Anca and Silvia, who supported the idea and provided the majority of the recommendations and, of course, to all authors of the articles and talks above.