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Weekly Review #77: New new things, overblown valuations, and what makes a word real

I read The New New Thing by Michael Lewis this week, a story about tech entrepreneur Jim Clark, who founded 3 disparate billion dollars companies during the first dotcom boom. It was a great read and insight into the mind of a man who cannot rest, who is always looking for the new ‘new thing’ and can never be satisfied with what he has. Sounds familiar. Just skip the chapters with him on the damn boat.

I attended Further Future, a techie Burning Man esque spin off event in the desert near Vegas. Interesting format – they mix techno DJs with tech speakers, to make it more of a conference. But it was was still definitely a festival first and foremost – basically just a smaller, more privileged (onsite food/showers) Burning Man.

Tech

Hunter Walk looks at some Investor schedules, which look choked up in meetings all day. Meanwhile the routines of  ‘normal people’ can be found aggregated at WaysWeWork.

Startup Timelines lets you see how the landing pages of large companies have evolved over time.

A sequoia partner points out why Slack’s huge 4B valuation makes sense – it’s horizontal, viral, and addictive.

LifeHacks

Here are 28 ways to boost your energy right now. Man, I’m gonna need this again!

The Ghost team has two excellent posts on creating blog posts: Write Blog Posts really fast, plus 13 handy writing tools

Fun

The Narrative Fallacy is “our inability to look at facts without weaving an explanation or an arrow of relationship into them” – which leads many people to falsely mimic the quirks of famous innovators, and this is bad!

Some cartoons on the differences between NY and SF are hilarious and poignant. Plus the artist has a good post on  what she learned from creating viral content after one of her posts blew up.

The Thirstiest Men of Instagram is hilarious, gross, and very NSFW.

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a fantastic idea – guy creates words for emotions we all know that don’t have words yet. Then people get angry when they find such words don’t exist. But once you know what they mean, you can communicate with them! Niels breaks down why this means they may as well be real in The Case of ‘Sonder’.