"I think it’s probably a survival skill that we’re curious and like to explore. Our ancestors, who were incurious and failed to explore, probably didn’t live as long as the ones who were looking over the next mountain range to see if there were more sources of food and better climates and so on and so on.
We are really evolved to be pioneers. For good reason. New worlds have a way of — you can’t predict how or why or when — but new worlds have a way of saving old worlds. That’s how it should be. We need the frontier. We need the people moving out into space."
Ben Horowitz writes a nice piece on the different approaches to can do vs. can't do cultures.
Someone once told me at a young age, "you are the compilation of the books you read, movies you watch, and people you surround yourself with". 2013 was a year of surrounding myself with some of the most talented designers, engineers, producers, and other team members at Airbnb. They inspired me, challenged me, and helped me grow. My only wish is I provided the same challenges to them in return.
We also read a lot, sharing articles and discoveries back and forth. Here are some of those pieces.
The Inferno of Independence Frank Chimero
What Data Can't Do NY Times
Golden Age of UI Wired
Why Leaders Eat Last Simon Sinek
The School for Poetic Computation NY Times
Everything you Need to Know About Startups Commonwealth Club
Design for Offline A List Apart
Impersonating the Machine Book Two
Are You Sure? Radio Lab
Diabo Dreams of Coffee Roads & Kingdoms
This is how a Helsingin Sanomat journalist tried to save Nokia Helsingin Sanomat
Growthism Harvard Business Review
As a Man Thinketh Growth.co
Nelly Ben Heyoun Protein
Let There be an iPhone NY Times
Creating the Best Workplace on Earth Harvard Business Review
The Dribbblisation of Design Intercom
Chinese Web Design Patterns CX Partners
Tim Cook Interview BloombergBusinessWeek
Belonging Today Institute for Public Knowledge
Starbucks Goes Local BrandChannel
How Not to Stay on Top NY Times
If Steve Ballmer ran Apple Stratechery
On Owning It Seth Godin
Secret Ingredient for Success NY Times
“…I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist ….But democratic society--in it, the highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist is to remain true to himself and to let the chips fall where they may. In serving his vision of the truth, the artist best serves his nation. And the nation which disdains the mission of art invites the fate of Robert Frost's hired man, the fate of having "nothing to look backward to with pride, and nothing to look forward to with hope”….I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft. I look forward to an America which will steadily raise the standards of artistic accomplishment and which will steadily enlarge cultural opportunities for all of our citizens… "