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Tech Productivity

Issue #15  (A Decade of Remote Work) 05/27/19

Having trouble coming up with an idea for a profitable startup or side project? You might want to check out this Hacker News thread on that very subject. The top answer reads in part:

"The secret is to go out and make friends who work in different industries that are totally unrelated to your experience. The world is full of profitable niche industries that need custom solutions that software developers have no idea exist."

Another answer helps dispel the myth that your idea has to be unique:

"Don't throw away an idea because someone else has already made it. This is crucial. People completely underestimate the amount of money you can make as a runner-up, or even as a 5th or 10th-place service in some markets."

Good advice. As long as something pays the bills, who cares if it's not #1?

Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!

Tools & Apps

HACK - iOS app. An attractive and easy to use app to access stories on Hacker News, with login features to upvote, comment, etc.

Ryeboard - Helps users clarify and work on the cloud through a unique and flexible virtual board system.

Link Drop - Your own personal newsletter. Save interesting links and this service will send them straight to your inbox formatted as a newsletter.

KIWIX - Store Wikipedia or any website on your mobile phone or computer, easily, with offline capabilities.

Chrona Bookmarks - Open-sourced API for saving and sharing your bookmarks.

Articles & Resources

'Battle Of The Thermostat': Study Confirms Women are More Productive in Warmer Offices - Based on research conducted by the University of Southern California.

A Decade of Remote Work - One tech worker's lessons learned in working in and running remote teams over the last ten years.

How to do hard things - David R. MacIver's conceptual framework for how to get better at things that you currently find difficult.

I'm Walking Away From the Product I Spent a Year Building - Derrick Reimer talks about his failed startup, a Slack competitor called Level.

You Procrastinate Because Of Emotions, Not Laziness. Regulate Them To Stop Procrastinating! - Despite the awful title, a good in-depth scientific look at why we procrastinate and how to overcome it.


Have a suggestion for a productivity-related tool, article, or other resource? Send me a direct message via X (@LouisLazaris) and I’ll consider including it in a future issue.

Stay productive!


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