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Tech Productivity

Issue #21  (The Toyota Way) 07/08/19

As you might know, Hacker News automatically posts a few monthly job-related threads for those looking for work in the tech and startup scene. You can view all previous threads here.

The "Who wants to be hired?" threads are probably the ones that gets the least attention because they naturally have the least interest to the majority. If you're questioning the success rate in those threads, you might want to check out this thread where a user asks for others to relate success stories that are specific to the "Who wants to be hired?" format. Quite a few people chimed in with their personal success stories, so check those out if you have considered posting in one of those.

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

Tools & Apps

Rankpoint - Chrome extension to perform a full research of any company with a single click. On any website, view up-to-date company news, team, site traffic info, investors, funding status, and more.

Markdown New Tab - Chrome, Firefox, and Opera extension. Save notes in Markdown directly in the 'New Tab' page.

Penzu - A private, 100% customizable online journal.

Idea Miner - Startup and product ideas sourced from a number of different websites including Reddit, Indie Hackers, BetaList, and more. - Screening tools for you and your team to interview developer candidates.

Articles & Resources

Why Writing Better Will Make You a Better Person - Two ethics professors chime in on how writing will improve yourself, with some straightforward suggestions on how to do so.

Why remote work isn’t going away anytime soon - Jessica Stevens looks at remote work from both a convenience and technological angle.

Flat, non-hierarchical organizations do not work - Part of an interview with a Theater Director who had some insights into arts organizations whose practices can be applied to tech startups.

Study finds that increased mindfulness is associated with reduced levels of procrastination - Seems like something that would go without saying, but interesting to see how the study was laid out.

The Toyota Way - A Wikipedia entry on the popular Japanese motor corporation's managerial approach and production system.


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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