Your Thursday Lunchtime Roundup #2

The latest in Business, Design and Tech from Eli5 10/09/20

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💼 Business

“Digitising is the new entrepreneurship”. At Eli5, we are increasingly working with internal entrepreneurs at large companies. Decades of just plugging in various off-the-shelf software has left companies with a complete lack of control over their data, no integration, and inefficient processes (what we call a ‘technical spaghetti’). You need to continuously optimise to remain competitive, and the best source of new and innovative ideas can often be found within existing teams. Link.

What will happen to tech entrepreneurship on a global basis post-pandemic? Will COVID lead to more entrepreneurs? And will they continue the trend for breaking out of Silicon Valley? A very interesting episode of This Week in Startups with David Brown, CEO & Co-Founder of TechStars. Link.

✏️ Design

Previewed is a great (and still free) tool for creating design mockups and promo videos. An essential for designers and developers. Link.

Browse hundreds of booklets on design, business, freelancing & more curated from the best designers in the world. Link.

🖥️ Technology

Basic security and pentesting (tech talk for penetration testing), for free. TryHackMe allows you to practise web app hacking and privilege escalation. Link.

This video explains how Javascript works behind the scenes in an accessible way. Link.

🕹️ Cool stuff

This week we’ve been reading The Courage to be Disliked. The book is based on the teachings of the psychologist Adler, a contemporary of Freud and Jung, who contrasted their Trauma Theory by saying the past should have no effect on the future. We only need to focus on now and present. “All you can do with regard to your own life is to choose the best path that you believe in. On the other hand, what kind of judgement do people pass on that choice? That is the task of other people, and is not a matter you can do anything about”. Link.

An oldie but a goodie from Tim Urban’s blog. Laying out life in years, months, and days - and the heaviest use of emoji I’ve ever seen - Tim explains that “when you look at that reality, you realize that despite not being at the end of your life, you may very well be nearing the end of your time with some of the most important people in your life”. Link.

A piece by Benedict Evans on AI and the ethics of facial recognition - and the difficulty of establishing data-ownership between tech companies, governments, and individuals. Link.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Team Eli5