Weekend Reading

This week’s links:

  • On Education: Two interesting posts by Koshy and Atanu.
  • Four Pillars of an Open Civic System: by John Geraci. “What we really want (or what I really want anyway) is not simply government transparency, but an open civic system – a civic system that operates, and flourishes, as a fully open system, for whatever level we happen to be talking about – federal, state, city, neighborhood, whatever. And transparency is a big part of that open civic system, but it is still only one part.”
  • Jeff Bezos at Wired conference: An interesting collection of quotes. “People over-focus on errors of commission. Companies over-emphasize how expensive failure’s going to be. Failure’s not that expensive….The big cost that most companies incur are much harder to notice, and those are errors of Omission.”
  • The Start-up Guru: Inc magazine on Paul Graham. “His company, Y Combinator, is a hybrid venture capital fund and business school that invests in, advises, and, literally, feeds 40 or so early-stage businesses a year. Investments are small — less than $25,000 per company — but Graham supplements the money with smart advice, introductions to later-stage investors, technical help, and a sense of community.”
  • The Power of Mind Mapping: from Forbes. “Mind mapping, a form of visual outlining, may seem superficial, but once mastered it provides a powerful tool for managing information overload and the hyperbolic multitasking of the modern world.”

One thought on “Weekend Reading

  1. I can’t understand why lot of people crib about Indian education system when the same people who spoiled with dilution mantra called

    “We just need people who know English and keyboard” that is it.

    And after 20-years that is what we produced and producing in large scale… people with little knowledge on keyboard.

    It was a straight demand-supply equation which ran good for 20-years and i won’t say 20 is a bad number.