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The reviews of the year are starting to hit and predictions for 2021 are starting to come in fast and strong. I've started to curate some outlier ideas that hold some interest and don't just talk about vaccine and deployment! I'll share that towards the end of the year, much like I did with 2020, and 2019.
This year, my book consumption has fallen to minimal at best, but I have just picked up No Filter which won the FT/Mckinsey Book of the Year - and talks of the story of Instagram. See the link to the longlist below.
There are also some more pensive pieces which are worth read, one on self-respect and thinking for yourself (8 and 9) - worth noodling on as we start to close off this year, a year that has tested us all and get ready to emerge bigger and better in 2021.
Stay sane, stay safe!
Onward! - Rahim
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My recommendations for this week
1. 52 things I learned in 2020 Link
2. 21 Trends for 2021 Link 3. The Tech Monopolies Go Vertical Link
4. Why People Love Spotify’s Annual Wrap-Ups Link
5. FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2020 Link
6. The 3 Reasons Friendships End Link
7. This Japanese Shop Is 1,020 Years Old. It Knows a Bit About Surviving Crises. Link 8. How to think for yourself Link
9. Self Respect Link
10. Your Brain Doesn't Work the Way You Think It Does Link
My Tech Recommendations for this Week
1. Google is quietly experimenting with holographic glasses and smart tattoos Link
2. Zoom and gloom Link
3. Is the Pandemic Spurring a Robot Revolution? Link 4. How Microsoft crushed Slack Link
5. China Stakes Its Claim to Quantum Supremacy Link
6. Tony Hsieh’s American Tragedy: The Self-Destructive Last Months Of The Zappos Visionary Link 7. Futurists Tell Us The Most Amazing And Scary Things To Expect In The Future Link
8. Our parents warned us the internet would break our brains. It broke theirs instead. Link 9. Cultured meat has been approved for consumers for the first time Link
10. 10 ways to prepare for the rise of intelligent machines Link
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