Reading List Highlights: Houzz, Space, Startup Drinking Problem

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1. Houzz wins “Best App” at the inaugural Google Play Awards

By Sarah Perez – TechCrunch

Digest: Angel Investor

Curator: Berg Moe

Interior design and decorating resource Houzz is the overall best Android app of the year, according to Google, which this evening announced the results of the first-ever Google Play Awards at its developer conference, Google I/O. While in previous years, the company had rounded up scores of apps for “Best of” lists, the new Google Play Awards instead follows Apple’s model of selecting winners across a variety of categories. Read More

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2. Virtual Reality and Mars: 4 Ways Tech Will Change Space Exploration

By Sarah Lewin – Space

Digest: Virtual & Augmented Reality

Curators: Martin Ahe & Kelly Vicars

Outer space has been adopted, it seems, as the universal VR menu backdrop and aesthetic. I’m cool with that. VR will let us float around in space, but how will it help real astronauts plan missions, prepare for space travel, and endure the long ride there? Read More

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3. What 671 Million Push Notifications Say About How People Spend Their Day

By Andrew Chen – Medium

Digest: Product

Curators: Sophie-Charlotte Moatti and Reza Ladchartabi

What 671 million push notifications say about how people spend their day. Read More

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4. Do Startups Have A Drinking Problem?

By Sarah Jane Coffey – Backchannel

Digest: Leadership & Resiliency

Curator: Sarah Jane Coffey

My personal experience as an alcoholic navigating startup culture. Read More

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5. How to have a one to one

By Ben Horowitz – Andreessen Horowitz

Digest: HR & Employee Experience

Curator: Philip Alexander

One of the key aspects of strong functioning performance management is regular communication. This piece provides a compelling case for a regular one to one, as well as practical advice for managers and employees. Read More

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