Cool things I read this week (19-Oct-2014)

I read. A lot. And I share the 5 best things I read every week. This week features acquisition flip-flops, a talk about scaling engineering teams at startups, a math puzzle, sleep and Superman!

1. A tumblr dedicated to acquisitions and post acquisition flip-flops
2. Stripe CTO on scaling engineering teams at startups
3. A math puzzle
4. I’m apparently a ‘long sleeper’
5. Superman’s first appearance in the comics


My notes

1. A tumblr dedicated to acquisitions and post acquisition flip-flops
A tubmlr that catalogs acquisitions – the kind that benefit the startup but give its user community the middle finger. As someone who admires the business philosophies of FogCreek and Basecamp, reading through this tumblr was loads of fun.

2. Stripe CTO on scaling engineering teams at startups
A 45 minute talk by the CTO of Stripe. He identifies a few distinct stages in the growth of Stripe’s engineering team and goes on to talk about the kind of problems that they faced at each stage. Worth a watch even if it is simply to confirm that your current startup is on the right track and facing the right problems.

3. A math puzzle
Terrence Tao posted a math puzzle that I had some fun solving. If you like math and have free time at work, take a shot 😉

4. I’m apparently a ‘long sleeper’
I need an average of 10 hours of sleep per day to function well. I learnt that I belong to a class of people called ‘long sleepers’ – which puts me in the top 2% of male sleepers.

5. Superman’s first appearance in the comics
I came across the comic in which Superman is introduced. While I am still a Batman guy, I ended up binge watching old episodes of Superman on Youtube.


Arunkumar Muralidharan
I want to find out what conditions produce remarkable software. A few years ago, I chose to work as the first professional tester at a startup. I successfully won credibility for testers and established a world class team. I have lead the testing for early versions of multiple products. Today, I run Qxf2 Services. Qxf2 provides software testing services for startups. If you are interested in what Qxf2 offers or simply want to talk about testing, you can contact me at: mak@qxf2.com. I like testing, math, chess and dogs.

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