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Sunday read.

This is hilarious. Engineers are competing who creates the worst UI on Reddit.

I think the winners are:

1/ Enter your phone number
2/ Good luck deleting your account
3/ Volume control
4/ Fans are a good way to keep subscribers
5/ Piece the QR together to scan
6/ Use a fan to move your cursor.
7/ Checkboxes with a 50% success rate
8/ Real dark mode
9/ Donkey Kong Country-based input method
10/ Just another loading screen
☢️ BEWARE, you can waste a day on /r/badUIbattles 😂

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11/ Prove you're a human by checkmating a computer
oh wow, it went viral 😍 here is my shameless plug

If you are hiring engineers, DM me. I run a marketplace of vetted engineers in LatAm and Europe (happy to give a discount)

If you are an engineer looking for projects, apply here
Keyboard that scrambles itself everytime you press a key
Ok... I promise the last one

13/ Tell your age by playing the snake game

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More from @volodarik

May 7
Sunday read.

Been rounding up Reddit posts where ex-employees reveal “company secrets.” Here are some crazy ones:

1/ “Glassdoor removes job reviews and lets employers choose which ones get shown first!”
2/ Checked this one myself and got a discount on a mower last week:

“Home Depot employees can give $49.99 off any item without it flagging for approval.

Department heads can do $99.99.
Assistant store managers can do ~249.99.
Store manager ~499.99.”
3/ "If you were on Live Chat with Customer Care, I could see what you were typing before pressing send.

I watched people work through racist, sexist statements, fraudulent lies, grammar fixes, & their whole range of emotions in real-time before deleting and typing ‘ok.’”
Read 20 tweets
Apr 19
Masterclass has built a $2.5B business on the back of one SEO tactic.

They use the power of "second-order questions" to drive free traffic to their site.

Here is how they do it 🧵 Image
1/ The Masterclass website got ~12m visits in March w/ 65% of traffic coming via organic search. Image
2/ The key to this organic search traffic?

Masterclass’ hundreds of high-quality articles, including pieces on:

• Food
• Design
• Music
• Business
• Writing Image
Read 9 tweets
Apr 17
Top 3 highest bug bounties were paid by crypto companies.

The rest of the big tech is surprisingly cheap.

I went down the rabbit hole and found the top 10:

United paid a 19-year-old 1m miles for reporting 20 security flaws.

1000000 miles is $12k. This is what they pay KPMG to open their email.

Not a big tech, but come on.

In 2018, FB paid a researcher $50K for finding a bug that allowed any hacker to track user activity.

Earlier that year they paid another engineer $350k/year to create that vulnerability.
Read 13 tweets
Mar 27
VCs will tell you: "Don't do it"

These founders didn't listen and outsourced their engineering. Now they are worth billions.

10 stories that will surprise you:
1/ Calendly is a well-known but my favorite story.

In 2013, @TopeAwotona outsourced the MVP to Ukrainian developers.

He stayed with the team (throughout the revolution and the start of the war in 2014), and they shipped.

• 10M users
• $100M/yr rev
• $3B valuation
2/ Skype

The founders hired Estonian engineers to build the video and voice tool.

At its peak, it had 300M+ users.

In 2011, Microsoft acquired it for $8.5B
Read 12 tweets
Mar 23
Did you know there are religious institutions worth $10B-$100B?

• making more revenue than 70% of startups
• owning a million dollars worth of lands/stocks
• contributing $1.2T of economic value in the US alone (as of 2016)

Here are a few examples that will surprise you:
1/ The Mormon Church (credit to @thesamparr @ShaanVP)

Established in 1830, it has ~17M global members, donating 10% of their annual income.

• It has a $100B+ hedge fund, which owns $40B+ of US stocks & 2% of all the land in Florida
• It made $8M+ on the GameStop squeeze
2/ The Venkateswara temple

It's the richest Indian temple with a net worth of $30B (only 18/6000 listed Indian companies are worth more)

Here's the distribution:
• 10Kg+ gold deposits in banks
• 2.5 Kg of gold jewelry
• $2B in bank deposits
• 960+ properties
Read 10 tweets
Mar 21
Early-stage companies shouldn’t need to spend big $$ on lawyers for basic documents.

Here are the templates every startup can use:
1/I used and will always use Stripe Atlas for company creation. For $500, they do everything, and it’s magic.

If you prefer to do it yourself, you’ll need corporate formation docs and the founder's stock purchase agreements.
2/ To hire your first contractor, you’ll need Consulting Agreement. It includes the NDA, IP protection, and invention assignment.
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