Things I read last week… (WB 18 Apr 2022)
Eric Migicovsky, founder of Pebble who created the first smart watch explains why they failed.
Nvidia’s R&D Chief on how ML is improving chip design.
Changing C++’s sort function at Google scale.
A16Z’s 2022 Marketplace 100, a ranking of the largest consumer-facing marketplace startups.
A16Z also has a guide to raising debt for startups.
“The U.S. Navy was able to accommodate both the battleship and aircraft carrier in World War II, … The horse, however, was a different kind of problem for the Army. Herr was an obstacle to modernizing the Army with tanks, insisting that he would accept no increase in armor at the expense of horse-cavalry strength.”
– Is the tank dead in an era of smart missiles and cheap drones.
Why is inflammation a dangerous necessity with immunologist Shruti Naik.
“Polyester makes it possible to clothe a world population of nearly 8 billion people at a much lower toll on land and water than cotton or wool would exact. And it’s practically free…”
– How polyester reinvented itself.
The engineering of the 3½ inch floppy disk. [YouTube]
Harder Drive: Hard drives we didn't want or need. [YouTube]