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A good meal with 9others last night at Ziferblat in Manchester. Thanks Stuart & Josh.

A meal with 9others was hosted at The King’s Head in London last week – some great challenges shared and beginning to be solved. Next up, meals in Ramallah, Manchester and London and the Q1 Party in London.

Notes for the New Year by @sama “As an adult, I realized that the future is not guaranteed to be better” The Calm Company (our next book) by @jasonfried “Sustained exhaustion is not a badge of honor, it’s a mark of stupidity. Companies that force their crew into this bargain are cooking up dumb at their employees expense” ‘James Bond of Philanthropy’ Gives Away the Last of His Fortune by @jimdwyernyt “For years, Mr. Trump lobbied hard to get onto lists…

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Quitting something you love by @Sivers “I still love everything I quit. But not as much as I love all this room for change.” A billion dollar gift for Twitter by @anildash “Twitter can’t decide what the hell the checkmark means” Stop saying that 2016 was the ‘worst year’ by @MaxCRoser “Imagine if newspapers did not come out every day but instead once every half-century” [Podcast] China Business Cast 53: Marketing With KOLs in China with Kim Leitzes from ParkLU @KimParkLU…

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Computer Science from the Bottom Up by Ian Wienand. “Although a slight divergence, it is important to understand a bit of history about the C language” Hedge Fund Math: Heads We Win, Tails You Lose by James B Stewart. “If the losses are big enough, the hedge fund manager can capture 100 percent of the gross return” How Travis Kalanick Is Building The Ultimate Transportation Machine by Miguel Helft. “Jams determine how problems get turned into ideas, how ideas get turned into…

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A house divided: The alarming response to Russian meddling in American democracy Mr Trump is unapologetic. “Why not get along with Russia?” he asked Time. The Russians are “effective” and “can help us fight ISIS.” The Outwork Myth: The people who’ve made it didn’t make it because they worked harder than everyone else “It’s about the decisions you make. How you spend your time, what you do and don’t do. Especially what you don’t do” – @jasonfried After interviewing over…

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Brian Chesky: What a Professor Told Me in College That Still Gives Me Strength “it allowed me to stop editing my imagination” – @bchesky Y Combinator Office Hours in London “We recommend coming to office hours with a specific question or challenge that you want feedback on” – @ycombinator Office Hours with Kevin Hale and Qasar Younis at Startup School “Kevin and Qasar chose three marketplace companies for this round of office hours” – @ycombinator Ev Williams: How I Keep Tech in…

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Above is a photo from the first meal with 9others in Yemen. The meals that we started in London almost 5 years ago have happened all over the world and there have been some incredible stories of the challenges that people at meals with 9others have helped each other overcome. There was something pretty special about 9others being hosted in Yemen though. There are some pretty big challenges going on there but in amongst that entrepreneurs still need to and want…

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I was introduced to Simon and John from ONTY a few months ago and just ‘got’ what they’re doing. I think it’ll be really useful for the 9others network. I think of ONTY as googling something then having a bunch of people you can talk to about what you’ve just google, without having to share your entire online identity. So as 9others is all about creating a deliberately small, curated place where good people can begin useful relationships to solve…

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It used to be the case that new employees would settle in, take their time to learn the ropes and, if they were unsure about anything, they were encouraged to ask. No question was too simple and – especially in front of a client – if anything wasn’t certain then admit the uncertainty and seek the right answer from a more experienced colleague. The thing is, now there are no certainties at all – even senior colleagues don’t know, they’re…

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