Young Reacts #69

Sometimes it’s relieving to stop looking at the exponential growth curve of the pandemic and just listen to the rain. Don’t get too consumed with the news. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.

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People ❤

It Felt Like a Black Mirror Episode’ The Inside Account of How Bird Laid off 406 People in Two Minutes via a Zoom Webinar – Ben Bergman

It’s understandable that businesses need to cut when they can’t meet the numbers. But it’s not excusable that the leadership ignored the personal impact of the layoff on those impacted. How you behave in tough times is your class.

Day 1. Product idea. Day 2: Core values – Chris Hicken

Values shouldn’t be abstract. Think about the behaviors you want to see and codify them. If you can come up with job-specific behaviors, the better.

Software Engineering 🌐

Getting started – AsyncAPI

It’s important to describe API explicitly and unambiguously when not all your customers share the same level of context as you. The same goes for event-driven architectures, which is a problem AsyncAPI specification tries to solve. The spec provides a “machine-readable definition of your event-driven API.”

Announcing TensorFlow Quantum: An Open Source Library for Quantum Machine Learning – Alan Ho and Masoud Mohseni

Most of the jargon flew over my head. But the gist is that quantum computing could save an exponential amount of classical computing and outperform traditional classical AI models. AI Quantum sounds so futuristic, yet almost here.

🏗️ Automatically move a module into a Web Worker (Webpack loader) – Jason Miller

Even though it wouldn’t solve the most common performance challenge, DOM rendering, the Webpack loader will be helpful in some cases.

Business 💸

Why to Start a Startup in a Bad Economy – Paul Graham

The article comes from a place of privilege and assumes there is no significant personal risk. However, I see that the state of the economy doesn’t meaningfully change the risk profile of a startup.

Who’s freezing hiring from coronavirus – Candor

The economic impact is felt across the tech industry as well. Out of 4,841 companies in the list, more than 2,000 froze hiring and about 350 laid off their staff. We will see more layoffs in the coming months.

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