Saturday, February 28, 2015

Interesting business writing - on Ive from Apple, Hoover from Product Hunt & solid business advice

Some recent interesting business writing ran the gamut in terms of types of writing with the three pieces to note here being a blog post, a magazine piece on a startup founder, and brilliantly done 17,000 word profile on perhaps the most influential product design guru in the world.

The long profile was for The New Yorker by Ian Parker who wrote "The Shape of Things to Come" on Apple SVP Design Jonathan Ive. Really a remarkably detailed and fascinating to read piece on someone whose tastes help set the technology used by so many.

The other profile was by Adam Satariano and Eric Newcomer for Businessweek with "Why Startups Want This 28-Year-Old to Really Like Them" about Ryan Hoover, founder and CEO of the very cool and easy to digest (via once daily emails) tech curation site Product Hunt.

The blog post was by entrepreneur and investor Jason Calacanis who in January posted "How to go from a nobody to a somebody" to his blog. The post contains a lot of solid advice about how someone can work their way into being known in business today, and notes the aforementioned Ryan Hoover. Calacanis is a guy who I came across from him interviewing venture capitalist Chris Sacca (which I wrote about here), puts on the annual startup event Launch Festival (with this year's iteration March 2-4 in San Francisco), and had a quote of his pretty prominently featured in the book Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler (with below about Google CEO Larry Page... and taken from Google Books):