A new middle class?

In this paper, we make the case that the high-productivity digital firms are starting to generate a new middle class. It’s a virtuous circle. Consumers flock to those firms because they offer lower prices and better service. Workers migrate there from low-productivity firms because the high-productivity firms offer better wages for the same occupations—and, often, steadier hours and better benefits.

— The Creation of a New Middle Class?: A Historical and Analytic Perspective on Job and Wage Growth in the Digital Sector. [PDF]

La sociedad de la reacción

A person like Martin Luther King Jr. wouldn’t be able to rally people to realize his great dream today. He would be as desperate for hourly retweets as the rest of us, gathering “likes” from followers on Facebook as a substitute for marching with them. Imagine John F. Kennedy attempting to rally national support for a decade-long race to the moon? The extreme present is not an environment conducive to building lasting movements.

But without a guiding narrative to make sense and create purpose, we end up relying too much on whatever happens to be happening in the moment. When it occurs, we over-respond to the latest school shooting. But over the long term, we lack the resolve or attention span to do anything to stop others from occurring.

How technology killed the future, Douglas Rushkoff

Compare workflows not frameworks

Guillermo Rauch, sobre el proceso de rediseño de VideoPress.

In general, comparing frameworks in terms of features seems inferior to examining the model it imposes on the programmer.

The latter will inform you about how well the code will fare over time as the product matures and the team grows, but the former won’t. It will also empower you to foresee what the evolutionary path of the technology looks like.

— Guillermo Rauch, en Pure UI, sobre el proceso de rediseño de VideoPress.

Stripe contrata equipos

Stripe anuncia que ofrecerá contratos a equipos de entre 2 y 5 personas. Las razones:

Do you know anyone who makes you incredibly better at what you do? People who motivate and inspire you, complement your strengths and shore up your weaknesses, help you achieve things you could never do on your own? Maybe it’s your old co-founders, your college roommates, your collaborators on an open source project, or even your siblings; whoever it is, you’re stronger as a team than you are apart.

The right way to ship software

I’ve been around the block and shipped a lot of software. I’ve worked at tech companies ranging from three to 10,000+ employees. I’ve built software that’s been given away for free and sold for $50M license fees — and just about every price point in between. Every one of these products was developed and delivered differently, and after having the chance to compare and contrast them all, I’d love to reveal the one true way to ship software.

I’m abashed to confess that I cannot.

— Jocely Goldfein, The right way to ship software

Según Jocely Goldfein (VMWare, Facebook), no existe the one true way to ship software, sólo trade-offs y contextos para los que uno optimiza. Como complemento a este artículo, recomiendo oir a Beck hablando de qué variables determinan el contexto de uno: tiempos de release, negocio y prácticas de ingeniería.