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Heidi anime

I told my wife today how a song about Heidi plays every Friday at 17:00 in our Zürich office. It marks the end of a working week and the start of our local TGIF. My wife went to YouTube to search for it. She opened one of the first few results and asked me if that’s the one. (Watch only the first minute.) Read more

Good books I read in 2018

Books on a shelf.

The past year was excellent regarding quantity and quality of books I read. It would make me ecstatic if I could repeat it this year too (a man can dream). Here are my top picks from 2018. Read more

Gapminder and Dollar Street

In my yearly review of 2017, I wrote about how different generations in my family have lived their lives and what technologies and life improvements they’ve seen for the first time. My description was based solely on conversations with family members and my memory. However, this year, I learned about Rosling’s country levels framework used by Gapminder Foundation. People living in extreme poverty are on level 1 while most affluent people in the world live on level 4. The majority live somewhere in the middle.

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Stability vs. disruption, and the three pillars of a big company

After finishing school, I worked in several small and privately-owned companies. The hierarchy there is simple—the founder is usually the CEO, and everyone else reports to him or her. Small companies often specialize and work in a niche.

It took me four years of working in a big company to figure out its structure and social dynamics of different groups of employees. Below is my current understanding. Read more

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