Recently, I discovered the Effective Altruism movement. It’s an exciting approach to giving, and using our first-world resources for maximal good for our planet. Here’s how you can learn more about it.
Start here. Philosopher Peter Singer explores talks through some surprising thought experiments to help you balance emotion and practicality.
UseGiveWell to direct your dollars. GiveWell is an organization that identifies high impact giving opportunities that are supported by in-depth charity research. Their analysis is very rigorous, very readable, and extremely useful.
The Jarawas, who number about 400 and whom one geneticist described as “arguably the most enigmatic people on our planet,” are believed to have migrated from Africa around 50,000 years ago. They are very dark-skinned, small in stature and until 1998 lived in complete cultural isolation, shooting outsiders with steel-tipped arrows if they came too near.
The New York Times has published a series of fascinating articles about the tribe and India’s interactions with it. Reading the articles caused me to pause and reflect on the fact that while I, and others Silicon Valley-ites like me, live to drive humanity into the future, not all human civilizations want technology or will benefit from it.
In early 2016, I up-leveled my interest in iOS app development and completed a Udacity Nanodegree certificate in iOS Development. It was a rigorous but fruitful four-month journey. I recommend the program to all product managers (or future developers) who want to understand modern app development better.
Here, I will tell you how I built the Hungry Baby app. It helps busy parents create easy, nutritious, and varied meal plans for their baby.
Now, here are the key resources that I found to be most useful in creating this app. In my own research and creation process, I went down a lot of paths that hit dead ends. In the following list, I am trimming the paths down to the fruitful ones.
Apple’s WWDC video “Prototyping: Fake It Till You Make It” taught me how to prototype quickly and easily.
I created a prototype of my app in Keynote without a single line of code. The results were awesome! All of the screenshots in the following showcase page were made in Keynote. You won’t know it by looking at it.