Recommended Reading is back yet again for another edition!
- Selling Out and the Death of Hacker Culture: Rodney Folz on Hackathons and why everything was better in the old days.
- You keep using that word—“MVP”…, by Eric Karjaluoto: As it happens quite often, people use a generally sound concept, misinterpret its most important message and thus make bad decisions with even more confidence.
- Is Web Summit a scam? Well, if you have to ask…, by Robin Wauters at Tech.eu: One of many posts on maybe the topic of the last week. Is the Web Summit, which soon moves from Dublin to Lissabon, a scam? What makes criticism coming from Robin Wauters questionable is that he promotes a 6-for-1 conference package deal called Startup Sesame on the very same blog (with tickets to events that are arguably directly competing with Web Summit). The initial criticism was primarily driven by Jason Calacanis, who also happens to organize several tech conferences. – By-and-large, despite these conflicts of interest, the criticism of Web Summit seems valid to me and they have overstepped some lines in their marketing strategies. I have seen similar tactics by several other startup conference organizers though.
- What Should You Make of the Web Summit Controversy? A View Behind the Scenes, by Mark Suster on Both Sides of the Table: Probably the most prominent name to come out in defense of Web Summit.
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