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What we’re reading at Compass.to

Before another beautiful and inspiring summer is over we’d like to share some of the books that inspire and motivate us most to work on ourselves and to share knowledge within the team.
To be creative and hungry to grow and build great sustainable ideas and products. All of them should be must reads for entrepreneurs and startups. To be continued..

1. Creativity Inc.

 

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by Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace digs deep into the creative world of Pixar. It helps us to learn how to build talent, creating teams, fueling the creative process,alignment, useful communications, organizational structures, and about the importance of storytelling. Biggest learning to motivate ourselves and the team: building something great makes them us proud of one another.

2. The Lean Startup

 

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by Eric Ries was and is the blueprint for us how to organize developing a product most efficiently. It took me personally 3 years and 2 pivots to finally understand how to learn faster from (potential-) customers and about the importance to get rid of ego when building successful features. Build-measure-learn:-)

3. The Art of Startup Fundraising

 

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by Alejandro Cremades is the handbook for startups based on the authors experience as C-founder and Chairman at Onevest, currently operating with 1000 Angel investors. An easy introduction into the world of startup financing.  

4. The Checklist Manifesto 

 

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by Atul Gawande is a great read for everyone who wants to improve solving complex and even unexpected tasks and it helps teams to work and to communicate better. For better results despite the confidence about with intuition or gut instinct.

5. The Second Machine Age

 

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by Erik Brynjolfsson is a terrific, fascinating and optimistic read not only for tech entrepreneurs about technology changing the world. Explaining the economics behind the tech revolution we’re all part of. 

6. Outliers: The Story of Success

 

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by Malcolm Gladwell. Actually all of his books are amazing summer vacation reads to keep the brain creative and to have a good time reading.  This is about the surprising rules and mathematics behind serendipitous events and why some people succeed while others never reach their potential.

7. The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company

 

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by Steve Blank is the bible how to run and grow a scaleable startup. Excellent entrepreneurship education! 

8. The Five Temptations of a CEO

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by Patrick Lencioni is having it’s 10th anniversary today and still is one of the best written leadership advice  for any executive to learn how to recognize mistakes leaders are tempted to make and how to avoid them. 

9. Zero to One

 

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by Peter Thiel with Blake Masters is based on a course about startups Thiel taught in Stanford 2012.  One student’s (Blake Masters’) notes revised for a broader audience.

An inside view of the Telecom Council in Silicon Valley

As the birthplace of modern technology, Silicon Valley is exactly that and way more. Everywhere one looks, large companies and enterprises are situated door to door, growing an ecosystem that lives on technology and will continue to impact so many lives around the globe. As part of the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley held on May 11th at Marvell Technology Group‘s offices in Santa Clara, we at Compass.to were at the forefront of the startups showcasing the power and potential of LTE Direct.

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NY Tech Day in a nutshell: It was a blast!

Exactly one year ago, we were showcasing our beta version of Compass.to at NY Tech Day 2015. It’s amazing to see how the tech community in Silicon Alley is growing at a very high pace, but more importantly, how it’s making all startups become more aware of the value they provide over time in relation to their sustainability. Explained in simpler terms, we believe the tech scene in New York is well on its way to incubate more and more high-growth startups, engaging and retaining global talent, and producing amazing value for the ecosystem. Here’s a short video about our road to pioneering the Proximal Internet and NY Tech Day.

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Great testing never fails

It’s that time of the year, when not only does the weather improve, but your products are being tested far away in continental China. That’s right, after several months on the down-low, Compass.to has been hard at work developing and testing our proximity-driven products at the global LTE direct trials happening at the moment of writing in Shanghai. More specifically, at the Shanghai Tech University with hundreds of students, using our Compass.to apps. As we begin to learn from the complexities of LTE Direct, every little failure quickly turns into a huge success, learning from every tap, swipe or bug. That’s why great testing and iteration will always lead to optimal results.

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3 ways to Skateboard to China: Developer Conference 2015

Some might say it’s an impossible endeavor, but we’ve managed to skateboard our way to China in 3 key steps. Yes, it’s easier to fly there, but the skateboarding experience will be richer, more interesting, and you’ll get to enjoy the scenery. Our startup experience has taught us how to skateboard through different challenges and obstacles. We reached deep enough into our inner Brooklynite-hipster soul, grabbed our skateboards, and along with an amazing team of developers and collaborators, we are now at the cusp of sharing an eye-opening, device-to-device technology with our very own little app, Compass.to, with some of the best developers in the Chinese tech world. Here is how we did it.

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Proximity Series: Transportation

More and more, industries have been adopting robust systems powered by internet of things devices and processes, delving deeper into the universe of data and potential these technological resources may offer. The purpose of this series is to widen the spectrum of possibilities of how these technologies can be used in a variety of industries but with a strong denominator: LTE direct. As we have previously stated in other posts, Compass.to has used LTE Direct in a number of occasions, understanding in detail the use, possibilities and challenges this technology offers.

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The real benefit of LTE Direct vs. other proximity-based technologies

Accuracy. Privacy. Efficiency.

On Tuesday, July 14th, Google announced it was making available its Nearby Messages proximity API for developers, stating the technology can allow data sharing between nearby devices. As much of the things that Google does, it scales upon existing technologies (i.e. iBeacon) and makes them leaner, more accessible, and they usually add a sexy little feature to it. In this case, inaudible sound communication. How reliable is this and will developers embrace it? It still needs to be tested. However, as the pioneers and advocates we are of the LTE Direct technology developed by Qualcomm, we have some interesting arguments to suggest that LTE Direct might have better features and functionality than other technologies.

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How proximity-based technologies will change the way we experience sports – LTE Direct

World Cup fever

World Cup 2014 set multiple records

Last year we saw how the World Cup in Brazil set multiple records including most saves in a World Cup match by Tim Howard (USA), oldest player in a FIFA World Cup by Faryd Mondragon (Colombia), and most goals scored in a single World Cup (171 goals). Beyond the sport-related records, many more were set in the field of marketing, fan engagement, and interactions. For instance, it was the first event to reach 1 billion interactions on Facebook, most tweets per minute during a single game (618,725 ARG vs. GER) and Lucas Podolski’s (GER) final game selfie got retweeted 93,000 times. Why is this relevant and what does it have to do with proximity-based technologies? Let’s get right to it.

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