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In this post, I want to consider a hypothetical national dashboard comprising important metrics that measure the economy, human well-being, and long-term progress. It’s hypothetical because even though all these metrics are measured today, not all of them are getting equal attention in the government and the media.

In This Post

Show Me the Numbers

As someone who studied economics and business and spent over a decade working in the private sector, I’ve been long dismayed by how little focus there…


Imagine you’ve made two decisions. One has resulted in a loss of 10 thousand dollars, while the other resulted in a gain of 10 thousand dollars. Would you say that the former was a bad decision, and the latter was a good one?

The first response that usually comes to everyone’s mind is “of course, the second decision was better”. But this is not necessarily the case. Can you think of a scenario where your response would be the opposite?

I’ve been thinking and reading about decision-making for many years while trying to put everything I learned into practice. …


Hey there, this is Max from max2c.com!

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I’ve published three new articles since April. Here is the summary:

Marketing/Growth Channel Coordinate System

Choosing, prioritizing, measuring, and optimizing different channels is a major part of any marketing/growth job. In this post, I’m sharing a simple visual guide to selecting the most promising starting channels for testing and understanding their inherent trade-offs.

Read the full post here:
https://max2c.com/marketing-growth-channel-coordinate-system/

Learning How to Learn (And 20+ Studies)

This blog post went semi-viral on Hacker News where it received 108 points.

I’ve been interested in cognitive science…


Choosing, prioritizing, measuring, and optimizing different channels is a major part of any marketing/growth job.

But there is no such thing as the perfect channel that would work for every company and in every situation.

Once in a while, a new channel might emerge and it might perform better than everything else for certain companies for a period of time. But most of the time there are trade-offs to consider.

In this post, I’m sharing a simple visual guide to selecting the most promising starting channels for testing and understanding their inherent trade-offs.

Predictability vs. Cost Trade-off

The performance of some channels is easier…


Anyone with enough job experience knows that some jobs can leave you completely exhausted at the end of the day — while others make you excited, proud, and willing to do more. Sometimes people experience these opposite effects from jobs that are in fact quite similar in terms of responsibilities. So what can account for this difference?

There can be many reasons but quite often it’s the team. And more specifically, it’s often the team set-up, working styles, culture, and values. When choosing a job or a team to join, it’s wise to think about it as a long-term commitment…


Here are some subjectively awesome Twitter lists you might want to follow.

Primarily technology and startups related:

And beyond:

Say hi on Twitter and tell me whom I’m missing:

Originally published on the Max’s Two Cents blog on June 24, 2020.


I’ve been interested in cognitive science and effective learning methods for years. I’ve read multiple books and articles and put many ideas to test. So I thought I’d synthesize my notes into the blog post, add references to scientific studies, and share it with you.

TL;DR

Effective Learning Strategies


We’ve decided to create the ultimate list of resources for job search during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many people are struggling due to layoffs, lockdowns, and general uncertainty. There are already many useful resources online but there are so many that it’s easy to get lost. So we’ve decided to review dozens of lists and create this curated guide. We hope that you’ll find these resources helpful!

If you’re looking to hire, check out the “laid-off from X” lists that are full of great people looking for their next job!

Full-Time Tech Jobs


👋 Hi! Companies are still hiring!

We have exciting news to share! More companies and engineering teams joined our platform.

They are actively hiring — check them out!

TrueAccord

TrueAccord has pioneered a new way of helping consumers deal with debt while safeguarding their credit scores.

Using ML models to understand they consumers better, they remove the need for aggressive debt collectors completely, and work with consumers to cure their late debts with customized payment plans. TrueAccord has already helped over 11M consumers deal with late debt!

They’re a team of 40 full-time engineers, mostly in the SF Bay Area with a few scattered around the country…


Today my co-founder and I are launching the product we’ve been working on for months. It’s an odd time to launch anything but we’re proud of what we’ve built and we hope that our product can also help some people who were laid off recently.

A Happy Job is a team-based and culture-centric recruiting platform. We help job-seekers — engineers at first — find teams that are actively hiring and fit their preferences. Search by product type, tech stack, team set-up, culture, values, working styles or perks.

Max

Ex founder. Berkeley-Haas alum. Immigrant. Grateful. Into product dev, learning, startups, deep conversations, ☕ ♩ 📖 🏋 and 🏃. max2c.com

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