Parag Agrawal’s Impossible Job

Dwaiter Weekly

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May 26, 2022

1_TOP NEWS

Leading Twitter in Musk's Shadow


Parag Agrawal, left, and Jack Dorsey

Of all the top jobs in tech, 38-year-old Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal has perhaps the most impossible one, the New York Times reports. In the job only since November, he was expected to turn Twitter around after years of missed growth and financial goals. Then Elon Musk upended his plans. Meanwhile, TechCrunch reports, co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey has cut his last ties with Twitter.

2_BUSINESS

Encrypted-Email Company Proto Has Big Ambitions 

Since its founding in 2014, ProtonMail has become synonymous with user-friendly encrypted email. Now, Wired reports, the company is trying to be synonymous with a whole lot more. This week its name changed to, simply, Proton—a nod at its broader ambitions within the universe of online privacy.

3_CRYPTO

Is This Crash Different?


Cryptocurrencies play almost no role in economic transactions other than speculation in crypto markets themselves, writes New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist. Yet boosters shrug off crypto's crash, saying this has happened before and digital coins have always bounced back. But, Krugman warns, "there are reasons to believe that this time may be different."

4_VENTURE CAPITAL

A16z Crypto Is Still Bullish on Web3 

Amid a market price collapse, one of crypto’s most influential venture capital firms is doubling down, Forbes reports. Andreessen Horowitz’s crypto unit, known as a16z crypto, this week said it has raised $4.5 billion for its fourth fund. It plans to allocate $1.5 billion of the funds to make seed investments in Web3, and $3 billion to make more traditional startup investments.

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5_COMPUTING

Progress Toward a ‘Quantum Internet’ 


Harnessing the mysterious powers of quantum mechanics, computers now in development will perform tasks in minutes that even supercomputers could not complete in thousands of years. But quantum computing will not reach its potential without help from another technological breakthrough, the New York Times reports. A “quantum internet”—a computer network that can send quantum information between distant machines—is inching closer.

6_CODE

A Computer Scientist’s Primer on ‘No-Code’


No-code, a way to program websites, mobile apps and games without using codes or scripts, or sets of commands, is gaining ground in fields such as e-commerce, education and health care. Writing in The Conversation, computer scientist Tam Nguyen explains how nonprogrammers are building more of the world’s software.  

7_DESIGN

A Broader Definition of Web Design 

Designing for the web isn’t just about making a site look attractive anymore, Rebekah Carter writes on Web Designer Depot. The definition goes beyond the aesthetic to include a complete consideration of the functionality, performance, and abilities of countless assets we engage within the digital world.

8_INNOVATION

To Innovate, Follow This Rule  


Roughly decade ago, Google introduced a concept called the 70-20-10 rule, which divvies innovation up into three types: core innovation, adjacent innovation and disruptive innovation. While all three types of innovation are important, Inc. magazine reports, small changes in existing products, services, and processes should be the top priority. Seventy percent of a company's time and organizational resources should be spent on activities tied to advancing the core business in small ways through continuous improvement.  

9_SOCIAL MEDIA

The Evolving Social Media Manager Role


Socialinsider has published a new report on the changing nature of the social media manager role, drawing on both statistical data and critical insights from industry experts, Social Media Today reports. While the role still entails daily management of social media channels, it has also expanded to other key marketing elements.

10_SAY WHAT?

Cable Cutters 


Some 200 homes and businesses in an English village have been cut off from the internet—because thieves stole thousands of feet of copper cable. The BBC says it was the second time in a month that phones and broadband in the village were cut off due to cable theft. The case has been handed to a new rural crime team, which also investigates “hare coursing, wildlife crime, arson, fly-tipping” and other illegal activity.

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