High-Five: The Best Reads of the Week

I’m going to try this once a week. A list of the 5 best things I’ve read all week with some small descriptions. You may hate it. You may love it. You may completely ignore it. Well, I say to you, it’s here when you want it, mmm-k?

1. Be distributed. Be happier?

There’s lot’s of chatter about remote teams these days. Heck, these guys are even writing a book about it. We’re partially distributed, partially in house. This article gives a good overview of both distributed and non-distributed cultures, and several links to other resources.

Read5 reasons why your company should be distributed « Toni.org

2. Be nice to your workforce.

We’re deep in the thick of building Kin to help manage workforces at small companies like ours. Well, Google has a whole different problem set. And it’s big. This is a great article about how they measure the utility of their workplace programs.

ReadGoogle People Operations: The secrets of the world’s most scientific human resources department. – Slate Magazine

3. Be nice to your workforce, per your articles of incorporation.

A bit of insight into Etsy, which apparently is now a Certified B corporation. Small biz heroes keeping it real?

ReadAn interview with MATTHEW STINCHCOMB of Etsy

4. Local success at no small price.

I’m no stranger to food in this town, though I am when it’s sold at this price point. This is a nicely written piece about an interesting chef and business person in town here. I walk by his restaurant twice daily on the way to/from work.

ReadAn interview with Curtis Duffy of Grace

5. What data center designers and sailboats have in common.

There are only a few people in the world who comprehend the technology which drives our modern lives enough to be able to troubleshoot it when it fails. This guy is one of them and he lives on a sail boat.

ReadWhy Amazon Hired a Car Mechanic to Run Its Cloud Empire | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com