The Portable CTO
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It's almost impossible not to talk about Coronavirus right now. It has already affected all of us, and it's looking to be one of the defining events of our generation.

Like most of you, I've read a lot on the topic lately, but I'll share the few pieces that feel most relevant to those of us working in tech:
"Startup fundraising will evaporate. VC's are already highly attuned to this and Sequoia has already put out its warning - reminiscent of 2008's RIP Good Times memo."
"Social distancing and school closures may need to be in force some two-thirds of the time—roughly two months on and one month off—until a vaccine is available, which will take at least 18 months."
"If you’re leading any startup or small business, you have to be asking yourself, 'What’s Plan B? And what’s in my lifeboat?'"
This is a great overview. The risk to most healthy people is that they'll infect others so it's a good idea to be prepared.
"Virtual events can, in theory, offer solutions to publishers who have lost experiential revenue to canceled events. But they also have key deficiencies. Many depend on networking as a value proposition. That’s awkward in a virtual environment."
"Over the last 90 years or so the market have been in a bear market almost one-quarter of the time. Half the time you’re down 5% or worse. It’s difficult to appreciate this fact when looking at a long-term log scale stock chart that seems to only go up and to the right."
Whether you're running a content site, online store, or SaaS product, engaging customers and leads through email is one of the best ways to get people coming back to your site. I've been using Mailchimp exclusively for years to send emails to thousands of subscribers, and while it's not the cheapest service out there, nothing beats it for reliability, time-saving tools, and ease of use.
With all the school closures, many families are struggling with keeping their kids' learning on track at home. So, we're offering a new version of our grading and feedback services directly to parents.
"Conventional wisdom says the earlier you specialise, the greater your chances of success. But people who take their time and broaden their horizons make smarter career choices."
"By 2024, Gartner estimates that 65% of all activities around traditional code will be replaced by low-code."
There are apparently tons of places to get those ubiquitous illustrations for your landing page out there. If you need artwork for your website, this is good place to start.
Karl Hughes
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