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Level Up - Issue #21

Happy new year and wishing you all the best for 2020!I hope you've had an enjoyable holiday period an

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January 5 · Issue #21 · View online
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Happy new year and wishing you all the best for 2020!
I hope you’ve had an enjoyable holiday period and welcomed in 2020 in a fun way. The start of a year is still a great time to reflect on how last year went, to refocus and revisit goals you have. If you’re interested in how 2019 was for me, you can read more in my article, A Brief Review of 2019.
2020 means some changes for me
The start of the new year often means a lot of new changes. I’ve seen many folks changing roles, companies or opportunities. I’m also very happy to share some exciting changes for me, and you can read more about that here: “The Next Experiment? Starting My Own Venture” with my personal mission shared below.
What does this mean?
You’ll notice a few changes. Firstly, you’ll see less frequent updates to my older website as I publish more content to You can follow any newly publishing articles at The Level Up newsletter will now be available from
Get in touch
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New personal mission of mine. Head to to find out more
New personal mission of mine. Head to to find out more
What Happens When Your Career Becomes Your Whole Identity
20 Things You Need to Stop Doing in 2020
Where do IC designers go once they peak?
The Nintendo Switch was a masterstroke in a decade of ups and downs
The Navy Installed Touch-screen Steering Systems To Save Money. Ten Sailors Paid With Their Lives.
Amazon, Google, Microsoft: Who had the best year in cloud in 2019?
Organisation & Processes
The Agile Manager: But Is It Really a Tech Firm?
Why You Should Schedule Breaks Into Your Day
The Year in Glitches
Beat the clock: the surprising psychology behind being perpetually late
Interesting tweets
Anna Shipman below shares a thread with lots of great book notes from 2019.
Anna Shipman
I’m going to publish the notes on some of the books I read this year. Here’s the first one: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
This is such a cool look back 2 centuries ago about how people innovate all the time.
Dr Anton Howes
It's sometimes said that people living through the Industrial Revolution didn't quite notice it. But nothing could be further from the truth.

Here's a thread on the decade of technological wonders that was the 1820s - the decade we always forget.
Another great twitter thread 🧵 predicting what the future of Remote Work (and/or work in general) will look like.
Chris Herd
The 2020s will be known as the Remote Work decade

A few predictions of what is likely to emerge

[ a thread ] 💻🏠🌍
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