The Mokriya Weekly Roundup - Google I/O, self-driving bicycles and more

A weekly, hand-curated digest of the latest mobile and technology news and insights from the Mokriya team.

Mobile, IoT, Tech: News + Trends

What we learned about the Internet of Things and Connected Home from Google I/O
Great Google I/O summary here from AndroidGuys in case you haven’t yet got up to speed.

Inside Evan Spiegel's very private Snapchat Story
Snapchat is huge. Top profile here by recode on the man behind the app: “Admirers say Spiegel is as good at building products as Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs. And if you think that’s hyperbole, several sources casually likened him to Picasso.”

Why apps cost the same as cars 📱🚗💰
How much does an app really cost? Great post on Medium reframing the true value of amazing software.

A former Google engineer lands $20 million for his internet-of-things startup
Afero has raised $20 million for its IoT platform.

In Oracle v. Google, a Nerd Subculture Is on Trial
Its “Nerds vs Normals” in the Supreme Court: “In a world where Silicon Valley is coming into dominance, Oracle v. Google is an unusual instance in which the nerds are getting totally owned by the normals.”

Introducing the self-driving bicycle in the Netherlands
I’m a little late to the April Fool’s Day party, but can see why this prank from Google is up to 2.5 million views.

Ford autonomous car to come with mini-me drone?
Will drones have a part to play in the self-driving car revolution?

New 'Pilot' Earpiece Translates Languages for You in Real Time This is cool. Is it possible we can overcome the language barrier when travelling with this smart earpiece?

10 IoT start-up accelerators and incubators ahead of the curve IoT startups are getting plenty of support with this list honing in

Welcome Adolfo Rodriguez, iOS Developer

Intro from Mokriya CEO, Sunil Kanderi: "We were talking to Google about a project that required someone with a Math background, image processing and VR experience. I knew it was going to be hard to find someone with all those skills. One of our iOS developers, Francois, mentioned in a Slack conversation that he knew a "crazy genius", that might actually tick all of those boxes.

In my first conversation with Adolfo, I knew we needed to hire him. Some people just bring the overall capability of the team up a couple notches purely by their mere presence and participation alone. Adolfo is one such Engineer. We are incredibly happy and humbled that he decided to join us. I am looking forward to many years of working with Adolfo and seeing him work his magic with code."

I'm Adolfo and I come from mathematics, a science whose progress is fuelled by mathematician's constant desire for understanding structures to their core, and for finding an explanation to even the most accidental of coincidences. I have also worked with software on and off since I was a kid. Despite having no formal training in software development, I feel that I could not have hoped for a better background than math. Although I often had trouble adapting to the overwhelmingly technical and rapidly evolving language of computer science topics, I soon realized that it was not a pre-existing knowledge of terms, programming languages and notions what made developers successful. It is more so their ability to swiftly adapt to new sets of tools in their quest for finding the simplest possible solutions to complex problems. This is a very familiar feeling for any mathematician.

The one thing I love the most about the world of software development, and tech in general, is its

9 Books Every Distributed Team Should Read

One of the fastest ways to level up your game in either business or life is to read books. That's right. Good old books. They've been around forever, but they represent the fast lane to learning.

Distributed teams and remote work is a bona fide trend, but our knowledge of how to excel at running businesses this way is still at the very earliest of stages.

So today we decided to help you build and grow your distributed team with 9 books. All offering thought-provoking and practical advice that will help your team.

Remote: Office Not Required

Written by two of the pioneers of distributed team-building, 37 Signals co-founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. Remote is a short read but big on impact. A powerful collection of competitive advantages that remote work provides, based on their experience in building 37 Signals.

Favourite quote:

“Meaningful work, creative work, thoughtful work, important work—this type of effort takes stretches of uninterrupted time to get into the zone. But in the modern office such long stretches just can’t be found. Instead, it’s just one interruption after another.”

The Year Without Pants: and the Future of Work

Like 37 Signals, Automattic and the team behind WordPress have also challenged assumptions about remote work by building a phenomenal company. The Year Without Pants is an inside account from Scott Berkun on how the business worked.

Favourite quote:

“Most people doubt online meetings can work, but they somehow overlook that most in-person meetings don't work either.”

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

A hugely impactful framework that distributed teams can abide by. In the absence of an office and those face-to-face moments, it is even more important for a team to understand where breakdowns occur. Awareness of the

The Mokriya Weekly Roundup - Is "CIOTO" The Next C-Level Position?

A weekly, hand-curated digest of the latest mobile and technology news and insights from the Mokriya team.

Mobile, IoT, Tech: News + Trends

Is CIOTO The Next C Level Position And Other Ideas From IoT World
The IoT World event was held this week and, not for the first time, the title of “Chief Internet Of Things Officer” was positioned as a realistic future role. Will it come to pass?

Visual History of IoT — Far Beyond ‘Smart’ Things
Check out this interesting visual evolution of IoT from William Belk.

A Visual Guide To Industrial IoT Investment
Curious who the most active investors in the industrial internet of things? CBInsights has answers.

10 DIY Development Boards for IoT Prototyping
A handy list of 10 development boards that are ideal for DIY IoT projects.

Design + Development Stories

22 Useful Software Development Analogies (Meme Version)

Programer Matthew Jones has put together an amusing collection of memes that nearly all software developers can relate to.

Design Sprints — the Secret to Rapidly Developing Products Customers Actually Want
From Singularity Hub: “The process of running a design sprint — a method developed by Jake Knapp, a partner at Google Ventures — to solve big problems and test new ideas in just five days.”

The Process Myth
From @rands: “Engineers don’t hate process. They hate process that can’t defend itself.”

Growing Trends in News Consumption on Mobile
Interesting snapshot of the growing trends around news consumption on mobile.

UX designers top the list of must-have mobility staff
Good news for UX Designers…

Design at 1x—It’s a Fact
Director of Design at Shyp, Kurt Varner, takes you through the tangible benefits of designing at 1x pixel density.

The Future of Work

The Remote Manifesto
Awesome to see GitLab documenting eight principles for modern teams working remotely.


Welcome Pavan Bangalala, Senior Android Developer

Intro from Mokriya CEO, Sunil Kanderi: "Pavan is a quintessential Software Engineer with a deep sense of craftsmanship towards coding. In India most programmers move on to team management roles after three to four years of coding, essentially becoming deskilled and non-technical. What I liked in Pavan is the fact that he hasn’t lost his passion for programming since the early days of his career as an Embedded programmer (8 years ago) to his current evolution as a senior Android Engineer."

I’m Pavan Bangalala, a Senior Android Developer at Mokriya. I have 8 years of software development experience. I have worked extensively with mobile platforms including Windows Mobile and Android, the Qt framework and Squish for test automation. I also have exposure to programming languages C++, Java and Python.

I came to learn about Mokriya from one of the engineering job portals. The more I read about Mokriya, the more excited I got, as I learnt about the global talent pool and the scope of projects that Mokriya has worked on.

I've worked with Android applications related to navigation, e-commerce and more. I always enjoy working with Android and keeping up with new improvements with each release.

Development-wise, I enjoy programming, building mobile applications and updating my skills in different programming languages.

Apart from technology and work, I like playing outdoor sports like cricket and cycling, and love watching good tv shows :)

The Mokriya Weekly Roundup - IoT's Impact On Cars

A weekly, hand-curated digest of the latest mobile and technology news and insights from the Mokriya team.

The Internet of Things

What the Internet of Things Means for Car Companies
We watch the connected car movement with interest. Here, The Motley Fool breaks down 3 major changes that IoT will bring to car makers.

The Internet of Things Needs Design, Not Just Technology
In a subject we’ve covered on our blog, HBR echoes the sentiment surrounding the current gap between IoT technology and design.

The Internet Economy
“Voice is mostly a novelty today, but in technology the next big thing often starts out looking that way.” Another great post from Chris Dixon on Medium.

30 Corporations Working On Autonomous Vehicles
Sticking with the automotive theme, some interesting data from CBInsights to see just who is working on the self driving car.

The Shape of Things
Transcript of a talk Tom Coates from Thington gave recently. Its a long read but packed with lots of value on the subject of connected things and how the future will work.

Mobile Design + Development

The end of a mobile wave

More interesting insight from Benedict Evans on the mobile era: “though I think AR could in principle be the next ecosystem after the smartphone.”

How A Dutch Startup Made The File-Sharing Business Cool Great story on WeTransfer and how they use design to differentiate from other file-sharing heavyweights.

How I got 10,000 five-star reviews in 4 weeks
Ryan McLeod breaks down the world of app reviews and how his Blackbox did 10k 5 stars in 4 weeks, along with lessons learnt.

18 Best Tools for Bot Development
Handy list breaking down the 18 best tools for bot development.

My Tablet Has Stickers
Steven Sinofsky on the laptop vs tablet debate: “A change-oriented

The Mokriya Weekly Roundup - China's Mobile Revolution And More

A weekly, hand-curated digest of the latest mobile and technology news and insights from the Mokriya team.

Mobile, IoT, Tech: News + Trends

China’s Mobile Revolution (pt. 1)
The first instalment in a three part series looking at China and its ongoing mobile revolution, from Tony Jing.

Ray Kurzweil Predicts Three Technologies Will Define Our Future
Kurzweil identifies genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics as the big three tech revolutions yet to come.

Amazon’s Echo is the New Vaudeville
Logan Hill explores (amusingly) the world of Amazon’s cloud-based, voice-activated software - Alexa.

A revolutionary new way to access all your files
Big announcement this week from Dropbox: “Project Infinite will enable users to seamlessly and securely access all their Dropbox files from the desktop, regardless of how much space they have available on their hard drives.”

Why developers are sitting pretty for IoT
Great in-depth article on SDTimes exploring just how big the IoT opportunity is going to be for developers.

Mobile, IoT yet to become data breach targets
The latest research from Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigation Report suggests mobile and IoT devices are still not a factor in real-world data attacks.

Intel looks beyond PCs to the cloud and Internet of Things
Why Intel are betting big on IoT and the cloud.

5 Apps That Will Actually Save You Money
Fun (and useful) list of money-savings apps on Product Hunt.

Design + Development Stories

Bots won't replace apps. Better apps will replace apps.
Epic post from Dan Grover taking on the recent “bot mania”.

Progress Trackers in UX Design
More great design insights from Nick Babich: “An easy-to-use stepped process helps users avoid frustration and successfully complete a primary task.”

Being A Developer After 40
From freeCodeCamp, Adrian Kosmaczewski: “Hi everyone, I am a forty-two years old self-taught

What Is Product Management? (And What Will It Look Like In The Future)

The term product has become ubiquitous with tech. And with the rise of product comes a rise in opportunities for product-related roles. The Product Manager being central to this movement.

The tech keeps evolving, and so does the art of Product Management. Just as we had become more familiar with web and mobile technologies, product must now keep pace with emerging developments across IoT, AI and more.

Product Management has traditionally been hard to define. It connects to each of the user experience, business and technical functions of a company. This creates a multi-faceted discipline that attracts a range of skill sets, and a little bit of confusion as to what it precisely involves.

With this in mind, coupled with the emerging technology trends, we thought it was a good time to ask the question: what is product management? Followed by a follow-up question: what will it look like in the future?

The best way to find the answers to these questions is to ask the people that are in the trenches of product management each and every day.

See our SlideShare presentation below to find out what we discovered:

Luke Ryan is part of the marketing team at Mokriya. He tweets about growth, company culture and IoT.