I'm both a millennial and a startup founder and both of these groups are often considered flaky perhaps, unable to commit. They seem like they're, flip-flopping between startup ideas or between jobs, between relationships. And I think all of this comes from different expectations to commitment. So I want to
My nervous system is in a civil war over my actions. The dopamine-seeking side keeps winning. Dopamine itself is crucial: it's a neurotransmitter driving you to achieve external goals. The bad part is being driven to the easiest, least meaningful ones. I try not to feed the enemy. Soft-blocking addictive
There's an abrupt life transition almost everyone goes through: school to job. You might go from middle school to manual labour, or PhD to teacher. But regardless of details, a more gradual shift would be better. Most entry-level jobs could be apprenticeships that mix education and work. Why mix them?
I ran my first design sprint last week. According [https://www.gv.com/sprint/] to the creators: > The sprint is a five-day process for answering critical business questions through design, prototyping, and testing ideas with customers. The starting point of a sprint could be a problem like “website visitors don’
“Founders at Work [https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/98233.Founders_at_Work]” is a unique book by Jessica Livingston, one of the founders of YCombinator. It contains un-narrated, almost unedited interviews with founders of successful startups like Paypal, Hotmail, Apple, and 27 others. I’m only through about 10%
A few years ago at Starship, I contributed to the Data is the Specification [http://dataisspec.github.io/] manifesto. The core idea is that it's better to solve problems directly against a collection of examples, as opposed to trying to generalise the problem first and then solving the general problem.
As the coronavirus pandemic escalated, I was travelling around the world. The timing was unfortunate, but the endless hours of flying also presented an opportunity for reflecting on the virus. Most people correctly focus on the immediate effects of the virus: survival is required for anything interesting in the future.
Pretty much every presentation I give about AI includes the following slide, in the context of automatically authenticating users using face recognition. The idea is that even automation-reliant businesses don’t need to go 100% automatic to start serving customers: you can start with a basic model that outputs a