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The three types of specialist
- The rarest of these specialists, he says, is an authentic genius - a highly intelligent citizen in good standing in his or her community, who understands and admires the fresh ideas of the genius, and who testifies that the genius is far from mad - A person who can explain everything, no matter how complicated, to the satisfaction of most people, no matter how stupid or pigheaded they may be.
The New American Dream - David Perell
- 4 surges of technological development - Industrial Revolution: 1771 - 1829 - Age of Steam and Railways: 1829 - 1873 - Age of Steel and Heavy Engineering: 1975 - 1918 - Age of Oil, Autos, and Mass Production: 1908 - 1974 - The Information and Communications Technology Revolution: Started in 1971 and still happening - All characterized by - Some critical factor of production suddenly becoming very cheap. - Some new infrastructure being built. - A laissez-faire period of wrenching innovation followed by a bubble, a post-bubble recession, a re-assertion of institutional authority, and then a period of consolidation and wide spread of the gains in productivity from using the new technology.
How To Invest In Startups - Sam Altman
The signatures of the best companies I’ve invested in are remarkably similar: - Compelling founders - A mission that attracts talented people into the startup’s orbit - A product so good that people spontaneously tell their friends about it - A rapidly growing market, - A network effect - Llow marginal costs - The ability to grow fast - A product that is either fundamentally new or 10x better than existing options.
Gupta on Enlightenment
Some input channels, like vision, are high-bandwidth; we get so much data about the real world that (optical illusions and PARIS IN THE THE SPRINGTIME signs aside) we usually see pretty much what is really there. Other channels, like pain, are low bandwidth. This is why the placebo effect works – we get so little data about how much pain is coming from different parts of our bodies that even our strongest percepts are wild guesses, where we fill in the gaps with predictions and smooth away conflicting evidence. If our predictions change – ie we know we just got morphine and morphine lowers pain – then the brain will happily change its guesses. This would never happen with vision – I can’t use the placebo effect to make you think an orange crayon is blue – but pain is low-bandwidth enough that it works. Reason is one of the lowest-bandwidth channels of all, which is why biases are so omnipresent and rational debate so rarely changes anyone’s mind. Most people revert to their priors – the beliefs of their tribe or the ones that fit their common sense – and you have to provide an overwhelming amount of rational evidence before the brain notices anything amiss at all.
Ultorg demo video
Smart demo video for Ultorg - lots of clever interface concepts (move to root)
about 1 month ago Eirik Bakke FOS
How to kickstart and scale a marketplace
Part 1: Constrain the marketplace 🔬 (this post) Part 2: Decide which side of the marketplace to concentrate on 🧐 Part 3: Drive initial supply 🐥 Part 4: Drive initial demand 👋
- Build trust and be candid - Ensure that the team feels protected by your actions (that you have their back). - Have team members working on the interesting projects and not be overburdened - Be direct and transparent; take and receive feedback gracefully - Connect the work to the business - Anchor the team's work to organizational strategy - Fine tune questions that come from the business to maximize the impact of a potential answer - Embed members of the team to product and strategy meetings to ensure that they build business context - Design great teams - Be thoughful about your hiring process - Look for candidates that increase the knowledge pool of the team as a whole, also look for candidates that have empathy and communication in addition to technical skills - Junior hires are great because they have the luxury of ignorance - Complementary strengths: - Big picture thinking, data storytelling - Visualization expert - Peer review and fostering team activities centered around technical discussions increases the natural level of collaboration - When to specialize? - Only specialize when you already have well-defined and clear requirements
Designing Your Life - Bill Burnett
Aligning "Who you are", "What you believe", and "What you do" creates meaning
The Life MBA
Super interesting article
The power of vulnerability
"Blame is described in the research as: A way to discharge pain and discomfort"
3 months ago Brenebrown Vulnerability
What is Game B? Tweetstorm
First time I've come across the "Game B" term. Good synopsis. Scale by Geoffrey West also touches on the possibility that the current system collapses under its own weight.
3 months ago Erik Torenberg
A forty year career.
"When I joined Stripe, one of my stated goals was to approach my work in a way where I was doing my best work three, five, ten years rather than peaking early. To work at a pace I could sustain, instead of a blitz followed by a slow fizzling out." "your current coworkers also have an outsized influence on your career long after you’ve stopped working together." "If you’re a company leader, you have effectiveness and moral obligations to reduce the role of prestige in your systems, and we do that by developing good process. However, many desirable things that you want over the course of your career will be gated by mechanisms that favor folks with prestige. You can be justly upset by that fact, but upset is an insufficient catalyst for change, and ultimately you’ll have to develop your own prestige to gain access to those scarce opportunities and resources. The good news, though, is that prestige is imminently manufacturable!" "The key here isn’t “getting rich”, but creating the flexibility for yourself and the folks who depend on you, because that flexibility allows you to be deliberate about creating opportunities to invest into yourself and your career. Financial security is a prerequisite to own your pace and learning."
3 months ago Larson Career
Avoid the pendulum swing when fixing problems
Some great examples of how fire fighting in startups tends to work. Regularly find myself referencing this.
Life is fractal, but markets are square
Great summary of - Difference between top down & bottom up design - The enormous downside of optimizing for a linear metric at the expense of the many emergent phenomena which are important to humans but nigh on impossible to quantify.
Leading Above the Line - The Knowledge Project
One of my favourite podcast episodes. A lot of gems about communication within teams, many of which are as applicable to interpersonal relationships outside the workplace.
Habitual coffee consumption and cognitive function
Really interesting findings
3 months ago Coffee
Career Advice from the 10 Commandments
"We need to find some way to look up and not around"
It took me 3 years to figure out I had ADHD. Actually 35
- Lady who wasn't diagnosed til later in life. - First place I realised difference between ADD & ADHD "My job charging me with lots of event planning and orchestration of details — I started feeling like I had half a brain. It was taking me way longer to do stuff than it seemed my co-workers would take to do the same stuff. I took a lot home. I worked more hours. I couldn’t help but feel wildly inefficient, even though I was paddling underwater twice as fast." "First 75% of my life: SWELL. Next 8%: WENT TO CRAP. Most recent 17%: HARNESSING THAT SHIT."
4 months ago ADHD
Basics of Nonviolent Communication
A video I've probably watched 3 or 4 times now - incredibly insightful and applicable to all kinds of interpersonal communication.