It’s Neither Either Nor Or

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. It never ceases to amaze me how few people are genuinely intellectually curious about ideas. This becomes painfully obvious when you discuss startup ideas with people.  Most people don't like ideas, particularly of the new variety.  So they instinctively go through a list of… Continue reading It’s Neither Either Nor Or

How Society Fools You

Society has fooled you into thinking that only zero sum activities are virtuous. You're told that staying after hours for your boss, working overtime on weekends, having a career which is "nice" but not scalable, or financially lucrative is virtuous. Society has also fooled you into thinking that non zero sum games are unethical. You're… Continue reading How Society Fools You

The Messiness Of Learning

A rarely talked about truth is how the act of learning is really messy.   Whenever I learn a new skill I always go back to how I learned to play the guitar.  Probably because this was the first skill I truly learned by myself; no books, no teachers.  Just listening to loads of music and doodling… Continue reading The Messiness Of Learning

Divided Knowledge

Super specialisation in the last few decades has become commonplace. In the hospital we now have surgeons who can only operate on hands for example. Other doctors often joke that some of these surgeons only operate on the left hand and not the right. But even the doctors who don't consider themselves super-specialised are nowadays.… Continue reading Divided Knowledge

“But It Meets Spec”

A few years ago the Ministry of Defence in the UK ordered a new radio system.  This system was going to be used by services such as the army, navy and air force. All the specialists met up to debate what was required of the new system.  Everyone put their opinions forward in heated debates… Continue reading “But It Meets Spec”

How To Get Great Startup Ideas

Entrepreneurs solve problems. They create a solution which people give them money for. People who haven't started a business before often look for problems to solve. A lot of the time these people can't seem to find that elusive perfect problem to solve. If you're in this situation, then stop looking! Instead become a more… Continue reading How To Get Great Startup Ideas