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

“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”

We’re All Biased

You can consider optimism and pessimism as two different types of biases. "Optimists" supposedly see the world in a way where things are better than they actually are. "Pessimists" supposedly see the world in a way where things are worse than they actually are. "Realists" are meant to be the people who see the world… Continue reading We’re All Biased

Time As Arbitrage

Be very weary of anything which will reduce the time you have to accomplish something. Time is undervalued and underappreciated.   Sometimes it's tempting to do something which will give you a short term gain, but that will reduce the time you have to accomplish X,Y and Z. For example if you take anabolic steroids, it may… Continue reading Time As Arbitrage

Always Aim To Beat The Competition Without Competing

Imagine you're trying to compete with Coca-Cola by creating a new soft drink. A room full of business types would probably get together and say that you need to develop a drink that you can drink a lot of, tastes better and is cheaper. But funnily enough Red Bull came along and made tiny cans,… Continue reading Always Aim To Beat The Competition Without Competing

Failure Is Overrated

In artificial exams there is only one way to succeed and one way to fail.  You succeed by giving the pre-determined correct answer and you fail by not being able to give enough of these answers. If you fail, all you have to do in artificial exams is learn more of the correct answers and… Continue reading Failure Is Overrated