When it comes to a lot of things, going by the status quo and not being too creative is a good thing. If you were about to have an operation and your surgeon said: "I'm feeling creative today", then you have a pretty good reason to feel quite unnerved. Copying others is a great hack… Continue reading Copying Works, Until It Doesn’t
There seems to be a fundamental difference between building a physical product vs building a software solution. For example, if you were asked to design a computer mouse, then I am pretty sure that you would come up with a design that is semi-ok. You would probably know roughly how big the device should be… Continue reading Why Building Software / Apps Is Hard And What To Do About It
To be able to make a point with very few words, is a skill.
In 1st century BCE Julius Ceasar was captured by Cilician pirates. They wanted 20 silver talents ($330,000) for his release. Julius Ceasar laughed at the pirates and told them they should be asking for at least 50 silver talents ($825,000) for his ransom. The pirates were confused. They had never met a hostage that demanded… Continue reading What Pirates Can Teach You About Price
When creating a new product or service it's tempting to set out to please the masses. But most of the time this is just a form of hiding. It takes much more guts to make something to please a specific person or a specific group of people you care about. If you go to a… Continue reading The Anonymous Masses
Anything worth doing requires hard work. You know this. So why is it that people tend to throw in the towel when things just start to get tough? You knew it was going to be hard, because the work you're doing is important and needed. There's a much better time to decide to quit something:… Continue reading When To Quit (I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self This…)
Everyone thinks that their body fat percentage is lower than it actually is. If you think you only need to lose 10 pounds to get to around 12% body fat and show off those abs, then it's likely you actually need to lose 20 pounds. It will take you twice as long as you thought… Continue reading The 2X Rule
In theory there is always a larger company / organisation out there, which has more resources, skills and sheer man power to create new and better products and services than a scrappy startup. In theory there is no reason that anyone would ever have to start a new business. In reality, for many reasons such… Continue reading Big & Incapable
Candles get extinguished by the wind. Fires get bigger because of the wind. Be like the fire, not the candle.
Working on interesting problems entails working on something that has most of its value locked in the future. Less interesting problems (jobs) means that the value has been unlocked and you are getting the maximum bang for your work. Most up and coming businesses have their value locked in the future. For example a company… Continue reading Future Value