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
Karma Is BS
People often talk about how weird it is that good things seem to happen to generous people. And how bad things seem to happen to selfish people. I have the opposite view. I do not find it surprising in the least that generous people do well. Whatever you do for income, you are being rewarded… Continue reading Karma Is BS
Playing At The Edge
Few people realise that most medicinal breakthroughs were the result of complete luck and serendipity. Only about two HIV medications are the result of huge financial investments and research. Everything else, from antibiotics to chemotherapy treatments are a result of luck. After we discovered these drugs, we then figured out the science behind the medications… Continue reading Playing At The Edge
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”
Is It The Same Difference?
20 x 1 = 20 & 1 x 20 = 20 The lie you've been told is that the order of events doesn't matter. You've been told that if you have the same inputs and outputs then it's all the same. But this is a lie. The sequence and order of events matter a great… Continue reading Is It The Same Difference?
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