Deeper on Incentives

How do you learn to learn? Better yet, how do you help other people learn to learn? In other words, how do you teach the ability to learn faster? How do you make people more curious? How do you have them ask the “right questions?”

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Twitter Style

For the past year or so, I have been very quiet on Twitter. In fact, I went from tweeting quite often to hardly tweeting at all. I also removed / blocked Twitter from my phone. I have written many times about just how valuable Twitter has been to me / people I know. I would have to say it is one of the top 5 internet services that has had a massive impact on my life.

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History Podcast Idea

As I have been writing about over and over the past few months, I have become obsessed with listening to podcasts. Whenever I am walking/floating around, you will find me with headphones in consuming some sort of podcast.

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Companies are VCs

Over the past ten years, b2b SAAS businesses have exploded across private and public markets. B2B stands for “business 2 business.” These are companies selling “enterprise software” to other enterprises. SAAS stands for “software as a service,” generally powered by a subscription revenue model. If executed correctly (which is hard), these businesses can reach extreme scale under high high margins.

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Themed Stories

A few months ago, I wrote a short essay on why I think Instagram should unbundle its direct messages feature. I have heard rumors that they are now thinking of actually doing that, so I am excited to see what happens on that front. Social messaging needs an update.

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No one owes me anything

Something I want to establish – internally – is this foundational idea that no one owes me anything. While reasonable people can debate about universal morality and ethical standards, the purpose of this essay is to think about a mentality, a frame of mind for tackling obstacles.

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Bookclub

Over the past few months, a few friends and I have been building bookclub – a simple way to log, track, and share the books you read.

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Thinking for yourself

Yesterday, I wrote about how “different is not enough.” The summary of that essay, and those thoughts broadly, is that I do not believe “different” should be the entire goal. I attempt to make the case that striving for being different often breeds normality.

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