Archives for: August 2015

There were 4 posts published in August 2015.

Read Something Every Day

Your day is made up of moments, strung together into the wonderful whirlwind of your life. Some are crazy, some are exciting, some make your toes curl and some make your blood boil. My favourite moments are the quiet ones – the ones where you can just sit down, close your eyes, slow down your breathing and just think…

Other moments aren’t as nice – they’re boring. When you’re waiting for a train to arrive or staring out the window once you finally get on. When you’re trying to convince your brain to go to sleep or when you want to lie in bed for just 5 more minutes. When you’re grabbing a quick sad desk lunch while you scroll through infinite tweets or the flood of engagement announcements on Facebook this week.

There’s a better use of your time. You could be reading something. more

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Products Move Fast and Ideas Spread Quickly

There’s this phenomenon amongst humans where we tend to have the same ideas around the same time, especially in the startup space. This happened even before the internet, where Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz both dreamed up the wizardry of calculus, separately. Technically, Leibniz formally published his results first, even though Newton’s papers had already been circulating for some time. The invention of calculus is now credited to both of them. Pretty cool I’d say, and much less of a trainwreck than the unpleasant battle for the telephone patent.

The concept of simultaneous ideas shouldn’t really surprise us since we’re trying to solve big problems that we all deal with, but somehow we can’t help but feel quite offended if someone encroaches on what is clearly our IP. The reality of having a billion dollar idea is that someone else out there has probably just had the same thought. It’s usually not a unique idea because the problem you’re trying to solve on a global scale tends to be quite a global problem.

Since someone else has inevitably already had the same idea, you have to recognise that, accept it and then quickly decide how you’re going to play it: more

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On Startups

Picture yourself at the start of a runway. You know that you need to take off, except you don’t have a plane yet. You’re not even sure what your plane will look like or how it will fly, but you have to build it. That’s part of the race.

You start with little more than two wheels, just to start moving by any means necessary. You add a makeshift body and throw in some wings for good measure. As long as you can push it yourself, for now it’s all that you need to get moving down the runway. You pick up speed. It’s time to improve your wings. Time to add engines. more

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