Hi Lili!

December 22, 2009 at 9:32 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 14 Comments

Hey guys,

I just hired 50 people today. This is what they look like.

Question for any hackers reading this blog. . . does anyone have any other good crowdsourcing ideas? If so, please comment.

Crowdsourcing example


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Atari. . . in 1985

December 16, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Holy fuck. . .

This picture is OLD SCHOOL!!!!

Atari-1985

North Hollywood internet cafe

December 15, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I just put a web page up for the Los Angeles internet cafe I’m setting up in North Hollywood. I’m starting with 2 terminals. Yeah, I know, not much of an internet center, but it’s a start at least. It’s more of an experiment, really. You see, my printing business is going south and trying to make money off of copies is a joke. The only thing that’s making money here are headshots. Maybe renting internet terminals could become profitable, who knows.

We’ll see how it goes I guess. I think the main reason I’m doing it is that it’s passive income; it doesn’t take much to service the customers. This gives me more time for my side projects.

Pwned

December 7, 2009 at 11:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Straight from my twitter:
steveeq1: By religious belief, shouldn’t ALL Christians who believe in Jesus’ teachings be unanimously against war?
dancremeans: @steveeq1 it depends on HOW you interpret Jesus’ teaching, and there are many.K
steveeq1: @dancremeans: Yeah, when Jesus said “Love your enemies”, I think he probably meant don’t kill them.

har har, owned!

Try more stuff than the next guy

December 4, 2009 at 11:47 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

One of the ways I judge the competence of a startup is finding out how many experiments it can do per dollar. Here’s a good quote from Gary Hamel, I couldn’t agree more:

Yet to outpace change, every organization is going to have to master the art of rapid prototyping. Here the goal is to maximize the ratio of learning over investment — to find the sweet spot of demand for a new product, or perfect a nascent business more rapidly and inexpensively than your competitors. Listen to Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, on this point: “Our goal is to have more at bats per unit of time and money than anyone else.” Your goal should be the same.

A good book I read recently was “A Drunkard’s Walk”:
Drunkard's Walk

Here’s another good quote about viewing entrepeneurship as a “possibility system”:

If Randomness Rules then your only defense is the so-called “law of large numbers”—that is, success follows from tryin’ enough stuff so that the odds of doin’ something right tilt your way; in my speeches I declare that the only thing I’ve truly learned “for sure” in the last 40 years is “Try more stuff than the other guy”—there is no poetic license here, I mean it.

The key is is to avoid big mistakes – so you can live long enough to try more things.

Another poignant xkcd comic

December 4, 2009 at 10:36 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

xkcd - a bunch of rocks

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