The Two Phases of Growth

There are essentially two periods of growth: investment and payoff.

You’ve just got to remind yourself where you are on the curve, in a place of investing or pay off.
Then secondarily to remind yourself of the macro effect, long term growth is about hundreds, thousands of the little pieces of growth.long-term-growth
And finally, growth now – you get to reap that benefit for your life minus today.  The longer you leave it, the less you & most importantly the world get to benefit from your growth.  You kind of owe it to yourself to keep at it.


March 3rd, 2014

In pursuit of perfection

According to Wikipedia: Perfection is, broadly, a state of completeness and flawlessness.

I think at the start of any project people seek this out.

You want it to be ideal.

But in the growth of a project, things get messy, paradoxes grow and exist, the pursuit of perfection is exactly that – an ongoing pursuit.  A day in day out looking to improve.

But you’ve got to realise it is that, don’t fret but embrace that it won’t be quite perfect. At least not forever!

February 28th, 2014

Kill your best material

Moving to NY I’ve been getting more into the local comedy scene, by that I mean the consumption of not the contribution. Although the dollars in the door is a contribution of sorts.

There are a lot of analogies in the joke writing process, Chris Rock notably tests his material in indie stand up venues before taking them large, Seinfeld edits his over time but focuses on always writing and perfecting a joke but Louis CK has an interesting one.

He evolves his season to season but what he does is to disarm himself of his best material he does last years closing joke first. That means he’s put his absolute best material up front and so… he needs to top it. He needs to do better, he needs to work harder on it…. and he’s got absolutely no choice.

Because if he doesn’t…. he’ll bomb.

What I like is that each have their own little processes that work best with their jokes, their personalities & style.

It’s very similar to the business rule of only hiring people smarter than yourself. It means over time the organization (or set) only gets better and better.

Killing your best material to lift the game… again.

February 27th, 2014

The best returns

I’ve been tuning in to the live stream of, todays the last day.

Earlier they had a great panel with Angel investors, this quote by Naval Ravikant stood out to me:

“the best returns in life come from compound interest”

Couldn’t agree more.

February 26th, 2014

Reasons not to

There’s always reasons not to do something

  • It’s too big
  • It’s too hard
  • It might not work
  • People might see me

Reasons not to are for people that won’t end up knocking off that lofty goal.

You just want to find the reasons to do it.

And put that on the wall – whilst you tackle the goal.

February 25th, 2014

Inefficient code leads to inefficient use of electricity

I’m streaming launch festival today, and Kanishk Parashar of Coin was speaking – talking about why what they’re working on hasn’t already been done.

One thing he noted was “writing code that is low energy as well” – efficient code with low power hardware i.e. bluetooth.

That reminded me of an article my good friend Dan Heier sent me, focused on Sustainable Web Design, that is it looks at the real cost of serving up a web page.  I.e. A 2008 paper from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory suggests it takes 13kWh to transmit 1GB!

Apple is focused on this as well building an energy score on apps in Maverick – meaning you can see what impact an application has on your battery life.

Worth thinking about, how does our code impact the power consumption at the other end and what’s the real cost of that?



February 24th, 2014

Future Proofing

There’s a balance, how much is too much?

Really as far as the conceivable future is enough.

When you start trying to build for all eventualities it’s too tough.

Work to what you’re 80% confident of.  Anymore beyond that’s probably getting a bit too expensive.

February 21st, 2014

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