The Fat Doctor Problem

A few weeks ago, I took an Uber from my apartment to a friend’s place in the Mission. On the way I was making small-talk with my driver. We started talking about his recent divorce and how it’s impacting his finances and his mental health. I felt bad for the guy. He started giving me advice. It was pretty much what you’d expect – women…

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Evolution and AI

I just finished reading Ishmael, one of the more thought-provoking books I’ve read in months. At one point in the book, during their discussions about evolution and man’s “creation myth”, Ishmael tells the main character a story: This story (Ishmael said) takes place half a billion years ago—an inconceivably long time ago, when this planet would be all but unrecognizable to you. Nothing at all stirred…

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Why Feeling Like a Failure Is a Good Thing

Have you ever tried doing something you aren’t good at? Worse, have you ever really really wanted to be good at something, and yet when you tried you just couldn’t get it? Say you wanted to learn a dance, or tried to hit that high note from “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.” And yet, you just… couldn’t. Then comes the confusion, the weight of failure. This…

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2013 Goals – How Did I Do?

Sometime in February of 2013, I decided (inspired by my buddy Scott Britton) to write down and publish my goals for 2013. Though it was a great year in a lot of ways, I didn’t accomplish much of what I thought I wanted at the start of 2013 (original list of 2013 goals here). Goals Completed: Paid off my student loans (yay!) Charged $100/hr for…

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Replaceability vs. Impact, or Deciding What To Do With Your Life

For anyone,  choosing what to do with your life is a stressful guessing game. With hard work and some luck comes no shortage of great opportunities. And, with opportunity, many tough choices. By way of example, let’s take a standard tough decision: what to do after graduating college. Let’s say you have two job offers, Job A and Job B. Job A is for a…

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What the Non-Technical Need to Know About Tech

For 3 years I’ve been trying to learn programming. And every year, I’ve deepened my understanding of how the web works. Learning the basics of software development and how the web works at a high level hasn’t been easy. The best learning experience has been to dive in. I’ve learned so much in the past year working for Airbrake (a developer tools company now a part of Rackspace),…

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How to Choose a Startup Idea

I’m tweaking this older post as part of Startup Edition, a community I recently joined. This week’s edition asks “how do you turn your idea into a company?” After reading this fantastic post I started thinking about how startup will jump into an idea they’re excited about. The problem is, many of them make the leap without doing the necessary research. I’ve seen quite a few people…

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