Author Archives: Patrick

Thoughts on ‘You Didn’t Build That’

What ‘You Didn’t Build That’ Really Means—and Why Romney Can’t Explain It – Andrew Cline – The Atlantic When I, as a liberal, talk about “our” obligations to the elderly orwhat “we” have to do to make sure that our … Continue reading

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Colllege vs Not College is the wrong question

An epiphany hit me when reading National Review Online “Credibility WIthout a Degree”, which is that the “too many people go to College” debate is the wrong one. In that debate linked, Charles Murray and Peter Theil makes accurate criticisms … Continue reading

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Peter Thiel on Startups and the Future

Thanks to class notes by Stanford Law student Blake Masters on Peter Thiel’s CS183 Startup class at Stanford, Spring 2012, one can pick Peter Theil’s brain on envisioning the future, startups, VC funding, AI, and a lot more. Some key … Continue reading

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The Extra Mile

9 Keys to Business & Career Success has as one of its points: The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland. This past week, I went through a High Adventure scouting trek with my son and scouts and adults from … Continue reading

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On Programming

“If you give someone a program, you will frustrate them for a day; if you teach them how to program, you will frustrate them for a lifetime.” via  Nerds on Wall Street Tweet

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‘Tis a Gift to be Simple

Simple is better than complex. Cheap is better than expensive. Explicit is better than opaque. Purpose is more important than process. Insight is more important than precision. Understanding is more important than technique. Think more, work less. – From Data … Continue reading

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WebApps will disrupt Apple’s App dominance

  I have a bone to pick with Apple’s App store. Why do all the app developers need to pay a 30% fee to the device and OS developer? PC software makers never had to send 30% of their price … Continue reading

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Cloud is getting cheap and boring

Cloud is getting cheap and boring: It’s about time says Nodeable blog, citing new Windows Azure price points:  “Windows Azure Extra Small Compute has been reduced by 50% ($.04 to .$02)” This compares with Amazon small ECU spot price of … Continue reading

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Careers, Startups and the Future of Work

I haven’t yet read Reid Hoffman’s The Start-Up of You, but I already agree with his premise. He sees similarities between careers and startups in terms of what it takes to succeed, and advises: Treat yourself as a ‘permanent beta’; … Continue reading

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StartupStats – Moneyball for startups

The “moneyball” meme is getting a lot of mileage, as well it should in the age of Big Data. StartupStats is Using AngelList Data and Twitter Noise To See Which Startups Are Worth Talking About, using detailed data. What used … Continue reading

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