“It’s about going through false starts, Burbn was a false start. The best companies in the world have all had predecessors. YouTube was a dating site. You always have to evolve into something else.” – Keving Systrom
“If I’m not in love, if I’m not with a long-term companion, I cannot be happy.”
School promotes herd mentality, and is detrimental to original thought.
“Unfortunately, I am not homosexual. In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans, but, of course … not many.” – Morrissey
“On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other.” – Stewart Brand
List of drugs that I have used recreationally:
- MDMA Crystals
- Magic Mushrooms
- Magic Truffles
- Nitrous Oxide
- Alkyl Nitrites
“It seems to be a constant throughout history: In every period, people believed things that were just ridiculous, and believed them so strongly that you would have gotten in terrible trouble for saying otherwise.
Is our time any different? To anyone who has read any amount of history, the answer is almost certainly no. It would be a remarkable coincidence if ours were the first era to get everything just right.” – Paul Graham
I built a simple videochat platform, it’s called Harf. It allows anyone to create a room to broadcast video to people who can watch. All the rooms are listed on the front page. The next step is to add chat, so that users can interact with the people on camera.
Update: After Harf launched, many users from all over the world got addicted to the platform, and used it all day to videochat with each other. I had to upgrade servers several times, to accomodate the terabytes worth of traffic and live videoprocessing. When Harf launched, it was still full of bugs that we fixed every day while adding new functionality. Harf closed a few months after launch, because to maintain the growth of a project like this, I would need at least one million USD and a small team of incredibly smart hackers. I reached out to a few investors in the Netherlands, with no success. At the time (2016) I was too incompetent and unmotivated to pursue this more seriously. To this day, I still believe a platform like this, if executed well, could be very succesful. Billions of dollars are just waiting to be made.
In 2013 I was featured on Pando for an interview about Wordo.
“It’s not often that someone starts an interview with me by insulting PandoDaily, but that’s exactly what Amin Eftegarie did when I asked him how he came up with his startup idea.”
“Sometimes it’s not about the idea that you are working on, but instead the skills that you learn while you are working on it” – Kevin Systrom
When you are in love with what you are doing, you automatically develop a mental firewall to block anything remotely distracting.
“I have a sworn duty to my shareholders to maximize profit.” – Martin Shkreli
results in believing more untrue things.
“We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies” – Walt Disney
“It’s easy to tell how smart people are. In 10 minutes, hit a few tennis balls over the net, and do they hit back at you, or into the net?” – Paul Graham
“We will reject Apps for any content or behavior that we believe is over the line. What line, you ask? Well, as a Supreme Court Justice once said, “I’ll know it when I see it”.” – Apple App Store Guidelines
“I have this big fear of getting locked into doing things, that aren’t actually the most impactful things.” – Mark Zuckerberg
“I’m a father now, and I have two children. And I constantly think about what will I do when they grow up using products that I helped design. And I generally think that I’m going to discourage them from using those products the way I tried to trick people into using them when I was younger.” – Sean Parker
“I’m one quarter Coca-Cola” – Warren Buffet
is the only thing worth pursuing.
The willingness to undergo cognitive dissonance, although painful, is admirable.
“There are many things you can accomplish, many thoughts you can have, that are only possible during long stretches of solitary time. You may even wish, at times, to be painfully alone – longing for social contact. Sometimes this is a period of maximal productivity.” Patrick McGillivray
Q: How do you systematise innovation?
Steve Jobs: The system is that there is no system.
born in the civilised world.
“I think there are people who are wired by their parents to understand what I’m saying.
And there are people who are wired by their parents to reject what I’m saying” – Kanye West
“I found out the feature films were being made for millions, and I had calculated that I could create a feature film for about $10K” – A young and naive Stanley Kubrick
“For me, back then, school was a crime against young people. It destroyed the seeds of liberty. The teachers didn’t encourage knowledge or a positive attitude.” – David Lynch
is the hardest thing.
“The things that caused problems for me in school are the same things that helped me succeed in the world.”
is nobody starting?
is the new celebrity.
“I kind of embody the character of Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, which I really related to when I saw the movie.” – Kanye
to something I don’t agree with in the first place.
Fuck the government.
“Most of the best things that have ever happened to me have been a direct result of completely accidental situations that might have otherwise been considered “mistakes.” – Numair Faraz
is the new Harvard.
I’m a nazi when it comes to snappiness in user interfaces. Everything has to be super-snappy. This video (by Microsoft no less) shows how important those ‘small’ differences can be to the user experience.
“The hardest thing to understand in this world is the income tax.” – Albert Einstein
Today Chi and I launched Wordo. Wordo is the clean dictionary. It’s made within 3 hours. It gives you definitions of English words, that’s all it does at this moment. But gosh, it’s so refreshing compared to what some of the other guys are doing. For example, check the definition for a random word Detail and compare them yourself:
- The ‘Free’ Dictionary (Free my ass, you pay by looking at their ads)
- Merriam Webster(This fellow loads and autoplays a quizzvideo)
- Dictionary.com: (Multiple flash ads, autoplays video, ad free for $35/year)
Compared to the biggest and most used online dictionaries, Wordo is the clutter-free alternative. If anything, we removed too much, and if that’s the case we will gladly add things others find useful (synonyms, related words, other languages etc).
I give credit to things that I find underrated while ignoring things I find overrated. I have the need to balance out the world.
The best way to manage complexity, is to prevent it from happening.
“Steve wasn’t just using “insanely” as a synonym for “very.” He meant it more literally—that one should focus on quality of execution to a degree that in everyday life would be considered pathological.” – Paul Graham
focus on great things.
Execution is everything. The same idea executed by different people will result in completely different things. If it were startups with the same idea, executed by different people in parallel universes, one might be worth billions while the other is worthless.
“I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do”
“Nash rarely attended class, claiming it would blunt his originality.” – A Brilliant Madness
It’s about the brand.
“We have over ten thousand passengers per employee. Britsh Airways has 750 passengers per employee. Our people are 14 times more productive.” – Michael Cawley (Interim CEO RyanAir)
should not try to be good programmers, and vice versa.
Throughout the world governments always professed to be forward looking, in practice they are always backward looking, either protecting the industries that exist or making sure that whatever ventures they have decided to undertake are encouraged and develop. – Milton Friedman
“Virtually every important service that you use, online but eventually offline too, are going to get remade and designed from the botom up with people at their center.” – Mark Zuckerberg
“The only thing I’ve really done is followed my curiosity wherever it led, even if that meant crazy things like leaving school or not taking a “real” job.” – Aaron Swartz
The more choice you’re given, the less likely you are to choose anything.
swim with the current
“Path dependence explains how the set of decisions one faces for any given circumstance is limited by the decisions one has made in the past, even though past circumstances may no longer be relevant.” – Wikipedia
that nobody else agrees on?
“Common sense is not so common” – Voltaire
is more professional than being professional.
Has been the biggest barrier preventing me from learning.
Oracle founder Larry Ellison explains the Microsoft antitrust case.
“Given two people of approximately the same ability and one person who works ten percent more than the other, the latter will more than twice outproduce the former. The more you know, the more you learn; the more you learn, the more you can do; the more you can do, the more the opportunity – it is very much like compound interest.”
Richard W. Hamming
“The future belongs to the dandy. It is the exquisites and rare who are going to rule”. – Oscar Wilde
You will find a way.
You’ll find an excuse.
“Each new generation sold approximately equal to all previous generations combined.” – Phil Schiller
“The only greatness for man is immortality.” – James Dean
“I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.”
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Eyes Wide Shut
- Fucking Amal
- Leaving Las Vegas
- American Beauty
- Sex, Lies, and Videotape
- Dancer in the Dark
- The Truman Show
- American Psycho
- Beijing Bicycle
- Turtles Can Fly
- Full Metal Jacket (The first 40 minutes ♥)
“They are simply unconcerned by society’s disapproval of their habits or beliefs.”
“The only people for me are the mad ones.” —Jack Kerouac
“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”
“I wash it with Head & Shoulders. I don’t dry it, though. I let it dry by itself. It takes about an hour” – Trump
Just because you know English, that doesn’t make you a good author. Similarly, just because you know a computer language, that doesn’t make you good programmer.
“I’m a believer in any method of mind expansion whether facilitated by meditation, religious experience or drug use. There is a value in using tools available to us, even if it is pharmacological in nature, if it expands the mind.”
– Sean Parker when asked whether he had used drugs
A while ago we decided to play Twister at a party, we had the floor mat but somehow lost the spinner board (we’ve mostly used it while we were drunk). I told my friends not to worry and created this little Twister Random Generator.
“There seems to be a common attitude or philosophy among those attracted to cyberpunk. They often find themselves caught in the romantic struggle between themselves and the system.[..] When pushed they feel free to use anything and everything at their disposal: including hacking, deception, and intrusion. Do not fuck with us.”
Nick Valensi: “If half the band does drugs and the other half of the band doesn’t do drugs, you will break up in the next six months.”
Julian Casablancas: “So we all do drugs.”
“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.” – Oscar Wilde
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb
“To the popular press, “hacker” means someone who breaks into computers. Among programmers it means a good programmer.” – Paul Graham
“I don’t know a single person who watches the Super Bowl.” – Steve Jobs