I’ve spoken to a few friends who work in tech. Lately, all of us are working from home. I usually ask them “How do you feel to work from home nowadays?”, and I found a pattern in their answers. Many of them said the exact words “I never wanna go to an office again”.
1) The people I talk to might be similar to me, and will not be a fair representation of the overall work-force. Aso, N = negligibly low.
2) This article is not GPT-3 generated
I have some friends who are proponents of bitcoin, and opponents of fiat currencies. This is odd, because bitcoin itself is a fiat currency.
A fiat currency is any currency that is not tied to an underlying commodity. A long time ago, US dollars, as well as many other currencies, were exchangeable to gold. Bills were easier to carry around than grains of gold, or coins that had gold processed in them. Sometimes, currencies were often backed by other commodities such as tobacco and cotton.
The problem with fiat currencies is not that they are not backed by a commodity such as gold. The problem is that central banks have the ability to print more money, which inflates the existing money in circulation, and decreases its value. This process slowly makes you poorer.
I would be totally fine with a fiat currency being the legal tender, if it meant that no one could print more of it.
List of drugs that I have used recreationally:
- MDMA Crystals
- Magic Mushrooms
- Magic Truffles
- Nitrous Oxide
- Alkyl Nitrites
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.
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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.”
When you are in love with what you are doing, you automatically develop a mental firewall to block anything remotely distracting.
I needed a tool that tracks the Alexa rank of my website. Alexa wants $100 a year to do this simple task. So my friend Anas and me created a site that does the same for free: AlexaRank.io.
results in believing more untrue things.
The willingness to undergo cognitive dissonance, although painful, is admirable.
Q: How do you systematise innovation?
Steve Jobs: The system is that there is no system.
born in the civilised world.
to something I don’t agree with in the first place.
This video (by Microsoft no less) shows how important those ‘small’ differences can be to the user experience.
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:
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).
is solving problems. – Paul Rand
I give credit to things that I find underrated while ignoring things I find overrated. I have the need to balance out the world.
is to prevent it from happening.
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.
should not try to be good programmers, and vice versa.
The more choice you’re given, the less likely you are to choose anything.
that nobody else agrees on?
is more professional than being professional.
I’ve got two invites for Dribbble. Shoot me an email and I will consider your work.
Oracle founder Larry Ellison explains the Microsoft antitrust case.
“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.
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.”
“I didn’t want to kowtow to the system.” – Sean Parker