If you were looking for a thorough explanation of Bitcoin, Brit Cruise of Khan Academy has just uploaded a series of videos explaining the concept, both as an overview and delving down into the details of the system. This is an hour well spent watching these videos.
I made a homepage for Freelancer.com, mainly because I don’t like the way their current homepage is set up, and also as a UX exercise. My thought process rode on several assumptions which might be entirely wrong, but that’s the best I could do.
Procrastination has been an inner daemon all my life. Sometimes its due to repetitive things (I have a strong disliking to anything repetitive), sometimes its just that I find other things more interesting than the task at hand. But overcoming this distractability has been hidden all along in a simple realization.
The biggest question people ask me when I tell them about my startup is, ‘How would you market it?’ There are several answers to this question, depending on who is asking.
Founders are bombarded with decisions they have to make. Many of them would carry implications long into the future. What blog framework should the company use? What technology stack? What hosting infrastructure? Who to hire, and who to pitch to? What goes into the copy of the frontpage? There are just too many things to do, and the worst thing you can do is to not decide.
When founders hang out with their friends and they get asked what exactly are they working on, its hard to answer. Specially if the startup idea is a game-changing one. An idea like Twitter would seem laughable whereas one with a more tangible business model would appear to be a great one. This is kind of synonymous to people of 19th century India listening to the poetry of Ghalib and declaring its no good because they didn’t understand it.
At any given time, an opportunity presents itself in a subtle way, never too obvious, never too hidden. Just a shiny little gem that attracts your attention for an instant, and then glanced over (or used to make things happen). The thing to remember is simple; there is always a new opportunity we are currently glancing over.
When I first started studying Computer Science, it was a giant monolithic set of problems for me. Every time I attempted a problem, it took a great amount of effort in terms of motivation. ‘Why should I experience failure dozens of times before I get that single win of solving the problem?’ Every failed try felt like a testament to my inability, ineptitude and lack of intelligence. And I quickly concluded that I can’t code.
Founders have a lot to worry about, and a large number of these worries are about events in the future; potential sales channels, a meeting with an angel, work on the next milestone and the list goes on. Amid these its easy to lose sight of what’s most important in your workflow: tomorrow.
Of all the (positive) human traits, pride is one of the most powerful. It is also one of the most ambivalent.
There are a few achievements in life you are really proud of, and they are the highlights of your life. The day you graduated, got that prized job or got funded, solved a particularly hard problem, or helped someone. These moments give you the strength you need to stand firm and feel dependable. Its your opinion about yourself, and a good one sets up the scene for great things ahead.