YouTube gave the spoken word the same thing the printing press gave the written word: massive reach. Before Gutenberg, writing — and reading, for that matter — were reserved to the elite for one simple reason: expensive, centralized distribution. Similarly, if you wanted to share your thoughts in an audio or video format 50 years ago, you’d have to go through systems with infrastructure in place — like radio or TV stations. Systems with gatekeepers.
“I had a month’s heads-up about the whole thing. So I had time to kind of plan my life.”
After getting laid off in 2000, Ben Chestnut resorted to the trade he knew best — designing websites. Over the years, he’d built “about 2 thousand” banner ads for his former employer, Cox newspapers. He knew exactly how to design clickable things online.
“And I thought… Well, this is our chance to start a company. My business partner and I went out and got clients. We went knocking on doors, down the hall from our office. And we got paying projects…
Earlier this fall, Google announced that they’ll be deleting files within your trash folder indefinitely after 30 days of holding them. G Suite Administrators will still have the ability to restore files within 25 days after they’ve been deleted. So, no biggie.
However, on November 11, Google has announced changes to their storage policy. They’ve made two important adjustments:
This is Joshua Browder. He was 19 when he moved from the U.K. to the U.S. to study at Stanford.
Joshua had a driver’s license by then, but his parking skills weren’t very good. In fact, after moving to California, he already had more than 30 parking tickets to his name.
“I obviously didn’t have the money to pay these really expensive tickets. They were like $100, $200 a piece. I had to find other ways to get these tickets dismissed.”
Turns out, you can.
In San Francisco, many parking spots are marked with…
This is Jason Calacanis. He wrote some of the first checks for founders who eventually built companies valued at $1+ billion.
Jason is a legendary investor. He saw the potential of startups like Uber, Robinhood, and Calm before anyone else.
Jason invests in companies at their earliest stages. He is the guy who identifies the genius within the founders — before they have the numbers to back it up.
“I invested $25K in Uber when it was worth around $5 million. …
First of all, let’s make a clear distinction between the two.
Passion is when you’re excited to see a new episode of your favorite show.
Passion is when you’re getting goosebumps listening to a song.
Passion is when you’re doing things for the sake of doing them.
Purpose is the opposite of that.
Purpose is when you’re *not* eating that box of doughnuts because you want to look good after the pandemic is over.
Purpose is when you’re so anxious you’re going to be sick, but you still get on that decisive video call.
Purpose is when you’re doing things…
Drew describes himself as a poker enthusiast, but I think he was one of those people (like me) who wanted to get rich playing poker in their dorm room. It was the year 2006, and the dream was still very much alive.
As any sensible engineer would do, Drew built himself a poker-bot: a piece of software that would play hands while its creator was daydreaming.
“I was obsessed with that thing. I thought of our dog growing up, Whimsy. When you throw a tennis ball, she would just go pounding after it, just bashing through stuff, tongue hanging out…
Busy is the new cool, right?
Keep your phone on the table so that you can instantly check the super-important messages that come in every 7 minutes. Walk to work so fast you overtake peaceful joggers. Tell your mama you’ll definitely visit next week. Oh, and, God forbid you don’t have 18 certificates on your Linkedin page and five urgent projects to attend to.
We design our homes minimalistically, but we clutter our own lives — both personal and professional — into a FOMO-induced chaotic blend of “I don’t have time right now” and “I don’t know what I’m doing…
Get a music degree.
Realise it’s not exactly in demand.
Teach yourself coding.
Get an internship in designing websites.
Mention a website idea to a coworker.
Get back into school to study politics.
Get a call from your former boss. He likes your website idea.
A week later, get a million dollars to build your website.
Spend months perfecting every detail. Launch it.
Watch it fail to take off.
Pivot in desperation.
See your other idea grow exponentially.
Hire 1,000 people in the next year.
Raise over $1 billion in the next four years.
Pay yourself $200 million. …
Neither Sachin nor Binny Bansals put a lot of effort into school.
Sachin has a long history with video games and would isolate himself for weeks in his room.
He passed IIT Delhi entrance exams with flying colors but found himself possessed by video games Quake and Age of Empires. His grades suffered. As a result, he would have to stay an additional year at the school just to score enough credits.
Binny was less into the extremes — but he was, by all measures, as average as it gets. His grades were OK — though not outstanding. He had…
In quest of understanding how humans work.