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Hi there,

This is Kazuki (kazuki_sf_). I’m currently working for my second startup, Glasp. It’s a community where people who are blazing in their industries gather and share their learnings as a utilitarian legacy with other people.

In this post, I’d like to share a brief story of why I’m building Glasp.

Entrepreneurial roots and near-death experiences

As my grandfather founded a construction company and my father founded an electronics company in Japan, I have been interested in the process of creating something and bringing it to the world since I was a child.

When I trace the roots of my entrepreneurial spirit, I find…

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“Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” — Otto Von Bismarck

After a burst of inspiration, it took Einstein 5 weeks to develop the theory of relativity. If he were alive in today’s era of curator economy, however, it would’ve taken less. Less time, less research. Overall, fewer headaches.

Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell paved the way for Einstein’s spark of genius, as well as a variety of other authors. While their works are already a part of Einstein’s personal selection, imagine if the knowledge gathered from all of them…

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Believe it or not, every piece of information you’ve consumed to this day has carved a little home into your brain and nestled itself there. The shows you’ve watched, the articles you’ve read, the people you’ve talked to…these tiny fragments of your life have worked together to build your character.

While it sounds dramatic, it’s true. Your exposure to different sources of knowledge is partially responsible for who you’ve become.

As you keep consuming content on the internet, you keep feeding your values and beliefs. This can be a double-edged sword depending on the knowledge you’ve been absorbing lately. …

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The internet is a maze of stories, images, and data. The question is: how much of that information matters to you?

The answer is: a tiny fraction.

The more you explore the web, the more lost you’re likely to be. You could be looking for one thing and come out with a bunch of scattered information of little to no value. It happens, and it wastes your time like nothing else.

The good news is, blending the content from 2 billion websites into a pulp of relevant content is no longer a problem, all thanks to content curation.

Content curation…

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The day has only 24 hours. In that time, you’ll have to navigate an unprecedented amount of messages. Americans receive on average 126 emails per day. There are 1.7 billion websites, of which 600 million are blogs. Over 350 million photos are shared on Facebook every day. Each minute, 500 hours of video are uploaded on YouTube. And let’s not even get started with all the audiobooks, movies, podcasts, and playlists available on-demand.

The result? Overwhelm. The more content you have to sort through, the more frustrating it becomes to find relevant information. The content you’re looking for is out…

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There’s no doubt that the internet has revolutionized how we access data. Access to the web has brought the global community together in ways that were previously unimaginable and put all of human ingenuity and understanding at our fingertips.

However, despite how amazing it is that you can pull out your mobile device and find content that holds the answer to just about any question you might have, there is such a thing as too much data.

The internet currently holds 44 Zettabytes of data, an almost meaninglessly large metric, and is growing at a rate of around 1.7Mb …

Founder of Glasp / a member of #ODF9 & Berkeley SkyDeck alum / Leaving a utilitarian legacy for future generations with AI

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