After five years, I have finally had the time to read this classic on my mini sabbatical.

While I felt guilty on my vacation reading this novel, the principles and philosophy of objectivism resonated with me. It left me ready to live with some semblance of John Galt’s ideas.

Yet I’m left confounded on how we can move the world towards of direction of objectivism, traders of value and self-interest. …


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In graph theory the `connectedness` of a system is based on the smallest # of vertices you can remove from a graph before it becomes disconnected.

It’s a simple concept that intuitively makes sense, the more built in redundancies you have within a system the more `connected` and therefore more `resilient` it is to shocks that displace vertices.

This intuition helped me make a connection with a Anti-Fragile by Nassim Taleb that I’ve been pouring. …


In a lifetime long ago as management consultant, one of the first things you learn is that every recommendation you make should come in 3s. And to no surprise each one of those recommendations should have 3 supporting points.

I never questioned it. It is one of those pieces of conventional wisdom that gets passed on like gospel, because generally it works.

Yet recently after reading a passage in Anti-Fragile by Nassim Taleb on why the opposite of fragile is anti-fragile not robustness it dawned on me why 3s might be so pervasive in our society and why we should continue the practice of thinking in 3s. …


For any project a common killer of progress and motivation is the sheer time it takes to regain the context to pick up where you left off the last time. As the interval increases between each session, the time to regain context increases in a geometric rather than linear manner.

But recently as I’ve started to work on my own application, I’ve noticed that I have been able to regain context quickly because I can quickly get oriented based on the commits messages I made the previous day. Leveraging this insight, I’ve been able apply to this to my projects at work. The outcome — I’ve noticed a ~15min decrease of time spent reviewing my work from the other day; in other words I start work sprinting instead of crawling.

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If you’re reading this you have been click baited, because there is no way (at least in this universe) that you can magically conjure up to an extra hour in a day.

However what is possible is to save 1 hour each day by not taking your phone to the bathroom. Based on my scientific measurements with a sample size of 1 I have the revolutionary insight that without my phone I save a whopping….13 mins / bathroom trip!!!

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Given my that my daily trips to the bathroom is ~4–5 times a day that gives me another on average 65mins back. It’s a small win, but I’ll take it and hopefully you will too.


Here’s a funny thought. Yesterday I visited a friend who just welcomed a new born into their family. One of the key takeaways aside from the clear lack of sleep, was why a baby’s first words are ‘Ma’ & ‘Pa’.

Contrary to popular belief that the repetition of saying ‘Ma’ or ‘Pa’ will increase the likelihood that you can forever gloat in your partner’s face; a baby’s first words is just a evolutionary phenomenon. And if that is the case ironically it’s a parent that has made an permanent imprint on a baby but the exact opposite, because guess what this is why we in all cultures the name for father & mother are near identical.


Over the years I’ve started and stopped writing. It’s been a struggle to find the time to write and when I do I never post because the quality is never up to par.

Striving for qualtiy is great, but it’s lead to 0 posts in the past 6 months which is horrendous.

What I need is a system that is designed for this behavior. A system that creates the triggers and removes the friction so that any motivation for the behavior will cross the threshold required for it to happen.

And that system starts now at ~250ish in 15 mins at a time.


The Gene: An Intimate History Book by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Quick Musings

The study of Genes like most science has gone through 3 general periods — discovery; understanding; manipulation.

But as we approach manipulation of genes scientist have realized that each potential edit we make does not just have first, second or third order effects; but is more akin to butterfly effects that have unknown and permanent cascading effects.

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Book by Yuval Noah Harari

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Since Google Home was announced it has been hailed as Echo’s smarter brother, nightmare and slayer. I would agree too — if we were predicting the outcomes based on competitive strategy; but we’re not — we are predicting outcomes based on platform strategy.

The rules, strategies and tactics in how platforms launch and compete with one another is different than companies. Companies compete by controlling unique internal resources and erecting competitive barriers. Platforms compete by orchestrating external resources and engaging in vibrant communities. In a previous post I went into greater detail to explain the differences.

Amazon understood the difference, and in the past two years since the launch of Echo and Alexa, they have rapidly executed the right tactics to orchestrate the conditions to yield powerful cross-side network effects. …

About

Matthew

Currently — Product @FB; Previously — Sr. PM @UJET, PM @Intercom, Head of Product @Yoapp, APM @Meetup — www.matthewwoo.com

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