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Git is just awesome. The following are personal preferences, recommendations and best practices.

Working with branches

Every feature, bug fix, release or every code change should be in a different branch. This is a great article for successful git branching. The master branch contains the released code, develop is shippable (tested and approved) in every moment in time, and there are other branches for features, bug fixes, etc. which are merged in develop with a Pull Request (PR). The best practice to make identification of branches easier is to name them feature/branch-name, bugfix/branch-name and release/branch-name. …


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Being fit and healthy has two pillars — exercise and food. Both of them should be varied and plentiful.

Food

The human body needs vitamins and nutrients in order to function properly. Varied and heathy diet is the key to achieving this. What does varied diet look like — having lots of veggies, fruits (as is, not in a fresh or juice form, because they contain a lot of sugar minus the fibers), nuts (preferably raw), plenty of water (30ml per kilogram) and animal protein and fat sources (meat, dairy, eggs, etc.) or vegan alternatives depending on personal preferences. Almost everything…


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There are a lot of startups and companies appearing every month. Most of them do shit, only a few matter and should receive support and investments. What separates the former from the latter?

Ideas that matter

Easy — there are many issues waiting for good solutions which have an impact on the environment, society, science, technology and health.

  1. Environmental startup — startups doing CO2, plastics cleanup, making renewable energy accessible and cheaper. Battery and energy storage startups are key for the future.
  2. Sharing and gig economy — job and money creation companies are helping people make a living thus they are very important…


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Mercedes-Benz EQ Concept

We’ve grown accustomed to having personal cars and driving ourselves. This will change in the next twenty years.

The electric car

There are big changes coming to the auto industry — namely autonomous driving and electrification. Auto makers will either move with the wave or perish. Renewable energy is cheaper and much much cleaner than the dirty fossil fuels. Gas stations will be replaced with charging stations. The air pollution will decrease. The only thing separating us from truly renewable energy mass adoption is the battery technology. Lithium is taxing on the environment for extraction and dead batteries are toxic. Possible solution is…


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Image: Olu Eletu

This is a summary of different articles and resources on the Internet.

Business plan

  • Build a plan on one page
  • Answer basic questions
  • Execute: launch your MVP
  • Repeat

Questions

  • Define the problem you solve
  • Describe your solution
  • Clarify your unique selling proposition
  • Note your unfair competitive advantage
  • Identify customer segments
  • Note sales channels and marketing strategies
  • Define metrics you’ll use to measure success
  • The bumper sticker summary [3 to 5 words]

Purpose of a business plan

  • Define the problem
  • Offer the solution
  • Identify the customer
  • Explain how you make a profit


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Image: Lewis Ngugi

Can computer generate a logo?

Computers aren’t creative. They can do calculations and that’s pretty much it. With tools like Machine learning, generating a logo is possible (let’s define logo here — logo in the article’s context is a vector graphic with visual aesthetic and symbolism) but it will be an extremely hard endeavor and the product will look like something it’s already seen. It can’t come up with a new idea, just a randomization of existing ones. It has to be supplied with thousands of logos, which have to be tagged and disassembled to their containing parts. Generating animal logo, embedding symbols, this can’t…


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Image: Luis Llerena

Passwords are the most important strings of symbols and letters there is. They guard personal information, business secrets, correspondence, our files, etc. Many people make some of the following mistakes:

  • Using the same password everywhere
  • Picking a simple password (even worse if it’s just a word)

Why words should be avoided? The reason is, most types of hacking, including brute-force (trying different password until successful, or until locked out of the system), use the so-called dictionaries, which consist of words and various ways of writing them — using 5 instead of S and other possible variations.

What is the better…


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Sky Greens’ vertical farm

What is food?

Simply put food is nutrients required to keep the body working properly. These nutrients include proteins, fibers, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. There are numerous ways to attain them, every one starting with food production.

Food production

Beginnings

To see the big picture, we’ll have to start from the beginning. It all started when our species settled down and the agricultural revolution came about. Prior to that moment humans have been hunting for meat and gathering plants. The Neolithic Revolution (around 10,000 BCE) is the initial transition from hunting and gathering to settled agriculture in prehistory. During that time we began farming, invented…


Recently, while thinking about what kind of product to do next, I came across a very interesting webinar video from London Real Academy. It explains how and why to create not just a single product, but entire product ecosystem, consisting of free product, product for prospects, core product and B2B (very personalized) solution.

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Here are the notes I took while watching the webinar, however I highly recommend watching the whole thing (link at the bottom).

Offer a free product and produce a lot of it

  • blog
  • videos
  • adds value to people
  • sponsorship

Product for prospects — find if the customers…


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Image: Paul E. Harrer

The following is a selection of my personal favorites, inspirational and thought-provoking quotes plus conclusions I’ve come to myself.

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
— Benjamin Franklin

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt

“Never complain and never explain.”
— Benjamin Disraeli

“The only thing that is constant is change.”
— Heraclitus

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”
— Wayne Gretzky

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is…

Robert Dimitrov

Developer, craftsman, minimalist

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