Philosophizing

Why I Blog on My Own Domain

When you blog on one of the other platforms like Medium, Facebook or LinkedIn, they own your distribution. The platform gets to decide how to use, who gets to see it and how to monetize it. In effect, who owns distribution owns the content. Posting to one of the big social media platforms can get more readership but it's a deal with the devil. I made the decision to blog on my own domain because I want to own the distribution of my content. I'll certainly share it with the…

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Hiring as a Probabilistic Exercise

Poker is a great game for business people. It requires players to think in probabilities rather than absolutes. You can make the right play in poker and lose some percentage of time because luck is involved. (This is a great primer on poker math.) Many new managers think about hiring in absolute terms. They use language like "Will this be a great team member?" Team members in the hiring process are asked to do the impossible and predict the future. I view hiring with probability in mind. I ask, "What…

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Thoughts on Blockchain

1) Blockchain is still really very early. It feels like IP/Internet protocols did in the mid-90s. Gopher, Telnet, Usenet and the WWW were all the rage with no clear winners. The most interesting tech was still to come like Javascript, web-MVC and P2P didn't exist. This list is what made me think of that parallel: https://www.alexfortin.com/top-5-blockchain-projects/ 2) Like Internet 1.0, there's lots of glomming on of the world we know know onto this tech. In the mid-90s, newspapers decided just to put giant jpegs…

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There is no class called "CEO 101" in school

The job of a CEO is a learned skill. Yet, most people do little to become a great CEO. It’s one of life’s great ironies that the business leaders who most need professional development seem to work extremely hard to avoid it. — Michael Girdley (@mgirdley) May 23, 2017 Earlier in my career, I did a pretty horrific job of professional development. I’d read a book here or there. I would read the Wall Street Journal (pre-Rupert Murdoch). But, that’s simply not enough. The reality is that…

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The Power of Context

Alan Kay is one of the thinkers from the early days of Xerox PARC. If you’re a user of modern tech, things like the graphical user interface on computers and the mouse where first conceived of there. Alan has a concept he talks about called the Power of Context: Looking back on these experiences, I’m struck that my lifelong processes of loving ideas and reacting to them didn’t bear really interesting fruit until I encountered “The ARPA Dream” in grad school at the University of Utah. A…

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