How to identify The Most Important Thing

As we go through life, we encounter situations from time to time where we need to make a decision about something complex. Planning a product development roadmap? Navigating a tricky interpersonal relationship? Trying to figure out your own personal goals? Here’s one technique I use sometimes: First, start by asking: what is the most important thing? What … More How to identify The Most Important Thing

Why fantasy football is so hellaciously pervasive right now

For anyone who isn’t yet completely fed up with EVERYTHING THIS WEEK BEING BROUGHT TO YOU BY DRAFTKINGS, get ready for a whole lot more: looks like they’re buying a quarter billion dollars worth of ads over the next two years. Awesome! I didn’t think it was possible to miss ads for pickup trucks and credit cards, but … More Why fantasy football is so hellaciously pervasive right now

IT’S WHITE AND GOLD NO IT’S BLUE AND BLACK

If you were anywhere near the Internet yesterday evening, you probably know what this is referring to: If somehow you missed out on ‘the singularity’, which broke Buzzfeed’s all-time traffic records on the way to becoming one of the most truly bizarre viral explosions in recent memory, here’s a quick rundown. Yesterday, Tumblr user swiked … More IT’S WHITE AND GOLD NO IT’S BLUE AND BLACK

Idle hockey observations: Age/Zone Start% team signatures

Over the past few weeks, as I’ve been teaching myself R (an incredibly powerful tool that I highly recommend for anyone interested in any kind of numerical analysis or data science), I’ve been using a number of big data sets as fodder to play around and learn from. One nearly bottomless source of data that I … More Idle hockey observations: Age/Zone Start% team signatures

The Montreal Canadiens, hockey lineups and the Peter Principle

This week, we get something different: a fanpost I wrote over at Habseyesontheprize.com, an online community for fans of hockey, the Montreal Canadians, and advanced statistics. The post is intended to be half-joking but half-serious; hope you enjoy. ——————- Over the last 10 games Habs fans have been finally, at long last, blessed with a … More The Montreal Canadiens, hockey lineups and the Peter Principle

Haters gonna hate (hate, hate, hate, hate) on the Innovator’s Dilemma

It seems fitting to open this post with a pmarca tweetstorm: “To be anti-disruptive innovation is to be pro inequality!” Whoa, that’s a fairly strong accusation. How did we get here? Hasn’t the Innovator’s Dilemma, Clay Christensen’s landmark book describing the process of disruptive innovation, been thoroughly embraced by now. Well, not quite. There are … More Haters gonna hate (hate, hate, hate, hate) on the Innovator’s Dilemma

Startup Wisdom from NPR’s Car Talk

Recently while out running I’ve been listening to old episodes of Car Talk, with Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers that Americans will remember fondly from Saturday mornings on NPR. I wanted to share two reader-submitted letters that, while quite humorous, contain a great deal of wisdom relating to startups, ignorance, and the Modern Jackass … More Startup Wisdom from NPR’s Car Talk