2018-06-15 in Notes

10 Hours of Mesmerising Underwater Footage

I haven't owned a TV since 2011 but I'm seriously considering coming out of smug-minimalist hibernation and buying the biggest TV I can find just so I can play this…
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2017-11-08 in Hacker's MBA

All-Time Best Articles for Indie Entrepreneurs

1,000 True Fans You Are Not Late Ramen Profitable Do Things That Don't Scale Make Your Own Things No One Knows What the F*** They’re Doing The Product Spectrum This…
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2017-03-08 in Featured

How to fix the internet: write good stuff and be nice to people

Today’s internet is mean. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when everyone online became a jerk, but to me it seems that the tipping point occurred right when making money off…
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2020-01-12 in Weblog

Best Entrepreneur Podcasts of 2019

I listen to hundreds of podcast episodes every year, possibly thousands. These are some of the episodes I found interesting enough to listen to more than once in 2019. Interestingly,…
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2017-01-20 in Weblog

My 10X Productivity Stack

This one's about the lesser-known and esoteric apps and tools I use to make Hackerpreneur Magazine and Letterlist. And how they fit into my daily workflows, which should make them…
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2018-09-30 in Notes

Cory Doctorow on Big Tech – Decentralized Web Summit 2018

In this keynote address, author and advocate, Cory Doctorow, argues that Big Tech is a problem, but the problem isn't "Tech," it's "BIG." Giants get to bend policy to suit…
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2019-01-27 in Weblog

How to Make Wealth

Economically, you can think of a startup as a way to compress your whole working life into a few years. Instead of working at a low intensity for forty years,…
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2015-11-07 in Startups

The Execution Gap

In issue 11 of Hackerpreneur Magazine, I talked about the creativity spectrum and how it’s important to keep the balance in favour of creating, making, and producing. In other words,…
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2019-10-20 in Notes


Eliud Kipchoge just ran 1:59:40. It’s one of those once-in-a-generation feats that redefines what a human can do, but now that he’s opened up the adjacent possible, it’s just a…
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2019-09-01 in Featured

High Agency: The Unseen Superpower

Three decades ago, the internet brought the promise of democratising everything. It was to remove the gatekeepers and allow us all to create and share our work. The utopian vision…
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2019-02-28 in Notes

AbEXP | AIAIAI Headphones

An experimental and exploratory project, AbEXP is a new kind of adblock plugin. Download the Chrome extension and take over the ad banners on the world’s in-ternet pages, from The…
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2018-11-23 in Notes

Share your gifts

There's so much to love about this holiday video from Apple. Making stuff is hard enough, let alone being brave enough to share it with the world. But that's exactly…
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2018-11-19 in Notes

Work that matters. People who care.

This conversation with Chase Jarvis is Seth Godin's one-hour distillation of his book, This is Marketing. Focusing on an audience that's an inch wide and a mile deep is hard…
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2018-11-15 in Notes

How to Win

I especially like the section on Kegan's theory of adult development. I feel like I've been veering towards a sense of this idea but didn't have a sophisticated framework to model it.
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2018-11-13 in Notes

Daily Routines: Haruki Murakami

When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at 4:00 am and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for 10km or swim…
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2018-08-11 in Notes

The End of Ownership

People need to know more about the products they own. If you own something, if you purchase something free and clear then you should be able to fix it yourself.
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2018-10-14 in Newsletter

Automation Ethics

A couple of years ago, I read on Hacker News about a developer who wrote scripts that automated 100% of his job and he hadn't done any 'real work' for…
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2018-10-09 in Weblog

The Crazy Ones

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and…
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2018-09-21 in Notes

Humankind. A Dan Mace film.

Dan Mace got 100 film-makers to collaborate on a film about people. Here's 4 beautiful minutes of humanity.
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2018-09-18 in Notes

Michael Seibel – Building Product

Easy ideas get built much faster, therefore you should split hard items into easy ideas and tease out the easy and high-impact items to work on.
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2018-09-17 in Weblog

Nike Principles

40 year old Nike internal memo by its first marketing head Rob Strasser titled “Principles”. Nike hasn't wavered from those principles.
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2018-09-16 in Notes

This is Water – David Foster Wallace

There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the…
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2018-08-11 in Quotes

Becoming a Millionaire

The greatest reward in becoming a millionaire is not the amount of money that you earn. It is the kind of person that you have to become to become a…
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2018-08-11 in Notes

Obvious to you. Amazing to others

Everybody’s ideas seem obvious to them. But what’s obvious to you might be amazing to someone else.
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2018-08-11 in Notes

How The Economic Machine Works – Ray Dalio

An unconventional approach to economics that helped Ray Dalio anticipate (and side-step) the global financial crisis. When you understand that the economy is nothing more than the accumulation of all human transactions,…
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2018-07-22 in Notes

Technological Disobedience in Cuba

Working with the adjacent possible, used everyday objects become resources for the new. It's a kind of circular economy where everything has a second life, reincarnated into something useful.
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2018-07-23 in Notes

Breaking 2 – Nike

Full documentary - Breaking 2. Nike + National Geographic. A beautiful collision between human optimisation, sports science, nutrition, teamwork, dedication, focus, and storytelling.
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2018-06-09 in Weblog

Twitter Wisdom

Since curating by Twitter stream to a tight group of 100 people, it's become a source of amazing learning. I put together this metathread of the very best threads that…
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2018-04-15 in Weblog

100 or 1

One of the magical things that the internet has done for us is to reduce the fixed costs of starting a business so now they're close-to-zero. Everybody loves the way the…
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2018-04-15 in Weblog


I've written before about the unhealthy defaults that we revert to when we don't take decisive action. There are default life-paths that you fall into (just like 90% of the population)…
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2017-11-05 in Featured

What if Imposter Syndrome was all a Big Lie?

Ever get that feeling when you’re about to do something important, like delivering a speech or starting a new job? It usually shows up as a sense that you’re not…
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2018-03-16 in Newsletter


If you shuffle a deck of cards, it's perfectly possible that they'll end up in order: clubs, spades, hearts, diamonds, Ace to King. But the probability of it happening is…
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2018-02-23 in Innovation

The Third Industrial Revolution

The first industrial revolution was British. The steam printing press created a mass-communication device, followed by the telegraph. Coal brought about huge amounts of accessible energy to drive steam engines.…
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2017-12-06 in Innovation, Weblog

We’re Living in a Murmuration

The internet isn’t a connected organised mesh of interlinked nodes. It’s more fluid. An undulating, transient, chaos. A throbbing swarm of ideas that all happen at once.
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2018-02-10 in Weblog

Charlie Munger’s Elementary Wisdom for Investment Management & Business

The following text is a transcription from a speech given by Charlie Munger at USC Business School, 1994. I'm going to play a minor trick on you today because the…
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2018-02-16 in Weblog

David Hieatt’s Company Rules

1. If we can’t do the basics amazingly well, nothing else will matter. 2. Never try to be cool. Only try to be good. 3. Ne honest. People trust you…
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2018-02-11 in Hacker's MBA, Weblog

Bootstrapping Side Projects into Profitable Startups

Pieter Levels epitomises what it means to be a hackerpreneur. Insatiably curious, autodidact, polymath, maker, designer, coder, results-driven, signal > noise.
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2017-03-31 in Innovation

The 6 second drum-loop behind NWA, the Prodigy & Bowie

Amen Brother is a 1969 funk track by The Winstons that nobody has really heard of. Except for a 6-second drum loop that wove a musical meme into the tapestry…
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2017-04-14 in Weblog

How Elon Musk Spends His Time

A lot of people think I must spend a lot of time with media or on businessy things. But 80% of it is spent on engineering and design. - Elon…
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2017-06-16 in Weblog

Unlimited You

You got this.
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2017-09-08 in Innovation

Clean Disruption of Energy & Transportation

Stanford University futurist Tony Seba spent the last decades studying technological disruptions. He argues that the Electric Vehicle, battery storage, and solar power, along with autonomous vehicles, are a perfect…
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2017-09-29 in Innovation

Build Your Own Things

Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter…
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2017-10-06 in Innovation

Press Pause Play (2012)

The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent…
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2017-06-06 in Weblog

Remix – Overhead The Albatross + Hans Zimmer

When I’m in heads-down production mode, this Hans Zimmer track from Inception is my goto hack to flip my brain into a flow state. I can easily listen to it…
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2017-11-03 in Innovation

How to Find Your Mission

What do you believe? What do you stand for? Why do you do what you're doing?
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2017-11-13 in Innovation

Everything is a Remix

We have the mistaken intuition that to be creative, you must be original... that innovation comes from some kind of genius. In reality, new things are born from existing ones, remixed,…
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2017-03-19 in Weblog

Nothing is Original

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street…
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2017-03-09 in Weblog

We are the f**king iceberg

Do what you can't. Casey Neistat
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2017-03-05 in Weblog

What are your Road Runner Rules?

When Chuck Jones, the Warner Brothers cartoonist created the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, he also also created these nine rules. You see, in the infinite cartoon universe, literally anything…
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2015-11-07 in Startups

Having A Mission Does Not Equal Having A Business

I nerd out a lot about the early days of personal computers, the technological break throughs and incremental advancements of the late 70’s and early 80’s. One of my best…
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2016-02-29 in Startups

Behind the Scenes of a $2500 Side Product Launch

In 2013, Mailbox was set to revolutionise productivity by giving us all new superpowers to blast through our endless email. If regular email was a Swiss army knife, Mailbox was…
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