I quit my corporate job a couple of weeks ago in order to pursue my dream of launching a startup. The night I decided that I needed to quit in order to pursue my dream, I had a conversation with my dad.
He tried to talk me out of it. He is risk-averse. He thought that I should be safe. I shouldn’t risk my stability.
I have been a software engineer for almost a decade now. Over this time, I have developed a certain style of communication. Whenever we communicate with a certain group of people for a considerable time, we tend to pick up certain speech patterns and vocabulary. I have learned to speak to a group of engineers and communicate my ideas to them. …
We have spent a long time in fear. Much too long. It is time to release our fear.
We punish people for their mistakes. We are afraid of them repeating their mistakes. Punishment is not an efficient teacher though. It works, but other things work better. We know this because of science.
Trump did what he did to make money. This makes sense. We have programmed people for decades to believe that money and success were equal. They are not, and truly happy people know this.
He is simply a symptom of a broken economy. He thought he could fix things. He took a shot. He missed. I am championing a society that forgives. …
I have examined the internet and tried to understand how it can be so powerful and yet so dangerous. I believe I figured out the answer. The problem is that the internet was designed without humans at the center. It was designed to make money, and that it does very well.
The goal of the human API is to give control to the human in the human-technology relationship. At some point, the control shifted to the technology, and we were driven by the algorithms designed to drive profits. …
I love setting goals that are absolutely insane. If you have followed me for any time at all, you have probably seen at least one of them.
I have a very specific reason for doing so. For a long time, I was chasing the standard goals that most people have.
Do you know how successful I was at those goals? I wasn’t. Ok, I did get a promotion, finally. But not quite the one I wanted.
Then, I decided to shoot a little higher. …
I have a theory that I am trying to prove right now. I had the realization that money is infinite now and I am living a severely limited lifestyle compared to what I would like. I make a solid six figures a year but I live in a crappy rental house and have for a decade. I keep waiting for my break while I climb the corporate ladder.
I have been working hard for almost a decade and teaching myself to build computer software. I always figured that would be my end state. …
I have been a software engineer for the past decade. I started off at a non-profit, took a stint consulting which had me in fashion e-commerce, and finally landed in healthcare.
In the beginning, I was a Java developer. I worked on some large webapps, both front- and back-end. Looking back on it, I was incredibly lucky to work with a bunch of extremely talented people. I learned so many valuable things about how systems worked together and how high-functioning teams worked.
Over the past decade, I haven’t been particularly active on social media. I started on social media in its earliest days. I had a Myspace. I joined Facebook when it was just for college students. I was on Twitter in its earliest days.
Then social media exploded. Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok. To be honest, I just didn’t understand the appeal. I thought I was just aging out of social media. I had a career and a family and simply wanted to spend time elsewhere. I tried Instagram and Snapchat but they never clicked for me. …
I decided to become a blogger several months ago. I saw an opportunity to stretch my wings, grow a little bit, and make some extra money.
I started writing on Medium. And writing. And writing.
I wrote a bunch. I made a few bucks. But never anything huge.
I learned some more. I read Medium articles on how to make more money on Medium. (A lot of them, if I am honest.)
At some point, I realized something. The top writers don’t make money for writing on Medium. They make money on Medium by monetizing themselves and their fans. …
Back in August, a short (and so very long) 4 months ago, I had the spark of an idea. I started diagramming on my whiteboard. I thought I could design a better social media app than what currently existed. I didn’t know how this idea was going to change my life, but it certainly did.
The future is data. The present is also data. Actually, so is the past.
If you want to figure out how to make money, understand how to collect and analyze data. With data, all things are possible.
And therein lies the problem. All things are possible. Given the right data, anyone can control the behaviors of others.
Don’t believe me? Check out behavioral marketing.
According to Neil Patel,
Behavioral marketing is the strategy of targeting leads or customers based on specific actions they take on a website, rather than just the pages they view. …