This is one of the most amazing bookshelves I’ve ever seen. I have a thing for bookshelves, a piece of furniture that lends itself to meaningful design. The thoughtfullness and minimalism of this particular design is simply amazing. The designer’s site is here.
After who-knows-how-many years of collecting screws, nuts, washers, nails, and other metal nicknacks, I finally decided to sort them all out and put them in nice little drawers. The task was formidable – I estimated the number of items at more than 10,000. Picking them all up one by one and placing each one in the right drawer would take forever, so I had to come up with a quicker strategy. As it turns out, the strategy came about after I already started, and this in fact is lesson one.
I just came accross this great post by Naval Ravikant on aging and entrepreneurship. This Douglas Adams quote captures it nicely: “everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal; anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and …
The question I ask myself is what new tools the Twitter community – soon to be known as “the Internet” at this growth pace – needs. There are plenty of desktop and mobile clients, innovative front ends, automated tools. But what’s missing?
Here’s a startup idea that will make make the world a better place: Replace guide dogs and white canes with mobile streaming video.
This one is so useful. It was invented in 2001, and indeed I don’t remember seeing anyone walking their snake before that. All snake owners where holding their breath waiting for Mr. Donald Robert Martin Boys to invent this ingenious serpent leash.
Robert M. Pirsig was right about technology being ultimately not scary. He was also right about the human relationship part, although he didn’t anticipate the rise of the social networking and its effect on human interaction. All these new members of the middle class connect with each other through their computers and phones. Their usage patterns, much like ours, gives a new meaning to the word “friend”.
Now is the time to start a company and be ready to meet the market when it needs your product.
Brian Solis over at TechCrunch wrote a great article about roughly the same concept I wrote about here. Brian is much more eloquent than I am and drives the point home nicely. I particularly liked the part about keeping marketing and sales going full steam ahead; just like him, I’m also a little biased…
One aspect of the current economic down cycle that nobody seem to care about is the shortage of ideas about the future. People are so obsessed with discussing the dire situation that coming up 5, 10, or 20 year plans for a better future is not in vogue anymore.