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Interview with Sacha Chua

I spoke with with Sacha Chua last week. We talked about entrepreneurship, Emacs, having eclectic interests, delegation, and more. J: I ran into you by searching on Emacs topics. When I look at your blog, I see that you do

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Nobody's going to steal your idea

When I was working on my dissertation, I thought someone might scoop my research and I’d have to start over. Looking back, that was ridiculous. For one thing, my research was too arcane for many others to care about. And

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You've got to do something with the duck

From Seth Godin’s Startup School: So the first thing about the duck is that there are a lot of people who spend their time getting all their ducks in a row. … If you want to be a neurosurgeon, you

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Would you rather serve a market or a boss?

Here’s an idea to chew on. Hayek argues that you either have to serve a market or a boss, and that the former is preferable. Man in a complex society can have no choice but between adjusting himself to what

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Total security

“If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing missing is freedom.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Evaluating weather forecast accuracy: an interview with Eric Floehr

Eric Floehr is the owner of ForecastWatch, a company that evaluates the accuracy of weather forecasts. In this interview Eric explains what his business does, how he got started, and some of the technology he uses.

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Atomic skills versus molecular skills

Scott Adams has an essay in the Wall Street Journal today entitled How to Get a Real Education. He starts by saying the brightest students should get an academic education and the rest should learn entrepreneurship. I disagree. I don’t

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Deconstructing Thomas Edison

I’m reading Remarkable Engineers to write a review for a web site. The prose is pretty bland, though it got spicier in the chapter on Thomas Edison. It seems the author felt he needed to take Edison down a notch.

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Make something and sell it

I’ve run across a couple podcasts this week promoting the radical idea that you should sell what you make. The latest Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders podcast features David Heineimeier Hansson’s talk Unlearn Your MBA which he gave to a room full

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Plane crashes, software crashes, and business crashes

I’ve run into the same theme in very different contexts lately: people ignore data from crashes. FlowingData has an article today claiming that, contrary to popular belief, some parts of an airplane are safer than others.  According to the article, pundits

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