When you are up, your friends learn who you are.
When you are down, you learn who your friends are."
When you are up, your friends learn who you are.
When you are down, you learn who your friends are."
After exploring the possibility of using patents at all, I realized it’s all mainly a casino setup for the middle people to make a lot of money - along with bullies who are trolls.
Lawyers won’t state you have a chance of higher than 50/50 as to avoid liabilities. And they also won’t look in depth or care about what you’re doing until you’ve paid them a good chunk or they will guaranteed make a large sum from longer processes that patents and other legal frameworks lead to — it’s a freemium model of sorts.
After dipping my toe into the process, I more now understand what is meant by using patents as a defense system.
I’m sure I will become further infuriated as I launch projects and patent trolls come singing their song.
I should add that I’m referring specifically to “software” patents, however I’m unsure of certain aspects of other types of patents and if they add any real value to society.
The reason most people don’t have the same youthful energy when they’re older is because they don’t take care of their body and mind.
They get stuck in a fixed, non-fluid way of thinking and functioning within the world - having a less flexible mind, and being in less dynamic life circumstances - the opposite state of childhood innocence, exploration, creativity and play.
I don’t drink. I did in my late teens, early 20s - though not that often, and not usually binging (all night). I have painful memories of being shit-face drunk and laying on the ground throwing up - a few of those - enough of them, along with the other medium-term negative effects from alcohol that every last time I drank it became blatantly obvious how terrible it is. Most people condition their bodies though, and their brain and mind, and develop coping mechanisms around how alcohol affects them - including thinking and thought patterns.
Alcohol is a depressant, and long-term - even short-term use (much like marijuana) - will start to alter how you think, feel, behave. The more sensitive you are (neural networks, if you’re more creative then you have less redundancy in networks so patterns are less strongly reenforced - allowing for more loosely based connections equating to more diverse, creative, connections and patterns); Also meaning it takes more time to learn basic worldly constructs, mimicked through pattern reenforcement in the brain - so the more sensitive, the more easily influenced by the environment, the more harm that can come to bring you into fear of survival mode, the more work it takes to learn the nuances of this and the world.
The majority of society currently hurts themselves more and more as life stress - fear of survival-relating implications - hit them, which comes closer to becoming independent - usually around adult age.
Self-medicating is the biggest issue. Alcohol (poison), coffee (carcinogen and dependancy, not mastering your own energies), lack of maintenance (physical, mental, emotional), etc. contribute to this and all compound on eachother, amplifying their negative impact.
The longer you use these to ‘get through’ or ‘push through’ stressful situations, to “help” you suppress or repress experiences and memories and feelings and stresses deeper and deeper - the less-well your body will function, the more dependant, the more unraveling and more self-personal work towards self-awareness you’ll have to work through.
Not getting far off neutral or always facilitating people and fostering an environment where people are leading towards the positive side would then make the most sense - from childhood onward - realizing prevention and proactivity costing the least (resources and time wise), and . If the proper mechanisms and systems were in place this process would accelerate very quickly, and during a time of healing resources and costs would be higher - though then once a society has a higher baseline health then more time and resources can be used towards massive technology, innovation, advancement and improvements.
I’m healthier than I ever have been in my life right now - and I have more room to improve. I am 30 years old. I’d love to live to 100 or 120, I think it’s possible minus the risks of political environment, and uncontrollable exposure to pollutants.
The body is finnicky and we have a lot of learning to do, nuanced self-awareness to develop. Many people are so busy trying to figure out the complexity of life, and their thinking patterns, emotional patterns - that many get stuck in their heads, and never even fully connect to their body.
We’ve only had our body for the first time, most of us don’t know how to take care of them, ourselves - or more accurately the problem currently - where something that Albert Wenger mentioned as recently as yesterday - Russell Brand And The Revolution - is we are in survival mode, and not being provided the tools we need to take care of ourselves, to gain and maintain our health. Instead we are set into fight and flight mode - based on fear - because this system is fostered by the current systems that have taken hold and are able to perpetuate themselves with using profits to lobby and support those they want to give them the biggest voice amongst an under-educated, under-engaged, distracted and fear-filled society.
Basic Income Guarantee - as Albert mentions too - is an umbrella piece needed - though there are underlaying system structures that need changes in order for the maximum impact to occur from everyone receiving a basic income - otherwise those systems will immediately react and take advantage of the money made available - which then helps perpetuate the existing negative systems, the systems that have lead to quality of life of people having pressures continuously put on them, lowered - and then the positive cycles and amplification that would occur will then not occur. The benefit then will look and feel puny and pathetic, and those who have caused friction throughout the process will have easy fodder. The problem arises when you’re needing to disrupt trillion-dollar industries, and whereby those industries have been facilitating certain systems that require management - and when the systems to replace them don’t currently exist or aren’t fully realized or organized, and so not ready for facilitating the transition.
I want to share what Russell Brand so amazingly articulated - this quote is what Albert shared on Continuations yesterday as well -
”Fear and desire are the twin engines of human survival but with most of our basic needs met these instincts are being engaged to imprison us in an obsolete fragment of our consciousness. Our materialistic consumer culture relentlessly stimulates our desire. Our media ceaselessly engages our fear […]”
If everyone is in the service of everyone else, then everyone is very well taken care of; It’s a simple concept, easy for everyone to imagine and get excited about.
It means the universe has already fully evolved, and all time is is what we can currently perceive, presently.
Consciousness is a wave of energy that travels through the evolutionary steps of the already evolved universe - the wave/s will attach to whatever life forms are capable of integrating different energies, resonate with.
Whether the waves are a lead, and help intelligent beings be guided in their evolution - perhaps once biological systems and brain systems allowing for higher level thinking, differentiation systems (evolved sensitivity to subtle energies processing, ability to contrast those energies) is once the guidance begins and non-mammalian fear-survival based brain systems start to evolve - or not, I imagine could be up for debate.
If you look at big patterns, the most that seem to be at the scale of conspiracy theories - though that solidly fit well-known psychological patterns of acceptance, easing, comfort - then you might think twice.
Priming is what I am specifically talking about. There’s all of this news that Amazon’s been having a hard time - and people are worried about losing a service that they now “can’t live without.”
Would people say the same about losing Walmart if they were worried about their profits, $40 billion+ annually of profits? Possibly, if their selection of local niche stores weren’t providing a wide enough selection of necessities or other fun entertainment, crafts, hobbies, pleasure items.
Though Walmart had the idea and benefit, knowing full-well of the result / consequences, that moving into cities large enough to sustain their minimum sales requirements that they could put out of business many small, local, and locally owned retailers; The biggest issues with this is reduced expertise and help in a local area, and profits being divided less throughout society - being an issue as we know whereby the larger the gap between the poorest and the more wealthy currently equates to more sickness across the population.
The gap issue can be solved in a different way, and I’m not suggesting that we prevent individuals from becoming more wealthy than others - however if you keep in mind that better distribution of money still holds when distributed to those working or owning / running businesses - then it is good for a people if they are getting more money than national chains collect as a whole, pulling them from local economies; All of the arguments that the taxes (they pay or don’t pay) trickling back down into the economy don’t hold ground when you get into that discussion.
Amazon and Walmart
They are competitors, perhaps slightly apples and oranges - though the only real difference is Amazon’s distribution and storage costs, vs. Walmart’s retail storage and distribution costs. They still both have a supply chain to manage efficiently - and seeing as Walmart owns most (if not all?) of the land they have stores on, the added costs for them might be property taxes - and I imagine Amazon tries to keep things in-delivery / on-route as much as possible to reduce the amount of warehouse space they require. And of course once delivery mechanisms become cheaper then it will be good for everyone - Amazon, Walmart, manufacturers, the consumers - perfect with a few alterations to what’s being delivered (quality and what not), but that’s a different issue I’ll try to tackle in the future.
Amazon does it too. What you ask? What Walmart did. Amazon, as a competitive factor, wanted / wants to undercut everyone possible - in whatever way possible - in order to keep competition at bay (or put them in the grave).
One way they did this was free shipping for $25 and over. Then they introduced Prime to add a hook to increase retention. Then they upped the free shipping minimum to $35.
Any smartly run business leverages their assets to try to outpace competition, and they also try to run at $0 profit as to avoid paying taxes. The general population / consumer doesn’t understand this on average though, or at least they don’t really take it into account - probably because they have no real interest to - Amazon is providing them a service they are grateful for, getting what they need cheaper than they could elsewhere - and finding it with less effort.
Prior to the jump from $25 to $35 minimum free shipping, there must have been a lot of news and worry in the news relating to how un-profitable Amazon is - because the internet was full of people commenting and justifying, so kindly, for Amazon as to why the jump in the minimum was excusable.
So is this propaganda to prime people into being more comfortable with the idea of an increase?
I don’t imagine most people care, nor could understand it as a strategic play - though it does fit nicely into a long-tail framework of growth and beating competition and having consumers on your side - Amazon, a brand everyone seems to love.
Walmart on the other hand has had a lot more pushback, because their negative effects on the local economy are / were visible - small retail stores shutting down and local individuals no longer having work, and the Walmart workers who have work now aren’t compensated well (and can’t unionize?) - whereas Amazon’s effects on local economies are invisible.
Jeff Bezos is smart. He’s helping lead us forward in this never-ending yin-yang cycle of the universe - though I don’t see it as the end point. There are more holistic system changes possible, and needed, if we as humanity are going to survive the long-haul.
People like Bezos and Elon Musk are helping move things in the right direction innovation wise, getting things done wise - and as much as I’d love for us to have a sustainable colony on Mars, I feel that’s a bit escapist for how many issues we need to resolve here on Earth.
Accessibility, including distribution, is the most important factor we need to be working towards providing, facilitating, for people - as it’s a leading metric that positively influences everything else - whether it’s access to other people, to healthcare and services, to education. Reducing friction, costs, is key to a more fluid and naturally flowing society.
Fortunately these efforts can move forward in parallel, together. I hope the exciting doesn’t overshadow the most important of these - in people’s minds, in their attentions, intentions - that should be the health of the overall ecosystem, the health of people and the environment we live in.
The only honest counter-point to “ideas are a dime-a-dozen” is that the 19 years experience I have of unique experiences online, and in web development - throughout having spent that time focusing on different-but-connected problems for long periods of time - will result in me ideas that are nuanced and unique to me and my understanding. Most of the time people won’t be able to understand the value of what your presented idea - they have less of your experiences that lead you to this same point.
This is in fact the problem with finding investment money, especially if you’re trying to disrupt a market and haven’t proven your nuanced theory yet - which is why it’s best to find investors who invest in similar ideas or that you could fit under their investment thesis umbrella. Or where you reach traction of whatever sort, so investors can see evidence of something working - so then they can be put at some ease.
Knowing something - figuring it out - before someone else does is a competitive advantage, and a needed one if you want to own or be first to disrupt a market. Execution is also very important - though if you’re a creative person, who can come up with unique theory and see things others perhaps can’t - then are you as good at execution? Perhaps there are others that can execute quicker and better than you.
Or if you’re Mark Zuckerberg - you could be a developer hired to help develop ConnectU - and then lead the brothers on, pretending it’s almost ready - meanwhile working on your copy, The Facebook - and launch before them, because you yourself even stated to a friend in an online message that “there’s not really room for two” platforms like ConnectU/Facebook.
Can another Twitter exist - in the same market space? I don’t think so, not with a ton of capital invested and so long as Twitter doesn’t do something stupid - which I don’t see happening based on everything they’re doing. P.S. I would buy Twitter stock if I had money to. Facebook on the other hand continues to do things people don’t want, violates and abuses people’s privacy and settings, on a fairly regular basis. Facebook is ripe for disruption, even if merely for treating users better.
These nuances you discover are reasons why you don’t necessarily need to worry about others executing your ideas well, though some people are very good at reverse-engineering, and all they need are some keys - and they can start to unlock the rest. Some people have access to a lot of resources to copy ideas too - a well-known firm in Germany (?) who copies most anything successful: Pinterest / Pinspire, Stripe / etc..
The real solution is be smart about what you tell people, who you tell what to, and when you share certain parts of your idea - otherwise you’re being naive or just don’t care about the overall success of your business. It’s engineers, developers, who these days are mostly getting funded and becoming successful because they can build product - get it to a point where it’s ready to start scaling and get resources attached to them to turn them into a real business as quickly as possible. If you’re just an idea person, without personal wealth or family wealth, and no technical skills - your chances of success are very low in many business arenas.
It all really comes down to how serious you are and how big and stable of a business you want. There are tons of small ideas that aren’t done because you won’t make a lot of money doing them - they aren’t defensible in that way either - so if you enjoy doing it or want the experience to learn some things - then that’s great - though not likely something you can retire on. There are the outliers who make something small that becomes big and then they can sell it off or its size becomes its defence - though the internet is no longer in its infancy, and it is a serious competitive business environment. So be smart. Tie your shoes, and dot your i’s.
Tesla posted a detailed response to news of a Model S’ battery pack catching fire. They outlined everything important going in depth, and even clarified a few things that the media either didn’t know about or purposely removed it - whether to reduce length of what they are saying or to just rouse emotions.
This is how all companies need to act. If you become the trusted source for news relating to your company, people will think to look to you for what you have to say - to see how you dealt with the situation - and not allow media sources who want to get a rise out of people to dictate what your current and future customers think about you. It’s more the customers-to-be following you that are most important as to keep demand high and increasing.
As long as you don’t have a slump anywhere then the people who have never heard of Tesla, or unsure of them, will continue to see the brand and vehicles more and more - and that will be enough third-party proof that whatever ‘bad things’ they’ve heard must not be bad enough.
Tesla will be worth 10x what it currently is now within a relatively short period of time.
This is my mind. I have no control over it, you have none over yours. What you have is management. What and how you manage it is what will lead you to become what you will become, and that is based in part on the routine and habits you integrate into your life. Resisting expression of what you know is harmful is the wrong way, leading yourself to understanding all situations - and giving yourself the time to learn this, patience, will lead to thinking behaviour changes that no longer have you judging, and you will simply know. I feel this is what the idea of non-attachment is, though I strongly dislike that term as we are all fully attached at all times, and to be unattached is to be indifferent - one of society’s and humanity’s greatest weaknesses at this moment.
You have to know what stimulates you. You have to know what depressed you. You have to know how long certain stimulations last, and their longer-term effects - and likewise learn the patterns relating to what depresses you.
You need to gain awareness for past suppressions and present repression - and if you so choose, you should have routine and habit to help expose those suppressed and repressed memories / thoughts / images / sounds / feelings / sensations / experiences, and help them settle; Serotonin is the chemical that does this, so things like not painful activity - the more active the body and muscles, and the more healthy internal physical systems are - the greater the amplified effects.
Self-awareness is therefore the key, and is most reachable through healthy activity - a leading metric to gaining and maintaing your health - physical, mental, emotional - and what we should help foster in everyone.
Much yoga philosophy mimics much of the above. Move your body, focus on the breath and the present moment - as this helps you let go of being in thinking patterns on topics, helping you let them go - as while something is locked in a pattern, it is in use, it is having influence - it is taking concentration and resources away from the rest of your brain’s function, reducing percentage of functionality available, and therefore limiting your mind.
I define yoga as a framework for self-exploration. Self-exploration leads to self-awareness, leads to better decision making, leads to being more productive, healthier - better able to manage yourself and you within the universe around you.
I feel yoga is the key to growing, to opening up your mind, and being able to access your full capabilities. It will put pressures on you you are unfamiliar with, uncomfortable with, unsure of - that you dislike and excuse yourself away from. However this process exposes you which then allows you to learn, and let go, and become more and more open. By being open you are allowing the possibility of expansion, and this expansion so far for myself hasn’t ceased - and it’s an exciting thing - excitement not always being an enjoyable thing - though I promise you when you learn how to harness fear, your world becomes understandable, manageable - you can become an oyster farm.
A creative writing teacher in highschool gave us an exercise one day. It was simple. Write what you know about - because that is the easiest.
I since then modified it - do what you know.
When I was first out of highschool I went to Ryerson University in Toronto. I was enrolled in Urban & Regional Planning - city planning. I only stayed in the program for a year, though a few things stuck with me. One of those things was the homework of one of the professors. That homework was to read, front-to-back, EIGHT local-daily newspapers EVERY day.
The idea was to know the city or at minimum know how others are seeing the city in a broader scope than your own experiences; I’m not sure anyone ever actually did this, though the point towards importance was made.
If you’re creating tools for the masses (or investing in them), for community, what will be most useful, you absolutely must absorb yourself in the same environment to see the problems that exist, to experience them.
It’s obvious then to see why seeing or playing with a prototype is important. It will allow you to see if it improves personal experiences as, and how much those tools or the product fits with the kinds of other tools are useful, and fit within your own natural experiences and current behaviours with existing tools, products, etc.. This allows you to experience the value it could bring into your life, and then others who live similarly.
The above is in part why new tools that exist in one area will start to be able to gain traction faster, and easier, in other areas - tools or new methods of doing (say ‘Following’) - is now built-in behaviour in people, and so when they see it, they intuitively know what to do and the value that will come from it.
Hopefully what you know is also in part what you love, have passion for, are drawn towards - are actively learning about through experience you’re exposing yourself to on a regular basis.
It’s passion that helps lead learning, and doing that helps this process of learning, so then in a future date you have more personal tools and skills to take on larger challenges, perhaps with a larger scope or merely requiring more nuanced understanding that experience brings and patience.
So do what you know, love what you do.
Inspired from Kevin Marshall’s “Didn’t work Wednesday" post, I told a story of one of my first success-failures.
I never thought of it becoming a thing that could even generate money - I didn’t look at it or build it with that focus at all, which is why I had to shut it down.
It was at least 15 years ago.
I had created a free message board hosting service. BraveNet had existed then too - who offered a lot of free hosted services - though I thought I could do a better job.
With the help of a friend we turned some open source PHP code into a platform that could host free message boards.
It reached 500,000 daily views - or maybe it was 50,000? I can’t remember now. It sounds better at 500k anyway… I don’t think it was unique visitors, however there would have been a fair amount of uniques - and within a relatively quick amount of time.
Unfortunately I didn’t really want to have ads. I don’t know if I was against them or didn’t realize how much I could make from them. The traffic resulted in me not being able to afford the $500 per month hosting bill and I ended up shutting it down.
Unfortunately I didn’t have any business people or mentors to help give me any little advice to nudge me forward with turning it into a real business. I probably would have ended up being one of those 18 year olds who sold a company for $X millions.
I’ve learned a lot since then.
Another thing you learn, which you hopefully leave behind with youth and ego, is how much competition exists and how competitive the world really is. With this in mind, and one hell of a fear of failure and to survive, I think I’ve figured out a bullet proof plan I want to move forward on - and it’s bullet proof because it’s flexible, and will mimic a natural system.
Obviously I need to build it before others do or try to copy it, though I still know how to and plan to compete with that scenario.
I’m writing a whitepaper for it. I’m hoping to have it done at least a week prior to the AVC’s 10th Anniversary Meetup - so I could share it with a bunch of regulars and get their feedback, though I’m only at first draft right now - so we’ll see how it goes.