tag:causingaruck.us,2013:/posts Causingaruckus 2019-01-24T05:40:31Z Dmitri Boulanov tag:causingaruck.us,2013:Post/1176734 2017-07-24T23:07:58Z 2017-07-24T23:07:59Z Mark Zuckerberg: Success like mine only happens with luck
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14841927
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tag:causingaruck.us,2013:Post/1176079 2017-07-22T17:55:35Z 2017-07-22T17:55:35Z NYT: How The Modern World Made Cowards of Us
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/21/opinion/how-the-modern-world-made-cowards-of-us-all.html
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tag:causingaruck.us,2013:Post/1121448 2017-01-08T15:34:48Z 2017-01-08T15:34:49Z On ideation and iteration
http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/6/14188624/apple-prototype-iphone-ipod-click-wheel

Sample story demonstrating the core idea underneath agile development, as I understand it

It's not the formalities that mattter, but the sheer flexibility to try concepts and features, then fairly quickly deciding on why the concept works or not for the end user, before moving on to either releasing it or moving on to another idea
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tag:causingaruck.us,2013:Post/1114980 2016-12-13T01:20:11Z 2016-12-13T01:20:11Z Test for M
Hey M! 

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tag:causingaruck.us,2013:Post/1105332 2016-11-03T21:20:21Z 2019-01-24T05:40:31Z Test for D

Whoa! Picture!

Linky link

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tag:causingaruck.us,2013:Post/855959 2015-05-14T12:42:32Z 2015-05-14T12:42:33Z Sticking to one's values

Recent post by Sam Altman, reflecting on life lessons after turning 30. I really agree on most of these, besides having experienced a fewer number of them personally. I'm sure some change and evolve as one grows even older and starts a family.

I'd like to hold myself accountable to truly living these, by posting them here and reflecting on them once in a while. Perhaps any reader can help me out by commenting on any straying I do from these, thus making me more aware.

As I encounter more applicable principles online, I'll link them under these same tags.

http://blog.samaltman.com/the-days-are-long-but-the-decades-are-short

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tag:causingaruck.us,2013:Post/828438 2015-03-22T20:36:27Z 2015-03-22T20:36:28Z Resurrecting this old dog

To restart the blog, I'll publish a few posts on the following topics:

-Experience with the euMetrica project - concept, inspiration / initial stages, seeking funding, participating in a hackathon, Chattanooga startup scene and the Gig, working with Mozilla crew, challenges, wins, experience w/ outsourcing some development, recruiting, legal, speaking with customers, advisers, VCs, working with friends, finding the time and managing a team and suppliers

-Sources of tech, global affair, health IT / genomics, mobile developments on the web. What are the sources I trust today? AVC, Bloomberg, etc...

-Insights from first 5 years as a software engineer / developer

-Insights from working in finance / buy-side

-Cambridge / Boston startup and HealthIT ecosystem - lessons learned so far - and resources available (events, websites, etc).

-Next steps in exploration of problems to solve with software / startups

-Past ideas in healthcare - computer vision for melanoma

-Current ideas in healthcare - thoughts - seeking partners (developers, MDs, students, etc - to help run a project) - what we need, what we have, and how I fit in. Seek feedback. Explain what my passion / goal / vision is - and what I'm looking for - in terms of help / partnership.

-Predictions for startups that will make it / will have a significant impact - or TechReview and other pieces. 

-Books reviewed

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tag:causingaruck.us,2013:Post/813920 2015-02-21T03:15:26Z 2015-02-21T03:15:27Z Saddest thing I've heard about the Bay Area tech scene

Just a few years ago, I had a high regard for all the innovation and ideas being driven by folk in the Silicon Valley / Bay Area.

However, more recently, the positive image / respect for the scene has really gone downhill in my mind, because of experiences with the local tech crowd similar to the one described by amazing founders of Rescue Forensics in this story:

"They plan to move back to Tennessee after finishing the winter Y Combinator program. It’s a different world here on the West Coast and their mission is serious.

Dalton said that he’ll go to dinner parties in San Francisco. “Everybody will be sipping their cocktails or their mojito. They’ll say something like they’re building an ad network,” Dalton said. “When I get asked, I usually say ‘web intelligence,’ hoping that they’ll leave me alone.”

“If they ask more questions, everyone’s buzz gets killed,” he quipped."


Ladies / gentlemen of the Valley - that is pathetic! If you brag about changing the world to the rest of us (and having the know-how to do it), then I hope you have the guts to tackle (or help those who are) the serious issues and not just the next nice-to-have video/image/texting/social service. 


PS. I wonder if there's room for Boston to take on this challenge that the SV / Bay Area seems to avoid.

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tag:causingaruck.us,2013:Post/813916 2015-02-21T02:59:35Z 2015-02-21T03:00:24Z The journey is not straightforward - find your way

Fantastic post by Fred Wilson - brief story of how he found his professional pursuit / direction and what guided him.

A must read:

http://avc.com/2015/02/finding-your-passion/

Key point:

"So where is this story going? Well it seems to me that finding your passion is critical to having a full and fulfilling life. And you have to put yourself in a place to do that. For me, it started with a woman who knew what she wanted to do long before I did and who pushed me to “figure it out” and it ended with a couple guys, Milton and Bliss, who passed their passion on to me.

I am sure there are many other ways to get there. But it won’t happen without help. So surround yourself with people who care about you and listen to them. And good things will come from that."



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tag:causingaruck.us,2013:Post/808722 2015-02-08T16:28:11Z 2015-02-08T16:28:25Z Guidance for engineers looking into creating a venture


Describes how I chose to continue my current technical path - glad I came across Paul Graham's bit on this:

"...If you work your way down the Forbes 400 making an x next to the name of each person with an MBA, you'll learn something important about business school. After Warren Buffett, you don't hit another MBA till number 22, Phil Knight, the CEO of Nike. There are only 5 MBAs in the top 50. What you notice in the Forbes 400 are a lot of people with technical backgrounds. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Michael Dell, Jeff Bezos, Gordon Moore. The rulers of the technology business tend to come from technology, not business. So if you want to invest two years in something that will help you succeed in business, the evidence suggests you'd do better to learn how to hack than get an MBA..."

http://paulgraham.com/start.html


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tag:causingaruck.us,2013:Post/734708 2014-09-01T04:36:27Z 2014-09-01T04:50:40Z .awesome 3

Stumbled across this while checking out the rest of the blog after a post on FinTech on today's Hacker News:

A well designed online service with real impact in mind - hats off to the founders and team for using their skill to better the world around them! The button leading to action related to user's needs up is up front and center; the description of the service right above the button. The service component is sourced from the crowd - with individual listeners listed with reviews and descriptions - much like other modern service models (AirBnb, etc). I wonder if larger health organizations can adopt a similar model for other areas of advice / consult for their customers/consumers (I would imagine there are already plenty companies in this space - the question is how well is the service presented and provided... and easy to use).

7 Cups of Tea



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tag:causingaruck.us,2013:Post/720529 2014-07-30T02:40:03Z 2014-07-30T02:40:04Z .awesome 2

The site explains it all. A new kind of start-up from YCombinator - a global health non-profit. Help folk around the world get back up on their feet, with the code you write - every week, every day. Help them out here:

https://watsi.org/

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tag:causingaruck.us,2013:Post/714118 2014-07-15T02:48:07Z 2014-07-15T02:49:47Z Ventures and scientific pursuit

Recommended read on the approach to your full-time pursuits - long, but strikes home (by a successful scientist, reflecting on circumstances, personal character, luck, and effort):
http://blog.samaltman.com/you-and-your-research

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tag:causingaruck.us,2013:Post/714107 2014-07-15T02:07:18Z 2014-07-15T02:07:18Z In support of net neutrality

I support Alexis Ohanian's proposal to the FCC on net neutrality legislation.

Clear and concise case for net neutrality by Sam Altman

Comments?

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tag:causingaruck.us,2013:Post/714102 2014-07-15T01:52:33Z 2014-07-15T01:53:37Z .awesome 1

First post of a series I hope to build up. Moments / points of awesome - those times/situations/photos/stories/people/scenarios that light up your entire day/week/month/year(s) with a positive feel and thought.

Cambridge (MA) is awesome (I do believe this will be an entire subsection of .awesome):

Before paying for my meal at the Chipotle in Central Square, the store manager asks me to join their crew in doing the wave. Across the register counter, I watch as they start the wave at the salad area and go all the way to the manager at the register, who then looks to me to complete it - I wave my arms up and down to complete the motion, without hesitation. I then become the starting point for the next wave, this time going back to the salad part of the delicious burrito assembly line. The manager, the crew and I all laugh, enjoying the moment. The manager then pushes the brown bag with the tacos over to me, saying 'No charge'. What a simple, yet such pleasant, fun moment. 

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tag:causingaruck.us,2013:Post/713468 2014-07-13T02:14:18Z 2014-07-15T01:38:44Z Kickstart 2014

Kickstarting this place for thoughts. It's a new year. First blog was in 2009. Next one was in 2011 (I've copied it from Posterous to Posthaven here). This one should be easier to maintain, because PostHaven allows to email posts to the site, which will post them to a page - making it easier for me to quickly note the thought and pass it along to be posted (no worries on formatting, etc - just get it down on "paper"). This is my new "wall" to post on (rather than in FB). 

Also - today I found a new cafe in Boston that's so far proving to be a fantastic place to study, unmatched by any such place in Cambridge. Open from 8AM to 12AM everyday, has bubble tea, coffee, various teas, spiked drinks (if you're into that during the day), a TON of space and outlets, free WiFi, and oh yeah, did I mention - perpetual breakfast (i.e. breakfast served all day). Also, it's next to the Bus #1 stop that goes directly to Cambridge and next to  the Hynes Convention Center Green Line stop. Check out Trident Cafe on Newbury St yourself - it's a good place to support by coming here and buying some food/drink - an independent book store / cafe.

The goal is to stop sharing individual links with various friends / family or sending them to my own email address and rather aggregate them here. Will keep the posts short / concise - outline the main points. 

Some benefits include:

1) Friends / family can have a cleaner inbox while still being able to check out links / discussions / tech / thoughts that I think is relevant. 

2) The comments sections allows folk to post a public comment, to initiate discussion with the broader community - perhaps some of the folk I know who don't know each other yet, may connect in useful ways. 

3) Perhaps I will be able to easily convey my interests to folk by passing along the blog link, rather than directing them to multiple websites, resume, LinkedIn, etc. Perhaps some past post I've made will help with creating new connections for me and my community in the future. Perhaps some past posts will help others connect some ideas / concepts in their minds and generate new ventures.

4) Hopefully I can improve my writing through daily / weekly writing. 

5) Perhaps I'll realize something about my past experience, as I go through the effort of describing it, and be able to better reflect on the outcomes / future efforts. 

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tag:causingaruck.us,2013:Post/595795 2013-08-19T04:09:08Z 2013-10-08T17:28:44Z Motivation for founders
“After being rejected by literally hundreds of investors — maybe not hundreds, maybe not literally — but lots of investors,” she said, she decided to research who had financed “crazy things,” and wound up gaining the attention of Peter Thiel, the former PayPal entrepreneur whose Founders Fund provides venture capital for unusual ideas."
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