“Abigail Ross Goodman, lost her best friend, who’d been on the ninety-sixth floor of the North Tower, when Flight 11, with her father aboard, crashed into it—a meaningful adjacency, to be sure.” – New Yorker Michael Arad, the designer behind the World Trade Center memorial, describes meaningful adjacencies as a way of organizing names in space to convey a … More Meaningful Adjacencies
Start with a person. Observe them. Define their problems. Understand their problems. Discover and anticipate their latent needs. Ideate. Take stock of any limitations. Demand limitations. Focus on the best solution, worry about resources later. Prototype a product to solve the problem. Iterate. Incorporate data learnings Don’t forget about the person. Test. Test. Test. Then test … More Designing a Better World
Presence is the illusion of hearing, touching, tasting, feeling, and seeing something in virtual reality that tricks your lizard brain into believes it is real. Presence is VR magic. It’s why you duck when a virtual pterodactyl is flying towards you or why your stomach drops when you fall off of a virtual cliff. And … More The Meaning of Presence in VR
The concept of Deep work is one that I’ve been trying to put a name on for years. Deep work is structuring your work for mastery. It’s about not responding to every email, not taking every meeting, and not working on any project. It’s the opposite of what most people are doing today. Deep work requires a plan, … More Deep Work
If you’re thinking about launching a tech start-up, you should move to Silicon Valley. Here is a why. Funding The vast majority of venture capital firms in the US are located in Silicon Valley. Andreesen Horrowitz, Sequoia Capital, Khlosa Ventures, Benchmark Capital the list goes on…they’re all in Silicon Valley. If one VC doesn’t shell out $$$ … More Should you move to Silicon Valley?
What do Descartes, Aristotle, and Elon Musk all have in common? They reason from first principles. First principles are basic foundational propositions that cannot be derived from any other proposition or assumption. The benefit of first principle thinking is that it leads to new solutions, more frequently, than reasoning by analogy. When you reason by analogy, you … More Thinking for Yourself
If Seth Godin can write 5 posts a day–I can write 1. Last week I listened to a Podcast with Seth Godin where he extolled the virtues of writing regularly. Much of what he said struck a cord with me, and so I’m giving it a shot. Writing has always been one of my most … More Sol 1