Inadequate Equilibria: A Summarized Remix

Could you ever do better than all of human civilization on some particular problem? Could you be reasonably confident that you know something experts don’t, or that you’ve discovered a novel solution to a big problem, or that you can “do better” than the best the rest of the world has to offer? Maybe it’s not so far-fetched, given that it’s quite plausible no one is working on some specific problem that you’ve come across…

Decisions ≠ Outcomes

The process of making a decision is not the same thing as the outcome of the decision — it's possible to have a well-made decision that results in a bad outcome, or to have a poorly-made decision that results in a good outcome…


I've noticed a sense of so-what-ness that permeates a lot of the conversations I've had or observed. It's a sense of mild cynicism that hangs over a conversation or idea, where it feels like every sentence has to justify its significance against an unspoken "so what?". It's skepticism as a default; an indulgence in intellectual... Continue Reading →

Personal Lessons from Taking Over SXSW

I just got back from taking over SXSW with Trustwork. It was an exhausting eight-day marathon, complete with an air mattress in the office, questionable food, and hundreds of rejections a day. I wouldn't want to do it again. Despite all that, it was a fantastic experience, and I'm really glad it happened. For reference... Continue Reading →

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