lack of logical positivism

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is this worth working on?


Here’s a set of questions I ask myself as the last bar for whether something’s worth working on or not (in terms of a business). I think you can contextually manipulate this to work for anything, though I leave that exercise to the reader.

 Questions to Answer:

  1. Why is this truly valuable? (hard != valuable) have you spoken to people in your target audience and confirmed that this is something they actually want?
  2. Why are you uniquely qualified to work on this? - founder/product fit
  3. What special insight are you applying that no one else has figured out? (“secret”/hidden truth) - fundamental understanding of space and why current alternatives stray from truth
  4. How is this defensible? what barriers have prevented attempts in the past from succeeding that you’re overcoming?
  5. What do you see as the realistic best case outcome? what would you need to get there...

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tech’s second attempt at oakland


This was possible in Reed and Brown’s time because the individuals who were brought into Oakland by Brown’s initiatives were mainly uninvolved with the cultural heart of the city. Yet, as more and more individuals are shying away from San Francisco, a large contingent of techies is following the starving artist into Oakland. With enough of that contingent calling Oakland home, embellished with the even stronger push of real tech jobs within Oakland itself, the same types of people who helped reshape San Francisco into the tech-over-all environment are planting roots. Signs of such progression can be found when taking a close look at the historic Telegraph Ave, one bustling with diverse and locally owned businesses, now teeming with groups of,

“well-dressed and soon-to-be well-groomed men sat patiently in the sun outside Temescal Alley Barbershop waiting...

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bengal, separated by religion, united by ecosystem


To the world outside of the Indian subcontinent, the freedom of the British Raj was commonly considered a huge win for the Indian people, and a repercussion of the toll that the United Kingdom had taken over World War II. Yet, like the empire chose to do with many of its holdings in the Middle East and Africa, the British split India fairly arbitrarily into two separate countries India and Pakistan (Bangladesh would later split from Pakistan in 1971, but would be at the time labelled East Pakistan or East Bengal). The critical separating factors were key socioeconomic divides that would prevent the country from growing at a significant rate for at least 50 years, but more impactful was the religious divide. India had developed a significant contingent of a Muslim population under British rule (about 50 percent), and while the lines of Pakistan and India...

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balanced inequality


Americans as a whole, when asked where their patriotism stems from, begin to cite values such as freedom, independence, and the ability to pursuit “the American Dream.” In the fifties that might have meant a house, a car, a television, a well supported family, and vacation once in a while. That simple notion has since evolved into the sentiment that if we (as Americans) worked hard, we can achieve whatever we set out too. Coincidentally, those dreams usually involve extravagant residences, a frivolous and luxurious lifestyle, and even more wealth than we already have. Yet, the reality of our economy and its zero-sum game begin to hit when taking a look at what the unilateral pursuit has done to the people of the same nation that allowed it to be as such. The byproducts are corporations which are forced to provide more for relatively less, catering to a...

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