To Work in Web is to Be Constantly Behind the Curve

To work in web is to be constantly behind the curve.

I didn’t think I’d be in this position for such a long time, but that’s the nature of the game. I’ve been at the game for a few years now. I love the game. It’s in my blood. I’m not remotely talented, but I’m obsessed.

I know I’m pretty good at what I do, not because of intelligence or anything extraordinary, but because taking a vacation from doing web things isn’t on the plate as an option for me. I just love what I do that much.

It’s a downregulation of dopamine type thing. It’s been a downhill battle ever since I made my first web property that got converting traffic. In web, I’m barely even a failure. 

Now I’m putting my skillsets to good use on HDPHealth to try to make an impact on the drug development pipeline and on the lives of those with chronic illnesses.

My sea of work…

  • Used Google Analytics for over 450 websites in the last 4 years.
  • Owned/transacted/conducted over 500 domain names.
  • Built over 700 landing pages.
  • Signed up for over 3400 apps according to gmail.
  • Paid subscriptions to over 250 services at a time.
  • Written 300+ blog posts and Quora Posts.
  • Driven over a few billion page views.
  • Received over 3 Billion Page views and I stopped tracking it a while ago.
  • Sent out over 10M tweets and 2M direct messages via twitter bots.
  • Downloaded over 10,000 mobile apps.
  • Sent 100M emails.
  • Scraped, crawled, and manipulated over 60M pieces of data.

Tomorrow there’s 15,000 web and mobile apps coming out. I used to have the naïveté to believe that I was ahead of the curve.

There’s no such thing in web.

There is only behind the curve.

Why Drug Development Cost So Much, Engineer’s Perspective

Deeming a drug safe is much easier than deeming it effective.

One thing most people don’t understand is that the hard scientific costs of drug development at a scientific level are usually millions of dollars, not billions.

What happened in the late 50’s and 60’s was the birth of children with limb malformities/malformations as a side effect of using Thalidiomide, a cancer drug. It was a huge problem.

The thalidiomide crisis exploded into a blowback style reaction that would inflate the cost of drug development to Billions of dollars and make patent lawyers rich.

This was a dumb move and the result of a scientifically inept congress, which for the most part we still have.

It was passed in 1962 as an amendment to the FDA. It required proof of efficacy in addition to safety for approval of new drugs. What happened with thalidomide was a proof of safety issue and had very little to do with efficacy.

The Kefauver Harris act is on the same level as the 1984 SCPA (Semiconductor Chip Protection Act) for the pharma industry. I think we should NOT abolish the efficacy clause, but we should modify it to keep the snake oil salesmen at bay, and as well encourage a rapid development cycle. To be clear, I’m not sure what should be done…

Prior to Kefauver Harris act: 7 months for filing for an investigational drug. Now: 7 years or more.

Don’t Send a Human To Do a Machine’s Job: A Note to Sales Teams

I see something on the horizon of sales that will change everything. In the USA, there are something like 18 Million sales people. We are a country of sales people.

I see something exciting, because I’m addicted to apps.
Every day, I am witness to the largest demo day on the planet. Over 15,000 web and mobile apps launch each day. 

In the valley, my only discernible skill is that I’ve used more web and mobile apps than most people. 25,000+ at my last count. There’s no replacement for raw passionate obsession.

Automation Is Something Founders Care About

2 or 3 founders a week approach me to talk shop about automation. You see there’s a very real problem in Silicon valley and it’s the ratio of outbound:inbound sales folks in a company. Outreach can be extremely automated.

Right now, there’s over 1000+ Marketing and Automation technology companies.
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If your VC is telling you that you should hire lots of outbound Sales Account Executives/Sales Development Representatives(SDR), be cognizant of the realities. If your VP of Sales knows less than 10% of the companies on that chart…….they should start studying it.

Ratio of Outbound:Inbound Sales Folks
A ratio of 1:10 ratio of outbound:inbound SDR’s is extremely viable for companies pursuing huge markets with tons of customers.

Automation is Beautiful. It’s Real. Everything is Abstracted. 
You see, the level of automation we can have is surreal.

I’ve built an entire outbound CRM using Zapier. For the price of one Eastern European outsourced developer and a Zapier subscription, I can replace armies of outbound sales folks.

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With tools like PathWright, I can train someone from High School to do epic things.

But wait, this isn’t human enough? It doesn’t matter, there’s even an API for adding human context. Don’t you worry. 🙂

Using BuzzSumo, I can automate small talk.

“Oh Hey Jenny, I saw your tweet about X.  {Buzzsumo(input unique keywords from article that Jenny tweeted, return interesting article)} is something you might find interesting.”

You see, there’s no escaping what’s the reality. There’s many non-technical and technical jobs that will be replaced by API’s, crawlers, and code.

There’s even a programmatic human component for those 80% robotic, 20% human tasks. Check out API’s like 2Hive.

Google Sheets as a Database

Want to build a ghetto-quick non programmer required database and process leads? Just use Zapier to pipe the data into a google sheets.

Then pump BlockSpring Google Sheets Add-On all over it.

Don’t send a human to do a machine’s job. 

In short, if you dream about apps the same way I do, tweet me.

If you’re fascinated with automation, want to empower your sales team, or want to nerd out about apps let’s chat.

People Against Nuclear Energy

People against nuclear energy are missing some key perspectives.

Everyone who is educated on the nature of $/MWh, cares about the environment, understands specific energy, power density, and environmental impacts can clearly see that it will take a combination of energy sources with Nuclear doing the heavy lifting to come to a more energy sustainable future.

The big problem if solved, that will change humanity, is the problem of teaching the general population about the multitude of different ways in which radiation is measured, environmental effects, and the notion of energy from a mathematical system.

A History of Innovators: To Grow Really Big, Do Something Small Absurdly Well.

Studying Innovation History is fun. 
For the last 20 years, I’ve studied over 1000 inventors and creators. It started with my first shitty invention at the age of 6- an infinite loop solar panel tied to a flashlight and a book given to me by my grandfather about inventors. It grew into a brute force fascination into understanding the mechanics of how inventors and innovators go from zero to X.

Single Functionality as A Starting Point. 
To grow really big as a venture or tech with a lot of reach, do one thing absurdly well for a small group of people.

People Normally Distribute. 
Most groups of people ‘normally distribute’ and for whatever reason, 100 seems to be a statistically significant enough size. If you can make a small group of people super happy, you can usually grow from that.

Some Prime Examples
I chose a few of my favorite stories of founded companies as examples…..

HP started as a company that only makes precision audio oscillators.
Nintendo started off as the best damn playing cards for gangsters.
Motorola made the best battery eliminator for radios.
Coca Cola started as a pharmacists product who laced booze with cocaine.
Sharp started as a pencil making company. They made a really cool pencil called the Ever-ready sharp. I have a poster of it in my home office.
Kotex made the first high fidelity wound dressings for World War 2.
Dow started making potassium bromide and bleach initially.
Toyota started as a handloom company.
Bose’s first loud speaker dispersed 22 small mid-range speakers over an eighth of a sphere and was a commercial failure, followed by the creation of the model 901, in which eight identical mid-range drivers (with electronic equalization) were aimed at the wall behind the speaker while the ninth driver was aimed towards the listener. The pentagonal design was groundbreaking and beautiful engineering. This product feels indistinguishable from Magic.
Johnson & Johnson made the first ready to use surgical dressings after hearing a speech from Joseph Lister, or so it goes.
P&G – Procter and Gamble started as a joint venture to collect fat to make candles+soap.

If you have any other good founding stories, please tweet them to me @datarade.

What Creators Know About Patents.

What Creators Know About Patents.

Great creators know that patents are mostly a human video game of sorts that they are required to partake in. They create things because they have a disease of the soul that makes them feel sick if they’re not creating things. Patents are not necessary for a resourceful creator’s success.

Great products that are used by millions of people generally allow us to discover new ideas, concepts, and problems that we couldn’t have seen before without their existence.

The World’s First Shrimp Peeler.

Take for example the case of the meteoric rise of the Shrimp industry and its derivative inventions.

In 1949 James Lapeyre stepped on a piece of shrimp and the skin came undone from the shrimp. He used this knowledge and invented the world’s first shrimp peeler and blew up and unlocked the capability of the shrimp industry.

The Conveyor Belts Started Rusting.

Millions of pounds of shrimp were being pulled into the peelers and the conveyor belts started rusting from the salt.

The resultant invention was plastic modular conveyor belts which were rolled into Intralox, a billion dollar company, that has changed the way conveyor belts are manufactured and optimized. Intralox now services 60,000 customers.

“In 1949, Intralox founder J.M. Lapeyre[3][4] invented an automatic shrimp-peeling machine [5][6] that changed the industry. J.M. patented his shrimp peeler and 190 other inventions during his lifetime. He also founded four companies — all based on his inventions. Intralox, one of those four companies, registered the first patent for modular plastic belting in 1970.”

The basic idea is that distributed products with lots of users cause new problems to emerge.

The Realities of Patents.

The future is a world where patents don’t exist, where the consummate creators can build on top of previous inventions without the nuances of having to close licensing deals with emotional figureheads.

Patents are government granted monopolies of the previous century that humanity must overcome.

Quotes About Creativity, Transhumanism, Behavior, Technology, and Entrepreneurship

Quotes About Creativity, Transhumanism, Behavior, Technology, and Entrepreneurship

“I think this whole Valley has gotten way ahead of itself, and I’m excited for the crash, and for all the pretenders to clear out and for the people who are the die-hards, the builders, the people who have been hustling and selling candy in their high school cafeteria, who have been going door-to-door their whole lives, who are built for this game, I can’t wait until it’s just them again.”

“I love learning and using theoretical constructs to better understand the world around me. Naturally therefore, I studied physics in college and worked as a research scientist for five years. I published my findings in peer reviewed journals five times over that period, first on organic solar cells and then on EuO thin-film crystals. My goal during this period of my life was simply to expand the frontier of human knowledge.

Now, my goals have shifted. I want to use economic theory as a means to abolish the use of coercion and agression amongst mankind. Just as slavery has been abolished most everywhere, I believe violence, coercion and all forms of force by one person over another can come to an end. The most widespread and systemic use of force is amongst institutions and governments, so this is my current point of effort. The best way to change a government is to change the minds of the governed, however. To that end, I am creating an economic simulation to give people a first-hand experience of what it would be like to live in a world without the systemic use of force.”

“If you want to make money at some point, remember this, because this is one of the reasons startups win. Big companies want to decrease the standard deviation of design outcomes because they want to avoid disasters. But when you damp oscillations, you lose the high points as well as the low. This is not a problem for big companies, because they don’t win by making great products. Big companies win by sucking less than other big companies.”

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

“Fate gives all of us three teachers, three friends, three enemies, and three great loves in our lives. But these twelve are always disguised, and we can never know which one is which until we’ve loved them, left them, or fought them.”

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

“History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.”

“Right here and now, one quanta away, there is raging a universe of active intelligence that is transhuman, hyperdimensional, and extremely alien… What is driving religious feeling today is a wish for contact with this other universe.”

“It’s amazing how once the mind is free of emotional pollution, logic and clarity emerge.”