But such changes may pale in significance compared to the revolution an efficient method for solving NP-complete problems would cause in mathematics itself. According to Stephen Cook, ...it would transform mathematics by allowing a computer to find a formal proof of any theorem which has a proof of a reasonable length, since formal proofs can easily be recognized in polynomial time. Example problems may well include all of the CMI prize problems.
What do we think happens when we price an indie game at $25 and do not discount it? Well several things. As *many* people point out, the number of ‘impulse’ purchases is pretty low. There are also a low number of purchases from people who are ‘on the fence’ or ‘mildly interested’. But what else happens? There are two rather interesting phenomena at play, which are price-signaling and sunk costs.
I am beginning to think we are using the wrong words to describe what it means to be an “independent artist” and it’s setting the stage for these kinds of breakdowns. But any argument about the meaning of words quickly gets messy and complicated, and I’m not smart enough to defend it. Still, I think words are abstractions, and abstractions become expressions that frame our understanding of our... experiences, expectations, culture—everything. Language is an interface, and if an interface can mold behavior and perception, than language does that to your life. We need new words so we can talk. We need to talk so we can explore. We need to explore so we can build, and we need to build so we can sustain. We are at the beginning of something good, but we need to take care of it and ourselves so it can keep going, better.
Every single day, I get ten new people telling me how I missed a lot of “fun” and knowledge that I could have gained by going to college. To all of you folks — I agree, but you have no idea how much fun I had by doing what I did and discovering what I did.
The impostor syndrome, sometimes called impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome, is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments. Despite external evidence of their competence, those with the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be.
I’d rather not discuss how many times I’ve been on the receiving end of “too late.” It stings. It’s painful. I’ve missed some amazing opportunities sitting right in my email inbox because of fear. They were served on a silver platter and I couldn’t, and didn’t, respond. Even worse, I’ve had the great ideas, sometimes, years before others. However, fear has held me back. It’s prevented me from pursuing those dreams and I get angry when I see others achieving the successes I felt were mine
Leadership isn’t always about your company culture. It isn’t about perks at work or how many free lunches you give out. You can’t buy yourself leadership. It’s about pushing people farther than they thought they could go. It’s about creating results that are bigger than our sum. Most importantly leadership is about inspiring people to be better than they currently are.
I am not a successful entrepreneur. I do not know the secret to life. I know that I love what I do but struggle with feeling content and balanced. I'd ask other entrepreneurs about their advice and they would say within seconds you need to unplug or take a vacation, but applying that is difficult for me--I don't want to figure out the right way to take a break, I want to figure out how to... appreciate the present moment. I'm not an aspiring buddhist or a zen master either. I want to win, I want to be the best, I want to make some people feel stupid for not believing in us, and I love being at the front of the eternal fight that is a startup. But the counterbalance of the fight was difficult to find.
The “like” has had a tremendous influence on the web and our connectedness between one another. Nearly every social product has some form of lightweight interaction to give users a quick way to acknowledge each other’s contributions with little cognitive overhead. This is becoming increasingly prevalent as we “favorite” a tweet, “heart” an Instagram photo, and “like” a Facebook post. As a result,... more signals of reciprocation are triggered, re-engaging users. But do these lightweight interactions lead to less meaningful interactions and thoughtful engagement? Are we conditioning people to interact mindlessly?
What I’ve learned after reflecting on my experiences is that it’s important to consider your audience above all else when designing interfaces. The user’s experience is the only thing that matters when it comes to interface design. Just remember who that user is, and realize that ultimately, the best interface experience may be one that requires learning.
And of course that’s what’s going on with the Russian baller too. It’s not just about the merits of your website – if it were we’d be at the Four Seasons 6 months earlier – it’s about whether you project energy, excitement, and confidence. So when dude asks what your valuation is you have to look him in the eyes and say the biggest number you can without losing it and cracking up, which for us on... that day was 17 million dollars. So that’s one fundraising lesson: project confidence. But more than that you must actually BE confident because there will be times when things look so bleak that unless you truly believe you’ll trick yourself into thinking it’s all over.
The way bamboo grows is one of the most bizarre, fascinating and untypical occurrences for plants and for nature in general, I’ve learnt. At first, for 5 years, after you have sown the seed you see nothing, other than a tiny shoot, poking its head up from the ground. All the actual growth is happening underground, where an incredibly complex root system is established interwoven outward and... upward across vast amounts of land. Then, towards the end of the 5th year, the bamboo shoots up and grows over 30 meters tall. The plant is in fact the fastest growing plant on earth and can grow around 1m within 24 hours during that period.
Let me take a step back and explain what Introspection Time is. Every company moves forward at breakneck speed, even the oldest of corporations. There’s so much momentum at your back that it’s remarkably easy to just keep your head down and be pushed along. But it’s a recipe for disaster. If you don’t pop up from time to time to reflect on where you were, where you are now, and what path you took... to get from there to here, you’re doomed to repeat past mistakes. Introspection Time is where you put on the brakes, pull over, and just talk about what’s been going on. What you’ve noticed, what’s been bothering you, and what you’ve loved. I think any company, with suitable leadership, can benefit from this sort of process. But Keen, which consists of five of my best friends and me, takes it to the next level. The ways in which we can be open and honest with each other are truly remarkable. We say things to each other that would certainly be unusual (if not forbidden) between co-workers in a typical employee-employee relationship. But rather than being weird, or causing friction in either our personal or professional relationships, it focuses us. It energizes us. It makes us feel like our voices matter, that the people we work with truly care about us, and that we’re free to care as much as we want right back.
True poetic practice implies a mind so miraculously attuned and illuminated that it can form words, by a chain of more-than coincidences, into a living entity — a poem that goes about on its own (for centuries after the author’s death, perhaps) affecting readers with its stored magic.
would not, from all the borders of itself, burst like a star: for here there is no place that does not see you. You must change your life.
Sometimes a design can be so sleek and simple that a user finds it intimidating or unfriendly to navigate. “The main thing in our design is that we have to make things intuitively obvious,”
Each tap creates a new cell-like element—a white dot and white membrane that crowds in among the other cells as they twitch and flow across the black screen.
When you surround yourself with other talented people who have the will to make things happen, you realize that you’re not alone–and that there are hundreds of people who are willing to help you as much as you’re willing to help them. It’s incredible.