All blog posts and essays 2021 Notes from the book “The Mind is Flat” Market leaders get killed by non-competitors Never stop creating network effects in your business Do what’s hard (because everyone’s doing what’s easy) Use all your unfair advantages Your competitors are just like you: smart and hard-working Compete on cost or quality. You can’t do both Switching costs determine the valuation of your business Commoditize your value chain before it commoditizes you Solve the most important problem that you can personally impact How much can science tell us about reality? What you build your business on doesn’t limit how big it can grow Find partners who can grow their business by building on top of your business My moral code Crypto is the future of our society All startups belong to an ecosystem that makes or breaks them Steal successful ideas from everywhere The week rule to prevent failure Can an economy keep on growing? Habits prevent people from switching from the familiar to the new How we do science determines what we discover Deliver value only on dimensions that customers care about Artificial general intelligence is risky by default All sophisticated solutions start extremely simple Is the world becoming better? Reality is an evolved illusion People don’t like using technology Most surgeries are ineffective Define your market as narrowly as possible We may be alone in the universe How money works2020 20 lessons from 2020 Only two types of startups exist: technology-led and culture-led Don’t be a first-mover, be the first one to get it right Search for market-product fit, not product-market fit Be in the desires market, not the solutions market Evidence of desire is in people’s behavior (and not in what they say) Businesses exist to fulfil human desires Capitalism rewards rare and valuable How to be a Bayesian How to think about risk On the strangeness of giving advice Perils of binary thinking Twyman’s law Horizon based thinking The three levels of Hindu philosophy Money, entropy and climate change My intellectual progress in the last decade (2010s)2019 Making peace with the ambiguity of progress Big ideas that I suspect to be true What does the soul of the Marionette say? 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