As much as I try to avoid public appearances and public speaking in general, one that I could not miss is the yearly career fair of the Computer Science Faculty of the Univesity of Bucharest, where Cronian Academy is deeply involved in courses, programs and curriculum.
I spoke at every edition since its inception four years ago and always aimed to give a positive keynote speech, empowering students to leverage technology knowledge and aim to make an impact though their abilities as opposed to sell their time and abilities.
One of the first Internet businesses I started was in content publishing by a blogging network back in the early 2000s. Although I am no longer involved with that business (exited to someone who knew more about this that I was interested in knowing) I got to follow the evolution of blogging and publishing quite closely.
The thing is, if you care about having an impact on the world, the too-early mode is the highest leverage point because you can have an idea, build a mock or a prototype of it, and then have those ideas find themselves in products that other people build that then scale up to massive.
Scaling things, and building a business, and the data that you have when you grow something to a large scale, does allow you to learn certain things that you can’t learn in a lab.
If you do something and make a splash and build something interesting, then people will give you money to do more stuff. They come to you and say, “Why don’t you take this to the next level? Let us invest.” And then you generate revenue, and that allows you to explore more ideas.
The Jonah Peretti interview by Felix Salmon is a 90-minutes-read Q&A spread over 4 meetings and many Internet, publishing and behavioural psychology. Definitely a worthy weekend read.
For the sake of research, I’m wearing this activity tracker wristband that fits too small (they only had it Medium where I got it from) and looks rather goofy. But apparently it tracks my steps and my sleeps and it’s going to make it all sugar and spice and everything nice.
But I would not really mind that at all if it didn’t ask me to put a label on things. Is me sitting in bed just laying down for a minute or is it a nap? Do I intend to sleep long, as then I need to tell it beforehand I’m going to be sleeping longer so it doesn’t wake me up by vibrating continuously after my “power nap” is done.
Those quantified self do-it-all bands are nice, but someone should start a smart pillow company already.
Later Edit: Somebody did, but the end result doesn’t look pretty.