Archive for the 'Meta-Ideas' Category

Paul Graham's new compiler

Monday, March 26th, 2007

At Startup School, Paul Graham told us of Y Combinator‘s new policy for funding teams: Photo by ybboey If you don’t have a good idea, no problem, he’ll give you one – as long as you’re awesome. Oh to be Paul Graham. To have teams of shit hot coders fighting to be accepted by you […]

A quick reminder about meta-ideas

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Doc Searls echos the meta-idea that I started this blog with.

Brain Crack

Friday, August 4th, 2006

I just came across this month-old zefrank episode which includes some characteristically insightful advice from Ze: I run out of ideas every day! Each day I live in mortal fear that I’ve used up the last idea that’ll ever come to me. If you don’t wanna run out of ideas the best thing to do […]

The Web 2.0 Evolution

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

So I turned up for the Web 2.0 Ireland day at DCU. Witnessing the Marc Canter show was entertaining and there was a bit of tech discussion sprinkled on top. But the overwhelming topic for the day was… Money Yes, that’s an actual slide, taken out of context, from one of the company’s presentations. It […]

Leaving Cert. Students… meet Paul Graham

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Here‘s this week’s inspiring read from the man himself, just in time for anybody who’ll be filling in their CAO this weekend. Read it yourself, but in short: Realise that work and fun are not exclusive. Aim to do what you love and you’ll be great at it, easily. If you don’t know what you […]

Hack the Planet!

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Other people, it seems, have felt similar disappointments to mine with the gush of web 2.0 cash-ins. People with web 2.0 visions, I’d like to direct your attention to something you may have been overlooking: Planet Earth. I have a feeling that we (as web-app developers) are missing something right under our noses. Something big. […]

Paul Graham on the value of ideas

Friday, October 28th, 2005

Paul Graham says: “[S]tartup ideas are worthless”. The value of a successful startup lies in the people and in the process of exploring an idea. And there should be more than one person: “Y Combinator has a rule against investing in startups with only one founder.” I’m inclined to believe him. Unfortunately my main project […]

Advice to self

Friday, August 19th, 2005

When you have ideas, the first instinct is to keep them secret, a possession, in the hope that they increase your net worth. But ideas are very risky assets. Ideas are data. They transfer easily from person to person. They can be copied and recopied and never lose their value (and never gain any either). […]

Release Early…

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

About two months ago, I was visiting a friend in New York and I remember getting very excited about a cool way I had of attaching javascript events to DOM elements with the help of a little library I’d written. Not being a web developer, she found it hard to share my enthusiasm and may […]