Raising a Moral Child

The shame-prone toddlers avoided the researcher and did not volunteer that they broke the doll. The guilt-prone toddlers were more likely to fix the doll, approach the experimenter, and explain what happened. The ashamed toddlers were avoiders; the guilty toddlers were amenders.

If we want our children to care about others, we need to teach them to feel guilt rather than shame when they misbehave.


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In the past, much of the public interest in diversity has focused on issues of fairness and representation. More recently, however, there has been a rising interest in the benefits of diversity.

In the common understanding, diversity in a group of people refers to differences in their demographic characteristics, cultural identities and ethnicity, and training and expertise. Advocates of diversity in problem-solving groups claim a linkage among these sorts of diversity (which we will refer to as identity diversity) and what we might call functional diversity, differences in how people represent problems and how they go about solving them. Given that linkage, they conclude that, because of their greater functional diversity, identity-diverse groups can outperform homogeneous groups (4-6).

Vinod Khosla interviews Larry Page & Sergey Brin.

Got tired of Evernote and upgraded to Paper—better input UI, crashes less.

Got tired of Evernote and upgraded to Paper—better input UI, crashes less.

Uber’s Algorithmic Monopoly: “We are not setting the price. The market is setting the price. We have algorithms to determine what that market is.”


That’s a remarkable quote from the CEO of Uber.

Uber of course is a cab service that lets you order a cab from your smartphone via an App. It’s really neat, you get to watch the cab approach on a map, the payment is automatically applied so you don’t have to even deal with the transaction itself. The company is now taking its approach to logistics, and moving to ‘disrupt’ the delivery industry as well, competing with courier services, UPS, Fedex, and the Post Office. It’ll be interesting to see what happens there.

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Fantastic analysis. I believe that Uber drivers will ultimately be classified as contractors to Uber––as opposed to employees of the company or contractors hired by the passenger––and that Uber will be help liable for what happens inside its cabs. 

Uber is a great service, but it is not marketplace. 

VCs aren’t unintelligent. Nor are VCs evil (not all of them anyway). They’re not even necessarily misaligned with you. What they are doing is optimizing for a very specific outcome.

Share that alignment, or don’t take their money.

“There is no place with more experienced mentors than Silicon Valley.”

A Better, More Human Approach to Management

He started spending one-on-one meetings talking to his reports about their lives, instead of their tasks, and productivity shot through the roof. “When you sit across a table from someone, ask them ‘What’s going on in your life?’ That will always remove more hurdles than asking them ‘What’s blocking you at work?’” he said. He started taking his reports out to lunch, to drinks, to coffee to see what was up. How was their wife settling into her new job? Did escrow close on their new house? This is the stuff that people bring into work with them but never talk about, Stirman says. As soon as you ask, the pressure starts to dissipate.

This more human approach starting paying off in other, less expected ways too. “I’d hear that someone on my team had a problem with someone on another team that brought everything to a standstill – just because they didn’t like each other. I thought, what if I just got them in a room together and we all talked about everything except the problem at hand? When we did, we got some casual conversation going, they discovered some similarities, and by the end of the hour they were talking about how to solve their issues. This was a conflict that literally kept me up at night, and as soon as there was space for them to connect as people, it was fixed.”

Without Oakland, Pandora founder Tim Westergren doubts his company would have survived.

The Internet radio startup left San Francisco at the apex of the dot-com boom and when times were lean in Oakland, his landlord let Westergren pay what he could afford.

"We might have been out of business by 2003 or 2004 if we had to stay in San Francisco," said Westergren.

Looking for the sure thing

It’s been done before, sorry.

It’s never been done before, too risky.

It’s too obvious.

It’s too obscure.

It’s too easy, everyone can do it.

It’s too hard to launch, it’ll never work.

Too indy, why can’t you get backers?

Too mainstream, the man has polluted you, you sold out.

It’s never been practiced, you’ll do it wrong.

You’ve practiced it too much, it can’t possibly be fresh.

Not here, this city/market/audience is too jaded.

Not here, this city/market/audience is untested.

The market has peaked, nothing goes up forever.

The market is dead, it’ll never catch on…

Most bestsellers are surprise bestsellers, because there’s no sure thing, at least not where we want to look for it.