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First Principals

First Principles – “Done”

  • There is no such thing as “Done,” it is a non-concept
  • The ideal project generates high interest, attention, inbound connections, learning and is never “Done.” 
  • The ideal project continues to generate value at all times, none of the value comes from being “Done”
  • When a project is “Done,” it no longer generates value, therefore, being finished is never a goal.

First Principles – Corporations & Organizations

  • Profit is waste because it is money not spent on products, growth or innovation
  • An efficient corporation is one that generates no profit, it only generates innovation
  • Without monopoly forces, profitability converges on Zero in competitive markets
  • An organization should spend 100% of its revenues on it’s mission 
  • Cash On-Hand is “waste”

First Principles – Open Source, Developers

  • Cryptocurrency is the native payment preferred by software engineers
  • Open Source must evolve a cryptocurrency monetization mechanism
  • Developers must be paid for Open Source work via Crypto Currencies native to software development
  • New business models based on OSS crypto will emerge
  • Developers need help to articulate and organize their product and marketing vision into a coherent story
  • Venture Capital is too slow, bulky, costly and time consuming to be effective in coming decades
  • Any intermediary between the creation of value and the funding is “Waste,” Venture Capital is “Waste”
  • Venture Capital in Open Source must be replaced by Developer Coins (DevCoins) of some sort
  • Developers are extremely resistant to commercially motivated activity
  • Developers are strongly motivated by sustainability and good causes
  • Any monetization mechanism must involve a higher mission and not profit motivation
  • Anyone who accumulate developer coins will be wealthy
  • Anything which maximizes accumulation of alt-coins is effective
  • Developers and technical founders are the king-makers of the new era
  • Anything that does not maximize the amount of alt-coins accumulated is “waste”

First Principles – Strategy & Career

  • Research and Development are the highest leverage use of time, followed by evangelism of Credibility Materials
  • Credibility Materials are any documents which organize and integrate complex knowledge gained via research
  • Credibility Materials are required to establish oneself as an “expert” in any particular domain
  • Gaining and holding “expert status” requires constant research (30% of time) 
  • Anything that does not maximize the production of Credibility Materials is waste
  • Expertise and credibility are directly based on having a store of credibility materials
  • Credibility Materials are created only through research and new skills acquisition
  • The ideal mix is 20-30% skills and R&D, 20-30% evangelism and 20-30% materials production
  • If you have multiple objectives, design a project which accomplishes all goals at once
  • Any activity which does not accomplish multiple goals at once is “waste”
  • The objective of evangelism and content is the creation of inbound connections
  • Any content or evangelism that does not produce inbound leads is “waste”

First Principals – Market Selection

  • When two great markets overlap, you get a “Supermarket”
    • Supermarkets form when two or more great markets overlap
    • Identify a supermarket and spend all your energy in that zone
  • Niche Marketing is limited, Supermarketing is unlimited
  • Examples of Supermarkets:
    • Edge Computing + Cloud-Native Technology + AI
    • Open Source + Cryptocurrency Monetization
    • Sustainability + Open Source + Edge Computing + Cryptocurrency
    • Open Source + Edge Computing
  • Only do things which create more opportunity and more optionality
  • Focus on gaining expertise in Supermarkets, not niches

First Principals – People

  • Developers need significant help to organize their thinking and value proposition into a viable business 
  • People do not want to listen, they want help organizing the thoughts they already have
  • Avoid telling people the answer, focus on providing them with the context which creates the answer 
  • People need Ghost Writers to “interview solutions out of them”