How to Find Your Earliest Users

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1. market place
2. naturally grown audience
3. cold emails, outbound sales
4. SEO ‘optimization’
5. product hunt, reddit, hackernews
6. lifetime deals
7. slack
8. facebook, angel list, beta list
9. twitter, instagram, linkedin
10. ads
11. Blind, Quora, other QA sites.
12. press coverage

The Power of Conspiracy and Secrets


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Back in 2016, a bizarre story emerged in pop culture. Professional wrestler Hulk Hogan won a $115 million dollar lawsuit against the gossip website Gawker for publishing a sex tape that had been made without his consent. The victory was somewhat surprising but the real surprise was who was actually behind the lawsuit; it wasn’t Hogan himself, but the billionaire founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel.

Thiel had his own axe to grind against Gawker, and he had been honing it since 2007. He had been plotting to take down Gawker for almost a decade.
What may sound like a tawdry story of celebrity and scandal, actually contains surprisingly potent lessons on revenge, Stoicism, strategy, perseverance, hubris, privacy, and the underrated power of secrets.
My guest today dug into this story and its insights in his new book, Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue. His name is Ryan Holiday, and he’s also the author of Growth Hacker Marketing, The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego Is the Enemy, andThe Daily Stoic. Today on the show Ryan and I discuss his latest book, and the lessons we can take from a story that reads much like a modern-day Count of Monte Cristo.

Show Highlights

  • Why was Ryan drawn to this story? How did he end up chronicling it?
  • How did Ryan choose an approach to this book? How did he write it differently than most journalists already had?
  • The backstory of and its outing of Peter Thiel
  • Why it took 4+ years for Thiel to realize he could do something about it
  • How did Thiel find and end up paying for Hulk Hogan’s case against Gawker?
  • What Ryan meant in calling Thiel a “high agency” individual
  • Can a person become high agency? Or are you born that way?
  • Why Thiel wants to be underestimated and under-the-radar
  • Why competition is for losers
  • The difference between conspiracy and war
  • Why Thiel sought revenge rather than taking, say, a Stoic approach to the problem
  • Did Thiel go too far? Why was his identity and scheme revealed?
  • Why secrecy can actually be an effective, powerful tool in getting things done
  • The value of privacy in our modern transparent society
  • How did all the players in this story turn out?
  • What happened when Thiel and Denton met in person?
  • Ryan’s takeaways on strategy, getting things done, etc.


ChinaX Notes

Part 1   unit 1-3 Political and Intellectual Foundations: From the Sage Kings to Confucius and the Legalists

Part 1   unit 4-6 Political and Intellectual Foundations: From the Sage Kings to Confucius and the Legalists

Part 2 The Creation and End of a Centralized Empire

Part 3 Cosmopolitan Tang: Aristocratic Culture

Part 4 Literati China: Examinations and Neo-Confucianism

Part 5 From Global Empire under the Mongols to a Global Economy under the Ming Dynasty

Part 6 unit 26-27 The Manchus and the Qing

Part 7 unit 28-29 The Manchus and the Qing

Part 8 Creating Modern China: The Birth of a Nation

Part 9 Communist Liberations

Part 10 Greater China Today: The People’s Republic, Taiwan, and Hong Kong


Inner Asian Empire and the Unity of China ChinaX part 6.

How do the incorporation of the inner Asian frontier, the final corporation
of this frontier into Qing shape the course of modern Chinese history?
How is it seen?
How is it reflected in politics and society in China today?
These territories, along with Tibet, which
also comes, as I mentioned earlier, under more and more direct authority
of the Manchu Emperor through the course of the 18th century.
These territories comprise a pretty significant part
of modern Chinese territory, the lands of the People’s Republic of China.
And they set the mold.
The Qing shape sets the mold then for what
will become the shape of the modern Chinese nation.
These territories also represent a continuing problem
of governance for the PRC.
And so the relevance of Manchu empire to modern China, I think,
is hard to exaggerate.
Inheritance of these territories has been very effectively naturalized
by the leaders of China under the Republic of China,
as well as under the People’s Republic of China.
And so it’s easy, in a way, for us to forget that this was the result
of an imperial expansion, a project of imperial expansion that took place
in the late 1600’s and then in the 1700’s.
But if it hadn’t been for this project of imperial expansion,
we could be pretty sure that China today would be half the size that it is now.
An awareness of the Qing imperial enterprise during the High Qing
reminds us that while much is made of the continuity of China
as the last of the antique empires to survive into the modern era,
this is something of a misunderstanding.
That is to say, China today is the successor state,
we can say of “imperial China,” but more specifically,
it is the successor state of the Qing empire
which was a vast, hybrid, polyethnic, multinational state that
brought peoples from very different backgrounds,
with different religious traditions, different languages together
in a kind of gunpowder empire of the type that is quite comparable to say,
the Ottoman Empire, the Mughal empire, the Romanov empire.
It represented the synthesis of centuries
of interaction between China and inner Asia.
It wasn’t just another Chinese empire.

The Complete Harvard Classics By Volume – Free PDF Downloads

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Volume 1 – Benjamin Franklin, John Woolman, William Penn
Volume 2 – Plato, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius
Volume 3 – Bacon, Milton’s Prose, Thomas Browne
Volume 4 – Milton, Complete Poems in English
Volume 5 – Emerson, Essays and English Traits
Volume 6 – Robert Burns, Poems and Songs
Volume 7 – The Confessions of St. Augustine, The Imitation of Christ
Volume 8 – Nine Greek Dramas
Volume 9 – Letters and Treatises of Cicero and Pliny
Volume 10 – Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations
Volume 11 – Charles Darwin, Origin of the Species
Volume 12 – Plutarch’s Lives
Volume 13 – Virgil, Aeneid
Volume 14 – Cervantes, Don Quixote, Part I
Volume 15 – Pilgrim’s Progress, Donne and Herbert, Walton
Volume 16 – The Thousand and One Nights
Volume 17 – Folk-Lore and Fable: Aesop, Grimm, Andersen
Volume 18 – Modern English Drama
Volume 19 – Faust, Egmont, etc., Goethe, Doctor Faustus, Marlowe
Volume 20 – Dante, The Divine Comedy
Volume 21 – Manzoni, I Promessi Sposi
Volume 22 – Homer, The Odyssey
Volume 23 – Dana, Two Years Before the Mast
Volume 24 – Burke, On the Sublime, French Revolution, etc.
Volume 25 – J. S. Mill and Thomas Carlyle
Volume 26 – Continental Drama
Volume 27 – English Essays, Sidney to Macaulay
Volume 28 – Essays, English and American
Volume 29 – Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle
Volume 30 – Scientific Papers: Faraday, Helmholtz, Kelvin, Newcomb, etc.
Volume 31 – Cellini, Autobiography
Volume 32 – Montaigne, Sainte-Beuve, Renan, etc.
Volume 33 – Voyages and Travel
Volume 34 – Descartes, Voltaire, Rousseau, Hobbes
Volume 35 – Froissart, Malory, Holinshed
Volume 36 – Machiavelli, More, Luther
Volume 37 – Locke, Berkeley, Hume
Volume 38 – Scientific Papers: Harvey, Jenner, Lister, Pasteur
Volume 39 – Famous Prefaces
Volume 40 – English Poetry I
Volume 41 – English Poetry II
Volume 42 – English Poetry III
Volume 43 – American Historical Documents
Volume 44 – Sacred Writings I
Volume 45 – Sacred Writings II
Volume 46 – Elizabethan Drama I
Volume 47 – Elizabethan Drama II
Volume 48 – Blaise Pascal, Thoughts and Minor Works
Volume 49 – Epic and Saga
Volume 51 – Lectures

A bipartisan agreement: Trump is bad for democracy

“I think [America First is] very short sighted,” Kasich said of the desire to “withdraw, take care of ourselves.”

The report explains that democracies around the globe were under assault, but by six separate measures — “politicizing independent institutions, spreading disinformation, amassing executive power, quashing dissent, delegitimizing communities, and corrupting elections”

Most important are the report’s recommendations. Congress should do its part. There is a role for the press, for the public and even the private sector to speak out and defend the rule of law and independent sources of information.

The Makings of a Leader

Just Wow!

  1. How, then, does he establish himself as a leader of his family?
  2. Well, it is not accepted right away that he will be the leader of his family.
  3. To be a leader involves struggle.
  4. You win through struggle, through vanquishing others.
  5. It’s not as if by being the oldest son of Hoelun
  6. he has the right to become the leader of his family.
  7. There’s a story that’s told of one of his half brothers
  8. who is so much stronger than him that when they went out fishing,
  9. his brother would take away the fish.
  10. When they went out to shoot birds, the half brother would take away the bird.
  11. And Temujin went to complain to his mother, and his mother ignored him.
  12. And so Temujin arranged with his four brothers
  13. to sneak up behind the half brother and to shoot him dead.
  14. At that point, he became the leader of his family.

The 40-year gap, or What has academic computer science ever done for us programmers

Has academic computer science been useful for practicing software engineers? I will show that it has, but with about 40 years of delay.

Declarative arithmetic expressions, such as SQRT(2.0*X)/Y, were first realized in Fortran, invented in 1953…  … So, we may conclude that in roughly 40 years, the concept has become widely adopted.

The “map/reduce” concept was pioneered in the LISP language around 1960… … Google famously used map/reduce at scale in early 2000s.

The paradigm of object-oriented programming began with the Simula language in 1967… … By mid-2000s, C++, Java and OOP became established industry practices.

Communicating sequential processes was an obscure theory developed in 1978 by Tony Hoare… …The first industry-strength implementation of this theory had to wait until 2009 when Google created the Go language. The adoption of Go outside Google started gaining momentum around 2013-2015.

Lambda-functions (or “anonymous functions“) were first clearly described in the 1967 lectures by Christopher Strachey and later implemented in a number of experimental programming languages… …In 2009, lambda-functions were added to Delphi and PHP, in 2011 to C++, in 2012 to Ada, and in 2014 to Java.