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  • cqwww 1:24 am on December 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Ideas Guy 

    For over a decade I’ve been identified as “the ideas guy”. This is mostly from founding ideasmeetings.org, which I ran for about 7 years in Victoria, BC, and then around 4 years in Vancouver, BC, every week, for about 3 hours per night. This is a public meetup, where anyone was welcome, to share any idea they had, with no filter on subject matter. I tried to ensure, and it was mostly supportive responses with a strong sprinkling of constructive criticism.

    I’ve wondered lately, if I’ve collaborated on more ideas than anyone.

    I don’t know if anyone else has made that claim, and if so, I’d love to meet them or know about them. I’m writing this with the intention to determine if it’s true, that I’ve heard more ideas than anyone.

    As distrust is common, I often took “minutes”, or loose notes that were discussed, or on a lucky night had someone else offer to do it for me. I have minutes from the Victoria chapter, and then two sections from Vancouver as we transitioned from mediawiki to github pages.

    Over the years, I’ve hosted ideasmeetings in other cities, and encouraged others to do the same. There have been meetings in Paris, Buenos Aires, Boston, Portsmouth, Seattle, and around the world, although there seems to be no minutes of those — and even close to my home town, I’ve been told the meetings in Toronto often pull in over 100 people yet I’ve never been.

    As a result, I think I’ve perhaps heard more ideas than anyone.

    I’m open to being proven wrong. If you know anyone that’s likely heard more ideas than me, let me know, I’ve not just listened and learned beyond Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours hypothesis, I’ve provided feedback throughout. This seems to me to be a unique and novel situation, and I’m open to being schooled by anyone who’s done better.

    If you’re considering starting an ideas meeting in your city, one thing I noticed is people with a high IQ and low EQ eagerly criticize what they perceive as bad ideas. Ensure this doesn’t happen, even constructive criticism should be limited. Challenge everyone to only support the ideas they hear. Even if an idea you hear is bad, challenge yourself to frame around the challenging parts to make it a good idea, or the best idea it could be considering the base idea — that is what I tried to do and I tried to challenge others to do this as well.

     
    • cqwww 11:23 pm on December 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

      Device-As-A-Service (DaaS) 

      I propose a vendor (Let’s call this DaaSVendor for today) that prioritizes on minimizing planned obsolesce through modular computing — a device-as-a-service (DaaS).

      From a user perspective, this would be a monthly service where you pay for your hardware and software. The software side is all of your data, which is encrypted and decentralized. You can go to any store, take out a new computer at your membership level, then using your idvpn.ca identity token, your data will be pulled down to the device as needed.

      If your computer breaks, has an issue, or you’re travelling and don’t want to bring your device, simply return your current device to the store and take out a new one there, or wait until you get to your new destination and take out your new computer there. Just like one chooses how fast you want your internet, one would choose how powerful they need their device (phone, laptop, or tablet). For example, a gamer would want a powerful GPU where most non-gamers don’t. When you’re done with that device for whatever reason, push a button and all of your data is removed from the device instantly, before you return it.

      Let’s use the travel example — if carrying your laptop, you have to take it out of your bag, then out of the laptop case, slowing everything down to have it individually tested on the scanner. You may also have your work intellectual property data on it, which might be a concern, especially for international travel. Imagine you live in Vancouver. Imagine you could leave your laptop at home, fly in to Seattle’s Sea-TAC, pick up a new laptop at your destination hotel or AirBnB, and once authenticated, your necessary files are brought down securely over the internet to that device.

      DaaSVendor is motivated to ensure stable and modular hardware to minimize costs of transition and upgrades.

       
      • cqwww 7:44 pm on December 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

        What type of entrepreneur are you? 

        To me, there seems to be three types of entrepreneurs — inventors, innovators, and iterators. Because we don’t distinguish between these very distinct types, the process for each one, and the personality type for each, is uniquely different. I’ll try to explain my observations with each of these three roles.

        The Inventor

        In my experience the true inventors are the builders, who are typically geniuses on the edge of sanity. They are some of my favourite types of people at ideasmeetings, as well as great friends who I feel are really changing the world in unexpected ways.

        I observe they are usually not very social, perhaps on the autism spectrum and introverts, who are happy reading, tinkering, learning, and experiment out of left field, with very little priority on the business drivers needed for financial success or even a desire to participate in capitalism. They likely rely on someone to help take their inventions to market, and would be happy with a little piece of the financial pie in the process.

        It takes a lot of money and or time to be an inventor, as the acquired knowledge base is usually decades. They may have second jobs that use their technical skills to pay the bills, to allow them to focus on their passion of inventing.

        I will guess that 1 in 1,000,000 true inventors reach financial independence from an invention they’ve created, but their priority isn’t driven economically anyways. Also, there are very few true inventors, or even really unique innovators.

        The Innovator

        This is where a lot of my self identifying “tech entrepreneur” social network lies. These are the people taking moonshots, or building out a tech / product / solution when there is little to no competition, with the hopes of “build it and they will come”. These entrepreneurs usually fail. In terms of product / market fit (business term) or UX (user experience, design term) they completely fail usually. Being an innovator is like having a lottery ticket as a career.

        In my observation, the innovators are usually not very social, likely autism spectrum or ADHD, and even less talked about, suffer from some type of mental health or addiction that prevents them from wanting to participate in the patriarchal dumpster fire of current late stage capitalism that we see today. There are many stats on how often entrepreneurs fail and how few succeed, and those are usually innovative entrepreneurs.

        It also takes a lot of privilege to be an innovator entrepreneur. You need a lot of time and/or money to build the minimum viable product or service, only to then take it to the market to see if there is demand, and usually the innovator is also not a closer (sales term), so they need to find someone with the skill set of marketing and sales — the capability of listening to the potential customer instead of proactively trying to sell to them.

        I’m going to guess at best 1 in 1,000 innovators will make it to the 5 year mark of their venture being financially viable. Just because you hear about the success stories on the news, it’s like lottery winning — don’t ignore the statistics of how many fail, and why.

        The Iterator

        If you insist on being an entrepreneur, this is where I recommend every wannapreneur start. It’s the least sexy of the three, but it’s the smartest strategy, and still has a lot of risk. This is simply looking at where the market already exists, and just improving on a product or service. Look at something that makes a lot of money that you can do, and find a way to make it better. Not 1x or 2x better, but at least 10x better. That could be 10x time savings to the customer (convenience), 10x cheaper for the customer, or some other 10x benefit that would be hard for a customer to ignore. It could also just be 10x closer — there’s nothing wrong with starting a well known restaurant franchise in an under-served area if the franchisor validates with you that there is need there.

        When I observe most of the accelerators or incubators in the various communities I’ve lived, they have wannapreneurs who need income in the next month or two who are trying to be innovators, and that’s going to fail 99.44% of the time. If you don’t have a year of runway at least, being an iterator is only closest you have to a responsible option — and get enough financial success from that under your belt that you can decide if you want to try the innovator approach on the next idea.

        It still takes money and time to be an iterator, but a lot less than the other two options. You might seek out your local business bank and get a loan to help you, as an example. The smartest iterator will have validated their business hypothesis with enough potential customers that are not friends or family who are willing to pay for the product or service upon hearing about it — never accept “that sounds like a good idea” or “Sure, I’d use that” — if you hear something along those lines, ask them if they’d pay today and listen to why not.

        It is irresponsible for an accelerator, incubator, or even yourself to take on invention or iteration if you don’t have the financial capability, or investment, to get your product to a working MVP. A someone who advises entrepreneurs, I hope we all start to reference these three distinctive roles and make sure we’re supporting them in the appropriate fashion.

        If you support entrepreneurs in some fashion, such as advising, be clear on which entrepreneurial roles you have the capabilities to support.

        The last thing I would advise any wannapreneurs reading this, apart from distinguishing which of the three resonates with you — is if you’re picking a mentor, advisor, incubator or accelerator, do a deep dive into who the mentor or advisor is. Are they an active entrepreneur running another successful business right now, or do they have a history of multiple, repeated success behind them? If so, that’s great. If they had a one-hit wonder over a decade ago, find someone who’s got recent, active experience as the industry is moving fast and furious. Don’t be afraid to ask a potential advisor of their recent successes, failures, and experience — and validate their assertions if you can.

        If you’re an active serial entrepreneur, consider the massive knowledge transfer gap right now, and find an entrepreneur right for you that you could mentor. I have access to many who are looking, so if this is you, don’t hesitate to reach out.

        Self-awareness is king in entrepreneurship — play to your strengths. The other really hard decision is re-prioritizing long-term friends from good friends — as Jim Rohn said,

        You Are The Average Of The Five People You Spend The Most Time With


         
        • cqwww 4:15 pm on December 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

          Regenerative wearables 

          I’m exploring how we might make a fabric or wearable item that is regenerative.
          In the ideal, if it was left in a field, maybe it would grow. For example

          • Is there a way to embed seeds into a fabric/garment that could withstand a wash and the sun but still biodegrade?
          • Could we embed seeds into PLA to 3d print buttons?
          • What about Mycelium based fabrics?
          • What about integrating a fluorescent protein into something better than e.coli that the fabric could glow more over time?

          Do you know of any such products, or do you have any ideas that I should explore?

           
          • Nico 2:25 am on December 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

            You can buy paper with seeds in it, from many packaging manufactures 🙂
            Done mycelium, and there is people who are working on mycelium fabric in the Netherlands. Some of the challanges if just the efficiency, and also visuals. Like it still will take 2-8 weeks for the mycelium to grow into a form.
            3. https://www.vollebak.com/product/black-squid-jacket/ – Big opportunities, if you can synthesize biology into something useful

            • cqwww 10:19 pm on December 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

              Thanks for the pointers! My friend has the black squid jacket, it’s pretty epic! Sounds like it’s time for me to go back to Open Science Network here in Vancouver and see what ideas they have. I know bioluminescence is common in thinkgs like e.coli, I wonder about things that could be made fabric, including mycelium. I wonder how Paul Staments makes his hats…

        • cqwww 11:55 pm on December 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

          Womepedia.org 

          Do any womxn want to take on the challenge of starting a wiki? A One Day Website customer has paid for https://www.womepedia.org/ and would love to see it run by a collective of non-cis-males as a reaction to the male dominated wikipedia.org. If you or anyone you know is interesting in joining the initial board/editorial team, let me know.

          Also, what would you like to see on such a website?

           
          • cqwww 1:13 pm on November 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

            Canadian Tax Tips 

            Where do you recommend one go for Canadian tax tips? I’ll post three here:

             
            • cqwww 1:33 pm on November 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

              Budget Coffee 

              This is the launch of “Budget Coffee” like founders coffee, where we meet 2x a month, and discuss budget things. As we’ll all have different techniques, it will be interesting to see what we learn from each other.

              Consider is like a local version of Mr. Money Mustache in that we can a) share budgeting tips with each other, but also b) hold each other accountable. I’m curious about your thoughts on this.

              One example is I did a spreadsheet of ISPs in BC over 5 years of service, and the gap is ~$880 between the cheapest and most expensive for ~30M broadband service! This savings alone could justify the cost of attending if people switch over.

              We would share tips, tricks, and processes, such as credit card churning.

              Is it worth under $250 in 2020 to get your personal budget in order, and optimized?

               
              • cqwww 10:00 am on November 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

                Great Minds Talk About Ideas 

                There’s a famous quote:

                Great Minds Discuss Ideas; Average Minds Discuss Events; Small Minds Discuss People

                This quote is often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, but it’s been suggested it was a less pretentious edit of Charles Stewart’s 1901 autobiography:

                Men and women range themselves into three classes or orders of intelligence; you can tell the lowest class by their habit of always talking about persons; the next by the fact that their habit is always to converse about things; the highest by their preference for the discussion of ideas.

                Let’s break each one of these down, starting by talking about people, or in other words, gossip. I recently had a friend inadvertently share a story about another person, which was quickly gossiped, and has created drama amongst several social networks. This was a powerful reminder to both of us, that most of our social network doesn’t gossip, or talk about people, and the drama that can unfold when one does.

                If you do insist on talking about people, or gossiping, my friend Scott N pointed me to the Buddhist Rights Speech philosophy (part of the Noble Eightfold Path), which I enjoy as a reference when I want to bring up another person in conversation:

                • It is timely
                • It is true
                • It is spoken affectionately, and of good will
                • It has a benefit to being shared

                If the answer isn’t a clear and obvious yes to all four of these, hold on to the thought and work through each of these four, or just drop it and move on to more beneficial conversation.

                There is a short term benefit to gossip, you get an immediate boost of dopamine as both the sharer and the receiver. The sharer will also experience a release of oxytocin, and potentially even a release of serotonin. As these are the three chemicals that make up happiness, it’s no doubt that it’s physically and emotionally rewarding to gossip. It also improves bonding amongst those who seek out these chemicals, which are typically people who in my experience, lack self discipline.

                Why they are referred to as small minds, is because scientifically there’s not enough stimulation in this process to create new neural pathways.

                It is my experience that the smallest minds not only gossip, but they talk negatively about others. It takes a little self awareness and observation to notice that talking negative about others, or against the Buddhist Rights Speech mentioned above, hurts the originator more than anyone else, and that anyone doing so is not calm nor contented, and usually less successful than the person they are gossiping about. A gossiper would be better served improving themselves.

                When you want to start to move into more objective conversation, you will start to talk about things, such as events. This is referenced in the quote as the level of conversation of an average mind. You will get some of the above chemicals as mentioned above, but less usually, but you’re also introducing a level of thought. The challenge is the thought is likely not much new information, but mostly information that is already known or experienced, so not many neurons are used.

                What is likely obvious at this stage in the story is that when you start to express curiosity, or questioning, your brain activity is creating new neural pathways over time as you walk through this new learning. This means you’re actually becoming smarter — and in my experience people automatically think you’re really smart — which it doesn’t mean you are, but it is my recommendation there is no better position to be insatiably curious and perpetually improving your critical thinking skills.

                If you’re wondering how you might do this, try to take a contrarian position on something you’re emotionally attached to. If you’re strongly a liberal, try to understand and take the honest position of a conservative. If you’re an atheist, argue how Islam is the correct religion.

                It is my observation, or hypothesis, that those who identify as critical thinkers are less settled and less happy, so with everything, there’s a trade off.

                The intent of this article isn’t to place a right or wrong on any of the three areas of conversations you usually find yourself in, but to think about which of the three you usually talk about — people, things/events, or ideas, and then to question how that is serving you.

                While drafting this article, I came across a poem but I can’t find the original author so I’ll reference a medium post with it and share it here:

                I once asked a very successful woman to share her secret with me. She smiled and said to me…
                “I started succeeding when I started leaving small fights for small fighters.
                I stopped fighting those who gossiped about me…
                I stopped fighting with my in laws…
                I stopped fighting for attention…
                I stopped fighting to meet peoples expectation of me…
                I stopped fighting for my rights with inconsiderate people..
                I stopped fighting to please everyone…
                I stopped fighting to prove they were wrong about me…
                I left such fights for those who have nothing else to fight…
                And I started fighting for my vision, my dreams, my ideas and my destiny.
                The day I gave up on small fights is the day I started becoming successful & so much more content.”
                Some fights are not worth your time … Choose what you fight for wisely.

                 
                • cqwww 9:57 pm on November 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

                  A Free One Day In-Kind Website 

                  As you may know, about 8 years ago I started One Day Website for my friends who either don’t want to figure out how to register a domain, setup web hosting, install and configure WordPress — or for those that do know how, they don’t want all of the invasive third party privacy trackers that come from the popular free/cheap hosting services out there.

                  As you also may know, I have helped and advised a lot of entrepreneurs and startups over the years, as I love helping people. This article is for those that even the $299 CAD fee of One Day Website is too much for you right now. What if someone could or would give you a break to launch that business you’ve been thinking about? Well, your time might be now. I’m offering to provide you the entire One Day Website package for free, what I ask for in exchange is double the rate, but in-kind for your product or service, whatever it is.

                  I have no limits on subject matter, but if you want to start your own graphic design business, Marie Kondo-esque cleaning service, coaching, meal prep, whatever has been on your mind — if you’ll offer me $598 worth of your services in exchange, I’ll setup all of the tech framework needed to have your website running within one business day, and hosting for a year. If I don’t want or can’t use your product or service, I’ll find someone else who can use it.

                  Email [email protected] if you’re interested, no judgement as to why you can’t afford to pay right now, we all need a break some times. Please don’t email me if you’re not ready to commit and dedicate the next year of your life, your free time, to getting this new business off the ground. If you are, please use “in-kind request” in the subject line and let’s get your new business website running in one day.

                   
                  • cqwww 2:46 pm on October 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

                    Questions for Jagmeet Singh and the NDP 

                    I see that the NDP have decided to start negative attack ads as part of their campaign, which is something they committed not to do. These ads include lies and deceit, as well as a framing of a non-issue that leaves me wondering.

                    Image via Steve Ward on Facebook

                    and of course the Green Party replied:

                    Image via Adrian Smits on Facebook

                    I notice that the NDP partisans here in BC are still running heavy on this non-issue, doubling down yesterday. Most notable cis-male NDP partisans have really ratcheted up this effort to debate what a woman should be doing with their bodies.

                    I was pointed to a Facebook video where Mrs. May saying that these are not even debatable issues, in front of Jagmeet, weeks before. So while the abortion debate is over in Canada, unless the NDP bring it back to the forefront which appears to be their efforts, the only thing I can see this campaign doing is perhaps showing the Green party has a Christian values alternative to the Conservatives — but with NDP invented misinformation.

                    Yesterday they decided to double down on the partisan rhetoric, decided that the Green Party and Abortions are the #1 issue this election, with Elizabeth May Said “Find Me Those Words.” We did. Except if you actually read the article, you realize they did not. They found a list of tangentially, and not even related at all, references that attack the Greens, which they again, promised not to do. But in no case do they quote that Mrs. May or the greens “oppose austerity budgets that cut services families need” or “will always defend the right to access a safe abortion”. This means that anyone reading this article from the NDP who is objective, and non-partisan, will see that they’re intentionally deceiving for partisan means, to an issue that is not a real issue. I have a lot of friends who are NDP, and the NDP are standing for some great tenants this election, but whoever is trying to still stand up this flagpole seems to be flying at half mast.

                    As a cis-male, I don’t feel I have the right to debate what a woman should do with her body, but I’ll leave this part of the discussion here stating that I believe Mrs. May will not vote for less safe abortions, even in the case of a Conservative minority.

                    Why I’m writing this article, is I’m wondering why aren’t the NDP addressing the elephant in their own room? We have the Alberta NDP loving, supporting, and subsidizing diluted bitumen pipelines, and we have the BC NDP doing the same for fracking and foreign owned “LNG Canada“.

                    This are my three questions, and I think the most important question that Jagmeet and the NDP should address this week:

                    What are Jagmeet and the federal NDP are committing to in regards to fracking, subsidies (and support of) LNG in BC, as well as foreign ownership of LNG Canada.

                    If there is any video of Jagmeet speaking on any of these three videos, I’d love to see them. This is a priority issue that will impact the environment and water systems for every British Columbian today, as well as the next generation. Why is the leader of the NDP silent on these three questions?

                     
                    • cqwww 11:07 pm on October 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

                      Schitt’s Creek closets going on sale for charity 

                      If you watched Schitt’s Creek, this Thursday they have 800 items going up for auction from the “closets of the Rose family”. (Givenchy, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, and Dsquared2 etc)

                      Proceeds are going to GLSEN, a non-profit that aims to eliminate harassment and bullying of LGBTQ students in schools.

                      https://vspconsignment.com/password goes live on OCTOBER 3RD AT 12PM EST

                       
                      • cqwww 11:17 am on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

                        Personally attacking kids online you disagree with 

                        I just read this post on social media:

                        A question of principle: Is it wrong to personally attack a 16-year-old because you disagree with their politics?

                        I think it is.

                        I actually think it’s wrong to personally attack anyone because of their political beliefs, or really for any reason, but it’s especially gross when adults are attacking kids – on Twitter, in the media, wherever.

                        But if it’s a “principle” you agree with, it should apply consistently.

                        Here’s two recent examples of two 16-year-olds who were personally attacked because of their political beliefs.

                        Are you applying your principles consistently?

                        I’ve seen this trope being shared by Conservatives on several platforms, so I’m drafting my reply here for those who don’t find it obvious:

                        What I think you’re missing, that supersedes age, is being an oppressor, aggressor, or a member of the predator class.


                        If they’re on the vulnerable side, or “punching up”, then you should not make personal attacks on a 16 year old even if you disagree with their politics.


                        There is no rational fight against children speaking their political viewpoints. There is a growing fight against the predator class.

                        What is also important, if you think anyone is on the oppressor side, is to verify with the opposing side of your echo chamber first, in the age of biased corporate media. We’re easy to jump to conclusions these days, but I find that the aggressors are usually eager to out themselves if queried.

                        If you can not discern the difference between who the bully is and who is being bullied in a given context, and need to make it about age instead, that’s probably worth some internal reflection time.

                         
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