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Daniel Puglisi @daniel

Hi, I'm Daniel. I make, Shimatta and Desk Hunt. Cofounded Codegestalt. This is where I dump my brain.

@feyyaz just shared this great question set for projects/startups in our Slack:

So what are you working on?
Have you raised funding?
What makes new users try you?
What competition do you fear most?
What's the worst thing that has happened?
Will you reincorporate as a US company?
What's an impressive thing you have done?
Where is the rocket science here?
Why did you pick this idea to work on?
Why do the reluctant users hold back?
Who would you hire or how would you add to your team?
What problems/hurdles are you anticipating?
Who is "the boss"?
What is the next step with the product evolution?
What obstacles will you face and how will you overcome them?
Who needs what you're making?
How does your product work in more detail?
What are you going to do next?
What do you understand that others don't?
Where do new users come from?
How big an opportunity is there?
Six months from now, what's going to be your biggest problem?
What's the funniest thing that has happened to you?
Tell us something surprising you have done?
Who are your competitors?
What's new about what you make?
How many users do you have?
Why isn't someone already doing this?
What are the top things users want?
What is your burn rate?
How do you know customers need what you're making?
What domain expertise do you have?
What, exactly, makes you different from existing options?
What's the conversion rate?
What systems have you hacked?
Who would use your product?
How will customers and/or users find out about you?
Why did your team get together?
In what ways are you resourceful?
What is your distribution strategy?
What has surprised you about user behaviour?
What part of your project are you going to build first?
What resistance will they have to trying you and how will you overcome it?
How are you understanding customer needs?
What's the biggest mistake you have made?
Who might become competitors?
What do you understand about your users?
What is your user growth rate?
What are the key things about your field that outsiders don't understand?
Who is going to be your first paying customer?
If your startup succeeds, what additional areas might you be able to expand into?
Who would be your next hire?
How do you know people want this?
Would you relocate to Silicon Valley?
What do you know about this space/product others don't know?
How much money could you make per year?
How long can you go before funding?
How will you make money?
Will your team stick at this?
How much does customer acquisition cost?
How did your team meet?
Who in your team does what?
How are you meeting customers?
How many users are paying?
How is your product different?
Are you open to changing your idea?
How do we know your team will stick together?
What is your growth like?
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Another pixel art piece I've made inspired by the style of Dave Grey:

Me typing along on a Macbook

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I started playing around with pixel art today and created my first piece:

That's me

Here are some resources I stumbled upon:

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Well, I'm looking into adding a recurring payment integration with Stripe for the third time. Already tried it twice on two other projects with no/part success. I'm always stumbling upon something new while developing and I haven't found a guide which shows a nice and clean complete overview of what's required for building a subscription service. It's not that I couldn't build a working prototype with the information available. More that I want to have a clear vision of how the system has to look instead of building the walls and realizing that some parts of the foundations are missing and wasting time refactoring everything five times. I did some research today and combined with my experiences from the last two trials I think I got a pretty good overview together (for now). I've thrown everything into a list and split it into different iteration steps which I'll tackle one after another. If everything works out as imagined I'll write up a complete guide on how to integrate Stripe subscriptions into a Rails application. So others can benefit from my struggle. So long.

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Oh, btw: Shimatta know supports public and private posts.

Where ma high fives at?

Hint: You can save posts as "drafts" by making them private, updating them and publishing them later on.

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The current plan is to add a simple "keyword" search to Shimatta which returns posts that contain the search query in their content. On a later stage (which means when we have more content from different users) it might be interesting to make search more "content aware". One possible solution could be by using a bayesian classifier.

It was introduced under a different name into the text retrieval community in the early 1960s and remains a popular (baseline) method for text categorization, the problem of judging documents as belonging to one category or the other (such as spam or legitimate, sports or politics, etc.) with word frequencies as the features.

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  • Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI): Weak AI, only specializes in one area
  • Artificial General Intelligence (AGI): Human Level AI, smart as a human across the board
  • Artificial Superintelligence (ASI): “an intellect that is much smarter than the best human brains in practically every field, including scientific creativity, general wisdom and social skills.”
  • ANI is everywhere in todays world (cars, phones, email spam filters, recommendations (ads, friends, ...), google translate / search).
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Chapter 6 (The geography of future markets) notes:

So far everyone tried it. But no one succeeded in copying Silicon Valley. Mostly because they have such a great density of domain based deep knowledge that it is almost impossible to keep up with them. Other countries should focus on their own domain knowledge and build it around an equal ecosystem. Instead of having the next Silicon Valley. We should be focusing on having 50 different Silicon Valleys all with another domain expertise.

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Chapter 5 (Data: The raw material of the information age) notes:

  • land was the raw material of the agriculture age. Iron wad the raw material of the industrial age. Data is the raw material of the information age.
  • In 2000. Only 25% of data was stored jn digital form. In 2007 that percentage skyrocketed to 94%.
  • 90% of the worlds digital data has been generated over the last two years.
  • every year the amount of data grows by 50%
  • Big data is the phrase used to describe how large amounts of data can be understand, analyzed and forecast trends jn real time. Also called data analytics, analytics or deep analytics.
  • "If I have this much budget to do something, I'm going to dedicate a certain portion of that budget toward figuring out wether the other portion of that budget is doing a damn thing."
  • One example of what big data will do is for example make the jobs of translaters obsolete. Big data could produce real time solutions for translating languages and mimicking the speakers voice. This opens the gateway for non english speakers to play in the global economy. A downside can be fraud and you can't trust what other people say if you don't look them in the eyes.
  • Other examples can be found in farming and fintech.
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Chapter 4 (The weaponization of code) notes:

  • Cybersecurity is going to be an industry of the future.
  • If one new person comes online, one new customer who needs cybersecurity enters the market.
  • The growth will be steep, the need will be sustained, and this ever growing need currently comes up against a major talent shortage. The qualifies job candidates are too few.
  • Cybersecurity is everyones problem. Not just governments or big companies. Also small companies and individuals are part of it.
  • Liberty without security is fragile, and security without liberty is oppressive. The years ahead will force us to balance these two as we have had not before.
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