Notes From the Field

  • Blue-Seven Phenomenon

    When asked to draw a random number between 1 and 10 and any color, most people choose the number seven and the color blue.

  • Polycrisis

    Global crises happening all at once re-inforce one another making the effects larger than any individual crisis alone.

  • Shawn's Eskimo

    In an episode of Boy Meets World, Shawn is in a competition of who can wait longest on a billboard suspended high up in the air in order to win tickets to the Super Bowl.

  • Getting Ready for AI

    The other day I noticed a tweet from Justin Duke which outlined a plan to get his company’s codebase ready for Devin—a programming focused generative AI product.

  • Net Magic Number

    Net magic number is a measurement of go-to-market (GTM) efficiency for SaaS businesses.

  • Benign Neglect

    Most managers, at best, are a form of benign neglect. Continual attention (micro management) usually results in the opposite of what a manager hopes for—less motivation from employees, learned helplessness, and worse performance.

  • Data Marketing

    When companies run surveys and industry analysis that they share with the media, they’re gaining exposure for themeselves.

  • Devin AI Fixes Bugs It Created

    The “the first AI software engineer” Devin, from Cognition Labs, was found to be fixing bugs of it’s own doing, solving problems in a roundabout way, and taking a long time, in a debunking video by a human software engineer.

  • HeLa Cells

    Henrietta Lacks passed away from cervical cancer in 1951, but her cells have been continuously used in medical tests due to their ability to replicate quickly.

  • Products Are Promises

    A products is not just collection of features, but a promise to solve a problem or enhance the customer’s life in some material way.

  • Knowledge Collapse

    Knowledge collapse is the paradox where increasing access to certain types of knowledge actually harms understanding.

  • Big Orange Cones in Manhattan

    The big orange cones with steam coming out of them in Manhattan are from the leaking network of steam pipes that heat commercial buildings.

  • Wood Wide Web

    A theory of how plants cooperate comes from research of how fungus connects tree roots together into common mycorrhizal networks (CMN).

  • Double Buffering

    In a two party system you never want both party A and party B buffering at the same time because it creates artificial delays in the system.