Pass the peace pipe. We need an app for that.
Another stolen idea: TheDatingRing
New YC company, TheDatingRing, does the following:
With The Dating Ring, you apply to join. Pass the first bar and you’ll meet in-person with a Dating Ring matchmaker for five minutes. Users pay $25 for the initial matchmaker meeting and $20 per date.
Sounds a little like PSTI’s Cyrano for online dating… all they have to do next is tell you how to woo her.
Be a fox. Believe in the hedgehog.
There is a line among the fragments of the Greek poet Archilochus which says: ‘The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing’.
Scholars have differed about the correct interpretation of these dark words, which may mean no more than that the fox, for all his cunning, is defeated by the hedgehog’s one defense. But, taken figuratively, the words can be made to yield a sense in which they mark one of the deepest differences which divide writers and thinkers, and, it may be, human beings in general.
For there exists a great chasm between those, on one side, who relate everything to a single central vision, one system less or more coherent or articulate, in terms of which they understand, think and feel-a single, universal, organizing principle in terms of which alone all that they are and say has significance-and, on the other side, those who pursue many ends, often unrelated and even contradictory, connected, if at all, only in some de facto way, for some psychological or physiological cause, related by no moral or aesthetic principle; these last lead lives, perform acts, and entertain ideas that are centrifugal rather than centripetal, their thought is scattered or diffused, moving on many levels, seizing upon the essence of a vast variety of experiences and objects for what they are in themselves, without consciously or unconsciously, seeking to fit them into, or exclude them from, any one unchanging, all-embracing, sometimes self-contradictory and incomplete, at times fanatical, unitary inner vision.
The first kind of intellectual and artistic personality belongs to the hedgehogs, the second to the foxes; and without insisting on a rigid classification, we may, without too much fear of contradiction, say that, in this sense, Dante belongs to the first category, Shakespeare to the second; Plato, Lucretius, Pascal, Hegel, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Ibsen, Proust are, in varying degrees, hedgehogs; Herodotus, Aristotle, Montaigne, Erasmus, Molière, Goethe, Pushkin, Balzak, Joyce are foxes.
“Building a startup hurts.”
“You can be surprisingly stupid if you’re sufficiently determined.”
“Start with a small, intense fire.”
“You’ve got to know who those first users are,” Graham explained, “and sit with them, spend time with them, focus on them — have a party with them.”
With 450 million monthly users and a million more signing up each day, WhatsApp was just too far ahead in the international mobile messaging race for Facebook..
If at first you don’t succeed… quit? See this Quora post on entrepreneurial opportunity cost:
Answer (1 of 35): You underestimate the value of quitting. Leave. Now. One of the most terrible lies ever told is that “winners never quit”. Total bunk and claptrap. Winners quit the right things. If anything, they quit more often. Have you ever overstayed in a bad relationship? Refused to th…
Why has no one made the ‘Forbid’ app from HBO’s Girls
I am shocked that no one has attempted to make the “Forbid” app from season 2 of HBO’s Girls. It’s incredibly simple: you select your ex boyfriend or girlfriend’s phone number and you are charged a penalty every time you text or call it. Genius!
It’s probably not possible to make this app on iOS (unless it’s a jailbroken phone with extra api calls), but I think it’s doable on Android.
Here is a video clip from the show explaining Charlie’s app in very fast dialogue: