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:
[I just sent this email to Bill Simmons of Grantland]
On January 25th, Bill Barnwell reflected on Tom Brady’s career in reverse chronological order: “He’s the guy who beats up on weak links and never shows up when his team really needs him. He’s got various maladies, he chokes when his team is a huge favorite at home, he can’t produce a drive to kill off a game.”
Barnwell notes that many critics had similar remarks about Peyton Manning earlier in his career, but that all changed in 2007 when Peyton won the Super Bowl. Now, the question is whether the tides area again shifting for these two quarterbacks.
While Peyton is breaking passing records with Wes Welker’s help, the Patriots are winning old school. The inverse relationship of Tom and Peyton’s careers is so surreal it brings to mind pop culture Disney classic “Freaky Friday.” Like Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis in the recent version (or Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster in the original), it’s as if Tom and Peyton have swapped pigskin personalities.
If you take for granted this zero-sum game of football karma, the obvious question is “when exactly did these two exchange quarterback qualities?”
It would appear the first shift occurred at halftime of the 2006 AFC Championship game in Indianapolis. After a thumping in the first half, Peyton turned the tables in miraculous fashion in the second half on the way to winning the ‘07 Super Bowl. Meanwhile, Brady and Belichick went home vowing never to play another road playoff game and assembled the world’s most outrageous offense, powered by Wes Welker and Randy Moss.
Brady’s injury and losses to the “other” Manning are trials too painful to recount. Was this change in karma penance for spying, offensive hubris, or bagging a supermodel wife? We don’t know, but it does appear circumstances are turning once again.
Peyton has the record-setting offense, made possible by Brady’s erstwhile Jonah at wide receiver, and the Patriots have rushed their way to the AFC Championship against injurious odds. This latest denouement, you may be wondering, appears to have been halftime of this season’s matchup in Foxboro.
Also the tale of two halves, that Patriots-Broncos game saw the football gods change allegiances as if by the flip of a coin. He was once the improbable David against the Rams, then Goliath against the Giants, now hopefully we have the Tom of old against Peyton’s Broncos. Do you doubt this theory? We’ll see what happens this Sunday afternoon.