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Patrick McKenzie
I work for the Internet, at , mostly on accelerating startups. Opinions here are my own.
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Patrick McKenzie 5h
Replying to @visakanv
Another fun one is people who have a flawless X accent where that is so unlikely it causes some social issues. I once met a young lady in Japan who had an absolutely flawless and unforced “Southern belle” accent as her default (and only) accent in English. Drove Americans nuts.
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Patrick McKenzie 24h
Replying to @patio11
A substantial portion of my first conversation with people in a hiring context is “Oh yes we’re doing well” because that is a *very* not obvious thing to many people I’d love to work with.
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Patrick McKenzie 24h
This is absolutely a thing. Many people are better at their job than they are at keeping a finger on the pulse of the startup market; they do something other than VC or journalism for a reason.
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Patrick McKenzie Oct 24
Replying to @leifdan01
If you do not have time, defer until later. It has consumed my non-work non-family hours quite thoroughly.
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Patrick McKenzie Oct 24
Replying to @raphaelassaraf
Bow or gun with Ares Doom effects or sword with the Artemis arrow on attack and spamming like mad or in true true madness my recent “all points in Zeus” sword run.
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Patrick McKenzie Oct 24
Replying to @patio11
"What does that show?" Victory, by the thinest of possible margins (last HP out of ~800 where final boss hits for 40 at a time), where the most absurd combination of powers brought down a Greek god at the last possible second without me even being consciously aware of it.
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Patrick McKenzie Oct 24
Replying to @patio11
Most fun Saturday evening in a while:
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Patrick McKenzie Oct 24
Replying to @paulg
One of the big lessons I’m hitting early that I did not get as much of is that there is a heavy dose of “Ultimately the reason X appears in this artifact is because a person made that decision for reasons which sounded good to them” rather than “That is how stories work.”
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Patrick McKenzie Oct 24
Replying to @paulg
Today’s example was Lillian (6) asking why Aphrodite and Athena would fight me in Hades (a video game) if I chose a boon from the other, and that was a long discussion about themes, Greek mythology, game mechanics, and authorship. Hopefully she gets something out of these.
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Patrick McKenzie Oct 24
Replying to @paulg
Ruriko is my wife, but I am actively trying to treat the kids as humans with interesting needs rather than pets with some speech capability.
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Patrick McKenzie Oct 24
Replying to @patio11
Ruriko: “Wait it isn’t Superman?!?” Me: “Well it is in the style of Superman.” Ruriko: “But fake?!?” Me: “Well yeah.” Ruriko: “And you’re sure?” Me: “I stake all of my American cred on that glyph being wrong.” Ruriko: “... %{*}^{ it China!” Me: “Merchandise buyer knew, too.”
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Patrick McKenzie Oct 24
Replying to @patio11
(Isn’t it fascinating that Superman’s American-ness is considered a central and compelling part of the value proposition here where it is treated as a punchline or embarrassing historical detail by custodians of the brand in the U.S.?)
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Patrick McKenzie Oct 24
Replying to @patio11
“Why isn’t it Superman?” Because then it would be $50+ not $30 and price out the clientele of Don Quixote kids’ costumes. You can certainly find actual Superman in Tokyo, too.
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Patrick McKenzie Oct 24
A fun cultural remixing story: Don Quixote (a discount store in Japan) selling “American Hero” costume made by a Chinese company which is going all the way up to Japan’s trademark enforcement envelope for Halloween.
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Patrick McKenzie Oct 24
Replying to @cperciva
Yes, but the piano owners don’t have to estimate the post-deduplication compound grown rate of their steps over the next year to understand the TCO of their piano.
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Patrick McKenzie Oct 24
Replying to @paulg @Austen
Often that goal was “We don’t have sufficient engineering hours to organize the world’s information in some verticals so if you do that for us we will stuff you full of traffic.”
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Patrick McKenzie Oct 24
Replying to @paulg @Austen
A thing I think many startups appreciated insufficiently is that SEO was a dialogue between practitioners and Google where Google would very explicitly explain what its goals were and lay out governance guardrails, and folks played in or around those.
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Patrick McKenzie Oct 24
Replying to @paulg @Austen
Polite disagree. One way to think of SEO is you’re using the platform to incentivize creation and curation of content to fill things that would otherwise be gaps in the offering. This is particularly true in the earlier phases of a platform, where it can’t do everything.
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Patrick McKenzie Oct 24
Replying to @patio11
(This is one of those circumstances where I am more a Catholic salaryman than a capitalist, because I think “sophisticated adults own their choices” loses to “you owe it to the less-sophisticated party to exercise your considerable talents/resources to protect them from choices”)
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Patrick McKenzie Oct 24
Replying to @patio11
Like, if people quitting are surrendering vested equity because of liquidity issues early in their career, that strikes me as a failure of leadership to do well by their people.
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