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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 3h
Replying to @tylertringas
"Great expressed need for product, actual spend, and passionate and vocal hatred of options" is a often nice combo to have, for example.
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Patrick McKenzie 3h
Replying to @tylertringas
Speaking as the guy whose target customer was a 55 year old non-technical woman when he was none of that: talk to the user, compare against substitutes (e.g. the status quo solution), watch them actually use it (if possible), and listen very carefully to language used.
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Daniel Gross 5h
Pioneer is about to go live! 17 Pioneers from 7 countries will be interviewed by from Figma, from Shippo, from Stripe and from Zeit while a curated audience watches and votes. A a global Internet conference! This is exciting.
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Patrick McKenzie 5h
Replying to @miles_wright
It scales, too, but roger w/r/t the e-commerce use case. Will ask around the office.
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Patrick McKenzie 5h
Replying to @miles_wright
Post office can trial deliver a letter for you optionally w/ ID verification, w/ a programmatic notification of success, which is the gold standard for highly-regulated address verification. If you need something less stringent not sure about options but they exist.
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Patrick McKenzie 7h
Replying to @tnorthcutt
Thanks for the pointer. I should consider writing about that sometime.
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Patrick McKenzie 23h
I was practicing English with Lillian (4). “And what are these? *points*” “Daddy’s hedgehogs.” “Eyebrows.” “Daddy can’t see them but they’re hedgehogs.” ... Ruriko: “She’s got you there.”
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Patrick McKenzie 23h
Replying to @kevinakwok @kane
Would read.
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Patrick McKenzie 23h
Replying to @kasey_junk
Wat.
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Patrick McKenzie Jul 16
Replying to @mengxilu
I do not believe there is a single moment or cause, and think you could talk about the crosscultural conversation for several university degrees and still not plumb topic, but if you put a gun to my head I’d say “Disney cartoons inspired Osamu Tezuka prior before Japan got rich.”
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Patrick McKenzie Jul 16
Replying to @cwbuecheler
This might need spelling out: You can make adequate lunchboxes at a price indistinguishable from zero. Star Wars will not let you sell a Star Wars lunchbox for zero. Lunchbox manufacturers prefer an equilibrium where they sell at a non-zero price so they pay Disney to ensure it.
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Patrick McKenzie Jul 16
Replying to @cwbuecheler
I think this is an artifact that the job to be done of a license is to maintain pricing power for children’s clothing and other necessary consumables.
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Patrick McKenzie Jul 16
Replying to @mengxilu
Happy accidents, not quite first mover advantage in video game consoles acting as an infection vector, a huge protected domestic market (demand and talent side), and a bit of government policy. For similar reasons I suspect my kids will love a character from China, eventually.
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Patrick McKenzie Jul 16
Replying to @patio11
there really are *excellent* reasons to pick the same hero your entire generation picked.
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Patrick McKenzie Jul 16
Replying to @patio11
Going forward I think you’ll see more stables (MCU, Shonen Jump, etc) / incubators and less franchises which are reliant on a single tent pole character, because in a world of infinite choice why would you pick the same hero your entire generation picked, and higher spikes b/c
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Patrick McKenzie Jul 16
The global cultural industries (at one point I would have said “youth culture”) in a chart.
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Patrick McKenzie Jul 16
Replying to @byrneseyeview
And maybe of a class of accusations where the relevance to an individual’s future with an employer rounds to zero but where they come with perception of extreme coalitional risk delivered stochastically.
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Patrick McKenzie Jul 16
Replying to @byrneseyeview
Oh that is an interesting wrinkle. I was thinking more of the case where the accusation, such that it is, is true.
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Patrick McKenzie Jul 16
Replying to @byrneseyeview
And I think it would genuinely surprise most conservatives historically to think that e.g. a member of the professional class could get barred not just from their profession but full on damnatio memorie without the law ever being involved.
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Patrick McKenzie Jul 16
Replying to @byrneseyeview
Teachers have been threatening students with the Permanent Record since time immemorial but it wasn’t the school district or Hoover’s FBI or even a totalitarian dictatorship that made that a thing. It was Google.
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