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How to Do What You Love January 2006 To do something well you have to like it. That idea is not exactly novel. With Y Combinator-Backed EveryArt, You Don’t Have To Be Afraid Of Commissioning Art If you want to bring some art into your life, but you’re intimidated by the art world, a Y Combinator-backed startup called EveryArt wants to help. The site is a marketplace where people can commission artists to create pieces, and it’s opening to the public today. On EveryArt, you can browse samples of the artists’ work, and if you find someone you like, you can send them a request. It can be very specific, with lots of details about what you’re looking for, or more general: “Hey, I liked this piece, can you do something similar for me?”

Every Company Is Up For Disruption, So Keep Your Products Simple Editor’s note: Victor Belfor is the vice president of business development at Influitive and the former vice president of business development at RingCentral. He recently started angel investing and mentoring at 500 startups. Follow him on Twitter @vbelfor. A friend of mine told me recently that he closed a $240,000 account. The View from Hell: Trying to See Through: A Unified Theory of Nerddom This was written in 2012! You may be interested in Weaponized Sacredness on egregores, preference falsification, and preference cascades. There is a single characteristic, I argue, that defines and unites the cognitive community that you and I share if you are reading this (the community of nerds). These days we often identify as rationalists, skeptics, or atheists, interested in cognition and cognitive biases; we are likely to eat LSD at Burning Man.

Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity by Maria Popova Why creativity is like LEGO, or what Richard Dawkins has to do with Susan Sontag and Gandhi. In May, I had the pleasure of speaking at the wonderful Creative Mornings free lecture series masterminded by my studiomate Tina of Swiss Miss fame. I spoke about Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity, something at the heart of Brain Pickings and of increasing importance as we face our present information reality. The talk is now available online — full (approximate) transcript below, enhanced with images and links to all materials referenced in the talk.

The Request for Startups The Request for Startups Paul Graham 16 August 2009 Every funding cycle we try to do something new. For the upcoming winter 2010 cycle we're introducing the RFS (Request for Startups). There are a lot of startup ideas we've been waiting for people to apply with, sometimes for years. Return and Ridicule I am going down to Princeton today to talk to Ed Zschau's class on entrepreneurship today. Ed asked me what I wanted to talk about. I told him "return and ridicule". I have found that return and ridicule are highly correlated over the years. We have made more money on things that were highly ridiculed than on any other cohort.

The Lagrangian: 2015: The Year in Insight Titles made of words make sense for art made of words. They are little bits of writing that are used either to describe the essence of a piece or to give an initial platform from which the reader is meant to approach the piece. But why are they also associated with every other form of art? Music, film, theater, and visual art all buy into this lexical convention. Titles function as handles or file names. They are compact, portable signs for the signified piece of art. The Secret of Happiness: A TED Remix donating = loving Brain Pickings remains ad-free and takes hundreds of hours a month to research and write, and thousands of dollars to sustain. If you find any joy and value in it, please consider becoming a Member and supporting with a recurring monthly donation of your choosing, between a cup of tea and a good dinner: (If you don't have a PayPal account, no need to sign up for one – you can just use any credit or debit card.)

Startup Ideas We'd Like to Fund Startup Ideas We'd Like to Fund Paul Graham July 2008 When we read Y Combinator applications there are always ideas we're hoping to see. In the past we've never said publicly what they are. If we say we're looking for x, we'll get applications proposing x, certainly.

Burn Rates: How Much? In the comments to last week's Burn Rate post, I was asked to share some burn rates from our portfolio. I can't do that. But an alternative suggestion was to write a post suggesting some reasonable burn rates at different stages.

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