August 9, 2013
"You have to be be prepared (as a successful entrepreneur) to not care what other people think about you - except your consumer. That’s the only person you should care about."

— Mariam Naficy

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Filed under: tech entrepreneurship 
May 27, 2013
"Good entrepreneurs make complicated things simple, bad entrepreneurs make simple things complicated."

-Kenneth To (aka me) thinking about about problem solving and Steve Jobs

*My friend said someone already came up with this, but I still like it

May 21, 2013
Rand Paul during Apple Tax hearing
SEN PAUL: I don’t know of anybody on this panel who tries to maximize their tax burden. I mean my question for Mr. Harvey : Do you take any deductions on your taxes?
MR. HARVEY: Obviously I do.
SEN PAUL: Do you choose to maximize your tax burden or minimize your tax burden?
MR. HARVEY: Uh minimize it.
SEN PAUL: Do you think you’re a bad person for doing that?
MR. HARVEY: Absolutely not.
May 21, 2013
Rand Paul Blasts His Colleagues, And Says It's Outrageous That Apple Is Being Harassed About Its Taxes

"Instead of Apple executives we should have brought in here a giant mirror," he added. "Congress should be on trial here for creating a byzantine tax code.” -Rand Paul

It’s hilarious to watch the Senate being angry at Apple for not paying enough taxes.   U.S. congress yells, “We created those loopholes only for our donors and contributors, not for you!”


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Filed under: rand paul apple tech 
May 20, 2013
A Virtual Weimar: Hyperinflation in a Video Game World

I thought this was a fun little read about hyperinflation in an in-game marketplace.

November 21, 2012

15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters.

I watched this video of Kelvin Doe and felt inspired.  I’m also feeling grateful for all the opportunities I have being in grad school because of my parents.

November 20, 2012
Patrick Leahy (D) introducing bill to read your emails without warrants

This needs to be stopped:

CNET has learned that Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans’ e-mail, is scheduled for next week.

Leahy’s rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies — including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission — to access Americans’ e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge.

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Filed under: privacy tech politics 
November 15, 2012
"The internet will provide the alternative to the government media complex that controls the news and most political propaganda"

— Ron Paul

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Filed under: Ron Paul tech 
November 5, 2012
"You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers."

— Steve Jobs

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Filed under: Steve Jobs Apple tech 
September 7, 2012
Andy Roddick has what it takes to run a tech start-up
Question: Can you describe the feeling when you know that Rafael Nadal is hitting on all cylinders and you're trying to summon something and it's just not there?
Andy Roddick: It's a bad feeling. You know, it's almost worse than competing. You feel helpless, you feel — I think you'd rather be booed than have silence. You know, it's an empty feeling. It's not fun.
Question: Were you able to have fun at all today?
Andy Roddick: I didn't have a lot of fun today, no. But it's early.