The Flakiest Places to Do Business

Austin, TX and the entire state of California. I think about the geographical and cultural effects places have on their inhabitants a lot.  I have worked with people and businesses from every state for almost a decade, and I love noticing (and exaggerating) the traits. So why Austin and……


We Are Defining a New Category

It's not easy to place Praxis on the existing industry map. We're not precisely an educational program.  We're not precisely a job placement program.  We're a new category that could only emerge after the information age dropped the cost of info to near zero, and rote jobs became the province of…


How to Make a Content Platform that Doesn't Suck?

Most content platforms are full of content that sucks. The tried and true way of ensuring quality content is to have an editorial team, paid creators on staff, strict submission policies, etc.  Of course, that works (unless the editors suck), but it's also a very tough business model, harder to…


NCAA Haiku

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On Noprofits and Risk

One of the ideas behind a nonprofit organization is to fund things that the market wouldn't.  Activities some deem beneficial, but where it is presumed there is too much risk for a for-profit enterprise to pursue it and not enough clear, quick return, too high a rate of failure, etc. The reality of…


A Few Words I Hate

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The First World Problems Foundation

For once, I'd like to see a very wealthy person create a foundation dedicated to solving First World Problems.  Everybody is trying to feed the hungry, house the homeless, cure cancer and so on.  But first world problems get totally neglected! People denigrate first world problems, but they are…


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Market Outcomes > Expert Opinions

Manned flight is impossible.  Computers will never be smaller than a house.  Space flight is "Utter bilge".  The food pyramid. One doesn't have to look far to find embarrassing, peer-reviewed, max-credentialed, decades-held-as-orthodoxy proclamations by the most respected experts in the world.…


On 'Wage Slavery' and Word Games

A friend mounted a defense of the concept of 'wage slavery' and asked what I thought. I had several problems with his arguments directly, but I had a hard time getting really passionate about whether or not someone can be called a wage slave, and if so, what to do about it.  I tend to think it's an…