Why Did Yoga Pants Take So Long?

Yoga pants are everywhere. I sometimes wonder why they are so popular. But that's not a very fruitful question. It's easy to list a bunch of benefits to a product or trend as believable reasons for its popularity. All good reasons. But reasons why people like something don't shed much light on a…


It's More Than Just Willpower

It breaks my heart every time I pass someone sleeping in the street. I go through a mental process, wondering what circumstances, preferences, and choices get a person to a spot where sleeping on the sidewalk is better than the next best alternative. I do not want to deny free will. It's possible…


How San Francisco Property is Too Cheap and Too Expensive

A quarter acre lot in San Francisco should cost a lot more than it does. A three bedroom home in the Bay Area should cost a lot less than it does. We're staying in a place this summer that fits both. It's too cheap and too expensive. Anyone with half a brain can see the stupidity of NIMBY planners…


San Francisco Residential Property Haiku

Too cheap for its place Too expensive for its size Slow death museum


The Status of Shower Thoughts

Yesterday, my colleague Dave said something like, 'I want to make sure this isn't just a shower thought'. We were discussing changes to our product, and he wanted clarity on what motivated the proposed changes, what we want to accomplish with them, and how we'd verify whether it worked. He was…


Kids Think About the Big Stuff

Walking to the office today I was listening to music I used to listen to in my teens. It was good, but it didn't move me like it did then. I miss those days when it was so easy to lose myself completely in a song. Music would take me to the depths of my soul, and make me feel contact with the most…


When Taking Away Options Increases Solutions

When you have a lot of resources, it can blind you to solutions. You face a struggle, and you assess your myriad options. They all have big drawbacks and high resource consumption, so you're stuck with no solution or one that might cost more than it's worth. Then you take away all those resources…


Always Simpler

Six years ago I had an idea. I thought it was simple. I set out to build it. In my head, it would go like this: Simple idea --> traction --> add a bit more complexity --> traction --> add a bit more complexity --> etc. Eventually, this simple idea would be a massive mothership. In…


If You Hate it You're Not the Audience

A lot of people who work in venture capital hate the show Shark Tank. They feel it portrays an unrealistic image of investing; one that will spread and cause viewers to misunderstand the business and then go on to make terrible choices because of it. There's definitely a bit of the Theoretical Man…


How to Weaponize 'Normal' for Your Benefit

It's 80 degrees in San Francisco today, so naturally they've issued a heat advisory. This is comical, since I've lived in Charleston, South Carolina for the last decade where it hits 100 and humid. But it's to be expected. 80 isn't normal here. Abnormal is harder for humans to handle than any…