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Behavioral Concepts that drive ventures: Existential freedom & Emotional investment

by Santosh

“We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard” -John F. Kennedy

What makes a venture enjoyable and challenging at the same time?

Getting Politicians to Debate Live Online

by Santosh

Memory Upgrade for Macbook Pros – late 2011

by Santosh

After an operating system upgrade to 10.9 – Mavericks, there was a notable slowdown in day to day performance of my Macbook. Running Chrome, Firefox, Skype, iTerm, MacVim, Excel and a few more applications together would quickly max out the 4GB of existing memory. If you’ve any experience with upgrading RAM on a PC, upgrading your Macbook’s memory is just as easy. Here’s a quick summary of what I’ve found to be helpful when performing my own upgrade.

Look up your Macbook Pro model here to determine the specific memory modules you’ll need. If you’re buying memory in India, try flipkart.com or a local hardware vendor. The vendor I purchased from sold me 2x4GB modules of DDR3-1333 for Rs. 2,400 each.

You’ll need a precision screwdriver set with a phillips 00 screwdriver head to open a Macbook. Simply follow the earlier Apple support article or this article on Corsair’s blog with helpful pictures of a Macbook Pro 17″ through each of the upgrade stages. Newer Macbooks may have the same layout as the older ones. I have a 13″ late 2011 model. If your model is similar, you shouldn’t have to remove the battery to replace the memory modules.

Keep the screws in the order that you remove them. Be careful, this is important. Each screw has a different length. I used slim, sticky post-its with numbers to keep track of the order in which each screw had been removed. On messing up the sequence, I found that the screw may or may not fit in the laptop chassis. So stop right there if you discover you need to apply greater than necessary force in getting the screw back in. Total time to finish replacing the modules was less than an hour.

Hope this spurs you to get an upgrade on your Macbook, especially if you’ve been putting it off. After the upgrade I no longer experience otherwise familiar moments where the machine pauses ungracefully. On the other hand the machine hasn’t yet max’d out the 8GB at its disposal.

About this Mac after the Upgrade

Always be a First-time Entrepreneur

by Santosh

Why? The history of the industry is filled with successful startups led by people who’ve never “done it before”. You’d think that being a second-time entrepreneur is actually better than being a novice. I’ve found things to be quite the opposite. A first-time entrepreneur is better capable of an effective response to out-of-process contingencies that occur in the real world. They let go off ideas that aren’t working, tend to talk less and are more generous at offering new solutions to old, relevant problems.

That’s who my money would back. And yet, a second-time entrepreneur needn’t forget that they can learn to be both.

An event to seamlesslesly integrate success and failure

by Santosh

H. L. Hunley

I heard an insightful comment the other day “Entrepreneurs who’ve failed once are naturally drawn to the lean movement“. I figure that lean is a great teacher. It gives the entrepreneur a dispassionate framework to learn what thinking failed them and then adapt that learning to how it can be valuable in a larger context. Take for instance this commentary on the role of the Hunley, an early submersible that played an integral role in the evolution of the submarine.

H. L. Hunley was a submarine of the Confederate States of America that played a small part in the American Civil War, but a large role in the history of naval warfare. The Hunley demonstrated both the advantages and the dangers of undersea warfare. It was the first combat submarine to sink an enemy warship, although the Hunley was not completely submerged and was lost at some point following her successful attack.

An event that works will emphasize ingenuity over success and failure as it is in reality. Watching ingenuity unfold is also entertaining. That way curators are free of the pattern of chasing past successes to ensure the future success of the event. For instance, in the academic world the inventor of the Hunley would be encouraged to publish his work if he can demonstrate how it will eventually contribute to the realization of the submersible.

Dutifully filed under a collection of ideas called “give it to me even if it’s buggy“.

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