Saturday, July 7, 2012

Jade leaves NASA to found startup

Approach the world with an open mind. Gather data in an exploratory way. Sometimes, the problem with forming hypotheses before you gather data is they frame the way you look at the data, sprinkling bias until you're marinating in it. You end up looking at data the way that everyone else has, and you end up so framed by their way of thinking, you've inherited their perspective. Stop. Change your perspective. Question your assumptions.

Someone rather wise told me that an entrepreneur is someone who would jump off a cliff with a pack full of parts and build an airplane on the way down. I think this will work, so let's do it, but keep an open mind on your data. Remember that you don't understand everything. That the order in creation which you see is that which you have put there, like a string in a maze. Remember that it's a marathon, not a sprint. Experiment. Try to realize the truth.

Reminder to self: stay humble. When things go smoothly, remember to do things that remind you that you are capable of being mistaken. (Go back and retake that motorcycle class.)  And when things are bumpy, remember all the storms you've weathered, that you always knew what to do when the time came.

The past two months has been one crazy nonstop ride. Chez JJ rapid expansion. Starting a startup. New relationship. Logistics of expansion houses. Mentoring bright young mindsEphemerisle. Chez JJ press coverage in NYTimes. Interaction with humans. The intent of creating the Chez JJ community is to have be able to have human interaction with kindred spirits by living together, with a minimum of activation energy required to do so. Now that Chez JJ is a self-driving enterprise, let's get back to making nom noms and happiness.

Current music: Jonathan Coulton - Re: Your Brains


  1. Congratulations on Chez JJ and best of luck with the new startup!