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Life is Short: Paul Graham on bullshit
I feel that, during the past three years, the conscious decision of cutting off bullshit in my life (and its direct consequence, cutting off jerks) has been among the most productive ones that also brought somewhat more serenity in my life.
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19 days ago by simsalis
Life is Short
Relentlessly prune bullshit, don't wait to do things that matter, and savor the time you have. That's what you do when life is short.
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22 days ago by WimLeers
How to Make Pittsburgh a Startup Hub
In fact, one of the most effective things a university could do to encourage startups is an elaborate form of getting out of the way invented by Harvard. Harvard used to have exams for the fall semester after Christmas. At the beginning of January they had something called "Reading Period" when you were supposed to be studying for exams. And Microsoft and Facebook have something in common that few people realize: they were both started during Reading Period. It's the perfect situation for producing the sort of side projects that turn into startups. The students are all on campus, but they don't have to do anything because they're supposed to be studying for exams.

Harvard may have closed this window, because a few years ago they moved exams before Christmas and shortened reading period from 11 days to 7. But if a university really wanted to help its students start startups, the empirical evidence, weighted by market cap, suggests the best thing they can do is literally nothing.
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5 weeks ago by morganf

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