A Joyous Equinox

On the day of the equinox, I found myself embarking on a new journey, one that I am now eager to share. A great occasion for a pinch of discovery and a cup of self-care. This was my Day One trying out Joyous, a brand of low-dose ketamine therapy that you can self-administer within the comfort of your own home.

In the chaotic landscape of the digital age, content is king. Companies, individuals, and brands compete in a relentless bid for attention, and content creation has become the currency of this competition. The sheer volume of information available at our fingertips is staggering. We are bombarded with blogs, podcasts, videos, social media posts, and more, all vying for our time and attention.

In this whirlwind of content creation, a dilemma often surfaces: should the focus be on quantity or quality?

On one hand, producing a large amount of content regularly can improve visibility, boost Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and keep an audience engaged. On the other hand, high-quality content can build credibility, drive conversions, and create loyal followers. But, can one really strike a balance between the two or does one inevitably sacrifice the other?

In this post, we will delve into the tug of war between quantity and quality in content creation, examining the importance of each, the struggle to balance the two, and strategies to maintain this balance effectively.


Who gets paid for your work?

Elon Musk? Alphabet shareholders? Medium? Meta?

Does it bother you that you are a sharecropper?

You didn't read the iTunes User Agreement?

My First Executive AI Win

Most of my experience with machine learning and artificial intelligence has been in art. (More on that below, for the curious.)

Today I’m excited to share my first “win” using AI as a business executive: Mendable. I can’t really take much credit other than to say that I’ve been keeping my eyes open, but the impact that Mendable will have on polySpectra is going to be truly transformative.

TL;DR - with Mendable I was able to train, test, and deploy a customer support chatbot on our full technical and product documentation in about 4 hours (and I will explain below how it could have been 40 mins.) If you run a business, have someone on your team try it today…you’ll thank me.

Advice Under Uncertainty

It is risky to offer advice for what someone else “should do”.

It is generous to offer a “what if”, a beautiful future of the possibilities if they chose to.

It is noble to offer your vulnerable truth about the lessons you’ve learned and the choices you’ve made.

Justifying Our Own Existence

After his brief internship at Twitter (now X), George Hotz concluded that the company could be run by 50 people.

I’m not an expert in digital infrastructure, but 50 people doesn’t sound that ridiculous to me, at least for running the product day-to-day. Maybe he’s being dramatic, but the point is that the product would be functionally equivalent with 10-100x fewer people working at the company.

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.

Bill Gates

TL;DR: You can automatically create social media posts from specific Hugo blog posts using tags, RSS, and either IFTTT or Make.com. Just point the automation to the tag-specific RSS link: https://yourwebsite.com/tags/yourtag/index.xml

IFTTT setup

Once you know this trick, you can set it up in one click. Keep reading for the long boring saga of how I figured that out.

Quantity Over Quality

It is a struggle to ship work that matters. It is very easy to get in your own way, to procrastinate, to delay. It is natural to wait for the perfect phrasing, or the extra feature, or the right person to come along.

The problem is that later becomes never. The recording will never sound like it did in your head. The perfect wording for you might not be the perfect wording for me. Tomorrow you might have changed your mind.

Quantity, or perhaps frequency, is potentially a more reliable route to quality.

Venture Games

I used to be jealous of my friends who had raised more VC money than me. Now I am grateful to have raised less than most of my peers.

Just when I felt that I was finally starting to understand the “VC game” - the entire playing field was re-arranged.

There Will Be Blood - Pt. 1

The date of the surgery was set months in advance, but not the time or location.

A few days in advance, a call was promised to confirm the time and location - but no one called.

No one picked up the phone when they were called, even though there were two separate extension lines, with separate voicemails, one of which was full.

No one picked up the phone during the lunch break, and of course messages cannot be left during the lunch break.

I am desperate for details and less than 24 hours from the surgery.