How Postel's Law enabled the proto-Internet and set the culture for the future of humanity


00:00 Intro
00:37 What is Postel's Law?
01:39 How Jon Postel became the god of the Internet
02:03 How did Postel's Law create the Internet as we know it?
02:57 Postel's Law in Product Design
04:03 How to apply Postel's Law in your own life (remote work-edition)
06:00 Postel's Law for managers: How to make a user manual for your own protocols 
05:56 Conclusion: You need Postel's Law in your life

Everyone knows the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. But do you know Postel's Law? It's what allows the internet to actually work, set forth by someone who some call the God of the Internet. 

The Golden Rule is necessary to be a good person. But Postel's Law is necessary for creating something truly great. Let's get started. 

Changing the world can make you insane, but it doesn't have to (5 tips)


You can change the world, but it sometimes comes at a steep cost. It did for Ignaz Semmelweis, the first doctor to discover handwashing saved lives, especially mothers in his maternity ward. He made 5 key mistakes that you can avoid. And in doing so, I hope you'll be able to avoid the insane asylum. Everyone who makes something new gets hit back quickly with what is known now as the Semmelweis Reflex— people reject anything that challenges them out of hand. 

You can be prepared to face this. Here's the five ways steps: 
  1. Speak for yourself — 03:05 
  2. Persevere, and don’t ragequit — 04:26 
  3. Speak truth when you know you’re right — 05:34
  4. When they go low, we go high — 06:09
  5. The breakthrough is only half the work — 07:13  

Thanks for watching! I made this video last night in about 3 hours— I'm going for a video a week, and my goal is to just help future founders and people who are making things get to the next stage.


Metaprogram your own mind: A conversation with Cameron Yarbrough of Torch.io



Is it possible to reprogram your own mind? Yes, it is. Coaching, therapy, meditation, and group work are the keys to unlocking incredible potential. Trauma is a surprising common trait for many founders, and those who can overcome their past can truly build the future. Cameron Yarbrough was my coach for years before starting Torch.io, the best way to get exec coaching. We discuss the problems we've faced over the years, and how you're not alone. There is absolutely a way forward.  

I wish I worked on these things 10 years before I did— doing deep work will change your life if you let it. 

If you take care of your mental health and have a great executive coach, what you get to do is meta programming your own mind. And if you do that, you'll greatly increase the chances of your success.

00:59 Many founders have difficult childhoods that set them on the path to founderhood 
02:19 How difficult pasts can uniquely prepare founders for startup life 
03:26 Cameron was Garry's coach through many difficult periods in his business life 
03:53 Critical moments in your business career are driven by your own mental health 
04:49 Cameron could coach Garry because he had to overcome many of the same challenges 
07:10 Cameron's childhood impact on his early founder experiences 
07:59 Cameron's past leadership challenges drove him to seek therapy, meditation, and coaching 
08:47 It's extremely valuable for repeat founders to do deep internal work before diving back in 
10:05 The horse and rider allegory: Deep work lets the rider can better steer the horse 
10:37 You can work on mental health right now. 
11:01 YOU CAN DO THIS NOW. 
11:46 Executives who get their own mental health right will radiate this health to the whole org. 
12:47 Bibliotherapy 
13:37 Proper deep work is metaprogramming 
14:41 How to get behavior change 
15:25 Regular coaching and therapy enables breakthroughs 
16:45 On finding the right coach or therapist 
17:41 Even coaches have coaches
18:30 Radical candor enables winning leadership style 
20:12 What is the optimal organization? 
21:04 Your own experience is not universal 
22:02 Leadership and mental health in the time of COVID-19 
24:17 Wartime leadership requires more empathy, not less 
25:01 Cameron’s toughest COVID-19 crisis decision 
26:54 Why coaches are important even if you have lots of friends 
28:13 How to get help in group sessions 
29:46 You are not alone

Building General AI with D Scott Phoenix, founder of Vicarious


Can a computer be as smart as a human? Today we're sitting down with my friend and Initialized portfolio founder D Scott Phoenix. Vicarious has come up with a new type of machine learning based on the computational principles of the human brain. AGI. Artificial General Intelligence is coming. Let's go meet Scott.

00:59 How Garry and Scott met 
02:02 How Scott came up with the idea to work on AGI 
02:41 The time to build AGI is now 
03:10 Why work on AGI? 
04:26 What are the building blocks to building a general AI? 
04:49 What is a human-like learning system? 
06:15 Vicarious vs Deep Learning 
08:08 Traditional AI methods resemble insectoid or reptilian brain approaches 
09:43 New methods and models are more important than more money on training existing models 
11:52 Limits of narrow AI 
12:48 History and origins of the AI debate in philosophy and neuroscience 
14:45 Brute force methods require 14,000 years of training to do what children only need 2 years to learn 
15:28 Lessons from biology 
16:24 How do systems layer to generate more complex behavior? 
17:30 Is an ambitious project like AGI composable and iterable like SaaS software? 
20:01 Long term ambition is great, but what do you do along the way? 
20:38 Vicarious's first applied use case in robotics 
22:16 Vicarious vs other robotics approaches 
23:47 Building learning systems, not one-off point solutions 
24:51 Advice for builders just starting out 
25:17 How to tackle large problems and ambitious projects 
26:57 Technology is the ultimate lever for humans to create a better world 
29:14 How to be prepared for the long hard road

Six skills for startup success: What founders can do to improve their chances before they take the plunge


In this video, we talk about what skills a future founder can and should work on before they take the plunge into starting something. Let's get into it. 

Do you have the skills and do you have what it takes? First off, here's the list and it's pretty long. 

The more things out of this list you are actually familiar with, the more likely you will succeed. 

Timebox your way to startup product market fit

I have one tool to share with you. If you remember one thing from this video, it's this, you have a finite number of tries. But if you timebox your tries, you'll get to try a lot more things. And that will maximize your chance of success. Remember to timebox. Let's get into it. 

Masterclass on Remote Work: Management with empathy, fostering a values-based culture (Part 2 of 2)


How do you build a fast growing startup team that builds a world-class product? This is part two, focusing on management with empathy and how to build an organic remote work culture from scratch that is truly collaborative. 

My colleague Katelin Holloway (partner at Initialized, formerly head of people at multi-billion dollar startup Reddit) sits down with Shogun cofounders Finbarr Taylor (former engineer at Y Combinator) and Nick Raushenbush (former cofounder of famed video production co Glass & Marker) and they talk through all the things that they did to succeed.

Here is what we cover in this masterclass: 
01:00 Managing culture remotely 
01:54 Weekly check-ins and 1:1s with leadership 
02:29 Remote work requires trust by default 
03:45 How to run a 1:1 remotely 
04:52 Forming an organic remote culture 
08:53 How to communicate values 
11:39 How to handle management when things go wrong 
13:17 How to handle performance issues 
15:02 How to handle misalignment in values 
16:39 Rewards and recognition 
17:42 Approaching diversity and inclusion 
19:52 Remote work in the time of coronavirus

Should you work on that startup idea? Ask: Why me? Why now?

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Sometimes you just really nail that idea. It's something everyone wants. It's clearly the future. Like in this clip from Silicon Valley:

Nelson Bighetti: The user can control their Hooli phone solely with their neural impulses. Point, click, drag, even type, all using only brainwaves. Think it, and it happens.

Gavin Belson: Holy shit. Seriously?

Nelson Bighetti: Seriously.

Gavin Belson: This is great! Fuck yes, team! So, what's our timeline here? I mean, when can we start testing this? How long before we can integrate this into Nucleus?

Nelson Bighetti: Not long. It'll probably happen in our lifetime, we just have to figure out how to make it work. But I really believe that our grandchildren are going to grow up taking this technology for granted.

Gavin Belson: Our grandchildren?

Nelson Bighetti: I know you're single, but you might meet someone.

Gavin Belson: No... no!

It's not enough. Getting pointed in the right direction is just not enough. As you saw in that clip right there, Big Head in "Silicon Valley" found this out the hard way. You can't just point at the moon, you've got to build the goddamn spaceship. 

Masterclass on Remote Work: Hiring, recruiting, and essential tools (Part 1 of 2)

This is the first part of a two part masterclass on remote work, now live here:

01:46 Meet Shogun, the e-commerce page builder 
02:58 They started fully remote as a side project that became profitable 
04:23 The Tools: Hardware and software that enables remote work 
07:40 How to do learning & development 
08:29 On recruiting for remote teams 
11:35 Remote recruiting process 
19:43 How to legally hire remote candidates 
22:05 Onboarding remote employees

Watch the full video at YouTube here: https://youtube.com/garrytan — You can also read the full Shogun Remote Work guide at their blog here

I guess we're all working remotely right now, so who better to sit down with than a team that is the best at remote work that I've ever seen, Shogun?

Today's a master class in how to run remote work teams, from a team that has been working remotely from nearly the beginning. They've gone on to create one of the best products in the whole portfolio, and they did it through great recruiting, great management, great software, and great processes.

In this masterclass today, they sit down with Katelin Holloway Partner at Initialized and former head of people at Reddit to walk through all of the secrets they learned the hard way so you don't have to. Part one is about recruiting, tools, workflow— Let's get started.