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Technology
Most software founders, particularly in B2B, need to get radically better at sales. @Steli , who is the best person for explaining the scrappy stages in the beginning and then building out a team with scripts and processes, wrote a guide to: stripe.com/atlas/guides/a…

Thoughts:
For technical founders it is irrationally, obscenely hard to reverse years of programming (ba dum bum) that sales is a value-destroying activity. Sales is CLEARLY a value-creating activity, contingent on you have a value-creating product.
The world will not drop what they are doing to adopt your work. This is particularly true in B2B, where simply building a better mousetrap won't overcome the activation energy required to get people with additional non-mice problems to prioritize changing mousetraps today.
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They say one of the best ways to learn is to teach. In preparing a basic presentation on governance, I found I didn't fully understand what the Bitcoin, ethereum, and other protocols really are (in contrast to their client implementations).
2/ If someone controls Bitcoin Core's codebase, do they control the Bitcoin protocol? Where can one find "the bitcoin protocol" independent from a specific implementation? The answer is somewhat nuanced.
3/ For all cryptocurrency networks, you have the cryptographic protocol - the way everyone has to interact with the network at the most basic level including submitting and verifying transactions. This is often only loosely documented, and these cryptographic computations
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Raptor Jesus 🌎☄️

He went extinct for your sins to save you from Satanasaurus Rex
CRETACEOUS 3:27

The Corinthians' third letter to Raptor Jesus came back slashed and stained with blood.
THE DIPLOPOPE
Raptor Jesus roamed the Earth back when God Himself was still only a teenager. His execution is thought to be the cause of the extinction of the dinosaurs, as God was mad at the Romans for aiding in His son's death.
Raptor Jesus attended Michigan State U where he double majored Philosophy & Human Sexuality. Raptor Jesus went on to earn his PhD in aerospace engineering at University of Fla. Later, Raptor Jesus got bored, so he went on to receive his CPA certification New Jersey.
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Science and Space
Thursday tweet thread time! This one is all about what we do in Amazon s2n to prevent security issues similar to this week's libssh problem.
First and foremost, I don't mean to knock on libssh here or make it seem like libssh is anything other than an awesome project where people volunteer their time and thinking to improving the world's security. We analyze for interesting lessons, not to poke!
O.k. let's get into it. So in this libssh bug basically a libssh server (which are rare!) can be coaxed into letting you log in if you send it a message that says "Hey authentication succeeded".
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Our latest work is now out in Science. Possibly the most fascinating dataset that I have had the privilege of working with. By deeply sequencing normal oesophagus we uncovered a hidden world of mutation and selection acting in our tissues as we age. [1/7] science.sciencemag.org/content/early/…
We found that, although normal oesophagus mutates at ~10-times lower rate than sun-exposed skin, positive selection on cancer-driver mutations is so much stronger that by middle age over half of our oesophagus is colonised by clones carrying driver mutations. [2/7]
In an area of normal oesophagus the size of two postal stamps, we find a staggering 4,000 driver mutations, the equivalent of sequencing ~1,000 cancer genomes. Of these 2,000 mutations occur in the NOTCH1 gene alone. [3/7]
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Raptor Jesus 🌎☄️

He went extinct for your sins to save you from Satanasaurus Rex
CRETACEOUS 3:27

The Corinthians' third letter to Raptor Jesus came back slashed and stained with blood.
THE DIPLOPOPE
Raptor Jesus roamed the Earth back when God Himself was still only a teenager. His execution is thought to be the cause of the extinction of the dinosaurs, as God was mad at the Romans for aiding in His son's death.
Raptor Jesus attended Michigan State U where he double majored Philosophy & Human Sexuality. Raptor Jesus went on to earn his PhD in aerospace engineering at University of Fla. Later, Raptor Jesus got bored, so he went on to receive his CPA certification New Jersey.
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Culture and Books
I am reading through the book Expert Secrets by @russellbrunson now.

No lie, this is one of the best books I've ever read.

I'm going to document some of the lessons I've learned from it in this thread as I go through it.

This is both to help me learn, and help all of you.
None of this are in any real order, it's just the lessons that have stuck out to me the most.

As I go through, feel free to retweet either the thread or any individual tweet that resonates with you so you can review it and make it stick in your own mind.

Let's begin.
Virtually everything that you do is based on increasing your status.

This status revolves around your intelligence, wealth, style, happiness, appearance, and power.

Why do you want to go to a great school? For status.

Why do you want to connect with that big name? Status.
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Raptor Jesus 🌎☄️

He went extinct for your sins to save you from Satanasaurus Rex
CRETACEOUS 3:27

The Corinthians' third letter to Raptor Jesus came back slashed and stained with blood.
THE DIPLOPOPE
Raptor Jesus roamed the Earth back when God Himself was still only a teenager. His execution is thought to be the cause of the extinction of the dinosaurs, as God was mad at the Romans for aiding in His son's death.
Raptor Jesus attended Michigan State U where he double majored Philosophy & Human Sexuality. Raptor Jesus went on to earn his PhD in aerospace engineering at University of Fla. Later, Raptor Jesus got bored, so he went on to receive his CPA certification New Jersey.
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the more i've observed institutions navigating their responses to far-right subcultures, i've grown more and more convinced that they see this as a game rather than reality. note that the 'game' part doesn't mean it isn't 'real' to them but its also a special type of real.
If i'm playing COD or Battlefield and the Germans invade my simulated town, I'm going to behave as if it is 'real' to a certain extent. I'm perceptually engaged with the game. I feel real emotions. Actions I take affect the course of the game. And I have paid real money for it.
At the same time, I can also use my in-game winnings to unlock customs skins, weapons, and accessories. I could be a bald divorcee named Larry and suddenly, hocus pocus, I'm Audie Murphy gunning down those Krauts with my trusty drum-fed Thompson. Eat this!!
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Politics
Okay, so a few times this week, I have referenced Trump screaming "WE'RE CLOSED!" at DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen back in the spring, out of rage and confusion that border crossings weren't literally down to zero.

Which brings us to today, and this. cnn.com/2018/10/18/pol…
The danger that Trump sees in high-profile caravans of asylum seekers isn't just his usual xenophobia, it's the idea that they make him look weak and powerless to enforce his vision of a closed (in the most literal sense) border.
I've spoken before, a few times, about the universal human problem of comprehending scale. There's not a person alive who can actually fathom just how big the southern border of the United States is. The best you can do is accept that you can't.
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Trump’s administration is presently arguing in court to destroy the ACA’s legal protections for people with pre-existing conditions—abandoning its duty to defend federal law in order to side with 22 Republican state attorneys general.
The Trump administration and Republican state officials are doing this as a work-around after Republican efforts to repeal the ACA and remove protections for pre-existing conditions failed in Congress because of McCain’s 👎.
Amendments that sought to protect people with preexisting conditions in that legislation were voted down. The ruling majority of Republicans are trying, every which way, to remove legal protections for people with pre-existing conditions while baldly lying about their intentions.
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It is hard to know what is in people’s hearts. But most Congressional Republicans voted for bills last year that would substantially weaken current protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
Trump has *said* he supports pre-existing conditions protections for a long time. But he also supported the GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare last year, all of which would have undermined current protections. He pressured lawmakers to vote for the bills.
Trump's Justice Department is also currently arguing in court that Obamacare's pre-existing conditions protections should be thrown out as unconstitutional. nytimes.com/2018/09/04/hea…
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