Quotes are all Carreyrou's. Rest are mine.
I’ll try not to give away the surprises.
While opposite ends of the spectrum, cynicism and baseless hyperbole are both toxic because neither are accurate, or helpful, representations of reality.
“No, Dad…I want to make money.” -Holmes
Some purposes are better than others and becoming a self-aggrandizing billionaire is a lethal aspiration. Not sure anyone's career/life could survive.
Evolution: Patch —> finger prick —> blood draw analyzed with common tech in smaller package. Investor $ rolled in, core concept got dumbed down, marketing rhetoric exploded.
Ask the tough questions. Be able to answer the tough questions. Anger/frustration is a mark of weakness and used as a smoke screen.
You are your closest friends/advisors. People are thermometers, not thermostats. Bad behavior occasionally “works” and often appears to be working.
Imitation, mixed with idol worship, embraces the unhelpful exact and sacrifices the valuable principles. It’s taking the worst and leaving the best.
Wishing reality different never makes it so. Over-promising is a reliable path to ruin.
How someone behaves towards others is how they’ll eventually behave towards you. Don't be surprised when the scorpion puts the stinger in your back.
Patterns matter. Good trees bear good fruit. Always pay attention when good trees start being accused of bearing bad fruit.
Loyalty is earned, not demanded, and works both ways. Demanded loyalty is coerced subservience, which selects for sycophants and schemers.
First call is usually correct. Charisma distorts reality. Wisdom comes from separating facts from the show.
Never dip the pen in company ink. If a situation looks odd, it’s likley weirder than you expect.
Best resignation ever.
Culture trickles down and becomes the water employees swim in, for good, or bad.
Culture is nothing more than what you reward and punish. You get what you select for, and ultimately what you deserve.
Laughable claims should elicit laughter. When they don't, run.
Never confuse utility with care. A lack of utility brings clarity.
Strength of desire has zero impact on truth. Just because you want something to be true, doesn’t make it more likely to be so.
Never outsource your judgment. Ever. Full stop.
No one has pure motivation, ever. Best you can hope for is only slight, predictable taint. Louder they claim virtue, the more suspicious you should be. Stress test words with actions.
Quality of judgement is situation-dependent. Outside area of expertise, use extreme caution.
Availability bias is unexpectedly powerful and thrives on the appearance of substance.
Wealth/power create negative feedback loops of disconnectedness from reality, which inevitably leads to unyielding self-obsession.
As I’ve repeatedly told people, Columbia, MO is clearly the center of the known universe. You can try to fight it, but it’s just a fact.
Common enemies can be a powerful group motivator. But pick your enemies carefully and ask "why" often.
Bluster always breaks against the sharp rocks of reality.