If you’re a CMU alum, go join the Tech & Entrepreneurship group.


CMU does work as good as, say MIT Media Lab or NYU ITP, but doesn’t market itself enough. Let’s change that.

I’m helping with this event!
The idea is “CMU Shark Tank”.

I’ll read YC applications to a group, reviewing in real time. Then I’ll meet the crew and hear a pitch.

The best pitches and Q&A, so I expect the content to be compelling.

One way to think about a YC application is as a set of standard questions. If you refine your answers, you’ll have to have refined your thinking on the most important parts of the business.

Here is a cheat sheet:
- be more concise
- use more numbers
- growth solves all problems

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20 Feb
I don't understand NFTs.

Bits are inherently copyable freely.
Fair use is quite liberal.

What is the high utility use case I'm missing here?
I ask similar questions of what distributed systems actually mean to those of @tylercowen

How do you, for example, run a distributed company?

Even partially? Like I have a task on my roadmap. How does a blockchain get that feature built for me?
If only I had bought a share of nyan cat, I could have shared a funny set of pixels.

oh wait, type 4 char and get a deluge
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20 Feb
Related tech idea: solar propane.

- Remote locations are expensive to service with powerlines
- Most already have tanks for gas like propane
- Most have ample space

Create a box to convert atmospheric CO2 to propane using excess solar.
Does the math work at all?

We can check by estimating how much solar we'd need to match the energy released in burning methane.
P(watts) = Energy(Joules) / time (seconds)

52 kJ/g * 761kg (in 400 gal tank) / 1500 sun hours =
7.3kW system.

Solar fits in 20X20 square
You'd probably want more than this in a personal solar farm anyway, but the match checks out for roughly the power you'd need.

Design the system so your winter peak daily usage is met, keep battery storage for night, and use propane for long term storage.

100% off grid.
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