Thursday, September 24, 2009

Intuition Tokyo Line .

Investing with intuition(?)

It was Patrick Maloney of the Lemelson Foundation who suggested to me that vetting high-risk, early-stage efforts is really about pattern recognition. He explained that you get really good at recognizing one “pattern” that works—one type of team or approach that is likely to succeed. But recognizing one pattern doesn’t mean that you’re good at catching all of the good ideas. You end up missing a lot of things that might succeed, because you’re really good at seeing the single type of pattern you know. As Maloney explained to me, “You may get good at picking grants that work, but you’ll never be great at picking what won’t work, because you don’t know what other types of things, outside your pattern, will succeed.”

And this is where the power of networks comes into the picture.

This really reminds me of conversations I used to have in university with Eric Chang... so, in light of that, here is an abbreviated trip to Japan montage!

While the cats away...

This was taken not even a year ago. Krispy Kreme. The clock tower in the background shows it's after 10:30, pm obviously... Enormous line-up outside... unbelievable.

The next day...

Dad gets his pores checked out.

These may be slightly out of order...

Video from a Tokyo mall!

Does it fold? It almost folded!

Your nearest Starbucks

I still swear by Mitzi's across the street - not actually that good coffee :( - but really, coffee with milk is coffee! And it's across the street...

Your Maximum Starbucks density

JP  •  Jan 24 2005  •  3:36PM

I've got 63, but with a Caribou Coffee right across the street, I try not to notice.

Two things are pretty common in D.C.: Starbuckses and liquor stores.


My old work address in Manhattan (45th and Madison) has 169 stores within 5 miles. Put your address into the Starbucks locator and see what your Starbucks density is.- Kottke

Dublin Gets a Bike Share Program

In case you missed it last week: Dublin now has a new bike share system called dublinbikes. Dubliners can get a “subscription” to the service for a year for 10 euros. With a subscription, you can take out a bike for up to 30 minutes for free (and for longer periods by paying a graduated fee). Visitors can get a 3-day pass for two euros.

Another reminder to live everyday.

Yeah, I don't usually post stuff like this, and I know this kind of thing happens every day, every second, and, I suppose, much much worse... but, I'm posting it as another reminder for me...