ifindkarma. elegance is refusal.

May 5, 2012

I spend a lot of time on PandaWhale these days.

If you’re looking for me, I’m on PandaWhale.

I’m stashing many things there.

And reflecting.

December 9, 2011


Filed under: ifindkarma!, life, the universe, and everything! — ifindkarma @ 4:20 am
Anything that happens, happens.
Anything that, in happening, causes something else to happen, causes something else to happen.
Anything that, in happening, causes itself to happen again, happens again.
It doesn’t necessarily do it in chronological order, though.
~ Douglas Adams

Most people do not comprehend,
[no matter how] they encounter such things,
nor do they understand what they learn;
they believe only themselves.
~ Heraclitus

Every thought is a seed.
If you plant crab apple, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.
~ Bill Meyer


All the lessons of history in four sentences:
Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power.
The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small.
The bee fertilizes the flower it robs.
When it is dark enough, you can see stars.

~ Charles A. Beard

In the spirit of Thirty and Thirty-Five comes Forty-Two — the following awesome, beautiful, and creative web of thoughts that occupy my brain.

No matter.

I’m not patient enough to write poetry or prose, so I’ll just count down after Futurama.

Don’t you worry about life, the universe, and everything; let me worry about blank

42. We believe in the interconnectedness of all things.

41. Everything is about inclusion.

40. Everything is everythang.

39. Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.

38. As human beings, our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

37. Let it go. This too shall pass.


35. Lessons are repeated until they are learned.

34. The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.

33. Reflect on happiness.

32. People are very bad at predicting what will make us happy.

31. There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.

30. We are feedback loops. We are the stories we tell ourselves.

29. Love is when you open your heart to pain.

28. To get over grief, be there for someone else’s grief.

27. Kittie heaven is mousie hell.

26. Bird is the word!

25. The ride does not require an explanation. Just occupants.

24. It’s not going to stop till you wise up.

23. Character is destiny.

22. Reflection creates identity.

21. You can do anything.

20. We can change the world with a pen and paper.

19. Starting is hard.

18. We’ll see.

17. Life is… delicious ambiguity.

16. Beware drift. Do what you love!

15. True happiness comes from within.

14. Get yourself a giant panda! (Super kawaii!)

13. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.

12. That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.

11. It goes to 11. (Be sure to read through to Andy Weir’s story, “The Egg”!)

10. Life is like business. It’s 20 percent what happens to you, and 80 percent how you respond.

9. 80 percent of success is showing up.

8. Our attitudes produce our luck.

7. Love more, fear less.

6. Be grateful for every breath.

5. Be who you are, as hard as you can.

4. Be here now.

3. Be excellent.

2. There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.

1. Only kindness matters in the end.

********* …enlightenment… *********

November 2, 2010

The State of Social in 2010…

Filed under: ifindkarma! — ifindkarma @ 1:23 pm

Ziggy Marley sang that if you don’t know your past, you don’t know your future.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the future of social applications, and consequently am retracing ten recent thoughts on the subject…

San Francisco in Jello

And now, the countdown.

10. LOOK: because of the ubiquity of follows and video in social applications, we are always being watched.

9. “Pandas and Lobsters” explains why it’s hard to build great social applications.

8. “Whales and Lobsters” explains why it’s lucrative to build great social applications.

7. So I told TechCrunch that Facebook is worth more than people think.

6. And I told TechCrunch that Twitter is worth more than people think.

5. And I told TechCrunch that Google is struggling with usability issues in social applications.

4. So I told Gigaom that Google should stop playing games and get serious about social applications.

3. But I have the feeling that conversations with Google about social applications haven’t landed the target.

2. Mind you, being a Facebook whale is an epic fail, too.

1. Luckily for Facebook, advertisers have been embracing Facebook so much, that they have the money and time to figure it all out.

Which leads us to the question…

What next great social application should be developed?

Troutgirl and I know the answer. Now we just need time and the right resources.

It is not a cliché: There is good money, and there is bad money. Good money can make a great idea better; bad money can destroy a great idea.

Now comes the fun part. The part that puts the “fun” in funding.

Such is the state of social in 2010.

Talk Nerdy To Me #2

May 17, 2010

Looking for me? I’m on Posterous.

Filed under: ifindkarma!, pandas! — ifindkarma @ 3:42 pm

In an ironic turn of events, Bakadesuyo got me hooked on Posterous, so now I spend most of my blogging time there, and in the meantime, he’s in process of moving his blog from Posterous to WordPress.

So if you’re looking for me, you’ll find me on Posterous. (And occasionally here. But mostly there.)

Here’s a sampling of my top ten favorite Posterous posts:

10. Road Trip Across I-10 in 2010. Road food!
9. On aneurysms.
8. Everything is about inclusion.
7. Top 10 Ridiculous Facebook Pages.
6. Death panda!
5. Fuck iPhone, I’m gettin’ an Evo!
4. Eulogy for Bob.
3. My bucket list.
2. Lessons are repeated until they are learned.
1. Get yourself a giant panda!

Onward and upward, to infinity and beyond!

April 13, 2010

If you don’t hear from me till May, it’s because I’m on the road!

Filed under: ifindkarma!, relax! — ifindkarma @ 12:10 am

ROAD TRIP driving coast-to-coast across the 10 to celebrate 2010!!!

January 25, 2010

Where can I whale in 2010?

Filed under: ifindkarma!, it's the economy stupid!, silicon valley!, whales! — ifindkarma @ 4:20 am

It’s Twenty Ten and I’m hungry for something new to add to my steady diet of facebooking, linking in, and tweeting. (2009 was pretty much the year of Twitter for me, thanks to Tweetie 2.)

So I asked myself: On which service can I become a whale in 2010?

Whale, n. One of the biggest users of an Internet service, who together with other whales form its delicious nucleus. Whales are Malcolm Gladwell‘s “Connectors” and they are the foundation of any social network’s etiquette, memory, and wisdom.

Being a whale on a social network can be quite frustrating — Facebook stops us at 5000 connections at which point our iPhone app pretty much stops working; LinkedIn won’t tell people how many connections we have once we’re over 500; and Twitter displays a fail whale whenever they can’t handle the truth.

So why do people become whales? Whales are born, not made; whales cannot NOT whale. It’s in our nature. Plus, being a whale can be quite rewarding: you get a lot of social capital and are able to move among different groups of people to spread interesting thoughts and products. Bonus: Whales also feel inexplicably good when they introduce people who otherwise might never have met.

So where in 2010 will I be able to whale to my big pimpin’ heart’s content?

Of the 30something startups I know who are hiring, this weekend I got more than a dozen invitations from:

Yelp has been around for years, but its recent use of Facebook Connect has given it new life. Foursquare launched last year, but it has gotten really hot in the last month.

Even so, none of my connection counts on these services come close to my friends on Facebook (4997), LinkedIn (“500+” — really??), and Twitter (3838).

Side note: I’m also a fan of Gowalla (180 connections) but I haven’t gotten any new invites on there in a while. I wonder if users are intimidated by places with names like Death Star and Helms Deep.

Memo to all consumer Internet services: You get the behaviors you allow. Whales make it so.

January 8, 2010

Solidman Group: Event and Tour Management

Filed under: ifindkarma! — ifindkarma @ 4:20 am

It’s been a while since I’ve written. More on that soon.

Meanwhile, a friend I haven’t heard from in a while wrote me out of the blue.

If you know anyone who wants to talk with her, please contact me.

She writes:

I wanted to say hello and also let you know what I have been working on the past couple of months. I have just recently been hired on full time by The Solidman Group as head of all their sales and marketing. We are an event and tour managing company. We coordinate all facets of tour operations including 3 party vendor hiring/management, travel arrangements, budget oversight, project management and communications with TV networks and other media outlets. We provide all Audio/Visual installation and coordination for diverse concert venues. We also provide expert audio production and project coordination advice and consultancy.

Working for this company has been a dream job. I have never worked with such an organized team of people. I think I have finally found doing something that I like….haha! Pass my contact info around to anyone you may think would be interested in what we have to offer; that would mean so much to me… =)

Here are some of our “NOTEWORTHY CLIENTS”:

The Pretenders
Stevie Wonder
Lady Gaga
Serena Ryder
Wu-Tang Clan
Paul McCartney
Amy Winehouse
Mark Ronson
Spank Rock
Atlantic Records
CMJ Music Conference
The Fleshtones
Semi-Precious Weapons
Ghostface Killa
The Clipse
John Scofield
Jeremy Enigk
Envy On the Coast
The Roots Jam Residency
Harper’s Bazaar
Gilded Age Manufacturing
Fashion Rocks

June 8, 2009

Thank you, Rajeev Motwani.

Filed under: ifindkarma!, life, the universe, and everything! — ifindkarma @ 1:35 pm

On Friday I learned from Manish and Naval that Rajeev Motwani had died.

Rajeev and Asha invested in Joyce’s and my company Renkoo four years ago, and it really was the case that his friendship and his time were the most valuable aspects of that investment. Over the years, he has been a great advisor, confidant, and friend.

We would meet regularly at the University Coffee Cafe in Palo Alto. Every time I talked with him, he made my ideas better — on both technical matters and human matters. On the former, he always asked about algorithms we were developing so that he could suggest ways to improve them; on the latter, he regularly reminded me to be patient so that I could improve myself.

Over the years I’ve gotten myself into many sticky situations, and Rajeev was always Socratic, calmly advising me and Joyce to be all we can be, and reminding us to believe in ourselves the way he believed in us.

My favorite story about Rajeev is when the going got tough for Renkoo, and we gave every investor an opportunity to exit, his words to me were assured and confident. “Why would I want to leave you?” he asked. “You’re just getting started.” When I pointed out that other people did want out, he seemed peeved but resolved that everyone reacts differently to difficult situations, and that he was not going anywhere. Great things happen as the result of struggle and experience, and the longer we toil, the more experienced we become.

I never wanted to bother him, but he regularly checked in with me, and frankly I don’t know where he found the time. I know he was busy with a million other things, but he always made time for me. In fact, my next call with him was supposed to be today.

I spent a lot of this weekend shocked and sad. I still can’t believe he’s gone. As I read peoples’ thoughts about him — among them Om, David, Ron Conway, and Sergey — one thing really came across: Rajeev Motwani was a kind man. Rajeev gave so much strength and wisdom to so many people that his legacy lives on in all the people we touch and all the work we do.

And that is the greatest compliment I can bestow on anyone. I will truly miss you, Rajeev. Thank you.

May 26, 2008

Ooooh! I’m a scary baby panda!

Filed under: ifindkarma!, pandas! — ifindkarma @ 4:20 pm


March 21, 2008


Filed under: buy!, ifindkarma! — ifindkarma @ 4:20 pm

Joyce bought me an Aliph Jawbone, and it’s the best bluetooth headset I’ve ever used.

Chad Dickerson’s review of Jawbone is right on the money.

I also was intrigued by Bradley Horowitz’s endorsement of the Pinnacle Video Transfer unit.

Recommendations from people I trust make me more likely to want to buy. Social relationships often mediate commercial relationships.

May 1, 2007

Panda + martini + cake = Lushy Ling Ling!

Thanks, chef duff.

April 22, 2007

Invisible table!

Filed under: ifindkarma!, invisible!, kitties!, lolcats! — ifindkarma @ 4:20 am

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